@JoeInAtlanta - I voted down your post because I think the parking deck at the botanical garden is incredibly well done. I'm opposed to parking decks at Glenwood Place and would rather see multiple small parking lots with more onstreet parking. The botanical garden deck shows that the Fuqua family does support projects that listen to community input. I assume Faqua Development is under contract from Walmart to present dozens of "possible" plans around the country. I think the blatant disregard for the fabric of adjacent Glenwood Park was Jeff Fuqua's way to support his obligations with Walmart, while delivering a plan he know the community would reject. Someone as successful a Mr. Fuqua doesn't get there by making dumb moves. Our real challenge is to hammer home the details - water retention pond with green space, no fake facades (avoid the false fronts of Edgewood Shopping district), bikeways in park areas rather than along roadways, close integrate with the surrounding neighborhoods by making Glen Castle part of the neighborhood design. Here's a page where we're collecting ideas: http://neighborhood.org/go/grantpark/east/
Coffee shops should simply charge laptop squatters $10/hr after the first 30 minutes. Buying food and drink suffice as payment.
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