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Squawk of the Day - April 14, 2013

"Mr. Taylor, don’t close the Civic Center down. Make it into a casino. You will make $800,000 in a day and we could lower our taxes."

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 3 months ago

Just get a BIG-A bulldozer and push it down a little closer to the Flint and badda badda boom we got ourselves a Money Maker!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 3 months ago

Except that 60 percent of our Idiot Citizens would be down there every other day throwing away the little bit of money they DO earn and we'd be worse off than before.

"YOU CAN'T GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING!"

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bigbob 1 year, 3 months ago

They throw it away now, stop by any convienance store anytime & look at the line for scratch & sweepstakes tickets. Hoping to get their retirement because they sure aren't going to work for it.

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GeeGee 1 year, 3 months ago

It will take the laws of the state of Georgia to change. The civic center was the brain child of James Gray. Another bad decision on his part, just like the airport. Under Gray they also built a lot of the low income homes and we know how that is working.

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waltspecht 1 year, 3 months ago

How many of you remember the arguments against putting the Civic Center Downtown instead of what was the then woods North of the Mall. Looks like all the concerns expressed at that time have come to pass. Oh well, the builders are probably still getting interest on the money they pocketed off that job.

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agirl_25 1 year, 3 months ago

I remember them. I remember people saying it was Mayor Gray who was pushing for it for political reasons. That always meant to me..."you scratch my back and I'll scratch your's." Do you know who owned the land the Center was built on?

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 3 months ago

I remember Mayor being so against the Civic Center that he told the powers that be NOT to put his name on it...Should have let the flood of 94 wash the damned thing away. At least insurance would have paid for it.

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fcarroll 1 year, 3 months ago

Make it a place for the home less no money coming in, but it would be used

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RedEric 1 year, 3 months ago

I just got a call from the BRM/MB dealers and they are against this idea. They want the citizens money to go for a good cause.....them.

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RedEric 1 year, 3 months ago

I just got a call from the BMW/MB dealers and they are against this idea. They want the citizens money to go for a good cause.....them.

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agirl_25 1 year, 3 months ago

I would think their business was pretty good...with all the "preachers" and DoCo school employees who apparently shopped there, and I must remember to mention the ASU folks.

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RedEric 1 year, 3 months ago

I just got a call from the BMW/MB dealers and they are against this idea. They want the citizens money to go for a good cause.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 3 months ago

Red, when did you start stuttering?

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Oldguy 1 year, 3 months ago

The Cooper Tire plant would have ben a good location for that Casino. You can bet if gambling is ever legalized in Georgia Albany will not have a Casino. It would make to much sense and it would bring money into the area and create jobs, that makes it a bad idea. Just push all of downtown into the river, it is sinking now.

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agirl_25 1 year, 3 months ago

OldGuy.....casino gambling is legal in Georgia, well 3 miles off the coast in international waters. Georgia casinos consist of two cruise ships. One of the cruise ships docks in Savannah and the other in Brunswick. These Georgia casino boats sail three miles into International waters where casino gambling is legal. Can you imagine what Albany would be like if there was riverboat gambling on the Flint River, like they have in Louisiana on the Red River?

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agirl_25 1 year, 3 months ago

I am not an Albany native, but did go to Radium Springs one time about 45+ years ago. Wasn't there a casino there at one time? I don't remember one there at the time and don't mean within the past 50 years or so, but am curious. I thought Radium Springs once had Casino in its name.

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waltspecht 1 year, 3 months ago

Yes, it was called the Radium Springs Casino, and it did host illegal activity.

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agirl_25 1 year, 3 months ago

OK thanks, I remember swimming in the Springs...brrrrrrr it was cold. I thought there was a Casino there but didn't know if it meant gambling or not.

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daisymae 1 year, 3 months ago

It's the Civic Center, it's not supposed to make money. I think the idiots that came up with building it never intended it to make money. They will not doing anything there for money, oh except let it eat up your tax money.

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trudy2 1 year, 3 months ago

A casino will never happen in Albany for two reasons. 1st and foremost there is not enough money in Albany to float a casino. 2nd, you have no means of freeway system to get folks here.

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trudy2 1 year, 3 months ago

A casino will never happen in Albany for two reasons. 1st and foremost there is not enough money in Albany to float a casino. 2nd, you have no means of freeway system to get folks here.

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dingleberry 1 year, 3 months ago

The Civic Center is like looking at a diminishing view in the rear view mirror. Years ago, perhaps it could have faired better for longer if Mattie Goddard had not been permitted to run it into the ground for such so long. Pre-Mattie, it was at least more used although it likely never was self supporting. After she was reluctantly replaced, it was already too late and other nearby venues in Tallahassee, Columbus, Macon and the Sasser Flea Market took over and we are now pretty much toasted.

Home for homeless or gambling casino? Well, if it were a homeless shelter, think of how our homeless population would increase--only one at the moment per Census--until the facility would flip upside down like Guam, as Hank-the-idiot says. And while illegal gambling will always flourish in the Good Life, legal gambling without Indian support is impossible. Where are the Kinchafoonians and Muckaloanians when you need them?

So why don't we try using it as the jumping off point for our own "Trail of Tears". A City transit bus tour through the innards of City sponsored subsidized housing, free of course for those who first bought a reduced price ticket to the also failing RQ or ACRI. So what about the CC itself? Well, make it a monument to an endangered but unprotected class of peoples--those who still pay property taxes!

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erock 1 year, 3 months ago

If you think the crime rate is high now, just wait and see how much it increases if a casino makes it way to town. Why don't you ask the gang unit and the ADDU for their opinion.

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Oldguy 1 year, 3 months ago

The Gang Unit and ADDU are obviously either under staffed or have nonexistent competent leadership. Since the Gang Unit was formed drive by shootings and murders have risen at an alarming rate. The ADDU seems to make one or two drug bust per month. We all know that drugs and gangs are very prevalent in Albany and they do not worry about The Gang Unit or ADDU. I consider Albany a dangerous place to visit or do business.

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GeeGee 1 year, 3 months ago

If any laws ever change in Georgia Albany will never have a casino. Folks who can afford to finance one will not accept food stamps or welfare checks. They will go where the money is, Atlanta Metro.

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