As the dust settles from the July 31 vote to incorporate a new city of Brookhaven, journalists, bloggers and social media users are considering the implications of the outcome.
The pro-cityhood movement celebrated. The critics grumbled.
The margin of victory for Brookhaven, 55 percent, is a solid win but not as overwhelming as the victories for its older brothers, the cities of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody.
Governing a divided community will present its own challenges. That same divided community will soon consider candidates for the city’s first council. Building the basic elements of a city, including police protection and a functioning government, will be another task facing the city’s future leaders.
Brookhaven’s gain was also DeKalb County’s loss. The move to incorporate will take a $25 million bite out of the county’s budget.
The reaction from DeKalb officials so far has been muted. Here are some other reactions the Brookhaven Reporter staff found interesting and noteworthy:
Reporter Newspapers broadcast partner CBS Atlanta reported that the cityhood vote generated mixed reactions.
Here are more reactions via Twitter:
I live in the newly crowned city of Brookhaven keeping our tax loot to ourselves lol
— Moetown Lee (@MoetownLee) August 2, 2012
Brookhaven voted to become its own city… I’m running for Mayor in November
— Popular Stranger® (@P0PULARSTRANGER) August 2, 2012
Yesterday’s election results are in–welcome to the newest city in the United States: Brookhaven, GA
— Pattie Baker (@PattieBaker) August 1, 2012
Crap, I live in Brookhaven, GA now. After hearing both sides, I still don’t see the benefits. ow.ly/cGnZN
— Steven Nghe (@stevennghe) August 2, 2012
Congrats people of Dunblee. You felt disenfranchised so you annexed the true
#Brookhaven. Now 3/4 of your new city are disenfranchised.
— Christopher Allen (@dunrungill) August 2, 2012
“I live in the city of Brookhaven.” Could get used to saying that!
— Christie Nichols (@ChristieATL) August 1, 2012
— Ward Howell (@wardhowell3) August 1, 2012
Only in Atlanta can an upscale neighborhood become a city…
— W-P (@OpenBet) August 1, 2012
— Craig (@ufcoop) August 1, 2012
Congrats to the new city of Brookhaven!!reporternewspapers.net/2012/07/31/bre…
— Lowe Engineers (@LoweEngineers) August 1, 2012
Brookhaven (an affluent neighborhood w/ no crime)= city = lots of cops w/ nothing to do but give DUIs. Trust me, a city of Dunwoody resident
— Ian (@JohnBonBrovi) August 1, 2012
Brookhaven has become a city. OMG! DeKalb will suffer more financial strain. SMH
— MindOfMe (@CRUSH_Amor) August 1, 2012