1. Orlando, FL
2. Las Vegas, NV
3. Wilmington, DE
4. Raleigh, NC
5. Charlotte, NC
6. Minneapolis, MN
7. Atlanta, GA
8. Tampa, FL
9. Anchorage, AK
10. Austin, TX
Posts tagged atlanta
At Emory University, Adderall and cocaine usage is quite out in the open (with transactions happening in the Woodruff library and students crushing up and ‘blowing addy’ at computer labs and even in classrooms). A student need only ask around at Woodruff Library for at most a quarter of an hour in order to find these drugs.
Joe Diaz offers tips on how to have a good time in Atlanta.
Also, people use cocaine to study? Why? If you have access to cocaine you probably also have access to way cheaper amphetamines, so what the hell?
Atlanta and Barlecona: how sprawl makes transportation more difficult
There are few words in the realm of urbanism that stir up emotions like “density.” Injecting that word it into any conversation about cities is a sure way to bring out the anger in many people. The concept of increased density as a good thing — in many of us, it brings to mind some kind of totalitarian, oppressive state where people are “herded” or “forced” into high rises.
But if you want to talk about making transportation more efficient and preserving the environment in a constantly-expanding world population, you’re going to have to bring up the “D” word at some point.
This article from the World Bank blog explores the differences in density between Atlanta (apparently the international poster child for sprawl) and Barcelona and how the latter’s higher density makes transportation infrastructure more efficient.
The respective densities of Atlanta and Barcelona greatly affect the cities’ ability to serve their citizens. For example, in order for Atlanta to accommodate as many people as Barcelona’s public transit system, Atlanta would need to build an additional 3,400 kilometers of track and about 2,800 new metro stations. Atlanta could then support 30% of trips through mass transit which Barcelona accomplishes with only 99 kilometers of tracks and 136 stations (World Development Report 2009, 211).
The point: if Atlanta’s population wasn’t configured in such a sprawled-out pattern, transportation infrastructure would be less expensive and more efficient. Not that Atlanta could or should be like an old European city. Atlanta can have its own identity like no other city while still be less sprawly and less based around a car-dependent model.
And by the way, here’s what oppressive density looks like in Barcelona (those poor bastards):
Barcelona image by Flickr user Rodolfoto
Sad Atlanta needs some good news
Seriously, y’all. I need to just stop reading the news for a while. It feels like Atlanta and its environs have gotten pummeled in the last few months. Here are a few economic tidbits from recent articles that have got me sadder than Keanu:
1.) Our state is filled with people living paycheck-to-paycheck, more so than any other:
[A} study…ranked Georgia dead last in terms of the financial security of its residents, based on factors such as their high debt load, lack of savings and assets, and the prevalence of personal bankruptcies.
from Georgia is dead last in financial security, AJC, 2/10/2012
2.) Metro Atlanta is a national leader in economic laggard-ness (laggardry?)
A sprawling Southern metropolis, Atlanta has become one of the biggest laggards in the economic recovery.
from In Atlanta, Housing Woes Reflect Nation’s Pain, New York Times, 2/12/2012
3.) The City of Atlanta has the highest income inequality of any in the US. Y’all, we even beat out New Orleans:
The city of Atlanta had the highest income inequality rate in the country from 2005 to 2009, just ahead of New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and Miami, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.
from Atlanta had greatest income inequality in U.S., Census show; metro far better, AJC, 10/27/2011
But then I may just be in the dumps this week because of the national press over our gay-bashing neighborhood gangs and because my family’s CVS of choice just got robbed of its cigarettes and hair extensions.
So — anyone got some good economic news for Atlanta? Something to cheer us all up a bit?
According to the police report, when the officer stopped and asked him why he was running in the middle of the road, the man yelled, “Don’t worry about what the fuck I do. I can run down the middle of the motherfucking street, you ignorant bitch. Ain’t no goddamn law against running in the street, you dumb ignorant ass motherfucker. I’m going to get some motherfucking bottles so I can break them and then I’m going back to where I came from, motherfucker.