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"Atlanta chief officer: Civic Center could be sold as early as this summer"



Pending approval from the Atlanta City Council, Atlanta officials could sell the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center as early as this summer, interim Chief Operating Officer Michael Geisler said Tuesday.As first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday, Councilman Kwanza Hall introduced legislation that paves the way for the city to sell the aging performing arts center to a developer.

Under the proposal, Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm, would oversee a bid process and request proposals from developers to revitalize the site. The legislation could come before the council for a full vote in coming weeks.

Full story at AJC.

Redeveloping the Civic Center campus into something that’s constantly active and which interacts with the surrounding neighborhood is one of two things that could dramatically change the area immediately around it. The second thing is, of course, getting the Peachtree-Pine shelter sorted out.
"Atlanta chief officer: Civic Center could be sold as early as this summer"
Pending approval from the Atlanta City Council, Atlanta officials could sell the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center as early as this summer, interim Chief Operating Officer Michael Geisler said Tuesday.

As first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday, Councilman Kwanza Hall introduced legislation that paves the way for the city to sell the aging performing arts center to a developer.

Under the proposal, Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm, would oversee a bid process and request proposals from developers to revitalize the site. The legislation could come before the council for a full vote in coming weeks.
Full story at AJC. Redeveloping the Civic Center campus into something that’s constantly active and which interacts with the surrounding neighborhood is one of two things that could dramatically change the area immediately around it. The second thing is, of course, getting the Peachtree-Pine shelter sorted out.

Buffalo Wild Wings set to open in former Justin's space - Atlanta Business Chronicle

As word gets out, count on comment section debates along the lines of “At least they’re putting something in there. That space is in a prominent location and has been sitting empty for almost two years” versus “That isn’t the right fit for the neighborhood.”

Tomorrow’s News Today speculates that the new Brookwood location will replace the one just off Peachtree in Lenox Marketplace, AKA “that shopping center with the two-story Target.”

A MARTA story: Why the state never contributed funding – from day one

The fact that the state of Georgia provides no funding for its largest metro area’s transit system is a well-worn complaint but, until this week, very few people knew why.

In a piece published Monday in Saporta Report, former general counsel for MARTA W. Stell Huie described the agreement the newly formed transit agency quietly made with then-Governor-elect Carter in 1970 to give up state support in exchange for a significant increase in the sales tax proposed to fund it:

“I was informed that Gov.-elect Jimmy Carter was trying to reach me. I returned his call, and […] he told me he was working on the state budget and had some problems with our MARTA plan.


Gov. Carter proceeded to tell me that it was his understanding that MARTA was expecting the state to participate in the funding at $25 million a year, and it was his position that the state could not afford it. While I was trying to process this development and ruing our apparent failure to keep the gubernatorial candidates apprised of our plan, Carter proceeded to say that collection of a ¾ cent sales tax would present problems to the Georgia Department of Revenue, which was to collect the tax.


He asked how we would be if the tax went to 1 percent, and we gave up state appropriations. I knew the numbers, and I told him we would be better off – the additional sales tax would produce more than $25 million a year, and we could sell more bonds based the added revenue.


I also told the governor that we had worked out a very delicate political compromise in the Atlanta region, and I did not know how we could change it. The governor then said one more thing to me, words I will never forget. “Well, Stell, I want you to know that I will support you if these changes are made, but this is not to be my idea. Do you understand what I am saying to you?”

File this one under “Seemed like a good idea at the time.”

In the U.S., a Quick Walk to the Store Is a Rare Thing Indeed

sprawlnation:

You’re cooking dinner. You realize you’re missing a key ingredient – garlic for the pasta, let’s say, or lettuce for your salad. Something without which you can’t get the meal on the table. How long would it take you to walk to a store where you can buy it?

Mine would be about a 20 minute walk with a brisk pace.

My walk to the nearest groceries is about nine minutes now, on the northern edge of downtown Atlanta. When I lived three miles outside Washington, D.C., it was the same. My apartment building was directly behind a Target store, so if they’d been selling produce then, it would have cut the time down to about four minutes.

As several people in the comments mentioned, I wonder how different the rankings would look if the time threshold for a “quick” walk was changed to 10 minutes. Five minutes seems unreasonably low for even large cities in the United States and there’s no mention of why that number was chosen.

(Source: urbanplannerholic)

Views from the roof garden on the the fifth floor of Clough Commons at Georgia Tech.

Driven: how Zipcar's founders built and lost a car-sharing empire | The Verge

"Today, Zipcar — which is still headquartered in Boston — has offices in more than 26 American cities and 860,000 members across the US, Austria, Canada, Spain, and the UK. And the company’s profile only grew when car-rental giant Avis bought Zipcar for $491 million in January 2013. But in fact, both founders left the company more than 10 years ago, as power struggles and disputes prevented both Chase and Danielson from seeing their shared vision through. Now 56, Danielson hasn’t spoken to Chase in more than a decade. "
A fascinating story about two people whose friendship didn’t survive the creation of a company built on the idea of sharing and compromise.

TransportationCamp South 2014

TransportationCamp South is next weekend, Saturday April 12 at Georgia Tech. This year’s event is a two-in-one:

"This year, we are joining forces with Govathon and Code for Atlanta to produce a one-of-a-kind combined event that will see TransportationCamp run concurrently with a transportation-focused civic hackathon. While participants will register for either TransportationCamp or Govathon, joint brainstorming sessions will be held Saturday morning, and attendees are encouraged to “float” between both events’ activities for the duration of the weekend. The result will be a series of tangible, technology-based solutions to our most pressing transportation challenges.”

Purchasing registration to either event will get you into both, so as of right now there are a total of 43 tickets still available.

  • Girl in a group of out-of-town high school athletes standing on the platform at North Avenue Station: Is this a train or a subway?
(via Flashback Fotos: Who are Atlanta’s streets named for?)My building faces Ralph McGill, one of the eponymous featured streets:

"Ralph McGill…was the Atlanta Constitution publisher who won the Pulitzer Prize for his anti-segregation editorials in 1959. Street named for him: Ralph McGill Boulevard (formerly called Forrest Avenue, for Civil War lieutenant general and first Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan Nathan Bedford Forrest, and Fortune Street)"
(via Flashback Fotos: Who are Atlanta’s streets named for?)

My building faces Ralph McGill, one of the eponymous featured streets:

"Ralph McGill…was the Atlanta Constitution publisher who won the Pulitzer Prize for his anti-segregation editorials in 1959. Street named for him: Ralph McGill Boulevard (formerly called Forrest Avenue, for Civil War lieutenant general and first Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan Nathan Bedford Forrest, and Fortune Street)"

Midtown’s La Tagliatella shutters | What Now Atlanta

Well, that was quick. It looked pretty lively when I walked past Friday night.

Ice to blame for D.A.R. building collapse in Midtown

This story states that there were “[n]o reports of injuries.” But WXIA’s site reported that “crews had to pull one person from a duplex next to the historic building.”

What’s certain is that only the facade of the building is still intact, and that whatever plans the current owners had for it are going to require a major revision.

MARTA rail service update

Yikes.

Thursday rail service will run on the modified weekend schedule again, with service starting at 4:35 a.m. Thursday morning and ending around 2 a.m. Friday. “Customers should expect wait times for trains ranging from 20 to 30 minutes.”

"Zipcar’s Oldest Member Might Be More Active Than You"

(Source: youtube.com)

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