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CNN Shines Spotlight

I don't watch lots of CNN full-strength. No, I'm a bigger fan of CNN Headline News, capable of delivering a full day's worth of news, business, sports & human interest fluff in a half hour. Last night, however, on CNN's Democracy in America show (in the Where We Live section), they did a story on urban sprawl using Atlanta as the main focus. A good choice, really. Atlanta's got no natural boundaries to hold it in (i.e., oceans, lakes, mountains), so it looks like it'll grow until it covers all of north Georgia, in a Judge Dredd/Bruce Sterling style MegaCity. And why not? Right now I-285 bears a striking resemblance to Death Race 2000.

Incidentally, if you happened to catch the show, the last fifteen minutes was devoted to growth in Oconee, a little county east of Atlanta. Also, it's where I grew up. That's another place that's changed a lot. My family moved there when I was six. At the time, just down the street was a four-way stop, which had the local high school on one corner and a Mom and Pop shack of a corner store. Now this intersection is full-blown traffic light with each direction having a turn lane, and the four corners now contain a huge convenience store, a bank, a grocery store/pharmacy commerical complex, and a middle school (the high school having moved up the road to a much bigger facility). Oy.