In my conversation with John Sugg, I never criticized transit. When I read the article and saw my quote, I was extremely disappointed. As I said two years ago at the Creative Loafing Political Party on the BeltLine, I believe in the transit as part of the 25 year vision for the BeltLine. The context of my quote was that I was confident that the project was proceeding as it should. The initial focus should be on acquiring right of way and land, ensuring that the land will accommodate transit when the development would ensure sufficient ridership to make the transit a success. I noted that building transit that would not have ridership would not be good for the BeltLine. After all, destinations are rare outside the northeast quadrant. My quote followed. Unfortunately, none of this context was included in the article. I agree that my use of the word "nowhere" was a poor choice. Ultimately, the BeltLine will only succeed with development, parks and transit.
Nice article, David. I particularly liked reading Zell Miller the rational one, not todays homely version of Ann Coulter.
I am curious as to whether the Georgia Constitution restricts metro Atlanta in ways that the other states aren't. If so, we still need the State to enable a solution.
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