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A row of townhouses in Mableton, Georgia, where residents will vote on a cityhood referendum in November.

A row of townhouses in Mableton, Georgia, where residents will vote on a cityhood referendum in November.

Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg

A Different Kind of Cityhood Movement in Metro Atlanta

After three failed proposals to create new cities in Georgia’s Cobb County, a fourth is touting diversity, affordability and inclusive voting rights. 

Out of four new cities proposed just west of Atlanta, only one is still in play.

Campaigns to establish the municipalities of Lost Mountain, East Cobb, and Vinings in what are now unincorporated parts of Cobb County, Georgia, all failed their May 24 ballot referendums. Voters living within the proposed boundaries of Mableton, on the southern edge of the county, will vote on cityhood in November. Organizers of that movement, which would create one of metro Atlanta’s most racially and economically diverse cities, say the later voting date will give them more time to educate the electorate on the benefits of incorporation.