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ATL: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

27 Apr

Source: AJC

• Good: Atlanta ranks among the top 3 cities in the country poised to become one of tomorrow’s tech meccas, according to Forbes. The publication reported that Atlanta’s total tech jobs have grown by 46.7 percent since 2010, which tops the national average by nearly 20 percentage points.

• Bad: Atlanta ranked eighth in the world for traffic congestion with an average annual commute time of 70.8 hours, according to INRIX’s 2016 Global Traffic Scorecard. It also lays claim to the worst traffic bottleneck: the intersection of I-85 and I-285. And all these studies came out before part of 85 collapsed last month!

• Ugly: The ATL ranked as the eighth least attractive city in the country, according to Travel+Leisure magazine. Fear not though, fellow citizens: apparently we graced the most attractive list pretty recently so maybe they caught us on a bad hair day this time around.


 

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STAT OF THE WEEK: A for Advancement

23 May

Young and looking to start your career? Look no further than Atlanta, GA.

The Big A takes the top spot in a ranking of best U.S. cities for recent college graduates. The ranking released this week by MarketWatch.com took into account starting salary levels, rent affordability and the presence of major employers (e.g., Coke, The Home Depot and Delta).

If your entrepreneurial spirit decides to stay, it’s good to know your home has staying power.

Biz2Credit recently named Atlanta No. 8 on its list of the 25 best small business cities in America. Ranking criteria included annual revenue, credit score, age of business (in months), cash flow, debt-to-income ratio, incorporation (C-Corp or LLC versus sole proprietorship) and business owners’ personal credit scores.

Just be careful if moving up in your profession or industry requires a lot of moving around town. Atlanta ranked behind only Houston for having the least courteous drivers in the U.S.

Atlanta From Piedmont Park

 

 

 

 

Snow Jam 2014

31 Jan
My firstborn eyes her first snow.

My firstborn eyes her first snow.

Snow to this Southerner has always been of the winter wonderland variety. I distinctly remember as a kid when my older brother woke me up one morning and directed my attention to the pristine scene out my window — a rare, beautiful blanketing of snow in our suburban town.

There are also the great memories of skiing through the undisturbed powder on the back mountain at Keystone resort in Colorado on a family vacation and just a few years ago my daughter marveling out the window at her first snowfall.

Snow meant getting out of school, playing with friends, neighborly visits and savoring hearty winter meals. It was a rare thing where I live and something to be enjoyed.

That all changed this week in Atlanta. Call it Snow Jam 2014 or “South Parked” as “The Daily Show” comically categorized the mass gridlock and frustration that descended upon our city with 2 to 4 inches of snow midday Tuesday.

Leaving my car at work and setting out on foot for the train station turned out to be one of the greatest transportation decisions I’ve ever made. With luck on my side, the hiking quickly turned to hitchhiking as two kind motorists drove me where I needed to go. Two trains later I got to bum a ride home with neighbors returning from a Caribbean vacation.

Others were not so lucky. It took our company IT director 10.5 hours just to get to his brother’s house, which was still 15 miles from his home west of Atlanta “and 25 miles from where my wife was stranded with our kids after abandoning her car.” He finally returned to his residence more than 50 hours after leaving the office, unfortunately with a cracked rib to show for the epic struggle.

My dear mother also sustained a fall, which came after a slow-speed hit & run on I-285 and before she ditched her car and walked the remaining three and a half miles home in 20 degree weather. All in all, she needed 12 hours to go from the east side of town to the northern suburbs.

Atlanta motorists were seeing red on Tuesday.

Atlanta motorists were seeing red on Tuesday.

“Astonishment sets in that the traffic is moving one car length every five minutes,” she said. “It took one hour to go one mile and thirty minutes on the Roswell exit ramp. [Later], I see cars spinning out and that freaks me out! My ordeal was mixed with many emotions — surprised, annoyed, determined, tired, astonished, scared, exhausted, afraid. But I have to say that was the best glass of wine that I have ever had [when I got home]!” she added.

I am so thankful my mom wasn’t one of the unfortunate souls who had to sleep in their vehicles on the interstate. One report said around 3,000 cars had been abandoned around the metro area.

Many have already taken the critical, political angle regarding Atlanta’s lack of preparation for this winter storm so I won’t tread there. There’s a saying that in trying times we should look around for the helpers. They are always there lending a hand with their small acts of kindness that end up making a big difference. I say thank you to the UPS ladies who delivered me safely to the train station, the young man who helped my tired mother across an icy street after she drove as far as she could go, the selfless teachers who stayed with their stranded students and the many Good Samaritans in businesses, churches and homes who gave freely to those in need.

STAT OF THE WEEK: What a Gas!

27 Feb
Has anyone seen my wallet?

Has anyone seen my wallet?

• This past weekend, a streak of 36 days of gas price increases ended, but not before a 30-year high was reached in the percentage of Americans’ income spent on gas. The Energy Department says that U.S. households spent an average of $2,912 on gasoline or nearly 4 percent of their pretax income.

Concerned? You’re not the only one…

• The Union of Concerned Scientists (!), according to an AJC story, reported that most Americans “are likely to spend almost as much on gasoline over the life of their vehicle as its original cost. You’re basically paying for a second car every 15 years,” said Joshua Goldman, the report’s author and a policy analyst for the advocacy group.

And this isn’t helping either.

• According to the latest Annual Urban Mobility Report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Atlanta residents lose an average of 51 hours each year in traffic. The city is tied with Chicago for the 7th worst commute behind Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City/Newwark, N.J.; Boston and Houston.