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@Mark B Rinder Then tax the City taxpayers $1 billion and build it. Beltline activities will benefit only the City, so the City should pay for it. What are you waiting for? Get the City's priorities in order.
12 hours, 52 minutes ago on As our region becomes more dense, we need more transit options
@writes_of_weigh @Burroughston Broch Your modesty is quite overwhelming.
I wrote nothing about every burb being a stop. The NC RR has present stops at every city I mentioned except Winston-Salem. For HSR, perhaps stops at Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh.
2 days, 3 hours ago on Looking for bold leadership from Atlanta’s business community
@writes_of_weigh You seem uninformed about population distribution in NC. 60% of the population lies in the crescent that connects Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Durham, and Raleigh. This is a 185 mile long swath along jammed I85. There is a lot of business travel each day along this route and having high speed rail as an alternative to I85 makes sense.
The situation in Georgia is much different, with over half the population in metro Atlanta.
2 days, 8 hours ago on Looking for bold leadership from Atlanta’s business community
@citybig The Blue Elephant is already seeing less ridership (with no fare charged) and 25% higher operating cost than the City estimated. The Beltline streetcar's financial future would be even less attractive than the Blue Elephant's.
@letmesaythis @atlman @Burroughston Broch Ask Kroger how their downtown store they closed about 10 years ago worked for them. As I remember, the problems were low sales and high pilferage/property damage. The neighborhood hasn't improved much since then.
4 days, 8 hours ago on Involve community in design of Underground Atlanta’s redevelopment
@atlman @Burroughston Broch @letmesaythis You are wasting your time trying to convince me. You should be speaking to the developers. I doubt they will agree with you.
4 days, 12 hours ago on Involve community in design of Underground Atlanta’s redevelopment
@letmesaythis @Burroughston Broch I agree in part, but let's look at 1990 and today, 25 years later.
In 1990, the City's population bottomed out at 394,000 after losing 20% of its population since 1970. Many of those who could afford to leave had left and saw little need to return for UA. The City's population was still almost 13% of the MSA's 3.09 million population.
Today, the City has recovered about half the population it lost 1970-1990, but is still 10% less than its 1970 peak. The City's population is only 8% of the MSA's 5.52 million population. And the downtown resident population is only 27,000 - too small to support this project. So, luring people outside of downtown to UA will be a key part of its success. But UA is in an area that is rightfully perceived as being unsafe. The scene outside the 5 Points MARTA station often resembles "Mad Max" or the bar scene in "Star Wars". Perceived public safety is an issue, and all of the posts on this development fail to address it.
4 days, 16 hours ago on Involve community in design of Underground Atlanta’s redevelopment
Stray voltage is not an uncommon problem, particularly in the electric utility industry, so Georgia Power should be consulted as well.
The City is trying to shift its responsibility onto MARTA.
And let's not forget that AT&T is suing the City as well for having to relocate so many of its facilities.
The cost of the Blue Elephant continues to rise, and yet Hizzoner wants to expand it.
1 week ago on Atlanta Streetcar could expose city to liability for damage to underground utilities
@letmesaythis Assume you are the developer and you know your success is directly related to the number of people visiting your development and how much money they have to spend.
Are you going to focus on attracting 447,000 City residents with a median household income of $47,000, or are you going to include the other 5+ million residents in the Atlanta MSA with a median household income of $56,000? The City is 8% of the MSA population and has a 16% smaller median household income.
1 week ago on Involve community in design of Underground Atlanta’s redevelopment
@kevinalynch @Burroughston Broch Not at all - invest your money in your priorities but don't expect others to support you. Lead from the front, not from behind.
1 week, 1 day ago on Metro Atlanta must strive to design great buildings – large and small
@kevinalynch It would be nice to see you and some of those who lament every old building facing demolition invest your money to make an indelible stamp on the city's built environment and your legacy.
@mariasaporta @Burroughston Broch
"Are you suggesting that all journalists should work for no money?"
No. I watched my siblings do enough of that in recent years.
"It is no coincidence that our coverage overlaps with our Thought Leader topics."
And your Thought Leaders appear on your website at no cost?
1 week, 4 days ago on Atlanta Hawks winning thanks largely to absence of Danny Ferry
@EveryLastWord @Burroughston Broch @mariasaporta Most of what we read and listen to is puff stuff and PR is an easier job.
1 week, 5 days ago on Atlanta Hawks winning thanks largely to absence of Danny Ferry
@mariasaporta @Burroughston Broch With all due respect, methinks thou dost protest too much.
You sell Thought Leadership Sponsored Content on this website for compensation. You support the Business Chronicle's views for a fee with your writings. You supported the AJC's views with your writings for years for compensation. My siblings are both professional journalists and I know how the profession works.
1 week, 6 days ago on Atlanta Hawks winning thanks largely to absence of Danny Ferry
I suspect the driving force behind this article is money changing hands for some Thought Leadership.
2 weeks ago on Atlanta Hawks winning thanks largely to absence of Danny Ferry
Actions speak louder than words. Watch what the Reed administration does, rather than listen to its multiple mouthpieces.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Atlanta’s sidewalk maintenance program moving toward resolution
@JamilZ @lcurtrig From the Georgia Encyclopedia:
"Oglethorpe led the British effort to establish a colony in Georgia. He hoped to create an enlightened society in Britain's southernmost American colony, while the British wanted Georgia to serve as a buffer zone between (Protestant) British Carolina to the north and (Catholic) Spanish Florida to the south. Oglethorpe encouraged such diverse, often oppressed, groups as the Lutheran Salzburgers, who established the Ebenezer settlement, and Spanish and German Jews to settle in the new colony. In recognition of its role as a military buffer and a haven for religious outcasts, however, the colony forbade the practice of Catholicism. When Georgia converted to a royal colony in the 1750s, the ban on Catholicism remained.Catholics would not find acceptance in Georgia until the American Revolution (1775-83). The values of the Revolution and its emphasis on individual liberty, including the freedom of religion, overcame some of the prejudice against Catholics. Furthermore, a group of nearly 3,900 French, Haitian, and Irish Catholic troops fought for the new nation at the Siege of Savannah in 1779. The people of Georgia did not forget these brave soldiers, among them the Polish Count Casimir Pulaski, for whom Fort Pulaski is named. The state constitution of 1777 rewarded Catholics with some rights, although it prevented them from holding political office. Catholicism remained dormant in Georgia until the formal acceptance of the U.S. Constitution in 1789, when Catholics received equal rights under Georgia law."
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Oglethorpe’s Dream and Georgia Day
@atlman @mariasaporta Moral relativism, the last stronghold of progressive political thought. With it one thinks he/she can justify anything that comes to mind.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Atlanta Hawks winning thanks largely to absence of Danny Ferry
Look for Hizzoner to kick this can down the road as his predecessors did. Repairing sidewalks brings him no political gain.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Atlanta’s sidewalk maintenance program moving toward resolution
Physical security has been a concern of the ruling (aka political) class, be they liberal or conservative, for a long time. Just before WWII, strategic bombing from airplanes was a particular concern. The concern was expressed this way in the UK Parliament, "Bombing kills civilians but precision bombing kills politicians."
3 weeks, 6 days ago on At the people’s house, a gated community
The King children may have realized their protracted squabbling costs them lots of money in lawyer's fees. They are all in their 50s and should have decades of life ahead, but they are running out of things to sell to fund their future.
1 month ago on King siblings now seek to also resolve Nobel Prize and Bible case
@Midtown Dave He could run for John Lewis' seat after John retires or God retires John.
1 month ago on Reed: “I’m going home” after term
Three years is a long time for Hizzoner and he will change his mind multiple times, as he often does in an afternoon.
He may be acknowledging he can never win a state-wide political office in Georgia.
"During the second half of the 20th century Atlanta experienced the demographic and political shifts caused by white flight."
You neglect to consider shifts caused by (1) well-to-do black flight to the suburbs and (2) poor black flight to outside the City of Atlanta due to the Atlanta Housing Authority closing its housing projects.
I suggest you take a comprehensive look.
1 month ago on The imbalance of metro Atlanta’s growth shows we must focus on human and physical needs
@RealityAgent @Burroughston Broch @DebAz And where have all of these southside developers, neighbors, area realtors, and area reporters been for the last 8 years that they are unaware of Fort Mac?
A financially viable need must exist and the price must be reasonable before the project can move forward. As an example, the former GM plant in Doraville closed in 2008 (After Fort Mac) and redevelopment is nor moving ahead after GM sold it for $50 million rather the $60-$70 million they had been asking.
A financially viable need for Fort Mac is not apparent at this time.
1 month, 1 week ago on A new screenplay for Fort McPherson would have happier ending for Atlanta
@RealityAgent @DebAz Agreed - but who pays for the restoration? Are you willing to?
These properties have been abandoned for 8 years and there is no savior on the horizon.
David, you write like a preacher. Of course, climate change (formerly known as global warming) has now taken on all the aspects of a secular religion so, since you are an avid acolyte, your writing style shouldn't be a surprise.
Until you conclusively prove (with unadjusted statistics and open, complete, and consensus peer review) that your alarmist theories are fact, the State will be well advised to ignore you and your brethren.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on A disconnect: climate change and the environment at the state legislature
@Antonio So who forced you to move so far from your job? Couldn't you live closer?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Transit gains traction in Atlanta region as Clayton may join MARTA; Sen. Beach says he'll be state champion
The oldest surviving King child is 57 and the youngest is 51, so they should have years of life ahead of them. They are running out of things to sell. What next?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on King children back in court: alliances shifting; settlement may be out of reach; Bible and Peace Prize in limbo
Joe Martin unsuccessfully ran for State School Superintendent three times (2010, 2002, and 1998).
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Column: Atlanta Habitat’s Larrie Del Martin looks to the future
Replacing the chair won't fix the problem. The problem is that GA Dems' message is attractive to them but not to independents. Dems vote for Dems, Reps vote for Reps, and the independents determine the winners. What plays well in Dem strongholds among the faithful doesn't play well elsewhere.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Future influence of Georgia’s Democrats rests with next party chair
@JSVH @JWK But this entire tempest in a teapot is about APS NOT receiving money due from BeltLine. The rest is irrelevant.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes
@atlman @JSVH @Burroughston Broch atlman, where I was raised we called people like you trifling fools. Nobody is talking about race here except you. You want to throw down the race card every time anyone expresses an opinion not complimentary to the City of Atlanta. Play your game if you wish, but you are exposed for the charlatan you are. I wager you also call anyone who criticizes President Obama racist. You are a real one trick pony.
The Beltline staff is multiracial, if you take time to look. Greed and stupidity know no color.
I have plenty of money and can retire comfortably whenever I wish, so I envy no one's wealth. I never wanted political power, so I don't envy others having it.
@JSVH @Burroughston Broch My estimate of total cost, including vacations, holidays, taxes, insurance, pension, fringe benefits, etc. It includes all costs, not just payroll.
@Guest @JSVH Look at Beltline's staff & board picture (http://beltline.org/about/the-atlanta-beltline-people/abi-staff-and-board). 35 faces less 9 board members leaves at least 26 staff. Multiply 26 by at least $125,000 cost per staff, and you will see where the bloat begins.
@JSVH @Burroughston Broch APS was guaranteed a repayment schedule per the BeltLine agreement. The agreement is valid. It is not APS' fault that BeltLine's founders made a poor financial decision and didn't manage their risk. They should be held accountable.
At present, APS is not being paid and is bearing the cost of BeltLine mismanagement.
@JulianBene The taxpayers paid APS taxes that went to BeltLine. BeltLine reneged on repaying APS per their agreement. You want the City (which owns and controls BeltLine) to take other City funds and repay APS on BeltLine's behalf. The taxpayers will end up paying additional taxes to replenish the City's coffers. Why should the taxpayers pay twice because of BeltLine mismanagement?
@MSR Are you advocating throwing the APS under the bus because the BeltLine has mismanaged funds and has refused to repay APS? What is more important to you - quicker BeltLine completion or less funding of APS?
@JSVH @Burroughston Broch I am not certain you understand the situation. APS was used as a vehicle to fund BeltLine - a portion of the school taxes collected went to BeltLine instead of APS. BeltLine is to make annual payments to APS, but has reneged.
I am advocating for three points, (1) BeltLine pays APS in arrears and then in full per the agreement between them, (2) this cockamamie funding scheme between two units of local government never be repeated, and (3) public officials responsible be held accountable in the courts.
@JulianBene @Burroughston Broch The plan stunk in 2008 (when it was already obvious the economy was going off the tracks) and it stinks today. Perhaps the responsible answer is to pay back the APS from BeltLine funds, and slow the BeltLine buildout accordingly. There's no reason the taxpayers should pay twice.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes
@Atlgal So you advocate sweeping this mess under the rug to reduce taxpayer costs, as has been done so many times? How much would have been saved if the BeltLine had been funded properly? How much have the taxpayers already paid for lawyers on both sides?
If an elected official does not uphold his/her oath of office, they should be held accountable. Or did you advocate giving Beverly Hall a free pass?
@James R. Oxendine And covers up the pile of dog mess in the corner that every City politician has been trying to ignore and avoid responsibility for.
@JulianBene It was time to get resource priorities straight BEFORE spending $ millions the City doesn't have. Regardless of how many slices you cut in the pie, the pie is only so big.
@JSVH And then you will be happy to repeat this sorry saga again, with different players? And then again?
City officials seem to operate on the assumption that an ounce of forgiveness is worth a pound of permission from the voters, and get forgiven time and again. It's time to end this behavior.
I don't buy what Mr. Mitchell is trying to sell.
City of Atlanta taxpayers are left at risk while one unit of local government reneges on another unit of local government. This matter should be clearly resolved in the courts, and then followed by criminal prosecutions of those responsible.
"What’s old is new. What’s new is old."
I couldn't agree more. The City of Atlanta cannot complete a project on budget and on time. The latest acknowledged Streetcar cost is at least 41.5% over budget and the project was completed at least 18 months late. All of the extra costs will be paid by the City of Atlanta taxpayers.
The same service could be delivered by two dedicated MARTA buses at much lower cost. Buy three buses for $700,000 each - that's $2.1 million capital cost versus $98 million for the Streetcar. Operating two buses for 118 hours/week costs about $1.5 million per year. Ignoring inflation, the cost to buy and operate buses for 20 years would be $32million, or about 1/3 of what was spent just to build the Streetcar.
What's old is new. What's new is old.
2 months ago on Launch of Atlanta Streetcar brings the past to the future with modern twist
I assume atlman has no explanation. Not unexpected.
2 months, 1 week ago on Underground Atlanta to be sold for $25.75 million to S.C.-based WRS Inc.
@atlman " $250 million out of $1 billion is a big chunk. It is a quarter of it, and will generate revenue for future mayors to pay the rest of it."
Please explain in detail how issuing bonds and repairing $250 million of decayed infrastructure will generate revenue for future mayors to pay the rest of it. Amortization of $250 million in bonds will cost $25-$30 million per year.
@Daave Walker It's similar to the deal IBM made with GlobalFoundries in which Global Foundries buys IBM's chip fab plants and IBM pays them $1.5 billion.
The City has been losing lots of money for years on Underground, so this will stop the bleeding.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Atlanta could clear $10 million from sale of Underground Atlanta