quick thoughts -
Regarding the people that live around the park using it, (the taxpayers) I can pinpoint exactly how to get them back in the park - make it like a park. Instead of trying to force us to buy expensive drinks and food, let us bring coolers with yes.....even beer. Nobody wants to go to a park they pay for to get fleeced. Sure, tourists in for a game will enjoy the gameday setup and the vending, but this is regarding locals, (taxpayers).
Remember the concert series...? people came to that I think there was some movie showings at some point, that was cool (ex: Piedmont, Atlantic Station) people go to those too.
I understand the budget is tight and there may not be sponsors to do this type of events right now, so think outside the box....seat
Show the Atlanta games (yes, that is what I am saying) on a big screen, let people tailgate, don't try to scare off the citizens with an oversized and overagressive police force all standing at the entrance glaring at people. Let them go do their jobs. Remember what tailgating is and allow people to bring coolers and chairs. Have a random local band play at halftime that needs some exposure.
Have lots of recylcing bags and trash bags available, a lot of people will take them and use them.
During the holidays, put up an ice skating rink, get a Santa Claus, get a snowmaker and have some sledding on the hill....
Consider letting a niche craft fair setup one weekend and learn from it, try something else the next weekend. Can you get the roller derby girls to show up...? Have a custom car show there, host TV shows there with audiences
The free internet is a great idea!
Figure out what kids like to do, and bring it there for a bit. Offer some internet based school credits during the afternoon with a floating instructor
this is easy stuff but I also realize that the goal may be to get more tourists to use this space or to figure out how pay for cleanup from local events.
If you want more input, I'd love to brainstorm more. Good luck!
- Patrick Kidda
I think the Fraternities at the all the HBC's around here could lend a hand with security for their civil service.
Atlanta is a black city, much of young black culture celbrates gangsterism so of course there will be a bunch of black gangsters.
It would be nice so see the other end of the spectrum get involved more, you know the aspect that is "non-ganster"
Remember "white flight"?, well now it's "black flight" (fight or flight..hahaha) to the suburbs b/c they don;t want to risk getting their kids mixed up in the ganster culture BS.
A white fraternity trying to do security would be a disaster, so basically, this black city is only going to be as good as the black people let it be. White folks will continue to do as they have done, but really cannot change anything of this nature where it is free and public and unforseen violence breaks out.
Sure you can have police, but this just takes them away from somewhere else, and it seems like 1/2 of the city is on welfare, so there is obviously not a lot of money coming in from the amount of ganster culture.
Young blacks need to step up or they are going to continue to have a shitty city because of this ganster culture
this is atlanta specific, there are variations of this all over where you can flip flop black, white, red, yellow, whatever
this is just atlanta, plain and simple.
The only people I know who want to make sure there is not another black mayor, are black.
"Blacks have messed this place up with their corruption"
- my 60 yr old black neighbor & friend, & his sentiment is echoed by other Black Atlantans who feel the need to voice their discontent with me
The Patrick's Club of Atlanta is ready to rock the parade
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