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Old 11-23-2010, 09:13 PM
 
Location: ATL
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Atlanta Eye Organizers Choose Carter to Assist in Site Selection - CarterBlog


Atlanta Eye organizers have just begun its site-selection process and recently retained Carter to assist it in the search for the right spot. They'll need about 2 to 3 acres for the attraction that will reach 45 stories in Atlanta's skyline.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Norcross, GA
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So the proposal has some gravity to it? Awesome. I'll be riding it.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:21 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Folks can say what they want about it, but I'll still disagree and say I personally don't think this "attraction" is a fit for Atlanta. The London Eye does so well because ahem... it's in London... one of the greatest cities in the world.

While we shouldn't knock Atlanta into the dirt as can happen in some threads, let's be honest here - "We 'aint no London". Lacking a true river or body of water next to downtown, and architecture from the middle ages to the Victorian era, I have to wonder - exactly what are tourists expected to marvel over (visually) once they're spinning around at the top of our wheel?

Ok, if you want to impress me, here's what you do - build the wheel OVER the Aquarium. Then design it so that when your "pod" goes to the lowest level, it actually dips into the largest tank in the Aquarium, where you then float underwater past the Whale Sharks, plopping back above the water a couple of minutes later. Ok, THAT would get my attention.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:28 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Haha I think I agree with AtlantaGreg30127. And keep in mind the city is still trying to get about 4 "Halls of Fame" and museums up and running, so adding this to the limited funding pie is only going to delay everything.

I don't think Kasim is big on using city funds for this "idea" and if Bernie Marcus of all people has explicitly stated that he won't monetarily support the wheel, then there is probably no funding source and this thing will probably not get built.

Atlanta:

-still securing an additional $12 million for streetcar
-still trying to fund College Football Hall of Fame
-still trying to Civil Rights museum
-still trying to fund other halls of fame and museums
-has no allotted funding for the multi-modal hub downtown
-has no allotted funding for many of the necessary freight/passenger infrastructure improvements it has said it needs
-the list goes on

**This wheel was just recently added on to the list, so if there is a pecking order, then this baby has a long long way to go before realization.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:11 PM
 
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I think the whole thing is pointless too. I don't see how a big Ferris wheel is going to draw a lot of folks. Bernie Marcus "suggesting" a Ferris wheel and not offering to pay for it is priceless and cute.

We should be investing whatever money that would go towards this dumb idea into making downtown more vibrant and visitor friendly. We don't need any more gimmicks. We need all types of businesses that stay open past 6pm and someone other than panhandlers to keep the tourists entertained.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Haha I think I agree with AtlantaGreg30127. And keep in mind the city is still trying to get about 4 "Halls of Fame" and museums up and running, so adding this to the limited funding pie is only going to delay everything.

I don't think Kasim is big on using city funds for this "idea" and if Bernie Marcus of all people has explicitly stated that he won't monetarily support the wheel, then there is probably no funding source and this thing will probably not get built.

Atlanta:

-still securing an additional $12 million for streetcar
-still trying to fund College Football Hall of Fame
-still trying to Civil Rights museum
-still trying to fund other halls of fame and museums
-has no allotted funding for the multi-modal hub downtown
-has no allotted funding for many of the necessary freight/passenger infrastructure improvements it has said it needs
-the list goes on

**This wheel was just recently added on to the list, so if there is a pecking order, then this baby has a long long way to go before realization.
The city isn't spending any money on the Hall of Fame, any of the other museums, or the ferris wheel. They are all being privately funded. The multi-modal station and the freight/rail improvements are both state projects, not the city's. The city is responsible for the rest of the funding for the streetcar and I believe funding for the Beltline.

I don't see anything wrong with the ferris wheel if it's built without taxpayer money. Private companies can pretty much build whatever they want. It might not be an original idea, but nothing like it of that size exists in this country and if it doesn't go to Atlanta, they will build it somewhere else.

Also, we actually do have a nice skyline that will continue to grow in the future, lots of foliage for a city, and on clear days, I'm sure you can see the mountains in the distance. If it's built, you don't have to ride it, but you guys are being way too pessimistic.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Also, we actually do have a nice skyline that will continue to grow in the future, lots of foliage for a city, and on clear days, I'm sure you can see the mountains in the distance. If it's built, you don't have to ride it, but you guys are being way too pessimistic.
Agree on all points.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Virginia Highland, GA
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Folks can say what they want about it, but I'll still disagree and say I personally don't think this "attraction" is a fit for Atlanta. The London Eye does so well because ahem... it's in London... one of the greatest cities in the world.

While we shouldn't knock Atlanta into the dirt as can happen in some threads, let's be honest here - "We 'aint no London". Lacking a true river or body of water next to downtown, and architecture from the middle ages to the Victorian era, I have to wonder - exactly what are tourists expected to marvel over (visually) once they're spinning around at the top of our wheel?

Ok, if you want to impress me, here's what you do - build the wheel OVER the Aquarium. Then design it so that when your "pod" goes to the lowest level, it actually dips into the largest tank in the Aquarium, where you then float underwater past the Whale Sharks, plopping back above the water a couple of minutes later. Ok, THAT would get my attention.

I swear I had the same idea....
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:58 AM
 
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Atlanta Eye Organizers Choose Carter to Assist in Site Selection - CarterBlog


Atlanta Eye organizers have just begun its site-selection process and recently retained Carter to assist it in the search for the right spot. They'll need about 2 to 3 acres for the attraction that will reach 45 stories in Atlanta's skyline.
Really, really cool...
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:01 AM
 
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The city isn't spending any money on the Hall of Fame, any of the other museums, or the ferris wheel. They are all being privately funded. The multi-modal station and the freight/rail improvements are both state projects, not the city's. The city is responsible for the rest of the funding for the streetcar and I believe funding for the Beltline.

I don't see anything wrong with the ferris wheel if it's built without taxpayer money. Private companies can pretty much build whatever they want. It might not be an original idea, but nothing like it of that size exists in this country and if it doesn't go to Atlanta, they will build it somewhere else.

Also, we actually do have a nice skyline that will continue to grow in the future, lots of foliage for a city, and on clear days, I'm sure you can see the mountains in the distance. If it's built, you don't have to ride it, but you guys are being way too pessimistic.
I agree with you (and Lovin) totally--

There is no reason why Atlanta cannot pursue multiple things that are good for the city. This is what leads to greatness. A provincial mindset will only keep holding Atlanta back.
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