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Monday, March 11, 2013

Atlanta takes lead on stadium issue... but will the state even notice?

Maria Saporta this morning published the first of a multipart look at the proposed Atlanta Falcons stadium. In the first installment, the veteran business reporter focused on the role that the city played in brokering a tentative deal after Gov. Nathan Deal punted the issue across the street to City Hall to avoid a Gold Dome uprising. These lines jumped out at me:

So think about it. When it comes to this deal, the state legislature has made itself irrelevant. So has Fulton County because of all the new city governments. And given the disarray in DeKalb County, with its own fair share of new city governments, its political influence has been diluted.

All of a sudden, the City of Atlanta - which still represents only 10 percent of the region's population - has re-emerged as the government that is leading metro Atlanta, if not the whole state.

It's not the first time metro Atlanta's core urban counties have been in this position. Saporta cites MARTA, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and Grady Memorial Hospital as examples.

Whether the city will actually get anything for taking on the responsibility? Probably not.

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