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    Tammy J.

    I would have expected to see some of Brookhaven’s tree huggers chained to one of those fine specimen oak trees trying to save them from being cut down. I walked by there this morning and did not see a permit box as I was wondering what was going on and wanted to look at it and read it. I could not find one. Will there be a stop work order slapped on this project if there are no permits? Brookhaven? What say you?

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    APS Parent

    I wish this article said the trailers are being removed and the school expanded. But hey, “It’s In DeKalb”. I suppose I should be thankful something is being done. Not sure how this actually makes the education experience better. That $87K could have been used much better so school projects and educational program enhancements could be realized. But, I digress. Lipstick meet Pig.

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    Janine

    OMG! Will those parking spaces prevent DFCS from being called on the golf cart mothers???
    Also, when have Brookhaven Police ever had enough officers or the motivation to ticket illegal parking??? never!

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    Eric Robert

    Disgusting they couldn’t work around the trees. As stated before they could have left a couple of islands or bulb outs in the parking lot and thus saved the trees. And why not use a pervious surface here? When is Brookhaven development staff going to stop following strip mall development mentality?

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    But we are special ....

    100% agree.

  6. 6

    Colleen

    I agree Eric. The trees would have shaded the cars and the trailers. It would be nice to see a little creative design once in a while instead of the same old poured concrete easy way out.

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    Thomas Porter

    Eric: we agree on this! A minimal arrangement of parking spaces could have saved those…. and provided shade for cars and kids. The design finesse of a sledge-hammer. Congrats City.

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    Eddie the Eagle

    There never was a sidewalk there- also the trees are basically setting right on the trailers- very dangerous – good to see the county and city working together for the kids!

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    Kerry

    This so 1950’s. Keep the trees and use pervious surface!

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    Brookhaven PPL

    Janine, how do you know Brookhaven Police do not have enough officers? And how do you know Brookhaven Police Officers lack motivation? ….asking for a friend.

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    Brookhaven PPL

    Janine, how do you know Brookhaven Police do not have enough officers? And how do you know Brookhaven Police Officers lack motivation? ….asking for a friend.

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    Eddie E.

    Thomas,
    Maybe that can be an office of public spaces, the “Sledgehammer Design Office”.

  13. 13

    Eddie E.

    Drive down any street. Just the folks parking illegally against traffic on any given day could fund the City.

  14. 14

    For the Record

    I’ve always thought statements like Janine’s were just written to provoke other bloggers and create some fun dialogue. The folks I know in Brookhaven generally would not make such patently absurd and unfounded comments.

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    Zack

    For the Record, you just described how many of us have thought about you for a long time now.

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    The Asylum

    ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!! That has got to be the special “government” rate. This is only about $25,000 – $30,000 worth of work.

  17. 17

    Bob The Builder

    Silly Tammy, Brookhaven doesn’t follow the rules, they interpret them on a case-by-case basis.

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    Brookhaven PPL

    Are you willing for the city to raise taxes to fund more officers, just to write parking tickets? Keep in mind, there is real crime going on.

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    Brookhaven PPL

    Are you willing for the city to raise taxes to fund more officers, just to write parking tickets? Keep in mind, there is real crime going on.
    Janine, how do you know Brookhaven Police do not have enough officers? And how do you know Brookhaven Police Officers lack motivation? ….asking for a friend.

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    Negotiator

    Put a 50′ buffer around the entire development and I may come around to the idea.

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    Brookhaven PPL

    Are you willing for the mileage rate to be raised to fund more officers so that more officers can focus on parking issues? Keep in mind their is real crime

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    Robert

    Broken record the people you know need to do more research and do do you. BPD is understaffed and constantly changing personnel.

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    Eric Robert

    Thomas, yea, the utter failure on the City’s part to even try makes it hard to not agree on this one.

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    Brian C.

    The road is super wide there. With most parking spaces being 8 feet wide x 16 feet long if they would have narrowed the already super wide street there by 4 feet the trees could have been saved. Even with the install of a sidewalk. Porter is right. Shameful. Way to go Brookhaven and DwKalb schools. Another colossal eff up.

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    Eric Robert

    My concern about writing tickets for parking your car facing the wrong way on a local street is that a lot of people aren’t aware of this requirement.

  26. 26

    Saul

    Time to review the Georgia Drivers License Manual?

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    Janine

    Oh gosh “For The Record” I heard the Chief himself admit they were understaffed, and BP have very rarely ever ever enforced parking.
    That makes me think you’re patently absurd and in complete denial. Maybe you’re listening to the silent people the mayor talked about in the Reporter???

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    Jim Eyre

    For less than $200 in yellow paint the CoB could have installed 30+ angled parking spaces on Pamela Drive (a one way street along the south side of the APES campus) with NO trees removed and NO additional pavement installed. Currently no permit, no silt fence, no tree save fence and no tree replacement planned for the 128 caliber inches of specimen trees removed for the Park lot.

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    You have to be an impostor Jim....

    Hey Jim,
    Aren’t you the one that wrote the article about loving the lack of trees, increased asphalt and car fumes on Dresden? You must live close to this place, the only reason I can fathom that you would be against treeless, unimaginative development.

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    Heather

    It’s illegal in most places and frankly in a lot of cities you’d probably get your car towed.

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    Eric Robert

    Just because someone may favor increased denisty in certain areas under the right conditions doesn’t mean they don’t favor preserving Brookhaven’s tree cover. Actually if done correctly, keeping density limited to certain areas should allow for greater tree cover/green space in other areas. On a per person basis one of these $900,000 large homes on an R75 lot on a Cul de Sac street uses far more land/displaces more trees per person. I’m not saying i’m against these large homes, just saying that many who advocate for sustainable development do so with an eye towards preserving more greenspace. Bottom line you may not agree with me on this but we can all agree that adding these parking lots was very poorly executed and we needlessly lost some good sized hardwoods that provided some valuable shade.

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    The Real Mayer

    Again, what a way for the John and John team to buy votes in Ashford Park for the John Park re-election. The only thing that they forget is those specimen oak trees that could have been saved. I almost get arrested for cutting down a dead pine tree with pine beetle disease and then the city cuts down these trees with no permit. Where is the photo opp of the mayor and his gang next to the man with the chain saw cutting down the trees?
    Regarding the lady who keeps asking about the police officers…we had a photo opp in the City of Brookhaven magazine hiring a new police women but there is not an article of the 15 or 16 officers we have lost in the past few months. I guess that’s why they hired 4 people in the communications department to only let you know what they want you to know. They think we are stupid and have no common sense.

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    Barbara

    This is what happens when you don’t have a full time city employeed arborist or qualified staff to review and approve projects. Another Epic failure by Christian Sigman

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    Susan

    Ron, actually there are some gullible people around us that are very naive about what’s actually going on in his little town. The Brookhaven charade continues.

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