I am absolutely bonkers about the Atlantic Station neighborhood in downtown Atlanta. I actually have real plans to move there when my nest officially becomes empty. I will live in a high rise apartment and have access to live shows, stores within walking distance, and restaurants on every corner.
There is a square Atlantic Station which is a very nice green space where lots of activities take place. There are a handful of tables and chairs around this green space where patrons of the restaurants can sit and enjoy the free internet provided in the area while sipping their coffee or eating the lunch they have purchased in the area. Technically, anyone can sit at these tables and use the internet for as many hours as they please, but this leaves the people who are actual patrons in the area to perch uncomfortable on a stone ledge, or give up altogether, possibly even causing the stores to lose revenue as the patrons don't purchase a second cup of coffee or linger pick up a mid afternoon snack.
While the internet service is paid for by the city or community, one could argue that tax payments cover the use, so they can take up the tables with no regard to those who don't beat them to it, but it disturbs me a little bit that people could hog up all of the services without participating in what is the proper thing to do... patronize the businesses near the tables you are taking up.
It also disturbs me a little that as homeschoolers many of us don't want to patronize the schools, but still take up space on the football team that a child who does go to the school has earned.
Besides that, it is not that difficult to find a travel league or alternative for homeschoolers to participate in. Furthermore, I feel like it is a little hypocritical of us to complain about public schools and then still use the portion that will make our lives easier.
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