Unfortunately for Reed, tech companies and their creative workers prefer to settle in welcoming places where diversity is welcomed. That would not include xenophobic and homophobic GA.
What a fantastic move and hopefully one that will draw attention to how corrupt and backwards the Atlanta city gov't really is. As a previous home owner in the area, I can say it's ground zero for everything that is wrong with the way this city is ran on a micro level....gov't buildings surrounded by wasteland, crack zombies and crime. Bravo.
dear transit whiners, If you've lived in major cities around the globe, you'd know that many transit stations smell like urine. It's a fact of life that comes with the territory and urban living. You'll rarely find pristine stations that are actually being used. However, what's more important here is getting trains that run on a regular, rapid schedule and eventually transit that serves more than the current X setup. Many people above are correct, the current setup with bunker stations with nothing above is extremely wasteful. If the city is serious about transit oriented development, the airspace of above stations should be offered at low rates or for free to entice developers to build and move this show ahead. This city is painfully auto dependent and unsustainable.
knowing the area well, i'm imagining a huge portion of this money will have to go to brownfield cleanup. This isn't just railroad people; it's a massive industrial wasteland through much of it. It's blight that badly needs to be cleaned up and land that can be returned to excellent reuse as a connecting point through what will certainly become a much denser, urban neighborhood in the future. It's extremely close to downtown which will also go through it's own renaissance. SW Atlanta desperately needs reinvestment in infrastructure so that not only affordable housing becomes available to many more but also so that companies will consider sites in the area as possible future commercial, office and light industrial use. What SW Atlanta needs most of all is jobs and this is where you start.
the above post is brilliant and spot on! I laugh reading through many of these comments (nestled comfortably in Seattle) and the provincial thinking that goes on there. While Counties and back water cities in the state of GA are busy fighting against each other, many cities across the country are learning to work together as a region and building a place that is actually enjoyable to live in and which functions with cross county transportation systems. Keep the infighting up GA and in your ignorant attempts to fight against Atlanta, you'll drown with the whole region.
As someone who has lived in the area, I can tell you all that what you don't know about the homeless situation in the area, is that the majority of them are addicts. That is a serious, long-term problem that needs to be addressed for starters. The next problem is that loitering is a past-time for literally thousands during the day-time. Policing has to be stepped up to deal with that. Next, the hideous Marta 5-points station needs a good redesign (hopefully along with the multimodal station, and then the area has a great chance at evolving. There's nothing different from this area and the stories of countless other cities that fled to the burbs back in the day.
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