Bloomberg News trashes Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - While excitement builds heading into the weekend for the Masters, one publication didn't seem too enthusiastic about the city of Augusta.

Bloomberg News published an article this week discussing, what they called, Augusta's failure to boost its economy despite hosting Masters week year after year.

The article discusses unemployment, a struggling housing market and a failed economy that lags behind other cities in the state of Georgia.

The article cites Augusta as not being able to keep up with the wider boost of the U.S. economy. An attached video also unfavorably describes Downtown Augusta as having empty store fronts, unkempt sidewalks and bars and strip clubs.

Despite the negativity from the article, many people in town for the Masters seem to be enjoying their experience.

"Everything has been positive," said Rich Goacher, who is visiting Augusta. "Everyone has been friendly, hospitable and nice. We haven't come across from anyone that hasn't been. It hasn't been a bad experience yet. I've enjoyed every minute of it."

That is the only review that matters for the people who live here. Most of the visitors we've spoke to this week have had nothing but nice things to say about the Garden City.

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