Arts Centers: High Cost of Culture

Atlanta prides itself on being a city of culture as well as wealth, and last October it put its most prestigious culture under one $13 million roof: the Atlanta Memorial Arts Center.* The big glass and concrete structure on Peachtree Street was hailed as the only one of the nation's arts centers to house res ident companies in repertory theater, opera, ballet and symphony — as well as an art museum, and an art library and school.

Last week, just 100 days after the Memorial Center's dedication, Atlantans were shocked to hear...

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