Prof. Dobbins calls plans to reroute MLK Drive a blow to city's vision

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A planned VIP parking lot at the future Falcons stadium will require a virtual dead end of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive at the stadium, and will affect the road’s ability to become the grand boulevard envisioned by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “Shame on me, and shame on all of us, that in the city where Dr. Martin Luther King is from, Martin Luther King Drive looks like every other Martin Luther King Drive in the United States,” Reed said at Ebenezer Baptist Church. “We’re going to do something about that.” Michael Dobbins, a professor of practice at Georgia Tech’s School of City & Regional Planning, echoed the mayor’s sentiments. He suggests that the solution to this traffic imbroglio is to make MLK Drive a two-way street from its beginning at Oakland Cemetery all the way through the city. Any additional cut-offs would be detrimental to the corridor. “To discontinue Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive by truncating it at Northside Drive is a blow to its symbolism and culture,” Dobbins said. “It’s also a blow to the vision of MLK as a grand boulevard, as a connector from east to west.” 

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