"Hell-to-the-naw-naw" is fantastic writing.
But the misplaced apostrophe in "private corporation's pet projects": That felt like a dental drill without Novocaine.
What are they going to do with the Olympic cauldron?
Since they've got transit running up Capitol Avenue, I'd love to see it as an access bridge for an elevated tram station. The stairs and bridge were part of the artistic design, and the artist intended for it to be visually moving for the audience to watch the torch wind up and through the structure on its way to the lighting.
But this never happened: Muhammad Ali was too frail, and so his torch was lifted to the cauldron on a rope. And the Paralympic torch bearer was a mountain climber who scaled the outside of the structure.
Since no one ever walked up it in the games, it would be nice if ordinary people could somehow use the structure in our ordinary lives.
The City of Atlanta seems to believe that promising us nice things is just as good as delivering on those promises. Here's what I want from them:
(1) An acknowledgement that they failed.
It is not sufficient that their failure is obvious. Becky Katz or Kasim Reed needs to stand up and speak for the city, saying, "You were promised a bike share in 2014, and we failed in delivering on that promise. Here are the reasons why we failed. And here is what we are doing to make sure that we don't repeat that failure in the future.
And yes, I understand that Becky Katz was hired too recently for us to hold her personally accountable -- but she took the job knowing that this project was doomed to fail in its deadlines, and it's part of her duties to be the voice of the city on this subject.
(2) A specific promise.
"Summer" is way too vague for such a long-delayed initiative. And as we learned in the streetcar debacle, the city will unselfconsciously turn "in 2013" into "the last two cold bleak days of 2013". So in this case, does "summer" mean June? July? August? or September 20, the last day before the equinox?
Frankly, I'd like for our government officials to lose a month's pay every time they're intentionally vague about their commitments. A simple change in tone from "in the summer" to "before the fall" costs them nothing, aligns expectations to reality, and makes us feel good, rather than cheated, if that date turns out to be in mid-September.
I still feel burned by the project list for the infrastructure bond being "not yet finalized" at the time of the vote, with at least one item that motivated my "Yes" vote being eliminated after I cast my ballot.
If they want my "Yes" vote this time around, there will be no games around the final project list. I need to go to the ballot in November knowing that the list is final and unchangeable.
Correct URL for the "allow Uber and Lyft pickups" link: http://airport.blog.ajc.com/2016/03/10/har…
Interesting that Atlanta BeltLine is able to set up a tracking page at lighttheline.com for this funding project -- but they steadfastly refuse to put any updates on their own website about the status of existing, and delayed, construction projects.
Also, for anyone interested, in the infrastructure bond, which is SUPPOSED to be paying for this project, here's a couple of links:
Creative Loafing's report that the bond will finance lighting on the Eastside Trail: http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2014/0…
The Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond page for this project (which shows it as not-yet-begun, even though -- as a Round 1 project -- it was supposed to start within 0-6 months): http://renewatlantabond.com/project/ne-bel…
I came for the burritos he used to serve in the pop-up tent in Poncey-Highland. But they don't serve burritos, and I'm not a fan of what they serve instead.
There's too much good eating a PCM for me to waste my time again with Super Pan. They can get me back if they bring in the burritos (with unchanged quality) -- but otherwise, I'll be eating with the competitors.
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