When we first moved to Evans 15 years ago, one of the things that attracted us was that it was a quiet, neat, fairly crime-free place that had good schools for our children.
About the only thing I can say for the area now is maybe, possibly, they still have good schools; since I don't have kids in school anymore, I don't even know about that. As for the rest of it, the wonderful Columbia County commissioners have pretty much ruined it in their selfish, greedy, narrow-minded, tunnel-visioned effort to turn the area into - what? I haven't quite figured it out.
Except for a huge influx of shopping centers, strip malls, food joints, a home improvement store and more specialty doctor offices than you can probably find in Atlanta, I don't see that we're anything but an extension of Washington Road from Bobby Jones Expressway to beyond Super Wal-Mart, and I'm sure that, given enough time and taxpayers' money, the powers that be will continue to drive on in their pursuit of ruination all the way up to Pollard's Corner. This trend seems to be going out Columbia Road toward Appling to some extent, as well.
Crime is on the increase, of course, and you can forget about any peace and quiet because it went bye-bye with any common sense that the county government might have possessed. Someone told me that their original aim was to develop a real city called Evans, and that's what all this frenzy of smashing down trees and slapping up building after building is about. It would be laughable if it weren't so pathetic.
All they really managed to do was ruin everything, all for the convenience for the more affluent people in the area so they won't have to drive too far for their creature comforts. What a shame.
Cyndy Myers, Evans