It is unfortunate that anonymous ad hominem comments can so easily be made on this type of format in lieu of studies consideration.
This is one of the best uses of TAD dollars yet. Not only do these audits help make Atlanta a greener more sustainable city, but it will help revitalize downtown. It should be pointed out that the BBC covders all types of buildings, both public and private. TAD dollars are routinely spent on public/private partnerships. If TAD dollars are spent to remediate brownfields, they can certainly go for efficiency retrofits for our most valuable assests in downtown Atlanta.
As head of Marta, Beverly Scott pointed out that federal funding would only be granted to systems which have both the financial and technical capabilities to effectively utilize these grants. As such, Marta is the only system in the state capable of running an expanded transit system in metro Atlanta. It is imperative that Marta remain strong and well funded. Other neighboring states are reaping significant benefits from coming together to address future needs. We desperately need to do the same.
At a recent city council committee meeting, former Governor Roy Barnes made much of the comparison between Atlantic Station and the Mason proposal. It seems that the Masonic forces do not know the difference between a park and a brownfield; between a federally recognized superfund site located adjacent to two interstate highways and a historic landscape listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although they do not seem to recognize the difference, we know that you do. Piedmont Park is the most significant regional park in the southeast. But dont take my word for it. The designation of Piedmont Park to the National Register is nominated by the Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Natural Resources and ultimately certified by the Department of the Interior as a vitally important historic landscape. The historic boundary of the park goes right up to the Southern Railway line on the east and includes the property under discussion here. You see, the wrong land was purchased. Developers and land speculators were supposed to buy and develop land adjacent to the BeltLine, not buy the actual BeltLine. This is the last place in the City of Atlanta that this type of development should occur.
John Suggs sycophantic pandering to Wayne Mason in his recent article Towering Ambition reads like a press release for Mason's rezoning applications. The slim section of property he owns at 10th Street and Monroe should not be rezoned at all. Peidmont Park is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the most significant public park in the southeast. The tree line at this slim section of property should remain intact, with park available for all. This location is the last place in the city of Atlanta that these towers should go. Although one can see that Mr. Sugg attempted to remain Fair and Balanced, it was clear that the pro-developer slant came across as more appropriate for Fox News than for a community newspaper like Creative Loafing.
Out of scale infill development is rampant in our neighborhoods. We are very appreciative of the efforts being made by Mary Norwood to do something about this problem. Both home value and quality of life are being negatively impacted by speculative development with inappropriate height and mass right next to smaller existing homes. The article "Edifice Rex" was indeed fair and balanced due to the extent of the unwelcome problem.
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