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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.

5 hours, 37 minutes 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.

10 hours, 28 minutes 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.

1 day, 4 hours 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?

1 day, 6 hours 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.

1 day, 21 hours 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.

1 day, 21 hours 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.

2 days, 23 hours 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?

3 days, 17 hours 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?

3 days, 17 hours 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.

3 days, 17 hours 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 days, 7 hours 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.

6 days, 13 hours 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.

6 days, 17 hours 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 week, 1 day 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 week, 2 days ago on As problems grip Turner and ASO, Atlanta’s image, and its sound, fade

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@SWK I agree with you. The WAC Trustees have protecting the ASO endowment as their top priority and the ASO itself lower on the list.

They seem unaware of their own hypocrisy. They portray a $2 million charge against the endowment as a huge problem, yet portray a $1.4 million embezzlement of their operating funds as of no consequence. Of course, the embezzlement reflects badly on their stewardship.

1 week, 2 days ago on As problems grip Turner and ASO, Atlanta’s image, and its sound, fade

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I wonder which of the litigious King siblings will attend, and whether they will bring their lawyers.

1 week, 3 days ago on King Center to honor Bill Clinton at 2015 Salute to Greatness dinner

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@Lee Biola MARTA's Dunwoody and Medical Center stations opened in 1996 and the Sandy Springs and North Springs stations opened in 2000. North Fulton and North DeKalb were booming long before MARTA arrived there. 

MARTA's Brookhaven station opened in 1984 but the area is just now prospering, in part because it incorporated to remove part of the DeKalb County noose around its neck. MARTA brought no prosperity to Brookhaven.

MARTA follows the prosperity but doesn't create it.

1 week, 3 days ago on Clayton’s Nov. 4 MARTA vote could shift metro growth to the south side

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@Wormser Hats Vernon Jones vowed "to put a darker face on DeKalb County" and delivered, as have his successors. DeKalb is the next Clayton County.

1 week, 3 days ago on Clayton’s Nov. 4 MARTA vote could shift metro growth to the south side

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Atlman, you are on target. Clayton County with MARTA will be nothing more than a smaller South DeKalb County. The growth in DeKalb has not been in South DeKalb.

QED.

1 week, 4 days ago on Clayton’s Nov. 4 MARTA vote could shift metro growth to the south side

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"Funds aren’t readily available for projects on the scale of the redevelopment of Bellwood Quarry."

That is an understatement. It's been 9 years since the City acquired the property and the City's finances don't seem promising to do anything with it. The City already has a $1+ billion backlog of decayed infrastructure that must be replaced, and can only scrape together funds for a bond issue to address 1/4 of it.

For the record, the City has owned 10,130 acres in Dawson County since 1971 and 10,003 acres in Paulding County in 1975 and has never developed either site. The area of these two sites is not quite 24% of the total area of the City. Based on these sites, the City could leave Bellwood undeveloped for a long time.

City Councillors can talk all they want but, until they have the funds, it's all posturing and hot air.

1 week, 6 days ago on BeltLine’s Bellwood Quarry to be propelled by city committee

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Although not listed in the RFP, the only criterion for selection is how much money will go to Hizzoner.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on City seeks proposals to redevelop Atlanta Civic Center

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@Focus on the future The City has a $1billion backlog of decayed and failing infrastructure that must be replaced. The City can only afford a bond issue to correct 1/4 of the the backlog. And you want to squander a portion of it on "green" projects that interest you but don't positively effect the majority of citizens.

LOL

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Investing in Atlanta’s sidewalks will contribute to our quality of life

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@PEvans  Maria seems to get in a hurry on occasion and doesn't confirm facts.

A similar situation occurred recently when she reported the ASO musicians had agreed to mediation (based on an WAC press release) when in fact they had not been approached at the time, much less agreed.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Philips Arena chief Bob Williams named president of the Atlanta Hawks

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@Native Texas Girl @Native Atlanta Boy Do with your own funds what you will, but let me do with mine what I will. Do not seek to use the power of government to force me to your will.

Regarding quote 9 "Sustainability literally pays for itself", this is generally untrue in most locations unless tax rebates and subsidies are provided . For example, photo-voltaic panels are not cost effective in most locations in Georgia.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Author Andrew Winston makes a business case for saving the earth – evoking the memory of Ray Anderson

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Hizzoner's arrogance knows no bounds. The City's infrastructure continues to rot around him, yet he wants to play kingmaker in a private enterprise.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Mayor Kasim Reed: NBA’s Silver vows to keep Hawks team in Atlanta

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Fulton County taxpayers would be better served by using the money to reduce County taxes and to protect themselves from County Commissioners.

1 month ago on Fulton County to hire lobbyists as state seeks to control tax rate

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@Equitable No confederate flags in my house.

What do you specifically propose the City do with its $1+ billion accumulated backlog of decayed and failing infrastructure? No vague, banal platitudes or insults, please - just specific, focused proposals.

The City's mayors have been kicking this can down the road for decades, just as they did with the sewer system problems.

1 month ago on Investing 15 percent of bond package on bikeways a good way to make Atlanta a top 10 city for cycling

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@KathyShawAmos I hope Stanley Romanstein's resignation today will result in a agreement between the parties.

1 month ago on Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians agree to mediation

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Rebecca, I disagree with your plan. This bond issue is intended to repair/replace the most urgent 1/4 of the City's $1 billion backlog of decayed infrastructure. Siphoning off part of the bond proceeds for new construction defeats the purpose of the bond issue. Heaven knows when the City will be in financial condition to float another large bond issue to replace the other 3/4 of the decyed infrastructure backlog.

1 month ago on Investing 15 percent of bond package on bikeways a good way to make Atlanta a top 10 city for cycling

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@KathyShawAmos Maria should have confirmed with both sides before publishing.

Best of luck!

1 month ago on Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians agree to mediation

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Reports like this are quietly filed away without becoming public because they don't validate the political objectives of the organization that commissioned the report.

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

1 month, 1 week ago on Atlanta BeltLine: North gets parks, trails; South gets affordable housing, according to little known report

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@vic I am asking myself why you would repeat the same inane statement three times. Can you clarify? Just once, please.

Forgery is a crime; stupidity, bad decisions, and laziness are not.

1 month, 1 week ago on Martin Luther King III’s renewed focus on role of big lenders in foreclosure crisis could impact governor’s race

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@ScottNAtlanta It is not government's job to protect citizens from the consequences of their poor decisions. If you wish to buy a home and don't understand the contract, retain a lawyer to explain it to you. And don't assume the closing attorney is their to represent you.

The lender is entitled to foreclose when and if (1) the contract provides for it, and (2) it makes business sense for the lender.

1 month, 1 week ago on Martin Luther King III’s renewed focus on role of big lenders in foreclosure crisis could impact governor’s race

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@ScottNAtlanta It is not government's job to protect the unwary and heedless from purchasing more home than they can afford. A lender is entitled to foreclose on a property if the buyer falls into default.

And no bank or lender should be "to big to fail."

1 month, 1 week ago on Martin Luther King III’s renewed focus on role of big lenders in foreclosure crisis could impact governor’s race

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@mnst Or Arthur Blank might be a preferable long term patron for Hizzoner than the Braves.

1 month, 1 week ago on Mayor Kasim Reed pledges to do all he can to keep Hawks in Atlanta

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He speaks of himself in his letter in the Imperial We mode, like the Queen of England. Of course, she speaks for a nation while he speaks only for himself.

I suspect this is his effort to support Jason Carter for a hoped-for future quid pro quo. He might have better luck suing his siblings again. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Martin Luther King III’s renewed focus on role of big lenders in foreclosure crisis could impact governor’s race

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Hizzoner the Mayor didn't have the money and political clout to keep both, so he chose Arthur Blank, thinking Arthur may be of more use to him later.

1 month, 1 week ago on Mayor Kasim Reed pledges to do all he can to keep Hawks in Atlanta

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@writes_of_weigh Georgia Power and its predecessors owned and operated the streetcar system from 1902 until the last one ran in 1949. They were glad to get out of the transit business because of the chronic labor union problems, and I strongly suspect they have no intention of returning to the business.

As far as Branson goes, he is 6 years late on delivering his spaceship. As for Musk, he chose Texas for his spaceship. So you're stuck with the City of Atlanta and MARTA.


1 month, 1 week ago on Public invited to give feedback on potential new streetcar routes

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It seems the streetcar's main focus is to move people between the isolated east side and west side sections of the beltline. If you want to focus on moving people inside the beltine, start with the old streetcar system as it was at its 1920s peak, and then update it. See http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7LB53fF3LaA/SF1yM9zOf6I/AAAAAAAAARs/Am68J_uR8zU/s1024/1924.jpg.

1 month, 1 week ago on Public invited to give feedback on potential new streetcar routes

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Nothing like promising public support of a privately-owned professional sports team to salve the wounded ego of a lame duck politician.

1 month, 1 week ago on Mayor Kasim Reed pledges to do all he can to keep Hawks in Atlanta

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Fort Valley is not affiliated with the University System - it has been a unit of the University System since it was created in 1939 by consolidating two predecessor institutions.

This article is reminescent of the recent unpleasantness at Georgia Perimeter College. The Board of Regents had to take control of finances at GPC and perhaps the same will happen at Fort Valley. If the Board of Regents were minding the store, finances would not get this far out of hand.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Another historically black university in Georgia faces weak finances, negative credit rating from Moody’s

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Maria, you should take off your rose-colored glasses about line employees' role in Market Basket. I suggest you read Holman Jenkins recent WSJ op-ed piece on the subject (http://online.wsj.com/articles/holman-jenkins-the-right-lessons-of-a-supermarket-war-1409699987). Here's an excerpt:

"It may be heartwarming to think of workers rallying to save Arthur T. Demoulas, the CEO who ran the family supermarket chain allegedly to benefit customers (low prices) and workers (high wages) rather than shareholders. Unfortunately, this requires overlooking a lot.

The walkout was led not by store employees, but a handful of long-serving headquarters and warehouse executives whose actions were plainly coordinated with Arthur T. (so known to distinguish him from cousin Arthur S.). Their main concern, over which they were prepared to destroy the company, was their extraordinarily generous but otherwise not highly rated profit-sharing plan, which they considered endangered by a change in management (in fact, the $520 million fund, in which fewer than half of employees participate, is protected by federal law)."

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Contrasting stories at Market Basket and Turner Broadcasting for Labor Day

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@Equitable LOL. You must be joking. If you're not, I suggest you seek professional help ASAP.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on A shooting in August, and the horizontal spread of urban blight

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@Matt Garbett LOL. Since you mentioned "the law", you must be familiar with it. How does "the law" define "historic"? Would a 100 year old privy in Sweet Auburn be classified as "historic"?

If you and your fellow travelers really love this building, buy it with your money and restore it to your heart's content. Just like the Atlanta Daily World building.

As far as design excellence, the building wasn't an example of design excellence in 1910 and is not one today. Of course, this is my opinion.

2 months ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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@kevinalynch Please review the common definitions of "historic":

1. famous or important in history, and 

2. having great and lasting importance, and

tell me how either is relevant to this building. Dr. Borders doesn't practice in it, so obviously she doesn't place great value in it.

As to your citation, it is a preview of a 31 year old academic paper in which the author proposes "On the contrary, black progress in the 1960's and 1970's marks the onset of a new system of segregation." What specifically do you find worthwhile and relevant in this paper? I am not going to pay $22 to download the entire paper.

2 months ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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@kevinalynch The Borders medical practice opened in 1965, long after Sweet Auburn's heyday, the Atlanta Daily World ( founded 1928) and Atlanta Life (founded 1905 and HQ built 1920).

Once again, why is this building historic (see definitions in original post)? Or are you insisting any building is historic if it's both old and once housed a black business?

2 months ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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@mariasaporta Please respond to my original post - why is this building historic? If it were not in the Sweet Auburn area, would you be campaigning as hard?

2 months ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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Why the focus on black youths killed by white officers, but no mention of a 20 year old white Salt Lake City man killed by a black officer.

Why does color matter at all? Why have blinders on?

2 months ago on A shooting in August, and the horizontal spread of urban blight

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@54pontiac I was commenting on Maria's statement, "Once again, Atlanta is at the precipice of losing an all-too-important historic building..."

From what you posted, it is neither historic or important; instead, it's just over 100 years old and is of that period's style. Why the angst?

2 months ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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