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Your Views: Leaders who promote growth fail to preserve our communities

POSTED: May 9, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Reading the candidates’ comments in The Times is always informative. Over the years, I’ve noticed that the term “promote growth” is stated often by those seeking our vote, not only at election time but also in neighborhood and town hall meetings.

I remember when Gwinnett County mounted an all-out campaign to promote growth over 30 years ago and it certainly worked. Seemed like the right thing to do at the time, but now Gwinnett is a highly urban county with all the accompanying urban problems. Many are now fleeing Gwinnett due to the lesser quality of life some growth brings.

Growth is destined to occur here in Hall County without encouragement due to our proximity to a quickly expanding metroplex. Seems to me we should think clearly about not so much promoting growth as managing it. After all, the reason most of us enjoy Hall County is the wonderful balance we have in population and services as well as higher density areas combined with more rural areas.

Why can’t politicians understand we aren’t electing them to be developers but stewards? Shouldn’t we consider what it is we love about our towns and county and work to preserve that? Just wondering if I’m the only one thinking that way.

Jim Seibert
Hoschton


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