Why don't these folks redirect their anger at the actual problem? Use the system of our republic to remove the politicians that created the environment of corporate loopholes, etc. That's the problem - redirect your anger at Congress and the White House... not Chattanooga or some park in New York City. Oh yeah, and try voting. It works. It's just to create a spectacle and does nothing good for the country otherwise.
Seriously, iHop? The reporter needs to know that the International House of Pancakes is not related to Apple. It's IHOP.
@inquiringmind I know in some areas where fees are charged it doesn't preclude people from access. For instance, Georgia State Parks charge parking fees. However, one can borrow an annual pass from their local Georgia library for free.
While it's certainly not the best option, it does allow for those instances you mentioned. The problem in this area is most people are opposed to increased taxation, but also don't want user fees. You can't have it both ways.
While I don't think the projections are accurate, I'm not sure I agree with a lot of the comments on here. There are many people who travel between Atlanta and Chattanooga (not everyone lives in Southeast Tennessee and refuses to leave after all).
Additionally, people are only discussing travel from Chattanooga to Atlanta. This is inaccurate. Since Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is reaching capacity, Atlanta is looking for a good option for a secondary airport. This is part and parcel with the high-speed rail proposal. A quick connection between both the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport and ATL is necessary for that to work. Otherwise, you'll see that air traffic (and economic impact) going to Paulding County (west of Atlanta).
Don't complain about a lack of jobs if you aren't willing to support initiatives (private or public) that bring economic growth to the region.
Mail was delivered today in Cleveland.
@My2centsworth... $32,000 is a good average wage for that type of work. The federal poverty line you are talking about is household income with four people. Assuming two are employed (as most are nowadays), that would be a $64,000 average household income, well above the $22,000 that is the federal poverty guideline.
Not to mention the fact that poverty guidelines are essentially meaningless without a context of cost of living (relatively very low in the Chattanooga area).
Rave Motion Pictures didn't have the dimensions of their screen because it's not true IMAX. IMAX has started using smaller screens with a different aspect ratio than traditional IMAX screens. The one at the aquarium is a true IMAX screen. The new IMAX digital screens don't use the large format film and are much smaller. The new screen at the Rave won't be much bigger than the current biggest screen at either the Rave or Majestic 12.
If you've been to the IMAX just north of Atlanta at the AMC in Kennesaw then you've seen LIEMAX - the name people online are giving the "fake" IMAX branded screens that don't fill your field of vision.
Check out Roger Ebert's report at http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/05/thats_not_the_imax_i_grew_up_w.html
@whatever There is also a chain called BJ's Wholesale but I wouldn't expect them to open a store here. They aren't doing as well financially as either Sam's Club or Costco right now. I would expect Sam's Club to potentially try to open another store to compete with Costco. They bought land in Cleveland, TN on Paul Huff Parkway but looks like it is delayed. It is supposed to be smaller than the Chattanooga Sam's Club and a new type of store for Sam's. If Sam's does open in Cleveland that would maybe stop most customers from Bradley County from driving to Costco (or the Chattanooga Sam's Club) since they would be right in town. We'll just have to wait and see.
The idea of busing children around the city to even out race distribution in schools is an American idea. Go anywhere else in the world and it is neighborhood schools. The school district will not pay for a bus to drive past one school to take you to another. In the Toronto, Canada area where I used to live, you had to go to the school for the area that you lived in. You went to school with the people you lived near no matter what color they are. Who is it that's focused on race? The people for neighborhood schools who let people attend school with the people they already choose to live near? Or the person sitting down working out quotas and checking the race of people before they are admitted to a school? Who's really racist in that scenario?