How the hell did you do it, Smyrna? How’d you get Google Fiber to agree to install their delicious Comcast-hegemony-free internet into your city?
Oh, we know: the Jonquil City has been serving up sublime suburbanism since 1872, but it’s also smack dab in the middle of Cobb County, which has been serving up MARTA hate since 1965. Why should they get to enjoy the future now?
The Fiber-anointed metro cities sound like a list of MARTA stations: Avondale Estates, College Park, East Point, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Decatur.
The only two metro cities that will get fiber and don’t have MARTA stations are Smyrna and Hapeville.
True. Hapeville doesn’t have its own station, but it’s just two miles from the East Point station. You can smell the Hapeville Dwarf House’s cooking from College Park’s rail station too. Smyrna, however, is about ten miles from the nearest station.
Why the near-perfect correlation? We can only guess. Maybe Google’s plan for laying the fiber is to buy a Breeze card and just chuck fiber out the back of a MARTA train as it rolls up to Sandy Springs from the airport. Weird as it sounds, there’s a precedent for such.
Whatever Google’s reasons, Smyrna got the nod. We don’t know how they did it, but we suspect they told Google they’re actually a very nice neighborhood called “Vinings.”