It is OK, is it not, to have fond memories of John Rocker helping the Braves (despite disappointments with his off-the-field activities)?
Forgot to include the aforementioned post by the blogger, the infamous ATLMalcontent:
I don't often do it but sometimes I'll troll a bit. A local blogger tweeted last night about his post that said John Rocker's Twitter feed was pretty much what you'd expect it to be. Rocker replies to nearly everyone who contacts him and is unfiltered. He also mentioned that he now lives in Atlanta. I started chuckling to myself thinking about John Rocker on the Beltline. And I imagined him having a very deep understanding of the project and what it could do for city on various levels. Or just saying "Man, that's some liberal #%@$."
These people are digging their own graves. The reason they are paid so low is that their job requires zero skill. They will be replaced by machines (ordering kiosks, etc) or this argument will disappear because it is pointless.
If they get $15/hr, people who can pass drug tests, have degrees, etc. are going to take a lot of their jobs. Not saying that the people mentioned in this article are like that, but we've all been to fast food joints where half the staff is incompetent.
"he global embrace of street art, which at its foundation, is an offshoot of hip-hop's graffiti roots, to the increased sponsorship by lifestyle brands eager to capitalize on the movement, to the increased mainstream awareness spawned by the likes of Jay-Z, "
So does that mean the 'art' will be mass marketed crap, whose main aesthetical principal is self-aggrandizement?
Yeah this is a head-scratcher but it kind of made my day.
I miss Stefan's Vintage Clothing!
"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.
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