The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

NTH argument is off-base


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jul. 12, 2019 - 3:35 PM

In this age when offending someone or exercising insensitivity is practically criminalized, I am not surprised the argument to those opposed to the proposed development on the old R.D. Cole Manufacturing property has devolved into attacking the yard signs that read “City of Homes.  Not Apartments.”

I have a sign in my yard and I oppose the City of Newnan changing the rules so nearly 360 apartments can be constructed on 6.2 acres. I oppose this development not because I hate or seek to belittle folks who live in apartments. How ridiculous would that be? 

I lived in apartments. 46 percent of the housing stock in Newnan currently qualifies as apartments. If people in this community were bigoted regarding apartments and apartment residents would not this level of opposition be registered before now?  

The official “In house” editorial from The Times-Herald took a quarter of a page and seventeen paragraphs to make a point. A yard sign can not be so indulgent. 

Surely the folks who label this campaign as insensitive and bigoted know this. Employing moral superiority to attack a legitimate zoning concern is typical of our age but still disingenuous.  

Current zoning allows for 12 units per acre. This development would create over 60. Sixty per acre! Three hundred and 60-plus units will add between 700 and 1,000 residents operating 500 vehicles. 

This translates into 1,500 vehicle trips per day. This development will forever alter the residential landscape of Historic Downtown Newnan not to mention our beloved Court Square that is the heart of the community. 

That’s why there are so many signs around town NOT because people who live in homes that constitute the bulk of their savings are bigots.

Sorry NTH, your argument is off-base. 

Sincerely,

Michael A. Scott

Newnan