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Saba, I believe the jury's still out whether the City's pension plan problems are really remedied, or whether the changes being implemented are just another bandaid on top of different bandaids.
Time will tell.
2 days, 2 hours ago on A look back and forward at the end of this term of the Atlanta City Council
What goes on in Georgia government mirrors what goes on in the Federal Government. What government wants, regardless of political party, is more government control.
When politicians speak of openness and transparency, expect the opposite.
3 days, 14 hours ago on Psst… Georgia’s culture of secrecy thrives in a time of ‘transparency’
So, if a neighbor takes advantage of you that's OK with you, but the same doesn't apply to a stranger.
Not in my book.
And you can save your breath about Blank. He is obsessed with his profit just as is Liberty Media that owns the Braves.
5 days, 22 hours ago on A new Braves stadium in Cobb County shows metro Atlanta still doesn’t understand the concept of regionalism
"Our tax monies are needed for infrastructure. Not bribing private sports teams."
Unless they are the Falcons and have Arthur Blank's wallet attached, eh?
6 days, 9 hours ago on A new Braves stadium in Cobb County shows metro Atlanta still doesn’t understand the concept of regionalism
You should know about parking lots killing vibrancy, since the TED and its predecessor, together with their monstrous parking lots, have been in place for 48 years.
It sounds to me like the Braves wanted to be part or redeveloping the area around the TED, but Hizzoner the Mayor would have none of it. So now he is looking for private partners to pay for redevelopment. With the right negotiations, I suspect the Braves would have invested.
6 days, 13 hours ago on A new Braves stadium in Cobb County shows metro Atlanta still doesn’t understand the concept of regionalism
You've got this all wrong, so let me correct you.
It's the City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority.
It's controlled by the Mayor and City of Atlanta since they appoint 6 of the 9 authority board members.
It's a hot mess and it's the City of Atlanta's hot mess.
6 days, 17 hours ago on A new Braves stadium in Cobb County shows metro Atlanta still doesn’t understand the concept of regionalism
"What a bunch of hypocrites...no transit by God...guess what...black people are still gonna go to the games...better get used to it."
Which black people do you mean? The 226,000 in the City of Atlanta or the 185,000 in Cobb County?
6 days, 17 hours ago on Cobb Commission welcomes Atlanta Braves stadium in 4 to 1 MOU vote
Then Atlanta's attorney's were pretty lazy - but that's par for the course.
1 week ago on ATL chief: Paulding County’s planned airport won’t thrive in tough industry
I hope she will learn from the mistakes her predecessor Sam Williams made, and not repeat them.
1 week, 1 day ago on As Atlanta Chamber president, Hala Moddelmog will be region’s ambassador
Maria, the opportunity to negotiate with the Braves as a region was squandered by the Mayor of Atlanta. He negotiated in a desultory manner for years, while keeping the matter under wraps. Until the Braves approached Cobb, no other regional government was involved.
MARTA, as usual, had no interest.
Regionalism means sharing information, which is completely foreign to the City of Atlanta.
Regionalism, when it occurs, will not include the City of Atlanta because the City always wants to play "heads I win, tails you lose."
1 week, 2 days ago on A new Braves stadium in Cobb County shows metro Atlanta still doesn’t understand the concept of regionalism
Hizzoner the Mayor decided to give the Falcons and Arthur Blank whatever they wanted, and to turn a deaf ear toward the Braves. Since the Braves drew more fans and provided more income for the City of Atlanta than the Falcons, we should assume the political decision includes a big quid pro quo for Hizzoner from the Falcons.
Now, Hizzoner wants to tear down Turner Field and build a multi-use complex similar to what the Braves plan in Cobb County. The Braves and Cobb County are moving ahead while Hizzoner is just talking grandstanding. Smart money says the Braves and Cobb County succeed while the City of Atlanta eventually reinvents something like Fanplex.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Will Atlanta’s leaders show the spirit needed to keep the Braves in the city
Much political posturing, huffing and puffing by Mr. Miller.
Of course, he doesn't mention that the City of Atlanta sold Paulding County the land for this airport. The land was part of a 10,000 acre parcel owned by the City as a site for - guess what? - a second airport. The City also owns another large parcel of land in Dawson County, acquired for the same purpose.
3 weeks ago on ATL chief: Paulding County’s planned airport won’t thrive in tough industry
Here's the latest from the geniuses at the AJC, Bluestein and Galloway, "Look for the city to treat the Braves’ departure as an opportunity to remake the area as a year-around, residential/entertainment center. And maybe someday, a place for horses to run."Have those two forgotten Fanplex, or do they think their readers have forgotten it? That was $3million of taxpayer's money down the drain due to the failed recreation complex in the 'hood. And they're pumping to repeat it on a grander scale.Here's a better idea. Why don't they interest Anne Cox Chambers and get Cox to build it with no public money? I'll hold my breath for their announcement
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed wishes Atlanta Braves well in Cobb County
Look at this post ( http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2013/11/11/braves-turner-field-had-insurmountable-transit-and-development-issues) and you will understand why the Braves are moving.
The City of Atlanta took the Braves for granted in their quest to pander to the Falcons.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Atlanta Braves planning move to Cobb
@waynedanderson You have drunk freely of the Kasim Reed/Metro Chamber koolade. If the City of Atlanta could suck as well as it blows, it would be a seaport.
1 month, 1 week ago on Downtown study group: Improve Underground and Five Points station
The committee probably took the 1996 report, dusted it off, changed a few things, gave it a new title and a new cover, and then called it a day and went for a drink. They assumed no one had read or would remember the 1996 report.
This process is well known and often used in academia, where plagiarism is winked at.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Downtown study group: Improve Underground and Five Points station
Believe the population counts from the US Census, not estimates by Forbes, ARC, and the City of Atlanta.
Remember just before the 2010 census when the City and the ARC were estimating 500,000 residents in the City of Atlanta? Remember when the real count came in at 421,000, a meager gain of 1,000 over the 2000 Census? Remember Mayor Reed threatening to sue the Census Bureau? Ever hear any more from that idle threat?
Let's wait until 2020 before we start bragging.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on As more walkable places emerge, Atlanta is ‘becoming a really cool city’
Atlanta's civic and business leaders will be generally satisfied by any politician who follows their instructions..
Prime examples are Hizzoner the Mayor, Beverly Hall, and former Mayor Franklin.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Atlanta’s business, civic leaders content with performance of mayor, most city council members
Dr. Burrison has been working in a very specialized area of the GSU academic cocoon for the last 47 years. He has probably been tenured for most of the last 40 years, with all the job security that provides.
Today's world is quite different from nearly half a century ago. If he were entering the job arena today, he would have great difficulty obtaining employment as a folklorist. I doubt that GSU will hire a replacement for him after he retires.
2 months ago on Traditions in clay: John Burrison — the molding of a scholar’s career
Preachers will be getting new cars for doing their part.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Friendship Baptist Church approves stadium offer; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed ‘couldn’t be more pleased’