So sad to see them go :(
I'm all for increased taxes on parking lots, it's the worst use of land and too many get away with it illegally and pay no taxes at all.
Thanks Rodney! Great piece! Jaqai is right, "Shandon", not "Shannon" :).
Being in Castleberry Hill for over 10 years it's clear the issue isn't solely Underground so nothing could be more true than "To truly fix Underground, the city must address the larger issue of fixing downtown." The area around Underground and the area between Castleberry Hill and Underground is something that the residents over the years have tried to take back (the recent Broad Street activity has been great, yet the City can't manage to shut down the illegally run convenience store there), but it's going to have to be the City getting serious about Code Enforcement and Public Safety, both of which are sadly lacking. There is essentially no Code Enforcement at this point and they have confirmed that apps like SeeClickFix, which help residents report code issues, isn't used, I'm guessing because the technology of Atlanta is nonexistent. Tagged buildings aren't cleaned up, sidewalks aren't trimmed, illegal dumping continues, all around the State, City and Federal buildings! We need a Mayor with a plan and residents and business owners tired of the run-around year-after-year.
We're suggesting CH Art Stroll folks park and walk the new Mitchell Street Bridge over to Broad Street for the event and then back to Stroll. I hate to miss it, but hoping for some great pics of the evening. I know Richard at Rexall is excited!
The lack of public notice and input on the Nelson Street Bridge is the biggest issue, but being without the Mitchell Street bridge for close to 5 years has been nuts and it's great to have it back. The streets and signage down here are still a mess and if there's anyone at CL who can help figure out how to get that straightened out we would be forever in your debt!
I do wish we could save the Nelson Street Bridge, but the fact is they need bigger trains and while the bridge will likely be rebuilt as part of the MMPT it won't be for sometime. I'm only hoping that they tell people when they are taking the bridge down. I now have a tour company that walks people over that bridge every weekend, would think a little notice would be in order, but considering we found out about Mitchell Street opening 3 days before I'm not holding my breath.
Harry's on Upper Hembree was my first job in GA when I came here for high school and man did they run a tight ship! I don't recall the training being overly Werner Erhard-centric, but I'm admittedly not very familiar with "The Forum" training so it's possible that's what it was. I love YDFM being a Downtown dweller for 10 years, but I always remember Harry's and had heard the stories about him and his brother.
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