Very cool! Just wish they would start expanding sooner rather than later - let's get a Peachtree one up and running any time now!
Has anyone taken a cab lately in Atlanta? If you have and have also taken Uber/Lyft, you would know the services provided by Uber/Lyft are FAR better. It's not even debatable, and you're foolish to think that taxis should be justified in this sense.
To begin, they are cheaper. Yes, this is obvious. However, they don't screw you on a minimum fare. I live in Midtown and sometimes take transportation to other spots in Midtown. What costs me $6.00 in Uber, costs minimum $12 in a taxi. Why is this? Because the cabs impose a $10.00 minimum fare, then start the meter. How unfair is this? Why would anyone in their right mind pay double for the same service? Second, the option for using a card versus cash is just mind-blowing. Cabs don't seem to get it - this is 2014. Not everyone carries cash, we have credit/debit for a reason. This, due to setup, is never an issue with Uber/Lyft. Lastly, cab drivers are the most unfriendly people in this city. You can't understand them, they are horrible with directions, and they are flat out rude. I'm certain it's not fun having a drunk person in your car at 3 a.m., however, that's the line of work you're in. Get used to it. The cab companies need to stop putting off competition and start working on their internal business models to create a better service. Time to adapt, Atlanta.
Cep, I'm not a lefty, actually. But I enjoy poking fun at the clearly biased view that Cobb County has ("We don't want Atlanta coming out to Cobb" statement is a good place to start). I'm young. I want transportation that allows me to save money on car payments and insurance. That provides me with options.
For you to say that the areas will become ghetto and crime-ridden, now wouldn't that be a great use of police? I mean, I'm sure New York, Boston, Chicago have SOME train stops that are safe. Actually, I am sure that most if not all are well-kept and safe, hence the high ridership in those cities. Additionally, are you absolutely sure that these new stations will create lower property values and density? I live near the Arts Center station, have traveled to Midtown, North Ave., Lindbergh, Lenox, Buckhead, Perimeter, and I don't see that being a prevalent issue there.
Atlanta is a great city, but it needs to provide the options that others do, and soon. Not 30 years from now when the Beltline is supposed to be developed. We just started with the Streetcar downtown, why can't that get expanded? Or do you think that will be crime-ridden as well? There are plenty of options, it's just a matter of our government recognizing how big a priority this is and to stop sweeping it under the rug.
Ugh, Cobb County and Transit. We already know what they want and don't want. Our hopes of anything but BRT were pretty much dashed with the Braves announcement. I'm sure Bus Rapid Transit would have helped people get out of that Snowpocalypse traffic the other day, too.
Additionally, love your witty writing and the reference to 'stealing TVs on Bus Rapid Transit' was priceless.
Oydave, that was the single best response ever written in a comment section. Why would anyone want to avoid the infiltration of the rich, bringing nicer establishments, better restaurants and stores, and overall nicer atmospheres to the city we live in? Surely a bunch of poor areas are what should be targeted, though. With panhandlers and drug houses and crime to surround our streets. Anyone who thinks differently should spend time in an area ridden with poverty and see how much they would love to incorporate this into their own city.
I agree with most of the things you say in this article and enjoy your perspective (especially against Tim Lee, he's the absolute worst). However, I have to say, there are some of us still living in the city that are not liberal, are white, and middle-class. We too, enjoy the opportunities the city presents and hate the notion of driving and boring strip-malls. Just wanted to let you know, we do still exist within the city, and hope to never live in the suburbs.
This year, Reed did a really convenient job of not breaking any news of the Braves until after re-election. I'm not sure if this would have changed the entire election, but it wasn't even an option to vote on losing one of downtown's biggest attractions... so, in this case, voting would not have changed what some people wanted in the city.
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