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Op-Ed: A City Is More Than Boundaries

Who are we and what are we looking to preserve?

By a Tucker Citizen

The North DeKalb Cityhood movements are going to change Tucker. Whether we incorporate or stay unincorporated, new economic and social forces will change the dynamic of our community in the coming years. A key question that we need to consider as we engage in our own cityhood discussion is, who are we and what are we looking to preserve? This is important for our future and once we have established goals we can then weigh our options for how to proceed.

The cityhood debate will continue to focus on costs and the delivery of essential services, however Tucker has something else that must be considered. Tucker has a history and identity that is deserving of preservation. This is truly what is at stake and requires an honest discussion.

The cityhood feasibility studies will do a great job at reporting the bottom line, but how do we capture and discuss the effect on the unique culture we have in our area? What will happen to Tucker's identity if we remain unincorporated while our neighbors incorporate? What happens if we incorporate alongside our neighbors? What happens with any of the multitude of other options that have been officially and unofficially proposed?

I don't know the answer and personal perception will dictate if the impending changes to our community will be good are bad. I personally hope our decisions lead to a Tucker that is a lively and laid back community with a thriving small business economy that offers a diverse middle class  a range of affordable housing options; green space for safe outdoor recreation; pedestrian friendly walking and biking paths to connect community members and promote active lifestyles; and an active civil society that works closely with local government to preserve Tucker's identity and serve the people.

While leaving things as they are is an option; doing nothing will not preserve what we have. Whether we incorporate or stay unincorporated it will take work and an involved civil society. Doing nothing may preserve Tucker in history books, but will not preserve Tucker's history as a living component in our future.

Thank you for reading. What do you think?

Cheryl Miller May 01, 2013 at 10:58 PM
And we hope to see everyone who loves Tucker at Tucker Day on May 11th!!
rwf May 01, 2013 at 11:45 PM
A new map for the proposed new City of Tucker, issued by Tucker Together, has been posted at: http://tuckertogether.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ProposedTucker-Map-v.1.1.pdf
RandyRand May 01, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Cheryl, You are jabbering again. Start with the topic sentence and build your idea thoughout the paragraph! And remember use facts whenever possible. Your questions or claims: 1The word virtual is used to describe a new efficient approach where many of the tasks are handled online, or through shared service providers. Virtual meetings are online, Virtual office space is flexible and configurable and you should read your ALEC report below because it addresses virtual education and other virtual forms of government services. 2. I personally heard three people at the Tucker Middle School / Cityhood fiasco meeting recommend that Main Street be bulldozed in order to build a Forum like environment, These were all non LCA people and you can add my name to list as well. 3. You are very confused about ALEC and entrepreneurial efforts in general. Government is a monopoly and by definition a Big non competitive business. Privatization is 100% entrepreneurial. Once again you are 180 degrees off in you grasp of the concept. 4. People should read the ALEC report. They should grasp the concepts for themselves without your misguided interpretation.
Laurie Taylor May 02, 2013 at 03:59 AM
With Common Core as the Federally mandated curriculum in our schools it does not really matter about Charter Schools. It does not really matter about any thing that the parents want. We need to focus on the real Agenda in this city hood matter. It is a much greater Agenda at play here. Sustainable? Green? Greenspace? Side walks to where? I read the Tucker Plan........right out of the liberal playbook. When I finished reading it...I hesitated..because it was like a fairy tale. It was all make believe with no real basis in truth or reality. My mother lives in Tucker. I was born there 56 years ago. My Great Great Great Great Grandfather has his signature in the Brownsville courthouse. My mother is 79. She does not drive. She lives on a limited income. She has rhumatoid arthritis. I drive from Mansfield, Ga. three times a week to see her, take her to the doctor and to the grocery store. According to the plans for the great TUCKER...she should be sent a chauffeur to take her where she needs to go..right? If not at the very least a person to push her wheel chair (that she will need soon because of the stress of this out of control government) up the side walk to the new doctor they promise to put on the corner so it will be more convenient for her. Agenda Here? Boy the new language that we have to learn to keep up with the Agenda of ...the Third Way, Inclusive Capitalism.
Georgia May 02, 2013 at 02:46 PM
" Fortunately, we are working on that in our closed group. Anyone who wants to remain in the loop with our progress can "Like" us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SaveTuckerfromLakesideCity" Have you told Tucker Together about that yet, Cheryl? Open and transparent.l

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