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Why Georgia is going to hell #1

jordanb

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This was posted on skyscrapercity.com without attribution, so I googled for it: http://www.civic-strategies.com/resources/metros/atlanta.htm

"Auto Recovery Zones"

What are sidewalks for? If you think they are for pedestrians to walk safely, then welcome to Atlanta, where the state Department of Transportation considers them to be "auto recovery zones." As the DOT sees it, the sidewalk is a buffer, so if a driver veers off the road while talking on his cell phone, he has a chance to yank the car back on the road. This startling piece of information came out when a developer tried to get the DOT's permission to plant trees between his development's sidewalks and the street, to give the walkways a shaded appearance. Absolutely not, the DOT said. If a car hit a tree, one official said, it would surely hurt the car. But if a car roars up on a sidewalk, there's a chance it won't hit any pedestrians. "It's kind of like asking the question, which is the lesser of two evils? We want to protect the pedestrian, but we want to protect the drivers as well," the official said. Pedestrian advocates are amazed. "(The DOT) would rather have a pedestrian killed by a car than have a car fender dented," said one.

Footnote: Atlanta is routinely ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the country for pedestrians. In 2001, 64 pedestrians were killed there. Some of them, apparently, were walking on auto recovery zones.
 

Dan

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Georgia went on my "going to Hell" list years ago. Rare is the stretch of Interstate highway in Georgia that doesn't have 100' tall double-decker billboards spaced every 500'. As written in the previous link ...

So listen up all you out there with great affection for your Southern heritage and traditions. Why do we let the Yankees show us up? Their roadsides are much cleaner than ours, and they don't permit offensive billboards to disrupt and dominate the landscape. ... it looks like unregulated billboards are a Southern tradition.

Makes me appreciate states with tough billboard regulations, like New York, Ohio, Illinois, Vermont, Alaska, Maine, Colorado, Kentucky, Hawaii and Maryland.
 

BKM

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At least southern billboards (when I lived there at least) don't only advertise Reno casinos and Indian Gaming "Rancherias".

Or, hes the rot of casino culture spread to Georgia, too?
 

Zoning Goddess

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Dan said:


So listen up all you out there with great affection for your Southern heritage and traditions. Why do we let the Yankees show us up? Their roadsides are much cleaner than ours, and they don't permit offensive billboards to disrupt and dominate the landscape. ... it looks like unregulated billboards are a Southern tradition.

Makes me appreciate states with tough billboard regulations, like New York, Ohio, Illinois, Vermont, Alaska, Maine, Colorado, Kentucky, Hawaii and Maryland.
I may be sick, sick, sick, but I like billboards. I get a lot of info when I'm travelling from billboards. And really, who sees them, except travellers on the highways? Kids like to read them. Billboards are actually regulated by the DOT's in the various states, with separation requirements, etc.

Of course, I am going to grouse about any insinuation that Yankees do anything better than us. I have driven through many northern cities, and they are butt-ugly from the highways, so no, their roadsides are no cleaner. And... ick... they have THOSE ACCENTS! 8-!
 

jordanb

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Zoning Goddess said:
I have driven through many northern cities, and they are butt-ugly from the highways, so no, their roadsides are no cleaner. And... ick... they have THOSE ACCENTS! 8-!
The bits around the highways are butt-ugly because the highways are there.
 
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