Statistics are the best kind of facts

Number of registered automobiles in Georgia in 2010. The statistics portal.

There is no formal author due to it just being a collection of data that portrays how many vehicles are owned within the state of Georgia. The article provides readers with a survey that shows how many publicly, privately, commercially owned vehicles are in Georgia as of the year 2010.  The purpose of this is to show the total amount of cars, regardless of ownership, that are in the state of Georgia. The intended audience would be climatologist who are comparing car ownership over an extended time period to see if it has any correlation with rising temperatures. This article would be most useful to statisticians who are collecting this data in order to compare it with other years and interpret it accordingly.

Cars will never become overrated

Newman, P., Kosonen, L., & Kenworthy, J. (2016). Theory of urban fabrics: planning the walking, transit/public transport and automobile/motor car cities for reduced car dependency. TPR: Town Planning Review.

Newman, Kosonen, and Kenworthy published this article stating how the current city framework will continue to support the demand for cars through the Liverpool University press. The article contains a combination  of historical facts and results from surveys that compare public transit, walking, and automobile use. The purpose of the article is to highlight how over time the increase of the automobile has led to major cities being less dependent on walking as a form of transportation. The intended audience would be people who live in major cities that own a car or use public transit to get around the city. Leaders in the department of transportation would find this journal rather useful to plan how they want to use public transportation as well as construct sidewalks in major cities across the United States.

We the people are multiplying

Trubey Scott J. (2016). Which metro Atlanta counties will see the most population growth. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

J. Scott Trubey has been a reporter for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution for six years and claims that by the year 2040, the population of the metro Atlanta region will increase by 2.5 million. The article provides projections from the Atlanta Regional Commission along with an anecdote from Atlanta Regional Commission director Mike Alexander. The purpose of the article is to provide an accurate prediction of the growth of the population as well as highlight where the bulk of the population growth will occur according to specific counties within the metro Atlanta region. Since the article talks about the economy growing along with the population over 65 increasing, the intended audience would be current residents over the age of 30 as well as future residents who are looking for employment. Real estate agents would benefit the most from reading this article as the increase will happen over time and they will have a constant deal of clients looking for housing.

Cars are not necessarily needed

As I observed Memorial drive, I could not help but notice the lack of pedestrians. The majority of the people that use the road are behind a steering wheel. I know for a fact that not everybody can own a car. I also know for a fact that not everybody is going to be inside their apartment or house at the same time. So where are all the pedestrians? The amount of people I saw on the sidewalk I could count on my hands and toes. It left me confused how such a populated county and such a well known street is left empty on the sides. Since it is located in what is considered metro Atlanta, I would assume it stays busy up until about 8 pm but that is not the case. As a

street view of memorial drive
Photo taken by Sefay Edwards

matter of fact, this section of Memorial drive calms down at around 7:30 which I find surprising.  It has its own exit off of interstate 285, which is what I consider a sign of a major road. The lack of pedestrians was either an anomaly for that day or people are lazier than I give them credit for.

Another thing that I found odd about Memorial drive is that it was rather quiet for a major road. During rush hour, one would expect noise to accompany all the hustle and bustle. Not for this road. Memorial drive even during rush hour is rather calm. It is not too chaotic. It is not too hectic. The road stays relatively calm and there is not too much unnecessary background noise. I did not hear the car horns I am used to hearing during a conventional rush hour up in New York. I find it hard to believe that is even rush hour. It has the car volume but it

Street view of memorial drive in the west direction
Photo taken by Sefay Edwards

does not have a rush hour atmosphere to me anyway. I feel as though the lack of pedestrians could be a cause of this. If there was more people on the sidewalks, the addition of there voices could add to the rush hour atmosphere. Rush hour up in Queens is hectic. Cars going one way, pedestrians going another, along with the noise, that is a rush hour. Memorial drive is missing two out of those three things. Now this is not necessarily a bad thing. It just makes the street lack a element that I feel is necessary for it to be considered a major road. It is not like the drivers would mind, if anything they want less people in cars and more people on the sidewalk to ease up on the traffic load.

Memorial Drive on my mind

Memorial drive is a street that plenty of metro Atlanta inhabitants use daily. With that being said, it is going to have deal with the rush of commuters trying to go to and from work. The heavy traffic volume begins at around 4 pm and does not begin to fade until around 6 pm. The major causes for this rush is the 8 to 4 and 9 to 5 employees getting off of work. However, the Mary McLeod Bethune middle school that is nearby ends out at 4:15 and that also adds to the traffic rush.  There are a variety of vehicles within the traffic that portrays the economic standing of the inhabitants in Decatur. A bystander will see anything from ten year old sedans and SUVs to sleek camaro’s and elegant Cadillac’s. The public transportation like taxi’s and buses are not as abundant on this portion of Memorial drive due to it being outside of downtown Atlanta. The pedestrian volume at 4 pm is not too heavy and the pedestrians that are on the sidewalk tend to be on the younger side of 50 years old.

Plaza located behind Exxon
Photo taken by Sefay Edwards

This section of Memorial drive intersects with Covington highway and connects commuters to the interstate 285 loop. At the intersection of Memorial drive and Covington highway are two gas stations located diagonally across from one another. One gas station is a shell and the other is an Exxon.  Across the street from the shell is a local church and across the street from the Exxon is a plaza that contains a Rite-Aid and a family dollar. Also behind the Exxon is another plaza that contains a Subway restaurant and other small businesses that offer choices of food.

The location of Memorial drives lies in the plateau of the Appalachian mountains, so it contains hills and curves throughout the length of the road. Memorial drive runs through two counties in the metro Atlanta area.

One of the many mile markers located along Memorial drive.
Photo taken by Sefay Edwards

Those counties are Fulton and Dekalb. Since these two counties are some of Georgia’s most populated, it makes sense as to why so many people utilize this road. Alongside the road, there is plenty of nature to catch your eye. This abundance of nature leads to natural colors filling the view of drivers and pedestrians. The inhabitants have more than just the blue sky to look at. There are luscious green trees and colorful leaves along with the orange dirt that is all over Georgia. The natural scenery adds an extra element that everybody can enjoy.

Learning by example

In class we looked at an example of what would be a good built environment description would look like. The three that we looked at each had individual characteristics that separate themselves from the others.

answers about varsity restaurant.

The first used pictures to help portray the the colors that were inside the restaurant. The author used descriptive language as well to go along with the pictures. When alone either one is good but when together, they are great.

The second had a sound bit that was a recording of the daily sound one might hear if they were to visit the varsity restaurant. This gives an element that a reader has a sort of intangible to, kind of placing the reader in the middle of the restaurant.

The last was a personal outlook on the restaurant as a whole. The author ties in what was witnessed in the first two post and adds her own personal thoughts on how she feels about the restaurant. When I read the last post, I could reference the other two as to see why the author feels the way she does about the restaurant.

GSU Landscape

The landscape at Georgia State University is very vast and urban. The university is not your conventional campus to say the least. When people think of college, what comes to mind is an independent institution that operates

Street view of classroom south at GSU

as a small town in its own way. The likes of University of Georgia or University of Kentucky tends to fit that old. Georgia State does not and that is mainly due to where it is located geographically. Georgia State University is set in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The Falcons stadium along with Phillips arena are both one short taxi ride away from the university library. Not to mention the campus is surrounded by businesses stretching from coca-cola to Delta air lines. I have had conversations with students who said they enjoy the campus even though they feel they are not on one half the time. Most of them say “There is plenty to do” or “It is hardly ever dull around here”, signifying all the attractions the city has to offer its inhabitants. While the campus is unorthodox, it does not seem like the students are bothered by it one bit.

*All photos taken by author


Office Visits

Wayne Gretzky in action. (Image by Ann adrian, flickr cc)

My first office hour with Mrs. A was rough. Kind of like a hockey game. We discussed how I can properly utilize the space on my blog posts, how to give attribution to to media i add to my posts, and how to manipulate the pictures within my text. I am still working on the manipulation of the pictures but the rest are coming to me with relative ease. She also wanted me to practice posting blogs daily to get use to writing since I am not too bad at it. Once we worked out the kinks of my problems, she offered a rather suitable solution to help with my writing. I will find out in the near future if it works out for the better and for my sake, I hope it does.







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