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TSPLOST hurt, not helped, by consultant’s ‘race’ talk

TSPLOST hurt, not helped, by consultant’s ‘race’ talk

By Ron Sifen

TSPLOST supporters have brought in a Washington, D.C. developer, Chris  Leinberger, who is also a consultant on urbanism and smart growth, to race-bait  the TSPLOST.
Leinberger told the Cumberland Area Community Improvement  District board last week that “MARTA really stands for ‘Moving African Americans  Rapidly Through Atlanta.’ You’ve racialized it. The white suburban neighborhoods  and places have completely ignored the economic development potential that MARTA  could have been and will be in the future.”
He also said “Ultimately,  real estate developers are building for middle-class and upper-class  folks.”
He also said “the goal of having a rail system is not for traffic  relief, but for economic development.” He also said “You do not build it to move  people.”
Wow. Where do I start?

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