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I'm not sure, but should the demographic data from Athens-Clarke County (balance), Georgia be merged into this article. I know that Athens and Clarke Co have merged government, so I suppose the above article is the gazeteer-dumped article, but I'm not certain. Anyone know the answer? Sayeth 21:04, Oct 19, 2004 (UTC)

I went ahead and merged the two articles, but now I am concerned that the lengthy history section is at least partially copyvio from this website:[1]. Sayeth 16:06, Oct 20, 2004 (UTC)
It should be merged. In fact the article needs to be updated and retitled. There is no city of Athens, technically. There is the Athens-Clarke County unified government. The government is commonly referred to as the A-C-C. It is also why the census does not collect data on just Athens, but Athens-Clarke County. For those who are not from Georgia... Georgia has really tiny counties by land area. Smaller then any other state actually and Clarke county is also one of the smaller counties in Georgia, so that is why there is this unique situation where it became Athens-Clarke County rather than a growing city eventually annexing most of the county. Cwkimbro 17:29, 25 June 2007 (UTC)


Hi there. With apologies to Modern Skirts (who are all nice guys), and Ruben Kincaid (who I'm sure are great), I do not think either band belongs on a short list of notable Athens bands. Maybe in a few years...but I'm pretty sure they'll be in line behind Pylon, Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, etc, etc. Maybe a better place would be Music_of_Athens,_Georgia? Or perhaps we could start a category of Athens bands? I'm open to discussion... IanRickert 17:38, 9 December 2005 (UTC)

Some ~1.5 years later, I think Modern Skirts has grown enough in popularity to be re-mentioned in the notable Athens bands. Just a personal opinion based on my experience of a rise in their popularity outside of Athens. Open to discussion. Caseodilla 07:37, 7 March 2007 (UTC)


Hi all. I corrected the spelling of musician Vic Chesnutt from Vic "Chestnut." It should now link correctly to the entry. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:10, 28 January 2006


How about some nice pictures of downtown Athens during the afternoon along Broad Street or something to that effect. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:47, 14 September 2006

Photographs of downtown have been added. Perhaps of other neighborhoods later such as Normaltown, Five Points, and out Baxter Avenue and out Prince as well as the University of Georgia campus. Perhaps also some notable buildings? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:30, 21 May 2008 (UTC)


Would an editor who knows the City please take a look at the additions to the list of neighborhoods. They are all copied from this website. (I have already removed slabs of copyvio text.) As far as I can see they are names of groups of rental properties rather than significant districts. In any case, the content of the articles added is all copyvio as a lift from the same website. I am not in a position to make a determination as to the notability of the additions and should welcome an informed view. Thanks. TerriersFan 00:11, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

Pending any other consensus on here I have now removed the long list of red links. TerriersFan 20:46, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

Someone should incorporate this information: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:14, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Athens, Georgia → Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — As of 1991 Athens, GA does not exist officially, but it became a unified government called the Athens-Clarke County government. To the U.S. Census Bureau and the state of Georgia Clarke County and Athens-Clarke County exist, but not just Athens. Georgia has small counties in land area size and Clarke county is one of the smallest in Georgia, so rather than the previous city annexing most of the county there was a unique situation where the city and county government merged and became one. The page for Athens-Clarke County, Georgia has been created before, but it currently just a redirect page. —Cwkimbro 18:02, 25 June 2007 (UTC)


Feel free to state your position on the renaming proposal by beginning a new line in this section with *'''Support''' or *'''Oppose''', then sign your comment with ~~~~. Since polling is not a substitute for discussion, please explain your reasons, taking into account Wikipedia's naming conventions.
  • Oppose. There is still a place in Georgia called Athens. While that name no longer has any legal meaning, it is still the name used by residents, travelers, the local newspaper, etc. "Athens-Clarke County" is the legal entity, but "Athens" is the name everyone uses. If this were an article about the unified government, then Athens-Clarke would be appropriate, but as this article deals with cultural and other issues, Athens is the correct usage. Clarke County has its own article (which is similar to articles on other counties) and that article should stand as well. --SuperNova |T|C| 20:33, 28 June 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose for reasons given, and on historical grounds. It doesn't make much sense for the articles on Howell Cobb or Crawford Long, both antebellum Athens residents, to link to an article on the consolidated Athens-Clarke County municipality. -- Rob C (Alarob) 17:09, 29 June 2007 (UTC)


Any additional comments:

Shouldn't this be split up instead? Isn't there still a place called Athens by its inhabitants? The county, however, should be named as suggested. E.G. 05:42, 27 June 2007 (UTC)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

It was requested that this article be renamed but there was no consensus for it be moved. --Stemonitis 20:09, 30 June 2007 (UTC)

Music of Athens[edit]

With an existing Music of Athens GA page, the information on this page could be merged into the Culture section, and the long list of bands removed. Discuss. MarkinBoston 17:08, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

Please do, its getting out of hand (the list, that is) --Mjrmtg 02:08, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

hello! i just wanted everyone to know that it made a bad impression on me that bubba sparxx was not included in the music of athens section but was instead relegated to the notable people section. we don't want people getting the wrong idea about athens, so i moved his name to the proper section. it wasn't very nice not to include him there considering he is an internationally known musician. if the list is getting out of hand, perhaps it should be merged. i mean, athens does have a great music scene so i am sure there are plenty of other acts not listed.(Rpbyrd3 (talk) 14:43, 22 March 2009 (UTC))

City/County Consolidation[edit]

I think it was in 2008 not 1991. I lived there in 81 and I remember it happening. (talk) 21:25, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

I just cited it. Many attempts were made earlier but it wasn't official until 1991. Sasquatch t|c 05:11, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

File:Athens_1840.png may be deleted[edit]

I have tagged File:Athens_1840.png, which is in use in this article for deletion because it does not have a copyright tag. If a copyright tag is not added within seven days the image will be deleted. --Chris 07:12, 27 April 2009 (UTC)

Athens Academy[edit]

The following remarks were commented out of the article. Commented out sections are not the place to put extended discussion. This talk page is. LadyofShalott 20:55, 5 January 2010 (UTC)

  • Athens Academy (grades K-12)


says "near Athens" which is not IN Athens.

^^^Athens Academy added because the town of Athens recognizes it as an 'Athens school' by inviting students to participate in Youth Leadership Athens alongside Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals students. This same privilege is not extended to schools such as Oconee County High School.

This, however, is irrelevant to being included within Athens. "Invitations" don't change geography.

LMAO, You are saying that because YLA includes AA, that makes AA in Athens? OK then, come back and try to remove Athens Christian and MDCHS as they are not part of YLA

Adding schools outside Athens constitutes WP:SPAM for the school added. Okay for metro area. Student7 (talk) 15:50, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
There is a self-evident connection between Athens and Athens Academy. It was located within Athens from 1967 to the early 1970's, and is currently less than a mile from the Athens-Clarke County border. I expect it is still true that the majority of its student body comes from Athens. It seems like the connection is strong enough to not unreasonably merit mentioning a non-profit educational institution closely associated with Athens. Perhaps we could start a section for schools which have been historically closed or relocated from Athens. Fred Birchmore (talk) 16:14, 22 May 2010 (UTC)
Hundreds of businesses move. If it were General Motors, maybe. A school seems a poor candidate. If you are associated with the school to any degreee, it is likely WP:SPAM. It is hard to argue with a spammer which is why we have fairly ironclad rules about these things. Student7 (talk) 22:07, 24 May 2010 (UTC)
Funny how the best school in Athens gets excluded from the list. Why is everyone so sensitive about this issue? I would argue for Prince Avenue being an Athens school. Also, is the new St. Joe's campus on Epps in Clarke or Oconee County? I bet Student7 is pretty excited to cut another school. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:45, 19 July 2013 (UTC)
Excuse me. It may be the "best school NOT in Athens." It cannot be in this article because it is not in Athens.
You might take a look at Norwich University. It is not in Norwich, Vermont. It doesn't claim to be either. Student7 (talk) 23:23, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

Oconee County part of Athens[edit]

I live in Athens, and I never knew Oconee County was not at least part of Athens, because in most cases, Oconee always considers itself the suburbs of Athens. Anyway, my question is that is there any actual definitive of the Athens area? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mr. High school student (talkcontribs) 23:32, 19 July 2010 (UTC)

Yes, it is the city-county border of Athens-Clarke County. Being in the suburbs of a town or being in its metropolitan area is not the same thing as being part of the entity itself. LadyofShalott 23:06, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Oconee is part of Athens – Clarke County metropolitan area place (and article). Student7 (talk) 19:00, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, it makes sense now--When Chuck Norris takes a step, all humanity dies and gets reborn again Mr. High School Student 15:13, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

Merge List of People from Athens, Georgia[edit]

The info on the List page is duplicated here, it would get rid of an orphan/stub if they could be merged - Yorkshiresoul (talk) 07:10, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Agree - (Note: And they need references).--Doug Coldwell talk 12:18, 11 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose. It is a trivia section anyway and distracts from the city of Athens. The article should be about the city, not the people "from" there. These people have their own articles. List in this article should be merged to the "List of people from Athens." Student7 (talk) 13:49, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Support Many towns have similar sections. The lists should definitely be combined and sourced, and based on precedent, the best location is the main article. If space is a concern, the list can be two columns with smaller text. czar · · 08:02, 29 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose I think the List of people from Athens, Georgia is far too short to leave as is (currently only two people). It seems some other city articles have a section for this sort of list, but other cities have standalone list articles. I'm not sure if one is officially preferred in the Wikipedia guideline tomes, but I agree with Student7 that a lengthy list detracts from the main article and should be separated. In the meantime I'm going to copy the list from the main article and add it to the separate list. Estaling (talk) 16:00, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Comment. Agree that small unimportant towns/villages have integrated list with article. Larger, important cities do not, because list of "notables" is too long. Is Athens important? Are there many notable people from the city? Student7 (talk) 21:38, 23 November 2013 (UTC)
    • Athens currently has 43 people on the list. I checked out a few similarly-populated cities in Georgia. Both Savannah (with about 123) and Macon (with 92) had separate notable people articles, with no list on the main pages. Sandy Springs had no list at all. But Columbus had an abridged list (52) on the main page with a link to a category (176 people) (no separate notable people article). Estaling (talk) 04:58, 25 November 2013 (UTC)
I columnized it, which seemed to help a little. Kind of at the upper end of what length a list of unrelated names should be in an place article. Student7 (talk) 21:56, 25 November 2013 (UTC)

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