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Re: “How the hell did the Downtown Connector flood?

Infrastructure fail. Why invest in our commonwealth when we can cut taxes for the wealthiest few.

Posted by mperloe on 06/01/2015 at 8:29 PM

Re: “How the hell did the Downtown Connector flood?

GDOT has a lot of balls. Not only do they try to put responsibility for storm drainage along state highways on the city, but they expect the city to pay for street lighting on interstate highways too. For some reason, the city has agreed. I don't get it.

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Posted by 13th-Streeter on 06/01/2015 at 2:21 PM

Re: “How the hell did the Downtown Connector flood?

This is an old story of Atlanta not doing it's most basic job ... proper sewage & storm management. Atlanta runs storm drainage through it's sewage lines. They are woefully inadequate, yet building permits have been replacing permeable soil with concrete for many decades. You will be told that "detention ponds" have been required for many modern decades yet these ponds also create "water dams" slowing the down hill drainage that once upon a time let the water flow into streams and now have raised the level of ground water during storms putting water mixed with sewage into your basements and backed up into your homes drains. The reverse is just as true. During the last 2 lengthy droughts, despite fighting a multi State Federal lawsuit war for the last drops of drinking water taken from the Chattahoochee River and the imposition of stringent water use throughout the Metro area, Atlanta continued to issue massive amounts of building permits placing even more concrete and encouraging increased population needs for drinking water. When considering the issue of storm drainage, Atlanta makes no effort to include underground water. For those who are not familiar with such issues, this is a different issue than the level of the underground water table as these are fully mature underground rivers that are also blocked by the larger "detention ponds" and in times of drought, when overloaded with the weight of buildings and parking lots, cause the sink holes that have periodically suddenly opened up and swallowed cars or damaged buildings. Much of Metro Atlanta sits on Stone Mountain Granite. Water cannot get below the granite and it flows fast across its surface.

Phil Paymer

p.s. Many of your drinking water main lines in DeKalb County (including in neighborhoods surrounding the CDC) are decades out of date, break & are repaired routinely & most importantly the piping is composed of paper, glue and Asbestos!

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Posted by Miranda Carter Paymer on 06/01/2015 at 2:01 PM

Re: “How the hell did the Downtown Connector flood?

The best reason to demand that candidates not pollute our public rights-of-way with campaign signs is that it is illegal -- and it is unconscionable for someone seeking an office, in which she/he will defend and enhance the laws of our city/state/nation, to break those laws while campaigning for that office.

But this flooding is ALSO a good reason to oppose this illegal behavior on the part of our elected officials. Those campaign signs that clogged the storm drains have candidates' names written on them. I hope GDOT bills them for the costs of the flood, and releases their names so that affected individuals can file suit against them.

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Posted by JoeInAtlanta on 06/01/2015 at 1:34 PM

Re: “How the hell did the Downtown Connector flood?

good thing GDOT is spending nearly $2 billion on both the 285/400 interchange and the 75 North Toll project.

yolo

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Posted by Matt Wooddy on 06/01/2015 at 1:11 PM

Re: “How the hell did the Downtown Connector flood?

Got caught on Ponce de Leon during this, it was truly incredible. The road might as well have been a river, felt bad for all the people standing at MARTA stops forced to just stand in knee-deep floodwater.

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Posted by Graybeard Lyles on 06/01/2015 at 1:00 PM

Re: “First Slice 6/1/15: Oh, metro Atlanta, you dysfunctional mess

Hey Vox's Mom, has Zone 5 grown? I mean some condos and apartments got added...some stores opened...some offices relocated there, I think. Maybe more activity in general? Maybe?? In any case, I need more than a 4 month snapshot to lose my shit. Sorry for yawning.

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Posted by leery negro on 06/01/2015 at 12:44 PM

Re: “'Game of Thrones' recap: 'Hardhome'

One question: how big is the river/lake/sea Jon Snow and the wildlings are on. And, if Stannis is in snow six feet deep north of Winterfell, how can the waterways north of the wall be so ice-free?

Posted by christopher.connelly.7 on 06/01/2015 at 12:21 PM

Re: “How the hell did the Downtown Connector flood?

raw sewage in the streets downtown was noted

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Posted by SocialAight on 06/01/2015 at 11:41 AM

Re: “How the hell did the Downtown Connector flood?

The storm yesterday was exceptional. There was a lot of rain in a very short-time and and a lot of branches and trees down. I seriously thought it could have been a tornado and ran for cover. I clear the drain outside my condo every time I walk by and it still flooded temporarily. I am not so sure this flooding could have been prevented.

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Posted by Sparkle666 on 06/01/2015 at 11:31 AM

Re: “'Game of Thrones' recap: 'Hardhome'

Game of Thrones zombies are the best zombies going.

Cersei licking up water was great. Bitch....

Again...the photography...top shelf.

The only thing that griped me last night was no pee break before Silicon Valley (also AWESOME!) I watch all the GOT credits because they are righteous. Unlike almost every other movie and TV show, they list all the carpenters, plasterers and painters in the credit roll and I get a little bump from seeing that. Thank Goddess for the Pause Live TV function.

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Posted by oydave on 06/01/2015 at 11:00 AM

Re: “How the hell did the Downtown Connector flood?

A lot more finger pointing than leadership on this one. What happened to Kasim Reed and Nathan Deal hugging and falling on the sword together a la Snowmageddon Gridlock?

I'm surprised Kasim Reed showed restraint and did not race past stranded motorists to go to The Weather Channel studios for an interview.

Reed and Deal seem to have a problem with Dihydrogen Monoxide.

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Posted by Connector Wakeboarding on 06/01/2015 at 10:58 AM

Re: “How the hell did the Downtown Connector flood?

didn't this happen a year or two ago? Doesn't this keep happening because GDOT doesn't clear its storm water drains regularly?

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Posted by zedsmith on 06/01/2015 at 10:39 AM

Re: “First Slice 6/1/15: Oh, metro Atlanta, you dysfunctional mess

"Welcome to a place where elected officials seem quite content to simply jog in place."

http://www.atlantaintownpaper.com/2015/05/…

"The Atlanta Police Department’s records show that in the first four months of 2015, compared with the same period in 2014, some of the biggest increases in the city’s crimes were in Police Zone Five, which includes Midtown. There were 106 aggravated assaults (an increase of 56 percent) and 61 residential burglaries (an increase of 33 percent)...

No one with the Atlanta Police Department was available to comment, Wednesday, on the hot spots."

Posted by Cassie on 06/01/2015 at 10:33 AM

Re: “How the hell did the Downtown Connector flood?

I love how GDOT immediately tried to put blame on the city.

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Posted by NW-ATL on 06/01/2015 at 10:30 AM

Re: “First Slice 5/27/15: Beltline budget set to increase, APS payments remain unresolved

Actually Wesley, in this case there is not a difference. If Beltline pays this ridiculous "bill" it will significantly slow if not entirely stop the Beltline.

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Posted by jsvh on 06/01/2015 at 9:58 AM

Re: “First Slice 5/27/15: Beltline budget set to increase, APS payments remain unresolved

There's a difference between supporting the Beltline and being ok with the Beltline not paying its bills.

But yeah, we get it. You don't care about that. Just keep posting nonsense and constructing those straw men.

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Posted by wesleywhatwhat on 06/01/2015 at 8:07 AM

Re: “First Slice 5/27/15: Beltline budget set to increase, APS payments remain unresolved

Keep up, QM. Here's the link to the 2nd amendment again. And yes Woodham's little nuisance suit held things up until the voters overcame. So what?

http://beltlineorg.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com…

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Posted by cityzen on 06/01/2015 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Spoiler questions, now that we've seen Shutter Island

Why at the end does Teddy Daniels say "I killed them " It sounds like he is saying he killed his children. Who is he referring to as having killed?

Posted by Giselle on 06/01/2015 at 5:50 AM

Re: “First Slice 5/27/15: Beltline budget set to increase, APS payments remain unresolved

city: Wasn't the Beltline delayed for a number of reasons, not just the collapse of property values? For example, wasn't the Beltline also delayed due to litigation, including a lawsuit which resulted in the Georgia Supreme Court deciding part of the funding scheme to be unconstitutional?

Posted by Question Man on 05/31/2015 at 11:05 PM

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