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Old 02-18-2019, 02:15 PM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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Bruising lessons from Gwinnett’s 1990 MARTA vote linger today

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Nearly 500 people crowded a high school auditorium near Lilburn that night and, for three hours, yelled and clapped and jeered and booed before the public officials who’d come to hear their thoughts on a proposal for Gwinnett County to join MARTA.

It was a pivotal moment, the fate of public transportation in the fast-growing county — nay, the fate of Gwinnett itself, some said — hanging in the balance.

What unfolded from the podium that July evening in 1990 exposed raw views on race in a suburban community that was mostly white, as well as a broad distrust of linking Gwinnett’s future to Atlanta.

“That place,” one man said, referencing the state’s capital, “has a reputation for murder and rape — the wrong people. We don’t need ‘em, we don’t want ‘em.”

Said another: “Do we really want a direct line for the drug dealers at Five Points to get new markets among our fourth- and fifth-graders?”

Three months later, Gwinnett voters roundly said no to joining MARTA. It would be nearly three decades before they’d be asked to join the system again — and as the county barrels toward that new referendum on March 19, advocates have looked to the past to try to avoid its pitfalls.
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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Anyone shouting that racist nonsense should have been sent packing. I don't even just mean from the meeting, but the entire county.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:52 AM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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Anyone shouting that racist nonsense should have been sent packing. I don't even just mean from the meeting, but the entire county.
I wonder how this worked out for the county:

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“One of the worst fears,” then-Commissioner W.J. Dodd told the Associated Press decades ago, “is bringing people out of Atlanta, the minorities.”
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Old 02-19-2019, 11:14 AM
 
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One other good thing about running a MARTA line out to Gwinnett is that it might give some options to the 10,000 city of Atlanta residents who are stuck in traffic nightmares as they gut it out on their way to and from their jobs in Gwinnett.
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Old 02-25-2019, 04:35 PM
 
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Here's a pretty good podcast from the AJC's Politically Georgia host Greg Bluestein and the AJC's Gwinnett reporter Tyler Estep.

Isn't the vote coming up in 2 or 3 weeks?

https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regi...YwJC2jRCYgSxL/
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Old 02-25-2019, 04:55 PM
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Here's a pretty good podcast from the AJC's Politically Georgia host Greg Bluestein and the AJC's Gwinnett reporter Tyler Estep.

Isn't the vote coming up in 2 or 3 weeks?

https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regi...YwJC2jRCYgSxL/
early voting started today.
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Old 03-02-2019, 05:12 AM
 
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Default Former GA governor Nathan Deal endorses MARTA in Gwinnett

On Friday, former Georgia governor Nathan Deal gave his endorsement to the effort to expand MARTA into Gwinnett County.

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"More and more, large, high-paying employers would not even consider locations within metro areas that don’t offer robust transit options for their employees," Deal said. "Despite its many offerings, Gwinnett wasn’t considered eligible by many of our 818,000 jobs we created over the last eight years in the state!"
Nathan Deal endorses MARTA in Gwinnett (Gwinnett Daily Post)
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Old 03-05-2019, 06:32 AM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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Gwinnett’s sheriff and DA, both Republicans, endorse MARTA referendum

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Two of Gwinnett's longest-serving Republican elected officials — and two of its most powerful law enforcement leaders — are putting their support behind the county’s MARTA referendum.

Sheriff Butch Conway and District Attorney Danny Porter, both of whom have been in office since the 1990s, join former Gov. Nathan Deal as high-profile Republicans who have now urged Gwinnett residents to vote yes during the March 19 special election.
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Is this thing gonna pass? What yall think?
It’s gonna be darn close even in this year 2019. Southern Gwinnett would go largely in favor, it’s just Northern Gwinnett that would tilt the polls in a less favorable result.
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Old 03-05-2019, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Vinings
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Is this thing gonna pass? What yall think?
Guess we'll see. I think it absolutely would have passed in the November midterm (by at least a few %)- so if it does not pass in this special off-year referendum, then that is a real dang shame, and was a nefarious political maneuver from the anti-MARTA Republicans who are barely still clinching on to power in the county.
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