Some may ask why we’ve chosen to focus on Sandy Springs in our Home and Garden issue.
Simple: It’s one of the largest Jewish communities in Atlanta and it’s seen some tremendous growth in the past 13 years since becoming a city – a figurative coming-of-age bar mitzvah, if you will permit the literary license.
Members of the Jewish community have played a key role in the growth and expansion of the city and its new City Springs development dedicated last month, from the city’s first mayor, Eva Galambos, to Steve Selig, one of the project developers.
City Springs is being hailed as the central community gathering place for the new city and its true heart or downtown.You can read more about the novel 14-acre mixed-use development of civic, cultural, retail and residential components in these pages.
We interviewed businesses and residents who endured the construction and are looking forward to new multi-cultural programming, restaurants and experiencing what they see as a walkable city with green space and interactive fountains.
With a four-acre park, lots of shade trees and new workout facilities, City Springs is literally a breath of fresh air, encouraging exercise and an appreciation of nature in what could otherwise be a concrete jungle.
City Springs also boasts a variety of retail, residential and cuisine options we explore along with an interview of an interior designer about new trends in home decorating and an article on two homes that have been popular gathering places for many in Atlanta over the years.
Aside from home and garden, there are more reasons to highlight this growing community that houses several Jewish day schools, preschools and synagogues.
The city honors the legacy of its founding mayor, Eva Galambos, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, with its government building at 1 Galambos Way. She was the primary motivator behind Sandy Springs becoming a city, a struggle that began in 1966 and ended nearly 40 years later in 2005.
The city also has a sister-city relationship with cities in the Western Galilee in northern Israel. In 2015, an official Sandy Springs delegation signed a Sister City agreement with the Western Galilee cities and local authorities.
Our concentration on Sandy Springs also continues the focus we began with our Jewtopia real estate section two months ago showing where Jews are choosing to live and why.
Sandy Springs is one of those areas. In that special issue such neighborhoods as Buckhead, Dunwoody, Toco Hills and Sandy Springs emerged as prime areas for Jews to locate.
Then there are the lesser-known Jewish neighborhoods inside and outside the perimeter. So just because your neighborhood wasn’t spotlighted in this Home and Garden issue doesn’t mean it won’t be highlighted in the future.
Stay tuned for more on Jewtopia in future issues. Your neighborhood could just be next.