Originally Posted by sevensixtwo
We can expect a lot of growth though. In the 2020-2040 window it sure wont be in the burbs though. Energy. Inefficient. No solution. Dont want to repeat myself too often.
i hear ya, but i partly disagree. atlanta metro isn't likely to house 8MM people within the geographic confines of the the 4 or 5 counties that house most of the population and the city of atlanta certainly isn't.
you really have to look at the burbs as suburban and x-urban, as for the latter, i think they will become long term enclaves for the affluent attracting those who are willing to pay for the luxury of living 40+ miles out. the "farther you go out from the CBD is cheaper" model will transition to an issue of affordability increasingly pricing out the middle and lower classes in the x-urbs. examples are the forsyth, barrow, hall and cherokee counties of the metro.
no doubt, the suburbs will continue to densify. my guess is we'll see some level of regional transportation by 2030 that will give way to dozens of urban nodes in the suburbs, likely in the cumberland's, perimeters, hartsfield's, GM & ford plant's and many others. i think we'll also see atlanta's mainstay suburban counties like gwinnett and cobb become increasingly socially diverse and economically seperated as the wealthly, middle class and lower classes each create their own geographic identities with the suburbs.
another wildcard here is the impact of HSR. who knows where HSR will stop within 100 miles of atlanta and how much growth will impact those stopping points as they become communter cities to atlanta?