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Eyesore downtown

What's up with the new LED billboard at the corner of Pilgrim Mill and Pirkle Ferry right when you come into downtown?  It's an eyesoar in an otherwise quaint little square welcoming people to town.  It totally overshadows the electronic "Welcome to Cumming" sign and screams "Welcome, now spend money here"!  Even my 11 and 12 year old kids asked why the ugly sign was put there.  Horrible location for such a giant sign. 
M January 28, 2014 at 01:22 PM
I'm avoiding downtown altogether from now on. As if more distractions were needed, this tacky electronic billboard will no doubt cause accidents. The bottlenecks downtown get bad enough already, which makes me wonder what logic was used in deciding to add yet another eyesore and distraction to our town. Are all these billboards for the benefit of all residents of Forsyth County? Do traffic updates, road closures, or overhead live camera feeds showing upcoming dangers display on these billboards? No. The parties that approve these billboards do so with no public input or opportunity the general public can provide as far as suggestions or objections. Billboard installation occurs nearly every other week it seems and with utmost urgency. Greed, money, these are the driving forces behind the force feeding of advertisements this county forces down the throats of it's residents and all visitors that pass through it. Cumming had a great opportunity to create a nice town green and a public gathering place, perhaps even an amphitheater. Possibly even an interactive water feature similar to nearby Suwanee and Duluth. With a bumpy past, Cumming had the perfect opportunity to create a brand new image for itself and make downtown a family friendly destination near Lake Lanier that people would enjoy visiting and doing business, and most importantly, live. Situated right in the middle of Highway 20, incredible opportunities still exist to differentiate downtown Cumming from other communities and reflect the slogan "gateway to leisure living". Instead, we're getting a new jail and courthouse. I hardly see our slogan living up to it's name when you factor in the additional stress and distractions these billboards all over our county create. This downtown eyesore won't be the last billboard installed by any means. Until the parties that approve these billboards realize how severely destructive the multitude of billboards are to this county's image, Cumming will continue to overshadow their slogan with the message of not caring what you or I think. Spend your money, then get out.
J.E. Ogburn February 03, 2014 at 11:47 AM
The entire town is an eyesore.
Marley Kramer February 06, 2014 at 10:23 AM
When we first moved to Cumming in 2006 we were expecting the "town" to be similar to Roswell where there are small galleries, quaint restaurants with outdoor dining, antiques and an overall southern charm feeling. We loaded the kids and strollers into the car, found parking in a downtown garage, piled the kids into the strollers and started our journey. To where? To what? I was able to get a can of soda pop at the drug store. Yes, downtown Cumming is an eyesore and it could be so much more.

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