The AJC Editorial Board
Present-day struggles make the future difficult to discern. Yet that’s what great, leading-edge cities and states do.
The ability to assemble scattered hints and hunches into a vision for tomorrow, however hazy, sets apart leaders from followers. That collective talent enabled much of the Atlanta metro’s success.
All of which makes intriguing the still-on-the-drawing-board concept of the Multimodal Passenger Terminal (MMPT) proposed for that part of downtown known as the “Gulch.” This valley of concrete and steel was created as Atlanta grew up and out of the area around the Zero Milepost where the railroads began here. It’s no accident that Atlanta was first named Terminus. Two centuries later, that’s still an apt descriptor for this logistics and business capital of the Southeast.
The big, open question for Atlanta and the Gulch plan is what all that means in the 21st century, especially now as we continue to struggle away from a wicked recession. Questions of cost, commitment, feasibility and what exactly will best serve the future needs of Atlantans remain to be fleshed out. They are legitimate topics for further inquiry.
Read the rest of what the AJC Editorial Board has to say, along with commentary by A.J. Robinson, president of Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. Then have your say.