"There's no place to walk in the city, there's no neighborhood that people can go to just hang out, or to live or to walk around."
By banning the box, Deal is clearly planning to return to a government job for his post-gubernatorial career. Let's keep those land deals and campaign payments out of the interview process.
Gee, wouldn't be any chance that if teachers were allowed to speak freely, that lack of administrative leadership when it comes to dealing with DISCIPLINE is a major reason, would they?
Don’t forget the OddFellows Building on Auburn Ave, a towering achievement in architecture and black commerce, preserved in the 1990’s and still serving the community. IMHO, it should have been the centerpiece of the Civil Rights Museum.
The 100 million spent on the tourist shuttle.. I mean streetcar would have been much better spent on schools. Especially considering the closest elementary school to the line ranked as one of the lowest in the State, with a score of 47/100 (Hill Hope). The annual 4.5 million streetcar operating loss/cost could be spent on sidewalks, extra/better police.
Isn't saying someone is the brightest person in the Georgia Legislature reminiscent of the saying: "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king?"
"Wait, do you mean we are part of it or not?"
It is not easy to understand and even harder to explain, but I'll give it a shot buddy with a tip of the hat to those crazy Frenchies Foucault and Bourdieu.
Power flows in many directions in any community, both vertically and horizontally. This is particularly the case in a complicated society such as ours. However, when it converges in a particular spot there is a summative effect, analogous to waves waves that increase in amplitude when waves from multiple origins come together in a single location (constructive interference). The sources may be invisible to the casual observer, so the effect of concentrating power always seems to "just so happen" to benefit certain segments of society. The means always seems unintentional to the casual observer because the mechanics are subtle - pop consumerism, the "American Dream," manifest destiny, meritocracy myth, moral panic etc etc. There are also means in which power is dispersed or even attenuated because it is not focused. To continue the sound analogy even though the waves again converge together they are unsynchronized which has the net effect of decreasing the amplitude (destructive interference). The mechanics are one and the same as the examples I listed above. Again, because the sources seem distance and random it just seems like "bad luck." The other reason why they are so subtle is because we are both willing and unwilling participants in the maintaining the hegemon. We know there is something inherently wrong, but we still participate because 1) we have been seduced by the trappings of power even though our roles are subservient to the true beneficiaries 2) it appears to be the only game in town. You may ask why power always concentrates and amplify within certain segments. Economic capital is only a small part of the equation. There is another, much stronger unifying force within the elites - ideology. Elite ideology is taught, expressed, reinforced and, most importantly contained through institutions such as certain elite schools, clubs, societies, board rooms etc. (please note that these unfortunate members of the institutions are usually not willing - they feel justified and ultimately trapped by a delusion of "noblesse oblige"). Understanding and ultimately embracing ideology is like putting on a pair of glasses after seeing a blurred version of the world for years - image is still bent and refracted, but as long as the others in the group have the same glasses there is a unified perception. Of course elite institutions are not the only means to gain an understanding of ideology, it can also arise "organically" through individual experience. However, this counter hegemonic power is usually greatly limited because the differences in perception tend to attenuate the unifying themes (the destructive interference I mentioned before).
I hope this was helpful.
@ CobbDemDJ, re: "...Abrams is one of the brightest people in the legislature, at least we can say she reads and understands a bill and doesn't need a lobbyist to tell her what a bill says or means..."
Abrams worked in the City of Atlanta Law Department and was tasked w/ crafting Mayor Shirley Franklin's ill-fated, stillborn, train wreck of a Panhandling ordinance, the one that was shelved as "unenforceable" immediatley upon birth after all the uprage, hoopla and fanfare.
Abrams was told in the "big tent" brainstorming sessions by more practical, experienced fellow City employees, that her version wouldn't ever work, would be DOA. She absolutely wouldn't listen -- didn't want to hear about it -- and the resulting work product/law was a fiasco.
I was told about this in real time. After then seeing her completely shit the bed as Lisa Borders' Campaign Manager, I "got it" about Stacy Abrams. So, if she's "one of the brightest people in the legislature," how's that workin' out for Georgia Democrats? What do they have to show for all her "intellectual firepower?"
Really you attack the one person who actually does something beside run to a camera and runs their mouth (Vincent Fort...anyone ever check his voting record to see if it matches what he says on camera...blah blah blah). Vincent seeks attention and attacks anyone who is garnering press. What did all the people complaining do to drive these new registrants to the polls? At the end of the day, the party is dis functional because you people like Fort making noise, but can't tell you the last significant thing they've done for the community. Abrams is one of the brightest people in the legislature, at least we can say she reads and understands a bill and doesn't need a lobbyist to tell her what a bill says or means. Nunn and Carter trusted the person who was working their feet and not their mouth.
I think you're included in his exclusive club of not-Right-Wing-Fantasy-World. Or something. Maybe we're all excluded? Mark, can you help us out?
Wait, do you mean we are part of it or not?
ULI Atlanta is hosting a forum about public education and real estate development. http://atlanta.uli.org/event/sustainable-urbanization-education-drives-real-estate-development-vice-versa/
If Kasim Reed has such thin skin that he feels the need to block anyone who disagrees with him, he probably should get out of politics. Of course, his immature attitude via rude posts to all of those who followed and interact with him will probably end his political career anyway.
Exhibit A: https://twitter.com/KasimReed/status/553600816750534656
Exhibit B: https://twitter.com/KasimReed/status/551146548563017728
"What is your definition of an alternative newspaper?"
A voice for those who are socially and politically outside of the hegemonic power structure.
That would include you and I, my friend.
Re: If you didn't think critically about this spending...
Um, Eli, the voters ARE thinking critically; thinking about how government officials are emphatically NOT thinking critically about being good stewards of the taxpayers' dollars.
The REAL diversion is having taxpayer funds diverted into the hands of private individuals for private businesses, which would be better spent on the public good, so you'll have to excuse the public if they don't want to pay for the "Cronies 'r Us" program yet again.
it's so funny when people make snap decisions about municipal infrastructure spending based upon some idea they have, with absolutely no proof, over what amounts to 11 mall store leases...
If you didn't think critically about this spending, but decided you're against it because of some 'airport' issue you have in your head, congratulations. You're susceptible to diversionary ideological manipulation.
I think it's a really great idea for someone with a kindergarten-level understanding of science to try to regulate it. That's neat.
As usual you dodge the question, and also as per norm see things as a class struggle.
What is your definition of an alternative newspaper?
"If you entered this world sometime after 1980, you are desired"
thank you ! my mom says this :)
The question I have is, how does anyone know if these same boarded up homes won't be vandalized again? Is the govt doing anything to get these, like Zed said, slumlords to clean up their properties? Or better yet, is the govt doing anything to just take these properties and do with them something better?
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