Bond would have negative impact on poor
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DEAR EDITOR: I think everyone can agree that crime on Franklin Road is a terrible problem for the city of Marietta. Supporters of the bond referendum argue that razing apartment complexes on Franklin will reduce crime and help the city attract new business and increase revenue. This may well be the case.

However, supporters also argue that this referendum will help the residents of Franklin create better lives for themselves by moving them out of a violent, crime-ridden neighborhood. With all due respect, I think this argument could not be further from the truth.

In reality, this referendum will only ensure the displacement of the thousands of people who currently reside on Franklin. There is no guarantee those displaced residents will be able to find another adequate and affordable housing situation. I would argue that if safer, more affordable housing were readily available then many of those residents would have already moved off of Franklin.

No one wants to raise a child in a crime-filled environment, but unfortunately most are living on Franklin because that area is the only place they can afford. The bond referendum is not going to change the economic situation for those residents. Therefore, are we not simply substituting one low-income housing situation for another with no real guarantee that the quality of life for those displaced is going to be any better?

Marietta Housing Authority has stated that it is committed to finding housing for all and I am sure that MHA has the best of intentions for doing just that, but what if affordable housing is simply not available for every single one of the thousands affected? What will happen to them?

If we as a community are going to displace thousands of people, is it not our obligation to ensure that adequate, affordable housing is readily available elsewhere? In my opinion, a verbal commitment, even with the best of intentions, is not enough.

I would ask you to consider the grandmother who lives on Franklin and has worked the night shift at Wal-Mart for years. She then comes home every morning to take care of her young grandchildren while her daughter goes to work. She is incredibly hardworking, but her apartment on Franklin is the only place she can afford. She would say she is lucky because she owns a car and is able to get to work with a quick and easy commute.

What happens to her if she has to move away from Franklin to an area that makes her commute to work cost-prohibitive? What will happen if she loses her home and her job? If this referendum passes on Nov. 5, I only hope that the city is adequately prepared to deal with the high cost of displacement.



Brennan Rinehimer Marietta
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BR Supporter
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November 03, 2013
Thank you Rachael. I have been so saddened by a community that reared its ugly head over an editorial that came from true concern and a pure heart. Not hatred!
barack the obozo
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November 02, 2013
I have an idea. Ship all the Franklin Roaders to Mexico and points south. They can keep all the drug cartels busy with their kinda crime and give us a break here.
RachaelBradbury
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November 02, 2013
Wow. As much as we hear about anti-bullying campaigns for children these days these comments make me think we need to start one for adults as well. It's ok to disagree. It's not ok to be hateful.
Ruth Patterson
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November 01, 2013
I only peruse these blogs for entertainment on rare occasions and I have to say, this strand is quite interesting. I guess the lesson is if you are going to "talk the talk" you had better "walk the walk". Sounds like there are a number of folks who feel Ms. Rinehimer is very good at the first, but not the second.
Helen Musey
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November 01, 2013
Ms. Rinehimer, please stop pretending and guessing that you have any idea about the people moving on or off Franklin Road. I moved there 2 years ago. I needed a cheap place to live as I moved out of an abusive relationship. While there for 4 months, my 8 year old and myself witnessed drug deals, prostitution, gang fights all in the parking lot.

It took a lot of time to find another place to live- time I didn't have while working and raising my 8 year old on my own. I got help from the Marietta house authority. They gave me options to where I could afford to go and how safe the neighborhood is.

You are ignorant to how things are for many of us. I live in a safer area of Cobb. Glad my old building is gone!!
Proud MHS Mom
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November 01, 2013
I completely agree with the other comments. Actions speak louder than words, and Mrs. Rinehimer's actions were heard loud and clear. I am amazed by the hypocrisy of this letter.



Those that are voting YES for the redevelopment of Franklin Road are trying to create a better community where they live, they work, and where they send their kids to school, as well as a better environment for the children that currently live on Franklin Rd to grow up in.

I so admire Preston Chase Apt replying. Those in East Cobb need to quit speaking for those living on Franklin Rd. They want better for their kids and families, as we all do. Let those that live in these communities speak with their actions, their vote.
Tom Smith
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November 01, 2013
Hypocrisy is the word! A mom who cares so much about these children of Franklin Road.....cares that they don't sit next to hers in class.........
City Mom
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November 01, 2013
Wow is right! I have to agree with mommy911. I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened the MDJ and saw the LTE from Ms. Rinehimer, who pulled her kids out of MCS on WEEK 1 of 6th grade and fled to Lassiter. Surely she knows that penning a letter to the editor opens the path for dialogue, even if it is dialogue she does't want to hear. Honestly, the opinion of someone like Ms. Rinehimer does nothing but serve to push me in the opposite direction of whatever she thinks / says. So, given I am in favor of the bond - I guess I should say thank you!!!
Joe Fuller
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October 31, 2013
I don't understand why people who don't live in the City of Marietta continue to tell us how to vote??

Lance Lumberton lives in Austell and now Rinehimer lives in East Cobb. Stay out of our business! We are fully capable of deciding this on our own.

Rinehimers's points are based on pure emotion and no facts. Boy, Stay in East Cobb and be happy there. We city folks don't need your opinion.
mommy911
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October 31, 2013
I was still undecided until now! I can't take the hypocrisy from Brennan Rinehimer. We all know that you yanked your child out of the Marietta District because you didn't want him in class with "those kids". I hear you're living in East Cobb now, as well. The not in my backyard mentality has pushed me over the edge. I'm voting YES today - early!!!
BrennanRinehimer
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October 31, 2013
Wow Mommy911....I was only giving my opinion on an issue not launching any personal attacks. If you would like to get in touch with me personally instead of leaving disparaging, anonymous comments online, I would be more than happy to talk to you. I am sure you can get my number quite easily.

Brennan
Preston Chase Apt.
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October 30, 2013
Miss Rinehimer- I wish you peoples, yes I said you peoples, would not write about what you don't know. I am a grandmother and I raise my 2 precious grandchildren. We lived in the Preston Chase apartments back when they were still up. It was real bad. My grandkids even hated living there. I didn't even know what was available down the street. I moved where my friend told me was cheap, but cheap isn't worth living where I fear for the safety of my grandkids! I didn't have the time to go looking for the best deal or the safest place- I had to work!

The Marietta housing authority worked wityh all of us. Most people didn't care where they moved but I wanted to stay in the city. They gave me info about a nicer apartment at the other end of franklin road, paying about the same in rent and lord knows I cant afford much. Ive been here ever since and we love it!

Not a month goes by without a vacancy sign up. If those bad apartments are torn down, the better it will be for all of us! That's no place to raise small kids- you simply don't kmow or you would like to keep us down and out.

I want to say thank you to the Marietta housing authority for saving my babies from what they saw at my old place and to miss rineheimer- leave us alone or help us get away from that mess!

LilBoPeep
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October 30, 2013
OMG - well said Granny!
former res
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October 30, 2013
I echo what the grandmother said above. I could not wait to leave and yes, there are more affordable places to live other than Franklin Road!! People just don't have the time to do research.
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