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Old Posted Feb 22, 2011, 7:53 PM
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1) Birmingham-Tuscaloosa-Cullman 1,515,000
I don't think they will this time, but I figure by the time 2020 rolls around, Tuscaloosa will be part of our CSA. I think once the intermodal facility opens up in McCalla the 20/59 corridor down to Tuscaloosa will start to fill in with light to medium industry.
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Old Posted Feb 24, 2011, 8:14 PM
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Alabama 2010 Census numbers are out

Top Counties (over 100,000)
Jefferson 658,466 (-)
Mobile 412,992 (+)
Madison 334,811 (+++)
Montgomery 229,363 (+)
Shelby 195,085 (++++)
Tuscaloosa 194,656 (+++)
Baldwin 182,265 (++++)
Lee 140,247 (+++)
Morgan 119,490 (++)
Calhoun 118,572 (++)
Etowah 104,430 (+)
Houston 101,547 (++)

Legend
- Population Loss
+ 0-5% Pop Gain
++ 5-15% Pop Gain
+++ 15-25% Pop Gain
++++ 25+% Pop Gain
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Old Posted Feb 24, 2011, 9:53 PM
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Anyone know where all these news organizations are finding all these city figures? Try as I might, I just can't find anything other than the 5 largest cities. But, of course, Birmingham News apparently has access to the "data fairy" and has all the numbers for all the cities, but only want to talk about Bessemer, Hoover, and Alabaster.
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Alabama 2010 Census numbers are out

Top Counties (over 100,000)
Jefferson 658,466 (-)
Mobile 412,992 (+)
Madison 334,811 (+++)
Montgomery 229,363 (+)
Shelby 195,085 (++++)
Tuscaloosa 194,656 (+++)
Baldwin 182,265 (++++)
Lee 140,247 (+++)
Morgan 119,490 (++)
Calhoun 118,572 (++)
Etowah 104,430 (+)
Houston 101,547 (++)

Legend
- Population Loss
+ 0-5% Pop Gain
++ 5-15% Pop Gain
+++ 15-25% Pop Gain
++++ 25+% Pop Gain
I'm going to laugh when both Shelby and Baldwin Counties pass Montgomery County, probably by 2020.
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Old Posted Feb 24, 2011, 11:31 PM
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I'm going to laugh when both Shelby and Baldwin Counties pass Montgomery County, probably by 2020.
You don't have to wait...laugh now.
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Old Posted Feb 25, 2011, 12:00 AM
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Here are the CSA numbers for the big 4, assuming current definitions:

Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman CSA 1,208,453
Jefferson 658,466
Shelby 195,085
St Clair 83,593
Cullman 80,406
Walker 67,023
Blount 57,322
Chilton 43,643
Bibb 22,915

Mobile-Daphne-Fairhope CSA 595,257
Mobile 412,992
Baldwin 182,265

Huntsville-Decatur CSA 571,422
Madison 334,811
Morgan 119,490
Limestone 82,782
Lawrence 34,339

Montgomery-Alexander City CSA 427,691
Montgomery 229,363
Elmore 79,303
Autaga 54,571
Tallapoosa 41,616
Coosa 11,539
Lowndes 11,299
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Alabama Metros (per 2000-2010 Definitions)

1) Birmingham - Hoover 1,128,047
2) Huntsville 417,593
3) Mobile 412,992 (w/ Baldwin County 595,257)
4) Montgomery 374,536
5) Tuscaloosa 216,461
6) Decatur 153,829
7) Florence - Muscle Shoals 147,132
8) Dothan 145,639
9) Auburn - Opelika 140,247
10) Anniston - Oxford 118,572
11) Gadsden 104,430

Alabama CSAs (per 2000-2010 definitions)

1) Birmingham - Hoover - Cullman 1,208,453
2) Mobile - Daphne - Fairhope 595,257
3) Huntsville - Decatur 571,422
4) Montgomery - Alexander City 427,691
5) Dothan - Enterprise - Ozark 245,838
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Alabama Metros (per 2000-2010 Definitions)

1) Birmingham - Hoover 1,128,047
2) Huntsville 417,593
3) Mobile 412,992 (w/ Baldwin County 595,257)
4) Montgomery 374,536
5) Tuscaloosa 216,461
6) Decatur 153,829
7) Florence - Muscle Shoals 147,132
8) Dothan 145,639
9) Auburn - Opelika 140,247
10) Anniston - Oxford 118,572
11) Gadsden 104,430

Alabama CSAs (per 2000-2010 definitions)

1) Birmingham - Hoover - Cullman 1,208,453
2) Mobile - Daphne - Fairhope 595,257
3) Huntsville - Decatur 571,422
4) Montgomery - Alexander City 427,691
5) Dothan - Enterprise - Ozark 245,838


Washington County will be added to the CSA also they met the CSA standards with 18 %. So the Mobile-Baldwin-Washington CSA is 612,000 but by the time 2013 come it could be 618,000.
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Old Posted Mar 4, 2011, 12:45 AM
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So, here's the first of some maps I plan on making to examine the Census numbers for Alabama:

This is one I call County Dynamics.



Obviously, the darker counties are the most dynamic. I used a classification of Natural Breaks. I didn't feel like making a legend, because A) It would take too long and B) It's almost pointless.

This map is intended to show how dynamic a county is, based on the percent increase of cities inside the county. I basically went through the spreadsheet of cities and found all of the cities with a 40% increase or more (I also included CDPs).

How is this relevant? Basically, looking at cities that were, in the 2000 Census, rather small and then seeing how they have grown since then allows us to see whether the county is monotonous (experiencing drastic growth ONLY in a single city) or if it is dynamic (experiencing drastic growth in multiple cities or a GREAT amount of growth in a city that isn't the primary municipality).

As for how this can be used, I really think you can make a few inferences as far as what we can expect from the county in the future. Obviously, things are going to change, and change constantly, but based on the decade between 2000 and 2010, we can look and see where we can expect the most explosive growth based on what we've seen in the past.

Montgomery got it's massive increase from Pike Road, which increased by 1600%... yea.... This could indicate that we'll be seeing some sprawl outside of Montgomery in the future.
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By the way, if anyone wants me to make a specific map dealing with the census numbers, just let me know.
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By the way, if anyone wants me to make a specific map dealing with the census numbers, just let me know.

Can you do a urbanized population map ?
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Can you do a urbanized population map ?
I don't believe they've released that info yet.
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More of a local thing, but I still think it's worth noting. Maybe other systems in the state could also implement this program.

Tuscaloosa city schools receive disciplinary award
Tuscaloosa News

The Tuscaloosa City Schools was awarded the Magna Award from the American School Board Journal, the National School Boards Association and Sodexo School Services.

The HELP (Helping Education/Linking Parents) Program is a collaborative effort between the school system, the City of Tuscaloosa, and the district attorney's office.

The program operates by sending warning letters to parents the first 4 times a student receives and out-of-school suspension. Each time the parent receives the letter it's from a different person, the principal, police chief, mayor and finally the district attorney. The letters warn that the parents are responsible for keeping the kids in school and says that parents may be fined or prosecuted if action isn't taken.

- 2008-2009 school year, there were 4,450 out-of-school suspensions (w/o HELP)
- 2009-2010 school year, there were 3,991 OOS Suspensions (w/ HELP)

The number of expulsions has also dropped from 59 to 32.
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Old Posted May 23, 2011, 6:59 AM
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So, I know we've all been pretty quiet since the tornadoes. How is everyone holding up?

If anyone needs to talk or anything, I know it's been a while, but I know there are probably a lot of lingering emotions, I'm open to conversing, or just being an open ear.

Anyways, I watched the outbreak special on Discovery Channel, and it brought me back to everything I saw.

Posting has been pretty sporadic, except in the places of the state that weren't as affected by the storms. I know some of us must have been affected in some way, so if there's something going on let us know, we can all help in some way.
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I'm doing fine. The tornado passed south and to the east of us. Subdivisions off of Capshaw Rd. and Pepper RD. were hit especially hard, with significant damage. Tanner was also hit hard.
If the tornado had gone about 1/2 mile further north, then the Limestone Correctional Facility would be gone. The K9 unit and several outbuildings in the southeast corner were damaged, and there may have been a little roof damage to the prison, but from what I can see, it's not bad. Also, the neiborhood immediately east of the prison, off of Orville Smith Rd. were hit bad. We had some shingles get blown off and quite a few tabs are loose.
One of our neighbors said that a small spinoff tornado went down the street behind our house, and that may have been what caused several homes to have damage to shingles.

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Great news! Hackleburg's Wrangler plant (which was destroyed in an EF5 tornado on April 27th) will be rebuilt, and will potentially have an additional 50 jobs.

This is the second plant rebuilding I've heard of. The first being in Decatur. Great news for Hackleburg, and definitely says a great deal about our workforce and business environment!

Here's the link to the story: Wrangler plant to be rebuilt
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I have population density maps.





















Made using ArcGIS. Data came from the US Census Bureau.
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650 jobs and a total of $850 million were announced today.

250 jobs were announced in Decatur at the state robotics park, an investment of $500 Million for the first phase of a steel plant.

400 jobs were announced in Tuscaloosa at Mercedes-Benz, and investment of $350 Million for a 5th line.
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I know that a lot of us don't see eye-to-eye on politics in Alabama, but I'm interested in gathering your opinions on this.

When I get on Facebook, especially during this particular election cycle, I see a lot of comments that are both constructive and destructive. A majority of these things I see are destructive.

If you'll look at the picture I posted, I would like to kind of get a feel for how everyone feels about how things are going. The name that isn't completely blanked out is me; you're welcome to criticize. But what I really want to discuss is how we go forward in a state of politics that is fundamentally disruptive. It's necessarily that we don't agree anymore, it's that we are seriously and fundamentally against eachother.

We no longer meet with one another to discuss how we can come together and move forward. We no longer try to come to any consensus. We thought that the Republican/Democrat relationship was stressed under the Bob Riley administration, but things are now more tense than ever. The way I look at it, great things happen under Bob Riley, but many look at that period of time as.... forgettable.

I guess I just don't understand things anymore. When I was in school (and hopefully I'll be back in August) people disagreed, but were able to compromise. Meanwhile, "adults" were constantly fighting and providing an example for people in their 20s that was less than prime. I can't help but be pessimistic.

So, where do we go? We have a huge constituency that is, rightfully so, frustrated with how things are working out in both the state and federal levels. I constantly see people commenting on how their representative are acting, without actually knowing what they are talking about. It makes me exceedingly frustrated to see comments like the one in the picture I posted. People become so obsessed with defeating bigots, or those that oppose proper progress, that they become enveloped in rhetoric that does nothing but advance the will of those which they seek to defeat.

Our economy has been improving, rapidly, lately but can it be sustained with the current political tumult?

I've asked a lot of question, but I hope that ALL of us can weigh in, in a respectful way; because I'm really pessimistic as of now, and I don't think that I'm alone...
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