I, Freddie L. Sirmans, Sr. am one that believes government buildings
should be downtown or as close as possible. So, I wrote two "Letters
to the editor" to The Valdosta Daily Times Expressing my viewpoint

December 13, 2009

Auditorium needs to be closer to downtown:

Concerning a new city auditorium and the city spending a lot of money in this tight economy:
I'm one that believes that government building should be built downtown or as close as
possible. Besides, the city already has a lot of unused property near downtown. Use the old
Atlantic coastline railroad property and close down a portion of Savannah Avenue might work.
This is just a suggestion I felt like passing on.

Freddie L. Sirmans Sr.

PS: In my view Valdosta will never have any skyline like even a small metropolitan city if it won't
build government buildings downtown. Except for the new county Judicial complex, the county
health department, and Georgia labor depart building the last large building built downtown
was the US Post Office built back in the early sixties. Even the university has some new large
parking decks.

At least the county support the heart of the city, but I don't know what city government is
thinking. What is going to happen when gas cost $10 a gallon and one has to drive miles here
and there to do city business? Where is any metropolitan thinking?!?!

Click here to read: Letters to the editor page at The Valdosta Daily Times.
December 29, 2009

Dear Editor:

I see where the new auditorium location die has been cast, but in hindsight I want to add a
different viewpoint. The downtown is the heart of any town or metropolitan city. To build
government buildings downtown or as close as possible will congregate a large amount of
people at times. Building a city auditorium and a couple of large parking decks would take very
little land and boom the heart of the city. And in a few years Valdosta would have a skyline like
a small metropolitan city. But, it is not to be I'm just expressing a different viewpoint which is
good for the city.

Freddie L. Sirmans, Sr.
Valdosta, Georgia USA
PS: And another thing, the tiny convention center out by the interstate should be sold
to private enterprise and a much bigger one built downtown with parking decks