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Sandy Springs Focus of Sunday NY Times Story

The story looks at privatization and raises the question of affluence and race in Sandy Springs’ break from Fulton County.


Sandy Springs continues to attract national attention. An in-depth Sunday New York Times story looks at how the city thrives in privatization while other towns struggle with a similar model.

The story also raises the question of affluence and race in Sandy Springs’ break from Fulton County. Evan McKenzie, an author and expert on privatization, told The Times there’s a danger of “rich enclaves…walling themselves off from areas that are economically distressed.”

Mayor Eva Galambos sees it differently and described critics as envious of Sandy Springs’ wealth.

What did you think of The New York Times Story?

The story said other municipalities such as Chicago, New York and Maywood Calif., have not had much luck in trying out some form of privatization.

City Manager John McDonough pointed out the switch from CH2M Hill to several contractors handling city services, a year ago. The new contracts not only saved $7 million, but small contracts were awarded to losing bidders, in case providers of the bigger services did not succeed.

A line in reporter David Segal’s story may have had local readers chuckling, and wondering how much he got to see, notwithstanding Roswell Road.

He wrote: "Drive around and you’ll see a nondescript upscale suburb, where the most notable features are traffic lights that seem to take five minutes to turn green."

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Adrianne Murchison June 25, 2012 at 01:55 PM
What do you think of Sunday's NY Times story?
I think we get a lot of things right here in Sandy Springs and I believe we do so because we "make" the time and we "take" the time (and yes it does take effort to pay attention in today's instant info society) to learn what is going on, how it will effect us, and determine if it is right for our community. I was sad to read that State Senator Vincent Fort went for the race card when trying to explain why the residents of Sandy Springs prefer a simpler, more focused form of private/public partnership of governance to the complicated, out of touch one of Fulton County. I don't think there is an intent to "destroy" Fulton County, but I do think there is is an intent to create the best Sandy Springs possible. IMHO, people move to places where they want to be, and leave the places that no longer work for them.
CaptCliff June 26, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I said, and I repeat, "..at least they got the part about the stoplights right". Now are you guys going to censor that again or do we live in a suburban democracy with a sense of humor?
RamblinWreckDave June 27, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Interesting that the first 2 paragraphs describe our current small, non-descript city hall, yet it seems that Mayor Galambos wants to build a nice new fancy one as the centerpiece of the new downtown! Might be interesting to revisit this article in a few years. BTW, outsourcing everything to contractors only works well when official corruption is minimal or eliminated. Thankfully I think that's the case here in Sandy Springs. Can't say the same of our state goverment, especially the Governor.


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