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Apr. 2nd, 2007 @ 07:35 pm MARTA Pub Crawl XI
Looking for something to do this weekend that doesn't involve searching for oddly colored hard boiled eggs that have been sitting in the sun for hours? Then join us for MARTA Pub Crawl XI.

Everyone knows MARTA really stands for Moving Alcohol Rapidly Through Atlantans. This is your chance to be one of those Atlantans as we drink our way down a MARTA line, trying many different pubs and bars over the course of the evening.

MARTA Pub Crawl XI starts at the Irish Bred Pub in Atlanta Underground at 6pm. The Crawl Master will announce a MARTA line, which we will ride out to a station near the end, get off, go to a pub, get a drink, get back on MARTA, go to the next station and repeat. The pub crawl ends when we get back to five points, marta closes, or you wimp out and sneak off between stops.

There is more info on the website.
If you're pretty sure you're going to attend, please add your name to the evite.

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Mar. 18th, 2007 @ 02:46 pm Pub crawl and more
An outsider's view of MARTA and Atlanta: http://www.columbusdispatch.com/travel/travel.php?story=dispatch/2007/03/18/20070318-H1-02.html

The next MARTA Pub Crawl is only a few weeks away (April 7th). If you think you're going to attend, please add your name to the evite: http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?event=UZYRDRUBJVZYQYIGOOCA
If you need more information, you can find it at http://www.sunrepublic.org

I'm sure we all have had weird things happen while riding MARTA but this posting to the Missed Connections section of Craigslist in Toronto probably has them all beat:

spilled grandma on you around spadian station - w4m
Date: 2007-03-09, 6:15PM EST

You: unsuspecting lonley sad looking boy on subway

Me: Girl with blue Urn

I spilled my grandmother on you, im sure you remember, If you see this we should do lunch...this time without grandma

* Location: Annex
* it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
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Feb. 4th, 2007 @ 10:50 pm MARTA Pub Crawl XI
Crank it up to 11!

The eleventh installment of the MARTA Pub Crawl will be April 7, 2007. I know this is early notice but it'll give you time to have it tattooed on your forehead (or I'm just trying to be much more proactive about publicity this time so I'm not rushing around like crazy as in the past).

Since this community is mostly used for bitching and groaning either about MARTA service or about the state's intense favoritism towards asphalt, I thought it would be constructive to start posting places that you frequent that are easy to get to on MARTA.

One of the newest additions to the line up of retail that is MARTA accessible is the Edgewood Retail District, a few blocks away from the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station. The easiest way to get there is to exit the station on the Reynoldstown side of the station and walk down Seaboard Avenue, which will deadend into it. The Edgewood Retail District has the usual bigbox assortment that you would expect from a new shopping center, such as Lowes, Kroger, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble (or is it a Borders?), Petsmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Office Depot, but it also has many smaller shops such as a barbershop, many restaurants, a bank, a video game store, and professional offices.

There is/was a shuttle that is very poorly advertised and may have been shutdown from lack of use (gee, imagine that, no one uses a service when it is practically kept secret) but given the closeness to the rail station, the shuttle isn't really needed.

A map and some reviews: http://www.yelp.com/biz/boXl4RhmIpuk1nOQsGDsaA

Some of the smaller shops are independent but the district is mostly national chains. If independents are your thing, the Little Five Points area is a bit further walk from the station but does feature a wide selection of eclectic shops and restaurants that are totally different than what you'd see at your typical shopping center. The walk is about half a mile and unfortunately the sidewalks aren't in the best shape but it is definitely doable. http://www.l5p.com/ (the site is VERY outdated but will give you the correct streets)

Please share with the rest of the community your favorite places to go on MARTA, especially if they're near stations that don't have high traffic. Most people know Lenox Mall is next to the Lenox and Buckhead stations, but how many people know about Wahoo near East Lake or the new development at Avondale?
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Nov. 1st, 2006 @ 04:42 am [MARTA] Pub Crawl
You remember the MARTA Pub Crawl... it's that event that you think sounds fun but for some reason you miss every time. Well, your chance to attend has disappeared forever.

Because we're not doing it anymore?

No, of course not! We've changed the name. The MARTA Pub Crawl is now the Pub T'rawl.

So now's your chance to hop on the event train at the first stop.

When? November 4th (a Saturday of course)
Starts at 6pm at Irish Bred Pub in Underground Atlanta

More details are posted at our new website:


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Oct. 12th, 2006 @ 02:01 am Crossposting
Current Mood: blahblah
On Sept. 30th I went to get my Marta card, I had one of my smaller purses with me so I couldn't fit my keychain/attached to a rope necklace in there with all my other stuff. So I had it in my hand..didn't put it around my neck cause I had something else around it. So between riding bus routes 170 or 83 or taking the train....I lost it...didn't actually realize until I got off at Lindburgh. I went back to Peachtree Center becanse I had gotten breakfast there, but it wasn't there.

I was told to check back that following Monday to see if it had been turned in. There is only 1 key on there...I mostly got different keychains, lady footlocker. cvs type of card thingies on it. I think I waited til about that monday or wednesday to go over there. Ok the guy who told me mentioned that they get alot of them and people hardly ever come to claim them....I can say from seeing it myself that he was not lying...I mean even people who have the car alarms. Since they close @ 4 I hadn't had a chance to try again until today....I got there just in time...looked in the box and it was there.

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Sep. 22nd, 2006 @ 07:03 pm MARTA Pub Crawl X
The tenth MARTA Pub Crawl will take place on Saturday, November 4th. I haven't set a time yet, but it'll probably be 6PM to start. More details to come...
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Sep. 21st, 2006 @ 05:22 pm Way to go Coyle....
Not to flog a dead horse or anything, but Atlanta totally screwed up by not buying the NE Beltline for the firesale of 25 million when they had the chance. As far as Mason goes, I seriously cant blame him. As far as developers go, he has shown an amount of flexibility thats almost unheard of in this town, especially when you consider his previous projects. Throughout this whole process, the guy has been the anti-Portman. Lets just hope that GDOT doesnt end up with his property...

Developer backs out of Beltline
Atlanta plan calls for creation of 22-mile loop of transit and trails

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 09/21/06

The Gwinnett County investor who owns five miles of Atlanta's planned Beltline in Northeast Atlanta abandoned plans this afternoon to develop the property and donate a portion of it to Atlanta for use as parks, trails and transit. He is considering his options for the property, he said.

Wayne Mason withdrew his rezoning applications at about 2 p.m. Mason needed to have Atlanta rezone the property, about 70 acres, to allow construction of just over 3,000 residences, along with retail space.

The company headed by Mason, Northeast Atlanta Beltline Group, issued a statement that raises questions about whether Atlanta officials are serious about building the Beltline, which is to be a 22-mile loop of transit and trails flanked by parks.

"After nearly two years, we have every reason to be skeptical of the entire Beltline project," the company said in a statement. "To realize the Beltline, there has to be property ownership. Given the city's lack of ownership of any land in the 22-mile Beltline, their lack of money to buy the land and the highly speculative nature of their proposal to us, we realized that like other visions, this one is unlikely to sustain itself."

Atlanta on Tuesday asked Northeast Atlanta Beltline Group to trade all of its land in exchange for the development rights for about 2,000 residential units, the statement said. The city valued the deal for Mason at $48 million to $100 million. Mason paid $25 million for the property.

Steve Cover, Atlanta's planning commissioner, said last week that the city's proposal was based on calculations on Mason's profits if he accepted the deal.

The action raises questions about the timetable for building the Beltline's network of parks, trails and transit in Northeast Atlanta. Mason had intended to donate about 43 acres of his land to Atlanta for public use. The corridor is the core of the planned route of the Beltline through Northeast Atlanta.
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Sep. 18th, 2006 @ 09:06 pm Updating
Marta is trying to revamp its image. I personally like the bus fish thing.
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way out
Sep. 17th, 2006 @ 09:02 pm (no subject)
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digital dream, we're all cyborgs here
Sep. 12th, 2006 @ 07:11 pm Eastlake station emergency?
Any clue what this was about? I was riding around 5pm and they kept announcing this at the stations. The N Springs trains were running very infrequently as well.
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