A Brookhaven Agenda

In the aftermath of Tuesday's cityhood vote, a resident offers his priorities for Brookhaven as it moves forward.

The debate over the form of governance for the Brookhaven community has helped to coalesce a set of priorites:

  1. upgrade our parks, playgrounds, and greenspace;
  2. increase the presence of police on patrol in our neighborhoods;
  3. commit to, and extend the Living Centers Initiative;
  4. improve the Buford Highway corridor through fair and reasonable code enforcement; and
  5. plan and maintain an aggressive program of roadway maintenance.

Stan Segal

AshfordObserver August 02, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Im not sure if you get out much. Atlanta has its own jokes to deal with, and I promise you Brookhaven isn't the butt of them ... lets see .. 1)Underground 2)Marta 3)City Hall and ... that almost unheard of in the news problem with cheating teachers at Atlanta schools who will be going to jail. Your racism is showing. I have an offer - open up your own lawn cutting company. Or better yet, take on those employers .. and good luck tilting at windmills
Chris Horner August 02, 2012 at 08:59 PM
@ Tara Aahhhhh! The ‘ol “me first” attitude…I’m hopeful that the other 48,999 neighbors that now comprise our city don’t have the same mindset. People need to slow down in “Brookhaven” because there are kids playing and people jogging, but it’s fine for “Buford Hwy” to remain a free-for-all? Let me summarize what I think you (and a few others here) are trying to say: Your families, in your neighborhoods, deserve a safe place to live and play…but our families (those people), in our neighborhoods, do not. I live less than 2 miles from you, I jog by your house a couple times a week. We live in the same city, we’re neighbors…your kids should be able to play safely outside without having to worry about speeders but to hell with my kids? All of our families have a right to enjoy a safe city and that should be #1 on our Brookhaven priority list. News for you…My wife and I live on Buford Hwy...feel free to look me up on the Dekalb real estate database. I’m sure I posses a few “upper white middle class” characteristics, but certainly not my neighborhood…
Jack of Kings August 02, 2012 at 09:08 PM
The cost of the elected officials will EASILY be covered by the savings from outsourcing. Easily.
Blah, Blah, Blah August 02, 2012 at 10:23 PM
@Chris It's Blah now. You may to refer to me as Blah. I wish you and your family well but I will not anytime soon support sidewalks and crosswalks when I need speed bumps and traffic lights on Dresden and in my own neighborhood. Last week I was at Verde, where I often am, and I heard screams from the patio. I turned around and a few women were screaming that a med-large dog that had gotten loose had just been hit. It ran across the street and we couldn't find it. The stupid girl that hit him was young in a silver Kia suv. Although it was night time and the poor dog darted out onto Dresden, she was speeding (and probably on the phone but I do not know that for a fact). One of the girls that witnessed the whole thing was screaming at the girl in the suv who only bothered to stop and get out for a minute. She never offered to help and go look for the poor dog she probably just killed. My point is that Dresden has become the Indy 500 as Shawn said above. It has really gotten out of control. Buford Hwy has nothing to offer to me other than an occasional visit to The Pony ;-)
Eddie E. August 02, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Roger, Apparently you don't comprehend the 'honey' that attracts those you have such a problem with. If you want to make it legal to hire illegals, go to Congress, until then the law is the law. I follow it, so can you!
Eddie E. August 02, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Phil, I keep waiting for SOMEBODY to demonstrate those 'magic savings'. Do they exist or are they just a tired talking point?
Chris Horner August 02, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Well, I won't continue to drag this discussion through the mud...I'm either not articulating myself very well or you're stubborn and selfish...I suspect it's the latter. Terrible sorry about the dog incident; im a huge animal lover. You're absolutely right: people definitely need to slow down on Dresden. It's a pedestrian heavy area...I am over there quite often...we're neighbors remember. Pedestrian heavy...sounds familiar...Buford Hwy ring a bell? I can certainly give you a few anecdotes from Buford Hwy...pedestrian incidents...children being hit by cars. I'm sure you'd find some way to tell us how the dog accident was worse, or the "Mexican Frogger" deserved it, or how this one time your neighbor's kid was riding his bike near Dresden and a soccer mom in a Tahoe on a cell phone honked her horn at him... Agree to disagree I guess. I hope you'll join the rest of us in making our new city as great as possible.
Blah, Blah, Blah August 03, 2012 at 12:44 AM
@Chris I like mud! Get er dun! Seriously no need for insults. Trust, I yell at people on my street and Dresden as well. Just think of me as neighborhood watch! I have no issues confronting people. I can only be "pc" for so long and I'm like F-this. This is what we are all really thinking and feeling. The majority of you don't have any b*lls to stand up for what you believe in. You're too worried about hurting people's feelings. My feelings went out the door when my money got involved!
Blah, Blah, Blah August 03, 2012 at 12:56 AM
One more thing... May I ask why it's so important to spend our negative budget on improving Buford Hwy when most of us do not consider Buford Hwy part of Brookhaven anyway?? Let's focus on the business development in "actual Brookhaven" where 99.9% of us work hard legally and pay taxes;-). City or no city Buford Hwy will always be the black sheep of the family until all that run down crap is torn down and new is put in. Unfortunately that includes The Pony too. Oh how the Falcons football players and Hip-Hop's finest will be upset!
don Gabacho August 03, 2012 at 01:08 AM
"Do you have any idea or do you care how bigoted your remarks sound?"---AnnieH To those who jump to conclusions or have an agenda to have others jump to conclusions? Yes. I have lived in Mexico for some twenty years. No one is going to tell me that illegals from Mexico and Central America are either too stupid or lazy to heed safe pedestrianism. That is "bigoted." There is a reason for their apparent heedlessness here as at home. No one is going to tell me also that the vast majority of illegals are sent to the US,, and must stay in the US, because that is not what the MxGov, and its allied Latino governments, have long instructed, and even coerce them to do AGAINST their wills. Moreover, no one is going to tell me that any government must be a race. And no one is going to tell me that there is no, and can not be, a simple and humane solution to the so-called "immigration" to the relief of not only the illegals being victimized but also, and foremost, Americans being victimized. And, certainly, no one is going to tell me that I must sound "bigoted," because seeing things for what they are, rather than what they are not, must be non-essential to understanding anyone much less any problem. If you want to discuss it, fine. But be prepared to learn just who is the "bigot" is. And why.
Enuff Govt Already August 03, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Phil, I will call it like I see it. Agree or disagree; your choice. :)
Blah, Blah, Blah August 03, 2012 at 01:14 AM
@Roger I know. I know...Dresden has come a long way though so I guess there's hope for Buford Hwy. All we can do now is vote on where we want our money spent within the great city of Brookhaven and try to make it the best it can be.
don Gabacho August 03, 2012 at 01:57 AM
"The blinders are off, and our elected officials won't be able to hide behind grandma county's skirt!"---Roger That "The blinders are off"? Nope. Purdue's Confederate flag was just another blinder. And hardly the most recent.
don Gabacho August 03, 2012 at 02:08 AM
"...gentrification..."---Dean Your word choice is certainly telling.
don Gabacho August 03, 2012 at 02:27 AM
"This election was not about a local city taking over the federal role of immigration."---Eric "Immigration"? You sure pump the pap. In any event, what the election---and referendum---was about? It was a test for impunity.
don Gabacho August 03, 2012 at 02:41 AM
"I find it a ltlle sickening when people refer to the people living on Buford Hwy. as "them" and "those" and "Mexican Froggers"."---AnnieH I do too. "Yes, illegal immigartion is a problem that the Federal must deal with more effectively." No. People have to deal with it. You are passing it off to an entity; and an---at best---incompetent one at that. In a previous post, why did you lump me with Roger That?
don Gabacho August 03, 2012 at 02:48 AM
" Now Brookhaven will have to figure out how to foot the $12M bill."---Daniel H. I've got it figured out. Just where can I send a bill to collect $12M to fix the problem pedestrianism problem? Once received, the fix shouldn't take more than a week---MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE!
don Gabacho August 03, 2012 at 03:59 AM
"That would require paying a living wage or getting their own hands dirty. Now we couldn't have that could we?..."---Eddie E. Once an American hires an illegal---through no fault of the illegal---the American exposes himself to the MxConsulate's "Protection [Racket] Department." "Hiring illegals is, well, illegal and effective enforcement followed by long prison sentences and auctioning off the property of the offenders to Citizens intent on following the law would certainly be a good start." That would be the equivalent of punishing the victims of a crime and not the criminals. "Yep, I bet that'll happen." There can be no solution until the Mexican Consulates, and the MxGov's allied Latino government's consulates, are expelled from the country. Until Americans get those a____s off everyone's backs, including the illegals, there simply is no solution...
don Gabacho August 03, 2012 at 04:16 AM
...They can be expelled on the grounds of having and using even US voter registration forms; particularly the MxConsulate's 'Instuto de Mexico' right here in our own neighborhood and presumptive new City of Brookhaven. Do you think that these BYesseres will? After refusing to acknowledge, much less, resolve, the MxGov being provided and using US voter registration forms prior to any so-called election and referendum? No matter how invalidating the fact is to their own so-called election and referendum? They have reason to protect the MxGov. And, like that government, continue to run people by the nose scapegoating the illegals to deflect from themselves; and their true partnership. BTW, once Americans focus on the true source of the problem and start expelling the consulates, the illegals will help. Meantime, nothing disappoints them more to see their despised governance getting over on Americans: their---and our---last hope.
Eric H August 03, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Michelle buford highway to 85 contributes more to the tax base than the residential areas around Dresden. You've got Corporate Square, 4 hotels, including the highrise Doubletree and those office buildings south of North Druid Hills. Not to mention all the retail along Buford Highway. I agree steps need to be taken to slow people down on Dresden. But we if you want to talk about spending where the money comes from then Buford Highway would be the place. Though Buford highway is a GDOT governed road so that's going to throw a wrench into doing work there. Though we've got a lot to do before we get to identifying where to pour concrete.
Eric H August 03, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Re: Dresden Speeding - here's an idea. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/02/sex-doll-slows-traffic-chinese-crosswalk_n_1734241.html Isn't it interesting that even people half way around the world aren't that different than us.
don Gabacho August 03, 2012 at 06:38 PM
"...You've got Corporate Square..." ----Eric Is it not "Corporate Sqaure" that contains "Executive Drive"? The new address, after moving from Apple Valley Way, the MxGov's 'Instituto de Mexico'?
Eric H August 03, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Is that what you have been talking about all this time? My apologies I didn't realize that because the Consulate for Mexico, where a citizen of Mexico can go to get a passport or other papers is not in the city of Brookhaven but across I-85 on Chantilly Drive near Cheshire Bridge and the Instituto de Mexico is also not in Brookhaven but also across I-85 in Executive Park at 17 Executive Drive. What is along our side of 85 is the office building containing Leapfrog Services, you've probably seen the sign on 85, but not necessarily noticed the several office buildings on that side since there is good tree cover. Just north of North Druid Hills is the Salvation Army facility, which I assume is exempt from paying city and county taxes, and then Corporate Square, which has 11 low and midrise office buildings and which is serviced by the following streets: National Data Plaza NE and Corporate Blvd NE. Corporate Blvd NE. is the street that runs between Buford Highway and the I-85 Access Road. Going further North on the Access road it there is what appears to be a rather high end luxury apartment then it becomes retail with (in no particular order) an REI, a Floor and Decor and an NTB , a place to get Pianos, Corporate Environments plus a several other buildings/businesses, then you get to Briarwood, then there's a new storage place and then a new high end apartment complex Then there's Clairmont where there is a tall office building and other commercial stuff.
Eric H August 03, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Oh and there is a Holiday Inn Select on Clairmont which makes 2 Holiday Inn Select's in Brookhaven one on the extreme Northeast corner and the one on Clairmont on the East boundary and near the Southeast corner. So while we may not be experts we can at least stay at a Holiday Inn Select.
Eric H August 03, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Though if you want to stay at a Holiday Inn Select you may want to consider the one on the NE Corner of Brookhaven at 285 and Chamblee Dunwoody since its ranked #3 out of 195 Atlanta Hotels on Trip Advisor vs. the Clairmont Holiday Inn select that is ranked at #118 - I guess they haven't gotten past the Wyngate days. Though the manager at the Chamblee Dunwoody Holiday Inn Select is top notch and the recent renovation they did is impressive. Perhaps we should skip the cost of a cityhall and just have traffic court and council meetings in one of the conference rooms at the Holiday Inn. The added bonus being you can grab a beer at the lobby bar .
Blah, Blah, Blah August 03, 2012 at 08:08 PM
LoL Eric, I may have to try that!
Eric H August 03, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Yea I was thinking that might work to slow down the Dunwoody parents racing through Murphey Candler to get their kids to their Little League games.
don Gabacho August 04, 2012 at 12:44 AM
"Is that what you have been talking about all this time? My apologies I didn't realize that because the Consulate for Mexico..." To correct your down-playing: It is the Consulate of Mexico. No entity other than the MxGov is the "Consulate for Mexico." "...where a citizen of Mexico can go to get a passport or other papers..." Really? And, upon arrival, legally or illegally (as long instructed in Mexico by the MxGov) directly to the Mexican Consulates themselves to there report their arrivals, in part, by then obtaining their (2nd) Matricular IDs (as "prepared" by its same Institute de Mexico) and, from there, and as previously instructed in Mexico also, obtain (dual) U.S. Citizenship, and thus (at least some overt) voter privileges, remain vigilant of bulletins directing just who and what to vote in US elections, including, referendums. Even register, at the MxConsulate, infants born to a Mexican parent as Mexico's nationals----whether the millions sent were or remain even willing and mostly not to leave Mexico to begin with; plus... ".. is not in the city of Brookhaven but across I-85 on Chantilly Drive near Cheshire Bridge and the Instituto de Mexico is also not in Brookhaven but also across I-85 in Executive Park at 17 Executive Drive...." Finally I've elicited a response from you on anything including---how many months now?---the same question....
don Gabacho August 04, 2012 at 12:55 AM
...Which hardly relieves anyone holding public office, elected or appointed, anywhere in GA, from not upholding the Constitution of the United States by, at best, allowing the MxGov to have been granted "incorporation" papers (as early as "2002" while on Apple Valley Way) in the State of GA, USA, to have the "incorporation" be renewed annually and (as early as "2004" while on Apple Valley Way) be provided, have and use voter registration forms of the State of GA. Yes? Or No? To instead allow themselves to propose, manage and impose elections and referendum still without relief. Yes? Or No? Thank you for your paragraphs of street directions and hotel/bar ratings. Despite your obvious investment, simply not germane.
Mike August 08, 2012 at 09:53 PM
THIS is exactly why I voted NO. I doubt that the overgrown sidewalks will be a high priority for the New City of Brookhaven. I am sure first priority will putting the "good old boys club" in their proper power positions so that they can start stealing land through code enforcement and build sanitized "Town of Brookhaven" plazas and other real estate projects. Not to mention finding a nice site for the new Brookhaven City hall and Police barracks.


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