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Patch Watch: Briarwood & North Druid Hills

One of the toughest right-hand turns in Brookhaven is also in need of some serious trash pickup.


I first made the right turn from Brairwood Road onto North Druid Hills (across from ) decades ago, in my grandfather's Oldsmobile 88 ... and promptly found the right rear tire dragging itself up onto the sidewalk.

Over the years, I haven't gotten any better at making that turn. It's tough enough to make when the intersection is clear, and there's no margin for error when traffic is heavy.

This intersection is one of the tightest right turns in Brookhaven or Chamblee. It's also one in dire need of some serious trash pick up, as these photos taken Tuesday, July 9, clearly demonstrate.

Jack of Kings July 12, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Um, Laurenthia, you DO realize that the Brookhaven Patch is to cover Brookhaven, don't you? You do realize that just because YOU want to pack negative things about OTHER cities during this time before the Brookhaven City vote, it does not mean they should because it does not fit into what they are reporting about--namely Brookhaven. But I must congratulate you, Ms. Mesh, for being so transparently,,,,um...Ms. Mesh.
don Gabacho July 12, 2012 at 04:06 AM
"The neighbors around there..." ----Eric Hovdesven There? As in the Methodist Church on the corner? The Brookhaven (not Briarcliff---as linked in the article) United Methodist Church? "...are obviously horrible citizens,..." They are? That tiny congregation? "... they obviously haven't been squeaky wheeling enough and need to get off their butts to get the county to fix this...." Are you making fun of the many of that small, elderly congregation who must use wheel chairs? "Why hasn't the church organized rallies about this????? ;-)" Could it be that small congregation is, for the most part, too elderly? That they simply haven't the energy to get things cleaned up for such squeaky wonderful citizens as you make of yourself?
Professor July 12, 2012 at 04:42 AM
How many minutes did it take me to clean up the trash on that corner 5. How many minutes did it take the biased reporter to take pictures and write a biased article and post it 30. How many minutes does it take to write a complaint to AOL time/Warner of bias so the Brookhaven patch looses its franchise 2. The look on every tyrant bully yesthug that has lost their hatemongerpatchspace... Priceless
Mary La Pannea July 12, 2012 at 10:40 AM
Professor's psychotic break may be the result of the summer heat, coupled with a six month political war of words. an occupational hazard, yet to documented. Civic pride in the form of community clean-up days is all well and fine, but I am not willing to spread hot asphalt during the dog days, as depicted in the iconic movie 'Cool Hand Luke.' However, Paul Newman will always be HOT. Dekalb never reduced it's Operating budget after the Dunwoody incorporation, even though the cost to service 50,000 residents was eliminated. The 'squeaky wheel' discussion is moot.
not one of 60 July 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM
So meaty! must have had an extra burger....ouch!
Eddie E. July 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM
What an interesting study on the effects of mature oak tree roots on ancient concrete. Oh, that's right, you cant see the trees in the picture, nor the date on the curb. Let's mow down all the trees because, apparently, 'perfect' sidewalks have somehow become the most important thing in the world......at least to some people.
Bill Charter July 12, 2012 at 03:53 PM
To: The YesMen From: The City of Brookhaven Charter LINE 210 - and to require real estate owners to repair and maintain in a safe condition the sidewalks adjoining their lots or lands and to impose penalties for failure to do so; Please watch your step! ; ) Thanks so much! Bill Charter HB 636
Bill Charter July 12, 2012 at 04:06 PM
To: Mary From: The City of Brookhaven Charter LINE 202 (33) Employee benefits. To provide and maintain a retirement plan, insurance, and such other employee benefits for appointed officers and employees of the city as are determined by the city council; No need for civic pride! Let the employment opportunities begin! ; ) Thanks a lot! Bill Charter HB 636
not one of 60 July 12, 2012 at 04:42 PM
http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/finance/risk_mgmt_empl_svc.html Can we say Dekalb already = BELL CA! Thanks Bill but i'd prefer the lean City of Brookhaven or Bloated Deadkab anyday... CHEERS!
not one of 60 July 12, 2012 at 04:43 PM
http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/finance/risk_mgmt_empl_svc.html Can we say Dekalb already = BELL CA! Thanks Bill but i'd prefer the lean City of Brookhaven or Bloated Deadkab anyday... CHEERS!
Eric H July 12, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Don Gabacho my apologies you missed the ";-)" which is the winking smile which means I'm joking, or taking a poke at the folks who dismiss those of us tired of knocking our heads against the wall with DeKalb when they say we just need to be more of a Squeaky Wheel if we want DeKalb to do things for us.
Eric H July 12, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Bill Charter: You do know that appointed officers are not the same thing as elected officials and that the Mayor and Council people are elected officials. And thus the language you cite from the City Charter, Section 1.03(b)(33) allows the City Council to provide employee benefits to Appointed Officers and Employees but not to themselves or to the Mayor.
Eric H July 12, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Mary, one of the funnier posts I've read in awhile. Thanks for the chuckle.
Eric H July 12, 2012 at 05:04 PM
There may be large trees near there but that's pattern of destruction to the concrete is not from tree routes its from a malfunctioning curb and heavy trucks driving over the sidewalk.
Eric H July 12, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Yes it gives the power to the council to create regulations regarding that. Which most other cities also have that power. I suspect DeKalb does. Would the council create such regulations? Would they be enforced? Would the regulations apply to all property or just to commercial property and not residential? Could the Regulations just require properties to keep the sidewalks clear but not require the actual laying of concrete? There are lots of interesting scenarios that we as citizens with direct input to our council people can develop. Though something tells me that regulation won't be the first order of business.
Eddie E. July 12, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Which somehow makes it the fault of the 'evil county'? How many tempests can one generate in the same teapot?
HDM July 12, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Mary, one can only deduce that Ms. Mesh has read the writing on the wall, and that despite her continual personal attacks and attacks to spread FUD through false statements Brookhaven will become a city...she has snapped.
Eddie E. July 12, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Bill, Is there a 210b exempting those in the business of improvement or sale of real estate, since that is the sector most up in arms about 'crumbling curbs'.
HDM July 12, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Maybe a guy that never leaves his home doesn't get it, but Brookhaven citizens want safe passage on our streets, as should be provided for by our tax dollars.
not one of 60 July 12, 2012 at 05:24 PM
With incorporations: the sad reality is every Department of Dekalb should have downsized: Personnel, HR, planning, parks, police, fire, so on. But thye did not they Raised taxes 26 percent. Fulton has got it right. and they are equally fragmented by party and north sotuh YET THEY VOTED DOWN A TAX INCREASE AND HAVE HELD THE MILLAGE RATE STEADY FOR YEARS! http://www.ajc.com/news/fulton-nixes-tax-hike-1476528.html
Bill Charter July 12, 2012 at 05:27 PM
To: The YesMen From: The City of Brookhaven Charter LINE 169 (24) Penalties. To provide penalties for violation of any ordinances adopted pursuant to the authority of this charter and the laws of the State of Georgia; So many questions Eric, I hope you aren't having second thoughts! ; ) Thank you for your attention to this matter. Sincerely, Bill Charter HB 636
not one of 60 July 12, 2012 at 05:32 PM
http://dekalbofficersspeak.blogspot.com/2012/04/same-song-and-dance.html
HamBurger July 12, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Mr. Eric, the malfunctioning curb and sidewalk disintegration are the result of MARTA buses. The standard MARTA buses do not appear to be full on that route and I am surprised they did not assign a shorter version of the standard bus in their fleet for this route. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Eric H July 12, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Eddie, I admit while the sidewalk is in very poor shape at least there is one and its passable, so its not near the top of my list for wanting a city. And yes that cars and trucks seem to not be able to drive is not the County's fault. (I don't think that corner is that hard to navigate without running over the curb) However I do think the county could come in and lay new curbing and concrete. Though if the city happens the county doesn't need to worry about it since that will fall under the proposed city functions and thus the county can focus its energies on other issues.
Bill Charter July 12, 2012 at 06:11 PM
LINE 844 There is established a court to be known as the Municipal Court of the City of Brookhaven which shall have jurisdiction and authority to try offenses against the laws and ordinances of said city and to punish for a violation of the same. No more embarrassing late night trips to Memorial Drive! ; ) Remember, friends don't let friends... Bill Charter HB 636
Professor July 12, 2012 at 07:14 PM
BTW My comment was deleted earlier. Its vile for the Patch to attack the boys club because it is their responsibility to clean this corner on front of their property. I cleaned up garbage in five minutes. Please everyone forward this patch article to boys club and baseball teams and spread the truth that brookhaven yes and patch gang would rather make the clubs look bad and blame it on the county to distract from the fact that Brokehaven is busted with the latest county tax drop information that just came out yesterday. Remember we must shed more light and truth and that is why we are winning.
Eric H July 12, 2012 at 07:18 PM
What does the Boys Club and Baseball Teams have to do with this? And where do you see people trying to make them look bad?
Jack of Kings July 12, 2012 at 07:41 PM
You are a good landlord when you clean up garbage on Johnson Feryy/Ashford Dunwoody Road. And I and your tenants appreciate it. But, Ms. Mesh, with all due respect, YOU have built this little article on Brookhaven Patch showing a corner that could be repaired and have tried to transform it into an issue about whether or not we should have a city!! Sorry, I do not get the connection at all. And Mary's comments are spot on--desperation and paranoia is not the hallmark of confidence in your position. The article was about a corner in Brookhaven--no innuendo. No references to a city or lack thereof. No need to mention other cities. Talk about someone trying to start a Tempest in a Teapot. Eddie, please do not try to encourage her. I know, you are just trying to be nice, but....
Bigfoot July 12, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Sorry Mr. Phil, due to a contractual obligation with BrookhavenYes, I can neither confirm or deny the existence of said corner or sightings of me on or about the area of or around said Brookhaven Patch. Nor, can I speak to any item(s) concerning other cities or the aforementioned city of "Brookhaven.*" *Items subject to change without notice. However, should the referendum pass on July 31st. I will be running for mayor.
Grieg Ericsson July 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Eric, Maybe you need some lube for your "squeaky wheel." ;)

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