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  1. Haha... don't send them our way. We have enough here as it is. Here in Atlanta they have these meters on the downtown sidewalks that have signs that say something like: "Do not encourage panhandlers, if you'd like to make a donation to help homelessness please donate your spare change here." They've put them in the worst areas for panhandling. The meters securely collect the change and then it's doled out to local shelters. I think it's a good idea for any city to have these "panhandler meters." Anyway, this is off topic...
  2. http://cchrpartnership.org/Default.aspx?ta...amp;EntryID=132
  3. Well, we'll have to agree to disagree. I see it as a smart program that will take some time to gain its legs. It certainly isn't going to be a flying success right out of the starting gates, but, as I see it, it should grow into a successful system if it's allowed to expand and add lines that are more appropriate to the population distribution of Middle Tennessee. (The current line was chosen to jump start the system, because it had the lowest start-up costs). I don't see the sense in allowing it to die in its infant stages, largely due to high insurance costs -- certainly not after investing
  4. I'm not all that interested in getting into one of these protracted message board battles with someone who phrases everything as if he/she were talking down to a small child rather than another educated adult. The last points I'll (re)make are: a) You're missing the point of my post -- My point wasn't from where the money comes, but rather the huge difference in scale that we're talking about. (If two million a year on a forward looking mass transit system, that is still gaining its legs, is a "money pit," then what is 1.8 billion a year on roads?) b) You still didn't point out my "ma
  5. Perhaps you'd like to point out "the massive gap?" I don't expect to sway your opinion any, but I will lay my opinion out in more detail. Once again, the government subsidizing mass transit is no different than the government subsidizing road/highway building. Just because government subsidization of road building is more ubiquitous, does not make it "more correct." Anyone can use mass transportation just as anyone can use the roads, (provided they have a vehicle). Also, the issue shouldn't be viewed as a zero sum game -- More people using mass transit means fewer people on the roads and le
  6. For those who don't make it to Midtown often, I snapped a quick cellphone picture of 1010 midtown and the second phase of the project across the street. 1010 is pretty close to completion. Also, you can somewhat makeout the remodeled W Hotel in the background. (It's the black building) On a side note, I wish Atlanta would burry all the powerlines in Midtown. They're already tearing up all the streets to update the sewer system.
  7. I believe the article said that ridership has been increasing. Clearly people have a knowledge of the train, or this problem of over selling would never have occured. The problem seems to be the blind ticket sales, which I'm sure they'll quickly fix after this mess. That should have been a glaring problem from the start. Just about every mass transit system loses money and requires subsides from local/state/federal government to run. The way I see it, that's no different from the government paying to build and maintain roads, instead of having toll roads everywhere. It's all a matter of pro
  8. I'm not even sure that Target would fly there. The one in Atlantic Station is just a few minutes away.
  9. Are those corner balconies caged in? That's a bit odd.
  10. Thanks! It was a bit early so the roads weren't crammed full of cars yet.
  11. A few pics from this past Sunday... 1010: Viewpoint from behind 1010: Aqua Midtown from West Peachtree:
  12. If you count it up on their website interactive floorplan feature, (which isn't that hard....they're numbered), it comes out to 400 units exactly. I counted 108 reserved, which is 27% of the units. As far as total value of the reserved units that would be a higher percentage because it seems that the higher priced units are selling better than the lower priced ones. Of course we still have the bothersome fact that these units appear to only be "reserved" rather than sold....but thats where things stand as I see them.
  13. Metro M is one of the main admins who has been with the site from the start...I'm not sure if you realize that. It's kinda hard to threaten that he can't participate.
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