Our Place in the Universe: Dead last in per-capita state tax revenue

As my fellow blogger Andisheh Nouraee pointed out yesterday, Tea Party types will never come around to the proposed transportation sales tax (to say nothing of "taxis, taxidermy, and tacks"). But really, they should lighten up a bit.

Transportation referendum: Is the AJC being a downer?

On Sunday, the AJC provided an in-depth look at how the proposed transportation sales tax will affect commute times. This being the Twitter age, it's safe to assume many readers delved only as far as the article's downer of a lede:
Bird electric scooters

Bird Invasion: Atlanta’s electric scooters are fun, dangerous, exciting, annoying, and unstoppable

In early May, without much of a heads up to Atlanta City Hall, Bird, founded by a former Lyft and Uber executive, dropped off 200 of its electric scooters in the city. The electric vehicles—which include Lime, Spin, Ofo, Muving, and Relay—have since become fun, dangerous, exciting, annoying, revolutionary, and polarizing. What can Atlanta do?

Why are pedestrian and bicyclist deaths increasing in metro Atlanta?

Across the country, deaths of pedestrians are nearing historic highs, and Georgia and metro Atlanta are no different. According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, the number of collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists in the 20-county metro region has risen sharply, from nearly 1,700 in 2006 to more than 2,500 in 2015—a 53 percent increase.
E-scooters Atlanta nighttime ban

Commentary: Atlanta’s nighttime e-scooter ban has a major blind spot

For women like me who relied on e-scooters to help make the last mile of our journey a little safer, Atlanta's new nighttime ban only makes things worse.
Atlanta protected bike lane West Peachtree protest

A “human-protected” bike lane on West Peachtree proved protesters’ point

In Atlanta, a decades-old obsession with designing streets to benefit automobiles has left cyclists, pedestrians, and the rest with limited options to traverse town safely. 
2020 Atlanta 500 Government Infrastructure MARTA

2020 Atlanta 500: Government & Infrastructure

These are Atlanta's 500 most powerful leaders. We spent months consulting experts and sorting through nominations to get a list of the city's most influential people—from artists to chefs to philanthropists to sports coaches and corporate CEOs. In this section, we focus on civic leaders, government and politics, transportation, and utilities.
Atlanta Department of transportation

Atlanta’s potholes are out of control. Could a new city department of transportation finally fix them?

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is announcing this morning that the city, for the first time in its history, could create a Department of Transportation that would act as a “one-stop shop” to combine the construction duties of three different city departments.
Driverless Cars

Driverless cars are coming to Atlanta. Are we ready?

The civic transformation ushered in by driverless cars could revolutionize the way Atlanta’s buildings and roads are designed, as well as upend how people move around a car-centric metro region. Eventually it might even do away with car ownership altogether.
MARTA

Commentary: Only transit investment—not tech hype—can solve Gwinnett’s transportation woes

"In communities like Gwinnett’s around the nation, we’ve also seen Uber, automated vehicles, hyperloop, and even flying cars offered as reasons not to commit to long-term transit planning. These expectations are wildly inflated." An automated vehicle specialist defends the need for conventional rail and bus service.

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