Nikolai Lutohin. Illustrations for Galaksija Magazine. 1970s.
when the streets is watching too much
The growth of bike share programs is gaining momentum in the US. But this growth is absolutely dwarfed by the explosion of bike share programs in China over the last couple of years. The country now has more than 400,000 bike share bikes in operation across dozens of cities with programs, with the vast majority installed since 2012. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 822,00 bikes in operation around the world — so China has more bikes than all other countries combined. The individual country with the next-highest number of bikes, France, has just 45,000.
MARTA’s bunker-busting plans for developing air rights over rail stations
The top image above is of MARTA’s current bunker-like Midtown Station. Atlanta has a few stations like this, where the area above the underground platforms is occupied by a layer of concrete walls and little else. They’re not the most attractive things, and they certainly aren’t the most efficient way to use land above a rail stop that was built for high-capacity service.
That bottom image shows a brighter future that could be in store for four bunker stations — Creative Loafing has the story:
Some MARTA rail stations in the middle of Atlanta’s most dense areas might finally see developments built on top of them. Transit officials today officially announced that MARTA was gauging interest in developing above the Arts Center, Lenox, Midtown, and North Avenue stations
I can’t help but think of Thomas Wheatley’s call for a city design director given all the recent proposals for TODs at MARTA stations — we do need to make sure we champion excellence in the built environment and best practices for livability in the face of all this new construction that could be coming our way.
But in the meantime, I’m super excited about the possibilities of seeing greater density around Atlanta’s rail stations. Consider: this city was built on freight rail and has significant history of passenger rail and streetcars as well. Building the city up around rail lines is part of our heritage. After a decades-long break with development being centered around cars, even intown, it’s nice to see history repeating itself in a good way.
The Democratic-controlled county government that’s home to Atlanta is fighting Republican legislators determined to make it the only county in Georgia unable to raise its own taxes.
"In a move being watched by credit analysts, six Republican lawmakers from affluent areas sued, saying the increase violates a law passed last year that forbids Fulton County — and only Fulton County — from raising taxes.”
THIS IS THE TYPE OF RACIST, CLASSIST BULLSHIT WE’RE UP AGAINST AROUND HERE ON A REGULAR BASIS, FOLKS. God forbid all those wealthy fucks in North Fulton on their goddamn sprawling equestrian estates spend an extra 1% to help fund shit that poor people on the southside use more often, like libraries and Grady.
And this attitude is so goddamn blatant and accepted by everyone, that the fucking House Speaker Pro Tem (a Republican from North Fulton, obvs) will straight-up say shit like, “My goal is to end Fulton County,” on record, TO THE MEDIA.
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Images & Full Size at 2014 Isometric Risograph Calender by J.P.King