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Ronald Owens (“GreenJackets are gold mine,” June 12) hit the nail square on the head! The baseball team is a gold mine that Augusta commissioners have failed to recognize. We do not need to lose another money-generating event!

While I do not feel that Hammond’s Ferry is the answer to the permanent location of the stadium, Augusta commisioners need to think long and hard about finding a solution to our downtown decline.

I am not a native of Augusta or Georgia. I grew up in Oklahoma City. Why is this significant? If anyone has any knowledge of how rapidly Oklahoma City is growing, he or she would find some interesting information that could help Augusta’s downtown.

A tax increase was voted on by the people of Oklahoma City to improve upon varying projects. Those projects included a brand-new baseball stadium that served as a launching point for reinventing downtown. That same tax increase helped improve schools. Downtown Oklahoma City was a crime-ridden area that you did not go into after dark. Businesses began popping up in what was once the social center of the city, occupying old store fronts.

Mr. Owens is right. Our commissioners need to look into our future. We have good elements to have a thriving downtown.

Justin Henderson

Augusta

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/16/13 - 12:13 am
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Facts are stubborn things

Actually, downtown Oklahoma City is still a crime-ridden area that one dares not go into after dark. There are plenty of muggings around the new stadium on nights when there is no ball game.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 06/16/13 - 07:31 am
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We have a dysfunctional

We have a dysfunctional government that can't agree on anything. The mayor's job is to present a vision and sell the commissioners on this vision. If they had not let the "WaterMark" development of the property at 5th and Reynolds slip away Augusta would now be way ahead of the game.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/16/13 - 09:11 am
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Augusta is not Oklahoma City
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You see the interstate went through OK City. I-20 bypasses Augusta on its way to connect two state capitols. Mind Set. Mind Set.

All of the talk about being progressive in Augusta is just a way to steal public funds. There has never and will never be a Mind Set to actually improve Downtown Augusta. Improve one's personal wealth, yes.

A few artist and a lot of alternate life style folks want their own Buckhead or So Ho on Broad St. They want it paid for by all county tax payers. The corrupt politician use these "progressive culture folks" to steal money through pie in the sky projects.

wbbh
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wbbh 06/16/13 - 10:14 am
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Goldmine?

What "goldmine ever" needed public funds to be successful?

Taxpayers do not want to pay for a stadium.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 06/16/13 - 07:50 pm
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Another tax increase

... to benefit the old city.

Why didn't the county government think of that? Oh wait, it's been done; done to death and the only thing to show for it are unsightly, dirty, dangerous, empty city properties and the milch cows fleeing the county.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 06/16/13 - 08:12 pm
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IMPROVE OUR DOWNTOWN ?

WHY?

Commissioners have sunk millions upon millions of taxpayer $$$$$ into a number of failed projects, all promising to FIX DOWNTOWN.

Again WHY?

We are CONSOLIDATED government and it is time to put DOWNTOWN on life support, while we FIX the COUNTY for a while.

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BTW: If any one is talking again about building a stadium downtown, look to Gwinnett Co. and its return on investment.

Proposed cost $19M with a proposed return on investment $24million over 20 years.

Last actual cost I heard was $34M, losing more $$$$ everyday.
Lots of "special" people got rich literally overnight buying surrounding land and selling it back to the county at $250k market ups with 15 days.

But the very concept ARC talks about copying has lost Gwinnett Co. Taxpayers $15M the day it opened.
Taxpayers rate increased and cut backs were needed to make up the budget shortfall.

BTW: Last I heard 3 Commissioners lost their jobs under indictment and 1 served time.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/16/13 - 08:12 pm
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Fix something else

You are correct, again, nocnoc. Here would be a good slogan for a bumper sticker:

Downtown Is Fine

Improve Someplace Else

nocnoc
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nocnoc 06/16/13 - 08:21 pm
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LL - Shame on us.. we just opened the door

for a Countyman Pro-Augusta monolog.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/16/13 - 08:25 pm
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Decline

Letter writer Justin Henderson must not have read the comments, because he posted:

. . . Augusta commisioners need to think long and hard about finding a solution to our downtown decline.

Chronicle commenter countyman has provided link after link and assertion after assertion that Augusta downtown is vibrant and growing. Why, they even have a Saturday market every week and a First Friday celebration every month. We do not need the commissioners to find solutions to the problem; they are the problem!

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gargoyle 06/16/13 - 10:16 pm
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How about paying back what we

How about paying back what we already owe on past Downtown improvement projects, the tax rate has reach saturation level with services being cut back . It feels like the city has maxed out the public credit card with CBD projects while letting the rest of the county fall apart. Mr. Henderson what else should we do without to fund money making event s Downtown

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Shirley Jean 06/17/13 - 08:30 pm
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Improve Downtown

Sure, let's improve downtown. Make the sidewalks safe to walk on, add curb cuts, ramps etc. If Mr. Williams wants to make downtown senior freindly be advised that 40 % or more seniors have a disability of one type or another. Stop M. Woodward from putting light poles in the middle of the sidewalk so the disabled can't bypass them in a wheel chair. Not all disabled are homeless. Some of us have homes, bank accts., incomes and we too like to spend our money. Most disabled people eat out at least once a week. We go where we can get into a place and be seated comfortably and get what we want for our money. Ms Woodward seems to only want to beatify downtown, not improve it!!!!!!!!

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