Your View: PART has become tool of developers

Mar. 06, 2013 @ 02:15 AM

The original intention of Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation was to provide a mass transit service to existing business offices and retail areas, but unfortunately PART was also seen as an opportunity to use the taxpayer’s investment in mass transit to help finance more urban sprawl.
The Heart of the Triad (HOT) was an example of how our elected, appointed and self-appointed officials using PART, had the taxpayers match the $200,000 that the business community paid the HOT consultants to try and control 58,000 acres of what they considered developable land, in eastern Forsyth County and western Guilford County.
Fortunately, the residential landowners and the farmers in that area fought long and hard to be heard, and the mismanaged HOT project is another attempted land grab that sits gathering dust.
With respect to Heart of the Triad, quite rightly the landowners kept their homes and land to farm, the developers who had bought land still have their land to sell for other projects, but as for the taxpayers, it was just another example of our hard-earned tax dollars being wasted.
After reading Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins’ remarks with respect to PART, it seems that the “Aerotropolis” project could be the new HOT that needs a taxpayers buy-in.
America considers itself as being the world’s only private enterprise system and while public/private ventures may sound good, even if they are a socialist concept, the downside is that only the elected officials get to vote on how our “buy in” taxpayer dollars are spent.
Perkins, an advocate of PART now, because PART no longer has the funding to be a “buy-in” group, wants to scrap PART and find other ways of getting the taxpayers to “buy in” to more unsustainable development growth projects,
C. ROBIN DEAN
Clemmons

 

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