Downtown needs a trolley 

My wife and I always ask for "rock-star parking" when we get close to our destination. It's corny. But it makes us feel lucky.

I swear, it seems to work. It did Sunday when we were on our way to Creative Loafing's Field Day at Centennial Olympic Park. We slipped into a free spot in front of the blue whale building that will soon be the Georgia Aquarium, right across Baker Street from the park's entrance.

Field Day was fun. Around 300 people showed up to compete at retro activities like dodge ball and pizza eating. More came just to watch. Money raised went to the Gateway homeless center.

My point isn't just to boast that our marketing team pulled off a cool event, but to marvel at Centennial Park and what's happening around it. On a sunny Saturday, as you toss a Frisbee with strangers on a lush lawn, you can look up and see new buildings in various stages of completion: hotel, condo tower, vacant lot and, of course, the aquarium. "Wow," you say. "This is starting to look like a real city."

Two weeks ago, CL's Scott Henry wrote a cover story on downtown's ongoing revival. The subject's closely tied to this week's Beltline cover story (see page 63).

Amid those two ideas though, another needs to get rolling. Downtown needs transit. A bus system, a trolley, anything to make it easier for visitors and tourists to get from, say, the park to Peachtree. That's the missing link. Pretty soon, after all, we're not going to be able park near Centennial Olympic Park just by wishing for it.

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