Henry Ransom Batten 
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Re: “What to do with Cheshire Bridge Road?

Dave, the majority of these businesses that *could* be impacted are not the actual property owners. They own their business but generally lease the buildings from which they operate. So you would rather have businesses decide how the community should (or should not) grow at the expense of those who do own their property? If that is the case, then let's do away with any zoning laws and planning and let the developers come in and mow down the entire city to build it to their specifications and desires for profit. Prime example = Houston, TX.

And, yes, I frequent many of the restaurants and businesses up and down this corridor. I have no problem with any specific one. What I do care about is what we as a community have tried to do over the last 12 years (along with many business owners) to dream and plan for something better. Just because this corridor has been this way for your 27 years does not mean it has to stay that way forever. If we can get more people living on the corridor, business will thrive.

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Posted by Henry Ransom Batten on 02/17/2013 at 10:43 PM

Re: “What to do with Cheshire Bridge Road?

Dave, having lived in the community for 30+ years, I've heard it all about Cheshire Bridge, much more than these posters have. Perhaps you should check out a few other blogs around the city that have been published in the last couple of years. So don't assume that because someone is in favor of good development, they are new to the community and don't like what they "bought." And by community, I mean those of us who actually own property here, dutifully pay our taxes, rent houses and apartments and have invested a great deal of our volunteer time and money into making it a better place to live, work & play. BTW, what part of town (neighborhood or coummunity) do you live in?

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Posted by Henry Ransom Batten on 02/17/2013 at 8:34 PM

Re: “What to do with Cheshire Bridge Road?

Here is a list of all the people and businesses that participated in the original Cheshire Bridge Task Force:

Sergio Sarmiento - Rossini Architects
Bonnie Jackson - La Vista Park Civic Association
Gary McGinnes - Binswanger Gray
Stuart Green - Resident
Leonard Rodde - A Flea - Antique
Susan Starr - LaVista Park Civic Association & Cheshire Bridge Business Watch
Mike Starr Sheridan Walk - La Vista Park Civic Association
Bill Elflein - Resident
Maria Rossini - Rossini Architects
Norman Mckay - Resident
Dan Metzler - Morningside resident
Ruth Reiter - Morningside resident
Louis Desfosses - Miloy's Market
Rick Kringel - Morningside resident
Steven Rowell - Resident
Gene Schimdt - LaVista Park Civic Association
J.D. Christy - NPU -F
Jeff Gates - LaVista Ace Hardware
John Brozovic - Halpern Enterprises
Sally Wissel - Lindridge Martin Manor
Bev Cook - The Heretic
Helen Robinson - Assistant to Councilmember Woolard
Tefera Muche - Cheshire Bridge Road
Wriston Jones Morningside resident
Mike Dobbins - City of Atlanta, DPDNC
Jim Martin - State Representative
Tony & Helen Noviello - Nino's & LaVista Park
James Strack, AIA - James E. Strack & Assoc. - Architects
Camille Sotis - San Gennaro & Cheshire Bridge Business Association
Catherine Donnolly - CFMM Architects & Cheshire Bridge Business Association
Alycen Whidden - City of Atlanta, DPDNC
Angie Moore - City of Atlanta, DPDNC
Caleb Racicot - City of Atlanta, DPDNC
Elizabeth Raife - City of Atlanta, DPDNC
Aaron Fortner - City of Atlanta, DPDNC
Christi Bowler - City of Atlanta, DPDNC
Enrique Bascuñana - City of Atlanta, DPDNC
Tina Rossini - Rossini Architects
Jane A. Barrett - Rossini Architects
Jeff Gates - La Vista Ace Hardware
Sergio Sarmiento - Rossini Architects
Alan Burton - Centennial Farms Dairy
Camille Sotis San Gennaro restaurant
Bill Dunkley - Park Drive
Catherine Donnoly - CFM&M Architects
Brian Bolick LRE - Engineering/Dames & Moore
Bob Knoway
Ida Danneman - Dee Danneman Signs
Dee Danneman - Dee Danneman Signs
Todd Noell - RCLC
Darrell Pearce - A Flea Antique II
Eudora Alston - Arnold Avenue – Woodland Hills
David Roberbin - Morningside Lenox Park Neighborhood Association
Ed Ellis LRE - Engineering/Dames & Moore
Michele Waltenath - Palomino Club
Dan Metzler - Morningside Lenox Park Neighborhood Association
Ruth Reiter - Morningside Lenox Park Neighborhood Association
Sally Wissel - Lindridge Martin Manor Neighborhood Association
Sherry Jester - resident
Patty Farr - Lindbergh Crossing
Martha Porter Hall - Morningside Lenox Park Neighborhood Association
Larry Lucas - City of Atlanta - DPDNC
Wendy Darling
Phillip Haynes
Joe Underground - Forrester's Flowers
Mary Dairi
Shala Sega - Morningside Lenox Park Neighborhood Association/Architect
Ruth Spector - Artist
Nick Pejkas - Morningside Lenox Park Neighborhood Association
Dennis Fleming – Selig Enterprises

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Posted by Henry Ransom Batten on 02/17/2013 at 8:09 PM

Re: “What to do with Cheshire Bridge Road?

So who gets to decide how a community develops: those who live in the community or someone else?

As it stands now, Cheshire Bridge developed on an early suburban model, first single-family homes in the 1940s, then changing over to commercial in the 1950s when the expressway opened. This area is now in the middle of an urban area, and those of us in the community would like to see it become more urban. That does not mean sterile, but more walkable and safe.

It's funny to me that whenever someone mentions Cheshire Bridge Road, they respond that it is a crime-infested, drug-infested eyesore in the middle of ATL. They say something should be done to clean it up. Then when someone like Alex Wan tries to help move along the desires of the local community, he and our residents are demonized. Hey, guys, you can't have it both ways.

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Posted by Henry Ransom Batten on 02/17/2013 at 5:44 PM

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