i'm ready to air some grievances and if i need to travel to the nearest public school to do so, i'm ok with that.
i refuse to accept legal responsibility for anyone hurt during feats of strength, however.
lmao at broch giving advice that hasn't been valid since 1960. just die already
While I wish the Tea Party the best of luck (good lord, I can't believe I typed that), when someone has a good basis for a lawsuit they almost always say more than that they think the other side's legal advice "was on shaky ground." They often refer to a law or regulation, you know, a basis for their suit.
Does Atlanta Beltline have a report with just pictures in it? All that reading is hard...
Don't you mean Tim "Turf" Lee?
I am aware of your lying dog, heretical brethren. Pftth! I spit at them!
True believers know that the winter celebration is always held on the 1st Tuesday, not the 2nd.
Well, well, well... The chickens come home to roost.
In addition to the above projects, which are things people can see and experience, ABI plans to focus on the Beltline's equally important initiatives of economic development and affordable housing
Really? Because this statement on page 123 seems to be a masterpiece of buck-passing:
"Question: How will ABI work to enforce the Subarea Master Plans that have been adopted by the City to safeguard from future inconsistent developments?
Response: The 10 Subarea Master Plans have been adopted by the City Council and integrated into the City's Comprehensive Development Plan. The City of Atlanta ensures that future
development is in compliance with the Comprehensive Development Plan. In addition, the Atlanta Beltline Zoning Overlay district is in place.
The City of Atlanta Office of Planning has jurisdiction over development and zoning applications. For proposed development projects within the Atlanta Beltline Planning area, ABI provides comments and recommendations to the Office of Planning related to a given development's consistency with master plans and the Zoning Overlay. Ultimately, it is within the Office of Planning's authority, and sometimes the City Council depending on the application, to provide any comments or necessary approvals for zoning or land use activities."
In other words...Don't ask us, we just work here.
With a budget of millions of dollars a year, these people can't even hire a single real estate lawyer to negotiate with the City of Atlanta? Really?
"And this is the point in a post where we look at the word count and say, "Maybe the other news tidbits we learned should be discussed in a later post."
Considering this 148 page document was approved this morning, Id say Mr. Wheatley did a great job summarizing and encapsulating into one article for us readers to enjoy by close of business today. Good journalism as always, CL
This is crappy news for c-town. I usually think donating money to a for-profit business is a terrible idea, but in this case I would throw in for the cause. Restaurants and salons in a neighborhood are great, but it's the little grocery stores like this one that make it walkable and livable. It's definitely a heart of our quirky and awesome neighborhood and a destination for people dropping by. And these are people I just want to root for!
Based on their facebook page, there is a "glimmer of hope" - fingers crossed.
Amongst my brethren we call that 2nd Tuesday.
As for the "winter celebration"; you know what two major religions celebrate their big holidays during the winter traditionally:
You know which one doesn't:
Yet I'm guess you'll hear some people howling that this is a 'neutral' idea.
I do look forward to seeing something in honor of Zarathosht Diso, the Death of Prophet Zarathushtra. They can explain how Zarathustra was from modern day Iran how he was the forerunner of Moses, Jesus, Mohammad etc.
Oh and that it just happens to fall on Dec. 26th.
QM, do you think CL has an obligation to reach Lucy for comment?
I don't mind this too much: The key to embracing diversity is to be aware of things, not ignorant of them.
But, that said, I would encourage more of a focus on religious/cultural celebrations year-round, rather than just winter celebrations. Jews already complain that Hanukkah is over-emphasized and mischaracterized simply because of its timing near Christmas. And the Muslim calendar, being shorter than the Gregorian Calendar by several days, means that their holidays float through the various seasons rather than being locked into one.
(Also, this emphasis on "winter" makes it difficult even to explore Christmas fully, as it's a summer holiday -- with summer-like traditions that children might do well to learn about -- in the tropics and the southern hemisphere.)
You seem to be in favor of MARTA winning the contract to operate the Atlanta Streetcar. But maybe MARTA involvement in the streetcar project thus far has been more of a curse, than a blessing. From the link above: "MARTA so far has been heavily involved in the project’s engineering and design"
We know the project is already at least 6 months behind, and millions of dollars over budget. We also know MARTA has a difficult time ending up green on their financial reports.
Yes, in most cases transportation companies benefit from economies of size and scale. But look at the airline Jetblue, which has remained profitable over the years despite existing as a fraction of the size of other airlines, while still offering premium amenities.
Perhaps, and I reiterate, PERHAPS... MARTA's bid for the streetcar contract was the most competitive, and the City of Atlanta leveraged MARTA's competitive bid to negotiate the private contractor's bids in the city's favor.
Regarding your question about poor passenger convenience and operating efficiency as a result of an unconsolidated and balkanized public transit system, with three major players (MARTA heavy rail/bus, Atlanta Streetcar, and Beltline) going in different directions- consider this perspective:
when shopping for a car and negotiating a price with the dealership, you always get a better deal when you buy two or three cars at once. Not that I possess the wallet for such a transaction, being a 24 year old recent college graduate with an exorbitant amount of student loan debt. However I've heard stories about the wealthy getting ridiculous discounts on new vehicles at the dealership, simply because of their purchasing power and willingness to buy 2-3 cars at once.
"The city has purchased four streetcars, but current plans call for operating only two of them during service hours"
Might I suggest that the City of Atlanta is executing a long term strategy here. The city bought four streetcars at once in order to achieve a lower per-unit price. The additional two streetcars will eventually be used by the future Atlanta Beltline light rail transit project and can be utilized as spares before the Beltline needs them. The City of Atlanta will "pilot" or "test drive" a private contractor to operate the Atlanta streetcar for the next couple years. When the Beltline light rail transit project is ready, the city will have the flexibility to exercise two options:
1. Dump the private contractor and hand over streetcar and Beltline operations to MARTA.
2. Expand private contractor's role, allowing them to operate both streetcar and Beltline transit (Only if they do a good job from 2014-2016+)
If scenario #1 plays out, the city has 1 operator and there is no balkanization or fragmentation issues that could result in operating inefficiencies or passenger inconvenience.
If scenario #2 plays out, public transit will only be fragmented into two divisions- Marta and private contractor, with little to moderate risk for operating inefficiency and passenger inconvenience, but certainly not as risky as the triple operator scenario you portrayed in your original comment.
"This looks like another short-sighted and inexplicable decision by the City of Atlanta"
Maybe our dear elected officials and bureaucrats up at 44 Trinity Avenue are more business savvy than we give them credit for. However I do recognize and appreciate the importance of a "question man" like yourself, because without a watchdog holding business leaders and politicians accountable, we end up with a city like Atlanta.
what the hell is going on with lucy? is she fucked, or what?
WHAT ABOUT LUCY
@InAtl "But in the end, asking for a tax break to build more parking turns my stomach. "
Completely agree, but there are no other alternatives there. In the article J to the G provides they mention that "a bus stop outside its headquarters is being considered, along with a county-funded traffic study and traffic light or speed bumps". That is literally the best solution Cobb can provide.
Move to the City, where there are plenty of parking garages and MARTA. Problem solved.
i think this is a good idea, as long as it's not just christmas. america is a nation of many religions and cultures— students should have to learn about other cultures rather than just pretend they don't exist.
it would also be nice if they could really change up the way history is taught. currently kids learn that western europe and white americans are the center of culture and history and everyone else simply makes 'contributions' to history; there needs to be a balanced approach that tells the truth and not some pre-defined narrative that makes america look good.
I will personally start a kickstarter to have an Atheist or Pagan monument created to be displayed alongside the Hebrew Death God laws.
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