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SEPT. 19 — OCT. 2, 2014 • VOL. 5 — NO. 19

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City begins drawing up separate zoning rules for Perimeter area BY JOE EARLE

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Tony Torbert says he lived for 13 years in a traditional suburban neighborhood in Dunwoody. For the past eight years, he’s lived in a high-rise condo in the Perimeter area of the city. He doesn’t want the Perimeter to change. He likes the urban feel of the place. “I love the Perimeter area,” Torbert said. “I can walk to pretty much anywhere. I can take to MARTA to work. To me, what I’d like to see is a lot of design concepts ... to take these winding streets, and ... to make it more like a city.” So on Sept. 4, Torbert joined about a SEE CITY STARTS, PAGE 6

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Camila Rubiano, front, along with Jackie Beausoleil, back left, Cameryn Christopher, center, Rachel Bick, right, and Emily O’Day, back, members of the Dunwoody High School junior varsity volleyball team, participate in their car wash event on Chamblee Dunwoody Road Sept. 13.

Local police say they benefit from military backgrounds, gear BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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Police in Sandy Springs stand ready with riot-control equipment – shields, masks, helmets, rifles. They own a Hummer. And Dunwoody’s police department has its own armored vehicle. Although images of violence and riot-gear-clad police in Ferguson, Mo., reverberated across the country, raising questions about the “militarization” of community police

departments, local officers say that while that kind of gear is seldom, if ever, used here, they believe it is necessary to keep up with the criminals they confront. Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone points to a case of weapons in a conference room at police headquarters that was pulled off criminals. DeSimone says he has a SEE LOCAL POLICE, PAGE 36

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Dunwoody City Councilman Denny Shortal, left, and resident Tony Torbert examine displays of possible development types in the Perimeter area during a meeting at Dunwoody City Hall on Sept. 4.

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