Yes, yes, yes, we should vote for the Franklin Road bond.
I pen this letter wearing two hats: Marietta businessman and chairman of the Downtown Marietta Development Authority.
One might ask: What is my concern about Mayor Steve “Thunder” Tumlin’s vision about Franklin Road? Yes, I say “vision,” and what a vision. Franklin Road and its commercial development will propel a wave of collateral economic benefits for every business and household in Marietta and Cobb County. Downtown Marietta is less than 2½ miles from the epicenter of this potential “Golden Mile” of Marietta.
Why is Franklin Road such a fabulous opportunity? The simple numbers cry out and scream why we should support the mayor and the bond issue to turn Franklin Road into the “Golden Mile” of Marietta.
Here is why: The four-lane Franklin Road is bound on the east by Interstate 75, on the north by six-lane South Marietta Parkway, on the south by six-lane Delk Road and a half mile to the west by six-lane Highway 41 (Cobb Parkway). Franklin Road is blessed with access to all the electricity, gas, water and sewer one can imagine. I rest my case.
All of the fabulous places and entities in Cobb County were the visions of leaders willing to stand up and Champion great causes: Kennesaw State University, Southern Poly, the Galleria, Barrett Parkway, Cobb Energy Center, Marietta Conference Center and WellStar Health-Care System.
It is visionaries like Mayor Tumlin and his supporters on the City Council and community that have made Marietta and Cobb County an exceptional community to work and live.
Had we listened to the naysayers, the Cobb County/Marietta economic miracle brought about by the Bell Bomber plant and Lockheed Martin would have never happened. Yet, it was visionaries Jimmy Carmichael, Mayor “Rip” Blair, future Gen. Lucius D. Clay and others that turned Marietta’s Rickenbacker Field into that vision that became the Bell Bomber plant and later Lockheed Martin.
In a giant way, a vote for the Franklin Road bond project is a vote to go forward.
Thomas J. Browning
Downtown Marietta Development Authority