N. Fulton Flashback, 1979: Councilman 'violently' opposes urban doom

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Carl Callum was not having it.
The former Roswell council member was interviewed for a Sept. 20, 1979 story, giving his stark disapproval with the construction of the Kimberly-Clark Corp. research and development center near Ga. 400 and Holcomb Bridge Road.
The story says, Callum was “violently” opposed to allowing the 75-foot, six-story structure. In that same interview, Callum said he was ready “to take on” the planning and zoning boards  both boards approved the ordinance allowing the company to build on the property.

Callum's main beef: He didn't want to see "skyscrapers" popping up all over the city. Roswell's small-time feel at the time was enough for him.

“I do not want to see a skyline in Roswell,” Callum said. “I want a treeline, and I think people do, too.”

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Kimberly-Clark Corp. is based out of Irving, Texas, and creates paper-based and sanitary products. The same 98-acre research and development center Callum opposed in 1979 has been in operation since then, undergoing its last major renovation in 2012.

As for Roswell’s “treeline,” it is somewhat a distant memory. The city has become beacon for industry, drawing numerous health, finance and tech businesses including CorMatrix, Nolan Transportation, Colibrium Direct and YARDI.