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Chamblee

5 reasons to love Chamblee

With residents hailing from around the world, Chamblee is one of Georgia’s most multicultural communities, and it continues to grow. Restaurateur Mike Plummer takes us on a tour.
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DeKalb Commission approves $12 million soccer stadium deal

One would think that having former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers literally waiting in the wings to tell the DeKalb County Commission how riddled with corruption its county is—“rotten to the core” is how he put it in a letter this week to the county—might engender a sense of fiscal restraint in the board.

Commentary: Why isn’t every cop wearing a camera by now?

Last month, a DeKalb County patrolman shot and killed an unambiguously unarmed man, drawing an investigation and protest. Two weeks ago, a North Charleston police officer shot and killed an unambiguously unarmed man, drawing an investigation and protest.

Corruption in DeKalb is nothing new—remember Pat Jarvis?

During his seven-year stint as an Atlanta Braves pitcher, Pat Jarvis won 83 games and earned the nickname “Little Bulldog” for his compact frame and gutsy competitiveness. He retired in 1974 and two years later transitioned to political infields, winning election as sheriff of DeKalb County, which already had a reputation as a swamp of corruption.

Meet the Other Mayors: Kathie deNobriga, Pine Lake

In 2012, arts consultant Kathie deNobriga succeeded a CDC scientist as mayor of Pine Lake, a sylvan city of 800 residents and DeKalb County’s smallest. Tucked away near Stone Mountain, Pine Lake is just a quarter square mile and has a police force of three.

Parent Councils United

An undercurrent of distrust has long pervaded DeKalb County schools. Thanks to perceptions that the “other part” of the county was getting more resources, parents in north and south DeKalb were deeply suspicious of each other. It took a crisis to bring them together.

Not surprising: Gun stores outnumber museums and libraries in much of North Georgia

Conventional wisdom—and decades of TV cops shows—may lead you to believe that the city is dangerous and undereducated while the suburbs are havens for all things intellectual. In some places those stereotypes may well hold true.

Neighborhood: Kirkwood

As recently as the late 1990s, the DeKalb County neighborhood of Kirkwood was known for street-corner drug deals, blatant prostitution, and a crumbling central business district. An influx of families and commercial investment has softened Kirkwood’s hard edge, resulting in an urban village of roughly 5,000 people that residents call harmoniously diverse.

Report: Cobb County tops the list of places where the rent is too damn high for poor people

Well, no matter how statisticians choose to quantify the chasm between the country's haves and have-nots; metro Atlanta keeps coming out on top. The latest: an Urban Institute study that shows three metro counties rank in the top 10 for an affordable housing gap.
Antoinette Tuff

Atlantan of the Year: Antoinette Tuff

Thanks to Antoinette Tuff’s presence of mind when confronted with terror, the incident at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy is known for what did not happen—a school shooting.

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