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Old 09-16-2015, 07:51 PM
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Dunwoody is proposing a $20 million connector along the Atlanta Perimeter where State Farm Insurance Co. is building its 8,000-employee regional hub and where millions more square feet of office, retail and hotel development could be in the offing.
Dunwoody officials believe the proposed Westside Connector, which would come off I-285 and run beneath Ashford-Dunwoody Road, would set the stage for a true heart of the central Perimeter, a rapidly developing collection of cities including Sandy Springs.
http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/r...0-million.html
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Old 09-17-2015, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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First, $20M for this road is way underestimated. They are depending on the Feds for large amounts of funds.
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Over time, the project may also transform the urban center of Dunwoody into something closer to the look of Buckhead or Midtown.
, had me laughing. How can they compare an edge city to Midtown? Midtown is not a sprawl of office parks. Dunwoody is trying to change the sprawl of office parks, but it is still dominated by car-centric development, surrounded by parking. Making pedestrian travel dangerous.
The Goldkist building is off the road and building this road would create a grid of roads that will lead to this property getting redeveloped.
If this road is built as a complete street, with sidewalks and bike lanes, it could be a positive for the area and lead to that corner becoming more urban. Until they slow the speed limits down, start orienting development towards the sidewalk and away for surface parking, PC will still be dangerous of peds/cyclist.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:45 AM
 
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Connecting the street grid is a good thing for the metro. Glad to see them also interested in walking, biking, and transit as part of this project too.

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The proposed Connector is also an important pedestrian link to the MARTA station, which city officials describe as the epicenter of growth for the entire central Perimeter. The Connector could feature about a quarter-mile link for people walking or biking to work or the transit station.

“We want to make this as pedestrian and bike-friendly as we can,” Davis said.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:57 AM
 
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Why dont they just build a monorail (above ground too) to loop around the perimeter area, which also connects to marta? I kill myself with these brilliant ideas....
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:12 AM
 
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Why dont they just build a monorail (above ground too) to loop around the perimeter area, which also connects to marta? I kill myself with these brilliant ideas....
Good job Phil Hartman.
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:27 AM
 
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Why dont they just build a monorail (above ground too) to loop around the perimeter area, which also connects to marta? I kill myself with these brilliant ideas....
More connection to MARTA is great, but the vast majority of people are not going to destinations served by MARTA.
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:34 AM
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First, $20M for this road is way underestimated. They are depending on the Feds for large amounts of funds.
Second, this statement , had me laughing. How can they compare an edge city to Midtown? Midtown is not a sprawl of office parks. Dunwoody is trying to change the sprawl of office parks, but it is still dominated by car-centric development, surrounded by parking. Making pedestrian travel dangerous.
The Goldkist building is off the road and building this road would create a grid of roads that will lead to this property getting redeveloped.
If this road is built as a complete street, with sidewalks and bike lanes, it could be a positive for the area and lead to that corner becoming more urban. Until they slow the speed limits down, start orienting development towards the sidewalk and away for surface parking, PC will still be dangerous of peds/cyclist.
I do wonder about the $20 million. An underpass is going to be $10-$20 million by itself. The AJC article does say a property owner will donate about $15 million of ROW (which would make the estimate about $35 million).
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:06 AM
 
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More connection to MARTA is great, but the vast majority of people are not going to destinations served by MARTA.
Not only would it be a connection to marta, but it would also be a connection to the entire perimeter area... with stops at key locations so business men alike can quickly bounce around to different stops, quickly and efficiently... Think of it as an above ground street car loop....
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:49 AM
 
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While that's fun and worked wonders for Springfield, it won't help people get to their destination in the evening.
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Old 09-18-2015, 04:30 AM
 
Location: atlanta
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Not only would it be a connection to marta, but it would also be a connection to the entire perimeter area... with stops at key locations so business men alike can quickly bounce around to different stops, quickly and efficiently... Think of it as an above ground street car loop....
how likely are MARTA to build anything of that magnitude in a suburb of all places when they can't even get the funding to run the existing train from dunwoody to the airport past 9 PM?

i agree with you. the transit coverage around that area could be so much better. but unless the state's position on MARTA changes anytime soon, we might as well be proposing a train that goes to the moon.
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