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Why the Braves are leaving Atlanta, in one map


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"The project will likely require a $450 million investment from Cobb County taxpayers, though county commission chairman Tim Lee told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution only that the commission will vote on a financial package later this month. That means, the paper reported, that any new revenue will have to come from existing taxes, rather than any new fees, which require a popular vote."

This seems crazy.  Turner Field is only 17 years old.

"The Braves, who have called downtown Atlanta home since relocating from Milwaukee in 1966, will build a $672 million stadium in Cobb County, near the intersections of Interstates 75 and 285, the team said Monday. They hope to move into their new 42,000-seat digs by 2017."

I wonder how much downtown Atlanta infrastructure and entertainment depends on the Braves being there.

Turner Field was built for the 1996 Olympics, right?

I'm guessing a lot has changed in Atlanta since then.

Yep.  Sprawl.

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