From the good news, bad news file

The bad news: Of the nation’s 40 largest metropolitan areas, Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta ranks as only the 23rd safest (or 18th most dangerous, if you prefer that approach) according to this list on Forbes.com.

The good news, from a regional competitiveness perspective: Of these 40 metro areas, eight are in what I’d call the Southeast…and Atlanta is the safest of these eight.

The details:

Atlanta is middle-of-the-road out of the 40 areas when it comes to violent crime or workplace fatalities. (In this scale, 40 is worst and 1 is best.) Detroit’s having the most violent crime isn’t all that surprising, but Indianapolis worst for workplace fatalities? Are there any Hoosiers here who can explain that?

Our worst score comes on traffic death rates, where we’re ninth most dangerous — but, again, ahead of most of our Southeastern peers. That includes Orlando-Kissimmee (most dangerous roads out of the 40) Jacksonville (second), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (third) and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach (sixth). What’s wrong with Florida?

Our best score is on natural disasters — California and southern Florida get nailed on that one.

(H/t: The Weekly Standard’s Daily Grind)

35 comments Add your comment

dewstarpath

November 19th, 2009
2:54 pm

- I’m dubious about a crime statistics report that comes
from Forbes magazine. Although the facts may
come from credible sources, how affected are the sub-
scribers of the magazine?

jt

November 19th, 2009
2:58 pm

“What’s wrong with Florida?”

Probably has something to do with retirees. Driving around at 45mph with their blinker on.

Don’t take this wrong. I love old folks.

HowBoutThis

November 19th, 2009
3:08 pm

Atlanta is full of THIEVES, low down, dirty THIEVES. Nothing lower or dirtier than a thief. And they will kill, rape or whatever else in the process. Kick in your door, tie you up and rob you blind, blow your brains out over a stinkin’ iPod and some change.

The truth hurts, but anywhere there is a high concentration of ghettoized Black people, there you have it.

Chris Broe

November 19th, 2009
3:11 pm

The list of smartest to dumbest dogs is more revealing about big city life in America than the Forbe’s categorized list of worst to best cities.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

November 19th, 2009
3:41 pm

I’ve been living in the Miami area for the last six months, and the drivers here are pretty aggressive even by Atlanta standards. A friend and I had a couple of laughs the other day driving downtown: at intersections far apart in both time and distance we heard drivers hit the horn less than 1/10th of a second after the light turned green. How they hit the horn and text and drive simultaneously is a wonder for me.

MikeB

November 19th, 2009
3:41 pm

“Atlanta is full of THIEVES, low down, dirty THIEVES.” Was recently in traffic court in an unamed perimeter suburb…… Saw/felt it first hand via the court solicitor and the court judge.

Nothing but thieves with ties on. I wonder what their citation “cut%” is….

When another citizen asked what could be done about an infrastructure issue…. The judge responded “our city has no jurisdiction over the administration of the highway that runs through our community, but our mayor and elected officials have some political influence”.

They can sure write a boatload of super expensive traffic tickets to stuff the city coffers with though…..

Not looking for sympathy. Am just sick of thieves in government. All of em.

Chris Broe

November 19th, 2009
3:46 pm

My sympathy is with the cops. They have to put up with the people.

I'll be back

November 19th, 2009
3:49 pm

A friend who attends Ga. Tech was attacked by a bunch of drunks a couple of weeks ago. At 1:15 in the morning this band of roving drunkards show up on his doorstep, start a fight, and one of them ends up in the hospital with injuries. Now of course they are trying to sell it to the police that they came over for a friendly visit, LOL. The moral of the story is,If you go out looking for trouble at 1:15 in the morning, after drinking all day, you just might find it!

Dawn

November 19th, 2009
4:01 pm

All people are thieves..and all people can be considered ghetto, even you. So my question is what are you doing to change it? If you’re not doing anything, quit complaining!!!

Algonquin J. Calhoun

November 19th, 2009
4:02 pm

The cities that are ahead of Atlanta on the danger scale must really be hell. it’s difficult to know whether the gangs or the cops are to be feared more!

HowBoutThis

November 19th, 2009
4:29 pm

Like I said Dawn, I know the TRUTH hurts.

And what am I doing about it?? I will tell you, NOT BEING ONE OF THEM!! And raising my children to be productive and NOT be one of them… And arming myself. How about that??? Is that good enough for you??

HowBoutThis

November 19th, 2009
4:34 pm

,,And furthermore Dawn, what would YOU have me do?? People are always taking and throwing that garbage around that you are talking. You tell me (and us all), what does Dawn want us to do to to remove the callousness from people that they might join humanity and operate with a sense of purpose and not feel the need to gun blow an 80 year old’s

I cannot WAIT for your response Dawn.

HowBoutThis

November 19th, 2009
4:35 pm

(finger slip)….an 80 year old’s brains out for 20 stinking $$$..

HowBoutThis

November 19th, 2009
4:36 pm

(finger slip – correction)….the need to go blow an 80 year old’s brains out for 20 stinking $$$..

David Axelfraud

November 19th, 2009
4:58 pm

No worse than Memphis, TN. They have one of the highest crime rates in the country. When your former mayor calls himself King Willie, you know things are bad.

David Axelfraud

November 19th, 2009
5:00 pm

Just another reason for law abiding citizens to carry a firearm. People are sick and tired of criminals of all races.

joy

November 19th, 2009
5:02 pm

Collectively our society has chosen to live with violent people around us. Until we demand they stay in jail forever or receive the ultimate punishment quickly, they will continue to be released upon us ready to attack around any corner at any time.

just thinking...

November 19th, 2009
5:19 pm

HowBoutThis,
Delta is ready when you are.

HowBoutThis

November 19th, 2009
5:31 pm

I know “just thinking”.. it is much easier to insult than to answer the challenge. Not to mention I don’t have to go anywhere. I don’t believe in letting people run me off, I fight.

Thanks ;O)

Victim.

It's A Wonder

November 19th, 2009
5:34 pm

HowBoutThis, I agree somewhat with you…Unlike you though, when I stayed in ATL, I found it was the closeted racists that frightened me more than anything I have ever experienced….Yet I am here back in Miami, safe in my surroundings…

It's A Wonder

November 19th, 2009
5:36 pm

HowBoutThis, did you know ghetto comes in other colors such as white? Oh, I’m sorry…your people call them poor white trash or is it uppity white trash?

The Dogfighter Returns

November 19th, 2009
5:40 pm

what crime? :)

atlanta is as safe and as dangerous as you want it to be. we need to legalize prostitution. Hey Sonny you need to legalize prostitution.

once this happens everyone will be fine. instead of wasting time in clubs drinking and making dumb decisions simply go straight to the brothel and then go home.

HowBoutThis

November 19th, 2009
6:40 pm

I have something for you @It’s A Wonder and anybody else, I am TOO BLACK, TOO STRONG – as they come so don’t get it twisted.

One thing I don’t play though is lying to myself, it’s destroying my people – this denial. We get so caught up in being concerned about airing our dirty laundry. We want to simply pass everything off and deflect. I am not concerned about white folks. Truth be told THEY’RE STRAIGHT on the whole. We on the other hand cannibalize and allow ourselves to be victimized more and more OFTEN by our OWN more than we ever do other groups. You or no other individual on this board don’t have to like what I’m saying, but what I speak is the truth.

“My people”.. psshhh

smilen at e

November 19th, 2009
7:08 pm

Enter your comments here

scott

November 19th, 2009
7:45 pm

northerners ruined Atlanta ..bringing thier ghetto attitudes/..its also one of the most racialy divided city in the country

The Rock

November 19th, 2009
8:18 pm

I think if both whites and blacks sat down and shared a meal of KFC, watermelon, and a few bags of pork rinds while listening to Lil’ Wayne, and while wearing their pants way down past the crevice and grabbing their crotch, there might be some hope that we might all get along. Pass the fatback, bro! Ain’t nothin’ but a g thang! You know what I’m sayin’?

@@

November 19th, 2009
9:35 pm

What’s wrong with Florida?

Nothing, Kyle, I love the sun in my eyes…

on my bare feet, my shoulders.

Lotsa people….but they drive O.K. as far as I can see.

How many silver vehicles down there? Did you know silver vehicles disappear in the sun, rain and fog? I learned that only recently.

jconservative

November 20th, 2009
10:12 am

jt
“What’s wrong with Florida?”

“Probably has something to do with retirees. Driving around at 45mph with their blinker on.
Don’t take this wrong. I love old folks.”

I kinda agree with jt. I have always complained about old folks driving. But. Now I are one. But. I still drive like that crazy 16 year old who got his license in 1958. You might want to keep out of my way. But. I am sure my days of “Driving around at 45mph with… blinkers on.” are coming.

DirtyDawg

November 20th, 2009
11:06 am

Hey howboutthis, it’s the poverty and the hopelessness…not the color. Plenty of tattooed, skin-headed, rednecks running around out there doing as much mayhem as any. A few years back I was burgled. Among a lot of other things, they got my golf clubs – which according to my wife was probably the best thing that could have happened – turns out is was some white guy visiting some other white-guys, living crammed into a rental house a few blocks over that had an expensive drug habit and no job.

It’s never a good thing to blame an entire people for the actions of some, be they black, brown, yellow or white. Cause no matter what color you are, if you didn’t have a ‘pot to piss in’ I suspect you’d do whatever you had to to get one, even if it meant pissin’ on somebody else. Guess that would mean you’re just a ‘dirty thief’ too, wouldn’t it?

HowBoutThis

November 20th, 2009
12:45 pm

Well DirtyDawg I have to make another admission. I did NOT have a “pot to piss in” as you say. I guarantee there isn’t anyone on this blog that has held more food stamps in their hands, eaten more syrup or mayonnaise sandwiches than I have, or slept with more roaches and rats than I have.

I have ducked more bullets than any of you can ever claim to. Having said all that, I ain’t never felt the need to blow somebody’s brains out or piss on them because of what I didn’t have. But I DID get pissed enough to focus on my dreams and set out to pursue them and make some things happen for myself. So really, you can’t tell me “-ish” Dirty. I know what the real is, been there, came up in it and all that. Do play that defection game with me. I know what I see.

Keep the victimhood to yourself, it serves me no purpose. Feed it to the “weak”. I am not one of them.

John

November 20th, 2009
1:13 pm

HowBoutThis, here is a story about a Professor that has caught a lot of flack for having a viewpoint like yours. http://www.eastbayexpress.com/eastbay/rich-black-flunking/Content?oid=1070459

Man Ray

November 20th, 2009
3:25 pm

I see jbmlaw has moved to a warmer climate. Can’t say as I blame him.

Chris Broe

November 20th, 2009
3:47 pm

It’s the law. You have to move to florida when you’ve hit HIS age. (Seinfeld).

HowBoutThis

November 20th, 2009
8:04 pm

The article was long as h3ll, but I did manage to read most of it. I can see where the writer was coming from. I realize I am not an easy pill to swallow for people who would serve to discriminate against me because of my race OR those of my own race who refuse to stand up and be accountable. I refuse to take it from either side.

Speaking for my people though, we will remain in the rut we are in until we get our @$$es in gear and employ the knowledge, ingenuity and wisdom of the ancient Africans that we are so quick to lay claim to. I had the same inadequate educational system as well; I made it though. Still busting my @$$ carrying a 3.92, finishing my college degree while managing a full time career.

My high schooler carries a 3.87. We ain’t playin’ up in here! So folks out here can MISS me with the B-S. That’s just the way I feel.

..And I STILL have yet to read a response from that individual to tell me what they would have me personally do to better this situation. That’s how it is though. It’s all empty rhetoric.

MrLiberty

November 22nd, 2009
11:17 am

Ending the failed War on Drugs would go a long way to ending urban violence accross the nation. Further, it would free up the police to actually focus on real crime instead of wasting their time raiding grow houses and killing innocent people in botched drug raids.

Its amazing that after the abject failure of alcohol prohibition americans will still believe the same lies from the government about how these substances need to be banned for our own collective good. The government makes more money off drugs being illegal than the drug dealers do. Between tax dollars for their bloated budgets to the millions they get from illegal asset forfeiture seizures, to the direct involvement in the drug trade via the CIA and other covert agencies to the massive amounts of money for the courts and the prisons, the only folks who want the drug war to continue more than the drug dealers are the government officials and private companies that profit from its existence.

You on the other hand are far less safe, and far poorer for the 80 wasted years of this failed violation of the constitution.