St. Paul is actually one of the most bike friendly cities in the country...despite the snow.
One obvious point: right now the state constitution restricts gas tax revenue to roads and bridges! Yet another reason transit funding is challenged.
Also, as far as MARTA expansion, I should point out that there is a lot less federal funding being given out than during the 70s and 80s.
dsmith, the downtown streetcar is NOT a TSPLOST project--already has been funded by FTA.
There was a time when some people thought reminders of Atlanta's history weren't worth preserving.
At least GT is preserving the facade...which seems to be the main architectural value of that building.
Many cities have a similar policy as ours, but most actually enforce it (or have mechanisms to make it easier for property owners to pay up). I think Inman Park (or was it a different neighborhood) collected money to pay for sidewalk repairs en masse, which makes it cheaper to hire contractors.
All I can say is, if windbreakers worn to restaurants offends you, never move to the Pacific NW.
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