H/T to Greg Bluestein on Twitter for this one. Part of Clayton County’s SPLOST, that will be up for vote next week, is $35 Million for a new arena. It would seem that with the Falcons getting a new Stadium and the Braves Going to Cobb for another new stadium, Clayton County doesn’t want to feel left out.
The interesting thing about this, besides the “trying to keep up with the Joneses” aspect, is that Clayton County wants to take $35 million and spend it on an Arena instead of the transportation infrastructure that it has previously stated it desires. Why is this different from Cobb? Well, Cobb, unlike Clayton, has been very vocal about it’s distaste for rail transit and some bus transit systems.
Clayton on the other hand has been vocal like DeKalb and Fulton about it’s desire for an improved transit (read bus rapid transit) infrastructure. This is also strange given that on the project list for TSPLOST this past summer was to re-open the Clayton County fixed route bus service.
But I guess that stadiums are more in rage today. Who needs basic infrastructure when you can have luxury?