Friday, September 10, 2010

Atlanta Journal Constitution Story on Dunwoody

Friday's Atlanta Journal Constitution contained a 2-page story on Dunwoody - almost 2 years after becoming a city. It's a very fair article about the city as it closes in on its second anniversary.

Jenny Troha supported Dunwoody becoming its own city because it meant more local control.

The stay-at-home mom got a taste of exactly what that meant when her 8-year-old daughter, Emma, wrote the new mayor asking for sidewalks on Valley View Road.
Mayor Ken Wright wrote back, explaining that the city was focusing this year on sidewalks near schools but that busy thoroughfares like Valley View were on the list for coming years.
“It was a good lesson in civics for her but it was also nice to see that the government really cares about the constituents,” Troha said. “I feel like we’re in a pretty good place right now, as a city.”
Dunwoody became Georgia’s newest city – and 16th largest in the state – when it incorporated on Dec. 1, 2008.
Advocates said cityhood would mean residents would have closer and better government that would address their specific needs.
Opponents argued against the finances, predicting the proposed budget underestimated expenses. Services would need to be scaled down or taxes would have to go up.
Turns out, both were right.
For instance, the city of 40,000 put a police force on the street in just four months, earning praise from residents and political watchers alike.

Click on the link below to read the rest of the story.

1 comment:

Rick said...

Bob,

I missed the DHA meeting. Can you give us an update?