And Macon's getting a downtown grocery store.. maybe Athens could learn something.posted @ Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 20:44
@yeti: Things are actually improving a lot in the downtown area. Not that you would check it out ever again, but I just thought I'd let you know that your opinion is outdated.posted @ Friday, July 5, 2013 - 19:15
@KarenW: pssst... I don't think a single car has been towed from that lot in the past three years. It's just about impossible for anyone to tell where anyone who parks in that lot is going.posted @ Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 13:16
@Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass: Okay, according to the code the Greenway Commission is authorized to make bylaws, and I suppose a quorum would only be required for their binding decisions, which could have been to send two members to meet with Selig.
I personally think that it would have been more appropriate for Selig to send two people to meet with the Commission and not the other way around, since Selig is the one with the money in the game, and would be a more public than private meeting.
The comments last night were rarely from an individual representing a group (Bike Athens comes to mind) and mostly individuals speaking as individuals, hence the divide in messages within PFABA. While they may have friends who agree with their point of view, the only collectivist message was in response to Mike Morris' question -- Who are you going to listen to? And I think it's a great question.. who would you listen to: the people who are being paid to be there and deliver a message (Selig folks) or the people who are there as concerned citizens speaking for themselves and the culture and landscape that they personally feel is at stake.
As always, thanks for the discussion.posted @ Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 22:18
@Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass: I meant as a matter of policy -- I'm not familiar with the legal language surrounding the committees, but is there nothing about needing a certain percentage of committee members for it to actually be representative of the committee?
Being well-versed was never in question.. and the citizens who spoke up last night weren't voted in or appointed, they served their role perfectly well. I don't see how either the commission or public input relates to my question.posted @ Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 16:52
@Andy Herod: Commissioner Herod, can two people really represent the entire voice of two separate committees in one meeting? Is that how our committees function? I'm genuinely curious if this an acceptable approach to how committees interact with developers. Were they actually representing the committees, or were they just two individuals who happen to be on those committees?posted @ Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 14:34
@scarborj: If you don't like how the country is run, then maybe YOU should get out. I hear the Middle East puts religion first, just like you.posted @ Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 17:36
@Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass: Athens has no outdoor music venues, which is rare for a city that prides itself on its music culture. and I was under the impression that the park closed at dusk, but I called Leisure Services, and you are right it is open 24 hours. by the way, I am just telling you what the plan is, these are not my suggestions, so no need to be antagonistic. the 1,000,000 allocated for the Dudley Park Amphitheatre with not provide a space large enough to hold large-scale music events.posted @ Friday, June 21, 2013 - 08:06
@THX1138: Some people do, in fact, choose to be gay. No need to box everyone into categories. Sexuality is a fluid concept and can change over time. Like Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City. By saying that it isn't a choice, you make it seem like having a choice is still out of the question. You can be born gay, you can be born straight, or you could change your mind at any time -- this should be a basic human right.posted @ Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 15:14
@Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass: This amphitheater idea would be accessible in the evenings, unlike the one in Dudley Park, and also wouldn't require the trek from downtown. It could also be managed by the Classic Center as it's proposed location is on the eastern side of the CSX rail line across from the Classic Center. It would have a much larger capacity that the Dudley Park one. Where the Dudley Park amphitheater will be a nice, small gathering place for groups, this one would be about the size of the Chastain Park amphitheater and would be suitable for large-scale concerts, potentially attracting some big acts to the city.posted @ Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 13:40
@west-civ: You're mistaking the "simple, frequent, and free" comment as if it refers to the light-rail concept... it refers to a downtown circulator --> "When it came to the circulator, which sketches show looping around the core". These are two different concepts. And I think it's safe to assume the former DOT director for the State of Oklahoma (i.e. Jack Crowley) knows what he's talking about when it comes to transportation. Good luck finding your unicorn!posted @ Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 13:34
@loveUSA: Respect doesn't come standard in this country, but disrespect apparently does. Romans 13:1-7 give Christians (not assuming you or the Marine are Christians) a pretty clear direction when it comes to those in authority.
I gave respect when President Bush was in office; and felt sad that Democrats would play such petty word games, but Republicans sure haven't taken any sort of moral high-ground.
Whether anyone likes it or not, Obama is president for a few more years, and rather than spew hatred toward him on the Internet or your bumper, everyone's time would be better suited being active in your local community, where the impact of the federal government is just background noise. It's not like Obama will ever see this bumper sticker, it's just meant to antagonize fellow community members.posted @ Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 11:19
Saw a truck at Square One with a bumper sticker that read "MORON" with Obama O's... right next to his NRA sticker and US Marine Corps sticker. Such respect for his Commander in Chief. Actually, I thought having "Moron" on his car was quite appropriate.posted @ Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 02:34
Jeep should just give up with electronics. My 1995 Cherokee drives like a champ, but just about every electronic component is a piece of junk.posted @ Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 15:21
Yeah... the fact that we have four limbs, a backbone, lungs, a stomach, sex organs, milk production, sickness, death, fear, hunger, thirst... I could go on and on. I really don't see how people think they aren't animals. It doesn't take a scientist to know that we are not much different than any other species. I mean honestly, other than a highly developed cerebral cortex.. is there anything about being human that can't be found in another creature?posted @ Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 00:22
@Rock Kickass: It means a non-teaching position.posted @ Friday, May 3, 2013 - 23:10
@nationalchamp1988: Funny, but inaccurate. Buildings are being built, but not torn down. Green space exists (Dudley Park, Lay Park, the Greenway) and the master plan connects those to the downtown core rather than trying to fit a large green space. The one proposal for a green space downtown is behind City Hall -- removing the existing parking lot, moving parking to the outside of the block (a net gain of 11 parking space), and putting a family-friendly park in the resultant open space.
Check out this summary of the meeting with a graphic of the plan I just describedposted @ Friday, April 26, 2013 - 10:54
@Curls: In the meeting last night it was oultined how money would be acquired:
1. Land leasing of current city/county owned property
2. A TAD (Tax Allocation District) which you can find in The Flagpole - http://www.flagpole.com/news/city-dope/2013/04/17/paying-for-the-downtow...
3. SPLOST - We are in the midst of one, and there will be two more SPLOST periods before 2030, the year that the master plan is envisioning the downtown.
http://downtownathensmasterplan.wordpress.com/ <--- if you would like to express your feedback to the planning team, you will be heard.posted @ Friday, April 26, 2013 - 10:46
@E.J.: Nicotine gum is expensive. Addiction isn't about rebellion. And please source your response to me.posted @ Monday, April 1, 2013 - 14:25
Stop selling cigarettes at convenient stores, and a lot of people will smoke less. It's about breaking the habit, and for me the habit is going to the GP and getting a pack of cigs. Sure I could drive over to the smoke store if they did this, but less options couldn't hurt. Also, are gas station profit margins at risk if alcohol and cigarettes were prohibited to be sold in them?posted @ Monday, April 1, 2013 - 13:40
There's really not much avant-garde about Athens. We do have culture, and we appreciate art, but I'd like to hear in what ways our "avant-garde way of life" is verifiable, especially when compared to other cities.posted @ Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 01:09
This would be a great addition to the Macon downtown. I heard last year that at present there is in excess of 1,000,000 sq. ft of usable, vacant space in the downtown alone! This microbrewery won't put too much of a dent in that, but hopefully it will help to bring that vacant space figure down.posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 12:34
@mateo: Don't let a few bad eggs ruin a huge demographic group for you. (maybe a gross assumption -- it's hard to decipher intent over the internet)posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 12:28
It is very annoying. No one wants your dumb, unleashed dog (or leashed) dog jumping on them while they're running by.
I frequent the trails, and am sick of dog owners thinking rules don't apply to them.
Not to mention the crap left on the trail b/c the dog owner is out for a jog and can't be bothered to bag it up and bring it to the trashcans are sweep it to the side of the trail.
There's a reason dogs aren't allowed there, and it's because your typical dog owner who visits the trails is not responsible enough.posted @ Friday, February 22, 2013 - 12:41
I really appreciate the concept. Sounds like a nice meal for a little less than The National, Branded Butcher or 5&10. And I prefer a smaller menu b/c I know that there is more attention given to the specific dishes.posted @ Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 22:11
Summary: I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. read more
As you might imagine, the vast majority of the editorial cartoons available these days for publication through the syndicate which supplies cartoons to the Athens Banner-Herald/OnlineAthens are addressing the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer has touched off a number of demonstrations -- some peaceful, but many not at all peaceful, with tear gas fired by police officers and gunshots fired by some protester. read more