We’ll likely see an increase in the number of poorer suburban communities. While Cobb and North Fulton will still have enclaves of wealthier residents, they will increasingly become the destination of lower-income individuals when they are priced out of the walkable Atlanta area. While quality-of-life is an issue even for wealthier residents in auto-centric communities, it is much more of a problem for their poorer residents. Try getting to the grocery store or your job when you don’t have a car and your community doesn’t support sidewalks or alternative transportation. While sitting in traffic on the way to work is stressful, having no transportation options to safely get to that place of work is arguably more stressful.
Density doesn’t have to be a bad word. Allowing more people to live in strategic and desirable areas in closer proximity to one another doesn’t necessarily mean turning all parts of the region into Manhattan. While we aren’t talking about San Francisco or New York levels of density, we are talking about raising the density levels in certain parts of the region to something a little less Mayberry and a little more DC or Seattle.
Atlanta is set to take a major step forward in creating desirable development while North Fulton and the rest of the northern suburbs continue along the path of roads and traffic. After the […]
Hey All, I had the pleasure of being a panelist on NPR’s and Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “On Second Thought” Tuesday morning to discuss transportation, population, and housing in the Atlanta metro region. I […]
Sigh. Any hope of MARTA expansion has once again been taken off the table. After several bills were introduced in the Georgia Senate with bi-partisan support to allow citizens to vote on […]
Roads can be built in a year or two, but a train may easily take at least 5 years to build. A train costs more too. Much more. Therefore, we should not build the […]
The Second Week. Take the Money and Run: The Georgia House Channels Its Inner Steve Miller to Fund Transportation
The Georgia Assembly reconvened last Monday for their second week of the current legislative session. The major juggernaut of last week was the introduction of the House’s plan to fund transportation projects […]
Social Engineering and Transit-Oriented Development: The Rhetoric That Keeps Atlanta From Progressing
As the Atlanta streetcar officially opened on Tuesday, it seems like a good time to address thoughts and ideas being expressed in the mainstream local media concerning transit and development in between […]
A couple weeks ago Baruch Feigenbaum of the Reason Foundation posted an opinion piece in the AJC calling for the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to focus transportation funding on efforts to reduce […]
Last Saturday Tom Sabulis of the AJC had a great piece on the growth of mixed-use, urban style developments that cater to walking over driving. He points out that most of these […]