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Misplaced Streetcars

April 12, 2011

Story time! With pictures!

Last week I journeyed to the Edgewood Retail District to pick up this insanely large book for my new Ladies’ Urban Planning book club. It’s about the guy who shaped New York, building great things like parks and crappy things like all the expressways cause he hated public transit, though he never drove himself anywhere.


Apparently he did a lot, a whoppingly huge biography a lot.

After hitting up Barnes & Noble, I decided to head over to my favorite restaurant, Figo for a treat, cutting through the parking deck, where I discovered the most ironic parking deck signs ever.


That’s right, folks, the lovely pink level sign features street cars. I’m not sure if it’s meant to be a guilt trip for driving there or a slap in the face to transit, or if anyone even ever notices, but I was floored. And by floored I mean I felt compelled to stop and take photographic evidence of the sign. Two felt it was insulting, I’m not sure how I feel, other than curious as to who thought street cars in an area that has none and isn’t really that transit friendly in my lazy opinion was a good idea.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. JoeInAtlanta permalink
    April 12, 2011 2:36 pm

    I’m with you on the irony, but what do you mean that the Edgewood Retail District is not transit-friendly? It’s served by four bus lines (2, 4, 34, and 107) and is walking distance from two MARTA stations

    • April 12, 2011 2:40 pm

      I did say lazy, didn’t I? I just like Lindbergh better for transit friendly.

  2. April 13, 2011 7:59 pm

    That picture is hilarious. I’m so glad you took it.

    Also, I’m jealous you’re in a Ladies Urban Planning Book Club.

  3. Brad permalink*
    April 15, 2011 3:39 pm

    Excellent book. There have been several written as well that demonstrate the battle between Moses and Jacobs, many of which I think could be used to help the fight for MARTA and transit in general.

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