Buckhead secession: Leader in ritzy Atlanta suburb says residents not getting what they 'need and deserve'

An elected official representing Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood said those living in the suburb, which is at the center of an ongoing secession effort, are not getting what they "need and deserve" and have been neglected by city government.
But "time is of the essence" for Buckhead, whether as an Atlanta neighborhood or its own city, Atlanta City Council Member Mary Norwood said.
— Atlanta City Council Member Howard Shook, District 7Norwood, who represents District 7, the western portion of Buckhead, described in an op-ed on InsiderAdvantage.com how she is "often asked: What is causing Buckhead residents to entertain the idea of forming their own city government, separate from Atlanta?
But there is a great deal more to it than that," wrote Norwood, who once led an unsuccessful bid for mayor.
District 8 needs newly paved streets, its "neighborhoods preserved" and its "citizens safe," among other things, she wrote.
"Buckhead is not getting what we need and deserve.
"The concerns I have been hearing throughout my district, and that I am expressing here, should be taken very seriously by our Atlanta City Government.
Shook spoke to Fox News Digital in June 2021, when he said his constituents "don't compare Zone 2 crime stats to Zone 5 crime stats.
They compare how they feel now about crime and how they think they remember feeling about crime 10 years ago."
"The crime stats may be down.
"The Buckhead community and the city of Atlanta are inextricably linked.
In mid-June, NBA legend Vince Carter’s Buckhead mansion was burglarized by thieves while his wife and two sons were inside.