Arts center would be safer

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Just take a look at The Augusta Chronicle of July 9 and you’ll understand why a Downtown Arts District is a bad idea: The front page features a story about a shooting that occurred July 6, stating, “A shooter opened fire in the 900 block of Broad Street about 11:30 p.m. Friday, hitting six people, police say.”

In addition to the fear of nighttime crime, there are other problems. Parking is an issue. How many people decline to come downtown at night because they must use parking decks or side streets and then walk blocks to the entertainment venue? This is a particular hardship for the elderly or handicapped.

Why not build a state-of-the-art facility on a piece of land big enough for a theater and parking? It may not fit in with the big plans for downtown revitalization much on the minds of our city leaders, but it would better serve the needs of the people who pay their salaries.

Carol Jarrard

Grovetown

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Techfan
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Techfan 07/23/12 - 07:08 am
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We can incorporate it into

We can incorporate it into the Dekeland Baseball Stadium, Amusement Park, Game Preserve, Parking Lot, Apartments, and Art Center.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/23/12 - 09:08 am
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T-SPLOST

What do you want to build it with, Carol, T-SPLOST dollars?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/23/12 - 09:13 am
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Chinese Whiners

There's a story in today's news about some flooding over in China. The comrades are whining about the inadequate storm sewers and sanitary sewers in the cities. On NPR I heard a comrade say, "The authorities care more about above-ground splendor than about underground infrastructure."

I think Augusta fits that bill. We need new infrastructure instead of an arts center.

story1
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story1 07/23/12 - 09:16 am
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Columbia County Arts Center

I believe this is what Rob Nordan and team are working - a Performing Arts Center in Columbia County.

Jane18
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Jane18 07/23/12 - 10:26 am
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Lovers of the Arts

I have an idea: how about all the arts-loving people buy and build their own arts center? There are many of us that do not give two hoots about the arts! Soooooooooo, spend your money, not ours!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/23/12 - 10:45 am
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Aaaahhh, a PASPLOST. Go ahead

Aaaahhh, a PASPLOST. Go ahead and send up that trial ballon. The fools in Augusta will probably give you "just another penny". They will buy anything as long as you tell them "it's just another penny". Just look at all the things we've bought Paul and friends with them pennies. They will probably even approve TSPLOST so that we can pay again for something we have already paid for. RC voters are easy. Just keep telling them "it's just another penny". Most of them can't add things up and get a total. Somehow that cannot seem to make that leap from "just another penny" to 8% of everything you spend. 8 cents out of every dollar you use to buy groceries, a washing machine, a car......everything. 8 cents on every dollar you spend, and that is AFTER the state has already taxed you up to 6 cents on every dollar you make for state income taxes, $200 or $300 a year Ad Valorm tax on you vehicles, and the state makes twice as much on a gallon of gas as the oil company does. Now, do we really not pay enough taxes already or are the politicians wasting the taxes we already pay?

I know most of that does not have to do with building an Arts Center but it does go to the problem that we need to quit building things that we don't have the money to pay for and we need to start cutting spending and cleaning up waste, fraud, and abuse. It's time to wean government back to the basics and TEE centers, hotels, parking decks, and Arts Centers are not the basics. And raising taxes to pay for stuff that we have already paid for is not an option. Vote NO on TSPLOST.

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countyman 07/23/12 - 11:51 am
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This is downtown Augusta, and

This is downtown Augusta, and not one of the suburban areas in the CSRA... We need to have mixed-use developments, blocks of entertainment, etc... Please keep the large buildings with surface parking lots in the suburbs.. I would rather have one single parking deck, than 3-4 surface parking lots stopping the connectivity of downtown amenities..

What does the shooting at First Friday have to do with creating an downtown Arts District(Imperial, La Chat, renovated Miller theatre, performing arts center on the GGHF property)... People need to stop trying to hold downtown back due to the rare incident... There's been shootings & homicides all over the CSRA this year... The people who were shooting didn't come to enjoy the local arts... 'Artist Row' on the upper blocks of Broad street is what brought downtown back from the 80's and 90's..

Take a look at these two videos of First Friday....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FtIA93W3dw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2rQeUCDVVc

According to your logic CC shouldn't build the exhibition hall at the Gateway in Grovetown because a murder happen at the Belair Conference center... Why should the city punish everybody because the minority are scared?? I know the local media doesn't focus on people who love downtown, but alot of them live in Augusta... Thousands of people enjoy coming downtown late at night(July 4th, First Friday, etc)... The Candle light Jazz series is full of people on the Riverwalk every Sunday night...

https://is0.4sqi.net/derived_pix/VCcSZ-cbbojwIfYAzXUODsnrs3IOzSnMJWdraKo...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/23/12 - 01:03 pm
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Agreement

I agree completely with countyman when he wrote:

I would rather have one single parking deck, than 3-4 surface parking lots stopping the connectivity of downtown amenities.

By the way, I was downtown last Friday afternoon between 1:00 and 3:00. I made three stops and had no trouble parking. There are plenty of spaces all over town.

I say, "No" to Margaret's meters.

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