True, Mayor Reed has made wonderful progress taking care of Atlanta via the the state capitol, the White House, Congress and places abroad. But as Cl's EB so eloquently (and smartly) put it, Reed is fixing the "sexy" problems. What about crime (maybe folks will walk more, drive less if they are not scared of getting mugged...)? What about the abandoned homes and rampant homelessness? What about JOBS? Again, these are not the glamourous issues that simply can be solved in a day, nor fixed with a mere sit-down with former senate & congressional colleagues.
Its time for Mayor Reed to roll up his sleeves and get dirty like Mayor Franklin did. She took a LOT of heat for lay-offs, cut-backs, and other tough decisions. We have yet to see a "speck of dust" on Mayor Reed.
Great column, Joeff. It is refreshing to hear from someone who usually speaks via pictures and not words. I've scanned the other comments and noticed no one touched your suggestion to replace self-righteous, right-wing Christians with monks. *Hallelujah!* I know Atlanta is the "Bible belt," and all that (whatever). But, um, with scandals like Eddie Long, embracing another spiritual discipline is exactly what Atlanta needs. I'm sick of hypocritcal people telling me how to live; that is not the way of Buddhists, Hindi, etc.--specifically they do not stand in the way of Sunday alcohol sales nor do they categorize consenual sex between single people as "fornication." But I digress.
Flooding the connector--I dunno...what happens when it freezes? Besides, Atlanta just seemed addicted to their vehicles; period, point blank. That doesn't change the fact that the infrastructure is just not made for "this many people." While bikes are definitely the answer to a lot of problems (health, traffic, high-priced gas--just to name a few), Atlanta is just NOT friendly enough to have them on the sidewalks.
Better health care, education benefits, more vacation time--good luck with that. While these three suggestions would most definitely improve the quality of life in the US, I honestly do not think we will see in our lifetime. But then, did I ever imagine that a guy such as yourself, who usually "speaks" via his camera as it were, could make such poignant and thought-provoking recommendations?
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