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Old 05-01-2013, 03:22 PM
 
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Baltimore definitely will impress someone who has never left the south, but after spending some time downtown I vowed never again to complain about downtown Atlanta being sketchy at night. I've never had to alter my course so often due to something uncomfortable going down right in front of me...generally people in a loud argument or something.
Baltimore has had crime issues but it goes without saying that can happen anywhere. It sure doesn't seem to slow down the locals!
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:50 PM
 
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Baltimore definitely will impress someone who has never left the south, but after spending some time downtown I vowed never again to complain about downtown Atlanta being sketchy at night. I've never had to alter my course so often due to something uncomfortable going down right in front of me...generally people in a loud argument or something.

True. I remember walking around Johns Hopkins hospital and it was extremely sketchy.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:15 PM
 
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True. I remember walking around Johns Hopkins hospital and it was extremely sketchy.
Sketchy in what sense? I don't mean to challenge you but the last time I was at Hopkins it seemed okay. That was about 2005, however.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:51 PM
 
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Baltimore has had crime issues but it goes without saying that can happen anywhere. It sure doesn't seem to slow down the locals!
Yes it can happen anywhere, but it happens quite a bit more often in Baltimore. It's usually ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:31 PM
 
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Atlanta is also ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S on multiple lists.

10 Most Dangerous Cities In America in 2013

Most dangerous U.S. cities - Atlanta (7) - CNNMoney

FBI Lists Top 20 Most Dangerous Cities In America In 2012 | 105.9 Kiss-FM
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:43 PM
 
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The murder rate in Baltimore is usually much higher than in Atlanta. Atlanta is sometimes ranked higher (in CNN Money's and other such rankings) due to petty thefts. United States cities by crime rate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:30 PM
 
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Default Interesting article with implications for the ATL

Here's an interesting article with implications for the ATL.


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When people would tell me that they did not want a wider street, I would tell them that they had to have it for safety reasons.

When they answered that a wider street would make people drive faster and that would be seem to be less safe, especially in front of their house where their kids were playing, I would confidently tell them that the wider road was more safe, especially when combined with the other safety enhancements the standards called for.

When people objected to those other "enhancements", like removing all of the trees near the road, I told them that for safety reasons we needed to improve the sight distances and ensure that the recovery zone was free of obstacles.

When they pointed out that the "recovery zone" was also their "yard" and that their kids played kickball and hopscotch there, I recommended that they put up a fence, so long as the fence was outside of the right-of-way.

When they objected to the cost of the wider, faster, treeless road that would turn their peaceful, front yard into the viewing area for a drag strip unless they built a concrete barricade along their front property line, I informed them that progress was sometimes expensive, but these standards have been shown to work across the state, the country and the world and I could not compromise with their safety.

In retrospect I understand that this was utter insanity. Wider, faster, treeless roads not only ruin our public places, they kill people. Taking highway standards and applying them to urban and suburban streets, and even county roads, costs us thousands of lives every year. There is no earthly reason why an engineer would ever design a fourteen foot lane for a city block, yet we do it continuously. Why?

The answer is utterly shameful: Because that is the standard.

More...Confessions of a Recovering*Engineer - Strong Towns Blog - Strong Towns
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