- You see 'Restaurant Row' - featuring 'Hard Rock Cafe', ' Sweet Georgia Brown' (if this is still the name), 'Hooters', 'Rays Seafood', a Brazilian steak house.
- Next about 1/2 mile north you see a line up of homeless people awaiting a meal in a brick building
- Then you see a line of middle class Black people - waiting to get into 'Glady Knight's Chicken and Waffles"
I DO NOT STAND IN LONG LINES - so I have never eaten there before. I am not an idol worshiper so I don't feel like I am missing something having failed to partake.
When I drove past these two key sites today - I noticed that the homeless were still there and the "Gladys Knight" sign was removed and the windows were boarded up.
The son that failed to pay state payroll taxes destroyed a popular restaurant.
YOU ARE NOT GOING TO HEAR THIS ANALYSIS IN "THE ATLANTA VOICE" - THE STENOGRAPHERS FOR THE 'BLACK RACIAL SERVICES MACHINE OLIGARCHY'
I no longer listen to WAOK-AM - "Th e Voice Of The Black Community" any longer. BUT when I did I could state authoritatively that when the "Home Depot Billionaires" (Bernie Marcus) were financing the "Georgia Aquarium" and needed to SHUT DOWN A HOMELESS SHELTER - the Black Activists used WAOK as a staging ground for PROTESTS against this plan to "INJURE POO, HOMELESS BLACK PEOPLE".
My position at the time WAS and still remains: "The City Of Atlanta need BUSINESS ACTIVITIES to generate the TAX REVENUES that fill the city coffers to pay for the social programs that they as 'Progressives' seek to provide."
Despite all of the theatrics (I believe this was done under Mayor Shirley Franklin) this was a sound investment in the redevelopment of "Centennial Park". From this project - "The Coca Cola Museum", "The Atlanta Museum For Civil and Human Rights Ritual Worship Center", "The College Football Hall Of Fame" and several hotels, restaurants and bars have opened - all of which brought back to life this particular area.
"Marietta Street" is now a gentrified playground, where old warehouses, junkyards and garages have now sprung back to life. This, coupled with the high rise condo building boom is no doubt pumping millions back into the city coffers.
BUT WHAT ABOUT PEACHTREE-PINE?
Mayor Reed and the City Of Atlanta, are justifying the closure based upon:
- The threat of a Tuberculosis Outbreak
- Acts of violence around the center (the homeless camp out on the block surrounding the facility )
IF THERE IS NO "HOME DEPOT BILLIONAIRE" ANTAGONIST - ARE THERE NO PROTESTS?
Now we have "Peachtree Pine" closing and "Hosea Helps" (Hosea Feeds The Hungry) tossed out of their facility after a rent increase.
YET the "Atlanta Voice" keeps MARKETING Mayor Reed's "WESTSIDE REDEVELOPMENT PLANS".
While many of the vulnerable residents voiced fear about GENTRIFICATION - they have a point.
The recent opening of the new park in "Vine City" and the development of the "Belt Line" is surely going to put market pressure upon the housing prices, causing the poor, mostly Black current residents to have to find a new, more affordable place to live.
MY PERSONAL VIEW IS THAT "COMMUNITY (RACIAL) CYCLING IS A STANDARD FARE IN AMERICA" . The building that now houses "The Shrine Of The Black Madonna" in the West End used to be a "Segregated Movie Theater" about 60 years ago.
IT IS THE DISHONESTY OF (so called) 'BLACK POLITICS' and 'BLACK ADVOCACY' that sticks out like a sore thumb.
While urban campers protest against GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY's plans to redevelop "Turner Field" in the Summerhill area - it is MAYOR REED who is selling the "vision' of "Downtown Southside" while avoiding being targeted by protesters concerned about the impact on "Poor Blacks".
The demolition of the homeless shelter for the "GA Aquarium" had a plan to build a new shelter in another area. TO MY KNOWLEDGE there are no plans for relocation of the facilities at "Peachtree-Pine". Where is the activism that is demanding answers?