i absolutely love your blog. i love seeing the things that i pass everyday on my way to class, or work, or just walking around -- and learning the back story. you are doing an amazing job. keep up the good work.
Now you're diminishing the damage of Sherman's march?
Not at all - I just trying to take on the myth that all of Atlanta was completely leveled by him. There was actually a good bit that survived the burning, but ended up being demolished in the early 20th century.
Map Release and Block Party. Projections by Martha Cooper and Teen Witch, a traveling drag show, live music and dancing in celebration of the visual guide to this year’s installations. Supporting establishments are Sound Table, Noni’s, Church, the Music Room, Corner Tavern and Vesuvius. 8 p.m. August 16. Edgewood Avenue at Boulevard.
Moody’s, the New York-based bond-rating firm, this week noted the damage that could do to the region’s economy, and thus to the bond ratings of local governments. The region “needs major upgrades to its dated and limited transit system and congested roadways to maintain its long-term position as an influential economic center,” Moody warned, concluding that the region now has no means to fund those needed upgrades.
Unfortunately, last week’s vote must also be seen as merely a symptom of a much deeper crisis in leadership, political culture and vision now confronting the Atlanta region and the state. In short, through their own rhetoric and their own actions, Georgia political leaders have succeeded in delegitimizing government as a tool for fixing not just transportation but a whole range of problems, including education. They have led the crusade to destroy public faith in the institutions that they themselves lead, and as a result those institutions have become increasingly useless.
Atlanta and maybe Dekalb County might be able to fund their own intown transit projects, but unfortunately we can’t help that the rest of the region isn’t with us in expanding this infrastructure. Can we prosper without the cooperation of the suburban areas that make up the majority of the metro population? Sometimes I get really disheartened at how much we’re a blue buoy in a red sea.
Blogger Pecanne Log posts a nice image of the original street grids of downtown Atlanta, much of which are intact today. One of the reasons I like living downtown is the way its so easy to walk around on these gridded streets — versus ones elsewhere that are winding and have bad…
It is time for Atlanta to move beyond the idea that traffic congestion is a problem that must be “solved.” Yes, traffic is bad in Atlanta, but so is it in any economically vibrant region where people want to be. In fact, Atlanta doesn’t even rank in the top 10 most-congested metropolitan areas in the country. Traffic in many of the cities we worry about competing with is even worse.
So what are other successful places doing that we aren’t? The answer is not building “managed arterials.” Instead, they are building the multimodal transportation systems the 21st century requires. They are investing in proven options such as commuter and intercity rail. They are addressing issues of regional transportation governance and are creating efficient, integrated systems. They are making the most of their existing transit infrastructure. In other words, things Atlanta has been failing to do.
Make no mistake — Atlanta still has great potential. But we must stop repeating the mistakes of the past and look toward the future and the transportation system we want — one in which residents have choices and one that attracts the businesses and job seekers of today.
Fresh off the disastrous rollout of “managed lanes” on I-85, the highway lobby is back with its latest innovation for Atlanta – “managed arterials,” the idea of transforming our familiar surface streets into a grid of junior expressways, allowing cars to zip along where now they must wait for lights at intersections.
Agreed. But by all means, if the good folks in suburbia truly want more and more roads, give it to ‘em. By the time Barrett Parkway has been remade into an even more depressing hellscape maybe they’ll start to rethink things.