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Does Anyone Notice Obvious Lines?

There are people in the world who don’t have much concern for other people. We see them all the time. The driver of this truck may not have noticed the overlap of a line that is obvious to everyone else. But we can look at it and immediately recognize behavior that is either thoughtless or obnoxious.

This driver may have just felt that he “needed additional property” to make his situation better. Maybe he felt that both sides of the line were his “right”. Maybe he felt that he had always gone over the line, and it’s too late to think about whether it’s appropriate or not. Maybe he just felt that those two parking spaces go together well. Maybe he remembered that his great grandfather always parked that way, and so that’s just the way it is.


But for anyone else looking at it, it’s the wrong thing to do. When you see obvious lines, the best behavior would be to respect them.

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Cheryl Miller January 06, 2014 at 11:39 AM
agreed 100%.
Cheryl Miller January 06, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Now, can someone please explain how an article about the City of Briarcliff can get top billing on the "Tucker" Patch when a similar article about TUCKER gets automatically entered at the bottom of the page? Is there protocol for how these items are handled or is it an "editor's choice?"
Kevin Madigan (Editor) January 06, 2014 at 12:06 PM
It's entirely up to the editor, Cheryl.
Cheryl Miller January 06, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Okay, thanks for the clarification.
RandyRand January 06, 2014 at 12:34 PM
What is absent from the picture above is CONTEXT! Without this CONTEXT, you can make this picture into anything you want and this is exactly what Herman has done here. Isn’t it entirely possible that this truck in not parked but waiting for the car in front of it to proceed. Or couldn’t this truck have been parked when cars on both the right and left it of it offered no alternative. The fictional possibilities are endless without providing CONTEXT. That said, excluding fire lanes, handicap spaces, or providing reasonable easement or door access to another’s vehicle, there are no laws governing parking between the lines in private parking lots, they are simply courtesy guidelines provided by the retailer. With only guidelines and no context provided, who amongst us thinks they can stand in judgment as to what is right and what is wrong for others?
Jim Tackett January 06, 2014 at 01:20 PM
The context is clear. Lakeside is the definition of the "Hubris." Oversized sense of entitlement, and shamefully self serving. And I'm not even involved in any of these groups. It's abundantly clear to any outside observers except those who have a financial stake in LCA.
RandyRand January 06, 2014 at 01:51 PM
So Jim your context for the photo above is the Rorscharch (inkblot test) where you somehow see a nice truck parked away from others in a parking lot as “Lakeside being shamefully self serving” And you consider this “abundantly clear” to any outside observer. I have to say, that represents quite the psychological interpretation of this simple photo!
newsydon January 07, 2014 at 11:29 AM
the context is really pretty clear. starting around 1957 big parts of the atlanta area (starting in the northeast) became identified as inside or outside the perimeter.
doddave January 08, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Jim. You might add that tucker 2014 fits into the same category. The folks over at Tucker have decided that they need commercial property, and are grabbing whatever they think they can get away with. They want to say it belongs to them. Good luck after Lakeside.
FredS January 08, 2014 at 04:32 PM
@dodave...the difference is that Tucker is an existing community and that area once bore the name Tucker. Once zip codes came into play in the 60's, the address changed, but pre zip codes the mailing address was Tucker, GA. The Tucker map makes the most sense and I hope we, the people of Tucker, win the right to vote and that we resoundingly vote yes.
Cheryl Miller January 08, 2014 at 04:46 PM
dodave, that's not entirely true. Tucker irrationally went outside of its borders (but according to others, there are no borders for any community if you are not already incorporated, so it depends on which logic you follow) ... but the difference is that Tucker 2014 specifically grabbed NON-COMMERCIAL AREAS. Yes, look closely at the map... other than the mall, the only areas that Tucker grabbed were liabilities, not assets. Liabilities financially and from a voting perspective. It makes no sense... unless they are either trying to fail (since they all live in either the Livsey or Smoke Rise area and possibly have a secondary hidden agenda that includes a city of Tucker that will not float) ... or they are interested in school districts that will continue to get the Title I funds that currently they only receive by busing in children from South DeKalb. Either way... the historical community is not something that appears to matter and the Gwinett residents of Tucker are largely unaware completely. They are going to be really mad when they find out.
Cheryl Miller January 08, 2014 at 04:47 PM
Also, why would they go and land grab if that was the one thing that the residents here said they were against?? It makes no sense. But, I guess that's why they don't like me very much... I try to figure out what is really going on and ask questions when it doesn't seem like we're getting the whole story.
doddave January 10, 2014 at 05:37 PM
Fred--no one disputes that Tucker has been there for a long time. The dispute is what is the geography of Tucker. Most of the arguments about that from T2014 are emotional. People feel like the mall is part of Tucker. And the fact that the fed recognizes the location is nice; but they say it's all outside the perimeter. Convenient half truth. How many of the vaunted Tucker community events occur on Montreal Road?
Cheryl Miller January 11, 2014 at 03:17 PM
fyi, I was agreeing that the obvious lines should be respected ... referring to the Tucker community which is found on any map. I didn't agree that 285 is a clear division of existing areas today. Regard dodave... I have worked near Montreal Road and that was called Tucker. My husband worked near there at one point and it was Tucker. I know people who live back there (before 78 but ITP) and they go to my church which is near Main Street Tucker. They consider themselves to be part of Tucker and their homes look like they were built during a similar era as a lot of ours. What is a "vaunted community event" anyway?
Cheryl Miller January 11, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Yes, when you are "real"about something and "feel" passionately about it, your emotions come through in what you say and do. That means you truly believe in what you are saying. Business tried to take emotion out of everything. But, when you are talking about people's homes and their community, I would be more concerned if they were unemotional. I don't know who you are considering to be a "Tucker 2014" person, but I know that the folks who have participated in our Save Tucker! discussions are emotionally invested in the outcome of this situation. Many other people in all of these multiple areas are completely unaware. This process is not very clear or fair to those who actually have to live with the consequences. It appears to be more about the businesses and the "development community" than anything else but they aren't having to come forward and present their plans so we can have a real sense of what they want to do. That doesn't seem to be the right way to go about winning votes, but ... maybe there are others who think or "feel" differently.

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