Johns Creek wants no part of MARTA rail. Period. At a city council meeting this week, the decade-old, north-OTP municipality unanimously passed a resolution denouncing MARTA for its northward expansion plans and expressing their sheer displeasure with not just the transit system, but the state for having the audacity to bump taxes to fund non-vehicle transportation. Bob Gray, the councilman who drafted the resolution, shrugged off recommendations by other council members who wanted to hear from residents before approving the measure, indicating it would be a waste of time, as the AJC reports. Many council members voiced concerns over the passing of the motion, the methods employed and the legitimacy of the "facts" laid out in the resolution. But in the end, the fear-mongering, misinformed and isolationist argument won out. So in response to their resolution, we've drafted our own:
First, have a look at the official document, as adopted this week ...
Now, take a deep breath, and please give this countermeasure your consideration ...
WHEREAS, it is the duty of Concerned, Forward-Thinking Atlantans to call out stupidity on the part of elected officials in the metro area; and
WHEREAS, the Council of the City of the Creek of John has shortsightedly deemed its city too good to support MARTA; and
WHEREAS, MARTA may be far from perfect, but is constantly improving and has the chance to connect Atlanta if it is supported by stakeholders across the metro; and
WHEREAS, many of the citizens of your city drive to the North Springs MARTA Station to take the train into the city; and
WHEREAS, therefore, even if the city council doesn't realize it, the city directly benefits from MARTA; and
WHEREAS, you are a bedroom community for the City of Atlanta; and
WHEREAS, the City of Atlanta and inner suburbs provide the majority of jobs, economic drivers, international attractions and the world's busiest airport; and
WHEREAS, without the City of Atlanta and its resources, the City of Johns Creek would literally be farmland; and
WHEREAS, you don't get to utilize the innumerable resources in the metro without being a team player in making the area a better place; and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by Curbed Atlanta in our Friday publication on November 20, 2015 that, however facetiously:
All those in favor say "Aye," in the comments section.
Those opposed say "No."
· City Council Meeting Agenda [Johns Creek]
· Johns Creek council votes 'full and complete opposition' to MARTA rail expansion [AJC]