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Create a city for the right reasons, not because someone else is doing it

Ed Williams | 11/4/2016, 6 a.m.
The residents of the Stonecrest area have a choice on the Nov. 8 ballot to create a city or not. ...

The residents of the Stonecrest area have a choice on the Nov. 8 ballot to create a city or not. This referendum outcome will have an impact on the region for decades to come.

Ed Williams

Ed Williams

The Stonecrest area has a 95 percent African American population and would be the least diverse city in the metropolitan area according to the Georgia re-apportionment office.

Create a city for the right reasons, not because someone else is doing it.

We should fix our current governance structure first before we create another level of government, particularly since the county leadership comes from South DeKalb.

A city will certainly create more politicians, however, there is no evidence that any significant economic development will occur.

The proponents of Stonecrest have not presented a credible model or rational economic plan for the proposed new city.

Cities historically have been created around a major business activity or a transportation hub. What is the main industry in South DeKalb?

No, it is not Family Dollar.

Ed Williams is chairman of Citizens Against Cityhood in DeKalb. He lives in Lithonia.