rebeccaburns:

My new MARTA stop, King Memorial, has the most annoying access and stairwells, but the best view. (Taken with instagram)

rebeccaburns:

My new MARTA stop, King Memorial, has the most annoying access and stairwells, but the best view. (Taken with instagram)

from rebeccaburns
4-year-old hit by drunk driver. Drunk driver serves six months. Mother charged and faces THREE years.

radicallyhottoff:

sheelzebub:

[Raquel]Nelson, 30 and African-American, was convicted on the charge this week by six jurors who were not her peers: All were middle-class whites, and none had ever taken a bus in metro Atlanta. In other words, none had ever been in Nelson’s shoes:

They had never taken two buses to go grocery shopping at Wal-Mart with three kids in tow. They had never missed a transfer on the way home that caused them to wait a full hour-and-a-half with tired and hungry kids for the next bus. They had never been let off at a bus stop on a five-lane speedway, with their apartment in sight across the road, and been asked to drag those three little ones an additional half-mile-plus down the road to the nearest traffic signal and back in order to get home at last.

And they had never lost control of an over-eager four-year-old as they waited on a three-foot median for a car to pass. Nor had they watched helplessly as a driver who had had “three or four” beers and two painkillers barreled toward their child.

That’s right: Because Nelson did not lug her exhausted little ones three-tenths of a mile from the bus stop to a traffic signal in order to cross five lanes of traffic, she is guilty of vehicular homicide. Because she did as her fellow bus riders, who crossed at the same time and place, and because she did what pedestrians will do every time – take the shortest reasonable path – she is guilty of vehicular homicide.

Blog post here.

The drunk driver has a history of hit and runs.  He served six months in jail.  Nelson faces three years in jail.  Justice?

There is a petition to support her.  Please sign it.

this is what I’m talking about when I say that mothers get harsher sentences than the person who actually killed the child does. 

this is fucking horrific, all of it - and while this is the first time i’ve heard of a mother being legally punished for someone else’s deadly drunk driving, i know it’s not the first time a child has died in the past couple of years because cobb county/atlanta-area city planners couldn’t be bothered to put a crossing walk near a place where a lot of poor and transit-dependent people are known to live and work

from caprinocultura
atlanta progressive news: “Beltline Inc. Attempts to Deceive City Council about BAHAB’s Original Recommendations”

beltline inc attempts to deceive city council" by matthew cardinale

APN) ATLANTA — Beltline Inc. attempted to deceive the Community Development and Human Resources Committee of the City Council of Atlanta in a series of responses to questions posed by Atlanta Progressive News regarding the Beltline Affordable Housing Trust Fund (BAHTF).

The Beltline answered a series of questions presented in writing by APN on Monday, February 14, 2011. In fact, APN has been attempting to get the Beltline to explain to the CD/HR Cmte since June 2010 why it opposed supporting affordable housing for the neediest families in Atlanta. […]

The Beltline also revealed that an affordable housing project which had received a commitment of BAHTF dollars, Phoenix House, had also fallen through, in its answers to APN’s questions.

"Although the Trust Fund committed funding to this project, the remaining subsidies from other sources fell through and at the moment the project is no longer active," the Beltline wrote in its answer to APN’s question number five.

This is significant because in its November 2010 presentation at CD/HR, the Beltline had told the Cmte that 69 units of affordable housing were to be produced at Phoenix House, making up the vast majority of affordable housing to have been funded through the BAHTF. And these units were supposed to be targeted to families transitioning out of homelessness, whose incomes were at or below 30 percent of [the Area Medium Income].

This means that—excluding the City Hall East redevelopment—the Beltline has only funded two units of affordable housing to date. […]

more here

worth reading - so much for the beltline’s claims of supporting ‘mixed-income housing’ in moral-political exchange for gentrifying / physically destroying non-white and working-class areas of the city …

Food Deserts in the U.S. » Sociological Images
been having a lot of thoughts about this thread started by elfstaranymore
one of them is: routine grocery shopping for folks who don’t have a car very, very often sucks real bad
i live in a bigish city with bad and worsening public transit, and for the past couple of years i’ve had partners with cars: the difference in my stress and exhaustion levels around grocery shopping pre-being-able-to-shop-with-a-car-owning-person-on-a-regular-basis-without-particularly-asking and post are enormous
and even pre-boyfriends-with-cars, i had access to a bus and train system that sucked but that was, well, existent; i’m sure it’s a lot worse for folks living with even more sparse or no public transit
eta: i feel like the “without-particularly-asking” part of my pre-post delineation is more important than i see talked about much; mutual aide is great but it can be really straining for both parties when a person has to regularly request rides to the grocery store (or laundromat, courthouse, etc) from friends and family, especially of the ride-needing person doesn’t have a whole lot of time or resources to immediately ‘give back’ to the ride-giving parties
having a boyfriend who assumes that we’ll shop together because we cook together on a daily basis has been really different from having to be, on some level, reliant on the kindness of friends who aren’t domestically tied to me and won’t be benefiting in an immediate way from taking me shopping

Food Deserts in the U.S. » Sociological Images

been having a lot of thoughts about this thread started by elfstaranymore

one of them is: routine grocery shopping for folks who don’t have a car very, very often sucks real bad

i live in a bigish city with bad and worsening public transit, and for the past couple of years i’ve had partners with cars: the difference in my stress and exhaustion levels around grocery shopping pre-being-able-to-shop-with-a-car-owning-person-on-a-regular-basis-without-particularly-asking and post are enormous

and even pre-boyfriends-with-cars, i had access to a bus and train system that sucked but that was, well, existent; i’m sure it’s a lot worse for folks living with even more sparse or no public transit

eta: i feel like the “without-particularly-asking” part of my pre-post delineation is more important than i see talked about much; mutual aide is great but it can be really straining for both parties when a person has to regularly request rides to the grocery store (or laundromat, courthouse, etc) from friends and family, especially of the ride-needing person doesn’t have a whole lot of time or resources to immediately ‘give back’ to the ride-giving parties

having a boyfriend who assumes that we’ll shop together because we cook together on a daily basis has been really different from having to be, on some level, reliant on the kindness of friends who aren’t domestically tied to me and won’t be benefiting in an immediate way from taking me shopping

exumbra:

Estimated time: more than 1337, yet under 9000.

speaking of transit that works …

exumbra:

Estimated time: more than 1337, yet under 9000.

speaking of transit that works

from exumbra-deactivated20110715
transartorialism:

mister-sister:

outingthemusicindustry:

 
Awesomeness!
[NY1.com] - An advertising campaign designed to “thoughtfully increase the visibility of black and Latino gay men” can be seen in 1,000 subway cars and 150 stations starting this month. […]

We’ve switched America’s shiny white middle-to-upper class suburban gay stereotype with real gay minorities. Let’s see if they notice.

saw these all over ny; <3333333333

mostly loved these, though i’m a little uncomfortable with the ‘commitment’ thing there
surely ‘commitment’ doesn’t automatically mean ‘monogamy’ or ‘long-termity’ - and surely those are legitimate relationship styles for the people who want them - but it makes me kind of itchy insofar as it could function to be kind of a nervous reassurance for conservatively-politiced people of a variety of colors and sexualities and geographical tendencies that urban black gays can have ‘good’/’normal’ relationships
and i mean given how many people responded to this photo of some young black men cuddling on atlanta’s subway system, with stupid accusations of them being AIDS-spreading homothugs on the downlow (how dl can you be if you’re snuggling on MARTA?), it’s not irrational to expect that people will flip out over the idea of young men of color loving/fucking/connecting with eachother
but, still, you know
homonormativity

transartorialism:

mister-sister:

outingthemusicindustry:

Awesomeness!

[NY1.com] - An advertising campaign designed to “thoughtfully increase the visibility of black and Latino gay men” can be seen in 1,000 subway cars and 150 stations starting this month. […]

We’ve switched America’s shiny white middle-to-upper class suburban gay stereotype with real gay minorities. Let’s see if they notice.

saw these all over ny; <3333333333

mostly loved these, though i’m a little uncomfortable with the ‘commitment’ thing there

surely ‘commitment’ doesn’t automatically mean ‘monogamy’ or ‘long-termity’ - and surely those are legitimate relationship styles for the people who want them - but it makes me kind of itchy insofar as it could function to be kind of a nervous reassurance for conservatively-politiced people of a variety of colors and sexualities and geographical tendencies that urban black gays can have ‘good’/’normal’ relationships

and i mean given how many people responded to this photo of some young black men cuddling on atlanta’s subway system, with stupid accusations of them being AIDS-spreading homothugs on the downlow (how dl can you be if you’re snuggling on MARTA?), it’s not irrational to expect that people will flip out over the idea of young men of color loving/fucking/connecting with eachother

but, still, you know

homonormativity

from transarterrified
complaining about the one way-streets: hobby of native atlantans and visitors alike

i’ve never driven a car, so while i’ve always known that downtown atlanta is shitty for driving, it took me trying to ride my bike around the hotel district at 7ish yesterday evening to fully grasp the disgruntlement-inducing stupidity of it all

between the ridiculous traffic and the one-way streets, it was faster for me to just pull over and walk my bike on the sidewalk than to actually stay on the road

what are you doing atlanta

folkobject:

“Omnibuses, exceeding a hundred in number, roll incessantly over the paved streets, administering equally to the purposes of business and pleasure…forming an object of such prominent attraction, as to cause New York not inaptly to be termed “The City of Omnibuses”“ —New York Gazette and General Advertiser 1834

folkobject:

“Omnibuses, exceeding a hundred in number, roll incessantly over the paved streets, administering equally to the purposes of business and pleasure…forming an object of such prominent attraction, as to cause New York not inaptly to be termed “The City of Omnibuses”“ —New York Gazette and General Advertiser 1834

from folkobject

chuffedlittlebakedgood:

My bus route has been eliminated, apparently? Weird.

oh, that’s terrible =/ good luck with transit post-bus route

from ch-ch-chuffed