Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones
Part of the way through Bombino's set on Thursday night, his bassist told the audience that the Tuareg guitarist was under the weather. Could have fooled me. Though the acoustic bits at the beginning of the set had some trouble competing with noisy bar patrons at the back of the room, Bombino's virtuosic riffs were so mesmerizing that even he seemed to get lost in the blaze. Music in Athens can sometimes feel like a museum of itself, but Bombino's imported tishoumaren six-string shredding proved absolutely vital, evocative even though I couldn't understand a word of his lyrics. I can only imagine what he would have sounded like at 100 percent. [Adam Clair]
The following commentary was submitted by Tyler Dewey, Tony Eubanks, Clint McCrory and Jennifer Rice.
On Wednesday, July 22, Athens-Clarke County is accepting comments on proposed changes to three streets in Athens (Chase Street, East Hancock, Riverbend Parkway), adding bike lanes in two cases (see below for details).
While some small positive outcomes may result from these changes, they are not designed in a way that provides meaningful improvements to bike and pedestrian safety or accessibility in Athens. As citizens concerned with the lack of a coherent approach to implementing ACC’s Complete Streets policy, we urge you to attend this forum and ask questions about the way public input is being gathered and how staff decisions on bike and pedestrian issues are made. Also, please let the Mayor and Commission know that you want to see meaningful public debate on traffic management for bike and pedestrian safety, and that the current approach to implementing ACC’s Road Diet and Complete Streets policies is not adequate.
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