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SARAH HALL INGRAM ran the IRS nonprofit office when conservative organizations were blocked or delayed from getting their tax exempt status. She is now in charge of the IRS office responsible for implementing Obamacare. God help us if we get sick!

I’M TIRED OF HEARING people criticize the folks of South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District for electing Mark Sanford. Mrs. Colbert-Busch endorsed Obama’s amnesty bill for 20 million illegal aliens. That alone is enough to vote against Colbert-Busch.

A RANT FOR THE “so called” Rev. Charles Steele Jr. I do agree that the truth needs to come out in the case of Jon, but the way he talks does not show a true Christian. Please quit identifying yourself as a reverend, you’re doing more harm to Christianity than good.

IT HAS BEEN reported that 26,000 military members were sexually assaulted last year. That’s outrageous. As commander-in-chief of the military, Mr. President, you need to do something now, and I mean now. Let’s not study the issue anymore just take decisive action. That’s what leadership is all about. If you really value women now is the time to show it!

YOU CAN SEE that Jeannette Stevens is hurting due to the lack of closure on her son’s death. Let’s solve this case right now and not rely on pressure from “outsiders” to make it happen. Jeannette needs closure!

FOR 32 YEARS I worked for an old sheriff in South Carolina. He said if you get behind a car and it’s weaving across the center line and he looks drunk then arrest him. If you are doing 55 and he passes you at 65 then give him a ticket, but other than that stay in the high-crime areas and prevent some of this stuff. Leave the roads up to the state highway patrol.

RANT TO EVERYBODY asking where the deputies were when the fight broke out on Broad Street. I’ll tell you where they were. They were answering barking dog calls and domestic calls and doing other things they have to do. The sheriff is doing the best he can with what he has. They need to give him more money to do this.

IN THOSE AMISH SHOWS on TV, who provides the money for all the trips to New York and Florida and clothes and expensive weddings?

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countyman
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countyman 05/22/13 - 05:50 pm
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Local government needs to gain trust

I just read the Rants & Raves from yesterday, and I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I applaud the poster Nonoc for being proactive, but let's get all the facts... The Chronicle ran the story, and had nothing about government housing or the rent being $300. The city also stopped the mixed-income community from building near Barton Chapel(less desirable). This development is the result of an private developer, and not the Augusta Housing Authority. I'm only saying this, because the conspiracy theories are coming from everywhere.

How is the future portables at Butler related to the story? ''Butler is set to have a $20 million makeover, including new classrooms; cafeteria and media center renovations; and band, choral and stadium upgrades.''

The proposed location of Augusta Place is zoned for either Hephzibah or Cross Creek. The Woodlake subdivision is on the Bulter/Cross Creek/Hephizbah boundary, and nothing on/south of Tobacco rd attends Butler high school. Not to mention both Laney and Murphy have major construction projects beginning this summer too.

Somehow even the property located next to Pepperidge even got brought up into the discussion. This area is zoned for Butler, but property is zoned for the new Sadie Landing(single family neighborhood). The construction is probably beginning to pick up steam. More people are moving to Richmond County compared to previous years.
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4131

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/22/13 - 06:04 pm
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Countyman -

Countyman

. thanks for the compliment of being proactive.

All other NON-Augusta Place Apt. comments aside,

All of my people say the Augusta Place Apartment Project on US-25/Boykin Rd. is 252 UNITS, and still indicate it is really is just Cherry Hill II renamed to avoid an uproar.

http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4455
submitted on 3/12/2013 3:13:53 PM

BTW: Could you post the URL for the AC previous posting on Augusta Place Apartments?

I seem to of missed it like so many others on the South Side.

countyman
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countyman 05/22/13 - 06:40 pm
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Good to know

I'm glad to hear you want answers, and not create theories. Does anybody have proof of certain tax credits?
http://chronicle.augusta.com/content/blog-post/tim-rausch/2013-03-13/apa...

Some people only want to add fire to the flame, and don't care about the real situation. I bet certain people don't want to hear what Dave Barbee really said.

''When this happens you will see more whites moving in the city and blacks moving into West Augusta and Columbia County. ''
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/09/09/met_143034.shtml

He didn't say anything related to more black people moving into South Augusta. I've been saying that Augusta is starting to follow the trends of larger cities. Additional young professionals, empty nesters, young families, LGBT community, etc moving into the urban core. Black people are the usually the last group to move into the suburban counties in larger numbers. Some white residents of Aiken/Columbia will move further out into the county and some into Mcduffie/Lincoln/Mccormick/Burke.

The 2010-2011 demographics changes in Columbia/Richmond, and Lincoln County possibility being added to the metro has us going in this direction. The media(including the Augusta Chronicle) loves to compare Richmond/Columbia any other time. I bet they would never report on Richmond County having the faster growing white population, and slower growing black population.

Richmond
white population 39.7% to 40.8%
black population 54.2% to 54.4%

Columbia
White 76.5% to 77.1%
Black 14.9% to 15.8%

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 05/22/13 - 08:05 pm
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"FOR 32 YEARS

... I worked for an old sheriff in South Carolina...(whose policy was)stay in the high-crime areas ... Leave the roads up to the state highway patrol."

Yup. But that's, like, dangerous, plus the road tickets run up revenue which is the name of the game.. other than building arsenals.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 05/22/13 - 08:08 pm
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" ... TO EVERYBODY

... asking where the deputies were..."

Well, a coupla platoon's worth were conducting pacification operations against the drivers of the CSRA. Occupying armies gotta keep on top of the peasants.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 05/22/13 - 08:13 pm
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Why are you harshing on Reverend Steele?

I've come to understand that 'reverend' is an Ebonics word for 'race hustler'. Like Al and Jessee and Wright. What did you expect?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/22/13 - 08:49 pm
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County Demographics

To be exact about racial growth in Richmond and Columbia Counties. From the Chronicle:

The 2010 U.S. census showed Richmond County continued its trend of white flight. The county lost 12,419 white residents during the past decade and gained 8,781 black residents. The white population dropped from 46 percent in 2000 to 40 percent in 2010.

For Columbia County: Columbia County's white population grew, but its black population grew even more quickly.
The county gained 19,075 white residents during the decade.
And it gained 8,166 black residents -- a third of the county's overall growth, despite the fact that blacks make up only 15 percent of the county's overall population.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2011-03-17/census-data-released-...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/22/13 - 08:56 pm
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Not Zeroing in on Racial Statistics

I'm not trying to get into a racial discussion, but simply presenting the facts in response to others. There's nothing wrong with Richmond County because of the racial shifts. As the Chronicle article I linked to explained white flight to suburban counties is a statewide trend. The black folks moving to Columbia County number far fewer than the whites moving there, but both races are coming for the same reasons. The quality of life for families with kids is superior in the suburban county. If you can afford to buy a house in Columbia County your work ethic is probably a good one and from everything I've seen you are welcome, no matter your color.

countyman
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countyman 05/22/13 - 09:08 pm
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The spin machine never stops

Certain older parts of South Augusta were losing population between 2000-2005. This happens across the US, and then white flight stops...

The year 2000 was thirteen years ago, and 2005 was eight years ago. The 2010-2011 demographics are more reliable concerning recent/future growth trends..

The $172 million Starbuck, $115 million Rockwood, Five Guys, Walgreens/3 acre development, remodeling of the Deans Bridge Walmart, three Bi-Lo renovations, Hampton Inn(Hilton brand), compressed natural gas station, etc pretty much show how South Augusta is now growing.. ...

You CAN'T spin this one... The white population of Richmond County grew faster than 1%

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/22/13 - 09:10 pm
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"The white population of

"The white population of Richmond County grew faster than 1%"

Over what period?

countyman
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countyman 05/22/13 - 09:42 pm
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Facts

2010-2011.... 39.7% to 40.8% = 1.1 percent white population growth....Expect the white population to grow even faster once the demolishing of future housing projects, Artspace, GRU developments, revitalization/gentrification in the urban core, etc pick up steam over the next few years.

I'm laughing because you're stuck on 'white flight' from multiple years ago, but scare to admit what comes next.. According to the 2012 estimates Richmond/Aiken counties gained around the same number of people since 2010.

I can find multiple links clearly explaining how young people/families are moving back into the city(specifically the urban core). The person who first brought up the Dave Barbee comments is now ''simply presenting fact in response to others'' lol.. He's only trying to spin the comments, because Dave Barbee said more black people are coming to Columbia County and not South Augusta.

The FACT remains according to the most recent demographic changes(2010-2011). The metro Augusta area is starting to follow the trends of larger metros.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/22/13 - 09:50 pm
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Facts From 2010 to 2012

U.S. Census 2010: the black population of Richmond County was 108,633. The 2012 estimate was 110,207. That's a gain of 1574.

U.S. Census 2010: the white population of Richmond County was 79,624. In 2012 it was 82,655. That's a gain of 3031.

At that rate of gain the white population would equal the black one in about 18 years.

Edited to make that 36 years because that census estimate was for a two year period.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/22/13 - 09:41 pm
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What I remember Dave Barbee

What I remember Dave Barbee saying is the number of blacks downtown would be reduced by removing the housing project. That makes total sense to me. If he said the residents of those public housing projects would move to Columbia County that's his opinion. I was told the other day they have to stay in Richmond County. By the way, Deke was apparently aghast that Barbee would bring up such racial matters. Trust me, I get lots of laughs from you, too.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/22/13 - 09:46 pm
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Super Nova

With the population of Columbia County and its demographics and growth, I figure by the time the sun goes super nova, Columbia County will have a majority black population and Richmond County will be the beautiful suburbs where everyone is moving.

countyman
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countyman 05/22/13 - 10:01 pm
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Population

If residents want to be placed into other housing projects they will stay in Richmond County for now. I don't even know Dave Barbee that good, but maybe he meant black people in general(not solely poorer blacks).

I have no idea where you getting the 2012 demographics from. I can definitely tell you the white population of Richmond County will grow much faster every year in the future. Artspace, Laney Walker, Harrisburg, GRU developments, etc...

The urban core of Augusta is definitely starting to grow much faster.... A few of the best projects in the CBD.
1. The massive historic building at 301 9th street was recently sold. This property is located right next to JB White condo parking garage/private parking building on Ellis street.
2. Rural Sourcing 100 IT jobs, ZAPATA Technology, and Southpoint Media new office(opening June 6th) in the Enterprise Mill
http://www.enterprisemill.com/index.php/Current-Tenants.html
3. Holiday Inn Express
4. Sprint Food & Metro Market(Open air seating, 1st floor urban market: restaurant/convenience store, and 2nd floor Sprint Food corporate offices and space for other tenants)
5. Discovery Plaza(former Discovery Plaza)
6. Farmhaus Burger opening/seven apartments on the second floor/new restaurant underway next door

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/22/13 - 09:56 pm
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All my numbers are from the

All my numbers are from the U.S. Census of 2010 and U.S. Census 2012 Estimate. But it's good that you believe the future of Richmond County is bright and you bring up the businesses opening in the county.

countyman
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countyman 05/23/13 - 12:29 am
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Thumbs down won't change the FACTS

The same people everyday try to portray I'm the only person excited about the future of Augusta. MANY people believe the future of Richmond County is bright. The Starbucks plant, first H&M outside of metro Atlanta and zero locations in SC, Rockwood, Artspace, etc. The Cultural/Mills campuses initial proposal had the city paying around $400k of $1.5 million. The private sector definitely believes in the city of Augusta. Why did you have to bring up the old AC article simply because Richmond County has the faster growing white population currently? Why don't you want to admit Richmond/Aiken gained around the same number of people in the latest estimate, and Richmond will eventually catch/surpass Columbia? Can you show the link for the 2012 estimates related to demographics? The 2012 estimates I see only share the 2011 demographics, and the 2012 population.

Either way the future of Richmond County, metro Augusta, and the CSRA is bright. The latest DDA report from May includes other projects moving forward in the urban core. I listed a couple of them below.
1. Proposed hotel
2. 901 Broad(nine apartments and 4,300 square feet of commercial space)
3. 1022 Broad(new residential above Pauleys Steakhouse)
4. 758 Broad(green improvements after 13 apts completed last year)
5. 1301 Broad(Augusta Lung Associates)
6. James Brown Boulevard/9th street improvements Phase 1($850k grant for $1.3 million project)
http://www.myaugustadowntown.com/minutes/2013-05-May-2013-Directors-Repo...

The DDA reports also includes the 334 Greene(residential at the Vine Inn), and new signage for Olde Town.

Tots
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Tots 05/23/13 - 03:01 am
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Why pull the post ?

Guess someone didn't have a happy butt after all..... LOL!!

Tots
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Tots 05/23/13 - 03:13 am
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It's OK!! BECAUSE,

Countyman.i've always tried to read what you say with an open mind,then take what you say with a grain of salt.. Somedays i do shake my head and say-does he really believe the cra? he is writing..

Now-ABOUT,that conspiracy theory from the rants&raves comments about Pepperidge& Butler High portables...No theory,it was a true statement..

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 05/23/13 - 05:38 am
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County populations

Let's look at this from a historical and realistic view rather than trying to spin statistics which can be skewed to say what an individual wants.
When young people (black and white) are starting out they make lower salaries, historically they tend to reside in ARC because then they are closer to the Restaurants, Clubs and lower rent housing. As the years go along they start to make more money, settle down, get married consider raising a family and take a look around them. That's when they move to the areas surrounding, for the land or housing that's available there as well as to be with people who have like ideas and goals. A family with a $100K to $200K income does not want to live in close proximity to government housing. It's not racism or anything but the desire to make ones family as safe as possible. Face facts, there is less crime in a subdivision of homes valued above $150k than there is in Government Housing!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/23/13 - 06:19 am
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ColdBeer has it right

ColdBeer has it right. Those black families moving to Columbia County are doing it for the same reasons the white ones are. They want the nice neighborhoods, safe environment and good schools. They have those values and THAT'S why they are welcomed in Columbia County.

But the bigger point ColdBeer is making is that downtown may be great for certain populations. Our resident downtown proponent talks about keeping the bars being open until 5 AM and increasing the gay population. That may be fine for some, but married people with higher incomes have much different lifestyles, goals and focus. It's simply a different mindset and nothing to get upset about. Both areas contribute to the CSRA...kumbaya and all that.

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seenitB4 05/23/13 - 06:33 am
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kumbaya & all that

Is that the name of a good gumbo.....haha....the stats are giving me a headache....of course coldbeer is right...he is seldom wrong yaknow....

People move for many reasons.....get over it Augusta crunch counters....where is harley when I need him...lol

The facts are...Cherrytree will close & the folks won't evaporate...they will have to be placed SOMEWHERE......it won't be downtown & we all know that...Just tell the dang truth & stop lying about everything!

THAT causes more trouble than anything...the constant cover up & illusion of "Let us be happy--happy happy" don't question us on our decisions....
BTW N Ga mountains area is looking good to us......they just don't have that French Market grill cajun martinis ....whatcha gonna do!!!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/23/13 - 06:34 am
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coldbeer

YOU DA MAN! :)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/23/13 - 06:37 am
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btw about tots info

She sees Augusta on a daily basis...she has the facts ....ther is 0 reason for her to fudge her information...i believe her. :)

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/23/13 - 08:03 am
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Is the intent to skim over the Augusta Place Apartments?

NOTE:These are NOT questions for Countyman to answer.

These are questions for knowledgeable ARC bureaucrats to address.
In other words some one with stated authority to make a statement.

SOME SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
1. Are 30% or more of APAD units going to be Government subsidized Units. YES OR NO?.

2. Is this going to be a Mix Income Apt complex?

3. Is any one in ARC gov. one willing to state there are NO plans or discussions to have or convert APAD to a Cherry Tree II low income type complex in the next 5 to 10 years?

4. Are there "any" plans or discussions to move Sections 8's in, in large numbers within 18 months of completion?

5. Are there any restrictions on the nature and economic demographics of APAD use. or will they be allowed to become a High Crime Rate area like RICHMOND HILL RD. with a high occupancy of problems.

6. a.Will ARC actually advance hire the additional Fire Department personnel and permanently deploy them to this general area to protect this area? General area being a documented 5 min response time radius. b. Will ARC invest BEFORE HAND in a much needed US-25 Fire station house with a New Ladder truck to rapidly respond to a large multi-story apt. complex with 250+ families? $,$$$,$$$.00

7. What RC-BOE plans are in the works to support the extra 500+ students that will result from this complex. More teachers, classrooms, school books, computers 2 or 3 buses and etc.... $,$$$,$$$.00 start up costs to meet the student needs from start of construction in 18-24 months?

8. What plans are in the workes to provide Water and sewer upgrade and infrastructure installation demands $$$,$$$.00

9. Roadway stoplight installation at Boykin Rd. $$$,$$$.00

10. RCSO substation and extra deputies $$$,$$$.00

11. What part of these TAXPAYER expenses will the developer share in covering, or will the Taxpayers cover it so they make a profit at the Taxpayers expense?

An the list goes on.

Well ARC bureaucrats speak up and tell us what the truth is . Don't leave us hanging, because in this case silence only proves APAD is a Cherry Tree type relocation attempt to the South Side.

BTW:
In reviewing http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4455

The PDF file downloaded and saved covering
Review Number: 2013-019 Submittal Date: 3/12/2013 3:13:53 PM

I noted a few items were Disapproved
City Engineer: 03-13-13 DISAPP 04-2
Traffic Engineer: 03-13-13 DISAPP 03-14-13
Trees and Landscaping: 03-13-13 DISAPP 03-14-13
Utilites: 03-13-13 DISAPP 04-09-13

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bdouglas 05/23/13 - 08:07 am
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Technicolor dreams...

Someone sure puts a lot of stock in things that aren't even happening yet...enough that they mention them in nearly every article they post on. Artspace sounds like an awesome concept. But it's just a concept so far. They are surveying the community on what needs there might be IF they decide to try and come here, THEN local officials will have to figure out a way to pay for it. We all know how well the local officials work together on paying for things. And that Holiday Inn Express? The one that still looks like a murder scene from a horror movie with busted out windows and blinds hanging off the building that hasn't been touched since that "groundbreaking"... Then there's that "Sprint Food & Metro Market" that they've been spinning for well over a year now that has yet to come to fruition.

And to accuse RM or anyone else of trying to spin something...? C'mon man.

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itsanotherday1 05/23/13 - 08:24 am
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Soldier hacked to death

British soldier attacked and hacked to death in plain view. No one could stop it because they are not allowed to carry guns.

Does this sound like what pro-second amendment people are predicting if honest Americans are disarmed?

http://abcnews.go.com/International/london-attack-man-hacked-death-briti...

countyman
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countyman 05/23/13 - 08:30 am
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Tots

I'll post my comment from yesterday since Tots decided to post his/her again today.

Tots... The majority of comments are based on 'facts', and not my personal opinion(like so many people on here). It's kinda ironic you don't have any problem with the false daily opinions, but you listen to facts with an grain of salt. I already know there's portables at Butler and construction occurring next to Pepperidge.

''Nocnoc at 9:04pm, Hi, i'm not sure what your being told about Boykin Rd.. I will say this,"whatever"- they are building beside Pepperidge has moved into overdrive...And they HAVE made new cross walks on both sides at the Pepperidge light,also the Phinizy Rd light, and more at the light infront of HWY-25 Bi-Lo.... Butler High School just got a bunch of brand new portable buildings delivered and setup this week...''

''Oh,they are coming!! the public transportation should be up and running by next year ,right along with the R.C.B.O.E. bus drivers....They have had prisoners working nearly eveyday cleaning the land and old buildings...''

People took your comments related to the portables at Butler, and immediately applied it to the Augusta Place Apartments. The fact remains the Augusta Place community will be zoned for Hephzibah and Cross Creek. I do apologize if I misunderstood your earlier comments. The comments did sound like 'all of these poor residents are moving in'', and the new portables at Butler were to handle them. The development next to Sadie Landing is supposed to become an single family housing and not multi-family residential.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/23/13 - 08:39 am
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Countyman - I am only discussing APAD

not others comments.

I am waiting for any ARC official by name to address my questions.

No disrespect intended but please honor this simple request.

countyman
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countyman 05/23/13 - 08:46 am
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More poor people live in suburbs today

According to Brookings more poor people live in suburbs compared to urban areas. Augusta is definitely on the way to repeating the process.

The facts don't suggest anymore once people start to create families or make more they move to the suburbs... This is the way it used to be, but now the US is changing.
http://confrontingsuburbanpoverty.org/wp-content/uploads/metro-profiles/...

2011 Poverty study the poverty rate in
Richmond county 23.1%
Columbia, Aiken, Mcduffie, Edgefield, and Burke 16.6%

2010
Richmond 24.1%
Suburbs 14.0%

Since Augusta is consolidated with only some of the county. They probably included Blythe/Hephzibah along with Aiken, Burke, Edgefield, Columbia, and Mcduffie for the suburbs.

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