The Greenhaven propaganda machine is in full force. Below you can read what was sent out September 24, 2018 by Imagine Greenhaven. We Imagine it to be a Nightmare. Greenhaven Opponents have been Denied the Right to Remove Their Homes From Greenhaven.
Why Neighbors Against Greenhaven is opposed Greenhaven
“Chairman’s Corner: Dr. Kathryn Rice, Chairperson Imagine Greenhaven!
Welcome to the inaugural issue of IMAGINE GREENHAVEN’s newsletter. I can’t think of a better way to start off our newsletter than to follow the lead of our name – IMAGINE Greenhaven. Imagine being drawn into a city that you have no faith in their leaders because they never consulted you before starting this campaign and then ignored your pleas to not be included. Why? Because without the areas that do not want to be included Greenhaven is not economically viable. The economic study that used for Greenhaven is will be 5 years old by the next legislative session. What company would follow a blueprint that is five years. None would, however, Greenhaven’s Kathryn Rice believes this is justified. How would they run a city would be a question one should ask if they will use old data in a study that is 5 years?
We have given you every reason why you should support Greenhaven. But what can we “Imagine” about a new Greenhaven? Here are my dreams.
- A new growth industry in Entertainment. Did you know that proposed Greenhaven has the largest entertainment studio in metro Atlanta? Did you know that entertainment is the fastest growing industry in the city of Atlanta and since we’re right next-door we can leverage that? Did you know that means jobs and opportunities for Greenhaven’s youth and adults who are already strong talents within the industry? IMAGINE THAT! DeKalb County has one of the best commissions in the state with regards to to the film industry. Greenhaven would disrupt and machine that is producing blockbuster movies. Read more about DeKalb Film & Television department. DeKalb Entertainment Film & Television
- Leveraging Aerotropolis, which is a huge project to create a commercial complex around the airport. Did you know that Aerotropolis is the largest economic project in metro Atlanta? Did you know that we should have been involved in the original planning because almost all of proposed Greenhaven is within 30 minutes of the busiest airport in the world? Did you know that it’s not too late because we’re right next-door and we can leverage the heck out of all the development occurring? IMAGINE THAT! This shows a lack of imagination. The airport is 20 miles away from DeKalb County. We have many more resources that would make more sense.
- The possibility of a “Greenbelt” in south DeKalb. Did you know that south DeKalb has more parks and park space than north DeKalb and Atlanta? Can you imagine if we took what was the premiere suburb of Atlanta and built a trail connecting major parks within south DeKalb and made it an economic project? (If it sounds a little like the Beltline which has experienced unprecedented economic growth without the rail even being built yet, then yeah, the idea was kind of stolen from there.) Can you imagine the type of growth and diversity we could attract? IMAGINE THAT! Greenhaven doesn’t have any specific ideas and there is a reason for that. They have not made any plans and would simply take over the parks and run them as they are now with no improvements or plans to make things better. They have had 5 years to come up with a plan and still only speak in generalities.
Most importantly, we should look at the new city not just from a physical viewpoint but also a spiritual perspective. God didn’t mean for us to bury our coins in the ground and remain stagnant. As HIS children, we were and are meant to do “these and greater things.” Greenhaven represents a model from which we can build fresh and anew. Just as America was built out of the ashes of the French revolution and created a democracy the likes of which the world has never seen, why can’t we dream and IMAGINE that which we have not yet experienced. Really? Kathryn Rice and Imagine Greenhaven are saying that it is voter suppression to deny them the right to make us vote for something we never asked for! Republican Josh McKoon sponsored the Greenhaven bill. Josh McKoon supported the Georgia Voter ID law that targets suppressing older and minority voters.
These are some of my dreams. What are yours? Not to be a part of Greenhaven!
Imagine Greenhaven Board Officers
Dr. Kathryn Rice – Board Chairperson
Anthony Wilson – Board Vice Chairperson
Ronald Mangum – Secretary-Former DeKalb County Principal
Kenneth Blakely – Treasurer
L. Dean Heard
Sandy Johnson-DeKalb County NAACP President
Charlie Toliver-Lakeside High School Teacher