If MDJ guest columnist Larry Savage’s description of the Johnson Ferry Urban Plan is correct (“Commission’s Johnson Ferry Urban Plan would transform east Cobb into ‘Manhattan South’”), the remake being considered should outrage every traveler along this incredibly important commuter corridor.
No sooner has the Johnson Ferry/Abernathy bottleneck been resolved than policymakers are considering how to slow traffic, reduce road capacity, seize private property — and add a trolley line, to boot! Have we learned nothing from Atlanta’s streetcar boondoggle?
Cobb Countians have long had an expectation of fiscally conservative, common-sense and community-friendly solutions. Its reputation is why I have lived here since 1986. If anything, the county should be analyzing how to improve the Johnson Ferry corridor into a more suitable arterial alternative to the interstate, not how to jam it.
This is no time to buy into the “road diet,” anti-automobile mentality that forces uncomfortable, time-consuming trips onto the vast majority of residents, all because of a vocal minority.
Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation