Mark Millen 
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Re: “Jeff Fuqua: Atlanta's Most Controversial Developer

Lol, wesleywhatwhat!
Michelle W, now that we have a child, we are looking to move out of SW. Just a couple days ago, a brawl between about 20 of the kids that got off the schoolbus erupted 4 doors up from my house. Rampant break-ins, deplorable schools, and just a general ambivalence to bettering the community by a majority of the residents here is not the ideal environment we want to raise our kid in. So yeah, leave it untouched and enjoy the $17 property tax (literally). But don't complain about why the potholes aren't fixed. I bought over here because the Ft Mac development was supposed to happen years ago, but the market tanked. When you go out, do you go out in other areas, or do you go out in SW? Yeah, me too.....because there's not much to do here. (Granted there is good BBQ and wings, but you can only eat so much.)

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Posted by Mark Millen on 09/12/2013 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Jeff Fuqua: Atlanta's Most Controversial Developer

Please, Mr. Fuqua, move your development over to Metropolitan Ave just south of 166/Langford Pkwy and north of 85. The old Chevy dealer lots and the majority of property on this corridor have sat empty and vacant for over 6 years. Property held by NAI Brannen Goddard. I'm sure it would be cheap, little opposition, and a welcome change to the stagnant properties and market in the area. There would be more of a beneficial impact on this community, whereas your development is not needed or wanted or fits well on Glenwood.

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Posted by Mark Millen on 09/12/2013 at 3:54 PM

Re: “72 Marietta Street gallery gets OK from City Council

Atlanta 2013 budget: $542 million
Proposed funding for 72 Marietta St: $850,000

That is 0.16%. Yes, that's a fraction of ONE PERCENT of the entire General Fund Budget for 2013. But nooooo, that's too much to help spark a change in the downtown corridor?

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Posted by Mark Millen on 06/21/2013 at 1:47 AM

Re: “72 Marietta Street gallery gets OK from City Council

Well, Broch, as a donor myself I had NO idea that private funds are collected! Thanks so much for enlightening me.

In your previous statement where you sited "9.3 million raised", were you not suggesting that WAc fund the 72 Marietta Gallery? As I stated earlier, "You are talking about an arts center that has been established for decades that funds some huge programs versus a new cultural venture in a declined area." People that provide private funding would like to make safe bets and invest wisely. Hence why "they dominate", as you so eloquently put it. They "dominate" BECAUSE of their programs. It's like how funding works for the botanical gardens versus the parks department.

If you read the article above, its to "replace City Gallery East", and will house "public art". Do you think there will be an admission fee? Privately funded programs usually cost money. Woodruff has no association to this project, so I don't understand why it keeps coming up. They are two COMPLETELY different things. Either way, it's approved, if people don't like how it's being planned, don't go, or have a protest.

Anyways Broch, I'm sorry that you have potholes on your street. I am considering starting a privately funded roadworks project. Would you like to donate? You'll be the first on my list, buddy.

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Posted by Mark Millen on 06/21/2013 at 1:32 AM

Re: “72 Marietta Street gallery gets OK from City Council

Broch
That's my point. Yes, I did know that. I was asking if you did.

Thumbs up to Jvoice and vx.

Comparing apples to oranges. Detroit and other cities are completely different cultural and economic layouts. It's important to consider what works best in the specific situation for a specific city for this project to come to fruition. "Best" I'm sure is a relative term. You're claiming that funding for this should come from private funds, others feel that is not possible. Agree to disagree then. It's like everyone wants a better Marta, but don't want it through their neighborhoods. The same reasoning why Freedom Parkway ends at Moreland rather than going all the way to Decatur. Same with the holdup on the Beltline. A focus on Longterm impact is where im coming from, and if it sparks a positive change in the area proposed and benefits the arts in my area, thus making a positive change for me and MY community, then i am all for allocating my tax dollars for use in this project. Everyone wants something better, but not at any cost to themselves. I would rather see this project come to fruition than nothing at all.

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Posted by Mark Millen on 06/20/2013 at 9:00 AM

Re: “72 Marietta Street gallery gets OK from City Council

Actually, Broch, no I don't want to reconsider. You are talking about an arts center that has been established for decades that funds some huge programs versus a new cultural venture in a declined area. Find out how much of that figure will go towards this project and maybe I'll recant my earlier statement.

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Posted by Mark Millen on 06/20/2013 at 12:40 AM

Re: “72 Marietta Street gallery gets OK from City Council

Brecko,

1. In a stagnant economy, the first thing to go are creative outlets. Advertising design and arts and culture are the first to get cuts. People consider it a luxury. There is money out there, but like I said, it's a limited amount so it's very competitive on finding it. It has nothing to with how someone is asking. Imagine you have 1 large pizza, and 12 kids at the party. Everyone gets a smaller slice, or none at all because the rich fat kid has to have a big slice or he'll go bananas.

2. Cox has bigger fish to fry. They recently got approval to build the tallest office tower in Dunwoody, not to mention they are just now completing the 2 new towers at their HQ campus. Plus, they're donating a building...and that's not enough? Blank also has some big project coming up, not to mention the new stadium deal? Yes, maybe just maybe they can afford another million, but what I don't think you understand is that a million to you is still a million to them. It may just impact our respective lives differently. And tax issues are no big deal. When you get that large and part of the 1%, charitable donations are ineffectual to what you pay in tax, because you have a wealth of other write-off options available.
Your argument is like giving a homeless guy a dollar, and him going "that's it? How about another? I know you have another dollar!"

3. I'm sorry if you have had city corruption experiences. We're you close to Bill Campbell? :)
Yes, corruption is always a possibility, but its the nature of the game isn't it? Just because it happened before doesn't mean it will happen every time. Find your silver lining, Bradley Cooper.

4. Money that goes directly to artists? That is what will happen through grants. Which artists? How much? For what? And do ALL artists deserve something? Like the spray paint kids who scrawl their name rather than enrich a community with a mural? Define artist.

5. Probably not a coincidence. But perhaps you should go to the same agencies that exposed the contracting of businesses at the new international terminal.
When there's only five seats at the table, it's hard for anyone new to jump in the game. Life.

For some reason, I am reminded of the Edgewood development just south of little five, and all the anti-establishment kids protesting. But I go there now and see lil hipsters with their skinny jeans shopping at target and Kroger for groceries. Essentially the end result will hopefully be a positive one for you and everyone to enjoy. And if you or anyone, personally has a better way of doing it, then actually do something about it, rather than shout from the sidelines, especially when you don't fully understand the intricacies of the game and how it is played.

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Posted by Mark Millen on 06/19/2013 at 10:45 AM

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