Cobb should be outraged by ‘Urban’ Johnson Ferry plan
August 01, 2013 10:37 PM | 2007 views | 4 4 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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.

Benita Dodd

Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

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August 03, 2013
The only outrage is that the plan wasn't put together 30 years ago
Guido Sarducci
August 08, 2013
If they had tried to do this 30 years ago, they would have been tarred and feathered.

It would seem to me that someone who has lived in this area for 30 years, and apparently continues to do so, hating it all the while, might not be the brightest Crayola in the box.

There are urban, densely populated areas in which you could live.
August 02, 2013
It is time for Faye DiMassimo to go!
August 02, 2013
she's just a patsy playing her part
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