The view this evening from the rooftop deck of Six Feet Under in Midtown Atlanta.

The view this evening from the rooftop deck of Six Feet Under in Midtown Atlanta.

"Prior to World War II, every city in America was built for easy walking and biking. In fact, the idea of living in a walkable place is nothing radical. What was radical was the program we undertook to build an entirely new type of human life…Americans have grown up fully immersed in the car culture, not knowing alternatives — and that’s a problem."

Finding Freedom in the Walkable Neighborhood | This Big City, 7/7/2014

The moon peeking from between two buildings, Downtown Atlanta

The moon peeking from between two buildings, Downtown Atlanta

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Walking Atlanta

What do two Downtown Atlanta parents do on a Saturday while their kid is away? A 6.5 mile walking & drinking tour of the city, of course! Here are photos from our trip, along with a map. (We ran out of steam in Grant Park and took MARTA home.)

Tips for a long summer walking tour of Atlanta:

  • Find the shady side of the street. The summer sunlight is nice in small doses only.
  • Know where the nearest cold beverage is. I recommend Lotta Frutta smoothies, the water fountains at the Carter Center, Hennepin Saison at Folk Art and the house brewed beer at Wrecking Bar
  • Know when to give in and take MARTA. Those trains & buses are air conditioned.
  • Don’t walk on Memorial Drive. No shade, crappy sidewalks.

Happy walking, Atlanta!

"I see us entering an era where distinctions between city and suburb will disappear. Suburbs will begin to look like cities physically, while cities will begin to look like suburbs demographically. Suburbs that stand to benefit in the upcoming era will be ones that urbanize, and attract a group that effectively repudiates the lifestyle of previous generations."

It’s Getting Harder And Harder To Tell Cities And Suburbs Apart | Business Insider, 7/7/2014

Atlanta

Atlanta

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Secret formula for a boost in cycling: infrastructure + a crappy drive
After reading this post about a sudden cycling surge in Copenhagen, I think Atlanta has a great chance at getting a boost in cycling activity. Why? Because it turns out that the formula for getting that boost = great cycling infrastructure + being a really crappy place to drive. 
We’ve already got one of those down pat! Now we just need to add the cycling infrastructure. Seriously, if we had an extensive network of protected bike lanes in Atlanta, it’s a cinch that masses of intowners would gladly get out of the car traffic and start pedaling. 
AND SPEAK OF THE DEVIL…
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition points out on their website that we actually have a good opportunity in Atlanta right now to help “add up to 100 miles of comfortable and connected bikeways in Atlanta.” All we need is to get the city to devote 15% of a proposed $250 million infrastructure bond toward the construction of new bike lanes. 
ABC asks that you attend one of the following meetings on the bond to let your voice be heard:
July 8 from 6-8 pm: Atlanta City Hall Auditorium (Old Council Chambers) 68 Mitchell Street 
July 15 from 6-8 pm: Charles R Drew Charter School in East Lake/Kirkwood
July 16 from 6-8 pm: 1705 Commerce Drive Atlanta, GA 30314
Read more about it on the ABC website.
Photo of Atlanta cyclist from Tumbr user naoyawada

Secret formula for a boost in cycling: infrastructure + a crappy drive

After reading this post about a sudden cycling surge in Copenhagen, I think Atlanta has a great chance at getting a boost in cycling activity. Why? Because it turns out that the formula for getting that boost = great cycling infrastructure + being a really crappy place to drive. 

We’ve already got one of those down pat! Now we just need to add the cycling infrastructure. Seriously, if we had an extensive network of protected bike lanes in Atlanta, it’s a cinch that masses of intowners would gladly get out of the car traffic and start pedaling. 

AND SPEAK OF THE DEVIL…

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition points out on their website that we actually have a good opportunity in Atlanta right now to help “add up to 100 miles of comfortable and connected bikeways in Atlanta.” All we need is to get the city to devote 15% of a proposed $250 million infrastructure bond toward the construction of new bike lanes. 

ABC asks that you attend one of the following meetings on the bond to let your voice be heard:

  • July 8 from 6-8 pm: Atlanta City Hall Auditorium (Old Council Chambers) 68 Mitchell Street 
  • July 15 from 6-8 pm: Charles R Drew Charter School in East Lake/Kirkwood
  • July 16 from 6-8 pm: 1705 Commerce Drive Atlanta, GA 30314

Read more about it on the ABC website.

Photo of Atlanta cyclist from Tumbr user naoyawada