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Skirting a racial divide over annexation in Atlanta

7:05 pm Aug. 2, 2017

Throughout the modern history of Atlanta, the topic of annexation has been a delicate one, treated something like a sweaty bottle of nitroglycerin.

Suggest the expansion of the city’s puny boundaries, and race becomes the immediate, volatile subtext. We’re about to find out whether we’ve outgrown the reflex.

The trap has a biracial legacy.

Back in the 1940s, Mayor William B. Hartsfield publicly characterized annexation as an exercise in efficiency and good citizenship.