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@hozycat  If you want to sell translation services into English, you should post in correct English with correct spelling and grammar. I hope this helps.

2 days, 15 hours ago on Atlanta Streetcar exec says year-old audio message, actual transit service will boost business at nearby shops

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@No2Decatur Entschuldigung! I apologize for my incorrect inference.

I couldn't provide demographic details for Lakeside because the Census Bureau doesn't provide them for unincorporated areas. I suspect they are similar to Chamblee and Doraville.

If you want to remain in unincorporated DeKalb, be my guest. As for me, the less I have to depend on DeKalb County the better. I live in Dunwoody and things are better here now that we have more control over our future and less to do with DeKalb government.

As for you having to pay higher taxes because cities incorporate, that is full proof that the cities were subsidizing you in the first place. Why can't you pay for your own services?

As for your screen name being mistaken, that's your fault. It can as easily be taken as Number Two Decatur as it could No To Decatur.

After you've ranted, insulted me and shown a need for anger management help, explain to me why I owe you compassion.

6 days, 18 hours ago on Atlanta plans $200,000 study to help Turner Field neighborhoods

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@No2Decatur  North DeKalb is incorporating to rid itself as much as is possible from the oppressive corruption, ineptitude, and malfeasance of DeKalb County government. Decatur is annexing property as well, although you don't seem bothered by that.

DeKalb County doesn't "own" commercial development. What ever gave you that mistaken idea?

As far as your charge of "new segregation", I infer that the only demographic that matters to you is African American. To set the record straight, North DeKalb is not segregated and is much more diverse than middle or south DeKalb.

Dunwoody 69.8% White, 12.8% African American, 11.1% Asian, 10.3% Hispanic

Chamblee 45.4% White, 3.7% African American, 14% Asian, 56.4% Hispaniic

Doraville 46.4% White, 14.8% African American, 12.7% Asian, 43.4% Hispanic

1 week ago on Atlanta plans $200,000 study to help Turner Field neighborhoods

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Chris, it's a great story but no one's life is this one dimensional. We need to see the bad as well as the good of these subjects so we can put them into our life perspective.

You neglected to mention that Tarkenton and 10 other former executives of his computer software and consulting firm, KnowledgeWare Inc., were accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of inflating by millions of dollars the company's earnings in reports for its fiscal year ended June 30, 1994. He agreed to pay a $100,000 fine and $54,187 in restitution. He did not admit any wrongdoing.

1 week ago on Fran Tarkenton ran onto the field in his first college game, launched a long drive and a legendary career

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Sam has a unique skill set - he focuses on the desires of CEOs while ignoring the input and needs of the rest of the community. Key examples are the Metro Chamber's role in the failed regional TSPLOST and its codependent support of Beverly Hall and the APS cheating scandals.

He wants to ensure his skills are not lost but are passed on to succeeding generations.

1 week ago on Former Metro Chamber President Sam Williams joining GSU faculty

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@atlman @ Farris Lyons Seething rage? You impute seething rage because I question the conventional wisdom of building yet more taxpayer-funded facilities that sit vacant 99% of the time? LOL

0. GSU already plays its home games at the Georgia Dome that seats more fans than the Falcon's stadium. So why then would the Falcon's stadium be too big? GSU's current baseball complex is in DeKalb County, so why can't they play football there at Hallford Stadium? To be frank, I forgot about KSU; however, their stadium only seats 10,000 and it's built for soccer, not American football. As a Tech alumnus and taxpayer, I would be pleased to see both GSU and Tech share Grant Field.

1. Dorms are mentioned in the article but not classrooms. Dorms are OK. By the way, you don't have to have dorms to be a research university.

2. Prove it. It's not stated that way in the article. Do you have insider knowledge?

I have no interest in discussing the county politics. I leave that to you.

As far as the $300 million being made back in no time, that's what the supporters of the Taj MaBlank originally said. What I do know is that the City of Atlanta is having difficulty finding enough money to pay off a similar sized bond issue to replace about 1/3 of its rotten infrastructure.


1 week, 1 day ago on Atlanta plans $200,000 study to help Turner Field neighborhoods

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"GSU has proposed a $300 million complex with stadiums for football and baseball, shops, dorms for students, and housing for non-students."

This is yet another proposal for a taxpayer-funded Taj Mahal.

The average home football game attendance in 2013 was 15,274 while the average this year fell to 15,115; this year's average is inflated by their game against Georgia Southern that was heavily attended by Georgia Southern fans. Take away that game and the average for the other four home games was 11,787. Three other suitable stadia are already available: Hallford stadium in DeKalb with 15,600 seats, Grant Field at Georgia Tech with 55,000 seats, and the new Falcons stadium with 65,000. Why build another?

The baseball team already has a baseball complex at 2819 Clifton Springs Road in Decatur with a seating capacity of 1,092. Georgia Tech's baseball stadium has a seating capacity of 5,157. Why build another?

Why would anyone in their right mind want the taxpayers to build housing for non-students?

1 week, 2 days ago on Atlanta plans $200,000 study to help Turner Field neighborhoods

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His company has become the required minority partner of choice for many publicly funded and politically sensitive construction projects in Atlanta, due to his political connections. Required MBE (minority business enterprise) partners are one of the reasons publicly funded construction costs so much in Atlanta.

His company is also one of the largest Section 8 landlords in Atlanta.

1 week, 2 days ago on Legendary Atlanta business leader Herman J. Russell passes away

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@Equitable "The community should never organize to do anything new because a timeline might not be met and a budget might be exceeded."

I haven't had as good a laugh in a long time.

In every City of Atlanta project, the cost and time to completion are deliberately underestimated to make the project an easier political sale. The politicians operate on the principle that an ounce of forgiveness is worth more than a pound of permission, After all, who picks up the extra costs? The taxpayers, of course, while the politicians cut ribbons and pat themselves on the back.

The Streetcar is a prime example. The original budget was $69.3 million and the latest estimate exceeds $100 million; we will probably never know the final cost because it might start a riot. The promised operation date of late 2013 is now the end of 2014, and it might be delayed into 2015.

You seem willing to throw cost and schedule to the wind because it's something new. I think you are unusual amongst City of Atlanta taxpayers, who are tired of being fleeced for every politician's dream.


I am not suggesting the City should not do "new" projects; I am suggesting that the planners and politicians remove their rose-colored glasses and tell the public the truth for a change..

1 week, 3 days ago on Hundreds attend ground-breaking of Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail

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"David Perdue’s strategy – Michelle Nunn is synonymous with Barack Obama and Harry Reid. Nunn’s tactic – paint Perdue as a Mitt Romney-like, anti-women CEO."

Mudslinging is trying to cover your opponent with lies. Perdue's strategy was successful because it was true. No matter how Nunn squirmed and twisted, she could not distance herself from Obama and his henchman Reid - particularly after Obama said the election was a referendum on his policies and Nunn said she would defer to Obama. It's not mudslinging if it's true. The voters recognized it and sent Nunn packing.

On the other hand, I agree with you that Nunn's characterization of Perdue was mudslinging, and the voters agreed with us and voted accordingly.

1 week, 5 days ago on Mudslinging clouds the issues during campaigns for governor, U.S. Senate

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"The BeltLine will then need to build a retaining wall to keep that ridge in place, adding substantially to the cost of the project."

The first change order of many. The final cost will far surpass the publicized $43 million and the final time will exceed the publicized two years. It will follow the footsteps of The StreetCar, which still isn't operating.

1 week, 5 days ago on Hundreds attend ground-breaking of Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail

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@atlman 

"the worst economic problems - generational poverty, terrible education, no real hope of short term economic growth - are outside metro Atlanta entirely, not inside the perimeter."

Surely you jest. If not, go to SW Atlanta and Bankhead Highway in the City of Atlanta, spend some time, and reconsider your statement.

1 week, 5 days ago on Incorporation pushes unwanted marriages on DeKalb neighborhoods

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@atlman Since when are Emory employees government workers? They are counted in the services category.

The original question by Insight was, "Ever wonder why the biggest employers in DeKalb are its governments?" Government is by far the largest single employer in DeKalb. The CDC employs 15,000 total in all of its operations, so let's say 7,500 in DeKalb. Emory University and Emory Healthcare employ more than 27,000, spread all over metro Atlanta; let's say 18,000 in DeKalb.

Government employees in DeKalb exceed 41,000. QED

By the way, there is no film complex at Fort Mac. One has been mooted, but the base is still vacant.

1 week, 5 days ago on Incorporation pushes unwanted marriages on DeKalb neighborhoods

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@Insight  Here's a different source that's more accurate: http://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/mis/profiles/counties/dekalb.pdf

Goods producing 8.3% of total employees

Services 76.6%

Government 14.7%

Government percentages for other metro counties: Fulton 12.5%, Cobb 10.8%, Gwinnett 10.8%, Clayton 13.5%. The healthier the county the lower the % of government employees.

1 week, 5 days ago on Incorporation pushes unwanted marriages on DeKalb neighborhoods

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@Insight The list says "Top Employers in DeKalb County and the Greater Metro Area", not in DeKalb County. You will see BellSouth listed, but it's AT&T and most of the employees are in downtown Atlanta and beside the Lindbergh MARTA station - not in DeKalb. Notice the City of Atlanta with 8,657 employees - they are not in DeKalb.

According to Delta, their headquarters address is 1030 Delta Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30354-1989; this address is in Fulton County.

The list is worthless.

1 week, 6 days ago on Incorporation pushes unwanted marriages on DeKalb neighborhoods

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The better solution for DeKalb would be for the entire county to become incorporated, reduce the county to its constitutionally minimum duties, and then starve it. The same solution would work in Fulton as well.

The best solution for DeKalb would be to take the better solution and replace the DeKalb schools with separate municipal systems.

2 weeks ago on Incorporation pushes unwanted marriages on DeKalb neighborhoods

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia 

"If Democrats want to win in Georgia, they are going to have to turnout more non-white voters than white voters, its just that simple."

I don't agree with you. If Democrats want to win in Georgia, they must offer candidates and agendas that are attractive to all voters, not just blacks and Hispanics. It's that simple.

If Democrats continue to follow the tactic you suggest, they will soon lose all relevance in Georgia. This decline will be accelerated once blacks recognize they have suffered the worst of all demographics under the last 6 years of Democratic rule from Washington.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Little consolation for Democrats in election drubbing

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After the WAC/ASO "settlement", who in their right mind would give public funds to WAC?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on By ignoring public funding for the arts, Georgia’s innovation economy suffers

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia Like a typical Democrat, it's all about race for you.

I wrote independent voters, not independent white voters. Independent voters are those of us who don't declare allegiance to a party and who vote for the candidate, not the party. We are white, black, Hispanic, and all of the other shades. How the independents vote determines who wins elections.

Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn raised as much money or more than their Republican opponents, so that disproves the poor Democrats being on short rations.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Little consolation for Democrats in election drubbing

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia The average GA voter hasn't changed much from those who kept the Democrats in complete control for 131 years (1871-2002). It's the Georgia Democratic Party that's changed.

If the Democrats focus more on black and Hispanic voters and abandon white voters (which they are already doing), they will lose any chance with the independent voters who hold the balance of power today. It will be ugly for them once blacks accept the fact they have been screwed over by the national Democrat policies of the last 6 years - worse than any other demographic.

Perhaps Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn will be remembered as the last great white hopes of the late Georgia Democratic Party.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Little consolation for Democrats in election drubbing

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia And you claim to be a Democrat? Don't you believe your party's line that sales taxes are regressive and hurt the poor?

Kidding aside, the highest state sales tax rate in the US is 7.25% while ours is 4%. According to http://www.usgovernmentrevenue.com/year_revenue_2015GAbn_16bs1n_40#usgs302, GA expects $10.3 billion in income tax and $6.9 billion in sales tax for FY 2015. For sales tax to replace income tax, the state sales tax rate would have to increase to 10%. Add a local option sales tax and a MARTA tax onto that and you have 12%. How politically palatable would our populist leaders find that?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Wall Street reviews Georgia’s new limit on individual income tax rate

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Georgia Democrats fielded attractive candidates for Governor and U.S. Senator, but both had an message unattractive to voters, "If you like the way Democrats have operated the Federal Government for the last 6 years and want two more years of the same, vote for me." The voters listened to the unattractive message and voted for the other candidates.

Democrats voted for Democrats, Republicans voted for Republicans, and independents voted about 60% for the Republicans.

Georgia Democrats now have fallen to a new low: no statewide elected officials, no U.S. Senators, and only 4 of 14 members of the U.S. House. They had best listen to independent voters rather than the national Democratic leadership in Washington. Otherwise, they will lose what they still have. A 2016 disaster like 2014 will cause many to question their future viability.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Little consolation for Democrats in election drubbing

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If need be, the rate limit could be adjusted by the same process in the future.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Wall Street reviews Georgia’s new limit on individual income tax rate

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia  "Clayton County's abundance of multi-family housing became a 'dumping ground' of sorts for lower-income residents who were displaced from closed and demolished housing projects in the City of Atlanta."

The same can be said of South DeKalb County.

MARTA has been unwilling to extend rail service to that area also, despite DeKalb taxpayers paying sales taxes for the past 42 years. Clayton shouldn't hold its breath for MARTA rail.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on MARTA’s big win in Clayton to impact Atlanta region on micro, macro levels

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@Pete Westafer I market my business' services but I don't depend on government tax subsidies. The State can market its advantages without providing tax subsidies.

The business climate has become overly slanted towards subsidies and rebates. I heard a presentation by a large data center operator that can be summarized thus, "We believe in being "green" provided the taxpayers and utility ratepayers subsidize our activities. We will continue to do so as long as you are willing to pay us and we can profit by it." I reminded the presenter that the Federal tax subsidies for solar and wind energy expire by 2016, and asked whether his "green" activities would continue after 2016. He refused to commit, which I take as a NO.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on By ignoring public funding for the arts, Georgia’s innovation economy suffers

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@Pete Westafer Are you suggesting that every non-local business employing local businesses should be subsidized by the taxpayers?

2 weeks, 4 days ago on By ignoring public funding for the arts, Georgia’s innovation economy suffers

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@ BPJ

The US Constitution lists the responsibilities of the federal government, and anything not specifically named is reserved for the states. You can't maintain that, because an activity is not banned, it is then allowed.

You are of course welcome to your opinion, which I consider wrong.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on By ignoring public funding for the arts, Georgia’s innovation economy suffers

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I'm no fan of Zell Miller, but I applaud him for publicly supporting the candidate rather than the party. No party always offers the best candidate, and history has proved that voting a straight party ticket leads to all sorts of undesirable consequences.

I have enjoyed Shirley Franklin calling for a change in State government by voting Democrat. She neglects to mention that Democrats had total control of State government for 131 years (1871-2002) and accomplished little during the time. After 12 years of Republican control she wants voters to toss the rascals out.

3 weeks ago on Zig Zag Zell points to end of an era

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@Kendric @AmyAdams What ASO and ASOC? I see no assurance they will continue at all, even in a reduced size.

The Allman Brothers Band and Mary Chapin Carpenter at Symphony Hall and pops concerts are not the ASO and ASOC.

3 weeks ago on By ignoring public funding for the arts, Georgia’s innovation economy suffers

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@AmyAdams I don't mind paying taxes providing I receive a corresponding benefit. I would receive NO benefit from paying taxes to support arts organizations plus the added governmental cost to collect and distribute the taxes. More government workers than necessary IS an inherently evil thing in my opinion.

You feel free to subsidize government programs as you wish - knock yourself out. I have no intention to subsidize any more than necessary.

There is a certain buddhistic calm in having money in the bank. I use some of it to support the arts organizations that I enjoy. Try it - you might like it.

3 weeks ago on By ignoring public funding for the arts, Georgia’s innovation economy suffers

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@AmyAdams Both the end goal and the coercion stick in my throat. I support the arts organizations I enjoy and you support the arts organizations you enjoy; perhaps we both support some of the same. I don't enjoy rap so I don't want to subsidize it by paying taxes; feel free to support it yourself if you feel so moved. Also, every time any organization accepts public money it comes with conditions and obligations attaced, as well as employing more government workers.

I formerly supported the ASO and ASOC but doubt I will in the future.

I trust your "correlation" is heart-felt for you, but it means nothing to me.

3 weeks ago on By ignoring public funding for the arts, Georgia’s innovation economy suffers

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@Michael It's hardly the same thing and you know it. Find arts funding in either the State or US Costitutions as a responsibility of govern,ent.

3 weeks ago on By ignoring public funding for the arts, Georgia’s innovation economy suffers

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Two requests, please.

1. Identify the proven correlation you are promoting. Real proof, not wannabe truth.

2. Propose a taxpayer funding plan that is voluntary, so those who value public funding for the arts can pay for it and those who do not are not coerced.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on By ignoring public funding for the arts, Georgia’s innovation economy suffers

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@AmyAdams @BPJ $800K salary is 40% of the way to the offensive $2 million hit on the ASO endowment. Put it in perspective.

I will be interested to see whether other high salary WAC positions open.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on High Museum’s Michael Shapiro stepping down in July after 15 years

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia That's not the Metro Chamber's style. Their style is to make believe the problem doesn't exist, and attack those who dare say different. They are very much the iron fist in the velvet glove type, like the Woodruff Arts Center.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Cousins looking for partner at 191 Peachtree as one performance indicator tops Wall Street forecast

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Sounds as if Cousins believes growth prospects for Atlanta are not as enticing as other areas. This is not what the Metro Chamber wants to hear.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Cousins looking for partner at 191 Peachtree as one performance indicator tops Wall Street forecast

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia Another thing MARTA need do is to improve service. Here's an example of continued poor service. I arrived at the Airport station platform last night at 1015PM and arrived at Dunwoody station platform at 1145PM. That's 90 minutes for what is a normally a 40 minute trip when I don't have to change at Lindbergh.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Region’s rail backers watching Clayton County’s MARTA vote

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@atlman I have no skin in this game at this time. I roll my eyes every time someone like you tries to chat up multiple pie-in-the-sky projects as the greatest things since sliced bread. What's your skin in the game, other than as a Kasim Reed booster?

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Fort McPherson – secret treasure can spark rebirth of Atlanta’s southside

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“We looked at the site and saw all of the above — 1/3 to 1/2 mile of frontage along [Interstate] 285 one exit from I-85, [a freight] rail [spur] inside the Perimeter [and] MARTA on the other side of the track,”

It's not a spur - it's the Norfolk Southern main line to Charlotte.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Region’s rail backers watching Clayton County’s MARTA vote

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Based on his WAC biography, Shapiro is in his early 60s. Perhaps the WAC is cutting salary costs.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on High Museum’s Michael Shapiro stepping down in July after 15 years

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@atlman I think you are overly optimistic, particularly since the State of California is trying to lure the film studios back.

I doubt Tyler Perry will have more than one project.

4 weeks ago on Fort McPherson – secret treasure can spark rebirth of Atlanta’s southside

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@atlman 

1. What other plausible reason have you for Reed's sycophancy toward Arthur Blank? And don't tell me it's out of civic pride or love of the Falcons.$200+ million of taxpayer liability to support a billionaire while the City cannot afford to correct its $1 billion backlog of decayed infrastructure.

2.This post concerns the City of Atlanta, not the State of Georgia. That's a different subject. You keep trying to divert focus from Reed to anyone else. Stay on focus, please.

What's your motivation to defend Reed? What's in it for you?

4 weeks ago on Dreams of jobs training hit reality; Atlanta vows it won’t surrender

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@ScottNAtlanta You asked a question and I responded to your question. Now you seem to question your own question. What's your real issue?

4 weeks ago on Proposed annexation by Brookhaven fuels push back from cities not even formed – Lakeside and Briarcliff

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How many movie studios can exist long term in metro Atlanta? A movie studio is the popular choice for every derelict piece of property; examples are Lakewood, Fort Mac, the OFS plant at Jimmy Carter Blvd. and I285, and now Shannon Mall.

4 weeks ago on Fort McPherson – secret treasure can spark rebirth of Atlanta’s southside

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@atlman You are deluded in thinking I have more influence than I have.

I am no fan of Gov. Deal, but this post is about the City of Atlanta government, not the State. You're just trying to divert the focus. Why not directly respond to what I posted?

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Dreams of jobs training hit reality; Atlanta vows it won’t surrender

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@ricky1961 Like Deep Throat advised, "Follow the money." 

When you understand whose friend or relative makes an easy living working for the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, and how some of the funds might get to the Mayor's pocket, you will have your answer.

1 month ago on Dreams of jobs training hit reality; Atlanta vows it won’t surrender

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@ScottNAtlanta The City had 2014 revenue of $9.8 million through September 30. That can buy lawyers.

1 month ago on Proposed annexation by Brookhaven fuels push back from cities not even formed – Lakeside and Briarcliff

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"Young cited the figure to illustrate the challenge of job training for individuals who have troubles past or present."

If you fail a drug test, you have present drug problems. So let's be clear - 90% of those who applied were druggies, not troubled people.

By 2025, futurists predict that one of every three of today's jobs will be performed by robots or software. The jobs eliminated are the jobs these druggies want. What will they do then?

1 month ago on Dreams of jobs training hit reality; Atlanta vows it won’t surrender

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@AmyAdams Being the victim of an embezzlement, I know there is no incentive for a perpetrator to admit taking more. I suspect WAC wanted to minimize bad press, including how they had been easily duped for years. They might have claimed more and tried to collect more insurance money.

1 month ago on As problems grip Turner and ASO, Atlanta’s image, and its sound, fade

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