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Old 01-03-2019, 12:14 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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The biggest problem in S DeKalb is the insane amount of renters and section 8. IF you dont care about something that is not your because you will be gone in 6 months to a year, it shows how you treat the property and area in general and that behavior carries over to the schools and retail areas.


I truly cant see what will make S DeKalb nice again, as even if DeKalb PD hired more cops, they dont pay as well as other counties, so they pretty much serve as a training ground for cops to move on to other Counties police force.


Maybe when the HOT Lanes they plan to build on 285 starting at I20 around to the perimeter over the next decade and hopefully rail line out to Stonecrest and new developments on that line, can make the area desirable again. But the schools will still be a big problem.
Agreed. The housing stock has not aged well at all which helps gives the area a rough look as well. You see this in other areas of the metro but S Dekalb seems to be such a larger area of it. The entrenched poverty in the area

SAAN, I don't know if you noticed on Hairston Road, most of the MARTA shelters have had their glasses destroyed or shattered. Same for the lighting to most of them.
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Old 01-03-2019, 12:59 PM
 
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Agreed. The housing stock has not aged well at all which helps gives the area a rough look as well. You see this in other areas of the metro but S Dekalb seems to be such a larger area of it. The entrenched poverty in the area

SAAN, I don't know if you noticed on Hairston Road, most of the MARTA shelters have had their glasses destroyed or shattered. Same for the lighting to most of them.

I was wondering what happend to the shelters, but sometimes it just punks teens, shooting them out with bb guns or throwing bricks at them. Just about everyone I know that used to live in a 3-5 miles radius of the area cant believe how much the area has changed in a decade.
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Old 01-03-2019, 02:04 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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I was wondering what happend to the shelters, but sometimes it just punks teens, shooting them out with bb guns or throwing bricks at them. Just about everyone I know that used to live in a 3-5 miles radius of the area cant believe how much the area has changed in a decade.
Yeah, many of the hits look like bricks to the shatter proof glass. It doesn't help the neighborhood curb appeal at all.

I wish, I could have seen how the area looked a few years ago.
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:08 AM
 
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Iíve lived in Dekalb county since 2000 and I will tell you all the highs and lows for this county. Stone Mountain (excluding N. Hairston shopping area), Clarkston, Tucker, City of Decatur, and Avondale are very nice. Good neighborhoods and good schools for sure! Iím not sure about Lithonia, but itís near the bad side of Decatur...
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:46 AM
 
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I’ve lived in Dekalb county since 2000 and I will tell you all the highs and lows for this county. Stone Mountain (excluding N. Hairston shopping area), Clarkston, Tucker, City of Decatur, and Avondale are very nice. Good neighborhoods and good schools for sure! I’m not sure about Lithonia, but it’s near the bad side of Decatur...

Alot of the Stone Mountain area "looks nice", but that is where it all ends. Just look at the schools. Nice on the outside but alot of ghetto mentality people on the inside. Honestly many of S Dekalb neighborhoods are like 70-80+ percent nice, its that 20% of problems that just drags everything down. Alot of renters or section 8, just dont respect anything because they dont won it, so they tear it up.

Avondale , Tucker, City of Decatur, and some neighborhoods in Stn, Mtn , Lithonia and Decatur are nice, otherwise most people want to move out of their area due to all the crime with home break ins, car break ins, litter, lack of shopping options, and dollar stores and used tires stores all over and more.

If you had the next door app and just talked with the people in you area, you would see all the issues I am talking about.
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Old 01-28-2019, 03:05 AM
 
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Decatur (not City of Decatur) is awful.....I would not label them as “nice”....that whole area is cursed....I would never live there....the crime is awful....people in general have a lack of concern for one another....
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Old 01-28-2019, 08:08 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Decatur (not City of Decatur) is awful.....I would not label them as ďniceĒ....that whole area is cursed....I would never live there....the crime is awful....people in general have a lack of concern for one another....
The area known as 'North Decatur'(30033) is actually quite nice: Medlock Park, Mason Woods, Emory Parc, Leafmore Hills and the southern parts of Sagamore Hills and Oak Grove fall within this area.
Decatur 30032 is beginning to make some inroads as well, largely due to its proximity to the city itself.
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Old 02-13-2019, 02:19 AM
 
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You must not know the area that I’m referrring too....the area that you are mentioning is City of Decatur and some parts of Atlanta
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Old 02-13-2019, 07:13 PM
 
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People refuse to admit that the influx of non-English speaking immigrants with children and low to no incomes is what drug Dekalb County Schools down...which in turn aided in white flight and property devaluation with an excess of Section 8 properties and 30+ year old apartment complexes. People would love to blame it all on African American native residents and transplants but, when the schools couldn't meet AYP (adequate yearly progress) due to failing standardized tests and funding went downhill because teachers can't "teach to the test" (aka divulge test questions) for non-English speakers, the tax base that supports the budget for infrastructure (white people with upper to middle class incomes) fled to Rockdale and Gwinnett counties over 30-40 years (1975-2005). All parts east and too far north of Downtown Decatur are a disaster...

Dunwoody has an modest influx of upper income immigrants who are too bourgie for their cousins off Memorial Drive and in Clarkston, which isn't a bad thing but it makes white people uncomfortable (they'll abandon Dunwoody and those homes will be available for upper income minorities)...nevermind the nexus of personal property and assault crimes near Perimeter Mall. Like seriously, who'd buy there in their right mind in present day?! You'd have to just really NOT give a damn about property crimes and personal safety...and there's something to be said for the rampant high paid escort industry in/near the Dunwoody executive office corridors...nevermind the recent reports of child abductors trolling the subdivisions on the news.

I'd take the outskirts of South Fulton (all points south of Hwy 138 and Hwy 74) over ANY part of East, North and South Dekalb County ANY day. Lithonia is a food desert with four major grocery stores closing within 4 miles of Panola Road and Covington Highway in 2018. Food scarcity is a big problem between Evans Mill Road and Wesley Chapel Road exits...not enough grocery stores for the number of people there officially AND unofficially (illegals).

However I will say there is an influx of Hispanic (nationalities unknown but Mexican suspected) families moving into East Point and College Park...nobody bothers them and they aren't bothering anybody else either. Its understood that EVERYBODY prefers affordable housing, whatever that is defined as by their household's income levels.

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Old 02-13-2019, 07:52 PM
 
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I don't get all the hate on DeKalb. DeKalb covers everything from the hippest intown neighborhoods like Kirkwood, Oakhurst and East Lake, to grand old enclaves like Emory and Druid Hills, to granola-ish yuppie havens like Decatur and Avondale Estates, to up and coming cities like Chamblee, Tucker and Doraville, to elegant suburban communities such as Lakeside, Brookhaven and Dunwoody, to rock solid bastions of the upper middle class like Embry Hills, Valley Brook and North Druid Hills. And that's just scratching the surface. Areas such as Lithonia, Gresham Park, Stone Mountain, Candler McAfee and Arabia Mountain are all coming on strong.

No, DeKalb is not perfect, but it remains a core element of the ATL. To me it seems more resurgent than it's been in decades.
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