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  •  It's ridiculous... (2+ / 0-)
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    redwolf68, Lily O Lady

    There's not a single good reason behind either of those plans for building brand new, multi-million dollar sports stadiums. I haven't paid real close attention to it but I'd imagine the majority of Cobb Co. residents are opposed to the Braves moving in. I'm sure the inevitable proposal of expanding MARTA into the area will surface soon and really solidify opposition to it if it hasn't already. And what becomes of the less than twenty year old Turner Field? How many years did the predecessor, Fulton County Stadium, serve as a perfectly fine venue for the Braves until Ted & the Olympics brought a brand new, state-of-the-art facility into being? A whole lot longer than Turner Field has stood & serviced the community... I think the "historic" black churches had some say in the matter of being " displaced," though. There was hardly justification for a new arena for the Falcons but wasn't it ultimately the churches' decisions? Didn't they see enormous financial benefits in the deal? I could be wrong but I don't recall any Cobb Co. residents having any say in the matter of the Braves' relocation to their back yards... Full disclosure is due, I suppose: I'm adamantly opposed to our American society's orbiting and worship of all things sports-related.

    •  A lot of New Yorkers (1+ / 0-)
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      Lily O Lady

      would have said the same about the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field (the Mets' home field, replacing Shea Stadium), considering the taxes raised to pay for these new arenas, where seating and concessions have become prohibitively expensive.  But Atlanta seems to lack any sense of itself, and the new stadiums you mentioned are the best proof of that.  More money for bread and circuses, less for the alleviation of real need.  Disgusting.

    •  Yes, the churches did have a say, but no (0+ / 0-)

      church is monolithic; it's made up of individuals. The negotiations over the stadium were painful for the members. One woman said that it was a shame that her church had to relocate for a "second-rate football team."

      Money ultimately won out, but the outcome may mean that the new locations are far away from the members. For those of meager means, it may mean being cut off from their church.

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 09:03:30 AM PST

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