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Old 07-09-2012, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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What are you talking about? The transit portion of the Beltline will run completely on it's own dedicated ROW separate from street traffic except at a few intersections. It will not run in the street with regular traffic like Houston's light rail. Perhaps you are confusing the new Streetcar routes that are being lumped in with the improvements coming with the TSPLOST.
Actually he is right. The portion to run along North Ave or 10th Street will run in the street and not in its own ROW. But it will take thousands of cars off the streets, so it will reduce congestion and add connectivity between East and west midtown.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:54 PM
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Actually he is right. The portion to run along North Ave or 10th Street will run in the street and not in its own ROW. But it will take thousands of cars off the streets, so it will reduce congestion and add connectivity between East and west midtown.

I don't believe something that moves at a buses speed is going to take thousands of cars off the streets. They've already had to change the original concept (last August) which was just a circle because obviously it didn't work.

And taking money from people's pockets with the sales tax reduces economic activity. These claims are based on the money being new money. Its also assuming development wouldn't happen in these areas anyway. Much clearly would anyway as these were desirable before any of the parks went in (not that the parks aren't a good idea). And even if it steers development to these areas, its just displacing development elsewhere in the metro.

And to another comment-the southeast part of the Beltline runs very close to Grant Park in the long run concept.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Sandy Springs)
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And taking money from people's pockets with the sales tax reduces economic activity. These claims are based on the money being new money. Its also assuming development wouldn't happen in these areas anyway. Much clearly would anyway as these were desirable before any of the parks went in (not that the parks aren't a good idea). And even if it steers development to these areas, its just displacing development elsewhere in the metro.
Overall, this tax will increase economic activity in the metro area. That is because while the money it takes reduces activity of the people who would otherwise pocket it, all of that money being taken is going to be spent in the metro area. If the people kept that 1%, some of it would have been spent in the metro area, some of it would have been saved, and some would have been spent in other areas.
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