March 29, 2007
Golf Magazine is taking a swing at the city of Augusta, and it has some folks teed off.
"It gives a very misleading impression of our city," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
Mayor Deke Copenhaver is disgusted by the article, which calls the Garden City "a bargain-basement mosaic of strip malls, strip joints and unassuming houses."
"It's very inaccurate," Copenhaver said.
The article also calls Augusta and the National worlds apart, but says it's only "a short walk from Amen Corner to a Bud Light and beef jerky at the corner store."
"I would certainly hope that it would anger the locals as it's angered me to have your community--your city--called low rent," Copenhaver said.
We wanted to hear what locals had to say, so we made a chart of pros and cons and took it to the streets.
The mayor kicked off the pros list with incoming ADP and T-Mobile jobs and with affordable housing.
"We're known for a lot more than that," was Augustan Rachelle Caruso's reaction to the article. She added the booming medical community to the pros list.
"Wonderful, wonderful hospitals," she said. "We have the burn unit at Doctor's Hospital you know, wonderful education at MCG."
More and more Augustans added to our list of pros, including lynx player Brian Passmore.
"Green is pro," he said.
One out-of-towner likes the city's small town feel. And another wrote "home of James Brown."
The pros we received are a far cry from the ones listed in golf magazine, which include T-Bonz steakhouse and what they call the most popular strip club, the Discotheque lounge.
Also in the pros Augustans wrote on our list were Fort Gordon, the Augusta Lynx, the GreenJackets, nice people, and Southern hospitality.
The problem with that article is that lots of people will see it. Golf Magazine has more than six million readers.