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Number of the Month – Commute Times

Around the first of the month I publish the number of the month, a random bit of local trivia.

27.1 versus 29.1

The average travel time to work for Fulton County residents, 2009 versus 2000. Yes, it has gone down!

Figures from the 2010 census are slowing being released. Unfortunately commute times (or as the census calls it, “Mean Travel Time to Work”) isn’t out. Yet I did find this bit of information. The census bureau conducts yearly surveys that get rolled up into five year intervals. So from the years 2005 – 2009 the average commute time for Fulton County residents was 27.1 minutes. This figure is less than the 29.1 minutes Fulton commuters spent in 2000. I’ll post some other north metro counties below to see how they compare. As a general rule, commute times have remained flat or declined slightly over the last decade while populations have boomed.

Why do I bring this up? City and regional planners are considering drastic actions to tackle traffic. Those include spending billions on MARTA rail expansion and zoning for very high density. Perhaps we should keep this traffic statistic in mind before we dramatically alter the shape and character of the communities we love.

Commute Times - North Metro Atlanta

County 2005-2009 Commute Times 2000 Commute Times
Fulton 27.1 29.1
Forsyth 30.5 33.2
Cherokee 33.4 34.4
Cobb 29.8 31.3
Gwinnett 32.4 32.2

Number of the Month – Mosques and Mixed-Use

Around the first of the month I publish the number of the month, a random or meaningless bit of local trivia.

“More ThanĀ  100″ versus “About 30″

The number of Alpharetta residents that packed the City Council chamber last year regarding a mosque expansion… versus how many people attended last night’s Peridot mixed-use public hearing.

Both figures are estimates; the first from a local newspaper and the second being my estimated headcount from last night’s meeting. Just goes to show where local priorities stand.

Number of the Month – Alpharetta Jobs on Twitter

Around the first of the month I publish the number of the month, a random or meaningless bit of local trivia.


The number of Alpharetta jobs advertised on Twitter in the trailing 24 hours.

Number of the Month – Sewer in Milton

Around the first of the month I publish the number of the month, just a random or meaningless bit of local trivia.


The percentage of the city of Milton’s acreage that the sewer system supports… and that’s just fine by them.

This has always been strange to me. Milton refuses to expend their small sewer system. Why? It gives them an easier way to say no to higher density and commercial development. Actually they don’t even have to say no. The rules regarding septic systems prohibit small lots. Proposed development is nipped in the bud before it can even be considered.

What do I think? I sleep easy knowing there isn’t a big concrete box full of poo buried in my front yard. So yeah, color me a fan of the sewer system. If you want to say no to certain development then fine, vote them down. Just don’t deny your citizens access to a sanitary sewer system, something municipalities have been providing for centuries.

Number of the Month – September

Around the first of the month I publish the number of the month. Just a random or meaningless bit of local trivia.

4 and 2

The number of big box retailers in the city limits of Milton and Johns Creek, respectively.

Milton is widely regarded as a rural city of horse farms while Johns Creek has more of a retail feel. Yet as it turns out, because of the strange city boundary between Milton and Alpharetta, Milton has a disproportionate number of big stores. This is mainly due to Windward Parkway. Portions of the north side of Windward are in Milton while the south is Alpharetta. I don’t know why Alpharetta didn’t annex this stuff when it had the chance. Nevertheless, Milton inherited more big stores than one might think they have. And by “big box retailers” I mean Walmart, Target, Fry’s, Home Depot and Lowes.

Number of the Month – July

I’m going to rip off a blog idea from fellow blogger Bob Strader. He has a monthly feature called the big number that he posts at the end of each month. His number is usually real estate related but mine will be whatever. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I hope Bob takes it that way because I love his blog.


The number of ads for cosmetic surgery, BOTOX or teeth whitening procures in the August 2010 issue of Points North Magazine.

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