Brookhaven, GA, April 22, 2016 – by Michelle Davidson, Former Brookhaven Resident – My sister and I lived in the area now called the City of Brookhaven for most of our 50-some years, and we’ve lived through a number of changes. We saw the old Caldwell Village on Caldwell Rd. be torn down to make way for Post Brookhaven Apartments, we lived through the development of Village Place, we lived through the development of @1377 and the ALTA Brookhaven Apartments…the list goes on and on – all of these had a profound impact of Dresden Drive.
With the prospect of hundreds of more new apartments, a MARTA station redo and God only knows what else is coming to the area, I’m sorry to say, we just had to go. And we didn’t want to, but we had to. It just didn’t look like home any more, and it didn’t feel like home anymore. But as of April 1st, Brookhaven has two less residents.
We had high hopes the formation of the city would fix the ills of DeKalb County. It hasn’t in large part, and in terms of what home feels like, I must say it couldn’t be worse. Who ever thought in just a three year period it could go so sideways. Not me, not my sister. And we are both in unison and apologize for casting our two votes for this mess of all messes. Somehow we both feel a little responsible. Truly.
So, City of Brookhaven leaders, what are you going to do to fix this mess? What do you say to the people who elected you to serve their best interests, and what do you say to the supporters of cityhood that can’t even drive down their streets any more because they are gridlocked? What do you say to them?
I know I am not alone in feeling the system is more broken than it ever was being ignored by DeKalb. Sure, some things have gotten better like Police presence, but how long can you continue to hang your hat on that?
As for me and my sister, we’ve gone back to swerving around potholes and being ignored in unincorporated DeKalb…and it feels like home.
Unincorporated DeKalb 1964 – 2013;
City of Brookhaven 2013 – 2016;
Unincorporated DeKalb 2016 – ?
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