To: Dunwoody Mayor & City Council
Re: Need for Improved Code Compliance
At its March board meeting, the Dunwoody Homeowners Association held a discussion about opportunities for improved code enforcement. Several of our board members personally observed commercial areas with covered windows and gang tags. The former represents a serious safety lapse when police are called to a location; the latter is a blatant expression of organized crime.
The board voted to compose a letter expressing these concerns to city council. Soon afterwards, the coronavirus pandemic hit and the proposal was tabled while our community faced a crisis that seemed more immediate.
While the community waited for some return to normalcy, the issues that originally raised our concern have worsened. Gang tags that “mark territory” have advanced further from commercial areas into single family neighborhoods.
Dunwoody incorporated to provide better services to the residents. Code enforcement was toward the top of the list. Code compliance is not just about appearances but about safety and crime reduction. We urge our city council and staff to redouble their efforts to target criminal expressions that are becoming more obvious and to make our neighborhood commercial nodes safer.
Attached are some examples of the deterioration of code enforcement and safety in Districts 2 and 3.
As always, DHA stands ready to assist our community in improvements that benefit all citizens and walks of life.
The Board of Directors
Dunwoody Homeowners Association
near a townhouse development along Winters Chapel.
Garbage piles up, falls down the hill, and lands in the creek.
Diablos gang tag,
affiliated with Surenos-13.
Shopping center on PIB near Dunwoody Glen.
“Surenos-13” Sur 13 –
gang tag originating from southern Mexico.
Pole is next to Dunwoody Glen apartments.
Pole and box are between Peachtree Middle and Chesnut Elementary school.
Power box near Sterling Apartments/Condos, also near Peachtree Middle and Chesnut Elementary
Sur13 gang tag
In strip mall near Dunwoody Glen
“Surenos-13” Sur 13 gang tag
On Peachford road
near Peachtree Middle and Chesnut Elementary school.
This variation indicates drugs are for sale, according to law enforcement gang specialists.
Tag representing 18th street Crips gang
Trash can is near
MARTA stop at old Shallowford Elementary site.
This space is within 2 blocks of Mayor Deutsch’s house.