"... but the location sucks in my opinion. It would have been better in Centennial Olympic Park."
I don't get this complaint: It's going to be literally across the street from the Centennial Olympic Park. As such, it will be perceived as part of the park attractions and will expand the public's impression of the footprint of the park, just as the Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola do on the north boundary of the park.
I'm with kiteless: A lot of what we do sounds like a transparent attempt to keep up with other cities, rather than cherishing the things that make us unique.
I don't hate this idea. But when they talk about "mitigation" of the increased traffic burden on local streets, we need to make sure that's what we who live on the local streets want. Turning our walkable neighborhoods into high-speed throughways is not an acceptable solution to congestion on the Connector.
But increasing traffic in our neighborhoods might be a net win: More street traffic might equate to more money spent at local stores if we make it easy for commuters to park quickly near those stores. And increased traffic enhances safety for bicycles and pedestrians through increased congestion (which spurs drivers to be more aware of their surroundings) and decreased speeds.
And if it gets significantly worse, the people displaced by those closed exits are -- by definition -- a population that could use MARTA, as there's excellent MARTA coverage all along the Downtown Connector. If they can't take MARTA from their house, they can at least take it from one of the suburban stations with a parking lot.
"joe, you're a moron. the man's name IS mohammed kasim reed."
How ironic that you call me a moron in the context of defending a point that no one ever made.
I never denied that his full name is Mohammed Kasim Reed. In fact, I explicitly stated so in my message.
What I pointed out was that the act of using his full name -- because it is uncommon to do so with this particular individual -- was emblematic of anti-Muslim prejudice.
If YOU think I am a moron, dude that reflects way worse on you than it does on me. But if you really want to bring intellectual attacks into a battle of wits, you might want to turn on spell-check and watch your capitalization.
"... Mohammed Kasim Reed ..."
Okay, have whatever opinion you want about Reed as a politician -- but since he does not typically use his full name, and since his name sounds Muslim (even though Reed attends the Methodist church), and since anti-Muslim sentiment is high in America, I refuse to overlook the fact that you're trying to use bigotry to your political advantage.
Intolerance should always be your enemy -- never something that you embrace; never something that you use to your advantage; never something that you accept; never even something that you ignore.
In MY America, and MY Atlanta, Muslims and people perceived as Muslims are 100% welcome and 100% equal. If that's not what Atlanta feels like to you, then maybe you don't belong here at all.
Good commentary. Since you invited thoughts, I wanted to build on what you're saying.
"The need for self-storage is not going away":
I don't know if you're right about this, but I hope you're not. I think that self-storage is a symptom of bigger social issues that need to be challenged -- prominent among them being a tendency to hoard things, an overreliance on printed material in a digital age, and a refusal to share unwanted possessions with organizations that serve people in need. Obviously, there will always be situations in which individuals need temporary space like this. But the situations in which it is a permanent solution are small and decreasing. My sense is that self-storage is proliferating at a faster rate than the city's population, and that this should give us pause.
"We should not resort to outright NIMBYism .. but should instead be working towards making them more compatible with the surrounding areas ... [such as with] an activated street façade":
(Kudos on proper use of the cedilla, by the way!)
Here we are on exactly the same page, and, by the way, this IS pretty much my back yard: I live less than 2 blocks from the new storage facility on Edgewood by the Beltline, and the one mentioned in the article above is an easy walk from my house (a walk I make every time I ride MARTA from the King Memorial Station).
I wasn't thrilled with the news of the Edgewood Avenue storage facility -- but they've done a decent job with it. I think it would have been better if it were placed behind a couple of shops facing Edgewood -- but it's not ugly or offensive even as it stands. I hope we're not too late (but fear that we are) to nudge the facility under construction to be modified with active use tenants on the exterior street level, and I hope that Kwanza Hall and other neighborhood organizers are working to make this happen. But even if that doesn't come to pass with the new place, and since it already didn't with the Edgewood Avenue place, positive land-use opportunities exist. Off the top of my head, it seems like the typically underutilized parking at these facilities could be a place where the owners invite food trucks to set up one evening a week, thus establishing bonds with the residents and improving their footprint in the neighborhood.
But my attitude toward storage facilities isn't NIMBYism -- to the extend that these facilities must exist, I have no objection to them being near me. I just wish there were fewer of them, and that the one which are built were better designed.
"You could also let the property owners build what they want on their own land and let the market decide if it is a good idea or not. Apparently they feel that it will make money so this is what they choose"
Yeah, sure, and we could also let property owners pour raw sewage into our rivers and let the market decide if we want to reward that behavior.
We could let entrepreneurs market heroin to children, and let the market decide if that's a good idea.
Or ... on the other hand ... we could recognize that over the last hundred thousand years we have evolved to be a civilized, collaborative, cooperative species -- and that this evolution is not a failed experiment.
Jeez, everything we've built for hundreds of generations, the libertarians would happily wipe away in one. Why the hell don't you all just go live in the woods the way you want to, and quit bothering the rest of us? I solemnly pledge that I will not defile your beliefs by sending help when you start to freeze to death or get eaten by cougars.
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