As someone who has lived on one side or the other of the Ted since it was built, I have very mixed feelings about this. There's the inevitable sense of ownership of a regional asset in our neighborhood. And while I'm pretty meh about professional sports, it's a fun outing once or twice a year, and I was looking forward to taking my son now that he's getting old enough to appreciate it.
On the other hand, the city completely botched it as a development opportunity, as they have done with virtually every other civic building (see the Dome, Civic Center, etc.). I had hoped they were finally learning their lesson with the planning for the Stadium TAD, which will obviously be defunct now. So is this a golden opportunity to replace parking lots, traffic, and vacant buildings with a real neighborhood, or is it the loss of the one thing that could have stimulated development? I don't know. Personally, I think that being so close to downtown, the Glenwood park model is not a great fit. IF you can improve the connections to downtown, you could have a successful district, but I think it would be a little more along the lines of Tech Square: providing space for businesses or hotels that need to be near city hall, GSU, and the capitol and also bringing daytime activity adjacent to residential areas to help sustain retail. And while Glenwood park is nice, the stadium neighborhoods need more than just coffeeshops and nice restaurants to provide our daily commercial needs or increase jobs.
Whatever happens, the city really needs to stand up for the neighborhoods. There was actually an entire neighborhood, Washington-Rawson, that was wiped off the earth for freeway construction and the stadium with minimal compensation to the property owners. Then the city donated the old stadium to the Braves/Ted Turner because they couldn't afford to tear it down - using eminent domain to transfer land from the poorest to the richest. Then they let it blight the area for years, and finally proposed using local tax dollars to rebuild via the TAD mechanism. So it's understandable if there is a fair bit of cynicism among local residents that this will end well for us. It could, there is so much opportunity, but...
Gotta link to this article about the libraries of today and tomorrow - not only media centers but also places to meet, shop, host events, access public services, and really serve as the heart of the community. http://www.miller-mccune.com/culture-socie…
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