Are you ITP or OTP? One letter can make a difference


If you’re from Georgia, you likely know the difference between ITP and OTP.  If you don’t, well, as we say with a drawl, “You’re not from around here, are you?”

Your “ITP” or “OTP” status is an indicator of your social, cultural — and legal status.

For those of you who “aren’t from around here,” “ITP” means “Inside the Perimeter.”  “OTP” means “Outside the Perimeter.”  In Georgia, you’re one or the other.  Still in the dark?  The “Perimeter” is Interstate 285, the concrete loop of highway lanes that surround the city of Atlanta.  We don’t call it a beltway, or a bypass, or refer to it in any way but as a border, a line- or circle- of demarcation.  Either you’re inside the defensive circle, or you’re outside with the barbarians.

It’s a moat, of sorts.  It’s also a state of mind.  And if you’re poor and need a lawyer, OTP is the equivalent of Siberian exile, but with fried chicken and sweet tea.

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