Dreams for Atlanta

Atlanta is a confused, young city working hard to become something. Atlanta is like a kid who wants the promotion, thinks he’s ready but isn’t there yet.

I got to thinking, if I could have a few wishes to make this town truly world class, what would they be? Let’s have fun and see what we can imagine?

The first few are obvious. #1, a good public transit system. Sure MARTA does the best it can with what it has but we can all admit it’s far from world class. So first would be an outstanding public transit system on par with New York, San Francisco and London.

#2 would be for Atlanta to be a must stop for all musicians. So often I’ll look at artist’s tour dates and Atlanta is nowhere to be found. However you’ll always see New York, LA, Chicago, San Francisco or even Miami. I know there are routing and expense issues. I’m dreaming here. So every act I want to see should come through Atlanta!

Right now #3 would be to have a safer city. Crime plagues our city at present. Since January headlines are often filled with sad news of someone being wronged and even worse, murdered. There will always be crime, but it shouldn’t be this bad.

What are some dreams you have for Atlanta? What would make Atlanta world class for you?

3 Comments so far

  1. BOHO Moe (mmoebes) on August 19th, 2009 @ 11:18 am

    -The Beltline project, if completed, would be nice.
    -A sewer system that was overhauled decades ago, before the EPA mandated it, which has brought monthly 3-figure water/sewer bills to everyone I know in the city.
    -No ad valorem tax every year on our birthdays.

  2. james hervey (jeherv) on August 20th, 2009 @ 8:42 am

    transit of course is my big one, but after that it would be the revival of downtown into a vibrant place to live, work, shop and play.

  3. vbowker on August 20th, 2009 @ 10:35 am

    I agree with all three of those. I could care less if it’s “world class” or not.

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