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@Reinvent_ED"However, what's missing here is the business side of this transaction.
Turner Field never became the place where people stayed before games or
after games. No economic development happened there. And that is the
fault of the City of Atlanta."
I'm sorry but that is incorrect. The stadium is controlled by the Fulton Co. Recreational Authority...an entity of Fulton County, NOT COA. So you cast blame in the wrong direction. FYI, it would also take an act of the State Legislature to amend that agreement (or for that matter to dissolve the FCRA), so laying any significant blame (at least the way you framed it)with the COA is not correct.
Also, the Braves were demanding complete control of any development adjacent to Turner Field. Last I checked, they were not elected nor were they too bothered by the adjacent residents needs either.
1 week ago on A new Braves stadium in Cobb County shows metro Atlanta still doesn’t understand the concept of regionalism
@The Last Democrat in Georgia Even though it is 10 miles a way, they will still need the hotel rooms in the COA, since the number of hotel rooms in Cobb is grossly inadequate, and in 3 years that is not going to change...so, they will be paying the hotel/motel tax in COA...and ironically helping us build the Falcon Stadium. This will also be of great benefit to Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. It shows how flawed the financing deal is on Cobb's end. Most of the tax revenue they are projecting will end up in either Fulton or COA in the near term. They wont be able to add enough hotel rooms to meet demand in 3 years in Cobb
@gtalum06 I would argue that the problem is more of a Fulton Co gov. problem than a City of Atlanta problem. COA has no control over Fulton Rec. In fact, it would take an act of the State Legislature to make any changes to it or eliminate it. I dont think there are many people here who would say that Fulton governance is not a hot mess (just follow the track record of Emma Darnell if you want good examples of cronyism and patronage). The COA while not perfect is miles ahead of Fulton.
@War Eagle '77 It would be nice if just once you had your facts straight. The falcons stadium is going to be paid for by the hotel/motel tax that is already a funding stream. There is no such funding stream for Turner Field, and it would come at the expense of many of the other infrastructure projects that Atlanta has to "go it alone" on because of short sighted small minded people. I love how fiscally conservative everyone is when it come to Atlanta, then WHOOSH it vaporizes when it benefits them (stadium/cobb).
I think we are quite a ways from any kind of regional thinking here...too much "where's mine" around. Got to get rid of the "mememe" by doing what so many people just dont do in the city...VOTE.
War Eagles Comment is but a symptom of the lies and mistrust, us vs them..."MARTA is corrupt"...aka we dont want minorities (guess what, they drive too), "political corruption rampant" yeah from the Cobb County board who took 2 years to decide if people could have chickens yet rammed a 300 million project down the throats of their residents in just a couple of weeks, like it or not.
This might actually be a good thing, the stadium in Cobb. They are going to learn real fast that they wont be able to go it alone on this. They will need state funding to expand/improve infrastructure...and it wont be coming all that easily. They will have to work with Fulton, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and Atlanta on a traffic plan. Anyone who has had to cross the river from Cobb to Fulton to get to work over the last several years knows what happens when they dont.
The money quote...
“We spent two years discussing whether we could have chickens in our
backyards, and we are spending two weeks on how we’re spending $300
million,” one Cobb County resident told the Commission who called the
deal “taxation without representation.”
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.
1 week ago on Cobb Commission welcomes Atlanta Braves stadium in 4 to 1 MOU vote
The problem is that The Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority ran a 1.5 million deficit last year, and the stadium would be very close to Sandy Springs and Dunwoody which would siphon off quite a few hotel guests, and hotel tax revenue. I would assume until there are more available units in the Cumberland area that might be a big problem. If they cant cover current expenditures, how will they cover this?
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Cobb County’s coliseum authority may have capacity to fund Braves stadium within its existing powers
There is another point to address and it is sort of misleading in the article. The new managed I-75 lanes will come online about the same time as the stadium is completed. The problem is during the evening rush these lanes (which originate at 75/285) will be headed north...AWAY from the stadium, so they will be of no use really as far as traffic to the stadium goes
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Braves in Cobb: Traffic, transit access to stadium near Cumberland Mall may be less a nightmare than some predict
I personally want to see what the voters of Cobb have to say about spending 600 million on a new stadium (when you account for cost over runs and surface improvements). Aren't these the same people who screamed that we couldn't spend any money or that we were broke? Where is the Tea Party now...that sound is crickets...get used to it.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed wishes Atlanta Braves well in Cobb County
There is another big problem here. Georgia has very "bank friendly" foreclosure laws, and home owners have few protections from unscrupulous bank practices. This, to me, looks like it gives banks an incentive to foreclose so they can then flip the house to a hedge fund like Blackstone (which by the way is one of the top spending firms on lobbying in DC). The other problem not mentioned is upkeep. My guess is they are just sitting on a lot of this property before they do anything with it, and that helps nobody. If you look at the numbers, very few home sales are to the actual inhabitants of the home, and the rise in property values is not indicative of a recovery in housing...just another bubble. If people cant buy...many wont be able to rent at a break even rate either.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on As Wall Street buys houses as investments, local leaders plan response to protect affordability
You've been advocating for this type of solution for flooding in the urban areas for a long time. Nice to see a working model prove you were right! Too bad be had to build all those tunnels first
2 months, 1 week ago on Historic Fourth Ward Park – mixing green and blue – parks and storm water – a model for a greater Atlanta
@moliere Sorry, but you are wrong. Federal money spent on social programs absolutely causes growth. The government pays for the majority of these programs so they inject liquidity directly into the economy. After all, the money that the government spends doesn't go into a vacuum. It pays providers, hospitals, device makers, etc. They in turn pay their employees who go buy things.
As for the government going broke...its crap and you should quit repeating it. Fiat currency nations whose debts are valued in their own currency cannot go broke. If you understood that, you would understand just how bat shyt crazy this debt ceiling fight is...The Fed has as much money as they need to pay our "bills" (most of which are owed to ourselves). Everything stated above is fact, and if you can prove otherwise go ahead.
These policies of screw the poor are not just morally wrong but are anti growth. The poor spend a much higher % of their income than other groups. A dollar out of their pocket is a dollar out of the economy...plain and simple. Grasp these facts and you might not be so quick to judge.
As for how the state administers medicaid, I cant speak to that I dont know...but I do know that indigent care in an emergency room is a WHOLE lot more expensive than preventative care...just sayin
2 months, 2 weeks ago on What the Savannah River dredging project and the Medicaid expansion say about our priorities
@SteveBrown I wish that people made smarter decisions when it comes to zoning as is being played out with the Glenwood development. Sometimes you have to make zoning laws that work with the community, but not even that is being demonized (UN conspiracy...need I say more). The city needs more density, and in fact, thats what many younger people want.
As for working poor transport. Steve, thats even a bit much of a generalization dont you think, even for you. That multi-billion dollar INVESTMENT has paid off multiple times in development and the taxes that development generates. Do you think Lindbergh, or many of the North line developments would have been possible without MARTA rail? The fact is, transit by and large returns 1.7 dollars for every dollar spent. I wish I could get that kind of return on my investments. Making it poor vs middle class gets us nowhere...especially when this "facts be damned" mentality reins supreme.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Poverty grows to Atlanta’s suburbs as researchers show it “taxes the brain”
@The Last Democrat in Georgia @SteveBrown I dont see many impoverished riders on the line to North Springs or to Doraville for that matter, and not many impoverished people are taking MARTA to the airport to catch flights. So, the generalizations dont really work. Clayton Co. which has long past Fulton as the most dysfunctional, had transit when these people moved there. If they were allowed to join MARTA as 70% of the residents voted they wanted to do, they would have transit there now. I'm sorry to have to continue to drive this point, but if a private solution was there, it would be operating now. Two years is more than enough time to get it off the ground if it was viable. We call it PUBLIC transit for a reason...its for the public. The objective is not to generate a profit. Its to provide a service to residents. Private solutions goals are profit, and nothing else. They are there to make money. That may conflict with the public good. What is the point of having transit if the people that need it most are priced out?
I'm not sure why the commissary at Dobbins has not been built. I thought there was funding already set aside for it. If the sequestration is the reason it has not been built, there are several extreme hypocrites who signed that letter. They scream on one side of their mouth "we're going broke" (which by the way is 100% FALSE), then when their projects lose funding the complain about that. You cant have it both ways people
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Georgia delegation to military: “Keep … promise” to provide Atlanta vets a commissary at Fort Mac or Dobbins
Every time I read something about Mr. Parker, it sounds more and more like he's got a handle on whats going on at MARTA and is going to be way more effective in his position than the last manager. This is good for MARTA and good for Atlanta.
3 months, 1 week ago on A new MARTA: Good news highlighted by GM Keith Parker
I heard this movie was awful. The people who were around during that time said it was awful. I'll take their word and skip this one
3 months, 1 week ago on ‘Jobs’ — a chronicle of Steve Jobs; not a deep look at his complexities
"The Republican Party has always been the party of small business. Small
business has typically been very Republican, and a lot of these Tea
Partiers are small business people. They’re a 60-year-old guy who owns a
laundry or a grocery store or whatever, who got so afraid of Obama he
got up off the couch with his wife and decided they had to do something
to save their children.”
He doesn't mention that the reason they got up off the couch was because they were lied to, manipulated, and used by big money interests that had absolutely no interest in their problems or their concerns...just look at NC and Art Pope if you need an example. At least in NC they are getting up off the couch to protest for their own well being
3 months, 1 week ago on A Republican-Democratic tag team, on the road for immigration reform
@PatrickTMalone I am so tired of this generalized "extreme left wing". Who is it? What organizations are they? My guess is you cant name them because "left wing" is just a buzz word for not agreeing with the right. Zoning and planning (or lack there of) is what got us into this mess in the first place. We continue to subsidize the exurbs by spending more on "hot lanes" and traffic congestion which in turn incentivizes further sprawl. The truth is there is no radical left wing comparable to the right wingnuts. In numbers or political power
3 months, 1 week ago on With regionalism under attack, metro Atlanta’s prosperity likely to suffer
Say what you want about Mayor Reed, he knows how to work the back channels to do what needs to be done for Atlanta...as well as the state. Do any of you think the port deepening would be this far along if it was up to Nathan Deal to get it done, hardly.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on U.S. DOT’s Anthony Foxx: Georgia and North Carolina ‘joined at the hip’
@James Braque I'm not saying it is the best method, but it is 100% certainly legal (you even say so in the last sentence of your comment). Last I looked, in the last several years property values have plummeted in that area, so an appraisal from 20 years ago hardly can be used to justify anything currently
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Reflections on Sunday morning as two black churches ponder their future