City’s Study Pours Cold Water on Fayetteville’s Canal Dreams

And yet, it lives.

This is Downtown Fayetteville. And I know what you are thinking, “why would I go there? That looks like solid ground!” Well, the City Council of Fayetteville is posing a question: “What if it weren’t?”

Because they want to put a canal downtown, even though a study commissioned by the City suggests that it wouldn’t be cost-effective, which is code for “this is a bad idea.”

And if you ignore the logistics and the costs, and focus on the paddle boats, well, it gets a whole lot rosier.

“I think it would spur new businesses to come downtown and increase property values,” he said.
Conceptual artwork, pictured at left, show a lively scene of thriving businesses and tranquil waters.
Small towns, especially those within the reach of Atlanta, need to innovate to remain current lest they be engulfed. The streams of commerce that flow through these hamlets must be cultivated and irrigated with new ideas, so they can prosper and bloom.
Here’s hoping Fayetteville can land upon a solution that meets its needs.

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Mike Hassinger
Mike Hassinger

I will note that Fayetteville is home to Pye Lake, which was named after our own Jason Pye.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Chronic problem in the conservative south: Think small. “Waaaah, it costs too much!”.
Yeah, let’s build a trail. That will bring development to Fayetteville.

jwbeal
jwbeal

The South’s very own Abbott Kinney!

Will Durant
Will Durant

I’ve been to the original Venice. There is a very fine line between a canal and an open sewer. Anyone considered that even the historic courthouse hasn’t always had indoor plumbing? If this does eventually come to fruition I will likely invest in a small shop on Main St. selling insect repellents.

xdog
xdog

Augusta has a canal. Granted, it’s not smack down Broad Street.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Augusta also had a river that floods. I think they have locked down the cannel only twice in its existence.

I don’t even see a creek in the down area map of Fayetteville. Why would anyone want to create a man made flood hazard in the middle of an existing city? Savannah is looking at a cannel district, But that’s because they already have a cannel and development is starting in the area that is between the cannel and the Historic district.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I looked at the map too. Not sure where they expect to get the water from!

augusta52
augusta52

We could use some of the rain that Fayetteville, North Carolina got from the hurricane a few weeks ago—this has been a wacky fall with minimal rainfall and 80s day after day after day this month from Augusta to Atlanta to Rome and of course south Georgia. I guess we should take comfort we are out of the 90s that dominated September…still, unseasonably warm this time of year better than the other extreme, like the snow they had yesterday in parts of New York and New England—yes snow, even though it is not Halloween yet…on a more serious note, you… Read more »