City in a forest?

To the editor:

I’ve lived in the city of Atlanta for nearly 40 years. Remember what Atlanta is known as? The “City in a Forest” or the “City of Trees.”

We can’t boast about being on a bay, ocean, river or having a view of the mountains.

The one thing that sets Atlanta apart from any other large city is our old-growth, tall and beautiful trees.

Now we’re in another boom cycle. Hundred-year-old oaks and loblolly pines, which we should by rights be proud of, are being clear cut as if they were mere corn stubble.

To use a tired phrase, why are we killing the goose that lays the golden eggs?

City of Atlanta, tighten the tree ordinance! Architects, developers, homeowners, be creative. Build around our elegant trees.

Doing so will help us remain the “City of Trees.” Saving these large trees will benefit our children, grandchildren and wildlife, too. Let alone the air we all breathe.

– Katharine Crawford Robey

Buildings will come

To the editor:

I had to chuckle a bit after reading in the Feb. 6-Feb. 19 issue of the Brookhaven Reporter regarding the heights of buildings in our city and the possible development of the Hastings site.

Attached is a picture of Town Brookhaven taken from my backyard yesterday. This apartment building is seven to eight stories tall directly behind our property (almost 100’), which I call “the cruise ship in our backyard.”

When we build this home nine years ago the area behind our house (60 acres) was occupied with an older apartment complex with 20 or so two-story buildings along a nicely wooded rolling field. We had heard that perhaps a very exclusive neighborhood of multi-million dollar homes would go in behind us sometime in the next five or 10 years, but had no idea that Town Brookhaven was a possibility as well.

We definitely do not like the way it dominates and obscures our view from the back of the property, but do like the fact that we can walk to many places that we did not have prior to the development.

I bring this up to point out that Brookhaven is more urban than suburban and will continue to develop as such. We have seen this in the 20 years we have lived in Brookhaven. I understand that some believe that these buildings will replace their view (as it did for us) but I can confirm that they do not block the sun like they do in New York City.

I am more concerned about the ridiculous amounts of traffic we are experiencing (I have to go north on Peachtree instead of south because of the backed up traffic at Peachtree Road and Dresden Drive to get to my dry cleaners on Dresden) or that hundreds of cars a day of non-Brookhaven residents use my street as a cut through between Peachtree and Osborne roads despite the speed bumps.

This has more of an impact on my quality of life and I am trying to do something about it.

– Joe Hammell

Materials justified?

To the editor:

The new pavement markings on Caldwell Road at the intersection with Redding Road are conspicuously clear and will last a very long time, given the pavement marking materials applied—apparently an epoxy, polyurethane or Thermoplastic product — but certainly something much more expensive than standard pavement paint.

All this expense at an intersection (1) used almost exclusively by locals already familiar with the only two choices at the intersection and (2) that offers no choices beyond what has been designated by the new markings.

Confronted by a significant jog driving south on Caldwell Road, drivers in the left lane must turn left on Redding just as drivers in the right lane must turn right to Peachtree Road—unavoidable choices now clearly designated by pavement markings done at what cost to our city.

Not wishing to overlook the addition of the bike lane (presumably), in the middle between traffic lanes, but with no symbol so designating, one must wonder how well utilized it will be by bikers or how well recognized by cars?

Unavoidably, residents will ask: (1) Was this a necessary project worthy of city money? and (2) If, in fact, the project is justifiable, was the added cost of the exceptional markings material used reasonable, even in terms of longevity?

Granted, this is a very minor example, but it is certainly crystal clear in its illustration of government spending—even that of a new city pledged to austerity—that knows no bounds.

– Don Jeffers

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