A great question, and one that goes to the heart of how VGI thinks a cityhood discussion needs to be approached. In general, as we move north of Decatur, heading into neighborhoods along Clairmont and Lavista Roads, and then further up to our communities north of I-285, we feel a shared identity. We feel that shared identity, that feeling of being "at home," when we move from our shopping and dining areas in Toco Hills in the west and the Northlake shopping area to the east. We view ourselves and our neighbors as having a very progressive, engaged, and friendly sensibility. We value the socio-economic and cultural diversity of our neighborhoods and families. And, whether we have children attending there or not, we feel an affinity with, and pride in the accomplishments of, our great elementary schools and our flagship Lakeside High School. And indeed, the Vista Grove community tracks the Lakeside school attendance area if not completely, quite closely.
In terms of how one could translate this shared identity into the precise boundaries of a city, VGI supports an inclusive and grassroots approach. The Lakeside attendance boundaries would be a natural STARTING point for discussion. Then, following town hall and civic association discussion, any neighborhood that wanted to be part of an incorporated Vista Grove could. Conversely, if a bordering neighborhood in the LHS school zone did not want to be part of an incorporated area, they could also communicate that decision as well. Such a process will require thoughtful discussion inside our community and, it should be noted, open-minded and collaborative engagement with neighboring cities. Among other things, coordination will be necessary to harmonize boundaries and to avoid leaving any unincorporated pockets or islands.