By Don Haddix
Mayor, Peachtree City

Mr. Bookman wrote an opinion on the short-sightedness of my effort to move from ARC to Three Rivers due to the TSPLOST proposal. I would reply his view is antiquated and does nothing but repeat the failures that have occurred over and over in all the major cities where the view was a single Hub serving everyone for miles around. Multiple Hubs, on the other hand, relieve the pressures and allow a lot more green space and more time at home than on the road.

I am also saying the bill is a bad bill, as has been stated all over the State. It needs to retracted and reworked. Legislators have, to date, dug their heels in saying work with what you got. As in ARC we are not all the same, do not share all the same needs, plans or goals, but we are being told to merge into one unified whole, an attitude I understand some of one political mind set support but many of us do not. We believe in Home Rule.
As a Roundtable Mayor who will be discussing and voting on this measure and a 23 year resident of Fayette County, specifically Peachtree City, I believe I am in a far superior position to understand all the intricacies of the issues than Mr. Bookman is.

The politicos pushing the idea that not being in ARC would reduce our prosperity and property values, as he also claims, which is political positioning, not reality. Fact is we were in what has become Three Rivers until 1991. Fact is we are a Planned Community that has grown from a crossroads in 1959 with only a handful of homes in the area to a city of about 37,000 people because we were different from Atlanta. People moved here to escape Urbanism. Over half our growth occurred while not in ARC. Same with our home values. Values are not based on your Region but claims of loss are effective tools, along seniors being hurt, to scare people.

But these fears worked at least for now. The vote at this time is 3-2 to remain in ARC. One voting to stay is pro rail, the only one on Council, and pro regionalism. One is a Realtor, so the homes values fear stuck. One said nothing. The two of us who have been on Council the longest, one being a former Gwinnett resident, voted to leave.

As well the statement was made about the ARC Urban model being the plan of the future. That was the plan of years gone by that failed right along with Build it and They will Come. I am a proponent of Smart Growth, for which Peachtree City is an often cited model. It is not about the Urbanism bus, rail and multiple lane highways and living one place then having to journey miles, as Mr. Bookman said, to work shop and play. It is about paths for walking, bicycles, golf carts and similar modes of transportation to get traffic off of the roads and working, shopping, schools, playing etc where you live. It is about controlled growth. We do not even have a downtown, but five Village Centers.

Mr. Bookman does not seem to realize most modern jobs have no requirement to be located in big cities or dense Urban areas. They can be in Fayette just as effectively as in Atlanta. Actually more effectively if the zoning, landscaping, buffers and other ordinances are enforced. More and more companies are realizing that, such as NCR who located hundreds of high paying jobs here with an employee base that love the area.

Am I knocking those who want the Urban life? Not at all! But as well I am saying do not try to destroy our way of life.

I am also saying that trying to pack more roads, buses and rail into a transportation system that isn’t working now is not an answer, as the poll stated across the board from every county as well in May of this year.. Trying to plan for adding another several million to the already existing density in the same areas does not make sense with our water issues and knowing the adds will do nothing but consume any additions made gaining no ground. With already over $200 billion of identified projects and only seeing maybe $6.7 billion the first ten years this tax is not a solution.

Repeating the same efforts over and over expecting a different outcome is the definition of, well, you know. We need a different answer.

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ByteMe

August 28th, 2009
8:29 am

What? No mention of the disaster that was Bill Campbell? :)

I think the “Black Memo” was a plant, by the way. A (maybe) supporter of Borders with a non-existent group vaguely named after a group that’s been around over 30 years (but not the same group) writes a race-based memo and then plants it on a progressive blog to be picked up by all the blogs written by oppressed white people and suddenly it’s a story. I don’t think there’s a “there” there.

What if this had been a trailer park white guy with the same agenda (”Let’s make sure we elect someone who will protect trailer park people!”)? Would we care?

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HorsePeopleLiveStableLives

August 28th, 2009
10:09 am

I’d make the piece demonstrate the “DisInformation Age” that the “Information Age” has turned into. And all that babble out there is to serve only one purpose, to enfranchise and deliver power. So many examples of a good idea is only a good idea if presented by the people you want to be in power. That is the biggest threat to our country hands down.

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Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

August 28th, 2009
12:03 pm

I’ve have been around the coloured since I was a little boy, in fact, my nanny was coloured, so I really have my thumb on the heartbeat of the coloured community. First, the coloured business class support and will vote for Norwood even though they cannot admit it. Borders should not count on any tangible support from the business class.

Next, I love all people of all kinds, whether its the blacks, the jews, the orientals, or the spanish speakers, but it is clear that the author of the letter and the couloured community do not feel the same way about me and my kind. One only need remember the “firehose” radio ad from Lewis, Young, and Franklin to understand that the current memo is not a one-off incident, but, rather, a bigotry against “whitey.” (One, I might add, I believe the President and First Lady embrace, too.) As such, it is easy to see why the people in North Fulton want to become emancipated from the coloured ruling class.

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Government Control, Baby!!

August 28th, 2009
1:34 pm

Bold article, Jay. Someone speaking the truth about the real political scene in Atlanta. I’m glad a liberal did it because any conservative would be on National News this afternoon for being so racist.

Your first point is staggeringly disturbing on so many fronts.

1. There is a chance for the first time in 25 years that African Americans could lose the Mayoral seat in Atlanta, Georgia, especially if there is a run-off;

It appears that what you are saying is that Blacks could only support Black People. While the numbers definitely agree with you, we just don’t say those sort of things. People that are just narrow minded enough to actually hold African Americans to the same standards that White Americans are held to will crucify you for that kind of talk.

I don’t want to go on, because I am a conservative so my even addressing the points you have brought up will undoubtedly mark me as a life member of the KKK. But I would like to ake one more point:

You support a president that has a guaranteed demographic because of the same sort of selective racism that you discuss in your article. The numbers are constantly changing, but I believe that the most recent numbers say that 96% of African Americans support Obama. If you take away that demographic (which Bush or any Republican has never owned) Obama’s approval ratings drop below 30%. lower than Bush’s rating ever ventured in his worst days, after 8 years of daily attacks by the main stream media.

Needless to say, I would never support ignoring any demographics’ opinion, but your article seems to discredit that opinion of being based on judging a candidate not by the content of their character, but by the color of their skin.

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Batboy

August 29th, 2009
6:43 am

When racism surfaces, we have a choice. We can defend it like Bookman has, finding way to parse the words, excuse the thinking and justify the ugly truth or we can face the issue squarely. Facing the issue squarely might put the political coalition in danger. As a result Bookman equivocates.
We will get what we deserve. Another generation of corrupt leadership in the City. More cover for racists like Emma Darnell. And we will scratch our heads and wonder why there is so little political demand for regional cooperation.
When we are prepared to face black racism and identity politics head on, we will finally be able to make progress.

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grumpytees

August 29th, 2009
11:45 am

Here, here Batboy! Atlanta has REAL problems and Queen Emma is just one! A black agenda, but of course. Everyone knows that Atlanta is a “black” city. Now, someone needs to SIGN the “agenda” and if no one is willing to, then forget it. If you don’t have the b*lls to sign your work, we all need to see it for what it may be, a plant. Just some way to try to draw controversy to the election.
Come on SIGN IT or DROP IT!

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Rahim

August 30th, 2009
3:40 pm

James Doyle

August 31st, 2009
1:02 pm

This past week a memo was circulated around City Hall….asking citizens to vote for Lisa Borders to preserve the black agenda. The memo indicated that the black agenda would be lost if a black mayor was not elected in. Unfortunately, the black agenda has been lost for many years. Evidence of this can be seen in our heavily neglected historically black communities such as English Avenue, Peoplestown, Mechanicsville, Adair Park, the list goes on.
If the black agenda has been preserved all these years how come the black communities in this city have not been preserved? The scholars who wrote the memo who are allegedly professors from Clark Atlanta are not paying attention when they drive into the campus each day. The area surrounding Clark Atlanta is not preserved and it is not safe. Most of the homes have gone into foreclosure. Over the past 25 years the “black agenda” that the scholars at Clark Atlanta (the memo writers) has done nothing but destroy the very same neighborhoods that blacks reside in. Get a grip atlanta….its not about color its about quality of life.

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