Peach Bites

Urban areas see revival in housing construction
USA Today - USA
This article details the renaissance of sorts that has been occurring in the hearts of many urban areas. It's not rocket surgery and most people have noted the trend but I tought it was about time that an official in the metro area made a statement like this: "Demographics have really changed," says Dan Reuter, land use chief at the Atlanta Regional Commission. "People are waiting longer to get married, longer to have children, and once children are grown up, we're living longer." Now, that is newsworthy.

MARTA in tough straits as revenue, ridership dip
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
Another story about the spike in ridership on MARTA last year during the gas crunch. It obviously serves the city when the people need it but what is the region doing to make the residents of the metro area realize that need when gas isn't expensive. Shortening the time of a bus ride down from double that of a car trip would be a goood start.

Atlanta's Environmental Efforts Profiled at Montreal Trade Show
Global Atlanta
City officials explained the city's sustainability initiatives and the beltline. Lynette Young, executive director of the private group, Sustainable Atlanta, discussed Atlanta's progress on asthma initiatives and work being done to reduce the city's carbon footprint. Joe Basista, commissioner of Atlanta's Public Works Department, also discussed an exciting new project that will issue recycling rebates to city residents for recycling.