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TruthWillSetYouFree April 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Ralph. I thought it was interesting as well. This was my first Briarcliff meeting and I have to say Read Morethe tone of it was very different then the Lakeside ones I have attended. The Briarcliff leaders seem genuine in trying to do good for our community without any larger political agenda. it was also nice to see a back and forth with the audience vs the pre submitted/selected questions and lecture tone of the Lakeside meetings. What I got out of it was the message has come down from the legislature. (Meadows) Come back with a two city agreed upon plan or don't come back at all. It was good to see Tucker show up and I was disappointed that Lakeside did not show. It would have been a positive step to see all three in a room together. It seemed clear from the remarks that Lakeside's attempt bully their way through this was not received well at the capitol by either party. I also found it interesting that the Tucker 2014 rep made it clear the deal they made with LCA was made in the heat of the moment and that they are back to square one. If you read Levitas latest rant that he sent to our neighborhood you would have been led to believe Jacobs was bringing Lakeside/tucker bill forward and there was no more need for community debate. My advice to Braircliff is to work with Tucker to come up with reasonable boundaries and the same services. You just need to divide up Northlake to make it all work. If Lakeside wants to get in on it then great and if not that becomes their problem and not ours. Since none of you were elected by anyone our elected officials need to be in these meetings as well so that we the people are represented. We don't need Jacobs who none of elected and Millar who most of us did not elect being the only ones calling the shots. It was clear from our reps comments that Lakeside totally ignored them in the last go around. Lets get this done right this time and let ALL the voters of this area decide what we want.
TruthWillSetYouFree April 23, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Also did anyone notice that if Kevin was there? I did not see him. As a leader of Herman and myRead Moreneig hborhood I would have hoped he attended to ask the questions he sent all of us to ask.
Jim Tackett April 23, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Agreed. But "Doing it Right" needs to at least start with compelling reasons or proceed.Read MoreI t's backwards to say let's form a city, then figure out what we can use it for. It's like saying "let's build a building here." (Ok, but for what purpose are we laying infrastructure?) And we have at least two compelling reasons. 1) Move AWAY from the ethics and graft $$ violations of Dekalb and have more local/accountable leadership that makes better use of our collective funds, and 2) Move TOWARD branding and building a more connected North Druid Hills to protect our property values and enhance our lifestyles. Cityhood advocates, since you are in the role of leading this campaign, it is up to you to champion these ideas verbally and in writing, so that the community can get behind something tangible. I could write a blog, but you have the podium. More ethics, less tax waste and 21st century infrastructure/connectivity improvements are tenets everyone can get behind, and are inarguable needs for this area. START there, and assure the public there will be many charrettes to determine details and other pressing needs for the area. Don't start with LCA vs Briarcliff. Start with putting these IDEAS out as unifying factors, let people see why a city could help, and then watch how much easier everything will flow from there.
Noemi N. Vega April 16, 2014 at 04:17 PM
This is what Fernbank Museum of Natural History was charging for a night walk through FernbankRead MoreFores t during Atlanta Science Week: $5 for their museum members and $10 for non-members. This is too expensive for the majority of people, and prices like this will keep too many people out. http://www.americantowns.com/ga/atlanta/events/atlanta-science-festival-fernbank-forest-night-walk-2014-03-28
Noemi N. Vega April 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Let's celebrate Earth Day today by spreading news of the petition further. Please sent out anRead Moree-mail or post a home made flyer at your local park. Thank you.
Virginia DuPre April 23, 2014 at 09:02 AM
My backyard backs up to the Forrest. Fernbank Forrest is undergoing restoration. Unfortunately itRead Morewa s not managed for invasive plant species. The invasives have taken over the forrest and are shading out native plants and changing native bird habititat. It is under nonprofit management to restore this very rare virgin hardwood forrest to the native woodland that it is. Get informed and get involved. This is a very good thing. I miss being the forrest, but if you work with the restoration you CAN get in and the forrest gates WILL reopen sooner than later. Negative and uninformed energy only hurts the earth.