this guy's not about to push up against the 1% because he needs them (like all other politicians) for ad revenue - so he can sell everyone on those empty promises almost all politicians offer up on that road to office. gotta have that shiny video where he's smiling and shaking hands with some old demographically correct person. i would like to see this guy working on a loading dock or in a garage or at the sewage treatment plant and not behind some desk at his communications job before spouting off about being working-class.
So now who should look into the inspectors who previously okay'd the venue w/o proper exits? There's been several cases in the news in recent years w/ fires and blocked/inadequate exits (just look up the band "Great White"). I'm sure they paid their inspection fees and could produce licenses to prove it. This is no way of addressing the issue. This is only a bureaucratic means of not addressing the real issue. I would have more faith in government if they stood their ground and said, "this is a threat to the community and we're closing it until further notice" and not some backdoor work-around. And why hasn't the lot ownership/ease of use been addressed before?
I feel this is all a way of creating an empty building so that someone with some money and obviously, of influence to the mayor can open up another bland business downtown. Fathom is prime real estate. I'm surprised the city has waited this long to come up with a lame excuse to close it down. I could see this connected with that newest hotel going in where the bank building sits. (The newest hotel of how many in the works now?) Downtown needs something interesting for youth to do (other than get drunk). There is NOTHING interesting because of this type of red tape. I was in a club downtown in the early 90's to see a band and the "authorities" showed up, took all the money, and told everyone to go home. What band would ever come back to Chatttanooga after that?
So is fathom in a vacuum down there? I mean, isn't there a Chilis, Hair of the Dog, and/or several other "clubs" or drinking spots around there that serve alcohol? And how have these problem youth been linked to fathom/mosaic directly? (i.e. seen walking directly out fathom's door and perpetrating a crime?) I wish there was a comparison in the article to the amount of crime taking place after bars close or the movies let out. Personally, I have never felt that any club I've ever been to (in any other city -Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, etc. - where in many cases the club offers no parking whatsoever) was responsible for my safe return home. If Fathom is closed down, guess what? Troubled youth will still be around. They will just show up somewhere else. Then what? Can't keep closing down places where the youth of Chattanooga frequent. I would hope the city would see a need for outreach and offer assistance to the likes of Mosaic/Fathom instead of offering "urban youth" no where to go.