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Re: “Behold! MARTA's archives! Now online!

The last of the Great Society subways, conceived in all the altruistic spirit of that era. In hindsight, now that virtually all of Atlanta's public housing is gone, it's really too bad that what would have been one of MARTA's greatest long-term achievements (the Emory spur and station) never happened and that relatively low-value development has hemmed in the system's expansion from being anywhere near easy. Thank God there was still common sense in the air when they planned and built Hartsfield in the 1970s and coordinated it with MARTA's construction... we certainly didn't get that with the international terminal.

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Posted by federico on 07/16/2015 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Downtowners launch legal fund to fight City Hall's street-renaming fever

Has anyone stepped back and taken a look at this? Frustrated citizens feel left with no other choice but to sue their own elected government for not following its own regulations (and pay for the lawsuit with money they have to raise through donations). What kind of madness is this? Please let there be no mistaking what a broken and utterly dysfunctional political process this city has - and America as well, to a large extent. It is not a democracy. It is government completely forsaking its people and principles to do whatever the hell it wants.

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Posted by federico on 07/02/2015 at 2:44 PM

Re: “First Slice 6/28/15: Confederate flags are selling like hotcakes, says person who sells Confederate flags

Where was the conservative furor over unelected judges after Citizens United? Oh wait...

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Posted by federico on 06/28/2015 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Reed: 'I think I have another election in me'

Not a snowball's chance outside of the voter-apathy bubble of Atlanta and the Maynard Machine. I want to say he has to know that and this is a cynical means to gin up money and connections through a campaign. But maybe he doesn't, and the delusions of grandeur are really that strong. I suppose we'll see in 2018.

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Posted by federico on 06/24/2015 at 5:18 AM

Re: “Is an underground parking deck with 'living roof' in Grant Park's future?

Remember that a 'Grant Park parking structure' was on the infrastructure bond projects list before Reed pulled the list from public view. So not only does the zoo get to expand on city-owned land designated with a public purpose, it also (potentially) gets a new parking structure on the taxpayer's dime!

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Posted by federico on 06/09/2015 at 11:51 AM

Re: “First Slice 6/3/15: Atlanta loses Nobel peace summit after months of infighting

Although it sounds like the ship was sinking and there was more to the dissent than the usual Reed tantrums, the Nobel Summit misadventure can't look anything but bad for the city. The reporting in the linked article is thin. Does anyone know what all really happened?

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Posted by federico on 06/03/2015 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Clermont Lounge closing temporarily for renovations

Erm... yeah, have to agree with some of the others here. It's hard to see a place like this survive the shock of a closure, even if nothing changes.... but in any case I think the writing is on the wall. There are few more telltale signs of gentrification than 'boutique hotel,' no matter how edgy and modern a crowd it appeals to (it's still Ponce after all...). I just don't see Atlanta really being in the market for an upscale boutique hotel where Clermont Lounge fits into the overall clientele profile, but maybe I'm wrong.

Personally I never loved the Lounge and though I did the Atlanta rite of passage like everyone else, found it a mildly miserable place with more than a few low-lives. Whether it's there or not has no bearing on my life, but it is always remarkable to watch these moments of change... and a little disheartening to know that a reasonably healthy, safe outlet for controlled vice may now be lost to those who got some pleasure out of it. We all deserve some sin in our lives, and Atlanta seems to be less and less wild and fun every day.

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Posted by federico on 04/09/2015 at 2:23 AM

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