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I am happy that DeKalb County Beautification Department is finally trying to clean up Candler Road.

After decades of letting this corridor, where my office has been located since 2002, and every other business corridor and residential district in South DeKalb go to

hell in a hand basket,

as my grandmother used to say, code enforcement officers are showing up, and as many business owners found out the week of July 11-14 - showing out.

Will the

Bus Stop Trash Can

knight, genie, or benefactor, please stand up.

I am talking about the person who has chained a black trash can with

Bus Stop Trash Can

scrawled across it in big gold letters on Rainbow Drive in Decatur.

There is a curb under there somewhere. This sidewalk on Rainbow Drive between Kings Park Circle and the I-285 overpass bridge is emblematic of the condition of sidewalks throughout south DeKalb County.

In the more than two decades that I

ve lived in south DeKalb County, I, like a lot of my neighbors, have become increasingly frustrated by the lack of consistent county services.