Good lord, man. Way to overreact to a little good-natured ribbing, Atlanta. Next time try not taking yourselves too seriously...
The Beltline is over kids. You can go home now.
5 pages of this shit?! I couldn't get past the first paragraph.
As punishment for your transgressions in submitting your readers to Ms. Martinez's writing repeatedly over the past year or so CL, you are to hire an 84 year old lady who lives in a small town and writes wistfully and naively about the "good old days."
I sincerely believe your readers would get far more titillation and information by reading the aforementioned 84 year old's columns.
Gawd O'Mighty do Atlantans have an inferiority complex or what?
I can't fault dude for moving back to Dallas although I'm finding it hard to believe he's doing so for personal reasons rather than the fact that CL has remained a steaming pile of crap under his stewardship(it seemed like it was becoming more and more the voice of a dwindling number of cynical hipsters but I did notice a glimmer of hope in the last issue I picked up with a halfway decent article about the stadiums). I noticed Sugg did a piece(or did I dream that?) as well. I may be being nostalgic but maybe CL is returning back to the days when it wrote articles about the city that were actually worth reading. I don't want to blame him totally because CL was on a nose dive for quite a while before he took the helm.
The best I've seen this guy do is an article about how easy it is to ride a bicycle "around town." I knew right there he didn't know shit about Atlanta if he actually thought you could ride a bicycle "around town."
But...why the hell is a guy from Dallas even taking over a paper about Atlanta? Don't pull this ITP is better than OTP shit when you just got here, bro. Maybe that'll teach you not to listen to a bunch of bitter hipsters and freaks who caught hell in their small southern towns for being weirdos and bailed to the nearest big city at the first opportunity. Maybe that's why Atlanta has such a freaking obnoxious high school mentality no other city I've ever lived in has. People are trying to make a living on both sides of the freaking highway. Why create these bullshit cultural distinctions to make yourself feel better about being another schmuck who feel for some sneaky marketing and got ripped off on a crappy condo in the 4th Ward. "Bitch, don't front. You know you came from Kennessaw."
Find somebody who actually knows this city and the fucked up relationship it has with the state. Find somebody who knows the place is beyond dysfunctional and rarely lives up to its potential but for some reason thinks that's part of its charm. That's the only way you're gonna make Atlanta interesting.
I can't stand cabbies based just on my experience in sharing the road with them in a car and on my motorcycle/bicycle. They are almost always the worst, most obnoxious drivers in just about any city. And taxis just aren't all that feasible for the average person in Atlanta. The city is still too spread out and it's not like the streets of ATL have dedicated taxi lanes to bypass backed up traffic. They cost an arm and a leg compared to other ways of getting around. The fare from the Airport to downtown can easily surpass my monthly car insurance payment. Plus, it's not like they cruise around looking for fares, this ain't NYC. You have to call and wait so you may as well catch a bus.
I made my best effort to bike as much as possible in the couple years before I left Atlanta. It was difficult and scary at times. If I didn't ride the sidewalks(illegally) 90% of the time I doubt I'd still be here today. Streets like Moreland, Ponce, Dekalb, Memorial, and Peachtree desperately need bike lanes and Atlanta drivers need biker awareness training. The vast majority of Atlantans don't live in the little biking wonderland you call Midtown. And it's not like Midtown is all that safe for bikers. Try riding down Spring and West Peachtree around rush hour and tell me bikers are even on the radar. And don't get me started on those loooooonnnnggg low gradient hills and the 6+ months of heat and humidity...
Revamping the MARTA bus system(along with bike lanes, driver awareness, etc.) could really improve things. I'd even go as far as considering only running Marta rail during rush hours and investing the money saved into the bus system if I were in charge. Or maybe lower bus fares and change the train fare into a distance based systems like the one in DC. Prompt, frequent, and reliable bus routes may go a long way to improving MARTAs image. As of right now, too many people see it only as an option for people too broke to afford a car.
Hmmm, it's pretty sad that it even comes to this. I know I've railed against CL to the point of sounding like a broken record but it's crap like this that just makes me shake my head and consider it a lost cause.
It has gone from a pretty decent local voice that regularly contained some very well written features to a snarky, self-absorbed hipster rag that is as closed-mind as the people it derides(basically anybody outside the pointless ITP line and even ITP north of Lindberg Drive).
What the fuck happened?
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