Smyrna appears to be fast tracking changes to revitalize its weary downtown. Improvements could start immediately, at the next event, by inviting vendors who bring exciting new looks and quality goods, rather than the usual sleepy birdhouses and greasy food trucks. This would mean fresh ideas starting at City Hall with staff willing to step beyond their comfort zone and look at successful venues elsewhere. At this point, been to one Jonquil Festival been to them all.

Mayor Norton’s plan approved by City Council is not innovative or exciting either. From my understanding, it is a design offered by Croy Engineering. This company has been cookie-cutting municipal buildings throughout Georgia and beyond. Is this the best they can do? Or are they as tired and unimaginative as the festivals Smyrna has been serving up to its residents? In other words ... when remodeling one’s 1960s house, don’t replace it with a 1980s design which appears to be what an unimaginative City Council approved

When former Mayor Max Bacon made unpopular and controversial decisions, at least he did it with humor and charm …

The millennial residents of Smyrna want to see changes and elected leadership is responding to it. Alas, the design they already approved simply rearranges the room. The very valuable remaining greenspace should take into consideration other proposals for the community to have input, use a bidding process and outside-the-box thinking to garner additional municipal awards.

Pat Burns



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