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It seems the streetcar's main focus is to move people between the isolated east side and west side sections of the beltline. If you want to focus on moving people inside the beltine, start with the old streetcar system as it was at its 1920s peak, and then update it. See http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7LB53fF3LaA/SF1yM9zOf6I/AAAAAAAAARs/Am68J_uR8zU/s1024/1924.jpg.

4 hours, 13 minutes ago on Public invited to give feedback on potential new streetcar routes

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Nothing like promising public support of a privately-owned professional sports team to salve the wounded ego of a lame duck politician.

1 day, 9 hours ago on Mayor Kasim Reed pledges to do all he can to keep Hawks in Atlanta

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Fort Valley is not affiliated with the University System - it has been a unit of the University System since it was created in 1939 by consolidating two predecessor institutions.

This article is reminescent of the recent unpleasantness at Georgia Perimeter College. The Board of Regents had to take control of finances at GPC and perhaps the same will happen at Fort Valley. If the Board of Regents were minding the store, finances would not get this far out of hand.

1 week, 3 days ago on Another historically black university in Georgia faces weak finances, negative credit rating from Moody’s

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Maria, you should take off your rose-colored glasses about line employees' role in Market Basket. I suggest you read Holman Jenkins recent WSJ op-ed piece on the subject (http://online.wsj.com/articles/holman-jenkins-the-right-lessons-of-a-supermarket-war-1409699987). Here's an excerpt:

"It may be heartwarming to think of workers rallying to save Arthur T. Demoulas, the CEO who ran the family supermarket chain allegedly to benefit customers (low prices) and workers (high wages) rather than shareholders. Unfortunately, this requires overlooking a lot.

The walkout was led not by store employees, but a handful of long-serving headquarters and warehouse executives whose actions were plainly coordinated with Arthur T. (so known to distinguish him from cousin Arthur S.). Their main concern, over which they were prepared to destroy the company, was their extraordinarily generous but otherwise not highly rated profit-sharing plan, which they considered endangered by a change in management (in fact, the $520 million fund, in which fewer than half of employees participate, is protected by federal law)."

1 week, 6 days ago on Contrasting stories at Market Basket and Turner Broadcasting for Labor Day

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@Equitable LOL. You must be joking. If you're not, I suggest you seek professional help ASAP.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on A shooting in August, and the horizontal spread of urban blight

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@Matt Garbett LOL. Since you mentioned "the law", you must be familiar with it. How does "the law" define "historic"? Would a 100 year old privy in Sweet Auburn be classified as "historic"?

If you and your fellow travelers really love this building, buy it with your money and restore it to your heart's content. Just like the Atlanta Daily World building.

As far as design excellence, the building wasn't an example of design excellence in 1910 and is not one today. Of course, this is my opinion.

3 weeks ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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@kevinalynch Please review the common definitions of "historic":

1. famous or important in history, and 

2. having great and lasting importance, and

tell me how either is relevant to this building. Dr. Borders doesn't practice in it, so obviously she doesn't place great value in it.

As to your citation, it is a preview of a 31 year old academic paper in which the author proposes "On the contrary, black progress in the 1960's and 1970's marks the onset of a new system of segregation." What specifically do you find worthwhile and relevant in this paper? I am not going to pay $22 to download the entire paper.

3 weeks ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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@kevinalynch The Borders medical practice opened in 1965, long after Sweet Auburn's heyday, the Atlanta Daily World ( founded 1928) and Atlanta Life (founded 1905 and HQ built 1920).

Once again, why is this building historic (see definitions in original post)? Or are you insisting any building is historic if it's both old and once housed a black business?

3 weeks ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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@mariasaporta Please respond to my original post - why is this building historic? If it were not in the Sweet Auburn area, would you be campaigning as hard?

3 weeks, 1 day ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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Why the focus on black youths killed by white officers, but no mention of a 20 year old white Salt Lake City man killed by a black officer.

Why does color matter at all? Why have blinders on?

3 weeks, 2 days ago on A shooting in August, and the horizontal spread of urban blight

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@54pontiac I was commenting on Maria's statement, "Once again, Atlanta is at the precipice of losing an all-too-important historic building..."

From what you posted, it is neither historic or important; instead, it's just over 100 years old and is of that period's style. Why the angst?

3 weeks, 2 days ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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Please post exact information why this building is historic. Being built in 1910 makes a building old but not necessarily historic. Two of the common definitions of "historic" are:

1. famous or important in history 

2. having great and lasting importance

3 weeks, 2 days ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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Don't be surprised if Chair John Eaves and other Commissioners next claim the State legislation is racist. And hasn't it been only a few months since the Commission was crowing it hadn't raised the millage rate in 20 years and had no plans to raise it?

1 month ago on Fulton County tax case moves to Cobb County, along with potential statewide impact on local taxation

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Climate has been changing before human memory and will continue to change.

Our weather is no more extreme than it has been. Climate change alarmists have been unable to substantiate that man's activities have the slightest effect on global climate. What's more, they have been exposed changing the raw weather data upon which their predictions are based.

The change has been the increased media coverage of global weather and the increased marketing spin of opportunists seeking to make their fortune by convincing others of catastrophic climate change and to spend money with the opportunists. Al Gore is the most notable but he is only the tip of the iceberg, and the author is yet another.

1 month, 1 week ago on Local leaders, weather experts seek to prepare Atlanta for climate change

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And don't forget the part that opines Nunn can milk a lot of campaign contributions from Jews if she gets her political stance on Israel correct. Of course, she has no stated position on Israel or much of anything else as she seeks to straddle most every fence.

1 month, 1 week ago on General election campaign for U.S. Senate has begun with hyped memo

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“Finally, I am concerned that this is occurring in a predominately African-American community,” Fort wrote. “I wonder if this would happen in other communities.”

It happens when an African-American Mayor and a majority African-American City Council cut a behind-the-door deal with an African-American movie maker, leaving an African-American State Senator out of the deal and out of the money.

1 month, 1 week ago on State senator seeks Army secretary’s help to keep a studio out of Fort McPherson, as Tyler Perry proposes

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This column is more about social engineering than it is about architecture - notice the repeated use of "diversity." As far as architecture, it is intended to encourage business for minority architects, which is understandable since the author was recognized as the 2013 member of the year by the National Organization of Minority Architects, and is newly registered in Georgia.

Of course, there is no mention of who would have to pay for the projects he moots.

1 month, 1 week ago on Environmental justice offers a new way to engage Atlanta’s architects

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Ron Allen was a weak and ineffective President and CEO at Delta, and continued that performance level at Aaron's. It is past time he retired.

1 month, 1 week ago on Ron Allen, 72, to retire as CEO of Aaron’s at the end of August

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We shall see if he's correct after the Streetcar goes into service - that's promised in November but it's been promised before.

Not mentioned is that the City Council has agreed to pay $1million/year to support it. That's a tacit admission that ridership will be less than outed.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Atlanta Streetcar exec says year-old audio message, actual transit service will boost business at nearby shops

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@Daraka There is no need to develop at AUC what already exists at Georgia Tech. Excepting Spelman, all of the AUC members are financially stressed and the facilities required for  STEM are expensive. Where would they get the money?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Atlanta University Center a pathway to increase diversity at technology firms

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The author fails to mention that Morehouse, Spelman, and Clark Atlanta (plus other HBCUs) already have a dual-degree arrangement with Georgia Tech. The student attends (for example) Morehouse for three years and Georgia Tech for approximately two more years, and receives both a liberal arts degree from Morehouse and an engineering degree from Georgia Tech. See http://www.coe.gatech.edu/content/dual-degree for details.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Atlanta University Center a pathway to increase diversity at technology firms

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@maketransitregional Just what part of what I wrote makes no sense? Please be exact.

This website is a nice gesture but little else. Four hours and $10 per day to get from Dunwoody to the Galleria area and return is no service.

2 months ago on New regional transit trip-planner website growing slowly, as planned

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This site illustrates the inadequacy of present transit options. I could take MARTA bus, MARTA rail, and CCT bus to my job at a cost of 4 hours and $10 per day. Or I can drive my 2007 Corolla at a cost of 50 minutes and $13 per day.

I will continue to drive since 3 hours of my time is worth more than $3.

2 months ago on New regional transit trip-planner website growing slowly, as planned

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@ Archie

Jihad Cindy needed no assistance getting herself voted out in a rout in the 2006 primary runoff. Democratic voters tired of her strident craziness and uneven performance.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Black votes count in “stunning” Mississippi runoff

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@atlman Count the number of similar quasi-governmental units Atlanta City has created, and then add this one to the mix. Regardless of how many units there are, Atlanta City cannot fund them. My earlier post was in error, the latest estimate of the City decayed infrastructure bond issue is only 25% of the backlog.

I am not up to date on Cobb County, and it's off topic anyway. If I were you, I'd worry about Atlanta City before I started pointing fingers at Cobb County. Cobb has 2/3 more population than Atlanta City and can raise a lot more tax money.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Atlanta to launch new nonprofit group to spur new investment on westside

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Hizzoner the Mayor seems to believe that he can make his government seem larger and more impressive by creating more quasi-governmental units like this one. Regardless how many quasi-governmental units he creates, the limiting factor is the almost empty City treasury and the limited City income. The City has over a $1 billion backlog of decayed infrastructure to replace yet proposes a bond issue to correct only 35% of it. That is because of the poor condition of City finances.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Atlanta to launch new nonprofit group to spur new investment on westside

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@ScottNAtlanta I was not jesting when I posted.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Clayton County Commission urged to vote for full penny MARTA sales tax

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@GeorgeChidi “But it's plainly indifferent to party and race. And it is not the cause of white flight. That's a combination of old-fashioned racism and the market forces associated with a shifting center of wealth.”

Nothing is indifferent to race. The white flight in Detroit began after the 1967 riots and was exacerbated by Mayor Coleman Young’s 20 year campaign of political retribution. A similar program began in DeKalb under Vernon Jones as he vowed to “put a darker face on DeKalb County”, and continued under Burrell Ellis. $ millions have been paid in fines, settlements, and legal fees, with more to come. That is part of the reason why, between the 2000 and 2010 US Censuses, DeKalb’s population grew by 26,000 while the white population dropped by 8,000.

And regarding the market forces associated with a shifting center of wealth, are you saying that white flight is causing the center of wealth to shift, or the center of wealth is shifting, causing white flight?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Citizen involvement key to DeKalb County government reform

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@GeorgeChidi 

“white people taking capital away from cities actually causes the problems that he then says white people are running away from.”

No DeKalb citizen is under any obligation to remain in DeKalb just so his capital is available to be taxed by DeKalb County.

"leaders put into untenable positions by a loss of talent and wealth."

If a leader is in an untenable position, the honorable path is to resign and let someone else lead. Being a leader in an untenable position is not a carte blanche to justify corrupt activities.

“I'm not looking to give a free pass to corruption and bad governance.”

That is exactly what you’re trying to do in your statement above.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Citizen involvement key to DeKalb County government reform

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The revolving door between the City of Atlanta and the Metro Chamber turns again. Some fresh blood would improve things at the Chamber, rather than the same crowd of back-scratchers.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Metro Atlanta Chamber names its new economic development chief

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Those providing news coverage of the Clayton County vote should have two cameras - one focused on the Commissioners' faces and lips, and the other on the money moving between hands beneath the table.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Clayton County Commission urged to vote for full penny MARTA sales tax

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This grant is to help DeKalb County School District to increase the number of central office staff who supervise principals. DCSD could have easily funded these positions within its budget by firing some friends & family in the central office who accomplish little. Once the Wallace grant is spent, these new positions will become additional central office overhead.

Little ever changes at DCSD. Rather than fix the problems, just find someone else to pay for them.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on DeKalb County school district: Credit rating stable, also wins $3 million grant from Wallace Foundation

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@whatshisface I use MARTA a lot, particularly for traveling from Dunwoody to the airport. MARTA saves me 48 miles on my car for each trip - let's say $24. I would gladly pay more to MARTA, and they are foolish not to charge more.

I am not referring to dynamic pricing at all - what ever gave you that silly idea. I am referring to static pricing, like the London Underground. Look at http://www.london-tubemap.com/images/zoneslayer2.gif


3 months ago on MARTA looks to invite developers to build on top of its urban rail stations

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@whatshisface The farther you ride, the more you pay. Distance-based fares are standard for most major transit systems - e.g. BART, DC Metro, London Underground.

Transit is not an entitlement for those with low incomes.

3 months ago on MARTA looks to invite developers to build on top of its urban rail stations

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@whatshisface MARTA will have to make great improvements on its collection ratio to make any progress. The City of Atlanta/Fulton/DeKalb politicians have told the populace for decades that cheap transit fares are an entitlement. No progress will be made until MARTA institutes a distance-based fare system.

3 months ago on MARTA looks to invite developers to build on top of its urban rail stations

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@John Hutcheson Justify what racial slurs have to do with this topic.

3 months ago on A transit tale of two counties – Clayton looks to MARTA; Cobb looks away

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@John Hutcheson I just have a simple question - why can't you stay on topic?

3 months ago on A transit tale of two counties – Clayton looks to MARTA; Cobb looks away

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@netdragon MARTA made provisions in the tunnel north of Arts Center Station for a future line to a Brrokwood and Northside Drive stations. http://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/MARTA_Provisions

3 months ago on A transit tale of two counties – Clayton looks to MARTA; Cobb looks away

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@whatshisface How do you define sustainable? Please name one sizable transit system that survives without taxpayer subsidy.

3 months ago on MARTA looks to invite developers to build on top of its urban rail stations

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia 

We will see whether they develop that sort of expertise, or just continue to bumble.

I would prefer they first develop operational expertise since transportation is supposed to be their core business.

3 months ago on MARTA looks to invite developers to build on top of its urban rail stations

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia @matthewdkingsley Perhaps the best thing for MARTA is to focus on real estate development and shut down the transit system. They might make money on realestate, but they do not know how to run a transit system. 

3 months ago on MARTA looks to invite developers to build on top of its urban rail stations

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The title should be "The business community continues to control the Atlanta Public Schools."

3 months ago on Business community steps up to support the Atlanta Public Schools

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The City found a compliant judge to do their bidding. Look for more litigation about the reversionary rights.

Also look for Morris Brown to quietly wither away after the sale.

3 months ago on Judge approves sale of Morris Brown land to City of Atlanta, Friendship

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"“I’m just disappointed and puzzled because I’m not quite sure of the reasoning behind their lawsuits and the end game,” 

What nonsense she speaks! It's obvious to all that the reason is money and power.

The King children already ran the King Center into the ground once and were bailed out by the National Park Service. Now they have run it into the ground again. I wonder which arm of the Federal Government will bail them out this time?

3 months, 1 week ago on A King-sized family squabble keeps King Center in limbo

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@MatthewCharlesCardinale Expect Hizzoner to shop for a judge who will throw the judgements his way. Given the present price of US judges, that may be a problem.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Objections filed against Morris Brown land sale to Invest Atlanta-Friendship

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@Steve Willis You picked the wrong venue to look for even-handed treatment of this issue. Deepening Savannah Harbor is ballyhooed as an important issue for metro Atlanta, with all its unbridled boosterism. This boosterism has been around for well over a century, as Franklin Garrett reported in "Atlanta and Environs", "If Atlanta could suck as well as it blows, it would be a seaport."

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Congress provides funds to deepen ports of Savannah, Jacksonville, Fla., Boston to handle bigger ships

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@Michael Agree 100%. MARTA will cheaply take you to locations where hotel rooms are cheaper and you don't pay the hotel tax. Many do the same in DC, NYC, and other major convention cities.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Fireworks and 3-D film part of Atlanta stadium ground-breaking

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Said Princesses Arthur and Kasim, "Let them eat cake."

4 months ago on Fireworks and 3-D film part of Atlanta stadium ground-breaking

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@atlman

The City's financial woes have been well publicized in the local media, so don't play coy. Just a couple of weeks ago the Mayor was saying perhaps he could scrape together enough money to finance a $250-$300 million bond issue to make a start on the $1+ billion infrastructure replacement backlog. No mention though about how to pay for the rest of it. Plus the coupon rate mentioned was 5% which puts it in municipal junk bond status.

Regarding the penion funds being underfunded, see http://www.pewtrusts.org/uploadedFiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/Reports/Retirement_security/Pew_city_pensions_report.pdf.

4 months ago on Citizen involvement key to DeKalb County government reform

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@atlman The City of Atlanta surplus is a myth created by politicians to encourage their supporters. The City cannot afford to address more than 1/3 of its accumulated $1.1 billion backlog of decayed infrastructure that must be replaced or mended. The City's pension funds are underfunded by over $1 billion.

The City of Atlanta is on the same path as the City of Detroit, not just as far down the path. Hopefully, reason will prevail and the City of Atlanta will correct its financial sins.

4 months ago on Citizen involvement key to DeKalb County government reform

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