Oh, let us count the ways:
- Metro-Atlanta taxpayers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars replacing a stadium that didn't need replacing.
- The deal was done secretly, without giving taxpayers a say in how hundreds of millions of their tax dollars are spent.
- The public's responsibility on the project seems to keep growing, with nobody having any real idea of how much it will ultimately cost. The price is now up to $350 million or $400 million, depending how you count...and it may still be growing.
- The team is moving baseball out of urban core - which just a couple years ago, everyone seemed to think was a new MLB prerequisite - into a suburb with transportation issues of its own.
- Just as the city paid off its Turner Field mortgage after decades of investment, its equity in the building is about to plummet to zero. What's the value in an empty stadium?
- Think Cobb Co. could incentivize and stimulate a few small or high-tech businesses with $350 million? Instead, they'll spend that money on a bunch of retail businesses that basically cannibalize sales and (low-paying) jobs from other parts of Metro-Atlanta.
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