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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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RandyRand February 20, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Just when you think you have sprayed enough weed killer on the backyard this chickweed appears in the front! Do we really have to rehash this unsupported “Tucker is Best” nonsense again? Simply put, if the Tucker was best it would have been significantly included in all three maps, and everyone knows it wasn’t. The Northlake area is NOT Tucker, the flea market with sidewalks known as Main Street is Tucker! And can we please avoid the revisiting “back when old man Henderson was alive” historical trivia claims. That was over 150 years ago, back when the Tucker area really had something worth saving: A horse race track!
Tom Doolittle February 20, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Mathew writes: "It must be irritating to see the name “Tucker” written predominately in so many places at the county, state, and federal level." It certainly was (is) to me when we were attempting to "map" a Northlake "influence zone" as a REGION for the Northlake Community Alliance to draw in supporters. We weren't interested in claiming anything as a jurisdiction--solely trying to brand and develop some affinity. I believe the NCA still has that "soft" map on its website. To Matthew's point--its not only irritating about the governments assigning Tucker to Northlake Business Areas (Northlake Overlay District), but also the media--and that has implications that a far reaching. The funny thing is, I predict Best Buy etc, by keeping its zip code will still influence maps and media, regardless if a new city (Lakeside or Briarcliff) --beacuse THEY go by zip code--and the zi code has a name associated with it.
Tom Doolittle February 20, 2014 at 09:56 AM
BTW--its also frustrating that all of the comments from the Tucker Patch on this article (its a week old) don't transfer over to this Patch.
Jim Tackett February 20, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Reposting comment here. Everyone has 'feelings' about their home, but that doesn't necessarily bear fact. I counter that Oak Grove is the prize of Dekalb, because I live there. The whole pep rally tactic is frankly a bit childish. (I could make a case that the shops, restaurants, new park and community spirit of Oak Grove Village is the most vibrant and nice area happening now, and arguably its even true...but see how that makes your eyes roll? And how that would make me come off if I were to post that?) Blind patriotism and mob mentalities don't help with the practical problems we're hoping to solve. Fact is, by anyone's *objective* assessment, Emory and Druid Hills are the "prize" of the county. It's up to the people and businesses of Northlake TODAY to align as they want, and retain the residence address they purchased in good faith. Its wrong for anyone outside of those streets to dictate to them who they have to be. Just as wrong as it was for Lakeside to refine what actually is Tucker. We can keep Tucker Tucker, and keep Atlanta/Decatur in place too. Had Tucker not demonized what was actually an ally against the entity that's about to split their community for good, everyone could have done well. A few months ago I warned against us following the Dr Seuss story about the star bellied sneeches. It came to pass. Ask your kids.
Longerthanu February 20, 2014 at 11:19 AM
So what's the point of reposting this on the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch?
Tom Doolittle February 20, 2014 at 11:19 AM
"Prize" is also has many meanings. Tucker isn't only an a traditional known area of DeKalb geographically. It has always been a community with influence in Decatur--and still does. That has good results and bad. A few power players that make money and can direct DeKalb from "home" is a hard thing to give up. Who financed the expansion of the suburbs from Druid thru North Decatur, Lakeside Henderson and Tucker (concentrated in two banks)? Who furnished the concrete? Who are the connected lawyers and judges? They pick their battles to keep their "public" indebted to them too. Even tho they appear to be getting ready to take advantage of DeKalb's "downgrade" (pennies on the dollar baby), they also have to keep their "public" on a tether. Got any idea how Vernon Jones was stymied when his friend tried to open a club on Northlake Pkwy? It wasn't Tucker Civic Association--that's just for public consumption. So in many ways Jim is correct, but its not just the eye of the beholder--not just what you value and what goodies you get--but also what type of power and where your "silent partners" wage their wars.
Longerthanu February 20, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Oh yes, there's long been a silent power base around here. That's how things get done and how the area stays so stable.
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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