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Expansion and Development in the Greater Decatur area

Decatur gets richer and it’s not 1984

Posted by alalto on August 8, 2008

Well folks, great news. The Decatur Metropolitan Area (Morgan and Lawrence Counties) experienced the second highest per capita income growth in the state, and the highest in North Alabama. Between 2006 and 2007 the Decatur Metro per capita income grew by 5.2 percent. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Huntsville Metro Area (Madison and Limestone Counties) experienced a growth rate of 4 percent for the same period of time.

The highest growth rate in the state was not state for some reason… Anyways, ranked, the Birmingham-Hoover Metro Area has a per capita income of $39,247, with a growth rate of 5.1 percent. Huntsville was next with $36,084. Then came Montgomery with $34,333 with a growth rate of 4.1 percent. Then came Decatur with $32,293.

For the next story, just so you know, the cameras that look like big brother from 1984 is watching you and taking a picture of your car tag when you run a red light are not such. They are merely a traffic monitoring system that is used to regulate traffic lights. Don’t worry, these things are just making your commute better. And they last longer than a regular in ground sensor.

Is it just me or are there more and more people being pulled over lately???


5 Responses to “Decatur gets richer and it’s not 1984”

  1. Robbie Wahl said

    Steve, in the nicest possible way, move away from the stagnate black hole that is Decatur.

    If you ever live anywhere else (outside of the play world that is college) you will understand very fast how stagnate Decatur is as a metropolitan area.

    After studying quite a bit of urban planning getting my Architecture Degree I can tell you, even if income increases, Decatur will NOT grow substantially with things the way they are run now. Especially if the City Council is depended to make zoning and urban improvements to the city.

    They are neither equipped to make those decisions nor are they long sighted enough to enact anything for the good of the city 20 years from now. They make a decision for a maximum of 10 years out only because it affects their own political position.

  2. Jason said

    The per capita increase % was fantastic news for our area. Thank you for highlighting it on your website.

  3. I think all it takes is young people with passion for their city to get involved and make the difference. The younger generation will be the future leaders of the city, so don’t be discouraged, Steve.

    I’ve lived in several different states and in several sizes of towns and cities. Most people I’ve met say the same thing about their town/city, “there’s nothing here. I can’t wait to leave.” Nothing will ever change if no one takes the time to take the first steps.

    Keep up the good work and don’t lose your passion. Even ONE person can make a difference!

  4. EVC Green said

    Vicky and Robin,
    You do express your care for Decatur. Why not start a txt msg campaign for James Tardy for Council seat District 2. He’s certainly more qualified with progressive ideas and vision.

  5. Jeremy said

    I can tell you this, I work for the city & the city is in bad shape. There is no money. The budget for 08 was never looked at by the city leaders. Let’s just say it was pretty much thrown out the window because it was so screwed up. So maybe and hopefully the new mayor can get things straightened out for us. I hope because my family depends on this city to survive.

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