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Re: “Coke's gift not the real thing

Cynical would be a light word. Coke just offered the city of Atlanta 2.5 acres for a Civil Rights Museum and the only thing you can think about it is why you're not at the top of the line??? How about showing humility and graciously accepting a fine gift!!! You're line of reasoning is Coke's gift/offer is insincere?!? That Coke may be doing it for PR (PERSONAL RELATIONS) reasons but that's the whole POINT! They're actually trying to forge a better relationship with the black community and all you can do is whine in your article because it's not as many acres or as visible as the Georgia Aquarium or World of Coke. Guess what? Coke didn't even have to offer you the gift! You're ACTUALLY complaining because it's not in the location you felt would get the most exposure and it's a gift?!?!?!?! You want a Civil Rights Museum yet you think by arguing and complaining about a parcel of land (next to the FOUR BIGGEST ATTRACTIONS in Atlanta)(Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, CNN, and Centennial Olympic Park) is furthering your cause but the only thing it does is further isolate a potentially great landmark! A good analogy would be the more radical Muslims fight in the name of Islam, the more they lose. They're not looked on as favorable in ANY EU, OR WESTERN COUNTRIES with the exception of the Middle East. They've been all but expelled in Australia, The Netherlands, and more restrictions are being put in place like France, Germany, and Asian Countries! So to sum that up. THE MORE they fight, the MORE damage they do unto themselves and their religion. Think about that for a minute. No one likes to lose and it's a hell of a lot more fun to fight but if in the end if your just doing damage to your religion or race as a whole: HOW IS THAT HELPING TO FURTHER THEIR CIVIL OR RELIGIOUS RIGHTS??? Frankly, I almost hope Coke retracts their offer after comments like yours so the outstanding hard working honest black community will find a way to build it theirselves. Try raising FUNDING FOR LAND, THE MUSEUM ITSELF, WORKERS, and a sound business plan that will keep the Civil Rights Museum self sustaining!!! I'm not in the least bit a racist but I sincerely believe the best come out of people when they don't depend on Corporations or People to help them. Those same people that did offer you their gift would be more impressed and have a much greater deal of respect than if you had just taken the gift. Doing it on your own builds Character, and it makes it your own without any TARNISH and at the end of the day you can BASKKKKKKKKK in the knowledge that you did everything yourself without anyone's help. (But at the same time, don't let Coke's once in a lifetime offer damage your pride.) The proposed Civil Rights proximity to other major attractions vs Auburn Ave or any other neutral location is a "no brainer." It would not only SUBSTANTIALLY increase foot traffic, generate a gorge of more EXPOSURE, but sales and revenue would be off the charts! Just to look at a few numbers, Georgia Aquarium had over 3 million visitors this past year WITHOUT the World of Coke and it was a new attraction. They have partnered recently with Microsoft, and A slew of other companies (mainly educational) which will probably very well lend to the conclusion that traffic will increase yet even more. If I'm not mistaken major hotels in the area predict a 7% increase in traffic. Also TWO HOTELS (TWELVE AND THE "W") and numerous Condo Projects are populating around Centennial at an alarming rate which indicates even yet MORE EXPOSURE. So in the end I really have to question your motive and JUDGEMENT. Is your anger and bitterness SO strong that you don't realize the significance and advantage of placing the Civil Rights Museum across the street ? Or maybe your pride so overwhelming that you've let it clear your judgement. Because from what I gather in your article it sounds like your in fact wanting to place the Civil Rights Museum somewhere else just because you're BITTER: Because the location or acreage isn't as vibrant as two other venues nearby! So.....In the end I respect your opinion BUT I'm absolutely outraged that you suggested other locations without logically and finacially supporting your argument for the Civil Rights long term health. You didn't do ANY research to support your conclusion and cared more about your non-justified anger than you did about the MUSEUM itself. Unbelievable.

Posted by Dave on 11/25/2006 at 4:53 AM

Re: “Coke's gift not the real thing

This article is very educational about how Coca Cola could benefit greatly from their 8 million dollar "gift.” It would be naïve not to question Coca Cola’s altruistic motives after realizing that the nations premier Civil Rights museum will be located in such close proximity to the Coca Cola companies own museum. The long-term pr and advertising benefits alone would be well beyond the 8 million dollar “gift” of land. The above comments sound like arguments directly from the Coca Cola pr machine, which has been in full force ever since this gift was announced. I think building the civil rights museum closer to the King center (as the King family has argued) would do much more to further the legacy of the Civil Rights movement rather than building on Coke’s land next to the Coke museum which I think would do more to benefit the reputation of Coca Cola. One must ask which is the true goal of this project?

Posted by Joeff on 11/19/2006 at 12:39 AM

Re: “Coke's gift not the real thing

If the King family were functional enough to do anything properly, other than bicker, greedily waste their inheritance on themselves, and finger point, there may be an argument here. But, since they're incompetent, someone else always has to carry the legacy on for them. At that, be grateful anything is being done to honor the Doctor. Lord knows, his legacy is lost, where in his own community, the ball has been dropped.

Posted by Gab on 11/17/2006 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Coke's gift not the real thing

Its always easy to criticize when you have nothing invested but a one sided opinion. How much of your personal time or money have you committed to the project. You criticize Coca-Cola's donation, without a real alternative. How many other companies stepped up to donate any valuable land? Coca-Cola donates millions of dollars per year to causes in the Atlanta area and across the united states each year, How much did you donate to any worthy cause in the last year? They make a difference in so many communities across the country, and you, an idiot with a computer want to criticize.

Posted by MLS on 11/16/2006 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Coke's gift not the real thing

What's wrong with having an important museum with close access to the main traffic artery through Atlanta? What's wrong with Coke giving a multi million dollar piece of land to a worthy cause? What's wrong with putting the museum next to two other major public attractions on an undeveloped lot that sits on the most popular park in downtown Atlanta? Clustering is a concept that is well proven. If putting the Civil Rights museum near these other attractions means 100 extra people per day go to the museum, we are all ahead. The city should accept Coke's gift and build a world class facility on it. Yes, Mr. Harrison. You are too cynical.

Posted by DRS on 11/16/2006 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Coke's gift not the real thing

Mr. Harrison, Hey, just wondering where you got the idea for Atlanta to accept a donation of land from Coca Cola and then sell it. What a great idea. Hey, come to think of it, why not have Atlanta condemn the property and just take it; saving time and taxpayer money altogether!! Then they could put the museum anywhere on the land AND be proud of their underhanded and amoral ways!! I love your way of thinking.

Posted by JJW on 11/16/2006 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Coke's gift not the real thing

Astounding. It's insulting that the author compares this generous gift to the "back of the bus". Building the museum next to two of the biggest draws in the South hardly qualifies as second class treatment. If the so-called activists succeed in getting the museum put on Auburn they will have acheived only one thing: guaranteeing that hundereds of thousands of visitors to Atlanta never see the museum and thus miss out on a great opportunity to learn about both the trials and triumphs of this nation's history. By choosing to segregate itself from the other tourist areas, the museum assures itself of fewer visitors and thus missed opportunities to educate future generations about the Civil Rights movement and that is simply unfortunate.

Posted by Rob Carter on 11/15/2006 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Governed by gridlock

I say charge all the commuters living outside of Dekalb and Fulton to drive into Atlanta to work. Dekalb and Fulton residents support our small transporation system; others don't. Let's charge all the suburbians to come into Atlanta if they don't take MARTA...that should boost mass transit, both monetarily, and with more riders and perhaps, some of these GRTA buses will stop in the suburbs (ie, DORAVILLE or Chamblee station) instead of having to drive all the way downtown!)

Posted by Bradley Smith on 09/08/2006 at 12:44 AM

Re: “Governed by gridlock

Can someone please tell me why, with the population/housing boom, this has not resulted in additional tax revenue?? This alone should cover the cost of imporiving the infrastructure of this city. Also why hasn't the issue of commercial traffic during peak commuter times been addressed??

Posted by jvg2 on 09/05/2006 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Governed by gridlock

Nice article, David. I particularly liked reading “Zell Miller – the rational one, not today’s homely version of Ann Coulter.” I am curious as to whether the Georgia Constitution restricts metro Atlanta in ways that the other states aren't. If so, we still need the State to enable a solution.

Posted by George Dusenbury on 09/01/2006 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Governed by gridlock

Great article that hits the nail on the head regarding how our political leaders have stumbled when it comes to transportation. We definitely need more money for transit, but not sure the sales tax is the way to go. We already pay 8% sales tax in Atlanta. I was fine with the last increase to fix the sewers. But, the sales tax is regressive and hits lower income residents hardest. I'm not sure we should continue to add to their financial burden.

Posted by Jane Transit on 08/31/2006 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Governed by gridlock

Enjoyed your article. Having lived in 3 major cities in the U.S. before moving to Atlanta, am convinced that the only way to get rid of gridlock to put in more rail. No one is going to get out of their car to ride a bus that - duh - gets stuck in traffic. Rail is the only way to go and people need to get on the bandwagon soon or Atlanta will miss out on many opportunities to host businesses, events, etc. unless they seriously consider rail.

Posted by Beatriz Golden-Hayes on 08/31/2006 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Governed by gridlock

Too many Georgia "leaders" are stuck in the 1950s mindset that recalls Corvettes zooming down Route 66. Today we have gridlock and peak oil. Yoohoo! Anybody home? Good for Dave for pointing out that Taylor is as useless as Perdue on the issue of meaningful transportation planning. I'm sad to be reminded of Roy Barnes' self-defeating support of the monstrous outer perimeter. Jesus God, what was the man smoking? Whatever it was, it was rolled by Bobby Kahn.

Posted by Doobie Two Shoes on 08/31/2006 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Governed by gridlock

The problem here is metro residents get to caught up in the Republican/Democrat label when there is hardly a difference between the two in this state. What we end up with are anti-Metro Atlanta leaders that think they couldn't get elected if they weren't anti-Atlanta. Metro Atlantan's would be wise to put their support behind people that can solve some of the problems of this region, instead of the usual cash cow milkers.

Posted by sct on 08/30/2006 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Governed by gridlock

You can already see the beltline trying to be taken over by developers who just want special treatment. The important thing that this article mentions is that it is not about one single transit project. The beltline or more lanes on 400 aren't going to impact traffic much at all by themselves. For the city of Atlanta we need bus rapid transit in the worst way. The roads already go where people want to be, bus systems cost a fraction of rail , and other communities have shown that if you have dedicated lanes and actual bus stop platforms that people will use them as much as rail. The thing to remember is that if you have to drive to get on the transit then what's the point. Marta is really commuter rail not an inner city transit system. Bus Bus Bus.

Posted by RW on 08/30/2006 at 2:39 PM

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