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Druid Hills prefers Atlanta or nothing

Druid Hills residents would like to either join the city of Atlanta or remain part of unincorporated DeKalb County, according to a survey of residents.

But residents' responses indicated they didn't want to become part of a newly formed city. The proposed map for a city of LaVista Hills includes part of Druid Hills.

The survey was conducted by the Druid Hills Civic Association, which sent 3,676 postcards and received responses from 882 residents for a 24 percent response rate.

About 52 percent of those surveyed said they strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with annexation into Atlanta.

Slightly fewer respondents, 46 percent, agreed with the idea of remaining unincorporated.

Only 19 percent said they wanted to join a newly formed city.

Although annexation into Atlanta was the most popular choice, it was also the most divisive. About 37 percent of respondents somewhat disagreed or strongly disagreed with joining Atlanta.

Residents ranked public safety and other public services as their top priority when considering cityhood proposals, followed by schools, taxes and commitment to the Druid Hills Historic District. Those surveyed said ensuring that Emory University remained in the same jurisdiction as Druid Hills was their least important factor.

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Mark Niesse covers Georgia government.

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