Yes, Nathan. Facts have a liberal bias. Always have.
I'd suggest people take minute to call into the new "One, a daily radio talk show that will focus on social issues facing the Atlanta region," to ask if GPB will continue to give 6-figure patronage jobs to the Governor's cronies. Sure, Chip Rogers was fired a couple of months ago for violating GPB's policies, but I assume that just means there's a job open for another political payoff since they hired him with no evident qualifications in the first place. That's some hard-hitting investigative local news for you, right there.
I guess you folks all missed the intown and 'urban' Wal-Mart that was built years ago at Howell Mill and I-85. Basically a stacked power center with Wal-Mart underneath and various retail on top.
InAtl, I don't think you'll find anyone who is advocating for TIA who thinks it is a perfect solution or even a great solution, much less any transportation planners at ARC. This was a bastardized solution created by a bunch of craven cowards in the legislature who are scared of the anti-tax nuts and most whom don't give a damn about either mass transit or the metro area for that matter.
The problem is that, however lacking, TIA is the only solution on the table and as Floyd indicates, if we fail to act when given an opportunity, it will be used against the region by those metros against which we compete for business and jobs.
Furthermore, if TIA is rejected, the problem just goes back to the cowards for more inaction. If the metro Atlanta TIA fails in July, then there will be roughly six months for legislators to create from scratch some new transportation funding plan (i.e. tax increase), and more importantly, collectively grow a pair so they can actually pass the damn thing. If it's not done next session, not only does another year of inaction go by (while Dallas, Charlotte and Denver continue to build), but the next session is happening during a re-election year , and with the threat of being primaried by the Teabagger Party, again, no new funding source is created. And then maybe in the next session, something gets done. THREE years later.
Three years gone - tick tock, tick tock. Three years of competitors enhancing their metro transit. Three years where new business development in the region slows or dries up. Three more years where regional employment continues to lag the country. Three more years where home prices stay depressed. And once momentum is lost and a certain national perception sets in, it becomes very hard to restart and reverse that perception.
As for moving towards more density, transit, and walkability intown, that transition has stagnated. The key factor that will drive it forward is more jobs in the urban core. Until more companies relocate or are grown intown, there is little driving suburbanites to make the move or for larger numbers of new grads to relocate here. The unfortunate fact is the Atlanta metro, more than other older cities, suffers from employment sprawl in addition to residential sprawl. Companies are spread all over the region in several mini-centers, from Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, Cumberland, Perimeter Center, Alpharetta, etc. So if you scare off companies or people from relocating to the region, much less the City of Atlanta, by in essence declaring to the rest of te country "We don't care enough about fixing our transportation problems to even START with a 1% tax to do something (even if not the best thing)" you'll never get more transit-friendly density.
I'm awaiting the afore-mentioned midtown location of Jim 'n Nicks to see if it does maintain what I've had over in Birmingham. Though the subject of pizza seems to be inordinately controversial in Atlanta, I have to give a shout out to Mellow Mushroom despite those who will inevitably decry it as non-traditional.
But you neglected to cover the most important fact we need to know - is he single?
mikey j, I think the current naming mode would make it Backstreet 2.0 - which really would shock the MPSA crowd.
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