The drinks were good, but it seems they forgot to adjust their expensive CT/NY prices for Atlanta, GA. $48 bucks for a carafe (much smaller than a pitcher) of the house margarita is ridiculous. Tacos were okay, but nothing to write home about. It was an experience, but I likely won't be making a second trip.
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Now Hizzonor can stop using this as an excuse not to pay them. GIVE THE A RAISE!
Or we could just send them packing like Hizzonor did the Braves and the Thrashers. That way other taxpayers can foot the bill for the 100s of millions of dollars in public money likely to be spent on it.
Kwanza can say "bye" to his mayoral aspirations...
I would almost say Bond stepped out on purpose. He didn't want to vote "nay" but also didn't want to vote "yea" since he's already on thin ice. He was literally right outside the door having a Coke when the vote occurred.
Yet Mayor Reed, who holds the puppet strings to Invest Atlanta (and many CMs for that matter), is vehemently opposed to funding the vital Moores Mill Rd extension for the redevelopment of the long-vacant & blighted Moores Mill Shopping Center. Maybe if we just renamed it the Tyler Perry or Arthur Blank Shopping Center, he'd be on board? Or is it just because CM Moore stands up to his bullying and calls him on his BS and is one of the only CMs who isn't scared of him?
Why else would the Mayor/Invest Atlanta not be in support of funding something that will generate $2M/yr in sales tax, a very conservative estimate of $1M/yr in property tax just for the city, reduce transit times to a decent grocery store via MARTA by 60-80%, and generate hundreds of jobs??? Hmmmmmm...
I guess setting up a fake charity, using city taxdollars for that "charity", not complying with an investigation by the GA AG, getting fined and censured by the city's Ethics Board for his pay-to-play shenanigans with city vendors, and not accounting for over $100k in campaign finance reports was exactly what Reed was looking for.
This comes at a time when the Atlanta/Fulton Land Bank Authority will be taking on more responsibility and getting much increased funding. NOT A GOOD IDEA!!!
I love how GDOT immediately tried to put blame on the city.
We shouldn't even be talking about this, but leave it to CoA to even make this a question!
$700k more is needed for what will ultimately be a ~$90M project (if you include the residential component)...so it's a drop in the bucket and will be an almost immediate return on investment (not to mention the road will then be turned over to the city once completed).
It will bring in an estimated $2M of sales tax per year to the City, (since people like me will then be able to actually shop for groceries in NW ATL instead of Cobb County), almost around $1M per year in property tax JUST to the City of Atlanta (and that's a very conservative estimate), provide over 300 permanent jobs to the area (not counting all the ones that will undoubtedly come with even more redevelopment around the revitalized area), and it will cut many NW ATLien MARTA riders' 40-90 minute ONE WAY grocery store trips in half (or even more).
The ball is in INVEST Atlanta's court to do the right, and obvious, thing...
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