Letter to John Gerard Regarding “The Drip” at MARTA’s Arts Center Rail Station

In Open Letter on July 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM

July 21, 2012

John Gerard
WXIA / 11Alive News
1 Monroe Place, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30324

Re: “The Drip” at MARTA’s Arts Center Rail Station

Dear Mr. Gerard:

As 11Alive’s “Commuter Dude,” please consider highlighting the hazardous infrastructure at MARTA’s Arts Center rail station in Midtown Atlanta. For the last 6 years, I have been commuting in and out of this rail station and it appears to be the most unhealthy and highly neglected rail station in Atlanta. A large portion of Atlanta must have already recognized the same bright white layer of what looks like Arts Center’s corroded iron and layered paint that drips on passengers daily and/or marbleizes atop the platform’s walkways.

“The Drip at Arts Center,” as you might refer to it, probably ought to be “fixed” and certainly, at minimum, ought to be assessed by health experts, e.g., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or an equivalent body, as a matter of protecting the public against outright bodily injury given exposure to the material, i.e., by eye or otherwise. Aside from negative individual health exposures, reputational risks to surrounding businesses like The Woodruff Arts Center and Atlantic Station may be additionally worth researching.

A proper investigation might clearly answer the following questions: Are there any personal health hazards posed by the material leaking on a commuter’s body, i.e., especially the eyes? Is there any negative environmental impact resulting from run-off water originating from the rail station? And, are there any budget savings resulting from not improving the property.

Your investigation of this matter is appreciated.

Note: In order to witness the phenomena in full intensity, visit the southern edge of the lower-level platform in July after a rainy day.

Cc: MARTA; CDC; The Woodruff Arts Center; Atlantic Station


James Breedlove


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