I lived in Buford (North-eastern Atlanta suburb, for those not familiar…about 25 miles from the Atlanta city limits) for 18 years, and I worked in Sandy Springs for 13 of those years.
The fact that it is Buckhead that is trying this is interesting. Depending on where lines are drawn, wouldn’t Buckhead be completely surrounded by the Atlanta city limits? Essentially a separate city inside the city? Regardless, if I were driving this in Buckhead, I’d be setting up working sessions with the people in Sandy Springs that successfully incorporated in 2005. I know it’s a different scenario, but there are probably a number of experiences that could help those in Buckhead avoid some mistakes along the way.
I would also imagine that the city of Atlanta will fight this with all they have. Despite their efforts, they lost the potential to annex a very lucrative area when Sandy Springs incorporated. Sandy Springs is an affluent area with nice neighborhoods and industry, and Atlanta had been trying, unsuccessfully, to annex the area since the 1960s. Corporate headquarters for UPS, Newell Rubbermaid, Cox Communication and several others are located in Sandy Springs, along with the executives that work for those companies and all the money that they earn.
Buckhead makes Sandy Springs look like chump change. This will be interesting to watch even after moving to NC a couple years ago.
Chicago has been giving Baltimore and Atlanta a real run for their money as the most dangerous American city. What with their seemingly endless shootings and the antics of their mayor and state’s attorney they seemed a shoo in.
But suddenly Philadelphia comes from out of nowhere and proves that they’re devolving to the subhuman level at hyperspeed. Where else can a man rape a woman on a crowded subway car for forty minutes without a single passenger attempting to stop him or even call 911?
I guess it’s a marker. I would say that level of callous inhumanity must bring Philadelphia even with either Genghis Khan’s Mongols or Attila’s Huns. But the exact level is unimportant. The important metric is the acceleration of the dehumanizing process. Based on the way that the copycat process proceeds I’m guessing that cannibalism should appear in The Bronx by Christmas. Of course I’m not taking into account inflation and meat shortages. That might speed things up to Thanksgiving.
Seriously though, it does give you pause to think of just how violent the larger cities have become. The way the violence is increasing I confess I’m unable to decide whether people will be shocked into demanding the return of real law and order or will they just give up and flee from the urban areas altogether. My gut reaction is that it’s too late and these areas will not be revived. I know it’s hard to believe that New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore and St. Louis are hopelessly broken and won’t ever be safe for law-abiding people again but when you see and hear what’s going on it’s pretty hard to see how these things can be fixed under the new rules the police have to adhere to. Maybe when these cities have all-black police forces it will be possible for real policing to occur without screeches of racism from every idiot who has a cell phone. But that seems like something that won’t happen for decades and by then these places will be so poor and unattractive that it won’t matter to the majority of Americans what happens there.
Well, anyway, this is another marker as I say and another warning to anyone stupid enough to think of living in these places. Remember these cities have the strictest gun laws and the most anti-white district attorneys in the country. If you were attacked and attempted to defend yourself with a gun you would be treated the way murderers used to be treated. You’d get forty years and probably wish it was the chair. So make sure when you’re looking at where you’ll settle down to check the crime statistics and the voting record. If it’s a democrat enclave full of crime look somewhere else. Maybe the salaries are higher in some of these places but it’s just not worth your life or the life of someone you care about.