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The mayor of Atlanta should have read my blog

Reported in today’s NY Times, the snow that hit the city of Atlanta was disastrous. Children were trapped overnight in schools. (Although it’s not clear to me why a school bus can’t drive in 3 inches of snow.)

On Monday, I wrote in my blog:

Over the course of the next day, some areas of the Deep South that rarely see any snow at all will get half a foot or more.

If the mayor of Atlanta had only been a regular reader of my blog, he would have known that snow was coming and he could have closed the schools.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 29, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Posted in News

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  1. Read your blog? The mayor probably doesn’t read at all.

    peterike

    January 29, 2014 at 6:52 PM

  2. Nice one. The key phrase, though, is “some areas.” All the snow was supposed to blow in south of Atlanta, through Macon and Savannah. Atlanta and north Georgia were supposed to get a dusting. The predictions turned out to be wrong, and caught everyone off guard. They then sent everyone home in the middle of the day, in the middle of a snowstorm!

    Gilbert Ratchet

    January 29, 2014 at 7:08 PM

  3. No one has all wheel drive cars there? I’d drive my Subaru right through that.

    Dave Pinsen

    January 29, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    • It was ice, not snow. And your subaru would have been stuck in the stop and go on the highway with everyone else. Have you not seen the pictures?

      superdestroyer

      January 29, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      • I can drive on ice. The traffic is another issue.

        Dave Pinsen

        January 30, 2014 at 5:16 AM

  4. Although it’s not clear to me why a school bus can’t drive in 3 inches of snow

    It’s probably a liability issue in an area where many drivers are too inexperienced to drive in snowy/icy conditions. School bus will drive just fine through 20 inches of snow. (Heck, most midsize sedans will be mostly fine in 15 inches if one knows what he is doing).

    mapman

    January 29, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    • It was ice. A school bus is rear wheel drive and will have problems on ice while stuck in gridlock. Why do people keep forgetting about the gridlock that occurred. Chicago has totally shut down by 20 inches of snow in 2011. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/feb/03/storm-blankets-us-snow. It happened during rush hour and the plows could not keep up.

      superdestroyer

      January 29, 2014 at 8:47 PM

  5. Of all the photos of the storm’s disruption, the best one showed stranded people sleeping in the aisle at a CVS drugstore, and using women’s sanitary pads as pillows.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    January 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

  6. I was in the middle of all this. I left work around 1PM for my 25mile commute home. It took 7 hours, but I was one of the lucky ones who actually made it. I’m surprised by 2010 Accord was able to make it up the hills, man those hills, they’re car graveyards that caused most of the gridlock.

    Kaz

    January 30, 2014 at 3:16 AM

    • It’s amazing Lion has readers in prole towns like Atlanta

      vic

      January 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      • 1. Pretty broad brush to paint a city of 5+ million as “prole”. Particularly since it’s the home of at least 16 Fortune 500 companies.

        2. “Lion’s” blog isn’t particularly tasking to read anyway. It IS prole. I much preferred the musings of its predecessor. It was quite a bit more fleshed out, interesting, daring and outspoken. Still hardly what I’d call “intellectual” by any measure, but better.

        Always had the feeling the author quit writing the better essays when he realized it his online persona could have real life consequences. No shame in that; why risk professional ruin simply for an ego-boosting blog entry?

        BC

        January 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    • I remember the mayor of Atlanta in Tom Wolfe’s A Man in Full saying that Atlanta is the highest altitude metro area in the U.S. outside of Denver. I didn’t fact check this and I guess it depends to a large extent on how you define what qualifies as a metro area but the point was that Atlanta is a lot more hilly than most folks realize.

      Jokah Macpherson

      January 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      • I’d throw Albuquerque in there too but that is probably right. Atlanta is at about 1,000 feet.

        But the main block on emergency travel here is the lack of contiguous thoroughfares.

        That’s very difficult for people from the Northeast or Midwest to understand, considering their wonderfully planned grid of main streets and strong secondary roads. Atlanta’s metro area is merely a bunch of small towns whose exurban areas started to meld together in haphazard fashion. Everyone lives in a cul-de-sac here, and there’s not much in the way of brownstones or tall tenement buildings.

        Camlost

        January 30, 2014 at 3:21 PM

  7. What is amazing is that the MSM has decided that everything is the governor’s fault and have stopped mentioning the mayor of Atlanta or the county administrators who decided to have school on a day with suspect weather.

    Politicians need to remember that no one is ever voted out of office for overreacting to a snow/ice storm but many politicians have been voted out of office for underreacting.

    superdestroyer

    January 30, 2014 at 5:34 AM

    • The Mayor was attacked plenty on TV this morning. Al Roker had a long rebuttal to the Mayor’s “we didn’t know” excuse. The Mayor also appeared on Morning Joe for some crazy reason. The invited their show weatherman to the table and he was rebutting like crazy.

      Mike Street Station

      January 30, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    • It wasn’t the mayor’s fault. Schools outside the city had issues with kids getting home. Keep in mind even though they call it ‘Atlanta’ they really mean the surrounding metro area that the mayor has little to no control over. GDOT the state wide authority, is supposed to deal with interstate roads, the Mayor has power to deal with roads only within Atlanta proper, which wasn’t really the source of the problem.

      Aside from that each school system decides, it’s not centralized.

      Kaz

      January 30, 2014 at 11:54 AM

  8. The overwhelming majority of the population in metro Atlanta (about 5.25 million) does NOT live in the city of Atlanta proper (population of only 450,000). In fact, a good deal of the city of Atlanta’s population (74% black) is low income and doesn’t even own cars – they’re the few people who actually take MARTA to work daily.

    Even if Mayor Kasim Reed had declared martial law and cleared the streets 3 days early it would’ve barely helped. Atlanta is spread out over a 20-county area, and only about 2-3 areas in the very center of Atlanta have populations densities over 1,000 people per square mile.

    The issue with Atlanta travel is that everybody drives and takes the same roads – there’s one way in and one way out. There’s no road grid like what you see in the Midwest or Northeast. We also have the nation’s longest average commutes at about 35 miles. For instance, Atlanta’s nicest suburb is Alpharetta – located about 23 miles north of Atlanta’s city limits – if you live there you have ONE option to reach your job inside the Atlanta 285 perimeter – GA 400 – and if is blocked you will not be getting home for 24 hours or more since there’s no bus, train or secondary road that can connect you.

    Camlost

    January 30, 2014 at 10:43 AM


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