Wednesday, August 6, 2014

First Slice 8/6/14: Does Downtown have a parking problem?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Downtown civic groups Central Atlanta Progress and Atlanta Downtown Improvement District have released a new parking study that recommends improving the branding of city parking, increasing car-share program spots, eventually parting ways with PARKAtlanta, and other ideas. As Curbed Atlanta points out, none of the suggestions include reducing the approximately 93,000 parking spaces in the area. "Downtown Atlanta doesn't have a parking problem," the parking assessment says. "It has a perception problem."

Nancy Writebol, a 59-year-old American missionary who became infected with Ebola, yesterday arrived at Emory University Hospital. She's the second patient to make the trip from Liberia to Atlanta for medical treatment.

CDC Director Tom Frieden says that the agency has been getting "nasty" emails and phone calls in recent days for their decision to treat two Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital. “I hope our understandable fear of the unfamiliar does not trump our compassion when ill Americans return to the U.S. for care,” Frieden said.

In an editorial, the Georgia Voice has called upon Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter to publicly state his stance on gay marriage. At a recent LGBT fundraiser, attendees have reportedly claimed that Carter not only didn't take a stance on same-sex marriage, but failed to say the words "gay" or "LGBT." "Jason Carter can say whatever he wants to individuals but until he comes out and publicly states how he recognizes our issues, including marriage, then he is hurting all of us," Editor Dyana Bagby writes.

Mount Vernon Baptist Church, one of the two churches razed to make way for the new Atlanta Falcons stadium, has found a new home in southwest Atlanta. The city paid $14.5 million for the church's former property at the corner of Rev. Martin Luther King and Northside drives in 2013.

The historic Georgia Theatre in Athens has been sold to an anonymous group of investors, who made the purchase under the company name Agon LLC, for an undisclosed amount.

A new city audit reveals that the company managing the Atlanta Airport's parking lots isn't always being held to the standards outlined in its massive $117 million contract.

"I am an undocumented immigrant, but I'm a better American than those who spat on me because of my race."

R.I.P., Beau Allen, son of former Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. and a preservationist who was notably involved with Oakland Cemetery's restoration.

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