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Inside Voter’s guide Part 2

Sandy Springs Reporter


OCT. 18 — OCT. 31, 2013 • VOL. 7 — NO. 21

Who’s who running for City Council PAGES 4-6

Carry that weight

Mayor mindset Candidates share vision for city COMMENTARY 8

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Perimeter CIDs pursuing ‘slip lane’ for Ga. 400 BY DAN WHISENHUNT

Buckhead man educates public on kidney nonprofit


Sandy Springs City Council is backing a grant request to fund the design of a dedicated turn lane serving some of the city’s largest private employers. The proposed “slip ramp” would become part of the exit ramp from Ga. 400 south onto Abernathy Road. The slip ramp would be a dedicated turn lane for Newell Rubbermaid, Kaiser Permanente, UPS, Air Watch and First Data. City Council during its Oct. 15 meeting approved a letter of support from City Manager John McDonough to the State Road and Tollway Authority. McDonough’s letter says the city of Sandy Springs supports the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts’ application for the $1.5 million grant.

Lone ranger Canine, handler bring joy to many COMMUNITY 20

Dead heads Restless ‘spirits’ roam the city COMMUNITY 26


Walking in the city is a challenge BY DAN WHISENHUNT

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Joseph Nicholson, 12, with Boy Scout Troop 623, assists with the scouts’ annual pumpkin sale at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandy Springs on Oct. 12. The two-day event was one of two fundraisers this year for the troop.


Sandy Springs reports progress on building new sidewalks since its 2005 incorporation, but at least one survey finds the city still lags behind its neighbor in Buckhead., a website that ranks cities and communities nationally for ease of pedestrian access, determined Sandy Springs is “car dependent,” with a walk score of 41. Meanwhile, the 30305 ZIP Code that constitutes Buckhead’s core, achieved a score of 85 and was deemed “very walkable” by Walk Score. In Buckhead’s core, most errands can be accomplished by foot. In Sandy Springs, most errands require a car. City Council members say they are making progress, but they inherited few sidewalks when voters opted to start the SEE WALKING, PAGE 3

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