by Michael Kannel, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Business Reporter

To paraphrase Yogi Berra, the future simply isn’t what it used to be: it’s more crowded.

Expect an additional 2.5 million people, bringing the metro area population from 5.5 million to 8 million by 2040, according to a forecast released today by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Back in 2011, the last time the regional visionaries of the ARC had a gander into the crystal ball, they saw a metro Atlanta of 7.8 million people in 2040.

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