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10 December 2008

The People Who Can Leave South Fulton. . .

. . . Are leaving South Fulton.

That's according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau based on a three-year average of data from 2005 to 2007.

People are leaving College Park and East Point [...] And cities in northern metro Atlanta continue to grow and prosper.

For instance, the city of Sandy Springs, incorporated in 2005, has one of the highest average home prices in the metro area — $451,200. That’s a 43 percent increase from 2000.
[Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Census: N. Atlanta towns grow, southern ones don’t", December 9, 2008]

Numbers compiled by the AJC show that College Park and East Point, both in south Fulton County, saw about 8,000 people leave the area. In comparison, Peachtree City, also on the southside but in Fayette County, has seen an increase in their population by almost 2,000.

South Fulton's population decline doesn't seem to faze at least one local politician though.

At a recent town-hall meeting with constituents, district 7 Fulton County Commissioner Bill Edwards, whose district includes both College Park and East Point, said "good riddance" to all those leaving.

"I think Old National is going in the right direction," said Edwards. "My thing is let’s get down to the nitty gritty. If a person wants to leave Old National Highway, good riddance. We’ve seen it bare before and we came back." [Source: South Fulton Neighbor, "Old National cleanup main topic at session", November 25, 2008]