And yet, I couldn't help thinking, This guy is a fucking crook!
Pretty funny stumbling in to this article a couple of years later. Does anyone get elected mayor of any city in this country without the express intent to be a crook and make money? Can anyone get elected anymore without the cash and support of the crooks they will do deals with later?
I mean, come on, the Braves moving to Cobb County, how many millions in bribes did Kasim pocket to roll over on that deal and put his stamp of approval on it so quickly? He is selling that deal to the public as hard as anyone, that can not come cheap.
And what is sad, is that few people really care anymore. The average person not only does not care, they ask, "crook seems to pay well, where do I apply?"
Welcome to downtown guys. I have lived downtown for 15 years and love it.
To all you haters you simply do not know what you are talking about and are hating with cliches.
After 15 years, I have never been mugged, I have never had my car booted, I have never had the window in my car busted, I have never got a parking ticket. I really can not think of anything negative that has happened to me in 15 years.
Sure, the pan handlers can get a bit annoying but I will give you a tip. Treat them with kindness and talk to them like a human being and you will have no problems. Personally I look every one in the eye and tell them I do not give out money on the street but I wish them the best of luck and what I usually get in return is a "thank you" or a "have a blessed day". No, I do not give out money but I have bought a few lunches.
I actually know a few of them a bit and have had some nice conversations and you would be surprised at the depth of knowledge and intelligence. To be honest I enjoy their company more than many people I know in the business world.
Oh yeah, I take Marta almost everywhere I go on a regular basis, $95 a month, and if I need a cab one is always available. I walk to the Fox Theatre, Philips Arena, The Tabernacle, the Rialto Theater, Georgia Tech venues and the Georgia Dome. I can also walk to the Georgia Aquarium and Olympic Park.
I love going to concerts, theatre and sports events and rarely is there not something to do that is a walk or quick Marta trip away.
The airport is a quick Marta ride, so is Buckhead, Atlantic Station, L5P, Turner Field, the High Museum, Lakewood Amphitheatre, Chastain, Piedmont Park and several movie theaters I go to on a regular basis.
Speaking of Marta, I love it, it is a hobby in itself for me. I go to the airport, watch a few planes take off or land, relax and read in the atrium and its always fun to watch the real life drama of family reunions after people get off planes. I sometimes ride around town on Marta as a tourist and take pictures of life and people as an amateur photographer. I also find it a relaxing place to read and, of course, the people watching is always great.
I have multiple food courts downtown for a cheap and good breakfast or lunch and several nice restaurants when that is what I want.
I get parades right outside my front door several times a year and fireworks seem to happen on a regular basis, not just the 4th of July.
Oh yeah, I walk across the street to Dragon-Con.
Personally, for all you people that live outside of downtown, I simply think you do not know what you are missing down here.
Funny, I saw the same show and thought it was CRAP. I have seen them many times and will always love them but they are pretty much done.
Its over but all that matters is what it means to them, you have to make a living and maybe they still love it. More power to them.
As a downtown resident I have no problems with female public nudity as long as I am notified as to when it will happen.
If an attractive woman is naked in the wastelands of downtown Atlanta on a Sunday morning and no one peeks at her did it actually happen?
I am a downtown resident since 1996 and Underground has so much potential and I truly believe it can be developed in to something special.
If Times Square can be transformed from a seedy hooker, drug and porn store district in to a family friendly tourist destination, Underground can be made viable.
Here would be my plan.
One, I think it has the most potential as a party district like Buckhead used to be, lots of bars and restaurants. A first class strip club like The Cheetah or The Gold Club would be a key. A real casino would seal the deal obviously.
Two, you have to gentrify the paths from the Georgia Dome, Philips Arena and the downtown hotels to Underground. I am used to downtown but you simply have to acknowledge that the average tourist, suburbian (I do not care if it is not a word) or conventioneer is scared to walk to Five Points. I hate to say this but you have to move the homeless and beggars elsewhere and spend more on security.
Three, Marta would have to run later and have more security. Marketing Underground as a destination you can get to safely by Marta, get your drink on, get some late night/early morning food and take Marta home or to the station that has the cheapest cab ride home would be important. I promise you few people know now that you can drink at Underground until 4am but this would be such a key. The entire Metro Atlanta population would quickly learn that after they pour out of bars, games and concerts elsewhere they can still jump on Marta, go to Underground and drink and eat for a few more hours before they go home and still get back safely and easily.
Four, you need one more big angle to advertise the district and seal the deal. Turn Five Points in to Atlanta's, the south's, Time Square. We currently have the Coca-Cola sign but turn the whole area in to one giant neon park of advertisements. Just like Times Square, block off streets and reroute traffic routes so that the whole area is walking friendly where tourists can gawk at all the neon.
I truly believe if you build it, they will come.
After reading about 50 comments I realized this thread started from an article posted in 2011 and is still going strong in 2013. Pretty funny.
But I do think this will be something I revisit when I am feeling a bit depressed that my life is not all that I want it to be. I truly feel like a wonderful human being, a great success in life and a member of the 1% after reading how truly cheap and petty people can be in these comments.
$40, that really seems like almost nothing to me, I would think the $40 is worth it just for self-esteem reasons. Otherwise, you are a heinous loser that thinks $40 is a bunch of money and you would rather freeload and rationalize a bunch of reasons you think you should not have to pay.
The hanging out and people watching is a MAJOR PART OF THE EVENT, you should pay if you are going to take part, otherwise you are stealing. Rationalize it all you want but you are a petty thief.
Can you imagine someone outside the Super Bowl or the Masters trying to make the argument that they should get in for free because they are not there for the event, they just want to hang with their friends, have a few beers and people watch.
And what is truly funny and/or sad is the passion and anger and righteousness that people express to rationalize their vile cheapness and/or theft. Its stinks of so much desperation, kind of like how con-artists try and rationalize stealing people's money, 'if I do not take it someone else will' or how the cheater desperately tries to rationalize that it is the fault of their spouse or lover that they cheated on them.
If you can not afford something, move on, but please do not humiliate yourself by trying to argue you deserve getting something for free that actually costs money.
I like to believe every life has value but that belief is slowly eroding thanks to the Internet and comment sections.
Lots of hating in these comments for such a benign article about a couple of guys that want more out of life than what they see in their future.
They are working, paying taxes I assume, they are not criminals (well, maybe breaking some drug laws but most of us have) and they are trying to build a storyline for their lives that they can use to break in to the entertainment industry.
Sure, there is a certain desperation to it all but don't all dreams come with a certain stench of desperation until they come true.
I hope it all works for them.
By the way, saw the movie, thought it was silly and a step up from child porn. Korine creeps me out but to each his own.
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