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"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 day, 6 hours ago on The imbalance of metro Atlanta’s growth shows we must focus on human and physical needs

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@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 week, 2 days ago on A new screenplay for Fort McPherson would have happier ending for Atlanta

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@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.


1 week, 3 days ago on A new screenplay for Fort McPherson would have happier ending for Atlanta

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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.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on A disconnect: climate change and the environment at the state legislature

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@Antonio  So who forced you to move so far from your job? Couldn't you live closer?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Transit gains traction in Atlanta region as Clayton may join MARTA; Sen. Beach says he'll be state champion

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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?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on King children back in court: alliances shifting; settlement may be out of reach; Bible and Peace Prize in limbo

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Joe Martin unsuccessfully ran for State School Superintendent three times (2010, 2002, and 1998).

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Column: Atlanta Habitat’s Larrie Del Martin looks to the future

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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.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Future influence of Georgia’s Democrats rests with next party chair

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@JSVH @JWK  But this entire tempest in a teapot is about APS NOT receiving money due from BeltLine. The rest is irrelevant.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes

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@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.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes

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@JSVH @Burroughston Broch  My estimate of total cost, including vacations, holidays, taxes, insurance, pension, fringe benefits, etc. It includes all costs, not just payroll.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes

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@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.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes

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@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.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes

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@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?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes

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@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?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes

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@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.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes

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@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.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes

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@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?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes

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@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.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes

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@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.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes

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@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.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes

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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.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine and APS should unify, not divide, our city – for all our sakes

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"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.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Launch of Atlanta Streetcar brings the past to the future with modern twist

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I assume atlman has no explanation. Not unexpected.

1 month ago on Underground Atlanta to be sold for $25.75 million to S.C.-based WRS Inc.

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@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.

1 month, 1 week ago on Underground Atlanta to be sold for $25.75 million to S.C.-based WRS Inc.

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@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.

1 month, 1 week ago on Atlanta could clear $10 million from sale of Underground Atlanta

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Good news! Yhanks for the prompt report.

1 month, 1 week ago on Atlanta could clear $10 million from sale of Underground Atlanta

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@atlman @Burroughston Broch I will be pleased when the  Underground Atlanta millstone is loosed from the necks of the City's taxpayers. It has been a financial drain for years. It should have been sold years ago.

Why do you expect the Underground sale to bring increased police presence in the vicinity? There is little to none now, as the streets around 5 Points Station show.

1 month, 1 week ago on Underground Atlanta to be sold for $25.75 million to S.C.-based WRS Inc.

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@SenorKev @Burroughston Broch Any sort of incentive. The City doesn't pay property tax to itself on the land it owns.

1 month, 1 week ago on Atlanta could clear $10 million from sale of Underground Atlanta

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David, do you have any information about other inducements provided by the City to the purchaser?

The City has squandered a tremendous amount of taxpayer money on Underground in the last 50 years.

1 month, 1 week ago on Atlanta could clear $10 million from sale of Underground Atlanta

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@PriscillaPadron I don't follow Mr. Soros either but know he is a patron of the political left. You brought up the subject of politics so you shouldn't be surprised when someone disagrees with you. I don't consider this a fight, so why do you? Just because I don't agree?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Atlanta seeks ideas to cash in on public domain in busy parts of city

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It will be interesting to learn (1) how much of the purchase price will be left after the remaining bonds are retired and (2) what other inducements were given to the purchaser. This may be similar to IBM recently paying $1.5 billion to Global Foundries to take IBM's old chip fab plants off their hands.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Underground Atlanta to be sold for $25.75 million to S.C.-based WRS Inc.

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@PriscillaPadron You neglected to answer the question in my last sentence, so I remind you.

Koch is estimated by Forbes to be worth $40 billion and Soros $24 billion, so they are peers.  You couldn't buy this country with 500 Kochs, so please spare us the hyperbole.

You are naive if you believe the Woodruff Foundation is apolitical. It only states it does not fund politicial campaigns or lobbying; it also states it does not fund endowments but the recently announced pledge to the WAC is going to fund endowments, so take their statements with a grain of salt.

The trustees and staff are hardly apolitical.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Atlanta seeks ideas to cash in on public domain in busy parts of city

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@ PriscillaPadron

Koch pledged in 2008 $100 million over 10 years to update the theater and provide an endowment for operation and maintenance. This amount dwarfs the recent Woodruff $38 million pledge to the High, most of which is contingent on matching gifts. I think Koch was very generous, and shame on you for injecting politics. Would you reject a $100 million pledge from George Soros?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Atlanta seeks ideas to cash in on public domain in busy parts of city

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Amazing how quickly things change when the scales are whisked away from the voters' eyes. Louisiana voters tired of being taken for granted by Democrats who court the poor in tails and spats.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on In Louisiana, the last Democratic royalty leave the bayou

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@atlman Perhaps the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce could buy Fort Mac, move their office there, and redevelop it themselves, showing the rest of us how it should be done. They plan to move anyway.

When pigs fly...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on A new screenplay for Fort McPherson would have happier ending for Atlanta

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@mariasaporta @PaulaLaflamme Two questions for you, Maria.

1. How many studios can Perry support? He has one at Greenbrier, he has a 1000 acres for another in Douglas County, and now he wants to buy 300+ acres at Ft. Mac on the cheap for a third.

2. How many studios can metro Atlanta support? Add Lakewood and the proposed Jacoby development in Gwinnett to Tyler Perry's properties.

Perhaps Perry wants Ft. Mac for another purpose.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on A new screenplay for Fort McPherson would have happier ending for Atlanta

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Paula, locked MARTA bathrooms and lax MARTA security are typical on the Northside also. It's called the MARTA shuffle.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on A final frontier in Atlanta: West End could grow new homes, shops, while sheltering current residents

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The MARTA union employees will find ways around these new rules, just as they do the existing rules. For example, you could be AWOL two days, then work one day, then be AWOL two days, and repeat until you accumulate 46 AWOL days. You would then have worked 22 days and been paid for 68 days. 46 AWOL days amounts to over 17% of the work year for a fulltime employee. The way to fix this is to not pay AWOL employees, which is standard practice in private industry.

MARTA pays more overtime than paid time off, and they seem to pay a lot of paid time off. Based on the pie chart, paid time off is about 34 work days per year.This again exceeds the average 29 days in private industry.

Add 34 days paid time off to 46 AWOL days and you could miss 80 days a year, or 32% of the work year for a fulltime employee.

In summary, this contract may be a start but only a start. MARTA has a long way to go.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on MARTA’s labor contract targets absenteeism, as suggested by KPMG

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David, please check your geography.

Northside Drive begins in Sandy Springs north of I285 and ends at Glenn St. just south of I20. Only the portion south of I75 was industrial, while the portion north of I75 is mainly residential with some light commercial.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on A final frontier in Atlanta: West End could grow new homes, shops, while sheltering current residents

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@ken holewinski  Not as long as the mainstream media and the racial grievance industry can make money from it.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Ferguson reminds us that we must have 'faith in strangers' — our democracy depends upon it

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Yet another City audit to be locked away in a filing cabinet and forgotten.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Data security at Atlanta’s airport remains in question: City audit

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@dwileyjr34 @Burroughston Broch One study begets yet another study. That's how government and academia work. ROFLMAO

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Atlanta BeltLine’s health impact to be measured by GSU, CDC researchers

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"Failed to indict" is a national progressive liberal talking point for describing Ferguson - you will find it pasted all over the national media. They believe if they repeat a lie often enough, stupid people will believe it's true. And they believe we are all stupid people.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Atlanta's ongoing teaching moments on civil disobedience - the Ferguson protests and the Rodney King riots

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@dwileyjr34 @Burroughston Broch According to the article, "there’s a great deal of interest in the degree to which the BeltLine can improve the physical and mental well being of people who live near it or use it regularly."

And you think this report would ever state that living in proximity of the BeltLine is injurious for your health?

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Atlanta BeltLine’s health impact to be measured by GSU, CDC researchers

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@Sassonii "If Sharpton and Jackson want to keep this from happening again then they should teach their own children to respect authority and to behave and speak thoughtfully."

Dominique Sharpton was arrested in 2010 for resisting arrest and traffic charges. I couldn't find any such information about Ashley Sharpton.

Jesse Jackson, Jr. is sering a 30 month sentence for fraud, conspiracy, making false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, and criminal forfeiture.

I don't think either Al or Jesse Sr. taught their children what you hoped.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Atlanta's ongoing teaching moments on civil disobedience - the Ferguson protests and the Rodney King riots

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@dwileyjr34 @Burroughston Broch You are quite welcome. I prefer to think of myself as the eternal optimist who expects the worst and is occasionally surprised when something doesn't run off the rails.

If you have any experience with government reports (which I do), you know the conclusions are always written first.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Atlanta BeltLine’s health impact to be measured by GSU, CDC researchers

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“It just went straight partisan politics. I thought this race was going to be different.”

Of course it was partisan politics, as every election is. Democrats vote for Democrats, Republicans vote for Republicans, and the Independents decide who wins. The Democrats did a poor job of telling Independents why they should vote for Democrats. President Obama hurt all Democratic candidates by declaring the 2014 elections a referendum on his policies, and voters voted against Democrats in record numbers.

She polled 44.8% - definitely an improvement over the 2010 election in which Joe Martin polled 41.6% for the same office.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Valarie Wilson weighs next step after losing election, leaving BeltLine post

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