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11.14.13 … major fail … end of an era … field of dreams …

Atlanta Braves, Cobb County stadium, Turner Field, The Ted, field of dreams, “stadium” v. “field”, places/spaces, end of an era: This is a major fail in my opinion.  The Ted is not a “stadium” it’s a “field.”  There are only a few fields. Ask me why this  makes me sad.

The beginning of the end …

Braves announce new stadium 11/11/13 | 00:01:27

Braves president John Schuerholz announces the team’s plans to build a new ballpark set to open for the 2017 season

via Video: Braves announce plans for a new ballpark | MLB.com.

It all began here …

Atlanta History Center

Liked · November 11

At the groundbreaking ceremony for Atlanta Stadium in 1964. #wouldagrammed #braves

Done 😦

Statement from Mayor Kasim Reed on the Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves are one of the best baseball teams in America, and I wish them well. We have been working very hard with the Braves for a long time, and at the end of the day, there was simply no way the team was going to stay in downtown Atlanta without city taxpayers spending hundreds of millions of dollars to make that happen. It is my understanding that our neighbor, Cobb County, made a strong offer of $450M in public support to the Braves and we are simply unwilling to match that with taxpayer dollars. Given the needs facing our city and the impact of Turner Field stadium on surrounding neighborhoods, that was something I, and many others were unwilling to do. We have been planning for the possibility of this announcement and have already spoken to multiple organizations who are interested in redeveloping the entire Turner Field corridor. Over the next three years, we will be working with our prospective partners to bring residential and business development that is worthy of our city and strengthens our downtown. Those conversations will continue and I am excited about how we use the land that is now Turner Field, to be a tremendous asset for our residents, our city, and our region for years to come.

via City of Atlanta, GA : Press Releases : Statement from Mayor Kasim Reed on the Atlanta Braves.

And the responses …

The Atlanta Braves announced Monday that they will move out of Atlanta before the start of the 2017 season, when they will open what can only be an extravagant new ballpark outside the city’s borders in suburban Cobb County.

Because this is the way things are done now, the project will rely heavily on public funding, with $450 million of the $672 million projected cost coming from a county that just cut 182 teaching jobs because of a budget shortfall. That’s ridiculous, as is the Braves stated reason for moving: the team that secured public financing to convert Atlanta’s Olympic Stadium into Turner Field just 16 years ago, in part by arguing that the venue would help revitalize the urban community around it, is now leaving because the stadium didn’t improve the community around it. Its argument for moving to the current location is now its argument for moving away from it. On top of that, the Braves are leaving Turner Field in part because of a lack of easy public transit access for a location with no public transit that connects to the city. If all of that doesn’t shine quite a bright light on the foolishness of public funding, what will?

via Braves To Build New Stadium In Suburban Atlanta For 2017 Season | ThinkProgress.

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We are attached to places. Wendell Berry closes his Collection of Sabbath Poems with the words, “There is a day when the road neither comes nor goes, and the way is not a way but a place.”

Over the years, there are private places that have become touchstones of our lives. For me, there is the bench outside Alabama Hall over at Emory University where my husband of now 48 years told me he loved me for the first time. There is the quiet spot near the fence in our backyard where a gardenia bush blooms abundantly every summer, and the ashes of our favorite kitty lie buried beneath its shadow.

We are deeply attached to public places too.  The experiences we have in them with other people create that precious sense of being a part of the whole.  Our shared memories and common hopes create these places of special meaning.

via Take Me (Way) Out to The Ballgame « Higher Ground Group.


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