I'd say that last single quote deserves at least a $50,000 campaign check from Monsanto!
While Atlanta is a far cry from Detroit's status, there are portions of the Westside that I think aren't far from it. While possibly politically infeasible, following Detroit's urban farmland project for neighborhoods with high vacancy rates, poor public services, perpetual high crime, and a general perception of the worst kind, could be the most straightforward and economically realistic approach to fixing these blighted areas.
While it obviously doesn't address the underlying social problems. it would go a long way toward upgrading the rest of the city, and the perception of neighboring communities.
Meanwhile cities from Miami (Wynwood Walls) to Shanghai (M50: Moganshan Lu) are utilizing graffiti art districts to revitalize sections of their cities. Way to be behind the cultural curve again Atlanta!
Oydave, the only real difference between the Atlanta map and cities from the north is that our dots are spread out further! Same levels of segregation, we just largely do ours on a county by county basis instead of block by block.
Why not actually just obey the law and don't get a ticket. I see enough traffic and code violations everyday to keep plenty of people employed.
APD should take note. If they allowed each officer to fund his or her salary through tickets, there would never be a deficit of police officers. Sure if you violate the rules you are going to suffer monetary consequences, but in comparison to the associated decrease in violent crime, robberies, etc. I am certainly willing to pay the price or simply follow the rules that are in place for a reason.
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