10/6: $200 million Lawrenceville project; Peachtree Corners; Winn Festival

GwinnettForum  |  Number 17.51  |  Oct. 6, 2017

NORCROSS ART SPLASH, now in its 14th year, will return to historic downtown this weekend. The festivities will be October 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and October 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival of the arts draws crowds of 50,000 festival goers each year. The show is filled with folk art, ceramics, paintings, photography, mixed media, fiber art, metalwork, and of course, jewelry. In addition to the artist market, the lively Kidz Zone awaits children with face painting, sand art, inflatables and energetic rides. Continuous entertainment on Thrasher Park’s stage wows listeners with oldies, blues, jazz and musical surprises.

IN THIS EDITION

TODAY’S FOCUS: Lawrenceville Announces $200 Million Development for Downtown Area
EEB PERSPECTIVE: Peachtree Corners Cracks List of Top 20 Cities in Georgia
ANOTHER VIEW: Free Book Awaits When Visiting This Weekend’s Elisha Winn Festival
SPOTLIGHT: Walton EMC
FEEDBACK: Trump’s “Leadership” Is Pitiful on So Many Levels
UPCOMING: Lawrenceville Kicks Off $30 Million College Corridor Project
NOTABLE: October 15 Is Deadline for Paying 2017 Property Taxes
RECOMMENDED: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
GEORGIA TIDBIT: Temple Bombing in Atlanta Sends Moral Shockwaves through City
TODAY’S QUOTE: One Way Albert Schweitzer Looked at the World
MYSTERY PHOTO: Something of a Mystery Inside a Mystery This Time
CALENDAR: Second Annual Paint Georgia Pink 5K Walk/Run on Saturday

TODAY’S FOCUS

Lawrenceville announces $200 million development for downtown area

By Lisa Sherman, Lawrenceville, Ga.  |  The City of Lawrenceville and George Berkow Inc., in joint venture with Novare Group, are planning a $200 million mixed-use, urban-style development across 32-acres of property in the city’s immediate downtown district.

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The South Lawn project, which will be the largest redevelopment project in Gwinnett, will infuse the Historic Downtown with over 600 residential living units, more than 15,000 square feet of retail space, connect City Hall and the Police Station with the Lawrenceville Lawn and create a comprehensive walkable environment all the way to the Lawrenceville Square. Housing options will range from urban-style three-and four-story apartments and townhomes to single-family detached cluster houses and an age-targeted facility.

City Manager Chuck Warbington says: “The city’s vision is to realize the potential that exists for a walkable urban environment from Gwinnett’s government facilities to City Hall, from the square to the Police Station and everything in between. Our desire is to reflect the diversity of our community with this development, infuse our core with new residential units and complementing retail. This will transform the heart of Gwinnett into a melting pot for the arts, education and living.”

The city is working jointly with George Berkow Inc. and Atlanta-based Novare Group to execute a vision for diversified housing options, plus connecting the Downtown with the walkable community-centric, live-work-play environment.

Novare Group, founded by Jim Borders in 1992, has developed over 12,600 high-end residential units and over $3 billion in real estate developments in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte,  Dallas, Denver,  Houston, Nashville,  Orlando, Raleigh, and Tampa.  They are locally known for projects such as the adaptive re-use of the Historic Biltmore Hotel, TWELVE Hotel and Residences, Newnan Lofts, Metropolis Condominiums and SkyHouse Apartment Residences. 

Jim Borders says: “The members of our team responsible for this development executed similar developments in Roswell and Johns Creek.  We have taken the best of those concepts and incorporated them into the fabric of the Lawrenceville town center development.”  

George Berkow of Berkow Inc. adds: “We believe that this project will be a catalyst to spark renewed interest for infill living in Lawrenceville.” 

This announcement comes on the heels of the city’s commitment to preserve and redevelop the original 12,000 square foot structure for the Hooper-Renwick School and work in tandem with Gwinnett County to build a library there. Geographically, these new facilities will sit adjacent to the South Lawn development and complement the larger mixed-use project making the combined redevelopment area a little over 37 acres in size.

The South Lawn project was submitted to the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for a regional impact study last week and a rezoning hearing is scheduled for Lawrenceville’s December council meeting. Lawrenceville’s public works’ facilities, currently housed on the site, will be moved into new space along Pike Street at the beginning of 2018. A ground-breaking for the South Lawn is anticipated in the spring of 2018.

EEB PERSPECTIVE

Peachtree Corners cracks list of top 20 cities in Georgia

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher |  For the first time, one Gwinnett County city is among the 20 largest cities in Georgia.

That would be Peachtree Corners, with 42,773 residents, ranking it No. 20 among the Top 20 cities in Georgia. (All figures being used are 2015 population estimated from Amy Henderson at the Georgia Municipal Association.)

The line-up of Georgia’s biggest cities has changed somewhat in the last few years, because of the creation of several new Georgia cities in the Atlanta area, knocking off the Top 20 list several cities in North Georgia.

Atlanta remains the largest city in the state, with 462,970 residents. But there’s been a change in the second largest city, with Columbus (199,561) replacing Augusta (now 197,182) as the second largest.

Macon, since its consolidation with Bibb County, is now fourth largest (153,721), jumping from seventh largest. Savannah now is fifth largest (146,091).

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The creation of new cities in the Metro Atlanta started in 2005, when Sandy Springs came into being,  propelling it quite high on the list. It is now the seventh largest city in Georgia, with 105,703 residents.

And then recently a new City of South Fulton was approved, with 100,000 (estimated) population.  Meanwhile, Johns Creek, formed in 2006, is now ninth largest, with 83,107 people.

The replacement of smaller Top 20 is dramatic toward the end of the list. Brookhaven (formed in 2012) is now the 15th largest city in Georgia, with 57,444 citizens.

New in the list is Stonecrest in Southeast DeKalb County to the Rockdale County line, estimated to have 50,000 residents. Then comes Dunwoody, formed in 2008, with 48,884 residents, No. 19 on the list.

And finally comes Peachtree Corners, No. 20.

Gone from the list are Gainesville, now with 38,712 residents; Rome, 36,303; East Point, 35,382; and Peachtree City, 35,187.

Two other recently formed cities are Milton (formed in 2005), now No. 22 with 38,411, and Tucker, just formed in 2015, with 27,581 people.

Note that all these new cities were formed in and around Atlanta, where the major growth has been primarily since 1950. There have been no new cities formed in South Georgia, and there has been little population growth in South Georgia.

However, there has been consolidation of the city and county governments in three areas.  Columbus-Muscogee County led the way, coming together in 1971. Augusta-Richmond County merged in 1996, while Macon and Bibb County formed one government in 2014. The larger size of the combined population within these consolidated cities pushed their population size higher, of course.

While there has been talk of merging other city-county governments, no others come to mind. One city-county put the question on the ballot. Consolidation was on the ballot in Valdosta and Lowndes County in 2011, and as the Valdosta Times put it, “The people spoke and they yelled NO!”

Another nearby city, Jacksonville, Fla., and Duval County, Fla. led the way in mergers, bringing the two governments together in 1968.

One reason that there have been no Gwinnett cities in Georgia’s Top 20 list before is that most of the residents, about 75 percent, of Gwinnettians live in unincorporated areas of the county. Even though Gwinnett has 16 cities, there are no big cities in the county.  Only Peachtree Corners represents Gwinnett in the Top 20 list.

ANOTHER VIEW

Free book awaits when visiting this weekend’s Elisha Winn Festival

Members of the Literacy Committee are (from bottom of the stage up): Cindiella Nixon, Vice Regent Ann Story, Regent Kitty Watters, Nancy Nixon, Mary Lou Godbey, Literacy Chair Debra Houston, Babs Richman, Linda LaPerre, Bobbie Tkacik, Marie Zimmer, Lee Schermerhorn, Melissa Noah, and Marcia Klein.

By Debra Houston, contributing columnist  |  Last week I finished reading John Grisham’s novel, Camino Island. The main character, a man of dubious character, owns a bookstore.  On average, he reads about four novels a week. I’m lucky to read four novels a year. I have no excuse not to read fiction, except for the fact I prefer non-fiction.

I have the best of worlds as Literacy Promotion Chair for the Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution  (DAR) chapter in Lawrenceville. I get to collect books from our members and see which titles are reader-worthy. I jot down the names and then check them out at the library to read later. This year our committee collected over 1,000 books to give away at the Elisha Winn House Festival in Dacula, October 7-8, (this weekend) 10 to 5 each day. The GPS address is 908 Dacula Road, Dacula. (Bad weather could cause cancellation. Check the website before you go.)

The Gwinnett Historical Society hosts the event and offers tours of the Elisha Winn home, which is some 200 years old, and in great shape, thanks to them. I’m told that early Gwinnett governance began there where our namesake, Philadelphia Winn, grew up.

Consider this your invitation. There will be food, entertainment, and historical reenactments. Also, each festivalgoer is invited to take two free books. We have high quality hardbacks and paperbacks for all age groups.

Our committee is all about promoting literacy. We especially want to foster a love of books in our youngest citizens. Children’s books go fast at the festival (hint, hint). But I always ask what good are free books if no one reads them to children? We want to encourage parents, grandparents, and other adults to read to their kids or grandkids. If yours have left the nest, then visit the library and volunteer to read to children after school and/or in the summer.  

Come out this weekend for food, entertainment, and a quality book to read. You’ll find our DAR canopies by our colors – red, white, and blue.  The festival entry cost is $3 for adults. Children under 12 get in free, but can’t leave until they’ve chosen a book.  You know that last part is false, but let’s not tell the kiddies.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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FEEDBACK

President Trump’s “leadership” is pitiful at so many levels

Editor, the Forum

Your comments on the president did no more than enumerate what he has done and not done last week. However, your antipathy is clear…despite your soft criticism and laying out the facts.

How horrible this all is…much worse than we ever imagined with this clown and his cronies “running the country,” and the unbelievable reality that millions still believe he is doing a great job focusing on all the wrong issues.

His leadership and management style does not speak well for those who elected and supported him because of his “success” as a businessman rather than being a politician. “Drain the swamp, indeed.” Pitiful at so many levels.

— Howard Hoffman, Peachtree Corners

Let military forces organize Puerto Rico during recovery time

Editor, the Forum:

Let us hope that the Puerto Rican police and National Guard would be sufficient to establish “total authority” on the island.

What the territory probably needs and doesn’t have is skills and equipment that could be made available from military logistics and construction arms:  Transportation, Quartermaster, Corps of Engineers and Air Mobility Command (which is already in use, I see)

We might even go so far as to provide Quartermaster supplies that I expect are in warehouses, stockpiled for an emergency.

The Military also has Civil Affairs organizations at the J-5 (Joint Chiefs) and G-5 (Theater commands  and sometimes lower) levels, that are trained in such doctrine and practice. Puerto Rico could be an opportunity to put those into practice in getting the island back on its feet.

John Haeger, Lilburn

Wants more “civil conversations” rather than revert to name-calling

Editor, the Forum:

It seems that respect has gone out of style. Not agreeing with someone, or just having a “different” perspective, is no reason to treat them disrespectfully. Just because they are wrong, or just different from your views, does not make them unworthy of respect.

Some in today’s culture are obviously blaming President Trump, however, I suggest this started about eight years earlier when the mantra became: “We won, shut up, go away, get over it!”

President Trump certainly stirs up the other sides from his views by his tweeting, but even that is usually just a method of response to try to get his views heard when the mainstream media refuses to report accurately.

I’m sad our nation has come to this point, and I doubt we can ever get everyone looking in the same direction. However, I’d certainly like to see us having “civil conversations” again rather than always reverting to name calling and negative labels against differing opinions or views.

Steve Rausch, Peachtree Corners

Well, Steve, we work to make our GwinnettForum to have those solid “civil conversations.”  After all, we call it a “moderated web site” for everything must get by me to get in. And some things just don’t make the grade. Now about President Trump, do you think he tweets so much to take attention away from matters which are not going well for him?–eeb

Reliance on technology leads to more confusion and worry

Editor, the Forum:

My phone rings and I worry that I will be scammed.  My credit card statement comes and I worry that I’ve been scammed.  Credit agencies seem to give away my private information and I worry that I will be scammed.  Our reliance on technology only seems to lead to more confusion and more worry.

And the Republicans want to do away with the Consumer Protection Agency?  We need more consumer protection not less.  I don’t want to worry so much.  I want government to regulate technology so I don’t have to worry so much.

Alan Schneiberg, Sugar Hill

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UPCOMING

Lawrenceville kicks off $30 million college corridor project

Examples of some of the kinds of homes in the project.

The City of Lawrenceville has kicked-off work for a $30 million college corridor project, selecting Georgia Development Partners of Atlanta to oversee the initial construction of a 2.2-mile linear park that will connect Georgia Gwinnett College with the Downtown District.

The scope of work includes construction of roadways and streetscapes in the immediate downtown and train depot areas. Plans for the entire Corridor project [click to see PDF of project] were developed by Jacobs Engineering about five years ago. The cost of this project will be funded through a bond issuance approved by city council in 2015.

Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson says: “Georgia Gwinnett College produces more than $300-million in local economic impact for the Gwinnett community and is inside Lawrenceville’s city limits. The numbers speak for themselves. This linear park will connect one of our strongest economic engines and workforce development institutions with downtown and the county core. This is our tangible connection to realize the vision for being Gwinnett’s first and definitely unique ‘college town’.”

Plans for the 2.2-mile linear park include a two-lane road, multi-use trails, bike paths, roundabouts and attractive landscaping features. The corridor will begin at the intersection of Georgia Highway 316 and Collins Hill and run parallel to Northdale Road, in between Northdale and North Clayton Streets. 

City Manager Chuck Warbington adds: “Lawrenceville continues to bring together art and education. Through infrastructure connection projects like this one, we are building a more connected environment that attracts private investment, builds a stronger city and supports Gwinnett’s vision for an inclusive, diverse and vibrant metro Atlanta community.”

With right of way acquisition complete, Demolition Services, Inc. of Culpeper, Va. will remove vacant buildings on the property as Georgia Development Partners begins its construction work. Activity for these services will start in late October/early November and should be completed, weather permitting, in 12 months.

Check guidelines for yard debris collection for county residents

Gwinnett residents have until Monday, October 16 to contact the county to request free removal of yard debris from Tropical Storm Irma. They should set yard debris at curbside for pickup.

Gwinnett County is providing free storm debris removal along county and state roads, but not on city streets. The cleanup effort only applies to tree limbs, branches, and other vegetative debris. 

To provide efficient service, we ask that you follow these guidelines:  

  • Tree limbs and branches brought down during the storm may be cut and stacked BEHIND the curb of your residence in the right of way. Do not place storm debris in the street.
  • Do not place debris next to fire hydrants, utility boxes, or utility poles.
  • Do no mix tree limbs and branches with other debris such as roofing tiles, fencing, or other items damaged during the storm.
  • Trees must be cut as small as possible and each piece must weigh less than 50 pounds.  All pieces must be stacked at the curb. Branches and limbs must be trimmed and cut to a maximum of four feet.
  • If you hired a professional company to cut up your debris, we ask that they take the debris with them to reduce the volume stored in the right of way.
  • Debris cannot be collected in plastic bags, but lawn and paper bags are permitted.

For yard debris pickup, please contact the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation at dotservicerequest@gwinnettcounty.com or 770-822-7400 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NOTABLE

October 15 is deadline for paying 2017 property taxes

Tax Commissioner Richard Steele reminds property owners that 2017 property tax bills are due October 15. Taxpayers may choose to make a single payment or partial payments as long as the total due is paid by the due date.

New for 2017: Schedule your payment in advance. See this new option on your property tax account page at www.GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com. You can also sign up for paperless billing online. 

For property owners with escrow accounts, tax information is available to mortgage companies; however, it is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner to ensure taxes are paid by the due date. If there are questions about who will pay the taxes, homeowners should contact their mortgage company directly, especially if their mortgage company has recently changed.

Sold your property this year? You and the new owner will both receive copies of the 2017 tax bill. Documents signed at closing will determine who pays the taxes.

RECOMMENDED

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Reviewed by Tim Anderson, Fitzgerald  |  The late Kent Haruf is an American treasure. He pleases readers with beautiful language to tell his stories. In Our Souls at Night — also a new Netflix Original movie — Addie and Louis are in advanced years and both have lost spouses, and have lived alone for years. They have known each other peripherally for decades. One night Addie drops by with a proposal. She asks if Louis would like to sleep with her. This book is no Fifty Shades of Gray. Not even close. Two elderly people are very lonely. Both miss the gentle nighttime conversations they had with their spouses. A tender and genuine relationship develops that surprises and delights them both. The spare novel is like all of Haruf’s works — completely captivating with not one wasted word. In the movie, Robert Redford and Jane Fonda have never acted better in a movie. Book and movie are recommended.

An invitation: what books, restaurants, movies or web sites have you enjoyed recently? Send us your recent selection, along with a short paragraph (100 words) as to why you liked this, plus what you plan to visit or read next. –eeb

GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA TIDBIT

Temple bombing in Atlanta sends moral shockwaves through city

A major incident in Atlanta regarding Jews stemmed from anger at Jewish support for blacks during the civil rights movement. The infamous dynamiting of the Temple on October 12, 1958, is believed to have been perpetrated by people upset with the work of the Temple’s rabbi, Jacob Rothschild, in particular his participation as a guest speaker at a “brotherhood” program at Atlanta’s First Baptist Church the preceding May.

However, the general Atlanta population was generous in its outpouring of support for the Jewish community after the bombing. Indeed, the bombing of the Temple sent moral shockwaves through the city of Atlanta and beyond.

Temple bombing

Just after the bombing, U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower remarked, “I think we would all share in the feeling of horror that any person would want to desecrate the holy place of any religion, be it a chapel, a cathedral, a mosque, a church, or a synagogue.” Support, including telegraphs, cards, and financial gifts, came from numerous Atlanta churches. Writer Melissa Fay Greene notes that such sympathy and fellowship from Christians in Atlanta led Rabbi Rothschild’s wife, Janice, to label the crime as “the Bomb that Healed.”

According to the American Religion Data Archive, there were 52 Jewish congregations in Georgia in 2000, with approximately 93,500 adherents. Not all Jews belong to a synagogue, however, and the number of Jews in Georgia certainly exceeds the number of adherents.

Figures for the state’s major metropolitan areas are: Albany, one congregation with 200 adherents; Athens, one congregation with 400 adherents; Atlanta, 34 congregations with 85,900 adherents; Augusta, three congregations with 1,515 adherents; and Savannah, three congregations with 3,000 adherents.

Between 1990 and 2000, the Jewish population in the Albany metropolitan area decreased by 50 percent, while those of the Athens and Atlanta metropolitan areas increased by about 33 percent each. Augusta’s Jewish population increased by 8.2 percent, Columbus‘s by 10 percent, and Savannah’s by 9.1 percent during the same time.

In 1996 the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, which serves as an archive and cultural center dedicated to the experience of Jews in Georgia, opened in Atlanta.

MYSTERY PHOTO

Something of a mystery inside a mystery this time

Looks like today’s Mystery Photo is something of a building inside a building. See if you can figure it out. Send in your thoughts to elliott@brack.net and be sure to include your hometown.

There appears to be another mystery about where the most recent Mystery Photo is located. The photo  came from George Graf of Palmyra, Va., who told us that the sculpture was in Decatur.  Lois Solomon of Dacula says differently:  “I believe that this a piece by Gary Price in Columbus, Indiana, that is inside Foundation for Youth, 405 Hope Avenue, Columbus. 

‘This whimsical piece features children in flight. Gary Price created the work which is on display inside the lobby of Foundation for Youth. The artist said of it: ‘Imagine a world without limits, without boundaries, without prejudice and blame. Imagine an existence full of self-confidence, self-esteem and not only tolerance, but love for others regardless of color, socio-economic, or any other standing. To me that is what the future holds. That is what children represent and that is the type of world I would like to help others imagine so it can come to pass.’”

Now here is where it gets tricky.  Lou Camerio of Lilburn writes: “Just go to the courthouse square in downtown Decatur and you can see this sculpture.”

Then Susan McBrayer of Sugar Hill did even more, sending a photo of another angle of the sculpture, saying: “It’s in downtown Decatur.”

So maybe they’re two such sculptures. Some reader will probably clear this up for us.

CALENDAR

(NEW) Second Annual Paint Georgia Pink 5K Walk/Run, will be Saturday, October 7, beginning at 8:15 a.m. (The walks starts at 9 a.m.) Location: Gwinnett Braves Coolray Field, 2500 Buford Drive in Lawrenceville. Check-in =begins at 8:25 a.m. This is hosted by Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, with funds to be used by GMC breast cancer patients and the breast cancer programs. Details: kahardy@gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.

Kudzu Art Zone’s annual 12×12 show runs through October 8. The original art is all 12×12 inches original works. The paintings are an eclectic group of work on canvas.  Proceeds will support Kudzu’s efforts to bring art to the community through exhibits, classes, workshops and art camps for deserving children. A silent auction, with bidding closing at 2 p.m. on October 8, is part of this show. It is open during his year’s Norcross Art Splash. Kudzu Art Zone is located at 116 Carlyle Street in Norcross and is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., also open for the reception on October 8. For details see website: www.kudzuartzone.org or phone 770-840-9844.

(NEW) The Elisha Winn Fair is Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8, at the Winn home, north of Dacula at 908 Dacula Road.  Activities run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The home is where the first sessions of the Gwinnett Inferior Court took place, after the county was founded on Dec. 15, 1818. There will be exhibits, re-enactors, tours, food and music. The event is managed by the Gwinnett Historical Society.

(NEW) Gwinnett Symphony Wind Orchestra concert will be Sunday, October 8 at 7 p.m. at the Discovery High School Theater in Lawrenceville. The program will include works from Hindemith, Ticheli, Schuman and Shostakovich.  For more information, contact gsoc@newschoolofmusic.com.

(NEW) Police Forum: Lawrenceville Police Department will host a series of public information forums designed to educate the public on the responsibilities of local law enforcement while strengthening community relations to bridge the gap between police officers and civilians. The first of these forums will be held October 10 at 6 p.m. in the Lawrenceville Police Headquarters at 300 Jackson Street. For more information visit www.lawrencevillega.org.

Veteran’s Roundtable: Gwinnett Public Library, in partnership with Goodwill Industries, has a Gwinnett Veterans Monthly Roundtable Meeting. The next will be October 11 at the Buford Branch of the Library. 2100 Buford Highway. Enjoy comradery and receive help and advice on filing VA claims, medical and educational resources, housing, job resources, and more.  No reservations are needed.  Drop-in between 1 and 3 p.m. For more information, email cwalker@ging.org.

(NEW) Information Session on how communities can prepare for emergencies, disasters and adversities. This will be Saturday, October 14 starting at 10 a.m. conducted by the Department of Health of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Mosque, 1800 Willow Trail Parkway, Norcross. For details, email atiaghani@yahoo.com.

(NEW) Seventh Annual St. Matthews Episcopal Church Show, Saturday, October 14, beginning at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., rain or shine. The church is located at 1520 Oak Road in Snellville.  The show will be in the church parking lot. Cars, trucks and Motorcycles will  be on display. Proceeds will benefit The Place of Seven Springs in Snellville, which is a food bank and thrift store serving underprivileged families. For more information, visit www.stmatthewscarshow.com.

RE-SCHEDULED: The Fall Community Forum on Domestic Minor Human Trafficking has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 2140 Beaver Ruin Road, in Norcross. For more details, contact Muriam.Nafees@gwinnettcounty.com.

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