David Pendered brings news via The Saporta Report that The Atlanta City Council has sent re-zoning plans for a Buckhead Wal-Mart back to negotiations with the developer. The city’s planning department had recommended approval.
But this is the City of Atlanta, which likes to have a pro-business image but the reality of the political process is often – less than that. After all, why approve a fairly routine re-zoning when you can link the rezoning to the state’s charter school amendment and then link the applicant to the Klan? Would seem challenging to some, but Councilman C.T. Martin delivered it with ease:
“It just stands to reason, these entities, if they want our money, they ought to support our kinds of programs we are happy about, rather than taking our money and supporting projects that aren’t in the best interests of the community,” Martin said before the council voted 11-1 for his resolution (Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean, of Buckhead, cast the lone negative vote).
“This is almost like giving people with white sheets the money to buy white sheets,” Martin said. “There are two sides to that, and I understand.” (emphasis added, as if it isn’t blatant enough)
I can’t wait for the next time Councilman Martin is grandstanding on why businesses continue to prefer to locate in Atlanta’s suburbs instead of investing in the inner city. I’ll be sure to rush to that press conference so I can hold up a mirror.