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Author Elizabeth Florio


Six lessons Atlanta can learn from New York’s bikeshare woes

The benefit of being a late adopter is learning from others’ mistakes

Last month the Wall Street Journal reported that Citi Bike, New York City’s fledgling bikeshare program, faced a mounting debt in the tens of millions with no clear lifeline. The news was disconcerting to Atlanta biking advocates. Atlanta is slated to launch its own bikeshare program in 2015, and like New York’s, it will be entirely self-funded. Most other cities partially subsidize their bike rental programs with local or federal dollars. Read More

5 reasons all Atlantans should cheer for Mercer

It's time to rally behind the dancing, Duke-beating Macon sensation

On Friday, the boys from a little-known liberal arts college in Macon pulled off an upset of historically the most feared and revered team in college basketball. Here’s why all Atlantans should get behind the Bears before they take on Tennessee Sunday evening. Read More

Modal Citizen: Amanda Rhein, MARTA’s transit-oriented development maven

Chatting with a champion of transit, mobility, connectivity, and good urbanism

If you’ve paid attention to news out of MARTA the past several weeks, you’ve no doubt heard the phrase “transit-oriented development.” That’s urban-planner speak for the development of land surrounding transit stations. Lindbergh City Center, with its mix of residences and retail, is a prime example. MARTA has lately secured developers for massive mixed-use projects at the [King Memorial][1] and [Avondale][2] stations and solicited proposals for [Edgewood/Candler Park][3]. Seven other stations have made the [working short list][4] for similar projects. Read More

Delta debuts 80s-tastic safety video

Our hometown airline has outdone itself

The airline's newest in-flight safety video, while lacking the subtlety of the original, is its funniest yet, with nods to Atari, Alf, the high-top fade, and other icons of the 80s. Read More

"State of MARTA": Back in black, brighter than ever

Keith Parker in the spotlight at year-end breakfast

Among other changes, MARTA CEO Keith Parker has instituted casual Fridays at the agency’s Lindbergh Center headquarters. But staffers suited up this morning to entertain local politicians and civic leaders at a “State of MARTA” breakfast. State Rep. Mike Jacobs, Atlanta City Council president Ceasar Mitchell, the mayors of Chamblee and Dunwoody, and others sipped coffee out of fine china as Parker recapped his first twelve months via Powerpoint. Read More