The Dekalb County community of Metro Atlanta has a lot going on right now as it fights to revitalize itself after several battles of corruption within its local government. Because of these two Northern DeKalb communities have incorporated to become their own government entity: Dunwoody, Brookhaven, and many more are currently in the process of trying to become their own entity as well.
Over the past year and a half, interim CEO, Lee May, has been working tirelessly to regain the people’s trust of Dekalb County and reestablish the once thriving county to what it once was. May has recently announced plans to incorporate a segment along Memorial Drive close to I-285 into a “Downtown Dekalb” area. This area will house several government offices and be the foundation for encouraging new residential and commercial development along Memorial Drive, a corridor that May says that has been long forgotten for decades.
Then there is the newly proposed city of, “South DeKalb,” by Concerned Citizens for Cityhood of South DeKalb (CCCSD) and led by Georgia State University’s Dr. Kathryn Rice. Rice is leading a movement that will incorporate the entire unincorporated borders of the South DeKalb County into a new city of Georgia. This particular area of South Dekalb has long been known as the city of Decatur, but actually is not. Because this unincorporated area of DeKalb County does not have a city name, it uses the city of Decatur’s name for postal and many other reasons.
During the 90s and early 2000 Dekalb County was known as the country’s most affluent county among African-Americans, but in recent years, many African-Americans have relocated to neighboring counties such as: Rockdale, Henry and more. South DeKalb County continues to be one of the metro area’s largest community of African-Americans, but is becoming a popular destination for other cultures and nationalities to call home as well.
As CCCSD pushes forward with their cityhood initiative. Many South DeKalb residents are complaining that the initiative has not been publicized properly enough to keep South DeKalb residents informed of their cityhood movement. For those that are aware of the movement, mixed feelings are amongst them all. Many residents oppose it because of the possibility of tax increases, many residents rather see South DeKalb annexed into either the city of Atlanta or the city of Decatur, some residents rather not see the unincorporated South DeKalb become anything at and then there are the residents that doesn’t want to go by hearsay and just want to get official information about the South DeKalb cityhood movement and how would they be affected if it moves forward.
CCCSD previously has been having town hall meetings at selected locations around South DeKalb to speak with the general public about the movement. Their website can be found at: http://southdekalbcityhood.blogspot.com/
Partnership in Action for Healthy Living, Inc (PAHL) and a number of other community residents is working together to inform South DeKalb residents of the movement to turn South DeKalb County into a city, and how the incorporation can affect you. On Tuesday, February 10th, PAHL is sponsoring a Cityhood Meeting called, “Cityhood in South DeKalb 101.”
State Representative, Karla Drenner, will be attending the meeting to talk about the process to become a city, impacts and current cityhood movements in South DeKalb. Meeting will be held at the Midway Recreation Center at 3181 Midway Road, Decatur, Georgia 30032.
PAHL’s mission is to empower South DeKalb County residents to make healthy choices that support their best quality of life. We do this by increasing access to healthy food and active living opportunities and by promoting community building and environmental changes that sustain a culture of health. PAHL can be reached at (404) 996-6324 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A.T.L. Webmag is a South DeKalb based company in the community of Belvedere Park. We have extensive reports on the South DeKalb cityhood movement as they become available. We can also be reached by phone at: (404) 913-7005 or by email at: email@example.com.