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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.
Dear Mark From Atlanta -
Are you horribly misinformed or malicious?
>>Rejected the bike-share program
Rejecting this particular bike share program is hardly an indicator of the community's overall position on cyclists and pedestrians. Decatur is one of just four "Bike-Friendly Communities" in the state, according to the League of American Cyclists. Even without knowing that, one only need observe the number of bike lanes within the city limits, and the number of previously wide roads that have been intentionally slowed or shrunken, to see that the community values biking and walking.
>>Rejected a city-provided wireless internet service that would available community-wide
Decatur had free municipal for several years beginning in 2006. It didn't work very well. Today there's still wifi in some public spaces.
>>>Rejected a very modest tree ordinance (Decatur has none!)
The ordinance wasn't rejected. The commission tabled it in January. Many people disliked it and would have wanted to kill it. Many others were simply annoyed at how little time the community was given to read and process it. It'll come back up for a vote this month.
Thomas, you used the wrong picture. Here's correct one: http://bit.ly/MpZKs4
Generations to fix sprawl? Yes. But it's only a failure of imagination that prevents Atlanta from having a vegan strip club like Portland.
Be careful, CL friends. These Downtown Ambassadors mow people down with their Segways and get away with it because of their diplomatic immunity.
Also, let's have lunch sometimes.
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