Taking sides: Liberty District redevelopment, BTW relocation at...

Mar 30, 2013 Full story: Ledger-Enquirer.com 37

The Liberty Theatre area, once the heart and pride of Columbus' African-American community, is today only a shell of what it used to be.

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#29 Apr 3, 2013
Jim R Pickens wrote:
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The housing project being discussed is old but very much still habitable, repairs and updates have been made throughout the years along with a proactive maintenance program.
The fact of the matter is our local leaders want to move this project from this area so it can become a trendy little commercial section like the Broad street area has become. They knoiw that this cannot be accomplished while the housing project is next door. I posted an article about there have been 9 murders there already this year.
Personally, all I see is them wanting to take this problem and move it somewhere else so that one area might grow while wherever they move BTW to will decline.
I agree, is this really necessary in the these times of record debt and the massive deficit spending of Obamanomics.
All Section 8's, and housing projects funded by the government should be relocated to California's Death Valley. Anyone would be able to leave as soon as they show their willingness to work at a job they have found. This would be similar to what the government did to the Japs during WWII, but the Japanese citizens weren't killing people like the ones living in the housing projects you mentioned.

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#30 Apr 8, 2013
Jim R Pickens wrote:
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The fact of the matter is our local leaders want to move this project from this area so it can become a trendy little commercial section like the Broad street area has become. They knoiw that this cannot be accomplished while the housing project is next door.
Which would be great for the local economy... the entertainment district downtown is a great commercial success, a no-brainer to want to duplicate that, with maybe a bluesier, "Beale Street" feel, given our local legend, blues queen Ma Rainey, and so on.

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#31 Apr 9, 2013
Detroit...Birmingham..Atlanta. ..What do these things have in common? Go!
Eric 2016

Cleveland, GA

#34 Apr 9, 2013
Plain2see wrote:
Detroit...Birmingham..Atlanta. ..What do these things have in common? Go!
TNB.
Charles

Columbus, GA

#35 Apr 9, 2013
Whats TNB

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#36 Apr 9, 2013
Plain2see wrote:
Detroit...Birmingham..Atlanta. ..What do these things have in common? Go!
They're big cities?

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#38 Apr 10, 2013
Hotlanta wrote:
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{T)ypical(N)egro(B)havior
Errr, anything else?
Your racism is noted, thus so is your lack of credibility.

No wonder you post anonymously.

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#40 Apr 10, 2013
sofa King Cool wrote:
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Nothing racist about that.
Okay, it just seemed a bit racist to me.

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#41 Apr 10, 2013
I don't care what the blacks in Columbus do as long as they don't ask the government to spend any money and it is legal. Go for it, preserving one's heritage is admirable.
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#43 Apr 10, 2013
lighteredknot wrote:
I don't care what the blacks in Columbus do as long as they don't ask the government to spend any money and it is legal. Go for it, preserving one's heritage is admirable.
I think this goes back to what the OP whats saying. When the people of Columbus wanted a new Civil War Naval museum, they had many people donate the money and the city gave them the land.
Now where are the people to donate for a Ma Rainey museum or to privately develop the surrounding area. Everyone wants the city to do it with tax dollars.
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#47 Apr 10, 2013
Hotlanta wrote:
If the people in that community want to preserve thee theater, then let them get up the money to do it. In all Black neighborhoods,you will find gigantic churches that are full every Sunday morning that cost millions of dollars,if blacks could raise the money for those churches, then surely they can find the money to save the theater.
The theatre is fine. It is like the anchor of the area, the have well attended black entertainment shows often there.
The city of Columbus paid to have Ma Rainey's (Mother of the Blues) house stabilized to keep it from falling in but it could and should be made into a museum by people donating, having benefit concerts, carwashes, etc.
None of that is happening.
I have been to Hank Williams childhood home in Georgiana Alabama, it is a museum too and is owned privately and it attracts visitors every day in that small town.
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#49 Apr 10, 2013
I think we've attracted a ignorant mindless troll from California, keep trying moron.

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#52 Apr 11, 2013
Smiths Station Panthers wrote:
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I think this goes back to what the OP whats saying. When the people of Columbus wanted a new Civil War Naval museum, they had many people donate the money and the city gave them the land.
Now where are the people to donate for a Ma Rainey museum or to privately develop the surrounding area. Everyone wants the city to do it with tax dollars.
Well, you know the Ma Rainey Musuem already exists in downtown Columbus, right?

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/28/us/28rainey...

The City of Columbus bought Ma Rainey’s house in 1991 for $5,000. Restoration work began to move forward years later after a federal grant. Items inside include her piano and a phonograph [...] the Ma Rainey House has on display (in fairness, there are also photos, minstrel show memorabilia, original recordings and theater invoices.

Located in the historic black neighborhood called the Liberty District, the two-story house that Ma Rainey built for her mother at the height of her success was in slow-motion collapse in 1991, when the city bought it for $5,000. The roof had fallen in, the stairs had fallen out and Ma Rainey’s piano, painted bright green by subsequent residents, was exposed to the elements.

Finally, a federal “Save America’s Treasures” grant for $149,000 was approved, and the city agreed to match it. The project began to move forward.

The singer, born Gertrude Pridgett in 1886, left Columbus with a traveling music show in 1902. One of the musicians was William Rainey, known as Pa, and before she turned 19 she had married him and taken the name “Ma.” The couple were billed as the “Assassinators of the Blues.”

The marriage was short-lived, but Ma went on to become a well-known performer, wearing a talismanic necklace of gold $20 coins. Her songs dealt with broken hearts, cheating lovers and chain gangs, but she was always less miserable than defiant.

“Don’t like my ocean, don’t fish in my sea,” she sang in a song she wrote with Bessie Smith.“Stay out of my valley, and let my mountain be.”

As a professional entertainer, Ma Rainey incorporated many musical styles, but Mr. Fussell said her cavalier attitude was a reflection of the place where she grew up.“The blues in the Chattahoochee region is lively, it’s frivolous, there’s a lot of dance music — what they call ‘play party’ music,” he said.“There’s not a lot of woe-is-me.”

In 1935, she returned to Georgia, where she owned two theaters and lived in the house in Columbus until she died in 1939.

Now that the house has opened to the public, with warm kudos and financial support from the city, Mr. Fussell and Ms. Dawkins like to joke that Ma Rainey’s obscurity in her own hometown actually helped their cause.
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#53 Apr 11, 2013
youtube.com/watch... ………… Get Lucky Sometimes

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#54 Apr 11, 2013
sofa King Cool wrote:
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Do you play the banjo?
I take it you're not a Country Music fan..?

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#56 Apr 11, 2013
icouldusesomehel p wrote:
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I really like country music. Not the modern genre so much, I prefer the Bakersfield sound. From Merle to Dwight.
I agree with you fully on that.

The old classic C&W sound is hard to beat, and yes, the Bakersfield scene is one of the highlights of the era.

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#58 Apr 12, 2013
Hotlanta wrote:
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Have you ever gone here Will?
You can download to your heart's content!
FREE!
http://archive.org/search.php...
Thanks, Hotlanta!

I have been to Internet Archive a few times but have yet to fully explore it... now seems to be the time!

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