Darin 
Member since Jan 28, 2008

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Living Downtown with my family and loving it. http://threadatl.com

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Re: “Lunacy Black Market

This is my favorite restaurant in the downtown area. I like EatTooMuch's comment that it has a “dinner in my parlor” feeling. I agree. It's like someone opened a small, quiet-but-informal restaurant in a wing of their house.

Everything I've had here is wonderful but a favorite is the garlicky shrimp -- we always have to order bread so we can soak up the delicious broth from the shrimp bowl.

I love the Hotel Row location. It's so cool that there's a great restaurant located in this spot that's rich in history but is otherwise, I'm sure, a fairly challenging area to operate a business like this.

Posted by Darin on 11/29/2011 at 11:50 AM

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Re: “Underground Atlanta renderings show parking lot dead zone in heart of Downtown

"If Invest Atlanta further sweetens the pot on what was already a sweetheart deal then we will know just how shady this deal really was."

Good point. The purchase price for this property is rock bottom considering the location. Adding IA's help on top of that would be an (added) insult, particularly if what gets built is as inappropriate for the walkable, transit-connected city center as what's seen in these renderings.

I'd say it's more stupid than shady, but there's definitely some shady mixed in there.

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Posted by Darin on 07/07/2016 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Atlanta City Council, whether it knows it or not, essentially supported demolition of Downtown's Central Library on Monday

Ansonreeves, that $85 million guesstimate is highly suspect. Do not take that as gospel. It's a number that came from a presentation given by folks who likely just want to get out of a building they've mistreated. We need a true, quality study of this building to determine costs. There's zero chance that the renovation of this Breuer building would actually cost over *three times* the amount that's been spent on the current intense gutting/renovation/expansion of the Auburn Avenue Research Library (also an AFPL branch).

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Posted by Darin on 06/22/2016 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Council wants a do-over on library demolition resolution

Bravo.

Though you can't help but wonder what other council mistakes, due to things happening "at the end of a marathon session," have made it through the cracks. I work 8 hours and don't get a pass if I screw up at the end of a shift.

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Posted by Darin on 06/22/2016 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Atlanta City Council, whether it knows it or not, essentially supported demolition of Downtown's Central Library on Monday

Fulton County Commissioners. This is the bunch that needs to get the message: paying for a new building is the wrong idea, even if it was part of the 2008 referendum.

Undo the neglect of the Breuer building through structural repairs -- and fill it with an interior renovation and innovative services. Make us proud to walk inside this significant piece of architecture.

John Eaves (District 7 at-large) (Chairman). 404-612-8206, john.eaves@fultoncountyga.gov

Liz Hausmann (District 1) (Vice Chairman). 404-612-8213, liz.hausmann@fultoncountyga.gov

Bob Ellis (District 2). 404-612-8216, bob.ellis@fultoncountyga.gov

Lee Morris (District 3). 404-612-8200, lee.morris@fultoncountyga.gov

Joan P. Garner, (District 4). 404-612-8226, joan.garner@fultoncountyga.gov

Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. (District 5). 404-613-0200, Marvin.Arrington@fultoncoutyga.gov

Emma I. Darnell, 404-612-8222, emma.darnell@fultoncountyga.gov

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Posted by Darin on 06/22/2016 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Atlanta City Council, whether it knows it or not, essentially supported demolition of Downtown's Central Library on Monday

Why does Robb "casino" Pitts have this kind of access to city council members and this level of sway with what gets voted on in council? That ain't right.

Would AFPL necessarily take care of a new "grand" library Downtown any better than this Marcel Breuer building? There's a culture of indifference in their chain of command in regard to a Downtown library at all, as well as a seeming lack of knowledge about what a library in a true urban environment like this should be. Which is probably why trustees now seem to prefer a downsized Downtown library with a lot of parking: it's a suburban model they know.

It's understandable -- Atlanta/Fulton is a fairly suburban place and we don't have a lot of real big-city environments like this one. It's understandable, but also changeable.

The change needs to take place on the level of the culture of the leadership and their knowledge of what a great, innovative public service like a library in a downtown environment can accomplish -- not with the type of library structure. Keep the building and fix the attitude so that the library is funded and improved.

The city council just voted to recommend a waste of money (I'm assuming renovation would cost less) and a waste of one of the few iconic, celebrated buildings we've got left Downtown. They propped up a bad idea from that 2008 referendum that was likely a Pitts maneuver in the first place. Powerful people with bad ideas are a menace.

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Posted by Darin on 06/22/2016 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Atlanta's other transportation question this year: a higher sales tax to build out Beltline trails, streetscapes, and more

Look at the map of that proposed "S" light rail concept on the Kwanza Hall page, connecting the NE Beltline and the streetcar and University Center and more ...
https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/l/t31.0-8/p7…

You can see that they're already deviating from the principle of dedicated lanes for new street-level lines. Much of the "S" concept is, according to the legend on the map, in mixed traffic.

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Posted by Darin on 06/21/2016 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Atlanta's other transportation question this year: a higher sales tax to build out Beltline trails, streetscapes, and more

cqholt I really hope dedicated lanes end up being the rule for any future rail (and I don't think it's just crazy to pursue some more dedicate lanes on pars of the existing streetcar).

The City Council resolution is only a call for the administration to "consider" some "guiding principles" for light rail and BRT, including dedicated lanes. So there's no guarantee. But it's encouraging just to see exclusive right-of-way on their radar as a principle for successful street-grade rapid lines.

It certainly would be smart for all of that "S line" transit line, from NE to SW Atlanta, to be in dedicated lanes. Here's a link to that:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/district2at…

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Posted by Darin on 06/21/2016 at 4:15 PM

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