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In his letter to Mrs. Fairbanks, Mark Twain wrote
about friendship:
. . . I remember you and recall you without
effort, without exercise of will; that is, by natural
impulse, undictated by a sense of duty or of obligation. And that, I take it, is the only sort of remem-
bering worth having. When we think of friends,
and call their faces out of the shadows, and their
voices out of the echoes that faint along the corridors of memory, and do it without knowing why
save that we love to do it, we can content ourselves
that that friendship is a Reality, and not a Fancy,
that it is built upon a rock and not upon the sands
that dissolve away with the ebbing tides and carry
their monuments with them.
This is now how I feel about Denny Groover and
always will.
Let me also reflect that May 10, 1863 dawned with
the warmth of a spring day and the renewal of life—
much as we have here today. And, on that day at 3:15
p.m. another master of tactics, another fascinating individual, another bigger than life person— Gen. Thomas
“Stonewall” Jackson— passed away. But not before he
quietly said, “Let us cross over the river and rest under
the shade of the trees.”
Denny, we have not forgotten you, and never will.
And, I hope that one day you and I will visit, talk and
reminisce as we sit under the shade of the trees.
GROOVER ATTEMPTING TO STOP THE CLOCK
IN THE STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THE
FINAL DAY OF THE 1964 LEGISLATIVE SESSION.
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JAMES
M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 9
Larry Walker is a practicing attorney in Perry. He served 32 years in the
General Assembly and served on the University System Board of Regents.
Imagine
arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
International Airport, the world’s busiest and most efficient airport, for a meeting. You’ve never been to Atlanta,
at least not outside of the airport, and you are not
sure how to navigate the area. You follow the signs to the
MARTA station and hop on the next train. You see a sign
for your shuttle providing transportation to your hotel
on Virginia Avenue. The “driverless” shuttle arrives.
You’re running late, so you give it a shot. During your
ride, you hear a voice giving you precise drive time. As
you arrive to the next red light, a display pops up at the
front of the shuttle— it’s a countdown to the green light.
You keep going but then a pedestrian jumps out in
front of the bus! You hear an alarm notifying the pedestrian
and you feel the bus come to a safe stop. You arrive at your
hotel, get checked it and now it’s time to find your meeting location. You begin walking along Virginia Avenue, the
sidewalks are wide enough for six people, you see lots
of bike commuters as well as visitors and residents enjoying the outdoor patios at a variety of restaurants and cafes.
Suddenly, you notice you have wi-fi connectivity! You
see and walk up to a kiosk, a personalized concierge service that you can ask about shopping, restaurants, directions, areas of interest. “Hi, what can I help you
with?” You ask for directions to your meeting. It tells you
the fastest route and points of interest along the way. The
directions work great, you arrive at your meeting early
and it goes off without a hitch! Now you have the rest of
the afternoon to explore Aerotropolis Atlanta.
This is a glimpse of the vision of Aerotropolis Atlanta:
a destination around Hartsfield-Jackson that supplies the
most advanced technology focused on safety, mobility
and walkability.
Aerotropolis Atlanta Community Improvement
Districts (AACIDs) are leading this vision, turning their
focus to 21st century infrastructure to support such innovative “technology.” The AACIDs are two Community
Improvement Districts, created in Fulton County in 2014
and Clayton County in 2015. Since then, the AACIDs have
focused on public safety, beautification, continued on page 46
A RENDERING OF THE VIRGINIA AVENUE SMART CORRIDOR
M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 9
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