Emory University, Atlanta GA (pic submitted by Corky)
Emory University, Atlanta GA (pic submitted by Corky)
On Tuesday afternoon, a group called “Together in Atlanta” announced on Facebook that they had gotten the support of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to annex the Briar Vista and Fernbank school zones – which include both Druid Hills and Emory University – into the city of Atlanta. (Yes, you’ve seen this map before) Here’s that announcement…
Together In Atlanta is extremely pleased to have the support of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and looks forward to working with the Mayor’s office and legislators to make our state’s flagship city bigger and better in 2015.
WABE has an extensive report on this recent news, with reasoning from a Mayor Reed Senior Advisor…
A big factor moving forward is Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has thrown his support behind Together In Atlanta’s annexation plan. Reed Senior Advisor Melissa Mullinax explains why.
“The map includes Emory and the CDC, which we think are prestigious institutions that we think ought to be in the city,” said Mullinax. “The other piece about it is this is a neighborhood that really always has been thought of as in the city so this is just formalizing that.”
Mullinax says annexation makes a lot of sense on both ends. For the city, the fact that the area is affluent and would add to the tax base isn’t lost on Reed.
According to the WABE article, DeKalb Commissioners are not thrilled with the Mayor’s support of the annexation, since any potential annexation would cut into DeKalb County’s tax base.
Open Streets DeKalb in Emory Village is right around the corner – Sunday, September 21, 3-7pm in Emory Village.
As the streets close, the performers come out! Sample the specials from Village businesses, stroll in the street as a cappella groups, choirs, and improv troupes share the curb with jugglers, stilt walkers and face painting. Bouncy houses , bicycle repair, plus a fire truck and a Farm mobile sustainable food truck will all be on site. Jam with the Jazzercise group, swing your hips with the hoola hoop team, and listen for the drum ensemble, as neighbors take to the streets. Stroll, cycle or salsa your way to the Village this Sunday – you won’t be disappointed!
Photo courtesy of Open Streets DeKalb
From the AJC’s county by county wrap up on Sunday...
Druid Hills residents began receiving letters Friday informing them about options for joining a city like Atlanta or remaining in the unincorporated part of DeKalb County.
The letters, from Druid Hills Civic Association President Justin Critz, said annexation into Atlanta would be an opportunity to be part of the city’s growing development and its neighborhood planning unit system.
But Critz also said uniting with Atlanta presents challenges in the form of potentially higher taxes and the cost of some services.
The letter asks residents to pay attention in the coming months as the Druid Hills community considers its options.
On a somewhat related front, City Planning Director Amanda Thompson tells DM that the city has never been formally approached by Druid Hills to be annexed. Additionally, there would be some expected complications that would come with such a move.
There has never been a formal request from Druid Hills to be annexed into the city. I believe that Emory wishes to be identified with Atlanta. Annexing Emory would require some special emergency management services for the hospital, research and if the CDC was included that we do not provide now.
A recent AJC article on Druid Hills annexation options wrote off neighboring Decatur as an option “the city school system is already at its capacity and its government doesn’t want to add more residential properties”,
Be vigilant all. From Decatur PD late last night…
Decatur Police are investigating a report of a suspicious person on Erie Avenue. The 17-year-old complainant stated on 2-21-14 at approximately 2:00 pm, she was walking on Clairemont Avenue and turned onto Erie Avenue and noticed an unknown male walking toward her in the opposite direction. As she passed the male, he immediately turned around and started walking behind her. The male was walking approximately two feet behind her. She felt uneasy, left the sidewalk and walked up to a nearby church and waited before continuing home. The male did not follow her and continued east on Erie Avenue. The male never spoke or made physical contact. The male was described as white, late 50’s, unshaven, with a slight hunch in his posture, wearing an orange beanie cap, hoodie and blue jeans. The complainant located and viewed the forensic sketch from the recent Emory University rape investigation and stated the suspicious male she encountered on Erie Avenue appeared to be the same male depicted in the forensic sketch.
Decatur Police have been in contact with Emory University Police and DeKalb County Police to share information. If you have any additional information, please contact the Decatur Police Department at 404/373-6551. The actions of the complainant in being aware of her surroundings, reacting to her uneasiness and changing course to locate a safe place are actions the Decatur Police Department would recommend if you are in a similar situation.
Decaturish passed along this press release from Emory…
Tucker, Ga. – The DeKalb County Police Department and Emory University Police are conducting a joint investigation into sexual assault incidents in the vicinity of the Emory campus. The Departments have determined three open attempted sexual assault cases that occurred off campus in DeKalb County are possibly connected to a rape that occurred on Emory University’s campus on Feb. 11th. The DeKalb County Police incidents occurred between December 2013 and January 2014.
According to DeKalb County detectives, the victims were young females, walking alone in the Emory vicinity off campus when the suspect approached and attempted to overpower them. The victims were able to fight off the suspect and alert police. The victims were not physically injured. The suspect is described as a white man, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, medium build and approximately 50 years old. This description is consistent with the composite sketch the rape victim was able to provide Emory Police.
DeKalb County and Emory authorities are aggressively investigating these cases and are encouraging anyone with information about the suspect or anyone who may have been a victim to please contact the DeKalb County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at (770) 724-6111 or Emory Police at (404) 727-6111.
Additionally, the community is encouraged to remain vigilant about their safety and exercise safety practices. Some safety practices include:
- People are encouraged to walk in groups, especially at night
- Avoid isolated and dimly lit areas
- Remain alert and aware of surroundings
- Avoid distractions such as texting, talking on phone
- Remove ear plugs/headphones; use only one side if needed
- Call 911 or alert campus police to report suspicious activity
11Alive did a video report on this over the weekend. Having trouble embedding it, but you can view the full video on their website. Here’s a blurb…
Emory University’s police department has released a composite sketch of the man who reportedly raped a student last week.
The rape happened Feb. 11 at around 11:15 p.m. in a wooded area of Emory’s campus near the information booth on Dowman Drive.
The victim described her attacker as a white man in his mid to late 50’s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a reddish-brown beard. He was wearing a brown knit cap, a tan or brown jacket, dark blue jeans and brown boots.