Our dog is already completely miserable on the 4th of July and New Year's Eve. I expect the impact in this household will be zero sleep on the 4th and drowsy narrowly avoided collisions on the morning of the 5th of July. (Driving sleepy is hard.)
If this housing plan follows the pattern previously set in Atlanta regarding housing the poor and working class, it will focus primarily on destroying affordable housing stock to build more expensive abodes while driving as many of the poor and working class outside the perimeter as possible - the further away the better.
Anyone wondering whether racism motivates this investigation should read Fran Millar's article in the Dunwoody Crier - http://www.thecrier.net/eedition/page_8396….
He removes all doubt making it very,very plain that he disapproves of black people voting. Millar, who apparently has never heard of Herman Cain, makes one toss away reference to the Democrats, but hammers home the fact that early voting at the South Dekalb Mall might allow more African-Americans to vote. The tone and word choice of his article does not allow the reader to miss that Millar finds black people voting to be unacceptable.
The entirety of the Braves fan base most certainly does not live in Cobb County. My family lives ITP on the northern side and used MARTA to get to the game. I'm personally acquainted with people who live OTP, South of Atlanta, who are huge Braves fans. Unlike other posters here, I do not think Cobb County sucks. That said, there is no MARTA service, the traffic is outrageous, and my family will never, never see another Braves game. My acquaintances from OTP, south of the city, have also stated they are unlikely to attend another Braves game because they feel "it won't be worth the trouble" with the increased distance and traffic.
Also, similar events to the ones described in the article above are occurring in metro-Atlanta. When a local Middle School is locked down shortly after a highly publicized shooting, scaring the hell out of the kids, and armed men with drug dogs search the school in a "training exercise"; does anyone really believe such an event is designed to promote student safety? Do any of us really believe those men care about any parent or child's 4th amendment rights, 2nd amendment rights, or any rights what so ever?
I don't. I think the push to get armed guards in schools is about enriching the for-profit prison industry. It's not their goal to turn the schools into prisons, but if that's the effect of their money making endeavor, well so be it.
Mark from Atlanta has the most sensible post. There should be an Antoinette Tuff, or someone very like her, in every school.
Atlanta most desperately needs a "grown-up" public transportation system with trains that run every ten minutes, 24 hours a day and enough additional heavy or light rail that anyone inside the perimeter could easily commute to work, go to school, or go to a medical appointment via rail rather than using an automobile. It needs to accommodate cyclists and Moms with strollers as well as pet owners who need to transport their caged or well-behaved leashed pet.
Though it's slightly insane, I'd also like to see one night train car dedicated to passengers who've been imbibing alcohol. In my fantasy, the car would be marked so that non-drinkers could avoid it. Revelers could use the comparatively safer option of using public transportation to get home. I think it would be safer for the the individual who has consumed a bit much and safer for anyone that person might have encountered on the road. I realize this idea might be controversial though and I'd sacrifice it in negotiations for the provisions listed in my first paragraph.
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