This is the one route to transit funding with a chance of passing the legislature, and it is far more flexible than the ill-designed T-SPLOST. There was no way to come up with a list that would satisfy the priorities of voters in counties such as Fulton and DeKalb along with counties such as Cherokee, Henry, and Walton. There's plenty to be done in expanding transit in Fulton & Dekalb; eventually counties such as Cobb and Gwinnett will want a commuter-rail type system that plugs into a greatly expanded ITP MARTA network (right now commuter rail is less appealing because of MARTA's small network).
The national media seemed a bit geographically challenged in covering this story. I read about commuting problems from DeKalb to Gwinnett, Cartersville to Marietta, etc. - all ascribed to the mayor of Atlanta as his responsibility. The city takes up the smallest percentage of its metro area of the 30 largest metro areas in the US.
For what my experience is worth, my drive in the early afternoon from Buckhead to Midtown went fairly well on city streets - until it was necessary to cross over the interstates. 17th was totally stopped by drivers waiting to get on the blocked interstates. So was 14th. 10th moved, though very slowly. The interstates of course were the state's responsibility.
This wasn't Reed's best week, but the big fact remains that the main thing holding back the city of Atlanta is our state government, run by and for "Tea Party" Republicans.
Excellent idea to involve Tech and SCAD - don't forget the fine art department at GSU - they are widely respected, and closest to the area.
And yes, plan on having an APD officer (or at least a "Downtown ambassador") present 24/7.
My reference to "Tea Party Republicans" is a description of many of the critics of this proposal, most of whom do not live in the city. Blessedly, they have little influence at City Hall, so I hope we will proceed with a substantial bond infrastructure program, which is how much of this country was built. Eisenhower Republicans understood this.
Of course we should. Bonds are the normal way we pay for lasting infrastructure; civic assets designed to last for years should be paid for over time, rather than coming out of a single year's revenue. Operating budget and capital budget are logically distinct.
Not that logic ever moved the Tea Party Republicans.
I work Downtown and enjoy it, and most of the complaints are exaggerated (though more consistent police presence around 5 Points MARTA would be welcome).
My 3 top reasons to come (or stick around) Downtown (apart from work):
1. Theatrical Outfit
2. The Rialto
3. Georgia State art gallery (they really need to expand this, it has some excellent exhibits)
And for the record, metro Atlanta has reduced its water use by around 15% while population increased by over 5%. Those new dual-flush toilets made an amazing difference in my water bill................
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