Cocktails at Azar’s revisited

Today’s AJC has an article on the lack of nightlife around Turner Field — the subject of my first Rowland’s Office post almost five years ago.

We celebrated the win with a bunch of other Braves fans on the deck of Azar’s, where the spirits are as lively as the conversation. All that revelry got us hungry, so we ventured across Georgia Ave. to the upscale Chinese eatery, Fuhwah. I can still taste the Happy Family. Wanting to work off the pounds from that late night snack, we decided to hit the links at the Fanplex. Nothing like a round of miniature golf in the heart of a big city.

Remember when our city fathers and mothers promised a revitalization of the neighborhood around the Ted, post-Olympics? To be fair, they did leave us with that hideous metal contraption next to I-20 where the flame once burned (along with the deserted mini-golf course referenced above).

Our city’s progress keepers have now turned their energies to bringing a NASCAR museum downtown. Nothing like another unnecessary distraction to hide all those broken promises.

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4 Comments on Cocktails at Azar’s revisited

  1. Jack Straw // April 7, 2010 at 5:25 pm //

    Politicians only tell the public what they think we want to hear. They never tell the truth. How, exactly, can a government revitalize anything? They can throw money in one place or another, but governmental efforts to create, replicate, or replace, consumer demand will always fail. That is the function of the marketplace. The idea that government can “manage” an economy is a fallacy.

  2. It’s been done in every other city but Atlanta. Gov’t provided incentives to redevelop blighted areas. And let’s please steer clear of politics. I made the mistake last month.

  3. Jack Straw // April 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm //

    Pittsburgh, Cleveland, even Savannah have a waterfront to work with, and build on. If I concede that government can “incentivise” private investment, Atlanta yet presents a unique set of logistic, geographic and demographic problems. Plus, the local leaders keep going to prison. Shirley Franklin was not a bad mayor, but she had her hands full from Day One.

  4. Breaking my own rule here, but I think Shirley’s leadership was lacking.

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