City of Briarcliff: feasible as f&!%

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 19, 2013

A group exploring the idea of a new city of Briarcliff just got the good word from the folks at UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

If voters decide to approve a city of Briarcliff, it would indeed be economically feasible. As f&!%

City of Decatur officials are trying to get ahead of the proposed city, which would surround Decatur’s northern border.

Carl Vinson Institute found that the city would have annual expenses of $46.5 million, and annual revenues of $53 million. That means a city could operate with a $6.6 million surplus. It would have a population of 93,031 and have a geographic area of 29.77 square miles. On the map, the city looks like a cone, bordered by I-85 on the west and I-285 on the east. It sits on top of Decatur’s northern border. It kind of makes Decatur look like it’s wearing a wizard’s hat.


I’m not an economist, or a geographer, or an accountant. Here are my totally irrelevant observations about the city of Briarcliff study.

1) Briarcliff would somehow be whiter than Dunwoody. Dunwoody’s whiteness is legendary.


In 2010, whites made up 64 percent of Dunwoody’s population. In 2010, whites made up 68 percent of the proposed city of Briarcliff’s population. In fact, most of Georgia’s new cities have a majority white population. How strange. Someone should pay the Carl Vinson Institute to study that.

2) Emory University would be in Briarcliff. Create a city that includes one of the South’s premiere universities? Don’t mind if we do.

3) The city would include 391 acres of public parks. That includes the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and Medlock Park.

4) The city would have an adult entertainment establishment. It would provide a projected $270,000 in yearly revenue, assuming the first Briarcliff city council is, you know, cool and stuff. “We verified the presence of at least one such establishment in the study area,” the CVI study says.

I bet that was a fun verification process.

You can read the full report by clicking here. Coffee helps.

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  • Denis Gainty

    This made me laugh and laugh. Who knew this stuff was so much fun? although I admit I felt a twinge hearing that Medlock Park was part of the proposed imperium. Thanks for the good reporting, Dan!

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