Monday, September 29, 2008

closer to controversy than I imagined

The pictures I posted yesterday were taken at South Peachtree Creek. While I was enjoying the perfect weather and the undeveloped "woodsy" area, I did not realize how close I was to the apparently controversial South Peachtree Creek Trail.

PATH May Have To Take A Bath on South Peachtree Creek Project

3 Forks Heritage Alliance appears to be a group opposed to the completion of the trail.

Save Our Trail takes the other side.

I have to admit I have mixed feelings. I've been a fan of Mason Mill Park, Ira Meadows Park, and the adjacent areas ever since I used to live off North Decatur Road back in 2000/2001. One of the things I liked about the trails area (which is quite separate from the developed area of Mason Mill park with its tennis courts etc) is that it's like that vacant wooded parcel of land you used to trespass into as a kid - lots of little footpaths beaten through the woods with no rhyme or reason to them, access to the CSX railroad tracks with no fences or anything to stop you from being run over by a train, mysterious "ruins" of the abandoned waterworks... it really does feel more like a cool old abandoned property than an officially public space. And I'd like for it to stay that way. OTOH it may be that adding a little bit of infrastructure, some kind of investment, might be what is required in order to prevent it from being carved up into new houses or apartments or something.