Dear Friends & Neighbors,
The Druid Hills Civic Association wishes you a Happy New Year. We hope you will celebrate by joining or renewing your membership for 2015.
During the past year, the DHCA has devoted much of its resources to an issue that is the most important challenge our neighborhood has faced since the Presidential Parkway controversy: cityhood and annexation. Our website features the most recent news and commentary about the options that exist in DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta.
We also continue to support neighborhood groups, including parks, and monitor zoning, planning, and historic preservation.
While we may disagree on various points, please consider that the Druid Hills Civic Association is an organization of volunteers that has kept faith with our community in two basic ways.
- Preservation of the parks, streetscapes, and architecture which were central to the vision of the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted;
- Perpetuation of the essential residential nature of Druid Hills, minimizing commercial intrusion and high-density development.
At this time of year, many of us feel overwhelmed by requests for our beneficence. We hope that the Druid Hills Civic Association will be high on your list. After all, for 77 years we have represented the place where you live!
HOW TO JOIN OR RENEW:
Thank you for your generosity and support.
DHCA Membership Committee
While you’re busy celebrating, visiting, and entertaining at this time of year, we urge you to be especially vigilant about securing your home, car, and other property. During the past year, Druid Hills has seen an upswing in burglary and theft. Even the packages that are delivered to your front door could be stolen.
Please don’t leave anything unlocked, including your car doors. Don’t leave valuable items in your car. Be sure to set your alarm system each time you leave the house. Don’t talk or text while you’re in a parking garage or other public space; it is a distraction from what is happening around you. And keep in touch with your neighbors and the police about unusual occurrences.
We look forward to seeing you at our annual meeting on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Fernbank Museum. In the meantime, warm holiday wishes from the Druid Hills Civic Association!
DHCA board member Frances Finegan participated in the plantings.
Druid Hills residents in Division 2 welcomed 36 young trees on a sunny Saturday morning, November 22. The planting was coordinated by Anne Wallace and led by Susan Pierce-Cunningham of Trees Atlanta, which provided trees, volunteers, and coffee as part of its NeighborWoods program. Experienced planters showed first-timers how to “free” the roots from the compacted soil in the container and how to gauge the depth of the hole needed by using a shovel handle to measure the root ball. On Friday, trees were delivered to each homeowner who placed an order and Arborguard brought buckets of mulch to finish off each planting. Each tree cost $60 with residents paying $30 and the Druid Hills Civic Association contributing $30. The deal was available only to DHCA members and many signed up! Thank you to all who participated. The DHCA plans to continue the program in 2015.
Last Wednesday evening, after much deliberation and consideration of the results of our recent survey, the DHCA board voted to endorse the call for a referendum on annexation into the City of Atlanta. Given the opinions expressed in the survey, this appears to be the question that needs to be answered by our residents in unincorporated DeKalb County.
Please understand that this is a two-part process. The DHCA is not advocating that annexation should occur. We are advocating that our residents have the opportunity to make that choice. Given the roughly equal split of opinion indicated by our survey, it would be inappropriate for the DHCA to take an advocacy position on this issue. Adopting either side — remain unincorporated or annex — would be abdicating our responsibility to represent the neighborhood as a whole. Read more
We thank our Druid Hills neighbors for their participation in this important survey. The high response rate gives us confidence in its accuracy.
The initial report to the survey committee appears below. The results reveal three important facts:
- Residents oppose joining a new city.
- A slight majority of residents are interested in Atlanta annexation.
- A large minority of residents are interested in remaining in unincorporated DeKalb County.
A full analysis of the results will be posted to the website soon.
Druid Hills Survey Preliminary Report