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5 hours, 24 minutes ago on 12-acre site near Falcons stadium up for redevelopment

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One secret of successful polling - carefully choose your sample.

A second secret - pose your questions to elicit the desired answer. Notice they didn't list the questions.

4 days, 16 hours ago on MARTA service in Gwinnett County supported by majority of likely voters: Gwinnett Chamber poll

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Ms. Nunn gave up a job paying between $250,000 and $350,000 a year to offer for the US Senate. Her husband does not work outside the home, so she has to put beans and 'taters on the table.

Her predecessor at CARE was paid $441,000 in 2012.

I wonder what the range of income inequality is at CARE.


4 days, 16 hours ago on Michelle Nunn to become next CEO of CARE

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Hizzoner wants one of his minions in charge as he cuts deals on Turner Field and Fanplex. The Authority's income falls significantly after the Braves depart.

1 week ago on Fulton Chairman John Eaves objects to Mayor’s pick of Keisha Lance Bottoms as new Recreation Authority head

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@DebAz @Burroughston Broch  Do you also believe in the Tooth Fairy? Hizzoner makes future benefits for himself for every dollar he channels to the stadium. He anticipates Blank will honor these quid pro quos after he is out of office.

1 week ago on New Atlanta Falcons stadium costs rise up to $1.5 billion

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@DebAz @Burroughston Broch @Question Man  A lot has happened in the last 14 months and Hizzoner has $250million more to spend now on whatever he wants. A portion of it will be spent on the stadium and surrounds.

1 week, 1 day ago on New Atlanta Falcons stadium costs rise up to $1.5 billion

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@DebAz @Question Man  I assume the $350million does not include what will be spent out of the $250million infrastructure bonds, politically portrayed as infrastructure replacement.

1 week, 1 day ago on New Atlanta Falcons stadium costs rise up to $1.5 billion

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@EveryoneIsAnExpertNow @Burroughston Broch  Since I am a consulting engineer and participate in many LEED efforts, I know about this subject. I have shot holes in a number of greenwashing stampedes.

I am confident enough to call those other cities wrong.

If other people break their noses, do you feel obligated to break yours?

1 week, 3 days ago on Health and future of Atlanta’s office market are factors in proposed sustainability code

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Maria, this manufactured PR scuffle is part of Delta's strategy in their ongoing negotiations for a new 30 year lease at Hartsfield Jackson. Nothing more.

1 week, 3 days ago on Delta Air Lines treated so badly by 2015 state legislature – we all should worry

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@mnst  I reported exactly what I was told by a former GPB President. I've never thrown down a race card, much less walked out of the room.

What's your tie to Milton Clipper?

1 week, 4 days ago on Public Broadcasting Atlanta names Wonya Lucas CEO

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If sustainability were financially sound and generated an attractive return on investment without tax incentives and grants, there would be no need for legislation on any level. The mere fact that legislation is required tells us that it is not.

1 week, 4 days ago on Health and future of Atlanta’s office market are factors in proposed sustainability code

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I am pleased to learn Milton Clipper has retired. He was a major stumbling block in resolving the duplication of services and competition between Public Broadcasting Atlanta and Georgia Public Broadcasting. A former GPB President told me during his term GPB and PBA met periodically to discuss cooperation and a potential merger but every time Clipper threw down the race card and walked out. Perhaps GPB's recent entry into metro Atlanta had something to do with Clipper's departure.


I wish Ms. Lucas well and hope she and GPB will be able to reach an agreement that benefits all public broadcasting users and supporters in metro Atlanta.

1 week, 5 days ago on Public Broadcasting Atlanta names Wonya Lucas CEO

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If sustainability were financially sound and generated an attractive return on investment without tax incentives and grants, there would be no need for legislation on any level. The mere fact that legislation is required tells us that it is not.

1 week, 6 days ago on Atlanta’s sustainability proposal revives debate over carrots, sticks

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@Natron  Wherever did you get the impression I support anti-discrimination? Certainly not from me.

1 week, 6 days ago on Attitudes toward feminism have evolved since the 1960s

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Klimt painted two portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer, and the subject of this movie is properly known as "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I." It is located in Neue Galerie, NYC.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on ‘Woman in Gold’ – Helen Mirren leads tale of stolen art by Nazis

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I am pleased to learn Milton Clipper has retired. He was a major stumbling block in resolving the duplication of services and competition between Public Broadcasting Atlanta and Georgia Public Broadcasting. A former GPB President told me during his term GPB and PBA met periodically to discuss cooperation and a potential merger but every time Clipper threw down the race card and walked out. Perhaps GPB's recent entry into metro Atlanta had something to do with Clipper's departure.



I wish Ms. Lucas well and hope she and GPB will be able to reach an agreement that benefits all public broadcasting users and supporters in metro Atlanta.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Wonya Lucas to be new CEO of Public Broadcasting Atlanta

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Saba, negotiating a treaty is only the first step. Having the Senate pass a resolution of ratification by a 2/3 vote is the second step. Enforcing the treaty is the third step.

Given Iran's past performance and current leadership, the third step will be impossible.


2 weeks, 2 days ago on As America negotiates with Iran on nuclear deal – distrust and verify

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Maria, surely you jest.

"And the cost to build, operate and expand the system is a bargain when one considers the economic benefits of riding streetcars into the future."

The Streetcar cost over $98 million to build (what the City has admitted, probably to rise to over $100 million) - 50% more than was estimated. City taxpayers paid for all of the cost increase. Plus City taxpayers are paying $5 million per year to operate it with the present number of cars. Triple the number of cars to maintain a 5 minute frequency and you add capital and operating costs. And expanding it at the cost of $37 million/mile is not a bargain.

Friends who have ridden it say its a novelty but slower than walking, as others have written in the press.

All in all, the Streetcar is slower and more expensive to build, operate, and expand than MARTA buses.

So why are you enamored of the Streetcar?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Free ATL Streetcar rides make economic sense

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If electric vehicles were truly cost effective, then taxpayer subsidies would be unnecessary. The fact that hefty subsidies are necessary to boost sales speaks for itself.

One might suppose I would be a prime candidate for an electric vehicle. I drive 8000 miles per year, mainly commuting to work. But my 2007 Toyota Corolla gets me around very cheaply at about $42/month for fuel. I bought it five years ago for $13,300 and it's worth half of that now. My ad valorem tax is $114/year. So my average monthly cost is only $163 (closer to "almost free" than a Leaf) and drops every month - with no subsidy from my fellow taxpayers.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Georgia is driving electric vehicles in reverse – going from being a leader to last place

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@Guest The present $318million endowment provides 16% of the revenues, so adding $56million to the endowment would increase the revenues provided by the endowment from 16% to 19%. If they increase the endowment to $1.99billion it would provide 100% of the revenues and the sales staff would have nothing to do.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Woodruff Arts Center launches $100 million “Transformation” campaign

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I have contributed to WAC's past campaigns, but will not contribute to this one because:

1. WAC was a poor steward of contributions by letting $1.438million be embezzled over the course of many years, and has not been forthcoming about how it will prevent repetitions.

2. WAC treated the ASOC artists like dirt.

3. WAC already sucks up the majority of arts funding in the area and stunts the other organizations. It's time to fund the others, not to give WAC more $millions to add to their endowment.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Woodruff Arts Center launches $100 million “Transformation” campaign

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@kevinalynch @Burroughston Broch 

City plans are always written in pencil, to be changed as the political winds or politician's income opportunities change.

Regardless whether sunk cost or opportunity cost, all additional costs for this project are paid by the City taxpayers. The City last stated it would spend $4.8 million for operations, net of $0.3 million in fares, for a total of $5.1 million; it earlier stated the operations would cost $4 million, net of $1 million in fares.

Putting $5 million per year into perspective, it is about 30% of the yearly amortization cost of the recently-passed $250 million bond issue. Had the $5 million being spent on the streetcar operations been available instead to pay bonds, the bond issue could have been $333 million against the $1 billion list of decayed and failing infrastructure.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Kasim Reed: Atlanta Streetcar’s fare to be free through 2015

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What wisdom is there in abandoning the business plan the City crafted at considerable cost? This just leaves the taxpayers to shoulder all of the cost.

And it will be years, perhaps decades before the streetcar is integrated with MARTA and the BeltLine, if ever.


I suspect this is a tool to improve the lagging ridership to prevent further embarrassment to Hizzoner.


3 weeks, 3 days ago on Kasim Reed: Atlanta Streetcar’s fare to be free through 2015

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Notice their 5 pillars do not include any measurable hiring of graduates.

Like other City of Atlanta programs, this is a jobs program for those who enjoy the Mayor's favor.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Why can’t Atlanta’s jobs training agency help more people find work, city councilmembers ask

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@Guest @atlman  Yes, atlman has long since revealed himself as an angry black man who blames whites for all the black man's shortcomings, and as an ardent apologist for Hizzoner.

1 month ago on Mayor Reed’s legacy list grows as Wall Street approves city’s course

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@Guest  According to her LinkedIn listing, her gig at Saporta Report is her only current experience. She calls herself a Communications and Public Affairs Professional/Management Consulting.

1 month, 1 week ago on Campaign begins to get Atlantans to vote on $250 million in bonds for infrastructure improvements

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@writes_of_weigh  You sound like a one trick pony.

The City can only come up with enough money to pay for a $250 million bond issue. The MMPT cost estimate was $1.5 billion. Where is the money to come from? Your answer should not be, "That's not my department."

1 month, 1 week ago on Campaign begins to get Atlantans to vote on $250 million in bonds for infrastructure improvements

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@Butler 63 Please explain what is complex about paying your bills on time, not 11 years late.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Atlantic Station deal shows need to monitor urban renewal projects

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Ivan Allen, Jr. was the last good Mayor of the City of Atlanta. His successors never came close to meeting the standard he set, and I see no potential successor who could come close.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Going It Alone

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@letmesaythis  When you are 22 or 23 years old like the author, anything that occurred before 1990 is ancient history. It's obvious she has not studied ancient feminist history.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Attitudes toward feminism have evolved since the 1960s

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@evinton1  My comment about the City taxing itself to build out the Beltline was tongue-in-cheek. City finances are so stretched it can afford only a $250 million bond issue to correct only a small percentage of its $1 billion list of rotted infrastructure. The percentage will be much less than 25% because part of the proceeds will be siphoned off for new pet projects (such as infrastructure for the Falcon's stadium, bike paths, etc.).

City leaders don't have the courage to ask the voters to pay $1 billion for the Beltline because they know the voters would say No. Instead, the City wants "partners" (aka private firms trying to buy political influence and favors) to pay for most of it. The City always has its hand out for others to pay, particularly when some of the money can stick to politician's fingers.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on As our region becomes more dense, we need more transit options

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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.



1 month, 3 weeks ago on As our region becomes more dense, we need more transit options

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@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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Looking for bold leadership from Atlanta’s business community

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@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.



1 month, 3 weeks ago on Looking for bold leadership from Atlanta’s business community

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@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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Looking for bold leadership from Atlanta’s business community

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@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.


1 month, 3 weeks ago on Involve community in design of Underground Atlanta’s redevelopment

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@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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Involve community in design of Underground Atlanta’s redevelopment

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@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.


1 month, 3 weeks ago on Involve community in design of Underground Atlanta’s redevelopment

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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 month, 4 weeks ago on Atlanta Streetcar could expose city to liability for damage to underground utilities

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@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 month, 4 weeks ago on Involve community in design of Underground Atlanta’s redevelopment

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@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.

2 months ago on Metro Atlanta must strive to design great buildings – large and small

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@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.




2 months ago on Metro Atlanta must strive to design great buildings – large and small

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@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?



2 months ago on Atlanta Hawks winning thanks largely to absence of Danny Ferry

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@EveryLastWord @Burroughston Broch @mariasaporta  Most of what we read and listen to is puff stuff and PR is an easier job.

2 months ago on Atlanta Hawks winning thanks largely to absence of Danny Ferry

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@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.


2 months ago on Atlanta Hawks winning thanks largely to absence of Danny Ferry

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I suspect the driving force behind this article is money changing hands for some Thought Leadership.

2 months ago on Atlanta Hawks winning thanks largely to absence of Danny Ferry

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Actions speak louder than words. Watch what the Reed administration does, rather than listen to its multiple mouthpieces.

2 months, 1 week ago on Atlanta’s sidewalk maintenance program moving toward resolution

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@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 months, 1 week ago on Oglethorpe’s Dream and Georgia Day

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@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 months, 1 week ago on Atlanta Hawks winning thanks largely to absence of Danny Ferry

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