There’s an article from Forbes making the rounds on twitter this week. Longtime readers of my blog may recognize the article and its author. I’m still a little puzzled as to why this is trending locally. Nevertheless it is a worthy local topic.
Forbes recognized Alpharetta as the country’s top place to move – also known as America’s number one reloville. Actually the designation was conferred on Alpharetta three years ago in this article by Peter Kilborn.
Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Peter Kilborn is certainly no stranger to Alpharetta. In 2005 he penned a feature for the New York Times on a relo family in Alpharetta. The article chronicles their life in Alpharetta and the career move that took them away. The article left so much of an impression on me that it inspired the name of my blog and much of my early writing.
Kilborn’s work here in Alpharetta lead to a book called Next Stop, Reloville: Life Inside America’s New Rootless Professional Class. It’s an interesting read and very relevant to life here in Alpharetta.
But back to Alpharetta’s #1 reloville designation. Though I’m puzzled as to why this article is trending again, it serves as a great reminder to us all. Even through this economic downturn, Alpharetta remains a great place to relocate. The economy here continues to thrive and unemployment is relatively low. Our schools remain strong, crime is low and quality of life is suburb. Those of us who have been here for a while should not take this for granted. Reading Forbes’ article might help reinforce that reminder.