Whether we’ve directly contributed to the decline of American debate—by throwing a punch or likening opponents to Hitler—or simply watched in silence, we all owe a measure of blame. I won’t watch in silence any longer.
When General Motors shuttered its half-century-old assembly plant in Doraville, Georgia some eight years ago, the prospects for this aging suburb in Atlanta’s northeast went from dim to outright dark.
Having observed a great many legislative sessions, I remain ever-mindful that today’s elected leaders could abandon their forebears’ solution-oriented ethic. Even still, I am deeply optimistic that our state’s best days are yet ahead of us.
The Braves’ and Falcons’ decisions to decamp for new stadiums has incited debate about the value of these venues. As the former chief of staff of the City of Atlanta, I have some experience on this matter.
As local business shifts overseas, it must never abandon its social contract with this community. Business must embrace the new polycentric dynamic and realize Atlanta is home: this place and these people matter.