metro area?

atlanta msa

atlanta msa

this weekend i was driving home from picking the kiddo up. she lives in indiana so we approach the metro area from the north on i-75.

i had the same question i always do? when am i back in atlanta? i know the actual atlanta metropolitan statistical area is the 28 counties in that map, so technically i am back in atlanta when i cross the border into bartow county?

but am i really?

i know plenty of itp’ers who would say no. i think most people that live in canton in cherokee would say yes. but what about cartersville? as i mentioned bartow county is in the altanta msa, but is cartersville really part of atlanta?

for me at least, when i am driving i consider myself “in atlanta” when i cross into cobb county on 75 and when i cross into gwinnett on 85. this certainly puts me at odds with the msa but that is how i see it.

what about you. what is the metro area? does it go all the way to south carolina these days? has it made its way all the way up to dalton?

and what about the southside? i don’t go down there much, but i know plenty of atlantans have made their way to newnan and peacthree city.

it seems to me that the metro area is growing, but the sense of identiity that goes with the city is too. i work with plenty of people that live in cherokee or forsyth, work in alpharetta and never venture south of holcomb bridge road.

food for thought anyway.

5 Comments so far

  1. bking on December 21st, 2008 @ 9:19 pm

    Being the in-town snob that I am, the furthest I could say that "Atlanta" is is I-285. When do I "feel" like I am in Atlanta,though? When do I feel like I’m "home"? Still, probably the perimeter, but maybe when I hit 575 and 985, or GA 316. I don’t go on I-20 or south of the city enough to have such landmarks.

  2. georgepburdell on December 22nd, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

    I consider grant park/turner field northwards to 17th street to be atlanta…west end to moreland re teh east boundaries.
    If you don’t put Atlanta Ga. on your return address, you ain’t in Atlanta.
    I guess i’m more of an itp snob.

  3. james hervey (jeherv) on December 22nd, 2008 @ 9:52 pm

    george!!!! glad to have you back….

    i’m an itp snob too. can’t be helped. honestly i don’t like much north of ponce…with the exception of bking of course

  4. georgepburdell on December 23rd, 2008 @ 9:29 am

    Thanks James.
    I agree about not liking many things north of ponce. Unless I’m going to work, the boundary is firmly set at 17th…there are still useful places (Peidmont park, high museam, Ga Tech football, my barber) north of ponce, but once you pass 17th you might as well give up trying to find something cool.

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