I think that the city either owns or controls this right-of-way, though they may owe GDOT for it. I heard that the eastside trail may have cost $2.5 million/mile.
Here is what a Georgia Historical Marker says about the place.
French's Division Hood's Left Flank
"July 20. 1864. The right of Gen. S. F. French´s division of Stewart´s A. C. [Confederate] rested on DeFoor´s Road - the left, being at Casey´s Hill 1.5 miles west, during the Battle of Peachtree Creek.
While Walthall´s and Loring´s division´s attacked the Federal 20th A. C. at Collier Rd., French´s 3 brigades were on Waithall´s left, & by demonstrations in force engaged the attention of the 14th A. C. thereby preventing its unlimited participation in the battle.
The high knoll west of here (at Davis´ Circle) topped by a formidable redoubt, was a part of French´s entrenched line.
GHM 060-68 - GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION - 1984"
So, it apears that the most important part of the "site" is owned by the home owners that live along Davis St, Davis Cir, and Davis Pl as these streets surround the above mentioned knoll (33°48'13.46"N, 84°25'23.30"W).
"look at the eastside trail right now. the concrete path laid is going to have to be entirely dug up again, and the utility lines rewired again, because the path does not leave the proper room for rail. having to re-do parts over and over again because you want to get it done fast is not economically efficient."
I don't think this is the case. The eastside trail is ready-built for utilities and transit and no significant amounts of the path/trail will have to be replaced. A few bridges may need to be upgraded along with the small portions of the trail that connect to them. Other than that, it is ready for rails.
I think Parker is on the right track. One of the reasons Maynard Jackson was so popular was that he frequently rode the newly minted MARTA busses in the downtown area. I met him several times as I commuted from Decatur to GSU.
I think that the plans for the MMPT include reopening Nelson Street.
This is a classic example of throwing the baby out with the bath water.
I would like to speak to a few of the points in your feeding frenzy.
"refuses to share any progress metrics with its stakeholders,"
I have not seen you at quarterly briefings (metric sharing sessions) for some time.
"constantly acts as a collection bucket for tax, grant, and charity funds while producing almost nothing in return except empty promises"
Really, a master planning process with community engagement nearing completion, 49% of ROW acquired, five new or upgraded parks, two new bridges, and seven miles of trails or interim trails.
In the northeast quad, environmental and geotechnical studies completed plus the entire infrastructure (bridges, retaining walls, conduits for fiber and other utilities) to support transit is being built at the same time as the trail.
"Hatred for Atlanta Beltline was firmly on the rise ..."
Really, I never noticed it. Perhaps it’s just you.
"Jeez, how many people in that organization have the words "community engagement" or "communication" in their titles”
ABI is mandated by the city to conduct community engagement. Also, DOT requires that projects follow the federal law called NEPA. This process is, by law, consultative and requires outreach and engagement.
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