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A tech update on MARTA I'd like to see - improved software on the Breeze Card machines. It takes way too long and requires way too many buttons to buy/recharge the card.
Also, when a gig of data on a smartphone costs $10, why spend on building WiFi infrastructure?
To guarantee the team never goes to the suburbs, call them Atlanta Mass Transit.
Mark, you didn't write that metro Atlanta has been rejecting tree ordinances for 30 years (which is mostly true). You said Decatur just rejected its tree ordinance, which is completely false. The city may, in fact, reject it, still, but it hasn't there hasn't been a vote yet.
There is a municipal wifi system in Decatur. If you leave this page for 15 seconds, you can find the coverage map. The current system covers several public spaces. It's a smaller area than the 2006 system did, but the 2006 system was terrible. I lived about 100 feet from one of the routers and couldn't access it. Non-working wifi doesn't help anyone.
For the sake of argument though, let's say Decatur has no municipal wifi. In what way is municipal wifi a signifier of "progressive" or "conservative" leanings? Why not throw free municipal water and electricity into the mix?
Please answer the same question about bike sharing. Why is rejecting one particular bike share plan a signifier of creeping Tea Partyism when the same people who did the rejecting have already spent a large amount of taxpayer money making bike routes safer for everyone?
I have no beliefs about and no investment in the city's political reputation. And I suspect we probably agree about the ways in which Decatur's relative affluence will change its politics and government over time. But of the 3 "facts" you presented to make your case, two were false and one was wildly removed from meaningful context that it was just as misleading as the more blatant falsehoods.
JF - Your comment may not have been addressed to me, but my problem with Mark isn't what he thinks of Decatur's political leanings (it's not really controversial to suggest that the politics of the city will change as the relative wealth of its residents change). My problem is that he made 3 factual assertions to back up his case, 2 of which were flat-out false, and one of which (the thing about bikes) does not accurately reflect the community's commitment cycling.
Mark From Atlanta: You appear to be a lonely comment troll, in which case you'll reply with another fact-free comment, but for everyone reading this - the difference between "rejected" and "tabled" is the difference between "a decision was made" and "a decision was not made". The commission may well reject THE tree ordinance or any tree ordinance, but the vote didn't happen yet.
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