Casino. Legalize other forms of gambling other than the lottery and rent it to MGM. They will develop and secure it and the City will reap the rewards.
What about the additional $7 million for the streetcar or the sewer fiasco which was over $4 Billion?
The stadium is a revenue generator and I did not support this effort. I did see the people for Common Cause along the Beltline and other places. This did give me an opportunity to learn more about them and I agree with the platform. I would like to see move oversight on everything, not just the big projects that draw more attention.
As a resident of 30308 for almost 15 years I no longer trust the City of Atlanta to make good decisions; especially when it comes to parking. I did not support TSPLOST because many of the items on the agenda for Atlanta were already discussed or even budgeted. That money would have just been diverted elsewhere. I have seen the area grow and I am proud that I have gotten to witness it. The beltline, Old Fourth Ward park and other recent improvements are great for residents and visitors. But, people have to be able to get to them. PARKAtlanta was the deal that broke the trust. The city council voted for it, Duncan Solutions came in and pillaged the town, then the city council seemed surprised. It was terrible for the city and the residents.
According to the 2012 Performance Report, the city already has a Sustainability campaign that is working on infrastructure improvements. Property Tax revenues have declined for 6 years because businesses and residents are getting fed up with the situation in town and moving where there is "free parking". Also, due to the fact the the bulk of those funds go to pay for a corrupt school system (not the discussion here but that money would be better spent on the sidewalks). Growing areas like Inman Park and West Midtown have ample street parking because they weren't previously zoned. If a place in Midtown is too far to walk, I will drive to Inman Park or a surrounding area to eat or shop because there is parking. All the efforts made to get people to come back to the city will drive up revenues but not if they do not continue to come back.
The back of the 2012 Performance Report has a picture that says it all. The connector is jammed, the streets of Midtown are backed up but there isn't hardly a car to be seen downtown. People are passing through to get somewhere else. We should encourage them to stay and spend time and money around town. Intown Atlanta is dumping a lot of money in the Edgewood-Auburn area. The bars and restaurants grew organically. The city got lucky that an area is growing that happens to be on the streetcar route and are now trying to manipulate it. I have seen where Councilmen Hall and Bonds are discussing extending the the hours and creating an entertainment district there. One if the reasons we go there is the cool cluster of businesses and there is free parking.
Now add a DUI to her list of offenses. Like Vox above, I am in Kwanza's district and appreciate his efforts for the most part. It's time for some changes so that these long term council members don't continue to make bad decisions that impact residents like the PARKAtlanta contract then reward themselves with a raise for next year. If you can't vote for a candidate, find some way to support them for the good of the whole city.
Another thing that they fail to tell you is that most of these projects are funded already. They will mearly shift those funds to somewhere else. Tara Blvd, Syncing Lights one Peachtree, 400/285, Beltine are all funded (*my understanding from reading other reports).
MARTA's bigest problem is Beverly Scott and her contract ends at the end of the year. Her 4+ year term has seen multiple fare increases and reduction in service. One point that I can't fault her for is the the state needs to revise The MARTA Act which calls for 50% of tax revenue to be spent on operations and 50% on capital.
Also, DeKalb and Fulton are already kicking in a penny for Marta. So now Cobb, Gwinett and Clayton get in for their penny for tranisit and Fulton and DeKalb are in for two.
Anything that has an advertising budget this big, poilticians schlepping for it and lobbyiest has to be corrupt.
If you ask them, they did. I spoke with Councilman Hall a couple of times during moratorium period and expressed my concern of enforcement times. At the time it was 24 hours. He told me he shared to same concern and would work hard to help the residents. The zones were the compromise and the Entertainment Zone, 7am to 10pm, is the worst and horrible for residents. There were committees to set up these zones but the meetings were during the week and I wasn't able to attend. I mistakenly thought the Councilman would look out for our interest.
There are two locations that i know of that are not Entertainment Zones in Midtown. The Cypress and 8th street area mentioned in the article and Cypress and 5th near AT&T. Other than those two the rest of the area is screwed. I understand Crescent Avenue and premium parking around places like Plaza that offer parking being Entertainment Zones but 5th street has spaces in front of a small park which and is enforced until 10pm. Most areas downtown near The Tabernacle and Philips Arena are Business zones and only enforced until 7pm.
I am only on voice but would be happy to help and support any group efforts to get the zones changed. I know PARKAtlanta won't go away all together but some areas get a huge advantage and others have to pay for it.
I live in Midtown and friends, family and neighbors are ticketed constantly (as recently as last night). Why is most of Midtown an "Entertainment District" and enforced until 10pm? There are more restaurants and shops near Inman Park but there are no meeter there at all. The meters are fine if we could have visitors after 6pm at on Saturdays.
@Reality - You are full of shit!
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