So the College Football Hall of Fame is moving to Atlanta, and we beat out Dallas and T. Boone Pickens to secure the move. As a Michigan grad, I engage in an extremely mild amount of schadenfreude at seeing South Bend, Indiana lose the Hall of Fame. As an Atlanta resident, I am a bit disappointed as it appears the boosters of the move are going to be taking a piece of property on the east side of Centennial Olympic Park at Harris Street:
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I am generally of the opinion that Atlanta needs more residents and sustainable development, not more tourist attractions. I also would love to see a higher density development than a likely two story building on that particular piece of dirt.
I'm not opposed to the HOF relocating. I'm enough of a home town booster to rejoice at beating Dallas for something, especially football related. So far, the Hall of Fame has given me Notre Dame snubbing and Texas snubbing. If we could work in some Alabama snubbing, it'd be the holy trinity of self-important football schadenfreude. But the College Football Hall of Fame is a decidedly B-grade tourist attraction, certainly not on par with the Aquarium or the CCHR. It doesn't match up to the World of Coke, either, which frankly is a B-grade attraction, too. The HOF might even be C-grade.
So I'm disappointed that this actually happened, but I guess realistically it is good to have something being built Downtown. It might be a positive addition to the city, but I still think in the long run that the opportunity costs for that parcel are too high.