The Howell Mill corridor and Waterworks Park items are just massively important, and so good to see here. Westside badly needs more park space and pedestrian-friendliness and better signal timing. And actual sidewalks. Those would be nice.
When approached by 11Alive a couple of months before his re-election last year, Mayor Reed was asked by a reporter whether or not he supported the Waterworks Park restoration effort. His response: he "needed more info."
It's hard to fathom how he didn't know enough about this issue to state an opinion. Hopefully he'll read this article. And hopefully Atlanta citizens who read this article, and perhaps this post, will call or write Reed directly to inform him further on how much support there is for this project.
JMO, but if Reed wants it to happen, it will happen. No matter what Watershed says or doesn't say. (So lame that they pulled a "no comment" tactic here.)
I give Reed some (small-ish) credit for at least taking the heat and answering questions from journalists locally and nationally. But where the hell is Nathan Deal in all of this? If the root of the problem is lack of coordination between balkanized elements around the state and lack of planning and preparation from the GDOT, it really does fall on his lap more than anyone else's.
How about increased attention to intown parks next year?
@BB: What were the projected rate increases for your insurance plan if the ACA hadn't been implemented? For all you know, there could have been 30% increases in store for you.
JMO, but there's been way too much "MY ANECDOTE PROVES OBAMACARE BAD!" swimming around in the news lately. And to a lesser extent, some "my anecdote proves it works!" stuff. It's just way too early in the process to know, way too many counterfactuals ("I know if ACA weren't happening that insurance would be SO much better right now..."). Can we wait for more than five minutes before forming firm conclusions?
Many thanks for the update. What I've heard from various folks involved is that it makes a huge difference if citizens write Mayor Reed, their city council person, and Watershed Management (Macrina) asking for the parkspace to be reopened. It's currently on the radar more or less, but it will become a more pressing priority if city officials feel the interest and pressure of citizens.
And guess what? There happens to be an election of many of these very people next week. So write these folks now, while they're more open than usual to thoughts and concerns from voters.
VERY good news. Let's hope the Waterworks Park around Howell Mill and 17th street is next in line. These are both obvious, budget-conscious ways to add more park space to the city.
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