Please Join Doug Alexander in Voting YES! (VEC Email sent April 20, 2022)
“I grew up on Mt. Paran Road, just a short bike ride away from Vinings. As a young teen in the 1970s, I often rode my bike across the iron bridge (that is now named for my late mother, Hermi) and up to the railroad crossing to watch L&N freight trains go by me. Sometimes I would get a snack at the Magic Market at the intersection of Paces Ferry and Paces Mill. My wife, Anne, grew up on Teton, where her mother still lives. She remembers “skiing” on plastic pellets, stories of wild men living on top of Vinings Mountain, and Nellie Mae Roe’s amazing house that stood where Hotel Indigo is now. A lot of water has gone under that iron bridge since then, and Vinings has grown in ways that I never could have imagined as a boy.
“When we moved from Atlanta to Vinings last fall, I had no idea that there was an effort in progress to make Vinings into a city. But, when I found out, I was thrilled.
“Over my lifetime, I have developed an abiding respect for the cities in our state and our nation. Cities are where government has to look us in the eye.
“Each rung up we go in government takes us further away from the face-to-face aspect of cities. Counties, such as Fulton and Cobb, are enormous – and often county commissioners are only vaguely aware of issues important to local communities. This dilution continues to grow at the State and Federal levels. Cities are where individuals can come together to make the most happen for their communities.
“For the past forty years, I have felt that Vinings ought to be a city. I often wonder, if Vinings had been a city over that time, how would its growth have been different? No one can answer that, but the fact remains that in today’s environment, if we want to keep as much of the small-town atmosphere that Vinings now has, we must take control of that process for ourselves. Cityhood will allow the people who live here to have that control.
“I believe that Vinings can continue to be an awesome town, with much to offer its residents, without getting so developed that it loses the things that make it special; the things that make it an oasis of relative calm inside this teaming metropolis.
“To that end, I hope that you will join me in voting YES for Vinings cityhood – for our future – on May 24.”
To read the story of Hermi’s Bridge, click here: Hermi’s Bridge
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