Last year, a group in southern Dekalb County tried to carve out another city to add to metro Atlanta's growing list. But, at the time, they didn't even make it on the list for consideration. Now, advocates for the new city of Greenhaven are back at it and their first order of business is finding out why they didn't get to vote for cityhood.
At the time of the initial Greenhaven proposal, six different areas were pushing for cityhood, but only LaVista Hills and Tucker were given the opportunity to pose the idea to voters. The area that advocates hope to incorporate covers most of southern Dekalb County, including Candler-Mcafee, Panthersville and Gresham, plus an eastern stretch that includes areas surrounding Clarkston, Pine Lake, Redan and Stone Mountain.
If successful, it would be the second largest city in Georgia with around 300,000 people.
According to Decaturish, the nonprofit organization Concerned Citizens for Cityhood of South DeKalb will be hosting a forum to "discuss reasons behind denying residents in proposed Greenhaven their right to vote." Granted, that sounds like a passive-aggressive house meeting "to find out why Michael can't put the dishes away," but it's being hosted by a state senator, so it's surely worth the attention.
The meeting takes place Saturday, Jan. 30 from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ at 2727 Bouldercrest Road in Atlanta. So get out and get heard.