The metro Atlanta tax would have built a $6.14 billion list of 157 regional projects — relieving congestion at key Interstate highway chokepoints and opening 29 miles of new rail track to passengers, among others — as well as $1 billion worth of smaller local projects. The list was negotiated by 21 mayors and county commissioners from all 10 counties, and it contained about half transit and half roads. The compromise didn’t work.
It was somewhat doomed from the beginning, being the sort of everybody’s-equally-unhappy document that makes a good treaty, a decent law, and an absolutely terrible voter referendum. But mission accomplished, in that in ten years when metro Atlanta is further along its current path of becoming another Detroit, should any of the shining beacons of public service involved in this still have a job, they’ll be able to deflect blame for the fact that The Walking Dead is now a documentary onto “the public.”
Also, hey, the public: thanks so much for being straightforward with pollsters about how you don’t want transit in your neighborhood because in your minds transit = negroes = crime! I’m glad I know that about you now, as it will make my laughter less bitter and more gleeful as I watch this place crumble to dust. From far, far away.