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Moderator’s introduction

Residents in two DeKalb County neighborhoods are pushing for cityhood, citing a now familiar litany of complaints in metro Atlanta — bloated government, lack of service and inadequate police protection. Today, neighborhood representatives in Lakeside, in the northern part of the county, and Stonecrest, on the south side, write about their desire for concentrated local control and better use of their tax money. On the other hand, DeKalb County’s CEO says fragmentation and uncoordinated cityhood efforts are not the answer. There’s a better way, he says.

Guest columnists:

Cities are DeKalb’s path to prosperity by Mary Kay Woodworth and Jason Lary

A new model for cooperation by Burrell Ellis

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