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Everything posted by paulblackgsx

  1. Pretty sure it wasn't the Ivan Allen work I saw.
  2. In your DT listings, you forgot the Twelve Development. Twin 30 story towers with 1000 units, plus hotel. I've seen some renderings floating around the net, don't have them handy though. Although I don't think the developer has had the ground breaking ceremony yet, site prep work is well underway.
  3. I think you bring up a great point, one which is often lost on Atlanta politicans and boosters. Building transit first and controlling the development around transit is much better than attempting to provide transit to low density units or waiting until an area is developed. Although the beltline does have the advantage of not needing to worry about development building over the ROW for transit, it's still seems that Atlantans in general don't seem to understand the benefit of transit first.
  4. MARTA is funded by a 1% sales tax on Fulton and Dekalb counties. No tax districts, no state funds. MARTA's 1% sales tax in those counties expires in 2032 and the voters choose not to extend it, which means MARTA can not issue bonds against future revenues (since most bonds are 30 year bonds). MARTA is not expected to fund either the Beltline, Peachtree Street car, or any of the other streetcar proposals I've heard of. All of them are looking for alternative funds (tax districts mostly).
  5. The biggest challenge the beltline has to being successfully isn't necessarily the height of the developments. It's the impact of those developments on the neighborhoods BEFORE the infrastructure is in place. You provide a valid point in the original post, that transit before development is likely to have a poor showing, and potentially crumble support for completing the transit portion of the beltline. Likewise, development (in the density needed to satisify developers profit margins) before transit dumps 1000s of additional cars into neighborhoods, which is the neighborhoods biggest fear.
  6. Is it even going to be that long? I thought they were due to break ground in the next month. It looks like they've already started site prep work.
  7. Yep, it's suppose to open the day before Thanksgiving.
  8. I should have worded it this way instead: a true BIG city. I didn't mean to imply that Atlanta isn't a "city", but when you think of the preimere cities in this country (LA, NYC, Chicago, Boston, etc) and the world you think of not only their size, but recongition in arts, landmarks, famous buildings, etc. Which is not to say Atlanta doesn't have any of this, but it order to really move to that next level, the city needs more of it. I do agree that they could have picked a better location for the ASO Hall than where it's going. It will be a little out of place amongst all of the high r
  9. The design of the ASO Hall is impressive, though not entirely unique. It still would be unique enough to draw attention. It's also the kind of thing that will make Atlanta more of a true city. It's great to see the city maturing with the arts. The problem is funding. It's going to most likely have to come from private donations. I just don't think there is enough public support money available. With the many needs of the city, it's going to get harder and harder to fund these types of projects with public money.
  10. I modified my post to clarify what I believe our disconnect is.
  11. There is no arguing the majority of metro Atlanta is in the burbs. However, I don't think it will do the area much good other than a line across the top end of 285, maybe a EW line through Alpharetta. If you had commuter rail, BRT, and with the existing MARTA connections, you would allow people to move EW across the burbs without having to come all the way DT. I don't think the politics of running the line is the problem either. It's who pays for it that is always the issue. Cobb, N Fulton, and Gwinnett are all supportive of transit.... as long as they don't have to pay for it.
  12. I would agree that a line across 285 (if there are lines up to Cobb and some kind of line up in Gwinnett) would make a lot of sense. I will also note, you have a point that the most successful systems don't rely on a single interchange point. Also, though, the most successful systems don't spend a lot of time "pandering" to the suburbs either. A single cross connection would be sufficient, assuming that the connections to other suburbs are there. Other than that, I wouldn't spend a lot of time in the burbs. Commuter rail, and a couple of lines to the key "cores" in Cobb, N. Fulton, and Gw
  13. I honestly think light rail would do more for Atlanta than additional MARTA stations. Although there are certainly places, even in the city where I could additional MARTA lines. What Atlanta really needs is something to tie it's neighborhoods together, offer alternatives to the car for moving around the city, and something to encourage developers and residents to dump the car and hope on a trail. Light Rail can do that more effectively than MARTA's heavy rail can. It really brings people out into the street and can have a more positive effect on a greater area, while often being less disru
  14. The commuter rail is essentially a go. I believe September 2006 is set for the opening. They are also trying to stretch the startup budget to allow for two additional stations in Hampton and Griffin. The current budget is for a line to Lovejoy (just north of Hampton). Though Hampton isn't very accepting of it, Griffin is pushing hard for it. MARTA expansion is essential at a stop unless Fulton and Dekalb extend their sales tax or they get funding from somewhere else (like the state). Dekalb and Fulton, in revolt to supporting a transit system for the "region" with no support from the r
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