On second thought, the only thing that keeps Atlanta from being perfect is that it's not on the coast.
I'm buying two Hummers.
It's a real crisis because, you know, the sea level has NEVER become lower or higher before.
Human life on this rock is a tiny little sliver of time. To freak out over geologic change and feel that it's man's fault shows incredible hubris. Oh wait, there's computer models and those are infallible. The tiny amount of data from that tiny sliver of time run through our infallible computer models shows that I'm a hopeless malcontent.
OK...ship billions to those third world countries for despots to steal for themselves despite the existence of any real harm to anyone and at least we can sleep well.
It's Chicken Fuckin' Little on a global scale.
I think downtown is already in the early stages of gentrification. To me, the best way to recognize that change is beginning to occur in any given location is to focus on the pace of art/artists inhabiting spaces. In my opinion, artists are one of many catalyst's of gentrification. Just in the past year I've seen artists begin to view downtown as a ripe canvas that is cheaper than their old gentrified haunts. You can see the writing on the wall in the concept shift in the M. Rich building, the No Vacancy installation, the gallery-to-be in the old AJC building, The Mammal Gallery, Living Walls murals, and Elevate, to name a few. It's happening now and it's happening fast.
Sometimes these comment threads seem like a bunch of drunk douche bags sitting on a front porch talking about stuff they know nothing about, acting as if they do. Please. Any sober, reasonable person knows that the only thing to be done with downtown is to level it and rebuild it as an enormous, 24 hour casino complex. Make it 100 stories tall, put 20-30 themed strip clubs inside and build a massive, free parking lot all around it. Just stop fighting it and let it happen, people.
Congrats you spent ONE night downtown and didnt get jumped. IT MUST BE SAFE if nothing happened to you right?
Anyway, there needs to be some type of incentive for restaurants/bars/housing to open downtown. Thats maybe the only way it will improve. Maybe some type of tax incentive? Or maybe eventually once the improvements continue westward on Edgewood and eastward from Castleberry Hill they will finally meet downtown.
As I've said before, 5 points area is a complete disgrace to the city of Atlanta. SOMETHING needs to be done with Underground obviously. My question is what is the city waiting for dont they own it? Its almost as if they WANT that area to remain a shithole. Because we all know what an improved area brings.....white voters.
And, realistically, and even though a homelessness and panhandling problem isn't the same as a safety problem, the city is going to have to do something about it. It's either going to happen before things get gentrified, or it's going to happen afterward once people move in down there and harass APD every night until they do it. I don't suppose the jail can be moved, but the indigent doorway sleepers on trinity, the people selling garbage outside 5points, the greyhound station-- all that needs to be ameliorated or dispersed.
The cool news is that when you improve the neighborhoods around the downtown core-- summerhill, sweet auburn, castleberry, et cetera, downtown will be buoyed by proximity. It's all coming, so I'm not disheartened.
"Warmists" sounds like it refers to the people at the office who have space heaters under their desks and wear snuggies at work.
And they close because nobody eats there after lunch. You can call it a chicken and egg problem, but you can hardly blame business owners for closing once business drops off.
I stand corrected, but I'm still guessing Kevin Hazzard isn't a petite white gals name though.
I've always said that Downtown Atlanta needs to open up the restaurants in the 5 Points/Georgia State area. The fact that those places close at 3 pm is a bummer. They're hardly even open on weekends. They should extend the hours and invest in an art gallery or lounge or some other hangout spot in the area. There are about a dozen different places to eat over there, since its right by 5 Points, tourists could get right off of the train and go there and hang in non-peak hours. Those restaurants that close are just wasted potential.
Vox, the author is not the same person that commented about biking and long-boarding downtown.
Fair enough, I meant tourists who are the thrust of the article, late-nighters, and people considering the decision to move downtown. I think the safety in numbers rule is key, people act as police and the greater the density the less violent crime and certainly the perception of increased safety. Your building is probably a good example.
Urban density in Atlanta is sorely lacking and the more we do to encourage it the better. It would be great to see near abandoned properties or surface lots replaced with community gardens, driving from the burbs discouraged, and more people walking around and enjoying themselves all hours of the day.
After a 16 year "pause", one thing is abundantly clear. The models have not been accurate, our CO2 emissions are not the primary driver of climate as has been put to us for the last quarter century.
Climate "scientists" and warmists would have us believe the heat is hiding in the ocean - a convenient enhancement of global warming theory given relatively stable temperatures since 1998. Of course these scientists are not in complete agreement with some suggesting volcanic activity or soot from China and India have kept the temps stable. The fact is we don't understand all the variables that impact on climate and how much each is a factor.
Each successive article on global warming is more alarming and desperate than the last. Rather than some solid investigative journalism, a liberal media continues to exaggerate and provide cover for the myriad problems and inconsistencies in the AGW hypothesis. Here's what I see reading between the lines, "We better hope we see some real warming soon or the jig is up".
Vox, you've got some good suggestions for improvements -- I like those. But I'll quibble with you on this: "It always amuses me when people say how safe it is downtown but they seem only to think about themselves and not the rest of the general population (kids, seniors, women etc.)"
In my condo building alone we've got seniors, women, kids, handicapped and blind people all represented. And no parking lot or deck -- so we're all walking around. Yes, you want to be more aware of your surroundings and use the safety-in-numbers rule here more so than you would in a quiet residential-only area, but we get by and enjoy it.
Excellent point Cassie, I'm guessing the author named, Kevin Hazzard, who rides his bike and 'longboard' around town isn't a petite white woman. It always amuses me when people say how safe it is downtown but they seem only to think about themselves and not the rest of the general population (kids, seniors, women etc.).
As for downtown being as safe, compared to Downtown Detroit, yes, but compared to Midtown, Buckhead, Cabbagetown, etc. it is not. Don't believe me, look at APD crime reports.
You have an area that is less safe, and filled with quality of life issues right from the get go..."I started at Five Points. I arrived at 8 o'clock and was promptly panhandled".
Throw in a lack of amenities and a spartan population at night and it is little wonder why downtown is not flourishing.
The only way Downtown will be successfully revitalized is if it occurs organically. (We've had this conversation many times in the past). It has to make economic sense for 'urban trailblazers' to move there, then gentrifiers move in, amenities are added, more couples move in, families move in. Instead Atlanta has a habit of throwing money at Downtown and hoping for the best.
Until Downtown stops being a piggybank for Atlanta City govt. and their hangers-on you are simply going to get more of the same.
Instead of spending billions on projects that have returned little, some simple solutions:
Tax breaks for residential condos in the area (voila rent goes down)
Raise parking lot taxes and put the money towards public transport
Reduced/no parking tax for residents
Work on alleviating nuisance crimes
Decriminalize marijuana (frees up police, prison space, and funding)
Solar panels to power lighting at night
Close the present incarnation of Underground
Put avg. citizens well being ahead of football team owners of developers
Cassie -- you've got a valid point and I think there's probably a difference in that safety someone feels walking around a city based on their body type. But the article isn't calling for people to specifically walk around Downtown solo like the author did, is it? I didn't get that impression.
The safety-in-numbers rule is going to apply for a lot of places and situations. I'm sure most slightly-built women are going to have the common sense to know when they are and aren't comfortable walking around some place alone.
I was Downtown late last night - my only slight anxiety is walking back to my car and seeing smashed window glass sparkling like diamonds around it. I've experienced that too many times over the years -- thankfully it was fine in the lonely South Broad parking lot.
This is confusing. Did I miss the part in the article where the author described their physical appearance? Or is the author assuming that one's physical appearance has no effect on how other people treat you?
Is the author a 5'4" slightly built white woman? Or is the author a Hispanic woman who is 5'4"? Is the author an Asian woman or a Black woman? Was the author of this article perhaps foreign-looking and obviously unfamiliar with the neighborhood, like say a French tourist might be?
Or is the author a six foot tall, burly white man?
Gee I wonder if that might have an effect on whether or not people decided to approach him and hassle him for money, and how they responded when he said no.
Yup, next to the li-barry.
river street is valuable enough that it would be protected by a levee, so that's probably not a great example.
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