This guys beliefs has an interesting but common arc. When less affluent he supported progressive causes, voting rights for black men (not women), RFD program and other causes. It is unknown to me if these were his true beliefs or just another politician pandering to his constituents. As his wealth grew he turned more conservative (regressive) expounding anti antisemitism, anti catholic and demonstrated a true nativist bent. It appears his true nature and feelings were willfully exposed when he no longer feared for his elected position or his personal livelihood. Now I think it is debatable if he is worse or not than the Ten Commandments and the effect the true-believers have had on history. ANd that is besides the point, it not the past I worry about with the erection of such a monument but the future.
whoa, hold up - what's wrong with the steep, muddy track that currently connects the beltline with murder kroger?
what does atlanta always destroy its past? is nothing sacred in this city?
I've been a pretty harsh critic of Atlanta Beltline in the past -- based on the fact that they made obviously unrealistic predictions about the construction schedule of the Eastside Trail, and handled their repeated missed deadlines by quietly changing the narrative rather than by giving potential trail users information about the problems and their effects on the final timeline.
I've been told that Atlanta Beltline has learned its lesson about the importance of accurate information. But I'm still skeptical: When they were boosting the T-SPLOST, they responded to me, about this specific complaint, that the T-SPLOST would mandate an online system for tracking the status of every project. I countered that they already had a website on which they could post such information immediately. They replied that this was worth consideration. Yet, it still hasn't happened, more than a year later.
For example, they actually have a "Construction Progress" section on their website -- but the Edgewood Avenue Bridge page in that section hasn't been updated since demolition began about a year ago. A simple monthly update along the lines of "We did A, B, and C in the last 30 days. In the next 30 days we anticipate doing X, Y, and Z. Construction is/is not on schedule." (And, if not on schedule, some information would be warranted about whether, and how much, this affects the final deadline.)
On another front, they claim to want connections to adjacent businesses -- but Kroger on Ponce de Leon reports that it has been ready for months to start construction on a connection, and is just waiting for Atlanta Beltline approval. I and others have asked what the holdup is (and I'm told that Kroger is pressing the issue as well) -- but we've received nothing but silence from them.
Atlanta Beltline refers to the people in the community as "stakeholders" when it goes to some agency or another for money. But when they'e not actively trying to get somebody to write them a check, they treat us like nuisances rather than stakeholders. Atlanta Beltline has done a decent job of creating improvement FOR the community -- but it's long past time for them to start doing their work WITH the community.
@Houses - There's more to a place than infrastructure. The neighbors make the neighborhood quirky. There are lame yuppies like me coexisting with a lot more interesting people. Stained glass artists and old codgers and doctors and handymen and restaurant owners and a tiny Pentecostal church are my immediate neighbors. And we coexist relatively happily and we know and look out for each other. I think that's quirky, at least in Atlanta.
Go Tea Baggers, Go!
I can't believe I'm aligned with the Tea Party. Life is a wondrous thing.
@vox— hanukkah is not a major holiday, in fact it's probably the most minor holiday. jews celebrate their major holidays around september, with the rosh hashanah-yom kippur-succos triple threat.
@jvoice: yeah, but what did western europe look like in the middle ages versus china and japan? not much. yet we focus on the european middle ages like it's important, when it was just the time period in which people never took a bath, sang drunken anthems, and died at 25.
"It's definitely a heart of our quirky and awesome neighborhood and a destination for people dropping by."
what makes Cabbagetown quirky? Its got houses and streets...........
"Parks are run by cities not metropolitan areas." No, parks are run by city governments. City governments run on taxes. Taxes come from a city's gross domestic product. Atlanta has the 10th highest gross domestic product level of cities in the US.
A lot of people who live in the suburbs of a metropolitan area work in the city, buy stuff in the city, eat in the city, go to shows and events in the city. Some people from other cities travel to a city in a metropolitan area and stay in hotels there, eat there, fly on planes there. That happens a lot in Atlanta. None of these people are counted in the city's official population. All of this non-official-city stuff contributes to the GDP of a city - and likewise the taxes a city government collects.
I'm not sure what point you are trying to make - that you don't think Atlanta is a large city? It's not New York. It's also not Jacksonville, Charlotte, El Paso, or Oklahoma City, all of whom have more people living within their technical city limits but whose GDP and city tax budgets are a fraction of Atlanta's.
Do I understand correctly that due to the "proactive" commitment to affordable housing on the Beltline, there may be 4,400 FEWER such units when the project is mature than when it began?
Considering that Georgia has great difficulty teaching school children to read, write, and add, how can any rational person suggest that our limited and precious resources should be spent teaching "holiday traditions?"
I went to the quarterly briefing last night and several points that are mentioned in the comments above where touched upon.
First Zoning, the city is currently in the process of rezoning parcels along the beltline to insure proper development, basically to prevent another Fuqua disaster.
Second Husley Yard, they are still exploring options. What Ira said seems to be what they are looking at. Using Krog street temporarily and eventually building a dedicated tunnel.
Sarcasm check on Aisle 13.
Nomadologist: When I went to the southwest planning meeting last year, they said that the plan is to cross DeKalb at Airline Street (or thereabouts) and run along DeKalb Avenue to the Krog Street tunnel, where it would cut across to Reynoldstown. Through the tunnel, pedestrians would be on the sidewalks and bicyclists would be on the road. They said that long term, they want to build a dedicated tunnel under Hulsey Yard, but they haven't done any planning or design work on that.
I don't know how any of that has changed in the last year, but it does seem like the sort of thing that ought to be included in the long term plan.
If this thing gets all tied up in the courts (and the curtain pulled back: I'd like to see if a single impact assessment was done for this project), it would be a great time for the city to get their shit together and put together a progressive and viable option for the Ted that includes the Braves lest the ballclub change their minds.
"Watch out for that odd bedfellow"
You could wake up with fleas!
Lucy is a little busy right now:
"Am I asking to much to hope for something like this?"
Kowloon is what you want? Jeebus...are you fuckin' crazy?
Watch out for that odd bedfellow, Libby.
No loss. It wasn't that great.
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