YES. We NEED a ticker tape parade, with floats, food trucks and shut down streets with OutKast, the entire Dungeon Family and the Morris Brown Marching Band Alumni leading the parade all the way to Centennial. YAAASSSS
I've lived in the West End for 4 years now, before then I lived in Capitol View Manor, Grant Park, Decatur and Ashby. Actually in all of these areas I've had not a single problem - and that's been over the past 13 years. What I have seen is neighbors who work everyday, some elderly and veterans who stay home, and in general communicate, get along, are involved in their local NPUs and look out for one another. Crime happens, its not specific to any area. Generalizing and spreading all the rhetoric criminalizing entire regions of citizens is quite honestly classist, racist, and stupid. I'm pretty sure if the focus was on meth labs, hydroponic labs and trigger happy NRA members, one could make a generalized statement about the lack of safety of those areas as well. But we wouldn't like that would we?
Generalizations aside, its nice to see that there are infrastructure improvements for ALL of Atlantans and not just the areas convenient, hip or "sufficiently gentrified".
He's not clueless, its just that Georgia politicians are heavily invested in billion dollar road construction bids and the public interest groups from that industry. They are more invested in their NIMBY mindset and pander to a demographic that has a phobia of others of a different color or socioeconomic status than them.
To anyone who really thinks that mass transit would not have drastically changed last week's debacle what do you think happens in New York or Boston? People take transit and they still get to make it to their families.
- students and adults old enough could have taken MARTA home
- Parents could have used transit to get younger children
- Thousands of citizens would not have had to sleep in cars and businesses, worse case scenario if we had a more fleshed out transit you could walk or city trucks could focus on clearing roadways so transit buses could shuttle people to transit stations.
But nope...let's build more roads. Pure genius. . .
NOW can we get some serious enhancements to mass transit please? We hear endlessly how "inefficient" MARTA is, but the DOT can't even throw a damn box of salt on the ground! SMH
Guess that ^ doesn't matter because they're FUCKING AWESOME!
I agree with Portland's mayor only in part - the real "roadblock" (pun intended) is Georgia's Department of Transportation (and legislature's hostile relationship with MARTA) anti-mass transit/pro-road construction stance. IF it weren't for that, Atlanta would have been well on its way if not already ahead of Portland and other cities. And THAT probably has more to do with generational flux and flow of conservatism, nimby, white flight, etc. than the actual infrastructure challenges. You can throw up as many light-rail, bike trail, beltlines, streetcars etc. but if the purpose is to only benefit portions of the city's population depending on who or what that population looks like - you will always have under-serviced and undeveloped gaps in infrastructure.
Atlanta needs expansion of mass transit with at least 1 additional east-west line SOUTH of 20 and another NORTH of 20. From there each stop should have connecting shorter distance light-rail options that go north/south and are laid out in a way that easily connects or leaves minimal walking distance to pre-existing bus routes.
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