Readers Write: Nov. 14

Five Points Station needs serious work

There are so many exciting redevelopment projects underway and planned for downtown Atlanta, especially on the long-neglected southwestern corner. Building off the momentum of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the potential of these new developments to completely transform the area into a vibrant, diverse and walkable economic engine is coming to fruition piece by piece. However, one essential piece still needs be put in place. The MARTA Five Points Station that serves as the mass transit crossroads for the city and a first impression for many visitors is a rundown and embarrassingly outdated eyesore of concrete brutalism. It’s time the city of Atlanta, MARTA and its partners came together to build a new, modern, beautiful and welcoming Five Points Station.


Why can’t U.S. have high-speed rail?

I just heard that as POTUS visits China this week, the top marvel that our reporter in China would show Trump would be China’s high-speed rail system. This system has cut down travel time between Beijing and Shanghai from 18 hours down to only four. Why is it that the U.S. cannot do this?

The airline industry is wonderful. We can cover thousands of miles in a matter of hours. But many of us would sometimes like to actually see the country, or travel on land from time to time. We also need much better connectivity between metropolitan areas and to develop transportation alternatives to the solo-driven automobile. I hope the administration will be inspired by the rapid and high-quality way in which China has developed high-speed rail.

Locally, there are many opportunities for high-speed rail, including from Atlanta to Athens, Atlanta to Chattanooga, or Macon, etc. I hope our state and local governments will pay attention to this issue as well.