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Re: “First Look: Illegal Food

Take Uber... and be sure to add their special martini with the crazy smooth German gin.

That food was so damn good!!! And it's great to see them on their own finally.

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Posted by Been here long enough to know.... on 05/01/2015 at 8:07 PM

Re: “First responders, Reed rumble over pay

The Mayor was totally on point. They were talking about raiding the pension plan in order to provide for raises to fix compression. The pension plans should be off-limits for doing such. The unions proposed ising pension money to fix compression because the pension plan has performed beyond expectations. That's not a way to ensure the pension trust for the future or when something catastrophic occurs to pension gains.(mortgage backed securities anyone?) Also, when are we going to do something about the fact that something like 80% of these guys take our taxpayer funded salaries and don't live here when other big cities require that their employees live where they draw their income?

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Posted by Been here long enough to know.... on 05/15/2014 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Farewell, Fulton?

All of these new small cities...First they want their general independence, then ultimately they want their own independent school districts. Take a look at the property tax rates for the homes in cities in suburban Cook and DuPage counties outside of Chicago. When you're paying $6500 bucks a year for a house valued around $250,000 or around $12,000 per year for a house valued at $400,000 you'll all wonder what in the hell were you thinking.

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Posted by Been here long enough to know.... on 02/19/2014 at 4:42 PM

Re: “The Gold Dome bill to regulate Uber and Lyft has been introduced and it's a doozy

WTF...The introducing House member is from HARTWELL?!?! That's practically South Carolina...Man I wish we could take our airport and just secede and leave these clowns to their own devices.

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Posted by Been here long enough to know.... on 02/05/2014 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Of monuments and MLK

A monument might also imply that something is "completed". How about we spend some time on legislation and public policy that addresses the "Poor People's Campaign"…

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Posted by Been here long enough to know.... on 01/16/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Old Fourth Ward parking lot conflict lingers, heads to City Hall (Update)

@vox...We are all ears...I'll contact you.

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Posted by Been here long enough to know.... on 11/16/2013 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Old Fourth Ward parking lot conflict lingers, heads to City Hall (Update)

The master plan isn't sacrosanct. It changes and evolves. In many places, the current plan/map is simply incorrect and contains errors (like at the corner of Howell and Edgewood where it calls for mixed use clearly in an area that has new and newly renovated single family homes)

The plans all over the MLK landmark district are being updated and changed as I write this. Many of these changes reflect a desire to find solutions that will allow landowners and investors to bring property online that meets changing objectives and constructs.

Daniel Street is not now, nor will it ever be a single family enclave. It is shared with both commercial and industrially zoned parcels with active commercial activities (Daniel @Edgewood). It's mostly converted and gated apartments and condos on the eastern side with two abandoned houses and ripped up sidewalks on the western side, and roughly 250-feet from the Boulevard corridor(only 150 feet if measured from the rear property lines of the lots facing Daniel)

The ONLY active use on the area subject to the application is a grandfathered commercial use on a residentially zoned parcel (Corner of Gartrell and Boulevard)

The Fourth Ward and Butler Auburn plans are in direct conflict as it relates to this corridors commercial needs. (Boulevard is the dividing line). Our plan is more in line with what the Butler Auburn plan calls for in area adjacent to a commercial district.

At the time that the O4W plan was under development, I recognized that suggested that the adjacency of Boulevard should have called for a commercial centered plan, not a residential centered plan. Some of the folks on Daniel insisted on residential...and it has failed to thrive as a result. The commercial corridor along the eastern edge of Edgewood has also floundered largely because the commercial tenants and landlords of vacant storefronts have either struggled with availability of daytime and/or evening parking and the loss of on street parking with the addition of bicycle lanes (bike lanes are a good thing, but they sometimes have unintended consequences).

This NPU recently has changed zoning with the same so called "loopholes" for private developers, who will be here and gone. No roll call votes were required (as they were for Lourdes) ...just open and shut cases for the developers. It's more likely that they will be the ones who will give you something you didn't ask for.

The plan for single family homes planned and plotted years ago along the Beltline at Highland Ave, was changed in favor of cookie cutter town homes...not attractive to families, not helpful to single family sales comps. It was a HUGE tract, and the last best opportunity for large scale, single family home development on par with the single family homes facing Lake Ave in Inman Park.

THAT'S where people should have been digging their heels in...or possibly in being proactive in preventing not one, but TWO storage facilities from being built on prime parcels in the corridor in the last year. A parking lot can be ripped up. Those things aren't going anywhere. It's a pity.

Our Lady of Lourdes needs to expand. The people on Daniel street don't want to look at a parking lot forever, and they won't. The buildings along the edges of the property will be built. The time table is contingent upon funding.

From the start, the lot was supposed to be used for parking and commercial office and rectory space primarily for use by the parish. As we've gone through the process is become very clear that non-profits would also be interested.

It's not in our best interests for our physical plant needs or financially to leave it as a surface lot in perpetuity. The land still has the protections of the Beltline overlay regarding design and placement of the buildings.

It should be commercially zoned.

David Patton

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Posted by Been here long enough to know.... on 11/16/2013 at 2:19 PM

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