The Dallas Morning News has a detailed article about the Braves move to Cobb County/Suntrust Park. In between the details of the history that led to the Braves decision and future impacts on both Atlanta and Cobb County, the TFCBC had quite a bit to say about the impending redevelopment of Turner Field! Here are a couple of brief excerpts:
The once-unified neighborhoods have long been split by Interstate 75, with Mechanicsville and Pittsburgh to the north and south on the western side of the highway, and Summerhill and Peoplestown to the north and south on the eastern side.
There are no food stores, other than a few convenience stores with bars on their windows; no banks and no doctors — although one is planning to come — “an ear, nose and throat guy,” according to Jane Ridley, a 30-year resident of Mechanicsville.
“Some of our neighbors have left. The streets have definitely changed, and some long-term organizations dedicated to social justice are no longer there,” said Alison Johnson, 40, who was “born and raised in Peoplestown. ” She chaired a recent meeting of the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition, a group formed in the wake of the Braves’ announcement to leave.
You can read the full article here: Diamond doubleheader: Atlanta Braves’ pitch for new stadium offers lessons for Rangers