Their hearts are in the right place, but these guys aren't helping anyone. These homes have already been forclosed on and the original owners have already moved out. Attempting to stop an investor from buying them after the fact doesn't help the orignal owner in any way. Further more, the city will be collecting fat homestead exemption free propery taxes from the investors. I think that's a pretty good alternative to these homes sitting empty for years.
I go through this part of town everyday on my way to work and man is it sad. It would be great to see it developed into something like a signature bar/restuarnt district, which would compliment the nearby tourists and convention business. The key would be enticing existing local bars (NOT CHAINS) to open up second locations there.
Not sure what a commission will acomplish, but I guess you can't expect anything to happen if you're only willing to do nothing.
I suspect MARTA was operating under the impression that the state might help them out (it should), but it's clear now that won't be happening for at least a decade. It's going to suck but these cuts are probably neccsarry for the time being. As the economy improves the 1% sales tax should bring back more money and hopefully the salad days of 5 minute intervals between trains.
It feels like this was prompted by objection to the basic idea of paying for parking. I get that people don't like paying for it, but the fact of that matter is that parking is a limited commodity and providing it has costs . The city charges for water and trash pickup, it only makes sense that it would also charge for parking.
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