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Sometimes it takes just one big event to put a town on the map.

Georgia officials did it 488 times last week in one stroke.

Bowing to the fact that community pride trumps government tinkering, the Georgia Department of Transportation promised Wednesday that the 488 tiny communities it purged from the state's official road map will be restored.

As well they should be. They shouldn't have been stricken from the new map in the first place. By doing so, the DOT unintentionally telegraphed a condescending message to rural Georgians: Sorry, your communities just aren't good enough to be on our map.

The map change is especially good news for unincorporated Martinez and Evans in Columbia County. They hold about half of the county's 100,000-plus population, and the DOT had them slated to vanish. How silly is that?

Well, welcome back, small-town Georgia.

It's as if you never left.

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