Originally Posted by oldpainless
please... for once will you set aside your knee-jerk suburban-hatred for one moment and realize that downtown's success is largely dependent on its excellent transportation access...
Er, I don't hate the suburbs. That's where 90% of the people in metro Atlanta live, and it could certainly be argued that in many ways they offer a better quality of life than the city.
But that's an entirely different issue from running suburban freeways through the middle of the city. Downtown Atlanta's success is not dependent upon vast numbers of workers commuting into the central city by automobile. Probably about 10% of metro area jobs are in downtown, and many of the people who hold those jobs already live in town and don't need the connector. Many take public transit. Some walk. Most take the surface streets. I worked in the heart of downtown for 10 years and never once needed the connector to get to or from work, and that was true of most people in our company.
The connector as it exists has essentially become a suburban interchange. If you don't believe me, check the traffic counts, or simply drive it and you'll see that the vast majority of this river of vehicles is merely passing through. If you're going northbound, for instance, the number of vehicles exiting into downtown is a relative trickle, and of course once you get past 5th Street you literally can't get off until you reach Buckhead.
My point is that we'd be far better off with an upgraded network of surface streets and urban boulevards in the cntral urban core. Freeways should be located in the suburbs where their burden will rest on the neighborhoods who prefer to use them.