McCoy bridge compromise muddies debate

There are 8 comments on the Smoky Mountain News story from May 18, 2011, titled McCoy bridge compromise muddies debate. In it, Smoky Mountain News reports that:

A proposed compromise by Macon County commissioners on a historic bridge outside of Franklin isn't sitting well with those who've fought for nearly a decade to save it.

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Korean Vet

United States

#1 May 18, 2011
Macon County Commissioners have NEVER listened to the people, so don't expect them to start now.

They destroyed all our historic buildings downtown. They destroyed the heart of our communities by taking away our community schools and building big consolidated schools over the protests and referendum vote of the people.

They extended the Iotla airport runway over the protests of the people. The approved the Siler Road extension in spite of protests.

They won't let Target or Home Depot move here.(The people's only win was that Wal-Mart managed to buy private land to build a larger store.)

Don't expect them to listen to the people now about McCoy Bridge. They just pat you on the head and hope you go away, then they'll do whatever they want to do.
Duhhh

Blairsville, GA

#2 May 18, 2011
There is not a target store within forty miles of Franklin because the demographics do not support a store. In plain English they do not build in podunk little towns.
Korean Vet

United States

#3 May 18, 2011
Duhhh wrote:
There is not a target store within forty miles of Franklin because the demographics do not support a store. In plain English they do not build in podunk little towns.
Fred in Young Harris Georgia, don't let your religious arrogance get away with you. You'd be surprised, as will all you Drake wannabes as time goes on.

Both Target and Home Depot want to come to Macon County.
Dovie

United States

#4 May 18, 2011
Duhhh wrote:
There is not a target store within forty miles of Franklin because the demographics do not support a store. In plain English they do not build in podunk little towns.
Don't forget, Fred, there's more to Franklin than you and Phil Drake who think Franklin is a little podunk playgroundl
Dovie

United States

#5 May 18, 2011
Duhhh wrote:
There is not a target store within forty miles of Franklin because the demographics do not support a store. In plain English they do not build in podunk little towns.
Yep, Fred. Not a Target store within forty miles of Franklin, which is why they want to come here if the town and county will quit fighting them.

TARGET, THE PEOPLE OF MACON COUNTY WANT YOU TO COME HERE! KEEP ON TRYING!
Student

Sylva, NC

#6 May 18, 2011
Franklin's downtown looks dead compared to the downtowns in Sylva, Waynesville and Murphy. The old court house was demolished in the 1970s to make way for a parking lot (which doesn't even exist anymore!) and they have taken away all the community schools (But I have to say Jackson County was even worse at doing this, as we now have four K-8 Schools, two of which have around 700 students attending them in cramped and less-than-ideal conditions).

Some children living in part of Jackson County are subject to minimum 90-minute bus rides to school because the school, named Canada School, which was located in their community closed several years ago. There are worse places out there. But both Jackson County and Macon County overlooked their heritage when they decided to go with "progress." Both counties have lost many historic buildings, no community schools are left, and they keep on doing a lot of bad stuff even though they have gotten burned for it before. Let's hope it doesn't get any worse.

At least there has been SOME positive change. Like the new libraries in each county, development of greenways, improvement of some older school facilities, and new sustainable and green buildings. But the mistakes, like taking out a 249-foot high waterfall in Sylva for a four-lane expressway in 1973, need not be repeated again. And certain buildings need to eventually be either demolished or renovated because they cause detraction from the atmosphere of the towns they are located in, especially 1970s-1990s Justice Centers.
Russell Maney

United States

#7 May 19, 2011
What ever happened to the "Whitmire" ten acres in East Franklin? Has the town council ever decided what to do with it?
humanityhelper

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Jul 23, 2011
OMG, leave the bridge alone. I crossed that bridge thousands of times growing up and it did no harm! Leave alone please!

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