CITIZEN PARTICIPATION AND THE CITIZEN'S VIEWPOINT

A COALITION OF NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS AND INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS ARE INCREASINGLY ADVANCING THE GOAL OF IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE BY PRESERVING AND UPGRADING NEIGHBORHOODS. CITIZENS BELIEVE THIS GOAL IS AS IMPORTANT A PLANNING PARAMETER AS IS THE GOAL OF FACILITATING REGIONAL GROWTH THROUGH SERVING THE NEEDS OF THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT. TWO STRONG INTEREST GROUPS IN THE CITY ARE IDENTIFIED AS THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WHICH IS BUSINESS-ORIENTED AND THE GROUP THAT IS RESIDENTIAL-ORIENTED. SITUATIONS IN WHICH CITIZEN GROUPS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY VOICED THEIR OPINION ARE RECORDED. A CASE IS DESCRIBED WHERE AN ORGANIZED AND ARTICULATE COMMUNITY GROUP OBTAINED COURT INJUNCTION AGAINST FURTHER LAND ACQUISITION. THE LOCUS OF PLANNING THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS IDENTIFIED AND THE CREATION OF THE METROPOLITAN ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY AND THE ATLANTA REGIONAL COMMISSION IS OUTLINED. A FRAGMENTED BUT WIDESPREAD CITIZEN GROUP CALLED THE ATLANTA COALITION ON THE TRANSPORTATION CRISIS WAS CREATED PARTLY TO OPPOSE TOLL ROAD LEGISLATION, AND TO RAISE THE QUESTION OF TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND CITIZENS' PARTICIPATION TO THE LEVEL OF POLITICAL DEBATE. THE CONSTITUENT GROUPS OF THE ORGANIZATION ARE DESCRIBED AND THEIR ACTIVITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE REVIEWED. THE OBSERVATION IS MADE THAT THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT HAS DEMONSTRATED RIGIDITY AND INFLEXIBILITY IN REEXAMINING OR UPDATED OLD PLANS. WAYS OF IMPROVING THE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING PROCESS ARE SUGGESTED. IMPACT STUDY PROCEDURES SHOULD EXPAND TO INCLUDE TOTAL COMMUNITY IMPACT AND AMELIORATED PROCEDURES. IMPACT STUDIES SHOULD BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE REGIONAL COMMISSION RATHER THAN THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT. COMMUNITY IMPACT WORK, THE BUDGET AND DECISION-MAKING ARE SOME ASPECTS INFORMALLY DISCUSSED FOLLOWING THIS PAPER.

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    • Bradley, Panke
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  • Publication Date: 1973

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: pp 96-102
  • Monograph Title: CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
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  • Accession Number: 00240294
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1982 12:00AM