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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

October 24, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A new national study examining concentrated poverty in America nationwide includes a glimpse of Albany, specifically East Albany.

The report describes an area with no major commercial or real estate development and few social services.

Business owners in the East Albany don't completely agree with the study.

The Brookings Institution released detailed findings of a 2-year study on Friday.

"I think people consider the east side as a real rough side, a bad side," said Sandy Rollins, Owner Sandy's Corner.

The report brands East Albany as a distressed community in a poor city.

Rollins owns a business on the east side, and saw some of the report, she doesn't see why those who live and work in this area are singled out.

"When you read about different things, you read about it as well on the west side also. I sort of see them the same way, but they've just classed us as kind of a bad part," said Rollins.

The study points out a decline in the city's population partly because of major businesses closing and a 40 mile drive to interstate 75.

One major flaw in the report, it claims Albany has only one bridge which crosses the Flint River.

There are actually four bridges in the city.

To find more stats and detailed information about East Albany click here

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