Recap of Safety Meeting

By WHNA president, Brad Grulke

On March 23rd Commissioner Rader's office organized a public safety meeting to address concerns over increasing crime in the Briarcliff/LaVista area. Representatives from the Dekalb County police assured those attended that despite the recent jogger attack violent crime in the area has decreased 21% and property crime has decreased 15% according to their statistics. Because investigation into the March 17th attack is on going, police were able to offer few details. They are treating the incident as if it were a random act. Read More

LCI Grant Funds North Druid Hills Corridor Planning

by Jeff Rader

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

When it comes to government action, the best preventive measure is to have a plan beforehand. Otherwise, a rushed decision could require more money and time to cure the problem.

All too often, county governments make decisions in a "silo", that is, looking at only some of the relevant facts. Capital spending decisions are based on the merits of building or upgrading a specific facility. Zoning application decisions are based on the merits of a developer's proposal for a specific parcel. These decisions are often made without the benefit of a relevant and specific comprehensive plan for an area, district or county. Read More

Police to Briarcliff residents: Don’t worry, be careful

Neighborhood upset after attack on jogger

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Monday, March 23, 2009

DeKalb County police officials advised residents in the Briarcliff/LaVista road area to be cautious but not paranoid because a jogger was stabbed last week.

More than 100 people attended a community meeting Monday night at Peachtree Baptist Church, and some wanted more details about the suspect and the attack. Police, however, declined to release any information because it’s an ongoing investigation. Read More

Membership Drive

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Duany/Dunham-Jones Lecture and Book Signing at Holy Trinity in Decatur

Title: Duany/Dunham-Jones Lecture and Book Signing at Holy Trinity in Decatur
Location: Holy Trinity Church ( 515 East Ponce de Leon Avenue ) in Decatur
Description: Per Commissioner Jeff Rader:

Recently the Atlanta Regional Commission awarded a Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) planning grant to DeKalb County Commission District 2 to study transportation and development issues in the North Druid Hills Corridor from
Buford Highway
Clairmont Road
. As you know, this corridor serves some of the region’s most desirable neighborhoods, but also carries heavy commuter traffic, and is the target of many redevelopment proposals. The planning grant (and the project funding that can follow it) is an important resource for exploring development options and alleviating transportation problems. As we prepare for the study to begin, I\'d like to invite you an event of interest to us all.

On April 16, 2009, from 5:30-8:00pm Georgia Tech Professor Ellen Dunham Jones and Architect Andres Duany will speak at Holy Trinity Church (515 East Ponce de Leon Avenue) in Decatur. The event is free and open to the public.

The future of close-in suburban areas like ours is a topic of intensive research and creative effort in the planning and design community, and our speakers are in the forefront of that effort. Andres Duany, a leader in the New Urbanism movement, recently led design studios for a group of six sites in the region, including one in Toco Hills. Ellen Dunham Jones, Associate Professor and Director of Architecture Research at Georgia Institute of Technology, has just completed the new book Retrofitting Suburbia, which is included in the March 18 TIME Magazine article: “10 Ideas Changing the World”.
Our LCI effort will be a locally focused and data-intensive study over the summer and fall, with frequent community meetings and consultant support. To participate effectively, we can become more knowledgeable about the problems that confront us and strategies to address them. This event can help us to achieve that goal. So I hope you will join me in welcoming these notable planners to District 2 at Holy Trinity Church on April 16, 2009 at 5:30PM, for a thought provoking lecture.
Start Time: 17:30
Date: 2009-04-16
End Time: 20:00