A growing chorus is calling for the state to tap the brakes on metro Atlanta’s fast-cruising cityhood movement, saying the slowdown will help everyone better see the road ahead.
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New cities a few years later
Some of the new cities that have popped up in metro Atlanta have begun to see the same infighting and struggles that their creation was designed to fight against:
Sandy Springs — The grandfather of the cityhood movement, the city has been led since its creation in 2005 by Mayor Eva Galambos. The economist was also behind the three-decade battle for incorporation, providing a stability that ends with her December retirement from office.
Milton — In Milton, political disputes forced the city to hire an organizational psychologist to work with the City Council. Less than 2 percent of the city is zoned for commercial use, compared with 17 percent in neighboring Alpharetta,which has created some struggles over the budget and development.
Dunwoody — Public anger beat back a proposal to raise the city’s millage cap, a tax increase to pay for fire services, earlier this year. But that and other disagreements created a “Clean Sweep” slate of candidates in the November election that led to one’s election to the City Council.