Editor’s note: This letter was originally written to Keary Lord, deputy program manager/pre-construction director for the city of Atlanta’s Renew Atlanta and TSLPOST program management team regarding one of its recent meetings on the city’s funding shortfall for Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond and TSLPOST projects and a plan to prioritize some projects to be completed with the monies available.
Thanks for being at the discussion on Renew Atlanta/TSLPOST. I am writing as the record-breaking volunteer at Shepherd Center, who volunteered 16,700 hours.
I ride my power chair to/from Shepherd Center every weekday and am ashamed by the aging sidewalks/bridges on Peachtree Road (in Buckhead). Riding to work under these conditions might be considered a barrier to work by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The scenarios in the discussion last night do not address the broken sidewalks/bridges as the primary problem. Let’s go back to the basics and not worry about art or other beautification. Safety is priority number one.