Atlanta, the third fastest growing city in U.S. is busting at the seams

(Source: WGCL)

The Census has confirmed what everybody else here already knew -- that metro Atlanta is bursting at the seams with new people, including nearly 90,000 in the last year alone.

"This is a place that is attractive for people to move to especially for work our employment growth here in metro Atlanta has been exceptional over the last five years coming out of the recession we have been outpacing the United States consistently for the lat four years," says Mike Alexander.

Alexander is with the Atlanta Regional Commission where they've been watching the growth for years, but haven't seen anything like what's happening now.

"When you look at housing constructions and you include multifamily construction and single-family construction, the city of Atlanta is on pace right now to have built the most new residential units in this decade."

And while the influx of new residents skews young, the full picture shows a mix of demographics including empty nesters.

"So yes you do see in a city like Atlanta where there's a large share of households that are single person households these are very young households typically, but you're also seeing people who are moving back in who want a simpler lifestyle, less yard maybe a more vertical environment where there's less maintenance for them as well," says Alexander.

The ARC is also acutely aware that sometimes you can have too much of a good thing, especially on the roads, but this year Georgia lawmakers allocated $100 million for transportation plans. As well as a bill to re-brand and re-purpose MARTA into the new "ATL" Transit System where manage lanes and rapid bus lines will merge hopefully into a new traffic solution.

"We'll be able to put express buses high speed buses into that system and people will be able to commute faster than the general purpose lanes to get to work destinations so combining that managed lane system with the thoughtful transit system puts us in a great place to serve our more suburban areas."

The governor has yet to sign the new transit system bill into law, however, CBS46 is told he is carefully considering it.

There are a lot of municipalities hoping that this bill moves forward because too often every new resident is a new resident stuck right there with you in traffic.

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