The only talk in 2004 of a 2nd Atlanta airport, is on this website. When Newt Gingrich represented Cobb County, he had a "wet" dream to build a high speed train to CHA
and make that a 2nd airport. There has been no talk about the subject since he resigned from the House in 1999. Actually, the only chance for commercial service outside of ATL
is in AHN, because it currently has and has historically had scheduled service. The original Frontier attempted to start a low cost airline at Charlie Brown Fulton Co. Airport in the mid 80's but the opposition by Delta and Eastern and the city was so great, the idea soon died. All this talk about the South Side growing is also nonsense. Sure, Henry County is growing. The number of Red Necks in McDonough grows every year. But there are relatively few frequent flyers in Henry; and Fayette while home to many Delta pilots in Peachtree City, is not a bastion of Medallion Members either. There are no jobs down there, at least the kind that generate air traffic. Percentage wise, the growth may be high, but if a country grows from 50,000 to 100,000 in ten years, that is 100% growth, but Gwinnett and Cobb grow by that much every 2-3 years. The big growth is in Cherokee, and Forsyth.
Then there is a the racial issue. Okay, here it goes, PC
is going out the window. The City of Atlanta is run by a Black Cabal. While there is growth in the white population through regentrification, Sam Massell was the last white mayor and he will remain so, at least in my life time. DeKalb County is majority African American. African American Candidates have defeated the long term incumbents in Clayton County in this election cycle. The Fulton County commission runs the county for the poor south end of Fulton and for the City of Atlanta, and uses the tax base in North Fulton to do it. It's just a reality of life. There is no way that majority would ever do anything to foster competition with their only cash cow, ATL
Hartsfield JACKSON International Airport.
Atlanta Hartsfield JACKSON Airport is the life blood of the south side. Without it, the Southside would REALLY BE
depressed. Ever driven down National Highway, Tara Blvd., Dixie Highway, Riverdale Road? Now compare those strips, and they all lead South from the airport, to Cobb Parkway, Peachtree Parkway, Medlock Bridge, and Barrett Parkway. Better yet, what surface street leads to the city from the Airport? Metropolitan Parkway, formerly Stewart Avenue. Now there is a street of (broken) dreams.
Go visit Shannon Mall or Southlake Mall! Remember Harry's Farmers Market and their go-go strategy. It died in Morrow, GA
They didn't build the Mall of Georgia in Coweta County. So please, let's be real. I have lived in Atlanta for 20 years. Most people consider me politically pretty liberal, but I am a realist, and what is, IS
. While a satellite airport at Briscoe Field, or PDK
, or Dobbins might serve a very large suburban affluent community, those people DO
NOT WANT A COMMERCIAL AIRPORT IN
THEIR BACK YARD.
The Northern Arc is absolutely essential to Atlanta's long term growth, but Tom Knox from Cumming killed it along with a few groups of homeowners. The land the city owns in Dawson County goes up in value every day. I have no idea on the size of the acreage but its huge and at a current value of $20-30K an acre, the land is too valuable to be used for an airport. The other problem with that location is that there is no population north of there, it's the Appalachian Mountains. I live in North Fulton County. It's a 33 mile drive to Hartsfield. I am only about ten miles from MARTA and if the north south line is expanded up 400 to Roswell and Alpharetta, there will be direct train service to the present Airport. If the traffic at Hartsfield really increases greatly, they can accomodate it by replacing 50 seat RJ
's with 150 Seat 737's. They don't need a new airport to do that.