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When will South DeKalb Get More Retail Diversity?

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Despite higher median income and traffic counts than other Atlanta suburban areas, trendy fast-casual restaurants shun south DeKalb
When I originally did the research for this article back in 2015, I’ll admit that I was pleasantly surprised with my findings, but soon became annoyed by them. Annoyed because it all didn’t add up that the numbers were similar to or better than areas that had the coveted retail. Although this topic was initially driven by my selfish motive of not wanting to drive too far (and fast) to get to Willy’s restaurant, I thought about my community and the many people that might wonder why they have to drive far to get what they want.
Another motivator is the Greenhaven initiative. Before you put on your NAG (Neighbors Against Greenhaven) sneer, I was (and still am) also motivated by the negative vitriol about how this Greenhaven thing is a ‘hot mess of an idea born out of a few people’s motivations to create a cash cow for themselves’.…

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