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    Yet again thumbing their noses at everyone. JMD must have the hardest head in Brookhaven.

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    Tom Doolittle

    Thanks for the update–hopefully the Lakeside Briarcliff area now subscribes to Brookhaven Post–clearly now the best source for their local news.

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    Clever of the city to leave out the residential component at Briarcliff and Sheridan. This prevents those pesky voters from having a say. It’s all for one and one for screw you.

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    Eric Robert

    Worth repeating from the previous article: “[Rep Fran] Millar reminded Davis that he stopped Dunwoody from taking its boundary inside I-285 to protect a future Brookhaven’s commercial revenue potential. “The same principle applies to the Executive Park area”, equating the arrangement to a move that might now be made “across I-85” by Brookhaven.”

    I agree with Fran Millar’s statement.

    Its also in Brookhaven’s interest to have sensible boundaries and to assure communities on our boundaries are given the opportunity to incorporate.

    While property owners can submit annexation requests to Brookhaven, I ask the Brookhaven Council to decline this incorporation until after the incorporation efforts of Lakeside and Briarcliff have run their course. Furthermore Brookhaven should rescind its acceptance of its previous acceptance of the Century Center property.

    Lets focus on the issues at hand, a smaller city closer to the people per the boundaries laid out it what i voted yes to when I voted for the City of Brookhaven.

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    Shameless money grab

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    The management at the two office parks realized that they were likely to be incorporated into Lakeside/Briarcliff, like it or not. Their other option was to call Brookhaven. Given the choice between the two, they obviously have shown their preference.

    Is it just me or is the Lakeside response to this to whine that the office parks should sit idly by and accept an incorporation that they don’t seem to want? (Also, gotta love the euphemisms! “Sensible boundaries!”) I get that this puts a big crimp in the plans of Lakeside’s hopes of incorporation and they may be having a sad about that (I don’t know the details… would this be a fatal blow?) Lakeside’s argument has been that people should have the right to incorporate if that is their will, which is a sensible thing to say. But it seems that free will only applies to people who share their goals.

    “All animals are equal. Some are more equal than others.” – George Orwell.

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    enuff govt already

    A few years ago Creative Loafing wrote about the possible development of this corner. “Mike Jacobs, a state House member who lives in nearby Merry Hills, counts himself among those worried that plans for millions of square feet of new stores, condos and office space will overwhelm this corner of DeKalb County. “There are some people who look at this intersection and say it’s run-down and out-of-date,” Jacobs says, … “On the other hand, there are a lot of folks who like it as it is.” He’s acknowledging widespread apprehension over a plan by the Sxxxxxx…, to build a $1 billion, live-work-shop complex on 100 acres at the southwest corner of Briarcliff and North Druid Hills. “It’s an insane amount of density,” Jacobs says…”Sxxxxxx needs a rezoning to build anything other than housing on its site, and Executive Park requires approval to add residential and retail.”…”Gannon says … the Briarcliff/North Druid Hills area was ready to explode when another developer filed an application for a 12-story high-rise just northeast of the intersection. After encountering resistance, the developer withdrew his proposal,….”she (Gannon) and fellow Commissioner Jeff Rader organized a planning process last spring for 500 acres around the intersection….New York consultant Alex Garvin..was hired..Garvin says future planning in DeKalb will have to be innovative – … – to manage growth in a way that enhances residents’ quality of life, rather than degrading it….so long as the development is accompanied by road improvements and mass transit.” Massive traffic improvements like a inner and outer bypass, a tunnel, widing of NDH and green space from the park over to Executive Park. To pay for all this a TAD was suggested. “Gannon and Rader … say flat-out that the project won’t happen unless there’s funding in place to fix the roads, and to create transit options to get cars off the road… “Under a policy unique to DeKalb, the two local commissioners can kill a development even if it’s supported by the other five board members.” The area’s residents and the economy at the time put the brakes on the project. Now the developers are back and looking for a government that’s not accountable to area’s residents and a government that will not make them pay for the infrastructure improvements.The DeKalb politicians were put under an extreme microscope by the residents and some uncomfortable connections to the developers were given a little sunlight. This is going to get interesting.

    I wonder if the if the annexation/new city moratorium is back on the table?

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    I thought Lakeside was all about people having a say in where they eventually reside. Seems to me this business wants to reside in Brookhaven. Why does Lakeside have a problem with this business expressing itself as they have encouraged unincorporated DeKalb residents to do (especially those who are white, Republican, and relatively wealthy)? Lakeside didn’t have a problem when they tried to take half of Tucker. Lakeside wants exactly what it wants and nothing else.

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    I echo your request, Eric. Mayor & Council, please stop these annexation efforts. We still have a lot to address in our existing city, and this is taking time and money away from current Brookhaven issues.

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    Eric, Millar’s comments were for show. Everyone knows it is imperative that Brookhaven annex Century Center and Executive Park in order to make up for inaccuracies in the CVI Study Brookhaven is based on. With this annexation, the emphasis is on the future development to come on the south side of North Druid Hills. Although not so valuable now, when CHOA consolidates and redevelops the tax revenue will come rolling in. When it comes to annexation in Brookhaven everyone in control wears a black hat.

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    So what does little Mikey do? He moves across the freeway and spearheads a movement of political wannabes to enlarge their little home owner associations resulting in chaos and ruin of Brookhaven and surrounding tranquil areas they think are Brookhaven that others called home. Living in district #1 none of this bothers him, just makes his dream financially viable. Look for his lips to be sealed on this matter but quietly applauding.

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    Eric Robert

    Saul, Brookhaven is more than solvent. I don’t agree that financial need is a motivation. Perhaps financial desire but not need.

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    Eric Robert

    A business is not a person.

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    Eric Robert

    EGA I’m not sure what you are trying to say? I mean how does this past proposal play into the annexation request? Does it?

    My take away would be that the tremendous redevelopment potential of these properties underscores the importance of keeping the property in the same city or zoning governance as the abutting neighborhoods so that those residents have a seat at the table of any redevelopment.

    And it seems to me that if Brookhaven Incorporates this area the zoning decisions will be decided by Brookhaven Officials and since Brookhaven Officials are not accountable to the neighborhoods on that side of I-85 the neighborhoods over there have basically lost much of there bargaining strength.

    Frankly I’m surprised there hasn’t been more of an outcry from the neighborhoods.

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    Eric, solvent? As your city would have you believe. Government accounting is not like accounting for private businesses; it takes liberties and is based on trickanumberology accounting. Take a closer look, my friend. It is financial need and just plain greed. It certainly isn’t about having a pleasant city that all four districts will be proud of.

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    Boss Tweed

    City of Brookhaven has $30 in reserve.

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    Thirty dollars in reserve? That is twenty-nine more than I thought they had. Congratulations.

    I know what you meant, in the bank or credit line? Makes a difference you know. Might want to check that out personally.

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    Tom Doolittle

    The Creative Loafing article is required reading on the history of the mixed-use proposal at Briarcliff–and the community response–including the TAD–and reasons even government was ambivalent. Thanks ‘nuf Guv.

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    If light rail goes in Clifton Corridor like today’s article suggests, the new darling in town will be the whole North Druid Hills to CDC to Avondale corridor. All those neighborhoods convenient to transit, and any city that has it in its borders are going to benefit big time. Don’t play your hand too early Executive Park.

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    Eddie E.


    I believe it is actually thirty dollars, 59 and 1/2 cents.
    Lets be accurate.

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    Buckhead Betty

    Had never read that CL article – really interesting. And talk about foreshadowing in the details around Elaine Boyer taking $$ from Sembler. Crazy to see that was 7 years ago and she held on that long…

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    Eddie E.

    Should we ask the Brookhaven voters?

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    Eddie E.

    You left out one important detail….
    The Sxxxxxxxxx folks wanted loan guarantees and/or financing from the County, which was politely declined and the project deflated.
    Now we have a City looking for hundreds of millions of dollars of unrestricted development money and SUDDENLY there are wolves at the door.

    Vote NO on Redevelopment, the number of reasons become more obvious every single day.

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    “The corporate personhood debate refers to the controversy (primarily in the United States) over the question of what subset of rights afforded under the law to natural persons should also be afforded to corporations as legal persons.

    In the United States, corporations were recognized as having rights to contract, and to have those contracts honored the same as contracts entered into by natural persons, in Dartmouth College v. Woodward, decided in 1819. In the 1886 case Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad, 118 U.S. 394, the Supreme Court recognized that corporations were recognized as persons for purposes of the Fourteenth Amendment.[1][2] Some critics of corporate personhood, however, most notably author Thom Hartmann in his book “Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights,” claim that this was an intentional misinterpretation of the case inserted into the Court record by reporter J.C. Bancroft Davis.[3] Bancroft Davis had previously served as president of Newburgh and New York Railway Co.

    Proponents of corporate personhood believe that corporations, as associations of shareholders, were intended by the founders and framers to enjoy many, if not all, of the same rights as would the shareholders acting individually, such as the right to lobby the government, the right to due process and compensation before being deprived of property, and the right, as legal entities, to speak freely. All of these rights have been upheld by the U.S. courts.”

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    Also, these properties have property owners, who are people, who have the same free will to decide which city they want to be in, just like the Lakeside residents who are all over the map.

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    Wrong!! The Clifton Corridor light rail proposal doesn’t pass near Druid Hills or Executive Park. Why would anyone listen to the few that continue to mislead and are hell bent on keeping Brookhaven from progressing. Sad.
    The rest of Dekalb is encouraging good growth and becoming very nice areas to live and work. The Emory Point mixed use and all the new businesses around the Emory Hospital area are something to be proud of. The Dekalb Ave. corridor is a place to open a resturant or build cool apartments & lofts. Avondale is now very vibrant and walkable and LIVABLE!!
    The smart Brookhaven people aren’t listening to the people that want to keep Brookhaven & Buford Highway from evolving and inviting to developers. While growth is happening all around us, if something doesn’t get planned, announced and started soon,..this area (includes Chamblee)- it will forever be overlooked for revitalization & will continue to devalue & decline. Anyone w/ critical thinking skills can understand why development is passing this whole BuHi corridor by.

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    Perhaps you misunderstood my point. Exec. Park will be in the very outskirts of either city, be it Brookhaven or the new North Druid Hills city (which is really what it should be called, because that’s what the area has always been known as. All those invented names are silly and will backfire with us residents who already know the name of our area.) Back on point, EP exists in a own no-mans land and will have to artificially align with one or the other as it is. Thinking that Brookhaven will be the only viable, thriving city in the area going forward is premature. North Druid Hills will be just as prestigious in a few years, especially so if served by new transit.

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    Every city makes shameless money grabs against the wishes of commercial owners. Tucker and Lakeside are both doing it right now on different ends against the wishes of the commercial property owners (including insistence on “keeping” Executive Park, which isn’t “theirs” since “they” don’t exist yet). Commercial owners liken it to being the thanksgiving day turkey to be divvied up so their taxes can support residential services like parks and rec. Cities need the commercial base because while a majority of citizens might want the local governance, most supporters would run for the hills if a city proposal required a tax increase.

    If the citizens of LaVista Park’s primary concern is on having a voice in the future development of Executive Park, they are free to voluntarily annex into Brookhaven. Based on Brookhaven’s obvious lack of concern over expanding beyond natural boundaries, I bet they would accept such a request.

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    The city tax revenue this would generate is, by my calculations, about $100,000. If that is indeed a “fatal blow” to Lakeside, they probably shouldn’t become a city

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    As I said above, if that is the primary concern of the neighborhoods they should unanimously request annexation into Brookhaven.

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    Eric Robert

    The only realistic way for neighborhoods to be annexed is through the referendum method. The 100% no vote method isn’t feasible. And frankly I doubt Brookhaven would have much interest in annexing Lavista Park since cities tend to lose money on residential but make it on commercial.

    That is one of the reasons that the pre Cityhood Brookhaven mapmakers drew out Century Center rather than keep it in and include the DECA communities around it.

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    Eric Robert

    Unanimously request annexation? That’s not even realistically possible. Unanimous means 100% of the households have to say yes to annexation.

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    I think people on the other side of Clairmont Road and on up through Northlake would take issue with North Druid Hills being “what the area has always been known as.”

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    Time for people in “North Druid Hills” to adopt Brookhaven. Brookhaven sshould just annex all of the Lakeside Briar south of Clairmont. That would help clarify the Lakeside Briar mapping problem. (maybe Chamblee and Doraville should do the same for parts of Lakeside–and then Decatur). Then Tucker can take the rest.

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    There is also the 60% method. If 60% of owners (by land area) and voters can’t come to agreement, then I am not surprised by the lack of outcry. Maybe the neighborhood doesn’t actually share the overwhelming desire to legislate uses for adjacent properties? It has been my experience that it generally is more a squeaky wheel syndrome. Either way, if the neighborhood is united in their desire to have input, there is a way. And I actually think Brookhaven might consider it because it would give them some political cover.

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    effing – all of the potential sponsors for an annexation bill like you are talking about are too busy canoodling with the new “cities” to go to bat for the existing cities.

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    Most of North Druid Hills is in the new City of Atlanta annexation map—including Executive Park and COHA. Now, that gives new clarity to the sudden EP/COHA request to be annexed by Brookhaven.

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