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  1. This is a known project included in Concept 3. This would be the core segment (from Cobb County's standpoint) of an LRT line that would run from Canton to KSU/Town Center to Cumberland and ultimately to Arts Center Station. From a realistic cost and political standpoint, it's highly unlikely we'll see any significant segment of heavy rail built in the future. The longest segment of HRT in Concept 3 is from Doraville to Norcross. Mixed modes are definitely the future in the region; a more important point is a unified fare card system at least, if not a single regional operating agency.
  2. The first Peachtree-fronting retailer to open in a Midtown Mile development debuted Monday this week with Clear, the new high-speed wireless (WiMAX) internet provider, opening in the south corner of Viewpoint (Peachtree and 6th). Atlanta is now one of, if not, the largest wireless hotspots in the world with 1200 sq.miles of coverage.
  3. Oh, I agree there has been much progress with improved density in the city. Whether that continues has a lot to do with the economy - both micro and macro. The city has added a lot of office space recently without any major new business announcements; a win of a major corporate relocation would certainly help with absorption and the intown momentum. Recently, we've seen as many negatives as positives for the CoAtlanta proper, particularly in the arts and culture arena (one of the key factors that helps define big cities); seeing the Opera, the Ballet and the Lyric Theatre move out of the ci
  4. I know the Alliance and the Midtown Mile concept is all about adding street-level retail, but this doesn't work for me. I'll admit to a little emotional or nostalgic bias, as the Campanile was the first place I worked when I came to Atlanta, but honestly, as is particularly obvious in the photoshopped image I left in the quote, the addition just looks so glommed on - so clearly an afterthought. I don't think the Mile concept is meant to say every building has street retail; some existing buildings might be best left alone.
  5. I'll give it a try, although one could easily write a paper, if not a book, on the subject of Atlanta sprawl (in fact, some have). First though, transit needing density to thrive is a pretty well-covered topic in studies and papers with metrics available for transit station catchment areas (measured by walking distance) and the housing and employment densities needed to support different headways and modes (bus, rail). Fairly intuitively, and simply stated, the more people and destinations the closer to transit stations, the better. As for the sprawl, first, metropolitan Atlanta has alm
  6. MARTA didn't do anything wrong other than being a public transit system. The same bigoted and racist arguments were made here when MARTA was being initiated; the white-flight suburbanites didn't want those people riding public transportation out to their (then) lily-white communities. Cobb and Gwinnett counties are not a part of MARTA due to those early attitudes. Is MARTA perfect? Certainly not, but its biggest issues are a lack of funding/support from the state, a lack of density from unencumbered suburban sprawl in the metro area preventing mass transit from being truly effective, and
  7. Actually, in the plan linked below, the middle section has not been specified yet; the opportunity just taken to reserve it for future advantage, apparently. There is a study/planning underway for a 15th St. Bridge just north of this project that would feature only HOV ramps for both north and south which could play into that. Part of the Connector widening underneath was to provide additional exit lanes on the outside - SB, for a new 10th St. exit and NB for a new 17th St. ramp. This preliminary project plan (pdf) is from the Midtown Alliance website.
  8. A bit of a milestone at the 14th St. bridge, Friday night the final new beams were placed for the northbound span. Unfortunately, we're still about a year away from the project completion. Webcam
  9. And the winner is.... the interlocking terra cotta arms from Freelon / HOK. IMHO, probably the best choice from those options.
  10. Actually, to be precise, the discussions of a second airport are based on the region's growth projections that indicate demand will grow outstrip Hartsfield's capacity in the future - something like 2025. HJAIA is not too busy today and can continue to increase traffic in the near future, but it's a reasonable position that it makes sense to add capacity (e.g. a second airport) before you actually need it and of course, major airports are not built in a day.
  11. HJAIA officials have announced 10 'resolutions' for the coming year to improve the airport including improved security screening, a website re-design, 70 new retailers opened by mid-year, new art, improved landscaping, a comprehensive recycling program, and a November opening of the Consolidated Rental Car Facility.
  12. You know, that's the third time you've pimped that scooter store Jim; it's starting to smell like spam.
  13. ^^^^ Oh, that's just great. The college football season sucked, the economy is in the toilet and now Atlanta has been invaded by the Goa'uld. Wake me up when it's 2009.
  14. The new Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal appears to be in danger of substantial delays - a casualty of the current financial market economics that have made borrowing very difficult. According to an AJC article the airport has been unable to sell $600M in bonds needed to move forward despite an A+ debt rating.
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