Franklin Road remake will help schools, residents
October 23, 2013 12:30 AM | 1175 views | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR: My love for Marietta City and its school system runs deep. However, both have a problem. First, the city has allowed Franklin Road to become breeding ground for prostitution, gang activity and crime in general. Given its location relative to I-75 and three of our thriving post-secondary institutions, it certainly has a highest and best use for something more productive.

Second, the school system’s biggest challenge is dealing with a tremendously high transiency rate, which numerous studies have shown to be the number one hurdle to achieving academic success. Franklin Road, a street only 1.1 miles long, houses 14,000 residents and 1,489 students, many of which have attended 10-plus schools prior to reaching the 6th grade. Generally, transiency is within the control of parents rather than the school board / school system. However, one way to curb transiency is to remove the slum apartment complexes that attract it to begin with.

We all share a concern about the families that will be affected. However, the families that wish to stay in Marietta will find a way through with the help of the Marietta Housing Authority. The others will find another pit stop location and hopefully realize how harmful it is to their children to keep moving around.

There are no easy answers. However, the redevelopment of Franklin Road is a solution that has numerous benefits: the families that are currently living in an area highly concentrated with crime and poverty are relocated to a better environment; the school system’s number one challenge is reduced; and an area that is currently a drain on city resources is converted to one that has a positive revenue impact.

Jill C. Mutimer Marietta City School Board

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October 24, 2013
I just don't get how stirring this anthill of all the bad things you mentioned is going to help Marietta and the school system. We can't seem to educate our kids now so how is moving them around going to help? Furthermore, I do not think, especially considering the past results, that the City needs to get into the Real Estate business. This is going to wind up costing the taxpayers millions!
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