It looks like it's going to be an awesome show about heros and their stuggles in Atlanta, but then it's just a freaking ad for the station. Folks, I am NOT 11 Alive. I'm a viewer. I want the news, nothing fancy. I don't need exclusives, because they're almost always fluff pieces. I want reliable, accurate reporting. I don't care if it's print, TV or internet. TV shouldn't get a pass on the chest beating because that's what they do. Don't tell us how awesome you are, SHOW us with good journalism.
So, glass houses, Doug. Glass houses.
Ms. Dodd needs to get out of her car and actually spend a little time in the city of Atlanta, not Marietta or wherever she lives in the exurbs--spending a whole workday commuting and never leaving an office except to go home doesn't count, either. I've lived in Midtown for a bit over two years now and the increase I've seen in people riding to work or for pleasure is astounding. That 22% increase wouldn't surprise me one bit.
Her calling it Peachtree ROAD rather than Peachtree STREET is more evidence she never actually ventures anywhere in the city except Buckhead. Which means she's hardly qualified to say anything about what the city is doing with its streets.
Damn you, Creative Loafing! Now you done got this Tifton boy homesick—mostly for that South Georgia of my childhood.
Ali, yes! There's nothing like the smell of freshly dug peanuts, but the annoyance of cotton lint on the side of the road is not something I miss—you just can't mow over that stuff! And Kiteless, there is nothing, NOTHING like that sky, is there? To me it's at its best right after a summer afternoon shower, with the remains of the storm clouds drifting off to the east and turning yellow and orange as the sun begins to set, the sky overhead clear blue.
I know I could never go back, and once I even tried (for a decade), but I returned to the bright lights and rainbow flags of Midtown. I adore this city and all it has to offer, and tolerate its faults and backwardness that are no better or worse than that of small South Georgia towns. They're just different. I visit my family back there whenever I can, and it will always be a certain "home" for me, but really, Atlanta's my home now.
I like the idea of bridge improvements, since I'm on the Connector daily for work, but I'd hate to see the North Avenue bridge completely redone. It was designed to be the "27 Torch Gate" to the Olympic Village (http://www.atlantapublicart.com/27-torchga…). The bridge certainly could use some TLC, though, since it seems the city hasn't really taken care of that bit of Olympic legacy. Maybe the city could retrofit the lighting with something more interesting like LEDs and replace the fencing with something nicer (though not as opaque as the 14th Street Bridge), but keep the concept in place.
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