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"I think an important consideration that is missing from this article is that the culture of my neighborhood is not oriented toward financial advancement"
Why the fuck would an article with quantifiable metrics regarding policy include platitudes about "culture?" I don't think comic relief is appropriate for serious research. You're free to write your own article and include all the moronic anecdotes you'd like, though.
" canned because there are plenty of college grads working for minimum wage who would love to make $15 an hour."
And then wages for college grads will have to go above $15 an hour as the pool of good college grads has an alternative career path.
Bottom line raising the minimum wage to $15 will have a ripple effect raising middle class wages.
But hey perhaps $15 is a bargaining point. If our minimum wage had been tied to inflation it would be between $10 and $15 now depending on how one calculates it.
Tater Salad - Rappin Rodney is in charge of all things black at CL - so by default his story has to do with black people - art - rap - clothes - etc
Well its not like its going to have the #7 IRT Flushing line.
Seriously though, am I missing something Thomas? Or do you often twit out randomly matched questions to "celebrities". Guess I need to use my twitter account.
I'm glad these guys are getting their deserved hype but seriously.... 'Is art the new rap'? Does this comparison only exist because these artists are black? Would you use the same headline if the artists were white, or use some other stupid analogy (e.g. 'Is art the new punk?').
Give these guys their credit, but don't do what so many others are doing in Atlanta by trying to categorize them under "Urban" art... Just... don't... It's great art. It's not black art or white art or yellow art... It's just good art.
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More recently I've talked to people who know more about the Kell building than me (which is pretty much everybody) and I've become more divided on the issue.
One reason is that Downtown is in such a crappy spot when it comes to getting new residential development. Land owners here are unrealistically holding out for big payoffs such as class-A office skyscrapers and not selling for anything less -- it's one of the reasons that we're not seeing any new residential buildings near the streetcar route.
A rep from Central Atlanta Progress told me that the best hope for new residential (something I think is desperately needed here) is in repurposing Downtown office space as apartments. So I'm less enthused about Kell Hall going away than I was before, because I'm now thinking "wait! That could be an apartment conversion! Don't let it go!"
But, realistically, GSU probably wouldn't sell for non-student apartment development here.
And on the upside the green space in this spot will be very significant. GSU is basically opening up its campus to the street and being less insular, reaching out to the rest of Downtown. It's the equivalent of what would happen if the owners of the Portman buildings put ground-level retail in those blank walls and also got rid of the gerbil-tube skywalks and said to people: "if you want to get to that other building, you're going to have to interact with the city and get on the street."
yeah, TW, why'd you make the space so small?
Yes, it was announced a few months ago. But Burns' piece gives some new information, perspective, and renderings that, at least for me, are new. It made sense to share it.
Day late and a dollar short on this story CL, this is not new news. Also, the space isn't going to be that big, and what it leads to looks nothing like these renderings.
@J to the G -- I agree with Jesse Phillips. I'm over in the West End and many residents are exactly as he describes--not all, but many. And I don't think he said ever single person. How familiar are you with Atlanta's blighted neighborhoods? Meaning, how much time--beyond reading stuff on the internet--do you spend in them? I live in one, and his description seems apt to me. I'm also not a conservative/right-wing/tea party white guy.
i know it's supposed to be looking in that direction, it's just that the buildings look so different it threw me a little bit. i get the general gist of what it's supposed to look like in the end, but i'm having a tough time seeing how they're going to do it. the parking deck, for example, actually goes under the library building, and at one point is two stories deep. i'd just like to see the plans of exactly what they're going to do.
If fast food workers get paid $15 an hour, a lot of current fast food workers are going to get canned because there are plenty of college grads working for minimum wage who would love to make $15 an hour.
The fact of the matter is that fast food jobs were designed for high schoolers, and that's why they get paid what they get paid. If pay rates increase, a lot of people are going to get replaced with smarter and more "qualified" workers.
I know just about everyone at the West End Taco Bell and McDonald's will get fired. Never get service worth a damn, and there are plenty of college kids (and others with more than a middle school education) who would love to make $15/hr.
If anything, minimum wage needs to be raised across the board.
@Jesse Phillips: whether you're for real or you're just a concern troll, you just regurgitated every conservative/right-wing/tea party talking point about scary dark-skinned people who live in the city. I find it hard to believe you're for real.
English Avenue does have very serious, deep-rooted problems (as do many other blighted areas of the city, as do similar areas in cities across the country), but describing every single person who lives there as uniformly having such negative qualities (do you include yourself?) is disingenuous, at best.
You sound like a troll.
kiteless, did you bother reading the linked article?
To answer your questions, the view is looking southeast from (roughly) the intersection of Hurt Plaza and Peachtree Center Ave.; yes, all of those buildings exist, the left-hand-side is the Arts & Humanities Building with "a tier of new laboratories for the arts", the University Library straight(ish) ahead, and the General Classroom Building (or whatever it's called now) on the right. Quite obviously the plan calls for removing most of the parking deck that the current plaza is located on top of - you can see in the distance where steps lead up to the plaza in front of GCB.
All of it is a part of the GSU campus master plan - which I'm trying to find a copy of. I'm thinking it hasn't been 100% finalized yet; no doubt when it is there will be a big roll-out.
"named by the daughter of one of the zoo's longtime patrons"
"The daughter of a longtime zoo supporter got to name the gorilla as a gift for her birthday."
that's bananas. at what level of contribution does one get to start naming baby gorillas instead of the usual tote bag?
I live in English Avenue, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Atlanta. I think an important consideration that is missing from this article is that the culture of my neighborhood is not oriented toward financial advancement. Few people are interested in school or even finding a job. When we do get jobs, many of us show up late. Our culture is more about being with people, sharing, and chilling out, than about looking for work, working to provide our needs, getting anywhere on time, or keeping our promises. We feel entitled to handouts from the government & from middle class neighbors. So, I'm not sure how much of that can be blamed on government. Still, we need help somehow.
This is probably a good choice for GSU -- but I hate to see that building go: It's an emblem of how car infrastructure can sometimes be transformed to other uses, and it's an icon of the university (the yearbook is even named "The Rampway" in honor of Kell Hall).
It was an awful building to study in, but a great one to remember.
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