Avalon isn't a good development because it seeks to offer yet another "option" or diversion from the true solution to this region's problem. The truth of the matter is we must reverse sprawl and people need to move closer to and in the city center. All of this faux urbanism, "better" suburban planning practices, and the like are just putting lipstick on a pig. We need density and density requires people who are willing to step outside of their sterilized bubbles and interact with the built environment and the rest of society. No society is not always pretty, but the solution to any of a city's ills is not to run for the hills and quarantine yourself, its to get hands on and provide your addition to solving the problem. That's how society is made better. This development just gives those who like their sterile environments a chance to pretend their cool "city folks". Nal bruh, that's not how it works.
Atlanta has taken the "fake it til you make it" strategy towards becoming a world class city, which given its circumstances (lack of geographical uniqueness, lack of a strong urban region, and lack of a strong dense core), was the best strategy to have chosen when trying to achieve such a status quickly. There are issues with this strategy of course, some Matt touched on, but ATL has done exactly what you're suppose to do when you employ such a strategy, and that is quickly and aggressively build capacity until who you are matches who you want to be. Atlanta is addressing every issue he's mentioned in some form or another whether it be through the zoning code reform the Office of planning is doing or the $250 million dollar infrastructure bond the Mayor plans on pushing to voters in 2015. The major projects that Matt critiques should not be viewed negatively because at a very minimum they act as accelerators that spur development, create place, differentiate Atlanta from its southern cousins, and also provide points of interest for foreign visitors. The neighborhood growth Matt speaks of is already happening. Many of our neighborhoods, from Inman Park to Howell Mill are "waking up" and becoming wonderful, vibrant places to live, work and play. I understand the point Matt is trying to make but I don't think we should understate how much progress we've made and how close we are to actually becoming that city we dream of being. It may not look like much now but when you combine the thousands of apartment units within the pipeline plus the major projects (streetcar, beltline, college football hof, center for civil and human rights etc.) into one whole, you get a vibrant, interconnected city.
I'm not quite sure why everyone on here hates Mayor Reed, on the aggregate things have gotten better with the city, from balancing the city budget and overseeing two credit upgrades to our bonds to increasing our cop count and using his connections to gather funding for certain projects around the city. I'm not sure if you guys know how a government runs but let me make it simple for you all. Governments create "partnerships" with local businesses and corporations to get large scale projects done. This is not a bad thing, they get a tax break or extra benefit of some kind and the public gets its something that usually increases property values and/or adds to the social fabric of the community. You'd be a little detached to believe that the government has this big pot of gold that it just uses to pay for everything. Government funding is complex. But anyway, guys on the aggregate Reed has done a good job steering the city. I'm not quite sure what you all want in a Mayor, but if you're looking for a mayor that doesn't interact with the local enterprises you'd be delusional.
As an actual staging ground for naval training? No. but as some form of medieval jousting stage (navy battle style) I SAY HELL YES. If this is serious, I would definitely pay 10 dollars or more to see two mock battleships go at it. Its something different, fun, and cool. Will it actually happen? I have no clue but it'd be cool to see. Either way come on guys stop being such negatrons and prudes and open up your imagination for once.
All the things you guys have brought up have yet to disprove anything I said. tired1, he did initiate the reforms but of course like all policies made the council had to approve it, this is how our government works, but to say that he didn't do it is ridiculous. That's like saying the Healthcare act isn't Obama's design because congress passed it. Also I'm not going to discuss or argue your thoughts on whether the city is reporting the right numbers or not, if you believe its all doctored, then there's nothing we can argue. Finally, I said he is a SUPPORTER OF THE BELTLINE, regardless of whether that is financially, vocally, or whatever, the man supports the project lol. I would think the mayor supporting a project definitely helps the project out lol what are you saying?
To Brecko77: I say he's progressive because he has supported mass transit, inner city growth, and is trying to raise Atlanta's international stature. Now this whole issue you're talking about with corporate support. Look things get done in cities through private/public partnerships and regimes. Thats just a fact of life, he hasn't sold his soul to anyone, he's just playing the game. Governments need private funds to get major projects and initiatives off the ground, in exchange they get tax breaks and things like that. Nothing in this world is free and if you're expecting some miracle government that doesn't interact with the corporate world at all, you're going to be waiting for a long time.
To Through the looking glass: Okay, so the hotel/motel tax was created specifically for paying for stadiums/tourism ventures, it cannot be used for a transit project. That's why he's not asking the money be spent on the Beltline. Secondly he has done ALOT to make it reality, one of them being sitting on the board of directors another being drumming up donations lol. Now concerning the stadium, his use of the hotel motel tax is the smartest solution, us as residents don't have to pay a dime, its our visitors that pay for the stadium because the tax is only leveraged on hotels and you guessed it, motels.....sooooo I don't really see the problem. You can fact check all of this if you'd like, are there anymore questions?
Are you guys serious? lol I mean honestly you guys blast this guy as though he's the worst thing Atlanta has ever seen. I agree with Kiteless, on a whole this man has done a lot for the city: Here's a list: #1 He reformed the city's broken pension system saving millions in the process. #2 He's increased the city's reserves by 100%+; this under most circumstances is a good thing if you guys didn't know. #3 He's a supporter of the Beltline, green communities and transit in general....and the list goes on. I'll admit he's not the most charismatic leader but he is an effective one. The guy has progressive ideals and the budget know how to get them done without bankrupting the city. How can you not say this man is a good mayor?
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