Letter: 'Simplistic' portrayals of Emory, neighbors do little to advance goals
I write in response to Ron Foust's recent "First Person" (Emory Report, March 15) commentary on the transportation and environmental issues currently being discussed on the Emory campus. He makes a helpful contribution by arguing that the impact of the Lullwater shuttle road should be considered in relation to the broader environmental and aesthetic benefits of implementing the campus master plan. And I could not agree more with his call for members of the Emory community to become more personally involved in transportation issues affecting the campus.
However, after having been personally involved for almost two years in the MARTA South DeKalb/Lindbergh Corridor study, I need to correct one erroneous statement in this commentary-Foust's claim that "the Druid Hills Civic Association stands in the way of bringing rail to the Emory campus." The Druid Hills Civic Association supports mass transit proposals that address demonstrated transportation needs and preserve historic neighborhoods.
Those who wish to improve transportation in the Emory area would do more to advance that goal by working with the DHCA to communicate these same concerns to MARTA officials, rather than simplistically portraying the neighborhood and Emory as adversaries. It will be unfortunate for all concerned if a failure on the part of MARTA to attend to the legitimate concerns that have been raised by the DHCA results in a protracted conflict which prevents anything from being done about the transportation problems facing the Emory area.
Associate Professor, Political Science
Member, MARTA Collaborative Task Force for the South DeKalb- Lindbergh Corridor Study
Member, Committee on the Corridor Study, Druid Hills Civic Association
SCHOLARSHIP AND RESEARCH
The University will hold two Town Hall meetings next week to inform the com-munity of the developing plans for Emory West.
Adam Gross of the Baltimore firm Ayers/Saint/ Gross is developing a master plan for Emory West, much like he did for the main campus. There are also two separate committees set up by the provost's office studying both the practical implications of building on the property and the long-term strategic goals for its use.
Gross will present his vision for Emory West at two meetings held March 30 and 31. The first will be held in WHSCAB Auditorium from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the second will be in the Goizueta School Auditorium from 4-5 p.m. The input the master planning team receives in these meetings will be used to help adjust the concepts in the Emory West Master Plan.
MARTA public forum today
Emory Alternative Transportation Programs invites everyone in the University community to attend the MARTA public forum being held March 29 in Decatur.
The forum, which will be in Manuel Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Drive, provides an opportunity for Emory constituents to voice their support for bringing MARTA alternatives closer to campus.
A free shuttle service will run from 2 to 8 p.m., leaving from the Asbury Circle entrance of Dobbs Center; the forum is scheduled for 2 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-727-1829.
Carters awarded first Delta Prize
Former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter have been chosen as the inaugural recipients of the Delta Prize for Global Understanding, a new award established by a $890,000 grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation to the University of Georgia.
The Delta Prize was created to recognize groups of individuals for "globally significant efforts that provide opportunities for greater understanding among nations and cultures." The Carters will be honored at an April 27 ceremony that will follow a symposium explaining the work of The Carter Center.
"The creation of the Delta Prize for Global Understanding demonstrates the University of Georgia's commitment to advancing international understanding and cooperation," said UGA President Michael Adams. "We are delighted that the inaugural award will go to Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, who truly embody what it means to be world citizens."