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Tucker: The Prize of DeKalb County

Tucker Patch blogger writes: "Both the Lakeside City Alliance (LCA) and the Tucker2014 cityhood studies tell us what we already know. Tucker is the place to be."

Contributed by Patch user Matthew R. Lee
Contributed by Patch user Matthew R. Lee

By Matthew R. Lee

Both the Lakeside City Alliance (LCA) and the Tucker2014 cityhood studies tell us what we already know. Tucker is the place to be.

A one-line synopsis of the LCA study might as well read, “LCA funded Study Indicates Tucker is a Great Place to Live” or “Study Says Lakeside City Viable - If it Includes Tucker.” Remove Tucker from the proposal and it doesn’t work. Without Tucker, the resources the LCA needs to support a city dry up. 

The City of Briarcliff Initiative (COBI) relies less on Tucker in their proposal, but in recent weeks they’ve increased their efforts to incorrectly define Tucker as only existing outside I-285, and their characteristic good will seems to be fading.

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William Fulcrum February 20, 2014 at 07:31 PM
Vernon now wants to become sheriff? Good grief. I thought he had gone away. I can't wait until my daughter finishes college in two years.
Tom Doolittle February 20, 2014 at 08:25 PM
Longer--silent power is how things have stayed so stable for a long time--absolutely right. However, sometimes it has how things stay undone. It works for you until it doesn't--then the public cries bloody murder, but doesn't know who to complain to. Influence is a much different form of power than open representation. It's patient and long-lasting (multi-generational)--and people are fooled into thinking elected officials can make their own decisions. Very few people appreciate how this works--sounds like you have some experience--and it's still working for you.
Longerthanu February 20, 2014 at 08:42 PM
It largely works for this area. If something isn't getting done that the area wants done, somebody knows who to go to to get it done. Sometimes it takes awhile. And you might be surprised who the movers & shakers turn out to be....
Tom Doolittle February 20, 2014 at 10:12 PM
Longer--nothing about power surprises me anymore. Your statement reflects the fact that one person who wants something done and knows the right person can get it done even if everyone else doesn't want it done. That is silent power at work--accountable to no one. In fact, its a good bet that there are things being done right now that are at odds with your best interests and you won't know until the damage is done down the line. That is precisely what has happened with financiers and lawyers that could easily live right next to you that have made a living sponsoring or directly building things that are responsible for destroying most of DeKalb County's institutions and downgrading the Commons--but until now your neighborhood (and mine) have been insulated. The time is coming where we can't be insulated anymore. Luckily for you you'll never know it was your neighbor that screwed us all.
Tom Doolittle February 20, 2014 at 10:22 PM
If you want an area "stable", this'll work too--but something else always has to give way: http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175809/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_thug_state_u.s.a./

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