Yes on public transport, no on Atlanta streetcar

I’ll admit to not having pored over the data about the alleged benefits of the Atlanta streetcar. To me, it seems like another bad idea for downtown aimed at our city’s favorite demographic — tourists. How many Atlantans traverse between the King Center and Centennial Park? About as many who visit such downtown institutions as the … Continue reading Yes on public transport, no on Atlanta streetcar


A sobering thought for anyone who cares about Atlanta: An expert in land use and urban development, Leinberger outlined how metro Atlanta has fallen out of favor nationally as a business hub and is now competing with cities like Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Dallas, cities once overshadowed by Atlanta. My hometown, competing with Orlando … Continue reading Meh-lanta

Streetcar skepticism

I understand the Atlanta streetcar is part of a broader transportation plan including the Beltline. Hopefully it all comes together. But I remain skeptical of the city’s promises, and its priorities. The streetcar, which links Centennial Olympic Park to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, is, like most everything else downtown, aimed at … Continue reading Streetcar skepticism

Enduring Clusterfuck

Atlanta’s symbol should be a red light, our slogan: “Welcome to Atlanta, the anti-Germany.” As in anti-efficiency. I was on the road much of the day, ostensibly driving. In reality I was sitting at traffic light after bloody (as in red) traffic light, dreaming of 100 uninterrupted yards of pavement. The Georgia Department of Transportation, … Continue reading Enduring Clusterfuck

Courtesy of Delta

Delta Air Lines is responding to a firestorm of criticism emerging from an incident on Monday in which a group of U.S. soldiers returning home from deployment in Afghanistan was charged $200 each for extra bags on a connecting flight to Atlanta. … In the video posted on YouTube, O’Hair explained that his fourth bag … Continue reading Courtesy of Delta

Obama ate my homework

Gov. H. Dumpty, who’s fattened his wallet but accomplished little else in two terms as Georgia’s chief executive, says President Obama is to blame for the state’s incoherent transportation policy. Gov. Sonny Perdue’s office said he wasn’t responsible for any transportation shortcomings. “It is clear the Obama administration has its operatives traveling the country in … Continue reading Obama ate my homework

not in their backyards

A DOT member from Rome is advocating a controversial tunnel project that would link Ga. 400 to I-675, digging up east Atlanta in the process. Another suburbanite, Gwinnett boob John Oxendine, also supports the idea. The Ox is, sadly, the leading GOP contender for governor. East Atlantans wouldn’t consider voting for him, tunnel project or … Continue reading not in their backyards

backwater, u.s.a.

Andisheh compiled a list of cities moving forward on mass transit. Thanks to the General Assembly, Atlanta continues to move backwards. UPDATE: Republican House Majority Leader Jerry Keen tells Atlanta to go fuck itself. After we spoke with lawmakers who attended last Wednesday’s sitdown with Gold Dome Republicans about helping MARTA avoid drastic budget cuts … Continue reading backwater, u.s.a.

gone fishin’

Sonny will lead — as long as you ask nicely: The governor mentioned several times that MARTA made no effort to get him involved in passing legislation that would have freed up funding for the system. The bill failed. “It’s always unfortunate when people who depend on MARTA have their service cut, and I hope … Continue reading gone fishin’