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#4 – Connectivity –is an Issue
Most of the District One is east of the industrial corridor and south of 78. District 1 for the most part, is not a part of what most people historically thought of as Tucker and in many ways still is not. We must create a connected community which not only serves but draws with commercial, arts and living options. Connectivity is needed to make the city of Tucker one with valuable attributes at each point.
When many people talk about District 1, it is often synonymous with Smoke Rise. Understandable as the Smoke Rise area of Tucker is a large geographic area with recognizable borders defined by a highway, county line and the Industrial Corridor. But there is a lot more to District 1 other than Smoke Rise and the industrial corridor. Most of our 11,000 plus residents do not live in Smoke Rise.
The current Comprehensive Plan Draft is online. http://tuckerga.gov/…/Tucker-Comprehensive-Plan-2017-06-15.…
Connectivity is used in the plan on a number on at least seven pages with little in terms of detail or objectives. On page 11 - “Increasing connectivity means remaking the transportation corridor consisting of Lawrenceville Highway and Hugh Howell Road into a visually attractive and inviting transportation spine that better joins neighborhoods with downtown." The most significant description for the Hugh Howell area of District 1 is found on page 43.
The comprehensive plan draft fails to address most of District 1 except in very broad brush generalities. There is no consideration for commercial amenities such as restaurants and retail centers other than what currently exists on Hugh Howell between Mountain Industrial and Lawrenceville Highway. It retains the industrial zone intact even though it also states that many of the buildings are functionally obsolete. There is a strong industrial area with the most vibrant being businesses south of 78 and in Royal Atlanta. The areas between 78 and Royal Atlanta have some vibrancy but there are a lot more of the dysfunctional and underused buildings in this area.
Since that part of the industrial corridor is ripe for redevelopment, it would seem that consideration could be made for different use of especially the parcels at the intersection of Mountain Industrial and Hugh Howell. This would be a great step toward connectivity even though it would not solve the entire issue.
It is difficult to understand the argument that rezoning that small part would threaten the corridor retaining industrial vibrancy. Connectivity is an issue that must be addressed to bring Tucker together. It is the continuity of the city with commercial and living centers that are a continuation of the core city. Connectivity is more than bike paths and sidewalks or enhanced traffic corridors, it is about uniting the city physically and as we are identified.
Note – District One is the only district with three zip codes (30084, 30083 and 30087), a designated postal code – Smoke Rise, GA 30087 and legal addresses in Tucker and Stone Mountain. Our district is also identified differently in terms of the schools with students split between the Tucker and Stone Mountain Clusters.
Most of District One is separated from the rest of Tucker by a solid industrial core east to west and 78 on the south. District 1 for the most part, is not a part of what most people thought of as Tucker and in many ways still is not. We must create a connected community which not only serves but draws with commercial, arts and living options. It is more than bike paths and sidewalks it is about uniting the city physically.
Friday, September 29, 2017 1:03 AM
One of the three services the City of Tucker committed to is Parks and Recreation. In 2018, the city of Tucker will take over Parks and Recreation operations and ownership of parks and facilities from DeKalb County. This brings many opportunities as well as challenges. A part of the challenges will be the acquisition of funds to maintain and improve the parks.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:54 AM
Plantations Meet and Greet - Well Attended
Stanley Harper and Michael Eurey at their home. We had a standing room only crowd in the informal discussion setting. There were a number of people who have not been active in local politics and issues attending and active in discussion and questions.
The hospitality and food creations were wonderful with many of the guests staying for conversation. Guests were also generous in contributions and taking signs for their yards.
Monday, September 25, 2017 12:51 AM
Silversmith Meet and Greet
The Silversmith Meet and Greet was hosted by Moira Waldron for neighbors and friends. In the informal setting a lot of issues were discussed, questions answered and support pledged.
Sunday, September 24, 2017 12:21 AM
The Forest Meet and Greet
Marty Bryan hosted a Meet and Greet for neighbors from The Forest in her home. Neighbors had a lot of questions about what had happened to "The Rise" development at the former Sears Property. Guests engaged in lively exchanges of the issues and liked the opportunity to have direct questions and answers with the candidate, Pat Soltys.
Virginia Rece, Campaign Co-Chair greeted all guests. Marty served treats to the guests. All guests pledged their support.
Saturday, September 23, 2017 12:03 AM
Campaign Launch Party - Highly Successful
The Campaign Launch Party hosted by Joel and Susan Gilbert at Smoke Rise Country Club on September 22 was highly successful. Over 100 supporters turned out to launch and support the campaign of Pat Soltys for Tucker City Council District One, Post One.
Pat Soltys gave a brief overview of several of the issues and a big thank you to the group.
Supporters were also very generous in adding to the campaign coffers with many stating that they want to make sure Pat wins.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 9:42 AM
One of the beautiful things about our system of government is as Abraham Lincoln declared and defended, “Government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.” Our representative government is designed to allow us (the people) to have a voice in our governance as a duty of the elected official.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 9:36 AM
This is the first in a series of posts about the issues that are of concern to District 1. The Rise is Not the issue. Also posted on the Facebook page
Friday, September 8, 2017 12:00 AM
Pat responded to the questions sent by Decaturish.com. The full article is via the link.
Sunday, September 3, 2017 5:25 PM
The Campaign Facebook page and website launched this evening. Always a work in progress, more content and events are being added. Check back frequently
Sunday, October 16, 2016 12:00 AM
Pat Soltys has served her communities in many ways including elected office, economic development project committees and citizen action groups. She is the lead listing agent for the Smoke Rise Agents Team of Realty Associates of Atlanta, LLC. Prior to localizing her business, she was a consultant to most of the large real estate franchisors, many regional real estate companies and a number of technology companies specializing in business systems, operations and profitability. Her work includes over 300 copyrighted publications. She has lived in Tucker since 2004.