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"anti American stores and shops"??? That's such a ridiculous statement!
As far as what happened there...the urban sprawl moved on up 85 and took a lot of the sought-after consumers with it. As lower income consumers moved into the area, businesses that were there chased the money up 85 leaving a lot of empty storefronts around Pleasant Hill. Businesses that cater to the new residents of the area moved in.
I love the HOT lanes! I now get to work and home P.D.Q. compared to life before them.
I'll drink to that!
I totally agree! I love the HOT lanes! I can leave for work later and I get home so much faster. My car's avg MPG has gone up quite a bit. These lanes are awesome!
Or maybe there aren't as many opponents as you think (hope).
Maybe, maybe not.
I'm by no means wealthy but I've been driving along 85 from Gwinnett to Atlanta for almost 20 years. I don't carpool because I generally don't have a regular schedule of when I'm leaving work or where I'm headed after work. I LOVE the HOT lanes. I couldn't wait for them to arrive from the moment I first heard about them. My current commute from Sugarloaf Pkwy & 316 used to take about 45 mins to and hour and 15 mins just to get to North Druid Hills. Now I'm home in anywhere from 25-30 minutes. My car's MPG average jumped up 10 miles now that I'm moving instead of stop & go.
I'm sorry that everyone that was a 2-person carpool now has to pay but I'm now happy that I can now choose to be in that lane (for a price) since my lifestyle and personal preference doesn't permit me to carpool.
If we get commuter trains...that would be great too! Maybe I'd get home even faster...or maybe it would be an option to go into Atlanta at night or weekends have a few drinks and not have to drive back to Gwinnett and take only a short cab ride home.
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