Georgia Trend - December 2007

The Greenroom: December 2007

• Georgia, Florida and Alabama agreed in November to work out a unilateral water plan by mid-February. The states’ fight over water resources has been given plenty of ink in Georgia Trend over its 17-year history, but it was the…

Political RoundUp: December 2007

Revenge is sweet? House Speaker Glenn Richardson may have lost out in his attempt to secure the DOT commissioner’s job for Rep. Vance Smith, but he could have the last laugh on some of the Transportation Board members who voted…

Whimsy And Truth

I have long enjoyed collecting quips, those one- or two-liners that show a little bit of whimsy and truth. I learned this habit from the late Jimmy Townsend, from Jasper, Ga., who was an author and columnist for many Georgia…

Shorter Showers, Fewer Flowers

The woman walking through Atlanta’s Poncey-Highland neighborhood was carrying a flat of bright purple pansies in her outstretched arms, and I was envious. I was in my car, on the way to spend a sedentary evening indoors. She was, presumably,…

Solutions Now, Not Later

Last June, members of the joint Senate/House Transportation Funding Study Committee were warned that Atlanta – with the nation’s fourth-worst metropolitan traffic congestion – would move into second place by 2010 if present trends continued. But by September, we learned…

The Global Minimum

In a previous column I mentioned the wild idea that a worldwide minimum wage would be the most logical way to truly create a “flat world” economically. The area of West Georgia and East Alabama provides a dramatic example of…

Road Stories

At 74, Wayne Shackelford just won’t slow down. Immediately following his retirement from Geor-gia’s Department of Transportation (DOT), where he served as commissioner from November 1991 until May 2000, Shackelford became senior vice president for business development at Gresham, Smith…