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APS Redistricting: Childrens' Safety Is Paramount In Walking To School

Two Candler Park fathers say DeKalb Avenue is dangerous barrier for children.

Being able to walk to one's neighborhood school and to do so safely is one factor parents consider in deciding where to live and which school his or her child will attend.

Parents in Candler Park, who are zoned to , say they have grave concerns about they and others whose children attend Atlanta Public Schools are reviewing regarding a massive rezoning of schools in the district.

The proposal of concern is the one that would combine Mary Lin — which is in Candler Park and also serves children from Inman Park and Lake Claire — and in Kirkwood. The schools essentially would become two campuses, with one campus serving the kindergarten and first grade classes. The other campus would serve those students in the second through fifth grade classes.

To get there from Candler Park, children who walk to school must cross DeKalb Avenue at the Oakdale Avenue intersection.

In this Patch Voices editorial, two Candler Park residents explain the dangers of DeKalb Avenue, where motorists routinely blow the posted speed limits, run the red light traffic signal at Oakdale and the confusion DeKalb's reversible middle lane sometimes creates for drivers.

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ML Parent February 06, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Let's be honest. What percentage of ML students actually walk to to school each morning? Considering all of the cars parked up & down Candler Park Drive and Benning Place each morning, not to mention all of the buses and other cars/SUVs/vans dropping off kids in front of the school, I'd say it's pretty low. Most of the students coming from Lake Claire & IP either take the bus or are being driven to school by their parents.
CP parent February 06, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Lin is a wonderful walkable school. Candler Park is a neighborhood where you can walk places. I walk my child to Lin at least three times per week. I talk to neighbors teachers. This is part of what I like about where I live and I want to keep it that way. Its high time to get rid of the trailers and to finally fix Lin! "Next year, next year, next year" excuse is getting old. My neighborhood has been part of Inman/Grady for over 30 years. Lin parents ahead of me contributed to making Inman/Grady great schools they are today. Heck ya I want to benefit from their hard work!
intownasitis February 06, 2012 at 06:34 PM
@MLParent you must not be a ML Parent...we walk every day unless we just can't get out the door in time. There are 590 students at Lin, there are approximately 36 kids on two busses. You certainly don't see that many cars! And btw, we need a third bus, but APS contracts those out and can't get it done! We have a bus that delivers kids and returns to pick up more!
JB February 06, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I could care less about walkability. My priorities are achievement and safety – as in violent crime, not pedestrianism. I am also a commuter to Downtown and feel that having 100s of families criss-cross Dekalb Avenue to get to school - on foot or by car -- is as smart as putting a Wal-Mart and big-box shopping center at Howell Mill.
E Keathley February 07, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Peralte, if you want an example of kids not walking Dekalb b/c of danger, the kids for Inman condos get off on Haralson Ave. and walk through our abandoned lot to get home. I started leaving the gate unlocked near my front door so that they (and the bus driver) wouldn't have to deal with that split at Dekalb.

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