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‘Atlanta’s a mess’

Whenever I’m driving around Atlanta there is inevitably a situation that makes me curse the city’s planning department, or, more accurately, their predecessors. Apparently Atlanta’s poor planning is no secret to the rest of the country (via Fresh Loaf):

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, in touting Portland’s growth and development acumen, said Wednesday the region needs to continue to avoid the kind of sprawl that has plagued other American cities.

Take Atlanta, for instance.

“Atlanta’s a mess,” Hales said during Wednesday’s Portland Business Journal Power Breakfast. “Sorry, but Atlanta’s planned so poorly, it’ll take generations to change the shape of the place.”

Sprawl continues unabated, the infrastructure is a mess and, especially grating to me, the traffic signals remain unsynchronized.

Meanwhile, Kasim Reed continues his victory lap for helping secure funding for the Stadium Few Want and Atlanta Doesn’t Need, Portland’s mayor reminds us that our city’s transit woes remain.



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