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  • Atlanta's History Through the Eyes of a Pig

    Sue Ellen Mears, with the DeKalb Historical Society, comments on Atlanta's change from rural to urban through the lens of Bill Suits, owner of A ta Z Salvage in Decatur, who wished to bring Rufus, his 7 month-old, 50 pound potbellied pig to work.

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    1. Summarize the story of Rufus and express your opinion about the outcome of the story.

    2. Should government make exceptions to laws, or should the same laws be applied to everyone?

    3. This video is basically about zoning laws. Why are zoning laws imposed in most communities and cities? Give examples of zoning in your own community/city.

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    1. Summarize the story of Rufus and express your opinion about the outcome of the story.

    2. Should government make exceptions to laws, or should the same laws be applied to everyone?

    3. This video is basically about zoning laws. Why are zoning laws imposed in most communities and cities? Give examples of zoning in your own community/city.

    Vocabulary

    zoning: system within governments that regulates where buildings are built and the use of the areas within that district/city/county
    snowball effect: is a process that starts from an initial state of small significance and builds upon itself, becoming larger
    pigheaded: being stubborn or refusing to do what other people want or to change your opinion or the way you do something
    city commission: a form of local government in the United States where voters elect a small group, typically five to seven members, responsible for taxation, public works, finance, or public safety

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    Discussion Guide

    1. Summarize the story of Rufus and express your opinion about the outcome of the story.
    Answers will vary. [Because Rufus is both a pig and a pet, zoning laws must set standards for owning animals that will satisfy the entire community.]

    2. Should government make exceptions to laws, or should the same laws be applied to everyone?
    Student answers will vary. 

    3.This video is basically about zoning laws. Why are zoning laws imposed in most communities and cities? Give examples of zoning in your own community/city.
    Zoning laws are imposed in order to keep land uses organized so they won't interfere with each other. In other words, there are areas where only houses can be built, or only businesses (certain types) may be built. It helps to keep new development from overwhelming an area’s homes or businesses. There are areas where only businesses may build; others where only residences can be built. Also, the types of residences that can be built are also zoned: single family, homes, duplexes, apartments, trailers/mobile homes, etc. These are not usually mixed together. Junkyards, landfills, etc. usually have their own areas zoned where there are no businesses or homes nearby.

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