oydave 
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Re: “Scarred But Smarter: The Life and Times of Drivin' N Cryin'

Great behind-the-scenes look at a great band. All it's missing is Kris Kristofferson...but it's way better than those things, anyway.

Posted by oydave on 04/16/2013 at 8:38 AM

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Re: “Little Five Points grows up, gets its own CID to potentially fund parking deck, traffic signals, bus circulator

Balance is good, Darin. I concur. I'm a pedestrian and a cyclist as well as a driver.

"A more balanced built environment would be one that's as easy to walk/bike in as it is to drive in."

The balance is not 50/50 because it's the 21st century and we use cars more than we do the other and because it's a large city, not a small town. All these desirable things are exactly what you find in a small town. Walkabilty, calm traffic etc. You want big time happenin' town or all that other stuff? Atlanta is great because it has more of that small town livability than most big cities but not enough for some people, I guess.

But it is unbalanced...not in a civil engineering way...to want to shrink a major road to one lane or to build planters in the middle of the street. I was trying to turn left in Asheville the other day, where they really gaga for this "traffic diet" crap, and I was nearly wiped out by the oncoming driver because neither of us could see the other through the STUPID PLANTER in the middle of the street built right where the street became intersection. Absolute lunacy.

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Posted by oydave on 07/09/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Little Five Points grows up, gets its own CID to potentially fund parking deck, traffic signals, bus circulator

"if we keep making decisions based on what's best for car traffic then we'll continue to have a city that's built for cars instead of people."

Yo...PEOPLE drive cars. You're not really this dense, right?

You want to benefit some people at the expense of others so quit framing stupid "traffic calming" schemes as people vs. cars. It's people vs. people. You want to live in the middle of a city, yet force traffic to behave like it's in a one stop light small town. ITPers claim to hate suburban cul-de-sacs, yet they want the roads in their big city neighborhoods to be like that which they hate so much. Big city...big traffic. That's the way it is.

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Posted by oydave on 07/09/2014 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Clayton approves MARTA contract for November ballot

"An MIT-trained climatologist is a probably less likely to be fallible on that topic "

You're right. In fact, well known climate "denier" Richard Lindzen is an MIT scientist.

"handpicked by Corporate America"

I'm starting to think that anyone who throws around "corporate" as a pejorative has persecution issues. Did you have a bad experience in a bank or a five and dime as a child?

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Posted by oydave on 07/09/2014 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Boon or bust? Atlanta Falcons bet on 'Hard Knocks'

Terrible...terrible idea.

Shultz is a neo-maxi zoom Nimrod but he's right about this.

Posted by oydave on 07/09/2014 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Little Five Points grows up, gets its own CID to potentially fund parking deck, traffic signals, bus circulator

Making Moreland one lane a boon to the community? Not really...and a big Fuck You to the rest of the city which needs to get somewhere.

Zed & Edge - I know! WTF?

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Posted by oydave on 07/09/2014 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Clayton approves MARTA contract for November ballot

"How is this worse and how should society be governed if either of these are not an option?"

It's worse because experts are as fallible as anyone else and when you defer to them, you better hope they're right. We should be governed the way we are now, You vote for leaders. Leaders make decisions or assign decision makers and the larger issues are put to popular vote. If the decisions are not to your liking, you vote in another leader. What's the problem?

The rub is that some people think their political stance is "correct" by some objective criteria and that experts will always agree with them so that if we can just get power in the hands of the experts, our political position won't have to be justified by winning elections.

Posted by oydave on 07/08/2014 at 8:45 AM

Re: “First Slice 7/7/14: We're guessing Tyler Perry doesn't want to turn Fort McPherson into a mixed-use bioscience hub

"are those who build sets and those who occasionally play extras really capable of supporting families, much less themselves? "

Extras never make much, rightfully so. You sit around all day reading a book, get fed, and do some simple motion for a few minutes. But the folks who build sets are union workers making very good wages with very good benefits. They work twelve hour shifts for weeks straight...seven days, like maniacs. Way more than enough to support a family.

"The money that is going into the dome could have built...." yadda yadda yadda....

The two things are completely unrelated.

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Posted by oydave on 07/07/2014 at 9:43 PM

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