I think the big thing going on in Roswell this past couple of weeks was the movement forward on the Grimes Bridge/Norcross Street round about. I am a strong proponent of the round about for several reasons not the least of which is safety. Kudos to the city council for making the necessary concessions to the residents impacted. Enjoy this installment of the New Urban Roswell Review!
This will be presented tomorrow night, June 29th, at the Doubletree on Holcomb Bridge.
This quote from Mayor Jere Wood says it all:
"For the first time in memory ... the City Council has voted to spend more to run Roswell’s government than we expect to receive,"
I'm not so sure about the proposed route. The former proposal was a much better proposal for actually impacting transit in the city for people that live in the city. I feel that this proposal is reaching and grasping for anything that we can get.
Sounds like people in high places are actually starting to realize that a truly regional transit system is needed here in Atlanta. Notable Excerpt:
"the real opportunity that is unfolding is that the Atlanta region is starting to think about consolidating all our disparate transit agencies into one integrated system — fulfilling the original vision of four decades ago when MARTA was supposed to be a five-county transit agency."
Ben Carter claims to have the additional funding needed to resume and finish construction on his Streets of Buckhead development. That hole in the ground needs to get finished otherwise it will leave a huge scar in one of the nicest spots of Atlanta's most famous streets. He says construction will resume in July. We'll see.
This article posits that Atlanta has reached maturity and it will be much harder to grow and improve for the capital of the New South. Notable Excerpt:
Though perhaps it is too early to declare “game over” for Atlanta, converging trends point to a possible plateauing of Atlanta remarkable rise, and the end of its great growth phase.
The converging trends they discuss are: Slowing Growth, Aging Infrastructure at Capacity, Other Competitive Cities in the Southeast, Being Caught in the Middle of its Sprawling Growth Phase and its Urbanization Phase at the Wrong Time and finally Atlanta Being at Maturity
$147k to determine the health impacts of building on a former industrial site right next to the Airport. Is constant jet noise hazardous to your health?
New Broad Street of Florida is still looking to purchase and develop location of the former GM Plant. We should know more by the end of the summer. On the company's website they quote president David Pace as saying;
"this is the best urban infill site in the country for a large transit-oriented development."
This is Jeff Speck's rebuttal of an article that was moderately critical of his most recent book The Smart Growth Manual. He does a good job dividing up the critics and addressing each group. Notable Excerpt:
How, by any possible stretch of the imagination, could it be considered efficient, healthy, or even acceptable to have spent the better part of a society’s wealth constructing a national landscape in which most citizens require a one-ton, poison-belching prosthetic device to satisfy their daily needs?
This post makes a good quick case for smarter development. Essentially, it states that we have invested so much in expensive infrastructure that we are not able to progressively work on schools, parks, cultural institutions and other public services. This made me think of Mayor Wood's promise to veto the Roswell city budget due to deficit spending.
The first paragraph sums it up: "Enraged at the spill in the Gulf and the American appetite for oil that ultimately caused it? Stop land development on farmland, forests and other fringe locations and direct future development to close-in opportunities. A massive new study, years in the making, makes it crystal-clear that it can make a big difference."
Suburbs watch out. Christopher Leinberger calls them the next slums and this article takes a look at the reality of increasing poverty rates in a wealthy Chicago suburb. Notable Excerpt:
Poverty is on the rise in suburban areas nationwide. Some of it is pure demographics: More people are moving to the suburbs, so more poor people live in the suburbs. But there's more to it than that. The housing crisis and recession have hit suburbs harder than other places, which means foreclosures and unemployment have an outsize impact on suburban communities. By 2008, according to the Brookings Institution, the nation's suburbs were home to the largest and fastest-growing poor population in the nation.
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