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DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson pushing ‘City of Prosperity’ proposal

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DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson pushing ‘City of Prosperity’ proposal

DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.
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DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

This story has been updated. 

DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson is backing a proposal to create a “City of Prosperity” in south DeKalb County.

Johnson brought up the proposed city during the Jan. 10 County Commission meeting. Decaturish was unable to attend due to prior obligations, but was able to hear his comments on the live video stream of the meeting. During the meeting he requested someone hold an enlarged copy of the map up for the audience. He said the proposed city would have about 150,000 residents.

“We are tired of the disrespect and the things we deal with,” Johnson said. “We’re going to pursue our own city.”

Johnson’s office declined to comment, but did provide a copy of the proposed map for the new city.

Proposed City of Prosperity Map 1 6 17

During the meeting, Johnson said the proposed new city is about “trying to control our own destiny.”

“Our economic development is at a standstill when we have the vision and foresight to move it forward,” he said.

It’s not clear if this is an alternative to the proposed city of Greenhaven, which has failed to gain traction in the state Legislature, but the boundaries of both cities overlap. It’s also not clear if the proposal has any backing in the Legislative delegation.

The idea is not new, however. A city of Prosperity was discussed back in 2013, according to Atlanta Journal Constitution and Cross Roads News archives.

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