So this is pop culture in Atlanta? A couple of nobody hicks with a condo on Peachtree? And to think....Atlanta is the high mark in a trough of cultural retardation...
"yeah let's just keep assuming the mass of tourists shares your same bedwetting fear of crime and go from there"
Probably a good place to start, considering crime is pretty terrible in Atlanta, even in the nicer neighborhoods. An even better place to start, given the alternatives.
"is this all you've got?"
Look at me! I debate people on the internet. Excuse me while I pat my own back.
"Seems like the short streetcar line may not be enough by itself to spur businesses along its route"
Absolutely right, since that street car doesn't really go anywhere. Now, if the street car linked to actual population centers, it might help. Linking to downtown Atlanta 2 miles away doesn't do jack.
"but it doesn't take an education to know that you can't spend public funds to revitalize parts of a city. Never been done anywhere in the world."
Except that it's been done in hundreds of cities. Nice try hilbilly.
@ Wesley - Are you really sitting around monitoring the frequency of thumbs up/thumbs down comments on a message board? Also, I'm pretty sure that the excellent food, great drinks, and good vibe at The Lawrence are why you should go there, not because some nit on the internet noticed that someone has gotten an unusual amount of thumbs up notations in a short period of time...
Why does it take at least 10 months to ban smoking?
And to the smokers who have such a problem with this - tough. The habit you're arguing in favor of is an addictive (re: disgusting) habit that contributes to the deaths of tens of thousands of people annually. Not everyone has such a low valuation on their lives, and despite being way behind the curve, I'm thankful that some places in Atlanta are starting to get on board...
If I ever lost my house to foreclosure, I wouldn't let these jokers make the first attempt at trying to prevent it from being sold through the foreclosure process. I, unlike many of you, understand that when you make certain decisions, there are certain consequences. For example, when you decide not to read your loan documents, or pay your mortgage, one of the possible consequences is that you lose your home to foreclosure.
Yet the "Occupy a train car, and ride a free ride" movement wants to make people believe that the world of law and contracts is an evil one and that everyone should be given a free pass because they fell on hard times. These people are parasites.
"re-imagining Northside Drive between I-75 and I-20 as a "grand transit boulevard," with a landscaped median to make the wide road more pedestrian-friendly and separate lanes for cyclists and buses."
Great - so they're going to re-imagine it to be like every other terrible corridor in this city.
"Mello says the City plans to spend $2 million in the area"
Wonderful - that will buy a handful of new trees and potted plants. Great work guys!
This area needs a direct rail connection to MARTA. Given all of the development and activity going on in Midtown & O4W, this area should be looped into/Connected to that, not set off on it's own little project. A rail or streetcar line that does a loop from the Midtown MARTA station, west on 10th St to Howell Mill, up Howell Mill, and back down 17th St, finishing in the vicinity or at the Arts Center station is the most sound plan. You get access to the rest of the city, you start to build out a viable network within the existing urban infrastructure that development can follow, and you give in-towners a completely viable option for alternative transport.
Throw up bike-lanes, and you'll get a handful of riders. Toss in some buses, and they'll go empty, as they'll be subject ot the same inefficiencies that the current buses are.
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