I'm a guy who lives. In Atlanta.
Being an Atlantan
"The attitude has been anti church from the beginning. It has never been, how can we help you accomplish your needs but rather how can we squash your plans for the growth you have had." The attitude from the church has been anti-resident from the beginning. It has never been 'how can we respect the needs of your master plan' but rather 'how can we squash your plans for the neighborhood and get what we want, me me me'. Which, by the way, was not part of "Dr. King's vision." I'm pretty sure he could've handled this kind of conflict much more respectfully.
"I have heard you approve restaurants, bars, more bars and all the while acting like a church parking lot will corrupt the landscape. it is so obviously anti religion and anti black that it just makes me sick." New restaurants and bars are legal here but parking lots are not, which is why the former have been approved and the latter have not. There is nothing innate about either religions or black people that requires parking lots. Being illegal here, parking lots would be disapproved for anyone. I'm sorry to learn you are sick. Get well soon.
What a ridiculous statement, David. There's nothing binding about the church's long term plan. That provides no assurances. You could change that plan tomorrow. And obviously there's nothing binding about the neighborhood master plan either because it's being ignored so easily by you and your buddy Kwanza. That's what I call "shenanigans."
So what do neighborhood residents have to protect them from getting your surface parking lot? Zoning law. That's the only assurance in this situation.
"You don't hear Our Lady of Lourdes complaining about the bars, nightclubs etc operating on our doorstep on Edgewood Ave. We live and let live." Oh well thank you for that! What an incredible debt we owe to you for not being a jerk and complaining about a neighborhood with a profitable nightlife!
Here's an idea. How about you don't build a new sanctuary that requires surface parking in a neighborhood that has this particular master plan? How about you build that sanctuary that requires a parking lot in a neighborhood that doesn't have this master plan? That way you can have something that you want and the residents get something that they want. "Live and let live."
Three questions for David. Where would Jesus park? How much asphalt dead space would Jesus put down? How many neighborhood residents would Jesus antagonize?
RE "THE ITP snobs can whine and pray that the Cobb Stadium is a disaster for the Braves and Cobb, but the fact of the matter is that most the area is on the way home for most of the Braves fans." There are some fans who work in Atlanta and live in Cobb. But I can't imagine those fans wanting to go straight to a game after work instead of going home first. That sounds unlikely. Unless they're just stuck in traffic and say "what the hell." Not sure a walkway is going to solve problems if people still have to drive to the other side of it. Not much of a transit solution.
RE "In reading comments maybe part of it is racial but on both sides. It is purely coincidence that hockey and Baseball leave but NFL and Basketball remain?" NO! It's not coincidence. Very logical. For one, hockey is dumb as shit; and for two, the Braves owners are racists who wanted to get closer to their white core. That's why they play country music at the stadium. Social engineering of the baseball crowds.
"we need to be focused on the core and important things we do. If we need to have a smaller staff, the cuts need to come from areas that are not crucial to our readers." That explains why they've let so many staff go but kept the Gridlock Guy. Crucial! Core! Important! Gotta serve those suburban drivers.
Beasley is saying "I don't want gentrifiers (middle class white people) to share my black neighborhood with me. Y'all just stay away. But I DO want them to open up their middle class neighborhood to Walmart regardless of their little Beltline dreams so that people from my neighborhood can have jobs."
Well isn't that sweet. And so very Christian! I don't suppose it would make mire sense to instead lobby for low wage jobs actually INSIDE the neighborhood that needs those jobs. Nah. That's crazy talk.
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