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Koby Keller gets out of his car and walks up to Brookhaven Park, one of the biggest greenspaces in the northern tight-knit community. It’s a warm day and locals are out walking their dogs. Every day, Keller takes his German shorthaired pointer Avery to the park.

“I like the openness of the park,” says Keller, who works at the nearby Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub in Town Brookhaven (pictured left). “It’s relaxing, and it’s all local people that live close by.”

Brookhaven Park also has playgrounds and a picnic area, among other amenities, but the number of dog-walking residents nearby has grown so much that the community has been discussing turning part of it into a full-time dog park.

Brookhaven officially became a city in December 2012, adding to a long line of cityhood movements around the metro Atlanta area.

“We have a real local government, and we can spend our tax dollars on things that benefit our community, like this park,” Keller says.

As we walk, Keller points out that Brookhaven Park is central to the neighborhood and within walking distance of a number of important locations, including Oglethorpe University (pictured right), the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA station, and Town Brookhaven, the neighborhood’s behemoth mixed-use centerpiece. The 460,000-square-foot complex holds more than 700 luxury apartments, many of which are leased to young professionals.

“I stick to Brookhaven,” Keller says as we pass various stores. “I don’t get out of this bubble very much. It’s quiet, and it has everything I need.”

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