GOOD RIDDANCE! MOVE THE TED! As a previous resident of Mechanicsville, I can tell you the Braves took more than they gave to the stadium communities. If you think the SMP funds (roughly 300k payment over the previous 10 years) given as a bribe from the Braves & AFCRA to the communities of Summerhill, Mechanicsville and Peoplestown was enough... it wasn't! The residents need more than parking lots and part time employment as an usher for 1/4 of the year. They need a grocery store, a restaurant, full-time policing, etc. The Braves did not want competition and roadblocked all attempts of growth because it would mean one less purchase inside the stadium.
One week ago we lost Patrick Cotrona. The perpetrators are still on the loose. Please let your government officials know that one murder, one rape, one robbery is too many. This is an election year... a year to make changes.
Atlanta has a housing problem... no matter your color or creed, the affordable housing is gone. So as someone working his ass off to stay in the middle class we move to EAV, Peoplestown, or in my case Mechanicsville. Do you think it's choice we move into neighborhoods with gangs and dealers? Most of us have been raised to love and understand each other... others have not.
His name is John Henderson. He was killed at the Standard in Grant Park in January 2009. His death was the tipping point in the renewal/rebirth of an amazing Atlanta neighborhood. Like Patrick, he is loved and should never be forgotten. They gave their lives so we may live free.
We have money for football stadiums, trolleys and ferris wheels... but nothing for schools and outreach programs that prevent senseless murders in the streets of EAV.
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