The term “heat wave” and excessive heat warnings are generally reserved for unusually uncomfortable and hazardous conditions. The weather doesn’t really meet that criteria right now, but perhaps we should still issue advisories for when temperatures are simply abnormal.
Weekly Links: This week, facing pressure, MARTA adds more light rail for the Beltline while cutting funding for Emory rail. Also, this month is on pace to be the hottest September on record in Atlanta. Plus, Georgia finally got its very own model solar zoning ordinance!
This week, spending $2 billion to develop the downtown Gulch isn’t sitting well with the Atlanta city council, at least for now. Plus, someone has finally made a useful 3-D map showing the steepness of streets. And Ben Carson and HUD may do the unthinkable: attempt to restrict exclusionary zoning to promote affordable housing.
This week, a global livability study says Atlanta fell in the rankings due to riots. Ah…okay. Also, as part of the ongoing Amazon charade, Atlanta will apparently offer the company $1 billion in incentives to locate their HQ2 campus in the downtown gulch. And Atlanta officials are finally treating public signs like works of art that actually try to inform people of rules.
This week, Atlanta holds a meeting on dockless scooters after posting a bizarre Facebook message. Also, the number of reported hate crimes continues to rise and a record number of Americans now believe that humans are influencing global warming. **Update, we now know the post was from a satirical account, but we’ve maintained the original article title for consistency.
The Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Florida v. Georgia shows why we shouldn’t ask the justices to create critical water policy.
Business owners have a legitimate interest in maximizing the number of people who can use their parking spaces. Immobilizing improperly parked vehicles in those spaces is a poor way of addressing the issue and masks the overall need for better land use policy.
Atlanta is not the only one with legal problems this week. A federal court ruled that the EPA must produce the evidence it’s using to support the claim that humans do not contribute to climate change and the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the public must have a meaningful opportunity to voice their thoughts on rezoning matters.