I live in Dunwoody, Ga. It is a small community (an unincorporated area of DeKalb County) which is a part of “Metro Atlanta.” Actually Metro Atlanta is 15 some-odd counties which are loosely held together by our infamous I-285 highway. I believe it is the only interstate highway in the county that runs east, south, west, and north… at the same time (AKA “The Perimeter”).
There has been a long debate among some of the “unincorporated” areas on whether we’re getting services back from the respective counties to which oodles of taxes are paid. A few of the communities have petitioned and won the right to vote for cityhood and self-determination. My Dunwoody is having its “big vote” today, July 15, 2008. Mind you, Dunwoody is the fourth major unincorporated area to go down this path. Recently the cities of Sandy Springs, Milton, and Johns Creek all took on the county and won. So I sit here at my desk wondering:
a) If it will make a difference to our daily lives
b) How as an architect (one of four I believe in the proposed “city”) I can assist and/or be in a position to make this proposed city a little bit better
c) What expertise I can offer
In the meantime what else can architects do (with our overriding sense of “good” versus “evil”) to step in and help the communities? What have you done? How can/should someone evaluate the possibilities?
—Lisa Stacholy, AIA, NCARB