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Old 08-02-2012, 07:24 PM
 
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Those do sound like code enforcement issues to me. What does the city say when they are asked to come out and inspect and issue citations? I'd be raising Cain if they are laying down on the job.

Decatur ought to have a strong tree plan, too. If they don't, they should get in touch with the people in Atlanta. They don't mess around.
Apparently, COD contracts tree-related permitting to an arborist who is not a regular city employee. When I contacted the city because of some safety concerns (the home to be torn down was left stripped and unsecured for weeks), they essentially said that the arborist and the builder were negotiating and that they could do nothing about either the tress or the attractive nuisance.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:43 PM
 
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So you disagree with census data and empirical evidence that builders are knocking down small houses and taking advantage of elderly folks. It's okay with you that your neighbors have to devote their time to counseling elderly neighbors on the pros and cons of selling a small old house to a builder who will pay you $180K for it, turn around and knock it down, and build something to sell for $599K.
I've never been entirely clear on how that is taking advantage of people. A lot of folks would be delighted to sell their house for that kind of money. But if they want to stay put, don't they have that option too? I'm thinking of several elderly folks I know. Some have sold out, because they didn't feel like they could keep tending to a house and all the costs that go along with that. They felt lucky to get a good price in a market that's way down. Some have continued living in the old house for a while.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:46 PM
 
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Apparently, COD contracts tree-related permitting to an arborist who is not a regular city employee. When I contacted the city because of some safety concerns (the home to be torn down was left stripped and unsecured for weeks), they essentially said that the arborist and the builder were negotiating and that they could do nothing about either the tress or the attractive nuisance.
Sheesh, that sounds lame. Maybe a call to the mayor or city council would light a fire under somebody.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:24 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Note that discussing other members is not permitted. Stick to the topic. If someone trolls, report them and move on. You do not need to discuss them in the room.

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Old 09-05-2012, 08:36 PM
 
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If the house demolishing yuppies aren't enough, there appears to be yet another threat to the safety of Oakhurst.

Decatur Metro » Eye on the Street
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Yikes, that spider is bigger than the bicyclist! Good thing it's of the harmless variety.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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Looks like he's closing in on that unsuspecting gentrifying bikester.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:01 PM
 
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The war in Oakhurst seems pretty intense.

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It’s Halloween, a holiday defined by masking and Bakhtinian reversals. Decatur, Ga., has its share of scary miscreants: registered sex offenders, Christmastime burglars, et al. And, there are places like a “castle” that should be scary but it isn’t and sites where gruesome murders occurred that have been cleansed from the community’s memory. Decatur also has a year-round cadre of tweeting trolls and at least one troll expert of the non-folkloric kind.

Decatur’s trolls don’t live in caves or under bridges. They occupy cyberspace and hide behind masks to reinforce class and racial hegemony. They steal history and peace of mind from their neighbors as their neighborhood goes through a gentrification grinder sending older homes to landfills and displacing longtime residents. Unmasked, they are IT professionals, scientists, college professors, lawyers, and advertising executives. The safety of their Twitter accounts and blog aliases acts as a virtual hood and white sheet from which they can write anything they wish without taking ownership.

Full post....Halloween’s trolls: they’re not just for folklorists anymore | History Sidebar
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I dunno. Seems like a pissing match between the same few people. Lather, rinse, repeat. Zzzzz.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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The war in Oakhurst seems pretty intense.
One guy with a bone to pick and an electronic pulpit hardly constitutes a war.
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