Editor’s Notes
John Schaffner

On this page are two letters that offer two different viewpoints about two very different situations, but both suggesting the government meant to serve them may be destroying what they cherish, and without asking for their input.

A group called Friends of Tanyard Creek Park and many in the neighborhoods surrounding that park have wrestled for years trying to stop a 15-foot or wider concrete path from being built right through a beautiful meadowland in the park.

That meadowland is used almost daily by children, teenagers, and adults playing games and enjoying life. That meadowland also is one of the few remaining areas where visitors can get a sense of one of the largest battles of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta, the Battle of Peachtree Creek.

But these faithful protectors of the park sense the city, BeltLine organizations and the PATH Foundation have determined there is no compromise and PATH will destroy this meadowland. I sense they are correct.

Similarly, the residents along East Wesley Road feel the city has destroyed their street with the traffic calming that was forced on them with no request by the city for their input or their vote.

During the administration of Atlanta’s first African American mayor, Maynard Jackson, the residents were given real clout with city government through strong neighborhood associations and the Neighborhood Planning Unit system. It fostered true resident participation in the governance of the city.

Today, we wonder if there is a move afoot to minimize or rob residents of a true voice in their future.