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One year ago today, our local baseball team crashed the Veterans' Day news cycle with the announcement that it was fleeing downtown for new digs in the northwestern 'burbs. Today, the team released a time-lapse video of construction on the stadium/mixed-use development near Cumberland—compressing twelve months of slow fan torture into one rip-the-bandage-off minute.
It was party time in East Cobb, Tuesday morning be damned, courtesy of the county’s newest corporate citizen. The Braves laid down AstroTurf beneath the dance hall-sized tent they pitched in the middle of the barren Cumberland construction site that will, in two years time, be their new home—the newly christened SunTrust Field.
Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee must feel like he’s sitting in a dunking booth. During the Public Comment portion of the bi-monthly Board of Commissioners meetings, it has become almost customary for citizens disgruntled with Lee’s handling of the new Braves stadium to take their best shot at the chairman.
It’s been a busy season for the Atlanta Braves and their future home in Cobb County. The past few weeks have seen heavy machinery on the ground, and last night, the development team for the $400 million mixed-use complex was formally announced. Today, new images of the stadium were released–and although we have to admit that a few of them are rather stunning, it’s important to realize that nothing pictured is official.
It’s no secret Atlanta lacks functional regional transit. As veteran transportation reporter Doug Monroe wrote in a 2012 Atlanta magazine analysis of the history behind our transportation woes, “at the heart of the rot eating at metro Atlanta is the Mother of All Mistakes: the failure to extend MARTA into the suburbs.” Indeed, MARTA is limited to the city of Atlanta and Fulton and DeKalb counties; traveling farther requires cobbling trips together on a host of smaller systems, each with its own unwieldy ticketing and scheduling vagaries.