I have visited Brookhaven frequently for at least 10 years. The growth in homes, apartments, townhouses, condos and restaurants has been extraordinary.
Why not? The Chamblee/Brookhaven/Lennox Mall area is close to Atlanta and the airport. Expandable traffic infrastructure (MARTA) was put in place decades ago. The Brookhaven MARTA Station was opened in 1984 and the Chamblee Station in 1987. (Wikipedia)
Cobb is also close to Atlanta and the airport. All we have is gridlock that gets worse by the day. In Cobb, Chairman Boyce has said that we live in a capitalist society and developers can build anywhere they want, then Cobb County chases after development with road construction.
In Brookhaven/Chamblee, they took the “Basic Urban Development Class” and got an “A.” Build transportation first and development will follow. Cobb can’t quickly undo the transportation mistakes they have made in the past and continue to make. Cobb can start acting like they are as smart as Brookhaven/Chamblee and the other areas that have adequate expandable transportation waiting for development.
Roads and road expansion are the seeds of gridlock. In Cobb, C.W. Mathews is a nice road building company. There are enough potholes and road repairs to keep them profitable for decades. If they can build a road, why can’t they build a commuter rail line?