Anderson has missed a great opportunity to expand and add a rich resource of real estate. The community could pay the price for this missed opportunity for decades to come.
Eicks said in an article published Sunday in The Herald Bulletin that Anderson, Lapel, Ingalls, Pendleton and other local concerns should work together for development along I-69 for mutual benefit.
He's right about that. The entirety of Madison County should gain from the development of new commerce, industry and housing along the interstate.
But the fortunes of Anderson, as the county seat and by far the most populous city in the county, will continue to play a key role in dictating the plight of the entire area.
When Anderson suffers, Madison County suffers. When Anderson prospers, so does the county. The death of Anderson Fast Forward leaves the community floundering along a path to an uncertain future.
In summary Politics killed Anderson's opportunity to annex land along Interstate 69 to secure a better future for the city.