Atlanta City Council talks annexation

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 29, 2014
Atlanta City Hall. Photo by Bbenrath, obtained via Wikimedia Commons

Atlanta City Hall. Photo by Bbenrath, obtained via Wikimedia Commons

The Atlanta Journal Constitution got other members of Atlanta’s City Council to weigh in on annexing more territory into the city.

It’s well known that residents of the Druid Hills neighborhood, under the banner of Together in Atlanta, want to annex into the city to get away from DeKalb County Schools.

According to the AJC, Atlanta’s also considering annexing Sandtown, which is in South Fulton, to offset the influx of white voters a Druid Hills annexation would bring into the city.

City Councilperson Felicia Moore told the AJC, “Of course, everything is about race in Atlanta.”

City Councilperson Natalyn Archibong, who represents Kirkwood, tells the AJC, “The Devil is in the details.”

To read the full AJC story, click here.

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  • Tom Doolittle

    Coming from the Henderson Mill part of the now-Lavista Hills map and being very involved in discussions about the Lakeside proposal from it’s inception, I’ve always viewed the entire “shakeup” to unincorporated DeKalb thru a DeKalb lens. The AJC’s Galloway “Insider” piece and this one provides what I consider a new emphasis–that of the Atlanta angle. With Atlanta being the center point of the region, the AJC will start emphasizing this over the impact in DeKalb unless we have “dueling” articles that include the AJC’s DeKalb writer.

    The effect isn’t simply academic. Without corresponding emphasis on DeKalb in the regional daily newspaper, we and the broader regional audience (assuming they had any interest in first place) will lose the fact that the only reason there is any Atlanta involvement is because Druid Hills got drawn into annexation talks by being “left out” of the original Lakeside conversation and were threatened with “island-hood”.

    In so doing we also lose sight of the great story that a few people from a lonely little corridor along I-285 started a complete restructuring the Middle (and possibly the South) part of DeKalb County. This includes the pressure placed on certain areas like Medlock to “decide” where their futures should lie–and push annexation talk.

    The really weird part of all of this is that Lavista Hills is not a slam dunk. There are many things that can lead to either no legislation or a “no” Popular vote. Does that leave the are as “annexation fodder” into two or three existing cities in the future?

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