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Jim Tackett April 23, 2014 at 01:25 PM
Keith, if I didn't run my own business 16 hours a day, I'd have more time to come to meetings andRead Morevo lunteer. For now, the best I can offer is occasional posts I squeeze out on my phone between client meetings and onsite work. What I have to offer is a few ideas, research and opinions that I hope just might help drive the conversation. It will be up to those who are in the spotlight to collate and put out these ideas to the public. If the AJC or Bizjournals is going to interview someone, it will be a cityhood leader. Put out the ideas -- as a beacon -- and that is what will bring the needed volunteers to the table. They need a reason to get involved though. Cityhood as a concept is "change", and not always for the better as we've seen, so many are rightfully skeptical. But if the clarion call contains tangibles, that's compelling. I truly regret that I don't have the hours in the day to donate. But I'll donate cash to any group that puts out the right ideas I can stand behind.
Ralph April 23, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Jim - Even if we form a city, 80 per cent or more of our property taxes will still be going toRead MoreDeKal b. We will only transfer 20 per cent of what we are now paying to a city instead of the county. My point is that forming a city will not get us very far away from the corruption of the county. We still need to work on the county government also. As to your point about not starting with LCA v. Briarcliff - a movement toward a city requires "self appointed leaders" who will be replaced by elected mayor and city council once the city is formed. There is no one else right now to work with except LCA and Briarcilff and Tucker 2014. Those are the groups leading and the ones that will have to agree or nothing will happen.
Jim Tackett April 23, 2014 at 02:20 PM
You may be missing my point, Ralph. If we start by getting PR/press on the tangible improvementsRead Morefor N Druid Hills that a city could bring to this area, the citizens here will isntantly open their ears. And many will get involved. It's a fact--you reach people in their pocketbook, or backyard. People will remain complacent and detached until you start talking real improvements only a city could help us achieve at this point. Once we rally the population around solid ideas, the organizations that will help drive it will organically build. And right now, only COBI shows the flexibility to let that happen to, being theyre the only ones publicly trying to get a coalition here.
Marjorie April 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM
This press release describes the restoration work that is being done:Read Morehttp://www.fernbankmuseum.org/ visit-fernbank/press-room/current-press-releases/fernbank-museum-begins-restoration-work-on-fernbank-forest/ . This work is vital--invasives were killing the forest, and without intervention, it would not have been there for people to enjoy in the future, free or not. More here: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/sunday-conversation-with-steve-placerestoring-fern/ncz8g/ I also hope it returns to public access at some point. In the mean time, you are able to walk in Deepdene Park on Ponce, which is also a lovely old forest, owned by DeKalb Parks and recently restored by community volunteers.
Openfernbankforest April 23, 2014 at 08:50 PM
@ Virginia and Marjorie I think it is time that we all stop swallowing what is told to us, without Read Morefirst stopping to think about the situation. This whole business on invasive species is very suspicious. 1. Did these invasive species become man-eating plants of some sort that the public can't walk a trail. 2. If the public cannot be in the general vicinity while the work is going on, then what exactly are they doing? The work is supposed to preserve the Forest, so they are not supposed to do any dangerous work that would involve removing trees or even spraying chemicals. 2a. If they really are removing all these plants, then wouldn't be it be a perfect PR opportunity? 3. About the AJC article, that was a fluff piece interviewing a man that was PAID to give advice on restoring the Forest. What exactly do you think he would say? 4. Fernbank Forest is in the middle of one the biggest sprawling cities in the US. Removing invasive species in 69 acres is a near impossible job. My experience removing bamboo, privet, and english ivy is that it is very, very difficult, and it has to be kept up. 5. How are they going to keep out all the birds, wind, and runners that bring in invasive plants? As far as I know force fields have not been invented yet. 6. Deepdene is much smaller and is not all wooded. It contains a playground and soccer field. When you think about there is no reason to close down a Forest and only allow limited access IF you pay regular museum entrance. The Forest was preserved to inspire conservation and to teach. How is that supposed to happen with it is closed?
Marjorie April 23, 2014 at 10:03 PM
You admit that removing invasives is a huge project, yet you don't support having anyone payRead Moreadmissi on to help keep this project alive. As far as Deepdene: there is no longer a soccer field there, and even when there was, the park is 22 acres. A single soccer field doesn't take that much real estate. You can go on a several mile walk from Deepdene (which belongs to Fernbank Inc.) to the woods around the Frazier Center. And Deepdene shows it is possible: they have removed most of the invasives there. If you really care about urban forests, one of the most important things you can do it eliminate ivy, privet, and wisteria on your own property.
Tom Doolittle April 22, 2014 at 03:56 PM
OK...and anyone can ask their moderator for access. The point being--we need a central repositoryRead Moreat least for some relevant comments and some form of centralized contact base into various areas. I'm reluctant to call the alternative "divide and conquer"--maybe in this case its "remain divided and defer".
Tom Doolittle April 22, 2014 at 09:56 PM
Brookhaven Dist 2 (the "detractor" district) Councilman Resigns:Read Morehttp://brookhavenpost.co/ breaking-video-brookhaven-councilman-resigns-city-council-position/15922#respond This is what happens when you start a city with an entire geographic area that is disenfranchised by mapping and electoral politics. The city has to be run as a railroad.
Tom Doolittle April 22, 2014 at 10:02 PM
The Brookhaven circus hits will keep coming over the next year, so any city-making effort thatRead Moreremot ely resembles Brookhaven's will be burdened. Ours will have to be much more about buillding community and patient to have any chance against this "torrent of timult".
J. W. MacMahon March 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM
I have used both the "Dish" & most recently, Comcast for an extended period. Dish was Read MoreO.K. unless it really stormed & the signal was lost. I have never lost my Comcast signal and appreciate the consitancy of their availibility. The programming options are wide, depending on what you wish to watch including everything to XXX porn, if you wish to pay (like $15.00) as well as a multitude of movies, i.e. HBO, Showtime, Cinemax & more such as Turner & others that are included within "packages" you may select. My pricing plateau price has not changed and what is offered is a true value in my opinion. Literally 200 channels or more in my package give all the T.V. anyone could want. I find it difficult to be critical of my service when it is always there when I push the on button. How much would all you may recieve cost if gleaned from a multitude of sources. How much T.V. can you watch, but when I wish to do so, there it is!!!! RxJiMac/Atlanta
mind springy March 12, 2014 at 05:14 PM
probably Dekalb county roads and engineering. It's always a bit of a guessing game, but start atRead Moreht tp://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/findadept.html
Patricia Killingsworth March 20, 2014 at 02:00 PM
And Jeff - My two children went to pre-school at Glenn Memorial Methodist Church, K-6 at FernbankRead MoreEl ementary, Chamblee Middle and Chamblee High School. My oldest went on to graduate from Vanderbilt (BA) and University of Virginia (JD), both with honors. My youngest graduated from Yale (BA) with honors, and then returned to Georgia to establish a highly successful nonprofit that provides after school creative writing workshops to at risk middle school students. The school board was riddled with corruption and grossly mismanaged while they were in school here, and there definitely issues with the schools, but they did well because of active parent participation and support. So don't give me that crap about how the schools are so broken that they aren't fixable, and take some personal responsibility to improve them. And yes, both my husband and I have maintained full-time jobs throughout.
Keith Hanks March 20, 2014 at 03:37 PM
No sure what happened to the other post from yesterday. Just reposted...Read Morehttp://northdruidhills.patc h.com/groups/opinion/p/briarcliff-lessons-learned--next-steps_53d6f35c
The Scarlet Pimpernel March 20, 2014 at 09:26 PM
You woke the Tiger and it ate your A$$ up...
Longerthanu March 04, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Neither of these cityhood groups will be a governing entity. The most important vote will be forRead Morethe first mayor and city council in November. They will have the power to decide how the city is run and the direction it takes. They will adopt the first zoning and set the ordinances. We're merely watching the legislature paint the broad brushstrokes now. The important detail comes with the November election.
TruthWillSetYouFree March 04, 2014 at 03:11 PM
Something I can agree with you on longer but lets be honest. Those LCA members who just spent aRead Moreyear in front of all of us would have a pretty big upper hand against a challenger. The trend tends to be those who run these groups end up in office.
Longerthanu March 04, 2014 at 04:48 PM
We're a little different on this side of I-85 than the Dunwoody and Brookhaven crowds. (No Dunwoody Read MoreHousewife jokes over here!) We're less homogenous. It will be up to us to encourage people to run and support them with our votes. Also, we've yet to see who gets to run the City-Yes campaign. Could be a surprise by the time the legislature is done. This could go anywhere.
Longerthanu March 06, 2014 at 03:59 PM
No matter what anybody writes, there's somebody ready to attack. Heck, I got questioned for layingRead Moreo ut simple facts above... Sentiment that I've heard articulated by people for a city-- and people against a city. Gotta have thick skin around here.
Enuff Govt Already March 06, 2014 at 04:46 PM
What’s a new city to do? Why not build a monument to gov’t and while we are at itRead Moredestro y a citizen or two. The city of Sandy Springs in using eminent domain to seize one of the area’s oldest existing businesses. Why? The politicians want to build their gov’t building there or as they stated the location is needed for a future civic facility. The Mayor’s reasoning, “we’ve embarked on a project where we’ve spent over $20 million in taxpayer money…couldn’t put the project at risk.” The business owner, “The main thing is the city is taking prime real estate for government use.” Be careful what you wish for.- http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2014/03/04/sandy-springs-council-votes-allow-city-file-eminent-domain-master-kleen-site/ Or try the Brookhaven way, lease a city hall of 24,000 sq ft for 6 employees, a part time mayor and 4 councilmen. Rent a different building of 16,000 sq ft for the police and a rent a third space for a city court facility.
Tom Doolittle March 06, 2014 at 06:59 PM
Enuff--there are a few aspects of the Sandy Springs project that are interesting: (1) It shows howRead Mored ifficult it is build centers of new cities in typical suburban areas (crossroads, I guess)--is possible that new suburban cities shouldn't have traditioanl city centers. (2) the city center project is a public/PRIVATE project--so essentially they aren't taking private property solely for a public good (which the traditional use of eminent domain didn't envision as government centers)--dubious "taking" for a new private concern. If new cities were indeed a dollar for dollar trade with county government or "no added government" or "closer to the people (the business owner is not a "people", but the new private developer is), you have to wonder what the new cities would be like with those as their top priorities. Then, along the lines of what we really should be identifying right now--what are the things that voters did NOT anticipate when they voted for cities? Point being--FORM A CITY--but know what you're voting for ahead of time. Start making a list of the winners and the losers--its always a zero sum game. Is that any worse than county government? Maybe not, except its your own neighbors making the decisions.
Tom Doolittle February 25, 2014 at 11:03 PM
We can blame "people" for not "paying attention"--I suppose that's OK--we'reRead Morenot responsible for the community. However, I doubt anyone responsible for getting "yes" votes will take that risk--or shouldn't anyway. Fact is, we should have a pretty good idea about how many people have "paid attention"--and if we don't we ought to listen to the reasons why. If not, they may "not pay attention" all the way to the pools and vote "no".
Keith Hanks February 25, 2014 at 11:23 PM
@Tom you might have gotten your wish for "Northlake"
Keith Hanks February 25, 2014 at 11:23 PM
New Posting... "Rumor: Tucker & Lakeside to Combine?" Posted to both North DruidRead MoreHills / Briarcliff Patch and Tucker Patch >> View the duplicate posting on North Druid Hills / Briarcliff Patch... http://northdruidhills.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/rumor-tucker--lakeside-to-combine >> http://tucker.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/rumor-tucker--lakeside-to-combine_5e5fa083
RandyRand February 19, 2014 at 02:24 PM
What is going on in Brookhaven is Brookhaven’s issue but I certainly don’t believe inRead Moreig noring the law or the local voters. Brookhaven was created by it’s own residential voters, in part to deal with zoning law issues which were being weakly applied by Dekalb. What kind of lazy excuse or sorry inference will you make up next TWSYF?
Tom Doolittle February 19, 2014 at 04:20 PM
We've never gotten real clear or specific about what the "zoning" interests are from theRead Morea verage person on the street. However, I'd start with the average person on this blog. I'm not necessarily asking for the complaints--I'm more interested in what you're interested in--specifically. BTW--my guess is the zoning "service" you want isn't where the real benefit is to the "zoning" department when it comes to a city govt being "closer to the people" (in other words, different than DeKalb). The fact is, by the time a "zoning" application is made and a hearing is held where you would have to lobby against it, the decision to support has already been made for reasons you have no idea exists--like a finance authority already issuing bonds, tax breaks, loan guarantees and TADs. By then, a rejection is out of the question--what you get at best is a delay until the heat is off or a cosmetic "downgrade" in density--and DeKalb does all of that.
Tom Doolittle February 19, 2014 at 04:36 PM
This article is about the prediction model. Fact is, on a referendum, once one is proposed, theyRead Moresai l thru--period. These guys do most of their "testing" ahead of time--in fact on really troublesome issues (or those that the AJC takes issue with)--they either do preliminary polling (liquor) or recently have done straw votes (mock elections)--gambling. My point is--after all of that, on statewide issues, a referendum is a done deal with the General Assembly WHEN ONE IS PUT TO A VOTE. Therefore, for referendums, this model described above isn't needed--except perhaps to what...INFLUENCE THE PRELIMINARY DISCUSSIONS. BTW--local referendums for cities SHOULD be dealt with more seriously than the normal special-interest referendums that most voters don't even understand--and are heavily influenced by the preamble on the ballot.
Keith Hanks February 07, 2014 at 10:20 AM
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Roberto February 08, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Here is the latest update --- NO PROGRESS.
Carrie Redwine February 09, 2014 at 09:04 AM
City of Briarcliff makes so much more sense, thank goodness City of Lakeside didn't show up! IRead Morejust hope City of Tucker can still move forward - a no-brainer on that one!
Bruce T February 13, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Typical of them. No community involvement. Just a couple politicians deciding to change withoutRead Morenot ice.