Blog posts by John Huie

  • Is ACC Finally Getting Serious About Pedestrian Safety?

    Blog: In the Loop

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    Photo Credit: Peter Frey/UGA

    Hundreds of students cross Lumpkin Street every day.

    On a typical day, more than 1,000 students cross Lumpkin Street adjacent to campus every hour on foot, making it the county's busiest pedestrian zone, and setting up potentially dangerous conflicts with car traffic. Accident data from the past five years show Lumpkin's hills to be the most dangerous areas—26 reported bike and pedestrian accidents— followed by Dougherty Street downtown and Prince Avenue between Pulaski and Barber streets, where, Athens-Clarke County Transportation Director David Clark told commissioners last week, car speeds are "still extremely high.” 

  • New Downtown Delivery Zones Are 'Working Well'

    Blog: In the Loop


    Photo Credit: Blake Aued

    New downtown truck delivery zones seem to be "working well" two months in, Athens Downtown Development Authority director Pamela Thompson said Thursday. An evaluation is underway, but feedback so far has been positive, she told the Downtown Master Plan Committee.  

  • Does Downtown Athens Have Too Many Bars?

    Blog: In the Loop


    The Athens Downtown Development Authority, at its next meeting Jan. 20, will discuss limiting the number of bars downtown.  

    Coming in the wake of a Chronicle of Higher Education article that paints Athens as a poster-city for student drinking, it will be the first official discussion of a subject that's been unofficially discussed here for years.  

  • Athens-Clarke County Might Reroute the Greenway

    Blog: In the Loop

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    Photo Credit: Blake Aued

    The North Oconee River Greenway near College Avenue.

    Members of the Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission voted unanimously Tuesday not to build a planned greenway trail thru the River Oaks neighborhood, near the University of Georgia golf course off College Station Road.  

    A long-planned extension of the present greenway from Oconee Street southward was slated to follow the river only part of the way anyway toward Whitehall Road, departing from the river to eventually become a roadside path along Milledge Avenue. But a branch of the trail would have continued through the River Oaks subdivision. That plan has upset some residents over the years.

  • Mayor Denson: Athens Is a Magnet for Poor People

    Blog: In the Loop

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    Mayor Nancy Denson bragged on Caterpillar, wept over losing Selig and said she will run for re-election on bringing business to Athens at a Federation of Neighborhoods meeting Monday night.

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