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Old 12-12-2013, 12:25 PM
 
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Has Atlanta made any progress in 2013?

Or is it on the decline?

Has Marta improved?

Mayor Reed will be our mayor for another 4 years. Is this good or bad? (I wish we could keep him in office for the next 20 years)

We have a new Marta CEO. Has he helped improve MARTA?

Has progress been made this year on Ponce City Market, Buckhead Atlanta, Krog Street Market, two new downtown museums, etc?

I know the answer to all these questions but I would like to know your opinion on Atlanta in 2013.
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Old 12-12-2013, 01:02 PM
 
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I think Atlanta is the same in general, no huge improvements or declines IMO on the whole.

I do think that commercially the items you mentioned are progressing as scheduled (but they include making money in the construction world so of course they will continue to make progress as long as money is available). I think in general, commercially, 2013 has been a good year and has shown a lot of economic improvement and a sign of better times versus 2008-2012.

I am not a huge supporter of the Mayor. I think he could do more by focusing infrastructure improvements of the city instead of trying to cater to the business community and giving money to the Falcons like he did. On the flip side, since he likes giving away money to sports organizations, I think he should have done the same for the Braves.

But on the whole, I don't see much improvement in regards to infrastructure upgrades in the city when it comes to code enforcement or sidewalk repairs. I think he should clean house in a lot of departments in the city who have workers who evidently don't want to work.

So in summary, it has been a better year economically, but the culture of the city government to favor the business community (especially sports and tourism industry businesses it seems with all these unnecessary museums) over the citizens of the city is business as usual IMO.

I don't ride Marta enough to comment on if there have been many changes. I know last time I was on the train, which was recently, I didn't get asked to buy bootleg DVDs so I do think there may be improvements there with their new campaign.

Oh, and on the street car thing, I see a lot of progress down there so much so that I don't go downtown anymore on Peachtree lol. And I won't until they are finished. I hope that it is the beginning of a good street car system though.
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Old 12-12-2013, 01:20 PM
 
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Has Atlanta made any progress in 2013?
Yes.
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Or is it on the decline?
No.
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Has Marta improved?
Yes.
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Mayor Reed will be our mayor for another 4 years. Is this good or bad? (I wish we could keep him in office for the next 20 years)
Good. I actually wish I knew about the PPP for Beltline / Streetcar along with refusing to bribe the Braves before the election. It has made me more of a fan of his.
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We have a new Marta CEO. Has he helped improve MARTA?
Yes.
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Has progress been made this year on Ponce City Market, Buckhead Atlanta, Krog Street Market, two new downtown museums, etc?
Yes.
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I know the answer to all these questions but I would like to know your opinion on Atlanta in 2013.
A lot of great progress. More development than I expected. Especially Midtown. I think Downtown is still lacking in development besides Centennial Park (Which is booming) but I hope to see it pick up in the near future.
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Old 12-14-2013, 08:04 AM
 
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Overall, Atlanta improved a lot in 2013. I think the Skyview is the biggest new addition to Atlanta. In 2014, it will be the Streetcar.
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Old 12-14-2013, 08:22 AM
 
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The only "improvements" I see are construction projects, mostly apartments food and shoppinlg. Nothing spectacular. And given that the job growth has been in low wgae jobs, who are all the people that can afford to shop at these places and rent these luxury apartments?

No infrastructural improvements as Residing mentioned and MARTA is still crappy. Still the same horrible coverage, no expansions and the buses and trains are often late. Anyone who thinks has MARTA improved either doesn't ride it or doesn't ride it every day.
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Old 12-14-2013, 07:38 PM
 
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Actually MARTA just expanded coverage today, running the red line to the airport an extra two hours every day. Unless you're dinging MARTA for not actually building new construction in the past year, which seems foolish considering there's no one handing them a bag of unmarked bills to accomplish such a feat. I say anyone who thinks MARTA hasn't improved either doesn't ride it or doesn't ride it every day.

As a relative newcomer to Atlanta I'm really impressed with the level of activity in the city; as a matter of fact it's one of the reasons I chose it as my home. The usual characters around here will never be satisfied and I suppose that's a good thing in some ways, but as someone who considered every other major southern city before choosing Atlanta I can see how much better the city is doing than many of its peers.
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Old 12-14-2013, 08:57 PM
 
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Actually MARTA just expanded coverage today, running the red line to the airport an extra two hours every day. Unless you're dinging MARTA for not actually building new construction in the past year, which seems foolish considering there's no one handing them a bag of unmarked bills to accomplish such a feat. I say anyone who thinks MARTA hasn't improved either doesn't ride it or doesn't ride it every day.

As a relative newcomer to Atlanta I'm really impressed with the level of activity in the city; as a matter of fact it's one of the reasons I chose it as my home. The usual characters around here will never be satisfied and I suppose that's a good thing in some ways, but as someone who considered every other major southern city before choosing Atlanta I can see how much better the city is doing than many of its peers.
For those of us who rely on MARTA to get to work every day and have to taxis AFTER already having taken two buses and two trains to make to your job, MARTA going to the airport an extra two hours every day doesn't mean squat. When you can get to your destination on foot faster than taking MARTA it's pretty safe to say MARTA is lousy.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:18 PM
 
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For those of us who rely on MARTA to get to work every day and have to taxis AFTER already having taken two buses and two trains to make to your job, MARTA going to the airport an extra two hours every day doesn't mean squat. When you can get to your destination on foot faster than taking MARTA it's pretty safe to say MARTA is lousy.
Where do you live and where do you work? Do you have to go outside of dekalb or fulton? Is there a way you can change where you live or request a transfer at work? Marta cant be everything for everybody. You have to put in some work to make it work for you also. Maybe your current commute wouldn't be a popular route. It very well may be but im just saying. Give Marta some credit. Its the only transit system in America without State funding besides a few handouts for bus upgrades here and there
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:13 AM
 
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Where do you live and where do you work? Do you have to go outside of dekalb or fulton? Is there a way you can change where you live or request a transfer at work? Marta cant be everything for everybody. You have to put in some work to make it work for you also. Maybe your current commute wouldn't be a popular route. It very well may be but im just saying. Give Marta some credit. Its the only transit system in America without State funding besides a few handouts for bus upgrades here and there
It's not as simple as changing jobs or where I live. I used MARTA for five years when I first moved to GA and I lived in DeKalb County and it was still hard getting around on it. It's just not an expansive system.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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It's not as simple as changing jobs or where I live. I used MARTA for five years when I first moved to GA and I lived in DeKalb County and it was still hard getting around on it. It's just not an expansive system.
Agreed but hey we are finally moving forward, getting more service times and faster frequencies. Parker is doing well and has a lot more progress to implement, its only his first year. Some states dont have a heavy rail line especially states our size or population.
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