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Comment Archives: stories: News & Views: News Feature

Re: “Monica Bowie kidnapping falls through cracks

FIND MONICA... SHE IS NOT FORGOTTEN

Posted by Pashen Temia Currington Bennett on 12/17/2014 at 7:48 PM

Re: “How Sally Bethea cleaned up Atlanta’s water

You go girl!

Posted by The Best Mayne on 12/16/2014 at 5:53 PM

Re: “How Sally Bethea cleaned up Atlanta’s water

She is the text book definition of a community hero

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by chillax on 12/12/2014 at 11:49 AM

Re: “How Sally Bethea cleaned up Atlanta’s water

Job well done, Sally. We all owe you a great debt. Makes me proud to have been a classmate. Melissa (Collins) Williams, NFHS '69

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Melissa C Williams on 12/11/2014 at 11:17 PM

Re: “How Sally Bethea cleaned up Atlanta’s water

Thank you Sally. Excellent work.

And remember...on the river...it's not your carbon footprint...it's your condom footprint.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by oydave on 12/11/2014 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Goat Farm gets sold

Please, please, Hallister Development Folks, keep the basic character of this place...it helps keep me sane experiencing the place, and having it be the unique creative cauldron that it is. “Overdevelopment” will kick it. I hope your new ownership enlivens it.
-- Joel Alpert, MarketPower, Atlanta

Posted by Joel Alpert on 12/04/2014 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Tough housing market? Just read the signs

Read this article and you will see Komichel Johnson is STILL doing the same thing he was doing in 2007. Notice the part about him disappearing after they got paid. Not responding to complaints on MULTIPLE projects. That's my experience with Komichel Johnson, Robert Jackman and Duron Dimmock. They are all crooked. Do some serious checking on them before you do business with them. Komichel will change business names but he can't hide from his past. This article was written in 2007. My experience was in 2011 and 2012. Read the ripoffreport articles. They are written by multiple people who have had the same experience.

Posted by Unhappy Customer on 12/02/2014 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Beltline Westside Trail brings anticipation, concerns about displacement

"Worn out and tired intellectual climate"

Amen sister. Your leaders think your stupid, that a fact. They think that if your home appreciated in value $100,000 next year, that you don't have the intellect to come up with $600 tax deductable dollars to pay it.

As you say, you just want to be able to acquire wealth like everyone else does in America, but with wealth comes responsibility, and guys like Mark don't think little old ladies are smart enough to manage that. They would rather you live in a poor crime ridden neighborhood, than see it cleaned up. They fear change, because your independence erodes their power. If they truly cared, they would be holding real estate classes teaching community members into homes in that area, and manage finances.

The good thing is People like you are waking up, and we saw the results in the last election. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Posted by The Truth on 11/26/2014 at 5:52 AM

Re: “Beltline Westside Trail brings anticipation, concerns about displacement

"The little-old-lady homeowners in these poor neighborhoods are solid, authentic, sober people. Do they want their property values to jump up, thereby enriching them (and causing their taxes to rise)? Just like every other person in the USA, yes, they want their investments to appreciate in value."
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Most of the "little-old-lady homeowners" in that neighborhood probably spent much of their lives in those homes, raised kids and have many happy memories associated with it. Then along comes fricken gentrifiers who cause the taxes to go through the roof which forces them out of their homes. I'm not a little old lady, but I am an old man and all I want is to be able to live out the rest of my life in the home my family had all these years without being run off by high property taxes.

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Posted by Mark from Atlanta on 11/25/2014 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Beltline Westside Trail brings anticipation, concerns about displacement

I like Creative Loafing, but this article and the neighborhood "leaders" its cite are the products of a worn-out and tired intellectual climate.
Sure, newspapers need controversies to report on. And sure, neighborhood "leaders" need controversies in order to be quoted by reporters.
But I doubt that any residents really believes in the argument in this story. The little old lady who owns the (very) modest house on the run-down street in SW Atlanta wants the neighborhood to improve. She wants crime to go down, abandoned houses to be resuscitated, lawns to be mowed, her grand-kids' schools to improve, etc. etc. It's a no-brainer.
If a reporter wants to do good work, then he/she should interview the residents rather than their self-appointed "leaders". The little-old-lady homeowners in these poor neighborhoods are solid, authentic, sober people. Do they want their property values to jump up, thereby enriching them (and causing their taxes to rise)? Just like every other person in the USA, yes, they want their investments to appreciate in value. The higher taxes are a drag, but the capital gain hugely outweighs that disasdvantage.
So how about a story about how the Beltline benefits "the little people"? That would be a more creative piece of journalism than another predictable repetition about how neighborhood improvements is racist, unjust, etc., etc.
Indeed, once the neighborhood "leaders" see they can get quoted in the press by supporting improvements, they might start supporting neighborhood improvements.

8 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by ResidentSince1990s on 11/25/2014 at 7:56 PM

Re: “MARTA prepares for Clayton expansion … and beyond?

"I watched it for 2 minutes and then asked a MARTA employee what was up. He said, "Fucked up." I asked whether he could get it fixed. He said, "Fuck you - not my problem."
Ride with Respect - Not."

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you don't ride MARTA

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by nohyphens on 11/25/2014 at 1:22 PM

Re: “MARTA prepares for Clayton expansion … and beyond?

@ Mark from Atlanta
"I have ridden Marta for over 30 years and have never had that kind experience in my interactions with the employees.."

Lucky you. This is the worst I've seen in over 30 years or riding MARTA.

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by Burroughston Broch on 11/24/2014 at 10:31 PM

Re: “MARTA prepares for Clayton expansion … and beyond?

"I watched it for 2 minutes and then asked a MARTA employee what was up. He said, 'Fucked up.' I asked whether he could get it fixed. He said, 'Fuck you - not my problem.'"
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It would be interesting to hear the employee's side of that exchange. I noticed all the quotes you gave were from him, but not from what you said.

I have ridden Marta for over 30 years and have never had that kind experience in my interactions with the employees.

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Mark from Atlanta on 11/24/2014 at 6:35 PM

Re: “MARTA prepares for Clayton expansion … and beyond?

That's what I mean.

If yer house needs repair why y' tryna build additions ?

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by Darryl Weaver on 11/24/2014 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Beltline Westside Trail brings anticipation, concerns about displacement

"I think this debate really shows that there is a segment of the population that is poor, plans to stay poor, is totally comfortable being poor, and will find a way to be poor no matter what kind of opportunities might present themselves."
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Substitute "ignorant" for "poor" in your comment and you would hit the nail on the head regarding your knowledge of those living in poverty.

2 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Mark from Atlanta on 11/23/2014 at 11:51 PM

Re: “Beltline Westside Trail brings anticipation, concerns about displacement

West-

I'm not sure why you mentioned me in your racist rant, but take your yearning for a time when others weren't heard and go fuck yourself.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by wesleywhatwhat on 11/23/2014 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Beltline Westside Trail brings anticipation, concerns about displacement

@ lwc 30326
How do you propose to fund county government and public schools? Increase the property tax millage rate year by year? Eliminate property taxes and raise sales taxes? Something else?

Posted by Burroughston Broch on 11/23/2014 at 3:53 PM

Re: “MARTA prepares for Clayton expansion … and beyond?

@ Darryl Weaver
"That might seem negligible in terms of serious issues but reflects the disconnection from any sense of service or duty that much of MARTA's staff, from drivers to administration, feel toward the public.."

Here's an example for you. Last week I was at the Peachtree Center station and looked at the schedule board to learn when my train would arrive. The board displayed arrival/departure times for the East-West line - that doesn't run through Peachtree Center station. I watched it for 2 minutes and then asked a MARTA employee what was up. He said, "Fucked up." I asked whether he could get it fixed. He said, "Fuck you - not my problem."
Ride with Respect - Not.

5 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Burroughston Broch on 11/23/2014 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Beltline Westside Trail brings anticipation, concerns about displacement

Maan, what I'd give to return to a time when people who literally have no idea what they're talking about had no platform for being "heard." Only the poor unlucky souls in your homes would have to suffer your dumb-ass, poorly constructed arguments and your white-privilege based, race-insecure comments (get-a-clue, wesley-what what, the truth, hello,...and counting). I enjoyed reading your comment David Carter.

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Posted by west on 11/23/2014 at 3:10 PM

Re: “MARTA prepares for Clayton expansion … and beyond?

"No transit system in the USA (or maybe anywhere) actually makes it on their fares & all depend to varying degrees on grants, etc."

The same deficits plague roads in regards to gas taxes, so I'm not seeing your point here.
[from "whatever", above]

Someone earlier had carped abt MARTA only being interested in getting grants, etc., so I thought I'd point out a reason for that, along w/ reasons for their interest in other financial ly rewarding activities that take them outside their presumed actual goal.

I also followed that with agreement that they seem to've lost the plot as far as actual customer service, which is, in fact, what keeps any enterprise going in the long haul.

FWIW, besides silly crap like urging ppl to vote 3 weeks after the election, yesterday I rode a bus which had it's onboard clock & date set approx either 6 (or 18) hours off [12:30 am at 6 pm] & it's date set jan 1, 1998.

That might seem negligiable in terms of serious issues but reflects the disconnection from any sense of service or duty that much of MARTA's staff, from drivers to administration, feel toward the public.

0 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Darryl Weaver on 11/23/2014 at 2:57 PM

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