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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