Hello, all! I am a fellow SWATS dweller in adjacent Sylvan Hills. It brings me down to see all of us pulling out our hair over this. Frankly, I don't think any of the proposed solutions here will ever be considered by those in power, especially good ol' fashioned, North Carolina styled eugenics. They don't care; they don't care at all. Power does strange things to people, and it it is not in anyone's vested interest at City Hall to save our neighborhood. We are a controllable urban wasteland, and why unleash our issues on the rest of Atlanta when they can be contained in a couple of square miles?
I live a few houses down from Perkerson Park, and my son asks me all the time if he can walk down to the park, and I have to tell him no and vaguely hint at why (btw, I do think it's really, really strange and disturbing to see 3, 4, and 5 year old kids walking, alone, down our street [sometimes in the evening!] that has no sidewalk--I guess parenting styles differ...). I mean, would you want your kid to go to a park where the kids on their 4 wheelers and dirt bikes don't mind tearing through the grass, the playground, and down the stairs, pedestrians-be-damned? All they need are those helmets with the mohaws, and we're right there in Mad Max territory. Or, what do I do when my son bends down to pick up a gun clip that was dropped accidentally. I get tired of running into his bedroom at night and covering him with my body every time I hear a gunshot go off.
But, much like I've seen y'all say, there's something about this cursed place. I do love my house, the street I live on, and my immediate neighbors. Heck, my ex-wife lives two streets away from me, and we stayed close by on purpose. Many of us have made lifelong friends in this neighborhood, have made homes out of houses, but I don't know. I have little faith it's going to change. I vacillate between staying and leaving, and right now, I'm leaning towards checking out.
And, unfortunately, it all boils down to safety. Though I may have an attachment here, I'd love to let my son be free to walk down the street to his friend's house, or to the park, or ride his bike to school--all things that are just too dangerous in Southwest Atlanta. I've made a nice little safe place for my son to live in our home, but he's going to want more than that eventually; he, like any other child, is going to want to go out into the neighborhood and be a kid, and I just can't see that in Sylvan Hills. I really don't think I had a point to this rambling. Just thinking out loud. Sorry :(
Mad Society Kings on University and 75/85, in front of the Beltline is a good one:
Mary Norwood called this the best use of police resources in a city with so much crime. Yeah, cause nothing says crime like a bunch of dudes having fun in a club--the crime by all of the gay gangs is out of control! She lost my vote.
I miss the Stein Club : (
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