atlanta development is so schizophrenic.
a $23 million dollar temporary facility, not counting the cost of the land, when planning for another facility that will do the same thing but actually connect to marta?
another $700 billion dollar stadium a few blocks away from the existing one?
a $2 billion beltline and $300 million dollar streetcar while neglecting marta?
dammit people, it's like a bunch of children running around with blank checks, everyone has their individual projects while neglecting a sustainable cohesive vision.
imagine if we just had one great public transit system that connected to everything like D.C., the image below is envious and depressing when compared to our piecemeal approach.
The best part of this article is the explanation of social circles remaining segregated. True social inclusion and color blindness will come naturally when these networks are finally integrated. Atlanta is diverse when you look at statistics, but if you look at the level of social integration among blacks and whites (close circles of friends, relationships, etc.), you might as well be looking at the Old South.
CL was probably guilty of nothing more than lazy journalism by writing about the artists that fell into their lap through their networks. While they could have tried to investigate other networks of artists, the real problem is that they had to in order to achieve diversity. Our evolution of racial tension does not stop at the mere acceptance of others or token diversity; genuine inclusion is the next step.
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