the project of a singer/songwriter in Atlanta, GA, "tiny skyscrapers" is melodic independent folk-ish stuff with a few rock tendencies thrown in.
Atlantan109 - I also dislike the term "gentrification," but "urban renewal" may be worse. If you didn't know, the term "urban renewal" was used to describe and promote a host of inner-city redevelopment projects throughout the 1930s to 1970s, typically government-funded or sponsored. It carries a lot of baggage - many of these projects intentionally broke up minority communities, impoverished communities, and had devastating long-term effects on the inner cities around them. Many were public housing, center city malls, or freeways. What you described happening in Detroit are great examples.
Atlanta examples include the razing of the Buttermilk Bottom neighborhood (what you now know as Bedford-Pine) for the Atlanta Civic Center/Renaissance Park, the construction of Techwood/Clark Howell/Grady/Capitol Homes and other housing projects, the construction of the freeway system (particularly the Connector), and to a degree, construction of MARTA rail, which displaced several communities like Johnsontown in Buckhead. Many of these areas are going through another new round of revisions - the Civic Center is being sold, the housing projects are all demolished and some have been redeveloped, the Streetcar is hoping to mend the break created by the Connector, and MARTA is pursuing transit-oriented development all over the place.
Please consider finding another term without this baggage, or you'll sound so tone-deaf that you'll discredit your arguments, which I tend to agree with.
Perhaps stations near Beltline trails other than the northeast? In any case, where would you put them if it was up to you?
Mark, just thought I'd add a citation for Broch's benefit about Georgia's overdeveloped state highway system. Most of these roads were built as part of the Governor's Road Improvement Program, a "system of economic development highways that, when complete, will connect 95 percent of Georgia cities with populations of 2,500 or more to the Interstate Highway System. It will also place 98 percent of Georgia’s population within 20 miles of a four-lane road." I personally enjoy the fact that the GDOT analytical documents (aptly titled "Analysis" and "GRIP Study") were not completed until sometime around 1994 and 2003, respectively - indicating that the State legislature created and started the program 5 years before they had any analysis to back it up. The 4-lane divided highway standard seems awfully arbitrary.
The GRIP website is http://www.dot.ga.gov/Projects/programs/Pa….
Correction to earlier comments by Broch:
MARTA was created by an act of the State in 1965. It became an actual agency with funding and staff in 1966, when it started planning the rail system and making the case for the upcoming referendums, which Gwinnett and Clayton did not pass (Cobb never actually even voted). In 1972, it purchased the Atlanta Transit System and began bus operations - so there were several more years, not insignificant, that were spend getting funds lined up and planning the system.
But that time difference aside, the regulatory world of public transit was vastly different then, as was the funding picture. The former regulator agency - the Urban Mass Transit Administration (UMTA) was much different than today's FTA, and the time required to complete mandated federal processes was much less than under today's regulations and requirements (read more on MARTA's project pages at the MARTA website). Funds were much more available for mass transit systems, as Atlanta was riding a wave of federal investment in transit (particularly heavy rail during that trend cycle - BART, DC Metro, MARTA). Put shortly, the regulatory environment and funding were very different at the federal level. As MARTA stated an intent to get 1/2 of the funds for that $250 rail project from the feds, it is absolutely required to go through those hoops in order to fight for a shrinking pool of money.
Not to be discouraging about the concept, which is great, but just to point out some reasons why it takes time to do projects like this, and how things are different in 2014 than they were roughly 40 years ago.
Setting aside the default hatred of our mayor, as well as Mr. Eaves' apparently terrible grammar, is he not doing the same thing? From reading this, Mr. Eaves' implication that the City is "patting ourselves on the back while pointing fingers" is a bit hollow when he seems to be doing exactly the same thing. Especially so when his solution doesn't address the mayor's original allegations and seems to imply that the city should bridge the gap in the County's budget - without the County giving up any control.
Cityzen, not going to argue that this could hit business relocation, but Dallas had a pretty significant ice storm in December. Not only did they get a sheet of ice over the region that disrupted travel by road, but their light rail system (operated by DART) was disabled for days. In our case, MARTA fared much better and managed to operate trains throughout the event (albeit with reduced schedules).
YEP, Kasim's at his term limit for now. He can't run for a third consecutive term. Chillax, while Reed's trip up 75 was pretty politically stupid, the City's clarified that no emergency personnel were diverted to clear the way - he was escorted up by his normal security staff (which is crazy, but apparently common for mayors of cities our size). It's fine to dislike that he went, and question his motives, but don't mislead.
I'm no fan of the mayor's embarrassingly thin skin, but Mika didn't exactly treat him fairly or act professional. Not only did she cut him off repeatedly - that "sir" moment would be amazingly disrespectful to any guest on her show - but she repeatedly distorted the mayor's responsibilities and tried to corner him into blaming specific individuals who were likely trying as hard (and ineffectively) as he was. It was almost worse than yesterday's CNN reporter basically bitching him out because her own personal commute was as awful as everyone else's.
Ultimately, the complexities of our region's politics and political fragmentation are too much for the quick sound bite these idiots are looking for. And for us 5+ metro Atlantans (including the 480,000+ City residents, myself included) - if this is the arrangement that makes us happy, we deserve this kind of garbage. Expect worse once DeKalb adds another handful of new cities.
That said, despite the unfair treatment, I hope the mayor gets this defensiveness in check. It's only making him look bad in a huge media moment, and it makes him an even more attractive target/"guest" on other shows.
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