I think the Wikipedia definition is pretty good, but I think of the eastern border as being the connector. I would include SoNo as part of downtown, though, extending east to Piedmont. Also, anything from the GWCC marshaling yard north is not part of downtown.
A Texas Doughnut is when you wrap a parking garage with timber frame multistory construction. Many of the apartment and condo buildings near Ikea fit the definition. It's a way of accommodating cars while making a building pedestrian friendly. Like many development patterns, how good it is depends on the details and the execution, but it's a good step toward denser, more walkable neighborhoods in a city where cars are still a requirement for most. Here's a good blog post about Texas Doughnuts, with pictures: http://oldurbanist.blogspot.com/2013/06/co…
I'm not sure why you're complaining about public needs in a blurb about private development, but as long as it's not primarily car-oriented a new mixed-use complex is a good thing. I'd be fine with a Texas doughnut right there.
"Warmists" sounds like it refers to the people at the office who have space heaters under their desks and wear snuggies at work.
Nomadologist: When I went to the southwest planning meeting last year, they said that the plan is to cross DeKalb at Airline Street (or thereabouts) and run along DeKalb Avenue to the Krog Street tunnel, where it would cut across to Reynoldstown. Through the tunnel, pedestrians would be on the sidewalks and bicyclists would be on the road. They said that long term, they want to build a dedicated tunnel under Hulsey Yard, but they haven't done any planning or design work on that.
I don't know how any of that has changed in the last year, but it does seem like the sort of thing that ought to be included in the long term plan.
I hope whoever replaces him has as good a mustache as his.
Actually, Darin, huge strides *have* been made in the past year. There are brand new sidewalks and pedestrian signals on Cobb Parkway, Akers Mill, and Cumberland. It's obviously not as good as an intown commercial district (except maybe Buckhead around Lenox Square) but it's possible to walk around without fearing for life and limb.
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