oh, and get rid of those orange sodium lights. they make everything look like a prison yard. "fast and furious 7" installed some new lights on decatur and forsyth for the filming, and it made it look a hundred times better and more inviting:
i wouldn't feel safe walking south of alabama street at night, simply because it's abandoned. nothing there. too many shadows.
north of marietta street, i find myself walking a lot at night; whether it's up peachtree, through nassau street from the park over to forsyth, coming up peachtree center from georgia state, etc. i'm white and i've never been bothered. occasionally i'll get asked for money, but i'll be honest, the number one place to get panhandled is on peachtree street near the hotels on a weeknight or on other off hours. people automatically think you're a tourist and you've got money, and on one occasion i was asked for money 3 times walking 15 feet.
my favourite place downtown at night is where something's open, obviously. recently i've been getting late night meals at mama mia's, which is on broad street. they serve pizza, wings, subs, cheesesteaks, whatnot, and at a cheap price, and they're open until 4 AM.
like the author said, downtown would be great if it had more people, it's not really dangerous.
what kasim reed needs to be working on is actively working with the business community to pull some of the attention downtown.
i think things are changing though. even in the past 3 months i've noticed increased foot traffic in downtown, people out walking all over the place where they weren't previously. eventually it will happen, but i think what you're going to need to see is local and independent business owners paving the way first. if you've got more and more independent businesses moving downtown, it'll attract more people, and then the bigger businesses will be willing to take the risk of opening a business downtown.
especially as midtown urbanizes, i think it's only a matter of time before downtown is revitalized.
Thomas - is there any word on what, if anything, the BeltLine is planning in terms of extending Elizabeth and Dallas Streets across the Eastside Trail? I recognize that there are so many elements and moving parts to the BeltLine's progress and long-term plans that it's impossible to shed light on every detail, but the idea of creating additional street connections across the BeltLine in areas where there currently are none seems like it would seriously inhibit progress in a meaningful way.
I am sensitive to the fact that connecting across Dekalb and through the Krog Street tunnel will be challenging and expensive, but figuring out a way to connect the trail across existing roads where there is no existing right of way for the trail is a completely different scenario than figuring out ways to connect existing roads across the trail when no road connection currently exists. Its mystifying that a project of this magnitude that is so focused on pedestrians, connectivity and alternate forms of mobility would then provide more routes for cars like the ones proposed across Elizabeth and Dallas. The Eastside Trail is a 2 mile sanctuary away from cars, so it would be more than a little disheartening to see new roads built across this segment that would interrupt the flow of the trail and the ability for bikes and pedestrians to move easily without interruption through this segment.
The BeltLine is never going to be remembered as a project that created so many smart new road connections - it's a parks, trails and transit project, plain and simple - but with some $73 M of the phase one budget earmarked for "streetscapes" (more than half the amount set aside for trails and more than all of the amount set aside for affordable housing) I'd be very curious to see a) why so much money is being allocated to streetscapes, and b) how this streetscape money is going to be spent.
I'm a huge supporter of the BeltLine in general - I just hope that we don't fall into the same trap that Atlanta has been stuck in for decades where we bend over backwards trying to make things easier for cars at the direct expense of the pedestrian.
Slightly related, Bloomberg had an interesting article about the impact of sea level on Kiribati not long ago:
"I'm buying two Hummers."
Keep your sex life to yourself, buddy.
The change in antibiotics for livestock would be great, but the loophole for animal producers and requesting voluntary label changes by big pharma leave room for concern / doubt. It'd be interesting to see a follow-up report on this in a few months to a year, etc, including which companies have voluntarily complied, a tally of the lobbying money spent by the relevant companies, how antibiotic use has changed by category/application, etc.
"It's Chicken Fuckin' Little on a global scale"
There was a time when your comments contained an attempt at logic - often flawed, but at least you tried and at the very least it was witty and entertaining. Lately its just "me right, you wrong." What happened? Too much boob tube Fox on the brain pan? Letting others do your thinking?
Come on, I miss the old Oy!
"Sorry but NOAA and NASA both have been shown to provide info based on false analysis."
Shown by who? All the societies below have endorsed the idea that climate change is occurring, man is accelerating it and the consequences could be catastrophic. If you have no idea what these groups are, they represent the vast majority of respected chemists, physicists, meteorologists, geologists and climatologists.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Chemical Society
American Meteorological Society
American Physical Society
The Geological Society of America
National Academy of Sciences
oy: Are you questioning the accuracy of cityzen suggesting that Jason Carter not progressive enough?
I, too, see downtown as a lonely place after 6pm vs. dangerous. There is strength in numbers so if you want businesses to stay open later, then eat and drink there until the Nth hour. Make them kick you out and witness the monetary loss. I try my best, but my solo glass of wine isn't convincing.
Whenever the downtown topic arises, there are comments galore. This makes me hopeful. If you put all this passion into being present at council meetings, ADNA meetings, frequenting the bars and restaurants you hate to see close early, attending all the emerging art events and festivals downtown, riding your bikes or taking MARTA here...(sigh, wiping tears).
I take total offense to your comments about the absence of law enforcement. I know they're around because I'm constantly awaken by their blasting whistles at night directing event traffic...or as someone mentioned at the creepy Dunkin' asylum.
@Orca...great observation although I challenge the speed in which it's happening. Progress is progress, nonetheless. Extra "like" for your name alone.
As a defensive and righteous REAL downtown resident, I would totally support your bulldozer Kickstarter:).
I agree there should be something else there to encourage foot traffic, so people will want to eat. That's why an art gallery or lounge would be a good idea. People hanging out to view art or catch a play, see a performance at a lounge, etc would more than likely go eat afterward.
"He caught unmerciful hell from the right over spending"
Oh, my sides. How they ache from laughing at this!
Deal will skate. You heard it here first.
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.
"Thank goodness the FDA is doing something about this problem!"
Cosign...ditto...hell yeah, etc.
"Also I just don't Obama being capable of going after Deal. He is simply too afraid of conservatives."
Now that's just weird, J. First, why would the president "go after" a governor? Ever...for any reason? The Justice Dept. is spozed to be independent and impartial and any president that overtly went after a governor would be the story instead of the target,. And..."afraid of conservatives?'" Is that why he enrages them on a daily basis?
"And if Carter can't offer anything but calculating PR-driven mush or silence (and on the evidence to date he can't) he's a waste of space."
Always fun to watch the far left castigate the left.
Little harsh, in'it?
Oh that's right...I DID say enjoy yourself.
"the human centipede."
I'm calling bullshit.
You don't have to watch that thing. You just have to know it exists. Makes John Waters look like John Ford.
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 find Charles Keiger's work pedestrian and derivative. It is based in subjective and laughable surrealism, all stolen from the greats and reduced here for consumption for those he thinks do not know his influences. A sad example of modern "surrealistic" art - (f)art for the simpleminded who "love pretty horsies." Honestly, get some Grant Wood and do yourself a favor.
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