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On the surface it is easy to see how people can draw the wrong conclusions about what is and has happened in Johns Creek. But that is what happens when one views the world through polarized eyes. I know. I have lived here for 20 years.

Most of the families that have “fled” were indeed white couples. But they were also couples who had chosen the area now known as Johns Creek to buy a house in a “new” subdivision, raise a family, and get their kids off to school.

Once finished, there’s not a major reason to stay, pay high property taxes and school taxes, and deal with the higher rates of population density and traffic. There is no reduction in school taxes for senior citizens in Fulton County.

So those “white parents” move to somewhere more affordable. Their moving is precisely what has enabled Asians and other minorities to move in and now be the ones to take advantage of the excellent schools the first and second generation of homeowners have paid for and left for the current residents. Johns Creek is mostly built out residentially, and for someone to move in, someone must move out.

Indeed the same thing will happen in Forsyth County and other neighboring communities. Parents will move to the community where they can afford to live and have the best schools available for their budget. And once their kids have graduated, they too will move to where it is less expensive and less crowded to live, making room for the next generation of homeowners.

Take the race out of the equation, and you will see that all were parents trying to make the best possible choices for their children’s education and for their own pocket books.

One day the current owners will also move out and away and the residents will change over yet again. What will those young parents look like who are looking to raise a family and get their kids the best education that they can afford?

It actually does not matter in the least. What we do know is that Johns Creek is and will be the best community to raise a child in and for them to get an education.

It’s what the residents here strive for regardless of skin color.

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