I have actively supported the bond campaign from its inception, and I firmly believe that its passage will not only make a great economic impact on the city of Marietta by encouraging business development but will add further stability to an already great school system as well as give much needed infrastructure and safety to the Franklin Road corridor.
As a young professional in Marietta, I am often asked by my “Inside the Perimeter” friends why on Earth I would choose to make Marietta my home when I could just as easily live in Buckhead, Midtown or Virginia-Highland.
I have many friends who live in Smyrna and Vinings who didn’t even look at Marietta when deciding on a place to live even though those cities are just down the road. In my opinion, this is a problem. Marietta has everything that these other places offer yet many young professionals are choosing to live elsewhere even though costs of living are much more affordable here.
I’ve had friends tell me that they were less than impressed with the drive into Marietta, specifically in and around the Franklin Road corridor, and that that caused them to look elsewhere to buy their first homes.
By passing the bond, we, as citizens of Marietta, are showing our commitment to forward progress. By stabilizing existing apartment complexes and encouraging businesses to relocate to Franklin Road, we have the opportunity to showcase Marietta for what it is — a city with exceptional services, government, schools and entertainment. It is a city that can and should compete with Smyrna, Vinings and Atlanta when businesses, young professionals and young families choose to relocate.
I am excited to see the housing growth near the Square, and I believe that the bond passage could eventually ignite similar growth along Franklin Road. I know how great it is to walk to the Square and enjoy a meal or a concert, and the redevelopment opportunities offered by passing the bond are simply too great to pass up.
Please join me in voting YES today for the future of Marietta!