The gospel of privatization was handed down from Sandy Springs, the first new city, to generations of descendants: Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Brookhaven, and Tucker. The philosophy is simple: Any service the government can provide, the private sector can do better.
Sandy Springs led the way in 2005, breaking away from Fulton County to incorporate. These new cities hire companies to pave roads, provide court services, and plan communities. Its success has sparked a cityhood movement throughout metro Atlanta that continues to this day.