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  • Atlanta's T-SPLOST Referendum and Atlanta Studies

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by

    Jesse P. Karlsberg, Emory University

    in Announcements, Re: Southern Spaces
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    April 29, 2013

    Jesse P. Karlsberg, Emory University

    Today Southern Spaces published Edward A. Hatfield's essay "A Well-Tied Knot: Atlanta's Mobility Crisis and the 2012 T-SPLOST Debate," which surveys the challenges of transportation planning in the Atlanta metro region by unraveling the complex history of the contentious T-SPLOST (Transportation Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax) initiative that was defeated in a 2012 referendum.

    "A Well-Tied Knot" joins Southern Spaces' growing collection of interdisciplinary, multimedia scholarship on the Atlanta metro region—a collection we have titled "Changing Atlanta." Readers interested in such work might also be interested in the new Atlanta Studies Network, which "connects scholars, activists and residents with one another around a shared interest in Atlanta."

    If Hatfield's essay on the T-SPLOST referendum inspires you to join this debate, please consider leaving a comment by using the form below.

    A Well Tied Knot

    Edward Hatfield has written a remarkably insightful, completely readable review of Atlanta's predicament in transportation, one of the few really big issues of our community. Like education, transportation in Atlanta has been and remains a series of commuinty choices that can not escape people facing the past and current realities of race and  class acroos county and municipal boundaries. Hatfield's wit and at times his eloquent prose made the hard facts and truths he illuminates a bit easier for me to read, but his final words leave me haunted by questions about our communities' capacity to change together for the better: how does Atlanta become something more than "the next Atlanta" on this and the other big issues?  

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