Jesse Spikes 
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Re: “The Beltline's tipping point

As a candidate in this Atlanta mayoral race, I think the Beltline is a wonderful project in many ways. It will not only improve transportation in and around the city, but would add green space and promote development in neighborhoods. New urban rail systems are important ways to bring back vitality to our neighborhoods.

The Beltline can provide the mechanism for small business owners to invest in their communities and create easy, accessible places where people can meet, where both children and elderly feel safe. As Mayor, I will insist on equalization as it relates to development to ensure all sectors of the city benefit from the economic growth it will spur.

There is still a question of how we are going to pay for it, given the difficult financial straits that we are currently in and that our bond rating has been reduced. Money is going to be borrowed to build it. But can we then issue the bonds that we are going to need to get it done without incurring an unreasonably high cost due to our worsening financial situation? But I do believe the long-term benefits to the city will be immeasurable.

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Posted by Anonymous on 07/22/2009 at 4:15 PM

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