Kasim Reed is off to London to see the prince

The mayor of Atlanta is off to see Prince Charles in London within the next couple of hours.

Why? Apparently the Brits are interested in rescuing Vine City, Eighth Avenue, and other Atlanta neighborhoods.

Below is the press release from City Hall. “HRH,” which some might mistake for a clearing of the throat, is for “His Royal Highness:”

HRH The Prince of Wales will welcome Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 at Poundbury to see His Royal Highness’s approach to sustainable development. The visit comes as The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment announces that it is has been invited to advise on the regeneration of several of Atlanta’s most economically challenged neighborhoods.

“I am honored to meet HRH The Prince of Wales and tour Poundbury,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Poundbury’s mix of traditional and modern design approaches to address some of today’s most pressing environmental challenges, such as our reliance on fossil fuels, is a model for communities everywhere. I look forward to an enlightening discussion with HRH The Prince of Wales and to returning home with actionable plans for urban renewal in neighborhoods throughout the City of Atlanta.”

The Prince’s Foundation has been working with community residents, developers, Atlanta City Council members and other community leaders on an action plan for the regeneration of communities such as the English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods, an area of over 1,000 acres. The Foundation seeks to rebuild social and community capital and train young people.

“We are delighted to be hosting Mayor Reed and the Atlanta delegation at Poundbury and to be working together in Atlanta,” said Hank Dittmar, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment. “We aim to demonstrate that mixed income, mixed-use walkable neighborhoods can build both social and natural capital and improve the quality of people’s lives.”

Here’s a more digestible explanation of Poundbury, from Wikipedia:

The development is built to a traditional high-density urban pattern, rather than a suburban one, focused on creating an integrated community of shops, businesses, and private and social housing; there is no zoning. The planners say they are designing the development around people rather than the car, and they aim to provide a high-quality environment, from the architecture to the selection of materials, to the signposts, and the landscaping. To avoid constant construction, utilities are buried in common utility ducts under the town. Common areas are maintained by a management company to which all residents belong.

To some degree, the project shows similarities with the contemporary New Urbanism movement, primarily found in the United States, except that the design influences are, of course, European. The design of the houses are in traditional styles, with period features such as bricked-up windows, a feature found on many old British buildings, due to the window tax.

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36 comments Add your comment

Dayum

November 15th, 2010
4:23 pm

Lord, help me…

Jon

November 15th, 2010
4:29 pm

I didn’t care for Perdue’s “economic development” trips. Don’t care for this one either.

Question

November 15th, 2010
4:35 pm

I’m not sure, but this Mayor seems to be out of town more often than in town. Who is running the city while he is out trying to further his political future as a US Congressman?

Douglas

November 15th, 2010
4:38 pm

I doubt that anyone who might mistake the abbreviation “HRH” for the sound of someone clearing their throat would be capable of reading your newspaper, Jim. That sort of sophmoric humor is beneath you, really.

Doug

November 15th, 2010
4:42 pm

All newspapers have decided we are a bunch of dummies. Have you read one lately. Almost all reporting these days amounts to “man on the street” interviews masquerading as in-depth reporting.

Douglas

November 15th, 2010
4:45 pm

The Prince is right about the built environment and sustainablility, but shouldn’t he be focusing on his country’s ills rather than ours? We know all about mixed-use, etc. And an “actionable plan” ain’t gonna work without CAPITAL to fund it. There’s no indication that HRH is putting even a shilling up to bring these plans to fruition.

And as for Mayor Reed’s travels, Question, he’s here lots more than Andy ever was, and doing a better job than Andy ever did, or actually any of his predecessors since Ivan Allen.

Full discolosure: I voted for Mary.

Douglas

November 15th, 2010
4:50 pm

Doug, I agree, with the exception of the Wall Street Journal. If that paper had a sports section and ran the comics, I wouldn’t need the AJC at all.

Tired of Atlanta

November 15th, 2010
5:13 pm

Once again this is the same old typical Atlanta establishment. It’s true what people are saying Mayor Reed will succeed in being another tired version of a Mayor. Where the heck is Clark Howard……
No jobs, No retirement, No money but he’s got time to hob-knob with the Prince.

Jack

November 15th, 2010
5:13 pm

All the recent mayors have spent a considerable amount of time traveling on the taxpayers’ dime. And many of the recent mayors have dreamed about John Lewis’ seat in Congress as well. I see Kasim Reed, John Eaves, and Michael Hightower as the three main contenders for that seat right now with none of them being too appealing.

Tim

November 15th, 2010
5:28 pm

“The design of the houses are in traditional styles, with period features such as bricked-up windows…”

Bricked up windows, a desirable security feature in downtown ATL.

shirley

November 15th, 2010
5:35 pm

Pursuing investment for the city and state are an improtant part of any 21st century big city mayor’s job. All of my international travel, except one 6 day, personally financed vacation in Jamaica in 2004, on official business my took place in my second term from 2005 to 2009. Fortunately, the current Mayor has made a way to pursue jobs, investment and business for our city in his first year. Our city needs to sell itself as a good investment, if the local economy is to recover faster than the state’s and as fast as possible.

Michael

November 15th, 2010
5:39 pm

How ignorant and unlearned are most of the comments. Kasim Reed and the City of Atlanta have received a 50 million dollars asset from the Atlanta Journal Cox, and can consolidate city facilites which will save money, recent federal money for the street car project connecting Atlanta vital hospitality points from Centennial park to MLK historic site, city hall east sold for development, Asiana Cargo have started service to Korea from Hartsfield, Civil Rights and Health muesum soon to start. I say he’s doing a good job

Jane

November 15th, 2010
5:53 pm

Do we not have any design firms, etc….here in Atlanta, or the States that could tackle these particular neighborhoods?

I almost wet my pants on the “bricked up windows”…in older Georgian, etc. buildings…that was to avoid a tax on windows….so why is this again? LOL!

I won’t comment on the politics of the issue, nor the constant travel plans our present and former mayors have had, but it sounds like a junket to me!

Is he taking his cat to visit the Queen?

Jane…resident of Atlanta for 40 years and thought she had seen/heard it all.

td

November 15th, 2010
5:53 pm

OK conservatives let us give Kasim Reed a break. He is a conservative democrat and what he is doing I support. He is the best mayor Atlanta has had in 30 years. When he was in the legislature he was the only Dem to support Child support reform in this state.

Double Zero Eight

November 15th, 2010
5:56 pm

Fix your filter. How about doing some real investigative reporting for a change.

Bwana

November 15th, 2010
6:06 pm

I’ve been here in the Atlanta area over 40 years and there is nothing that is going to fix that albatross of an area. I was down on Oliver Street, in Vine City, last week looking at properties that recently sold for as low as $5,500… and i was scared to death. It was a third world country. I don’t like it that the mayer etals are across the pond on the city’s dime yuccing it up with the royal highness when he / they should be here running this city. I hope Reed will be a “one pump chump” and not be re-elected.

Bwana

November 15th, 2010
6:08 pm

mean to type “mayor”

Alabama Communist

November 15th, 2010
6:12 pm

No doubt Prince Charles will tell the mayor to get 16 thousand Big Brother Video Cams to spy on the residents of Vine City to make sure they don’t steal city hall before the end of the year……..

Concerned

November 15th, 2010
6:40 pm

Michael:

Most of the things you discussed such as the streetcar and the MLK historic site were initiated under Shirley Franklin’s administration. He did not come up with those. Besides that, he is not accessible. He campaigned that he would be accessible. The only people he is accessible to are outside of Atlanta and anyone who paid money to his campaign.

TD:
Yes, he is a legislator, but he is far from an administrator. Those are two totally different roles and he is failing at the administrating part. They have given him a long honeymoon. I think things will change drastically after the new year.

Susan Joan Shirley

November 15th, 2010
7:09 pm

Perfectly suiting , all mixed up in a Grand Way . I have resided in North & South Carolina , and I have friends in Georgia,Tennesse and Kentucy .This is such a good idea they will love it . It is going to be a great New Year.!

siobhan

November 15th, 2010
7:27 pm

Mayor Reed was just in Amsterdam for five days (Nov 2-7) trying to sell cargo air space to the Dutch. And no, he does not fly economy — I was on his flight. I’m not saying these aren’t important ‘missions’ but is he ever in Atlanta doing the needed day-to-day business of a Mayor?

missmollie

November 15th, 2010
7:51 pm

What does Mayor Ellis, Macon, Mayor Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta, and President Obama have in common, and I am not talking about race or religion? Rhetorical question???

Nathan Deal

November 15th, 2010
7:53 pm

Just way until it’s my time, yea baby!

Nathan Deal

November 15th, 2010
7:54 pm

So excited I mean Wait Until I’s My Time.

Nathan Deal

November 15th, 2010
7:55 pm

Dam just wait.

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November 15th, 2010
8:05 pm

Will he be flying into Heathrow to learn how to make Hartsfield even more of a cluster**** than it already is??

Kasim Reed is trying to take over the John Lewis dynasty when he finally retires

November 15th, 2010
8:13 pm

Kasim needs to go to New Orleans and learn how to build a streetcar people will actually use. Unfortunately for all Atlantans, it looks like we have yet another politician that is just in it for the glory and the glamour. I had high hopes for Reed and this is very disappointing.

Susan Joan Shirley

November 15th, 2010
8:41 pm

Rise heaven up from the mud , anyone against this postive action for this city is selfish & totally unaware of positive progress. Whose calling who greedy in this world.I am seeing something in afew people that I havn’t realized before .Greed has nothing to do with money.I see now.!

Inman Park Boy

November 15th, 2010
8:42 pm

Vine City has been a slum for all of my 64 years as an Atlantan; I suspect it will remain a slum.

Susan Joan Shirley

November 15th, 2010
10:21 pm

Well I lived in North Carolina, Charlotte. In not knowing,about such things in life as I was not from the U.S of A, I had rented a house , on one side I t was ‘Cherryville’ a gradual start to the nation, one house at a time .The lady on the other side of the house in Charlotte was @ 90 year old Lovely Lady. I know what would be good for them.&&& I do know for certain what would NOT be good for them .Thank-you for your time ,Good sir. —- THe article speaks.

BABY SAY

November 15th, 2010
11:43 pm

SUSAN JONE SURELY— W HAT U DRINKEN GURL??? BABY SAY.. == U MAKE NO CENTS!!@#@

Chuck

November 16th, 2010
12:24 am

I see this city is still full of a lot of racist dummies. This Mayor, like President Obama, he is working his a** off on behalf of a bunch of half witted morons.

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It's a wonder?

November 16th, 2010
7:13 pm

I wonder what are you all reading and why are you so negative? I think it’s great that the Mayor is exploring different spaces for ideas and resources. If we relied on the backwood, gun slinging politicians we always choose to DEAL with….we will always be behind the curve. Look at our education system vs England’s and the number of graduates in China compared to the US. I’d say we have a lot to learn from other countries, especially those as progressive as ours. We don’t know everything my dear Americans…. let’s thank the Mayor, encourage solutions we like to problems we complain about. Listen, we don’t have to have the brick windows, we can just choose from their suggested planning, what we like. And if I do read correctly and see pretty well…CM Ivory Young attended as well and the Mayor does highlight “Vine City” and nearby communities. VA-Hi nor Midtown will need to worry about the “Brits” taking over their communities.

goodness

November 17th, 2010
1:37 pm

It is interesting Mayor reed is galavanting alot around the world lets face it being the mayor of atlanta can be a glamorous thing and it is the stepping stone to other loftier positions in the political world. Kasim is very self-centerd it is about him. oh well good luck to whoever marries the child shouldn’t he be married what is he reallly doing as mayor… I don’t know….sometimes he appears to be a kid in a candy store …I mean this from the literal sense…God bless Atlanta

missmollie

November 19th, 2010
5:29 am

Boondoggle???