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Brookhaven

About

“In July 31, 2012, Brookhaven was approved in a referendum to become DeKalb County’s 11th city. Incorporation officially took place on December 17, 2012,[2] on which date municipal operations commenced.[1][3] With a population of around 49,000, it is the largest city in DeKalb County.[4] The new city stretches over 12 square miles.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brookhaven,_Georgia

See also:

http://www.brookhavenga.gov

History

“The area was incorporated as the city of North Atlanta in 1924. In 1963, the North Atlanta’s leaders asked the state Legislature to allow a referendum on a new city charter. The Legislature agreed, but also included an additional option in the referendum: disincorporation. The majority of voters chose disincorporation, and the city’s charter was dissolved in 1965.

From the 1950s to the 1970s, major commercial and residential development took place in Brookhaven, resulting in the area being largely built-out by 1980. The Brookhaven MARTA Station opened in 1984. In 1986, the Capital City Club and its surrounding estate homes were placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the neighborhood is now officially known as “Historic Brookhaven.”

The idea of incorporating Brookhaven as a city was first brought up in 2007, with the purpose of securing local community control over planning, zoning, land use, police, fire protection, and parks and recreation—rather than having those issues decided from Decatur.However, the idea failed to gain momentum. The proposed city would have included 53,000 people.In 2011, the incorporation of Brookhaven was revived when state Rep. Mike Jacobs announced plans to introduce legislation allowing the creation of a city of Brookhaven. Jacobs said he decided to introduce the proposal after a poll he commissioned found more residents of Brookhaven wanted to be a new city rather than seek annexation into the existing cities. On July 31, 2012, 55% of voters chose to incorporate the city of Brookhaven.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brookhaven,_Georgia#History

Walkability

  • With a walkability to score of 21, Brookhaven is considered A CAR DEPENDENT CITY, and most errands need be accomplished by car.
  • With a bikability score of 28, Brookhavenis considered A CAR DEPENDENT CITY

http://www.walkscore.com/GA/Atlanta/Brookhaven

Schools

Farmer’s Markets and Community Gardens

A local favorite:

http://sandyspringsfarmersmarket.com

A little slice of the farm in the OTP:

http://dunwoodygreenmarket.com/word/

Definitely worth the trip to take a look at the farmer’s offerings:

http://www.peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com

See this great list as well for markets all over Atlanta:http://www.11alive.com/news/article/187640/387/Top-10-Farmers-Markets-in-Metro-Atlanta-

Two of the best sources for finding and starting Community Gardens in Atlanta:

http://www.parkpride.org/get-involved/community-programs/community-gardens

http://www.acfb.org/about/our-programs/community-gardens

Parks and Greenspaces.

Briarwood Park

a Dekalb County park with swimming pool, tennis courts, recreation center and playground

Brookhaven Park:

a DeKalb County park with multi-use courts, playground, picnic area and trails.

Lynwood Park

aDeKalb County park with basketball & tennis courts, as well as a playground.

Murphey Candler Park:

DeKalb County park featuring large youth baseball and football leagues, a 2 mile nature trail, picnic pavilions, a pool, and lake.

Skyland Park:

  • a DeKalb County park known primarily for baseball, soccer and tennis.