Will Mercedes-Benz Stadium help neighborhoods when past arenas haven’t?


Atlanta Stadium didn’t. Neither did the Georgia Dome. When the city’s organizing committee built the Olympic Stadium, which became Turner Field after the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the complex also didn’t deliver much of an economic punch to the neighborhoods around it.

But many residents in the struggling neighborhoods the shadow of Mercedes-Benz Stadium say they hope this time will be different. They point to many new initiatives that will bring tens of millions of dollars into rebuilding the communities.

As the Falcons prepare to open the new $1.5 billion stadium on Saturday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution talks to residents and civic leaders about their hopes and concerns about efforts to revitalize historic neighborhoods near the new stadium.

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