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'We are living in a war zone': Atlanta's richest suburb edges closer to divorcing itself from crime-ridden city as bill goes up for vote next year

Atlanta's richest suburb makes another push to divorce itself from the city as bill is

  • The suburb of Buckhead in Atlanta has introduced a bill to the Georgia legislature that will go up for voting next year 
  • Bill White, CEO of Buckhead City Committee, wants a 'divorce' from the city of Atlanta to create a safer city and develop its own police department 
  • The suburb has attempted this multiple times and cites the rising crime rates as their reason for doing so 
  • So far, Atlanta has seen 121 murders this year, up from the 98 in the same period last year
  • White blames Mayor Bottoms for the failings of the Atlanta Police Department  
  • If passed, the suburb will become the first Georgia city to break from an existing one 
  • An estimate 54 to 62 per cent of Buckhead citizens are pro-annex  
Bill White, the CEO of Buckhead City Committee (BCC), is pushing for the suburb to 'divorce' itself from Atlanta due to rising crimes rates

Bill White, the CEO of Buckhead City Committee (BCC), is pushing for the suburb to 'divorce' itself from Atlanta due to rising crimes rates 

Atlanta's wealthiest suburb is edging closer to separating itself from the city as it introduces a bill to Georgia's legislature that goes up for a vote next year. 

With rising crimerates in Atlanta, Bill White, the CEO of Buckhead City Committee (BCC), is pushing for the suburb where the average house price costs $1.4 million, to 'divorce' itself from Atlanta. 

'We are living in a war zone in Buckhead,' White told Bloomberg Businessweek. 'Shootings and killings, it just never ends.'

White, who officially filed to secede from the city in June, previously slammed Atlanta city leadership, including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, accusing her of ignoring soaring crime in Buckhead and presiding over a demoralized and underfunded police department.

It followed a shocking shooting in Buckhead on June 5, when father-of-three Andrew Worrell was struck twice by bullets while jogging at around 8.35am. He survived and after a stay in hospital was discharged and recovered at home. 

On August 7, Kenon Jennings died after he was murdered near a popular hookah bar Hide Kitchen & Cocktails in one of the neighborhood's booming strips of Buckhead. 

Jennings became one of the 121 people murdered in Atlanta as of this year, up from 98 last year. He also became the ninth murder, as of that week, in Zone 2, which encompasses Buckhead, up from the six murders the previous year. 

On August 7, Kenon Jennings died after he was murdered near a popular hookah bar Hide Kitchen & Cocktails in one of the neighborhood's booming strips of Buckhead. Jennings became one of the 121 people murdered in Atlanta as of this year, up from 98 last year. He also became the ninth murder, as of that week, in Zone 2, which encompasses Buckhead, up from the six murders the previous year. Pictured: The scene of the shooting

On August 7, Kenon Jennings died after he was murdered near a popular hookah bar Hide Kitchen & Cocktails in one of the neighborhood's booming strips of Buckhead. Jennings became one of the 121 people murdered in Atlanta as of this year, up from 98 last year. He also became the ninth murder, as of that week, in Zone 2, which encompasses Buckhead, up from the six murders the previous year. Pictured: The scene of the shooting

Father-of-three Andrew Worrell was struck twice by bullets while jogging the morning of June 5. He survived and has since been released from hospital to recover at home

Father-of-three Andrew Worrell was struck twice by bullets while jogging the morning of June 5. He survived and has since been released from hospital to recover at home

Crime in Atlanta has risen this year. More than 100 murders have occurred since the start of the year, up from the 98 from the same period last year. A total of 577 shooting incidents have happened this year and 656 people have become shooting victims this year

Crime in Atlanta has risen this year. More than 100 murders have occurred since the start of the year, up from the 98 from the same period last year. A total of 577 shooting incidents have happened this year and 656 people have become shooting victims this year 

For White, it was just another push for the high-end suburb - which encompasses 24 square miles - to push for separate so the citizens could take public safety into their own hands. 

'We filed our divorce papers at the city of Atlanta and our divorce is final,' said Bill White in an interview with Fox News in June. 

A bill has been introduced to de-annex the suburb from the city and it goes up to vote in next year. It's not clear exactly when the bill will be voted on.

If it passes, White expects the new city of Buckhead to be up and running by June 2023, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. 

If the citizens of Buckhead managed to do it, they'll be the first Georgia city to break from an existing one. 

The break could harm the city of Atlanta financially, as Buckhead would take around 90,000 citizens with it, which is approximately one-fifth of the population, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. 

Buckhead is one of the most expensive zip codes, with mansions lining the streets and glossy shopping centers sparkling downtown

Buckhead is one of the most expensive zip codes, with mansions lining the streets and glossy shopping centers sparkling downtown 

The suburb encompasses 24 square miles and the White says the Atlanta Police Department isn't cutting it. After the recent murder of Kenon Jennings on August 7, the citizens of Buckhead are pushing harder to separate their suburb

The suburb encompasses 24 square miles and the White says the Atlanta Police Department isn't cutting it. After the recent murder of Kenon Jennings on August 7, the citizens of Buckhead are pushing harder to separate their suburb 

Atlanta would lose 38 per cent of its current tax revenue, according to the Buckhead Community Improvement District.   

The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Buckhead Coalition, and the Buckhead Business Association have said they oppose de-annexation. 

On top of that, Buckhead's departure would unsettle Atlanta's black political class. African American residents of Atlanta have been working for 50 years to accrue black leadership in the city, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. 

If the suburb succeeds, it will be the first Georgia city to break from an existing one. It is estimated that 54 to 62 per cent of Buckhead citizens are pro-annex

If the suburb succeeds, it will be the first Georgia city to break from an existing one. It is estimated that 54 to 62 per cent of Buckhead citizens are pro-annex 

The suburb, which has seen rising crime rates since last year, has entered a bill into the Georgia Legislature to separate from the city and they plan to develop their own police department. It is planned to go up for voting next year

The suburb, which has seen rising crime rates since last year, has entered a bill into the Georgia Legislature to separate from the city and they plan to develop their own police department. It is planned to go up for voting next year 

More than 50 per cent of the city is black, according to 2019 census data, while the majority of Buckhead's wealthy community is white. 

A political scientist at Emory University Michael Leo Owens thinks the split will create a 'racial cleavage.

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Comment by vaughn mitchell on October 4, 2021 at 2:12pm
Ok, so their police Dept will pull over black people driving thru their neighborhood, because they are black. Racial profiling at its best. They have the right to own, and carry guns.

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