Benito El Rey 
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Re: “Searching for Sweet Auburn

And as to Sweet Auburn, no surprise there. Atlanta as a whole has an extreme affinity for tear it down and build something new. Whether it's Decatur or stadiums.

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Posted by Benito El Rey on 08/11/2014 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Searching for Sweet Auburn

I do think that the streetcar will help tourists get around downtown. I don't think that is necessarily enough. I don't hate the streetcar project, I just don't think it is something that deserved top priority. I also don't like the way it was executed, thus far at least. Are they planning to expand it? I definitely think is should have gone South on Hilliard toward Decatur and the MLK MARTA station and then returned to the route to the route, Jackson would probably be the best bet. I think more transit is always going to be good, I just think we could have done better.

Posted by Benito El Rey on 08/11/2014 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Teardown mania!

I think of infra-sprawl as the article mentioned replacing one house with three or more new ones. I personally don't see a problem with the mcmansionizationing, it isn't wrong or misspelled if I am making up the word, so long as it is a one for one and there is some kind of minimum ratio for land to surface are the house occupies. As for tearing down old houses or structures and replacing them with gaudy new ones. Hello, welcome to Atlanta. This is how we do things here. TBH, the Union troops started it for us when they burned down Atlanta. In reading the article I was genuinely surprised it focused solely on Decatur. I love Decatur. It is a functioning city complete with mass transit. Who would think of such a thing, and you get just enough corruption to make it realistic and the headlines interesting. But that isn't the point. I don't see this as a problem, but I do think that developers should have to justify tearing down the trees, and then replace them when they do. Not just straight on to replacement.

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Posted by Benito El Rey on 07/07/2014 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Clayton approves MARTA contract for November ballot

I could see where someone would confuse the "penny" or "cent" sales tax. I don't necessarily think it's wrong. Just lazy. Penny on the dollar or 1 cent(.01) is another way of saying 1 percent.

so you're right and you're wrong. Funny how that works.

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Posted by Benito El Rey on 07/07/2014 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Clayton approves MARTA contract for November ballot

I think even the dissenting Commissioners wanted MARTA at the full 1 percent. I just think they were trying to push for a deal first. Now, they can say they tried to get it cheaper and ultimately the voters get to decide.

Shady politics are shady. But at the end of the day at least the voters get to decide.

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Posted by Benito El Rey on 07/07/2014 at 9:22 AM

Re: “MARTA mixed-use fever continues, transit agency asks developers for Edgewood/Candler Park station proposals

This is great for this particular station. But when is MARTA going to create a new line. We need more than the North Springs Extension and the Clifton Corridor. How about a train along the West Side to West Marietta and crossing at Vine City or AUC then to Garnett or West end and then hit up south Dekalb County. These little one off extensions help marginally as best. MARTA doesn't adequately serve Atlanta.

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Posted by Benito El Rey on 07/07/2014 at 9:20 AM

Re: “GPB fires staffer for violating ethics with 'Fuck Cobb County' tee

@ormehood, yes the shirt could stand on its own without referencing the Braves. However as another person commented, with the likeness of the Braves logo it is clear what prompted the shirt. And I live in Sandy Springs currently but grew up in Cobb County. It's certainly good that Atlanta has culture, because without it, Fulton County and City of Atlanta can be just as bad as Clayton County.

And when I said I really don't get the uproar about Cobb County is was speaking specifically about the Braves move. If you hate other things about Cobb County and have always hated them, that's fine. But hating Cobb without hating the Braves for their part is naive. So either give the Braves their share of the blame or move on.

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Posted by Benito El Rey on 07/02/2014 at 8:59 AM

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