Vine City residents skeptical of new stadium and old promises

12:14 AM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA, Ga. -- To many residents in the Vine City neighborhood this is a landscape of broken promises. The Georgia Dome was supposed to revitalize the community when it broke ground in 1989 -- almost 25 years ago.

But it didn't.

And now comes a new stadium, making the same promises and community members are skeptical.

Ethel Davis, a Vine City resident says, "it's hard to believe what they say they're going to do because like I said they didn't do it."

But this time promises to be different -- the Arthur Blank Family Foundation is reaching out to community leaders for guidance on how to protect the people and generate jobs.

Penny McPhee, the president of the Arthur Blank Family Foundation, says "there are many things a stadium can do but if we want the communities around the stadium to grow and prosper and have a positive impact on those communities we have to be intentional about it."

The Blank Foundation has promised to invest millions in the area and has already put its money to work with grants and building a park for kids.

"I hope that we can write a new narrative about these communities and not continue to hark back to all of the things that we know haven't worked and haven't been done in the manner we would like them to be done," McPhee said.

Davis wants the Foundation to come into the community, to put feet on the street and communicate with the residents, face-to-face.

"We need a community center, we need our homes renovated, we need jobs and we need to get these kids off the street," Davis said.

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