The Broken Promise of Atlanta’s Sports Stadiums
“This is the fourth time we’ve built a stadium in a poor black neighborhood… That’s wrong. And that tells people in those neighborhoods you don’t count, just get out of my way. That’s real ugly. That’s a real punch in the nose.”
Photo by the excellent Dustin Chambers
Please take time to read Thomas Wheatley’s excellent, in-depth look at the complex issue of Atlanta’s sports stadiums and their troubled relationships with neighboring communities: The Stadium Effect
As I’ve written on this blog before, urban stadiums often fail to live up to their promise to provide economic benefits to their immediate surroundings (in fact, my second post from two years ago was on this issue). But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are stadiums that fit well into their urban fabric, and that can happen in Atlanta, but it will take willpower and a lot of nudging from residents.