Thomas Wheatley's recent article contains a quote from a Ga. Tech professor that clearly enunciates one reason leaving transit on the backburner is a bad idea: it slows the momentum of development around the project, which is supposed to help pay for the whole thing.
Mike Dobbins, a former Atlanta planning commissioner who now teaches at Georgia Tech, thinks developers will be attracted to neighborhoods that aren't directly served by the Beltline and already have dense development and public transit options: downtown, Midtown and Buckhead.So it is good to see Kasim Reed at least talking about making things happen quicker (see the CL article). Lisa Borders says not to rush things because you might sacrifice quality for speed. But.... we are talking about YEARS here. Surely we can get a quality project done in 12 years, which is what Reed wants to look at as a possibility. We are talking about almost decade of planning already.
He says of the Beltline: "There's not going to be any type of transportation in any kind of near-term framework. The market's not going to be effective where there's no transportation."