I moved here from a city in which bike commuting was very common, so it just became ingrained. I also don't make a ton of money, but choose to live in a decent (i.e. safe/clean) neighborhood in a reasonably sized house for my family of three (2 bedrooms). The quality of life my family enjoys would not be possible if my income was reduced by the estimated $9,122 per year that it costs to own and maintain a car (http://newsroom.aaa.com/tag/your-driving-c…).
I find it insulting that someone who doesn't even live in Atlanta feels like their ability to get into and out of the city a few minutes faster (a matter of convenience) trumps my right to get to and from work without being killed.
This is really amazing. Such a progressive step! Thanks to everyone involved from the city, PATH, and the Midtown Alliance.
A huge thanks to Ms. Mlynski!
And why is Valerie Bell Smith spouting off this bureaucratic nonsense instead of actually helping out? Why is it so hard to get city employees to quit playing spider solitaire long enough to actually help citizens get things done?
I like churches, but dislike parking lots. This area deserves better. I hope the church can pursue agreements with other nearby property owners to make better use of the parking that exists. There is a lot of nearby parking. A lot. I'm sure if they offer up their existing parking during hours when it's not in use, nearby businesses will reciprocate.
Also, encourage the patrons to walk, ride bicycles, carpool, or use MARTA. There are other options. Save the limited parking for those physically unable to arrive using other means.
Thanks for looking into that, Max! I'm very pleasantly surprised to hear that the city is taking pedestrians and cyclists into account with this project. Things are looking up around this place!
"...starting next week for motorists..."
Does that mean that Krog will still be passable for pedestrians and cyclists (possibly using the sidewalk)?
It's also economic. Money saved by not owning a car, or at least not driving the cars we do own quite so much, can go straight back into the local economy. Personally, I know that my wife and I can afford to eat out more, support more local art and live in a nicer neighborhood (i.e. pay higher property taxes) because of the money we save by not owning a second car. Currently, very few people feel safe enough biking on Atlanta's roads to make a similar choice.
So, investments like this are an investment into the local economy, in addition to all of the other reasons Mark listed.
In fact, Joe Cortright calculated Portland's "green dividend," or the amount of money saved on transportation due to their progressive policies at $1.1B in 2007, most of which would have left the local economy. Combined with the time saved by not sitting in traffic at $15/hr/person, the total goes up to $2.2B.
We've taken the first step toward similar policies today.
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