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Old 09-09-2015, 12:50 PM
 
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I wouldn't be surprised if there are 500 threads on MARTA in this forum.

How come it is such a huge topic of discussion?




(And yes, I'm adding to to it with this thread).
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:57 PM
 
Location: City of Trees
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Because people are racist.
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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Arjay, I think it is about taxes. I think many voters feel they shouldn't foot the bill for a limited transit system when they and most of their family and friends will not have reasonable access to it.
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Just outside of McDonough, Georgia
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In three words: history, taxation, and mistrust.

- skbl17
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Arjay, I think it is about taxes. I think many voters feel they shouldn't foot the bill for a limited transit system when they and most of their family and friends will not have reasonable access to it.
That's a very selfish thought. What happened to being part of society?
To answer the OP, when MARTA was first voted on, Atlanta was in the midst of a hug population and political swing where Atlanta was changing from a majority white population/political to majority black population/political. The white, conservative, suburban counties wanted to maintain their control and did not trust that Atlanta dominated MARTA would use their taxes wisely. The vote and white flight also accompanied a major uptick in crime that was a national pattern. As residents and businesses, that followed their clients and employees, left the city it reduced the tax base and services were cut to balance the budget. Freeways cut thru previous stable communities, allowing suburban commuters easy access to downtown all the while further reducing the tax base and population.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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That's a very selfish thought. What happened to being part of society?
To answer the OP, when MARTA was first voted on, Atlanta was in the midst of a hug population and political swing where Atlanta was changing from a majority white population/political to majority black population/political. The white, conservative, suburban counties wanted to maintain their control and did not trust that Atlanta dominated MARTA would use their taxes wisely. The vote and white flight also accompanied a major uptick in crime that was a national pattern. As residents and businesses, that followed their clients and employees, left the city it reduced the tax base and services were cut to balance the budget. Freeways cut thru previous stable communities, allowing suburban commuters easy access to downtown all the while further reducing the tax base and population.
cq, I think most people are selfish. Just my 50 some odd years experience anyway.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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cq, I think most people are selfish. Just my 50 some odd years experience anyway.
If that is the case, then why do we have so many charitable organizations?
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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If that is the case, then why do we have so many charitable organizations?
Because most does not equal all, thank goodness. And many people have big hearts. And, it feels good to give to charities, but it doesn't really feel good to pay taxes.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Because most does not equal all, thank goodness. And many people have big hearts. And, it feels good to give to charities, but it doesn't really feel good to pay taxes.
We are talking about 1%, it is a small amount to pay for the huge investment returns we see from transit.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:38 PM
 
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AnsleyPark - We wouldn't need taxes to support transit if we didn't spend so much more in taxes on it main competitor (roads). Either support no government subsidies of transportation or accept the hypocrisy of being anti-transit.
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