Power Breakfast: Recession slows Atlanta’s population growth, unemployment, soda tax, BP, iPhone 4

The recession takes another victim — Atlanta’s population growth.

After years of rapid population increases, the pace of growth in the city is slowing, AJC reporter Leon Stafford writes.

Atlanta’s population increased by 0.7 percent between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2009, to 540,921 residents, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s one of its slowest growth rates in a decade.

The recession is to blame, University of Georgia demographer Doug Bechtel told Stafford.

“From a demographic perspective, population changes in three ways: births, deaths and migration,” he said. “Since the ’60s, Atlanta’s growth has been people moving here. What has happened is that because of the recession, that migration isn’t happening as much. People are not moving around.”

Instead, he said, the increases are coming from births, which grow at a slower pace.

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Winfield J. Abbe

June 24th, 2010
7:03 am

The University of Georgia Real Estate Foundation operates basically in secret on public property without paying any rent. Despite the fact that the University of Georgia already owns thousands of acres of idle land in the smallest county in Goergia, Clarke County, this secret organization buys up properties and takes them off the tax rolls with no public hearings, effectively raising the taxes of all the rest of the owners with no due process of law. This process is totally unethical, improper and illegal but not challenged because of the hegemony of this so-called University of Georgia and its many graduates in and out of the Georgia Legislature. Georgia loves secrecy so citizens do not know what is going on and cannot do anything about it and most lawyers have sold out and refuse to challenge these totally unethical activities of a quasi government agency. The federal authorities have totally corruptly also failed to act.
About two years ago this secret organization paid about two times the appraised value for the purchase of the former O’Malley’s property in the flood plain at the river for a temporary place to house the new unnecessary medical program. They paid about $ 7 million when it was only appraised at only half that amount. Even the local newspapers won’t discuss this likely corrupt transaction which will ultimately be paid by the taxpayers of Georgia. This is sick stuff. Georgia is a very corrupt state. This organization must be removed from the public property of GEorgia as must the multi million dollar secret Athletic Association too. The failure to react to this corruption in secret is a failure of the GEorgia State Legislature and the corrupt lawmakers there who foster and love secrecy in police and judicial departments as well so citizens cannot know what is going on and make the proper changes toward an ethical and honest and open government for a change. Georgia is a corrupt cesspool.

It's a good time to prepare

June 24th, 2010
7:06 am

Now would be a great time for transportation infrustructure improvements to the Atlanta area. Expansion of MARTA and other light rail.

As the economy speeds-up traffic is slowing-down to its pre-recession rate.

Our legislature’s actions in this past session will make a difference but not for many years. It’s too bad they didn’t act with more haste. Doing so would have helped reduce unemployment and made our region more attractive to businesses.


June 24th, 2010
7:39 am

Mr. Abbe, Sir, I am insulted at your insinuation that The State of Georgia is a corrupt state. We are the home of many great Governors. Such as Herman Talmadge, Lester Maddox and Zell Miller. Our shepherds have done what is in the best interest of the State of Georgia and not the Federal Government. We need no overseers. We are responsible to ourselves. You need not bring in any oversight for us. You obviously know nothing about riverfront property. Or maybe you do understand the value of riverfront property. As a citizen and lover of Georgia, Sir. I wonder what your motives really are.

montrell k

June 26th, 2010
5:29 pm

Corrupt republicans have ruined the state of georgia. They’ve ripped the state clean to get rich. Nothing much is left. maybe sonny’s go fish program will make it big one day.