'(Below is a post by Kathryn Rice, Ph.D. for the "Chairman's Corner" of the first issue of Imagine Greenhaven's newsletter. Greenhaven is the proposed city for southern DeKalb County in the state of Georgia, USA.)
Welcome to the inaugural issue of IMAGINE GREENHAVEN’S newsletter. I can’t think of a better way to start off our newsletter than to follow the lead of our name – IMAGINE Greenhaven.
We have given you every reason why you should support Greenhaven (see below if you want to see my top 3). But what can we “Imagine” about a new Greenhaven? Here are my dreams.
- a new growth industry in Entertainment. Did you know that proposed Greenhaven has the largest entertainment studio in metro Atlanta? Did you know that entertainment is the fastest growing industry in the city of Atlanta and since we’re right next-door we can leverage that? Did you know that means jobs and opportunities for Greenhaven’s youth and adults who are already strong talents within the industry? IMAGINE THAT!
- Leveraging Aerotropolis, which is a huge project to create a commercial complex around the airport. Did you know that Aerotropolis is the largest economic project in metro Atlanta? Did you know that we should have been involved in the original planning because almost all of proposed Greenhaven is within 30 minutes of the busiest airport in the world? Did you know that it’s not too late because we’re right next-door and we can leverage the heck out of all the development occurring? IMAGINE THAT!
- The possibility of a “Greenbelt” in south DeKalb. Did you know that south DeKalb has more parks and park space than north DeKalb and Atlanta? Can you imagine if we took what was the premiere suburb of Atlanta and built a trail connecting major parks within south DeKalb and made it an economic project? (If it sounds a little like the Beltline which has experienced unprecedented economic growth without the rail even being built yet, then yeah, the idea was kind of stolen from there.) Can you imagine the type of growth and diversity we could attract? IMAGINE THAT!
Most importantly, we should look at the new city not just from a physical viewpoint but also a spiritual perspective. God didn’t mean for us to bury our coin in the ground and remain stagnant. As His children, we were and are meant to do “these and greater things.” Greenhaven represents a model from which we can build fresh and anew. Just as America's government was built out of the ashes of the French revolution and created a democracy the likes of which the world has never seen, why can’t we dream and IMAGINE that which we have not yet experienced.
These are some of my dreams. What are yours?
In case you haven't read some earlier posts, here are Kathryn Rice's top 3 reasons for supporting Greenhaven.