Know Your City

by Patricia Braithwaite 07/21/2019

If you have moved into your new city or have been in an area for a short amount of time, chances are you may not be familiar with all that your city has to offer. Here are a few things for you to be aware of in a new city. 

First things first, public safety should be a priority, and therefore you should know where your local police station is. Knowing the proximity and where it is located is beneficial for your family. Law enforcement is recognizing the importance of establishing themselves in the communities they serve. They are aware of the impact they have on the communities and know that if they work with the neighborhoods, it makes for a better relationship with those that they serve. 

City hall is a place where most people are familiar with because of having to pay taxes and pay water bills. However, it can be a resourceful domain if you are aware of the things it has to offer. The building itself has different departments that help residents keep up with their residential obligations. It is also a place to keep up with the local government. If you are not too fond of your property tax or the new business that is coming into town, this is precisely where to find that type of information. Local government holds what are "town halls" to find out what the concerns of the residents they serve. 

Recreations centers can be a source of exercise and activity. Most people are familiar with YMCA's or the "Y" as it has currently renamed. Recreation centers provide a place of social gatherings for families and social groups. They have classes for the youngest to the oldest of residents. Some recreation centers also offer gyms membership at a lower cost than conventional gyms.

Parks are also another gathering place that you will want to be familiar with for health and social reasons. As society is becoming more active, having a park that you can access for outdoor activities is essential in knowing the area where you live. They also add significant value to properties. Local parks bring in economic value to their communities in holiday events and businesses benefit from the social gatherings that they attract. 

Lastly, knowing where to find your library is essential. Libraries are diverse institutions that allow the communities they serve to have access to a wealth of information. From providing workshops to job searches, it is important to have a library card. Not to mention it is a place to rent DVDs and audio at no cost. 

These are some key areas to know about your local community. Taking the time to get involved in your local will benefit your family and your neighbors. Check out your city's website for more information on these areas.

About the Author
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Patricia Braithwaite

Braithwaite Realty Specialties Marketing and Sales in the NW Atlanta areas of Cobb and Paulding Counties specializing in both Commercial, Land and Residential properties as the Listing Agent and/or the Buyer's Agent While serving the real estate needs for the great people of NW Atlanta area for more than 20 years, Pat and her Assistants have met and helped many wonderful people. It has been their privilege to help others take their families, their estates or their employees to the next stage in life, obtaining their future dream.

As a Realtor and a Professional, Pat has used her targeted resources to help Buyers and Sellers make valued decisions and move forward with their Real Estate goals and needs. Beyond her many years of helping local Buyers and Sellers reach their dreams, she is a hard working Broker, highly involved with each Client and Sale.

As a highly ranked Rainmaker on Active Rain, a CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) and an ePRO Specialist (National Association of Realtors Marketing Certification) and her active partnership with 11Alive - Marietta, she keeps her interests and knowledge sharp and current. Some of Pat’s professional Community accomplishments include Founding President of the Rotary Club of Dallas, 2015 Member of Rotary Club of East Cobb, Founding Board Member of the Paulding Education Foundation and the Foundation's original Scholarship Foundation Chairperson. In 2006 she was honored with the Atlanta Commercial Board's Multi-Million Dollar Achiever Award.

During the Recession, she turned her focus and abilities to match Buyer and Seller homeowner needs and together, they made major progress through hard work and success, reaching multi-million sales per year. Yes, the Buyers and Sellers worked hard through this process also… and through teamwork and targeted efforts, they succeeded. Now the market has recovered for both Residential and Commercial. Pat and her team reorganized and focused to help both markets achieve their goals for their exciting new future.

Pat loves utilizing her previous years of experience in the corporate world in Sales and Marketing to help her wonderful client base succeed with their goals today. She looks forward to meeting and helping you also.

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