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MARCH 12, 2014 · VOL. 28 · NO. 10 · FREE
Hall of Fame Georgia Music History is Waiting to be Uncrated Here in Athens p. 6
The New Downtown Plan Projects Intown Interconnections all Over p. 9
The Packway Handle Guys Cruise and Chill Most with Kid Rock p. 10
Who’s Running? p. 4 · Accessible Arch? p. 8 · Pool Q’s p. 11 · Film Fests p. 16 · Irish Women p. 19
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Hidden Rivers and Wild Things 12:30pm, Ciné, Free
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LIFE, DEATH AND VACATION: INCREASING CONNECTION TO THE NATURAL WORLD
Shored Up (screens w/Slomo) 6pm Reception, 7:30pm Film, Ciné, $20
Slomo, Dying Green & The Great Vacation Squeeze 5:30pm, Ciné, $7.50
FRI, MARCH 21
DamNation 8pm, Ciné, $7.50
TIME, HAPPINESS & SUSTAINABILITY: SEMINAR, DISCUSSION & FILM WITH JOHN DE GRAAF 11:15am, Odum School of Ecology Auditorium @ UGA, Free
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SHARING DEEPER WATER STORIES: SEMINAR & SHORT FILM SHOWCASE 3:15pm, Odum School of Ecology Auditorium @ UGA, Free
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ADVENTURES IN SCIENCE Into the Gyre (screens w/Badru’s Story) 5pm, Ciné, Free More Than Honey 7pm, Ciné, $7.50 The Human Experiment 9:30pm, Ciné, $7.50
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SUN, MARCH 23 ECOKIDS EVENT EcoKids Short Films and The Clean Bin Project 12pm, Ciné, Free URBAN AGRICULTURE: GROWING CITIES Growing Cities 3pm, Ciné, $7.50
THIN ICE: OUR CHANGING CLIMATE Thin Ice (screens w/Abita) 5pm, Ciné, $7.50 A DIFFERENT TAKE ON THE POPULATION QUESTION Population Boom (screens w/SP#4) 7:30pm, Ciné, $7.50
TUES, MARCH 25 TAKING UP LESS SPACE: TINY HOUSES Tiny: A Story About Living Small 7:30pm, Ciné, $7.50
THURS, MARCH 27 GMO OMG 7:30pm, Ciné, $7.50
SAT, MARCH 29 RIPPLE EFFECT BLUE CARPET KIDS’ MATINEE 2pm, Ciné, $5 RIPPLE EFFECT BLUE CARPET PREMIERE 6pm Reception, 7:15pm Films, Ciné, $5
Learn from Atlanta?
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from the blogs â‹” Grub Notes: The former Farm 255/Echo space on W. Washington will soon house a Korean barbecue joint from the folks behind Shokitini.
Christopher T. Martin
Paul F. Morris, CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., spoke at the College of Environment and Design on campus last week about the massive project that is transforming the Atlanta that we know and hate. Morris is a tall, trim fellow with 30 years of experience in all aspects of urban design all over the country and out of it, and he stood and talked to a packed auditorium (some student attendance suggested) without notes for well over an hour. The scope of the BeltLine project is staggering, both that somebody could have thought it up and even more so that a city which is the very embodiment of automobiledependence (except when it snows) is actually involved in the process of making this audacious plan work. Briefly, back around the turn of the last century, a Georgia Tech graduate student wrote his thesis on the possibilities for converting a 22-mile abandoned rail route into a bicycle, pedestrian, parks and transit loop connecting Atlantaâ€™s intown neighborhoods. The old, circular rail route was constructed for deliveries to businesses and manufacturing plants and fell into disuse as trucks replaced its function. But the routes and rightof-ways are still there, and that Tech student, Ryan Gravel, had the vision to see what it could become and what Atlanta can become. And itâ€™s working. The first two-plus mile segment is open and already getting heavy use. Affordable housing is part of the mix, and restaurants and bars are springing up along the route. The project will cost billions, but Atlanta is financing it through tax allocation districts that pull in the revenue generated by all the business The Inaugural Atlanta BeltLine Southeast and housing improve8K Runwalk took off in September. ments to what had been under-utilized land. The BeltLine is truly an example of â€œbuild it, and they will come.â€? Atlanta is building it, and they are comingâ€”to walk, bike, run, stroll, picnic, live, eat and drink. The Atlanta BeltLine is no longer a thesis; it is reality; it is the tangible future, and it is all the more amazing, because it represents such a dramatic departure from Atlantaâ€™s auto-centric allegiance. We have our own possibilities here in Athens. Read Dr. Jack Crowleyâ€™s current installment on our downtown master plan on p. 9 in this issue. He lays out a breathtaking compendium of connectivity that shows how, using our own rail and road corridors, we have all kinds of possibilities for routes that allow people to move around our downtown area and beyond on foot and on bikes. We have the infrastructure. The question is, do we have the will? Do we have the vision? Do we have the understanding of the civic and economic benefits waiting for us if we can muster the nerve to latch on now to developments that are within our grasp and that are proven to work because they are what people want? Is a pedestrian- and bike-friendly environment what our people want, or do our people just want to stay in their cars and drive everywhere? Thatâ€™s certainly what our mayor and most of our commission and our city management want, but they will change if they can be convinced that a sizable number of our people want to be freed from dependence on the automobile. So far, all our people have seen is a greenway almost completely set up for recreation, and bike riding, for the most part, on dangerous, crowded, hilly streets. But we have infrastructure already in place to do a lot more. If somebody in our local government can focus on our interconnectivity not dependent on the automobile, we have, as Crowley indicates, rich possibilities in town and on campus for opening Athens up to sustainable travel and development. As Atlanta is showing us, where thereâ€™s a will, thereâ€™s a way. Athens needs to find the will.
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EDITOR & PUBLISHER Pete McCommons ADVERTISING DIRECTOR & PUBLISHER Alicia Nickles PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Larry Tenner ADVERTISING SALES Anita Aubrey, Dede Giddens, Jessica Pritchard Mangum MUSIC EDITOR Gabe Vodicka CITY EDITOR Blake Aued ARTS EDITOR & DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Jessica Smith CLASSIFIEDS & OFFICE MANAGER Sarah Temple Stevenson AD DESIGNERS Kelly Hart CARTOONISTS Lee Gatlin, Missy Kulik, Jeremy Long, David Mack, Clint McElroy ADOPT ME Special Agent Cindy Jerrell CONTRIBUTORS Khaled Alsafadi, Tom Baker, Lee Becker, Tom Crawford, Jack Crowley, Josh Erwin, Andrew Heaton, Derek Hill, Gordon Lamb, Marquise Lane, Zach McCoy, Dan Mistich, Michael Paynter, Rhonda, Jeff Tobias, Drew Wheeler, Carden Wyckoff, Jacob Yarbrough CIRCULATION Charles Greenleaf, Emily Armond, Will Donaldson, Matt Shirley WEB DESIGNER Kelly Hart ADVERTISING INTERN Maria Stojanovic MUSIC INTERN Chris Schultz, Nathan Kerce NEWS INTERNS David Schick, Erica Techo PHOTO INTERN Porter McLeod
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