DORAVILLE, GA -- In Doraville, this is what the federal stimulus looks like: Wet cement, poured to build a sidewalk along Central Avenue near the Doraville MARTA station. It's a project paid for with 160,000 federal dollars.
And to Tom Hart, a former Doraville city council member, the project is a civic punch line.
"What is the point of putting a sidewalk in, if the entire sidewalk is lined with a telephone pole right in the center?" Hart asks, gesturing at telephone poles that poke out of the middle of the gleaming new sidewalk.
"I mean, it's not (Americans with Disabilities Act) compatible. It's hardly pedestrian compatible. Like if two people -- if you and I were walking down here side by side, you'd have to wait for one person to get past the pole, then the other person to get past the pole," said Hart.