Charlotte, not Atlanta

Well, Charlotte got the NASCAR Hall of Fame (Atlanta NASCAR site is still up, though). Charlotte’s package was worth an estimated $137 million. The Atlanta bid added up to around $179 million.

According to a Deloitte Consulting study, the NASCAR Hall of Fame would create 1,200 new jobs in Atlanta and an influx of $1 billion for the metro area during the first decade. Atlanta boosters believe the museum would be a huge asset to downtown, adding another tourist destination to the area around Centennial Olympic Park, which is home to the new Georgia Aquarium and will soon be home to a new World of Coca-Cola museum.

So I have to ask, and I don’t know the answer, after all the time and effort and potential money that was put into this project – what kind of a loss is this for Atlanta or for our leaders?

Anyway, all being said and done, Charlotte is just a better site for NASCAR than Atlanta is. It’s more of a NASCAR town, racing being in it’s very soul in a way wholly unlike it is in Atlanta’s. Note this fact – more than 90% of racing teams are headquartered within 60 miles of Charlotte.

3 Comments so far

  1. Maigh (unregistered) on March 6th, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

    Did you *see* our lame attempt at a bid? Compared to what the other cities produced it looked like a diorama done by a third grader the night before the project was due.

  2. Lori (unregistered) on March 6th, 2006 @ 2:58 pm

    Didn’t they also say that safety was a concern re: downtown Atlanta? I’m trying to find more info. on this…

  3. Maigh (unregistered) on March 6th, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

    Yeah, those graphics are impressive. Not.

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