this evening, on a very brief visit, we grant you, checking out Atlanta.
A lot of people have said over the years that Atlanta is not such a great
place to visit. The downtown is not unusually vibrant. And as many visitors
notice, there is no dramatic urban focus. The people who come to live here,
on the other hand, think it is a great place to live. There is just one
thing. Success is not always good for living. This mega city -- that's
what it is now -- is one of the great success stories of the 1990s. Not
since right after the Civil War, when Atlanta grew from the ashes, has
the city grown so fast. The population of Georgia grew 26% in the 1990s.
And it sometimes seems as if everyone has a car. This
city projects itself to the rest of the world as prosperous, busy and united.
there are] three indicators [of challenges to Atlanta's quality of
pollution -- Atlanta has so much air pollution now that the ozone alert
is commonplace. It is sometimes genuinely hard to breathe here.
-- they just will not have anything to do with mass transit here, and only
three other cities in the country have worse congestion. Which, of course,
has something to do with the pollution.
if ever there was a brake on growth, it is a shortage of water. Atlanta
can see it coming. There is simply not enough in the Georgia watershed
to go on like this."