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Socialist Idiocy Illustrated

So I live in Candler Park, a predominately liberal-leaning neighborhood located just East of downtown Atlanta (see “HindenBush” yard art depicting a dirigible (Hindenburg) in flames for illustration of political leaning).  Browsing through our neighborhood newsletter, I stumbled upon one of the most illogical, irrational, poorly thought-out and presented argument I think I’ve ever laid eyes on. 

BACKGROUND.  There is a major three/four lane East-West roadway along some railroad tracks (incidentally the same track-bed the Union followed into Atlanta during the Battle of Atlanta as well as the Eastern Sub-Continental Divide) which forms the southern border of the neighborhood.  Most of the property along this corridor is old urban industrial which is slowly being converted to a mix of retail and townhome.  There is a small half-acre partially wooded lot on the corridor that is likely the last undeveloped site here.  It is owned by an individual who was planning to develop some townhomes but has been held up by the neighborhood planning committee and one lunatic who have abused Atlanta’s neighborhood approval and tree ordinance to trample upon the subject property owner’s basic property rights.  And this has been going on for some 6 years.  Apparently, some decisions have come down from the City that are unfavorable to the protestors, leading to the following appeal.

Support Dekalb Ave. Green Space, by Teri Stewart

Reasons to vote “Yes” at the March 15 CPNO meeting for letters of community support to save our Dekalb Avenue green space.

If the last publicly accessible greenspace on Dekalb Avenue is destroyed, these will be lost forever: a wooded 1/2 acre with the historic Pecan Tree “Granmaw Gordon” and approximately 75 other native hardwood trees, the last natural watershed on the eastern continental divide, the last noise filter and major oxygen producer.  Air and water quality will suffer, wildlife habitat protected by state and federal laws will be eradicated, and there will not be any public access to the original Gordon Estate which is important to Atlanta’s biracial history.

We can save our green space, our wildlife, and our history by using this 1/2 acre to promote public and alternative transportation as a neighborhood.  30307 has a right to reasonable development and self-determination. 

 Where to begin with this blather?

  1. “Our”.  Let’s start with her use of the word “our”.  Based on the tax records, the property is owned by the developer, not Teri Stewart.  It’s clear this woman has a heavy entitlement mentality.
  2. “Publicly Accessible”.  Well, if it’s private property, it’s not publicly accessible.  And technically speaking, it would be illegal to own a property that wasn’t publicly accessible.  This is a non-argument.
  3. “Last Natural Watershed”.  Huh?  The last one on the entire eastern continental divide?  Also, point of fact, this is on the eastern SUB-continental divide. 
  4. “Last Noise Filter”.  I’m not sure a few trees provide that much of a noise filter.  I would think a well-constructed townhouse development would create a much better buffer of noise from Dekalb Avenue. 
  5. “Last Major Oxygen Filter”.  This city in general, and this neighborhood in particular, is lush with mature trees both in private and public spaces. 
  6. “Air/Water Quality”.  Water comes from the tap and I’m not sure this 1/2 acre is doing much to filter/cleanse the water.  Sure, any loss of vegetation will reduce air quality.  However, any reduction would be imperceptible and the new developer would be required to plant significant (and more aesthetic) vegetation.
  7. “Protected Habitat”.  Specifically which habitat?  I have some experience in protected habitat.  If there were protected habitat on this property, it would have to be remediated (which ain’t cheap). 
  8. “Promote Public/Alternate Transportation”.  Huh?  What? 
  9. “30307’s Rights”.  Wait… so the zip code 30307 has a RIGHT to reasonable development and self-determination?  What about the actual property owner?  What rights does he/she have? 

So with this piece, Teri Stewart asserts non-existant rights over a property she doesn’t own.  And she expects others to follow her in this idiocy.  This, ladies and gentlemen, is the illogical, irrational, idiotic communal socialism that’s creeping into everyday life. 


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