"Hard to imagine cobb county voters/taxpayers being ok with this."
Are you kidding! I live in the burbs (not Cobb). In some circles, they would like NOTHING more than to stick it to the city and it gives them something to brag about as though the county is anything more than mega-sprawlsville.
In the long, run I'm kind meh on the benefit of having stadiums downtown. Clearly there is a relationship between the Dome, Phillips, GWCC, and Centennial Park that creates a critical mass of visitors and business downtown. But unless the Braves were moving to that area, I don't see that it benefits the city much in their current location.
"Please tell me that the zoning regulations for the rest of the Beltline have been updated to ensure that this planning debacle never happens again. Please."
And this is the key. If the rest of the Beltline overlay district zoning is properly changed to reflect the intended outcome a proposal such as this could be easily denied. Its not that it will set a precedent because Fuqua's proposal is allowed under the current zoning for the location. It was huge blunder by the city to not have changed the zoning.
"Soldier Field seems to be serving the people of Chi-town just fine -- and it opened in 1924. "
It opened in 1924 and was demolished and completely rebuilt in 2003 at a cost of $755 million. Only the name and exterior columns remain from the 1924 stadium.
"The more partners you add to a design team, the more the cost increases and the quality decreases."
The conceptual design is already done. Secondly, each firm's responsibilities have been clearly stated in the article. This will not become some democratic mish-mash.
Hysteria is the perfect word. If you even hint at supporting a new stadium and you are branded a Blank "worshiper" and "corporatist". REALLY??
Is it possible that some people simply believe that a new top-of-the-line sports facility remaining in downtown Atlanta near two Marta stations with the potential to attract even more high-profile events that will sustain and enhance the city's large hotel/convention industry is a net positive for the city and well worth the investment of extending an EXISTING tax structure?
This purely a rhetorical question because I fully understand the difficulty in having a conversation with anyone so entrenched in ANY particular ideology that they can't even think for themselves.
Actually this will be OVERGROUND - 18 stories in fact. Pay attention!
@ Kiteless and JoeInAtlanta
I'm sorry but did I miss the vote where "WE" decided to bring this to the city. No this is a private enterprise seeking to capitalize on the visitors to the city.
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