2007-01-25, 09:39

Does rapid development harm public schools?

By: Jonathan Groner
On Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, city commissioners in Lawrenceville, Ga., some 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, approved a large mixed-use development to be built on 193 acres near the Mall of Georgia.

The Mall of Georgia, in Buford, Ga., is the largest shopping center in the state and the second largest in the Southeast United States, and the entire area is upscale and suburban. The new mixed-use project would include homes, townhouses, and shops.

The Gwinnett Daily Post, a local newspaper, reports that some residents question whether their already packed public schools will become even more overcrowded once the new residents move in. But the residents also felt that the quality of the development -- some townhouses will be 2,200 square feet, and prices could top $500,000 -- will more than make up for the overcrowding.

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