Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is catching some serious shade. This week it's because of a pedestrian bridge between the new stadium and the Vine City MARTA Station, but the message is very familiar — you've got your own damn money, now use it. State Sen. Vincent Fort this week called the project a "bridge for a billionaire" and said he wants to prohibit taxpayer money from being used to build it.
The city has already set aside $8 million from the general fund to pay for the project, but Fort (the same legislator who wants MARTA to take over Atlanta Streetcar operations) has said he intends to introduce legislation that would prevent taxpayer dollars from going to the project, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has said the project is intended to boost MARTA ridership and reconnect Vine City to the Centennial Olympic Park area. Fort remains skeptical, though, and has said the city should pull support for the project in favor of investing that money directly in the neighborhood.
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