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Old 01-29-2013, 01:22 PM
 
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I posted something about this event a couple weeks ago. I have my ticket and am really looking forward to it.

But that article... talk about mis-informed. The tsplost didn't fail solely because Atlanta is anti-transit. We all know there were many more problems than that. And the comment in the article wishing for another Robert Moses to help grow transit.... somebody clearly doesn't understand history.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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How Long Until Atlanta's Urbanism Goes Guerrilla? - Let's Just Walk - Curbed Atlanta Here's an idea that I think could catch on. It's practically free it would go a long way in increasing walkability.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:58 PM
 
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How Long Until Atlanta's Urbanism Goes Guerrilla? - Let's Just Walk - Curbed Atlanta Here's an idea that I think could catch on. It's practically free it would go a long way in increasing walkability.
Flipping great idea. Minimal costs and gives people a n idea of how long the walk will be. If people knew how short the walk was, then maybe they would be more incline to walk, than drive.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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Flipping great idea. Minimal costs and gives people a n idea of how long the walk will be. If people knew how short the walk was, then maybe they would be more incline to walk, than drive.
Check my post in the Marta forum. Are you with me?
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:05 PM
 
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Flipping great idea. Minimal costs and gives people a n idea of how long the walk will be. If people knew how short the walk was, then maybe they would be more incline to walk, than drive.
Imagine them on the Beltline. "Five minute walk to PCM" How about bike times too! Seriously though check my post on the "what should marta do next" thread. I think I'm onto something.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I think it is a great idea joey. You should check out this event. The concept is a attendee directed conference. I think something like the walking signs would be a popular and useful tool. Not to mention cheap...
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:53 PM
 
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Flipping great idea. Minimal costs and gives people a n idea of how long the walk will be. If people knew how short the walk was, then maybe they would be more incline to walk, than drive.
That's not going to get more people to walk. To get more people to walk, you have to GIVE people a reason to. An area has to densify with residential and mixed-used development. The streets have to cater more to pedestrians. Buildings have to address the street. The area from L5P to the station can be a very daunting walk and very boring. You can either choose to walk through a residential SFH neighborhood which at night can be a little frightening considering there are really no lights around or go to a main street that is lit up, but no one is walking and there is no mixed used development on until you actually get to L5P.

People in Atlanta don't seem to get it. It's almost too obvious what needs to be done. Signs like this aren't going to encourage people to walk....at all. You will be heavily disappointed by the end results. If areas outside of the urban core want more people walking, then take a note from Midtown. People are walking there all the time now.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:14 PM
 
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To get more people to walk, you have to GIVE people a reason to. An area has to densify with residential and mixed-used development. The streets have to cater more to pedestrians. Buildings have to address the street. The area from L5P to the station can be a very daunting walk and very boring. You can either choose to walk through a residential SFH neighborhood which at night can be a little frightening considering there are really no lights around or go to a main street that is lit up, but no one is walking and there is no mixed used development on until you actually get to L5P.

People in Atlanta don't seem to get it. It's almost too obvious what needs to be done.

So who would be responsible for doing this?
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:17 PM
 
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So who would be responsible for doing this?
The city can start by fixing up streets which would attract private developers to want to build on those streets.

Truth is though, Atlanta has already screwed itself up. MARTA stations are surrounded by massive parking lots and it's hard to get development near one. Look at Inman Park Station for an example.
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