I like the idea of getting something moving quick to show off the effects of the Beltline and prove it is happening, however this is not a good place to start that.
The costs needed to convert the site into a proper reservoir are extremely high, even compared to the costs of building raw reservoirs from scratch outside of town along existing creeks and rivers.
This isn't to say this shouldn't eventually happen, but to show a big change early on and quickly...This is a waste of money. They will almost assuredly seek some limited state and federal assistance in building the reservoir (it will be limited, but it is obtainable), but that process takes time. You'll get more bang for the buck building other parks, the trails, and transit segments.
Gee... Why would Gwinnett County residents not want to help pay for something that doesn't benefit them or regional transportation at all!?
Are you kidding me?
I think the Beltline is excellent, but just because it is excellent doesn't mean it should be funded every which way. It is not a regional regional transportation project as much as it is a urban/local transportation and park renewal project. The beltline already has an excellent funding mechanism using a TAD. It will be move along quicker once the economy improves and land values start increasing again and bonds can be safely issued to pay for the project. It will happen... It is not a waste of time and energy, but it is a renewal project, which takes time and needs a good economy to increase demand for new development.
I think Clincher is being a little too critical of the beginnings of positive change. I would keep two things in mind. This isn't just happening in the City of Atlanta, but it is happening in Gwinnett, Cobb, Rockdale, Dekalb, and Henry Counties.
Secondly, we also need to remember that this is comparative to other cities in the U.S. At the other end of the spectrum look at a dot density map of NYC or Detroit. In many areas you can see where distinct lines are drawn and people segregate themselves more.
Go back 50-100 years ago and people would have never allowed this to happen to begin with. It use to be most people of one race would leave a neighborhood just because one race moved in. You don't see that as much now. People are choosing to move into a mixed area despite differences that still exist. That in itself is a change from the past.
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