SAND Holiday Potluck

We'll have a brief SAND meeting & officer elections followed by a potluck dinner on Thursday, December 10th, 7:30 PM,  at Woodland Hills Church, 1084 Woodland Avenue SE.

SAND will provide the holiday ham and beverages. We ask that you provide the sides and dessert, feel free to post on our Facebook what you want to bring.

Also, Center for Hope is collecting blankets and warm clothes at the church. Please bring any you would like to donate.

Southeast Atlanta Residents Launch Campaign to Save Neighborhood Libraries

Funded by a library bond referendum approved by Fulton County voters in 2008, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is currently building a new library at 1463 Pryor Road, Atlanta, GA 30315.

Through investigation, Southeast Atlanta residents have learned that the current plan is to close Georgia Hill, Carver Homes, and Thomasville Heights libraries once the new Southeast Atlanta Branch is opened in late 2015.

While residents are excited at the prospect of having a new, modern library, they point out that "Losing these neighborhood libraries will limit access to the rich collection of resources that are currently in our communities.  Children and adults can currently walk and bike from Grant Park, Peoplestown, and Summerhill, under the new plan the library would be almost an hour's walk away." 

Concerned neighbors have launched a petition campaign at which will be sent to the Fulton County Commissioners, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.  It is available at:  https://www.change.org/p/fulton-county-commissioners-atlanta-fulton-public-library-system-save-georgia-hill-library-and-other-southeast-atlanta-libraries

Neighborhood Residents Ask Mayor Reed to Complete Planning Study Before Selling Turner Field

ATLANTA, GA. - A letter from the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition will be hand-delivered by a delegation of over 50 neighborhood residents to Mayor Kasim Reed following a press conference on Tuesday, July 7th. Similar letters will be delivered to Atlanta City Council Members, Fulton County Commissioners, and the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority Board. Media outlets are invited to hear directly from neighborhood residents on the steps of old City Hall on Tuesday, July 7th at 10:00am at 68 Mitchell Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. 

Channel 2's Audrey Washington reports.

The letter asks the Mayor to make a public commitment to completing the Turner Field Livable Centers Initiative Planning Study (LCI) process before negotiating any development deal. It requests that Mayor Reed use the recommendations from this study to initiate a competitive bidding process for the massive redevelopment project.  “Our communities have suffered long enough as a result of top-down development.” says Summerhill resident John A. Colabelli. “We don’t want a quick fix solution. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to restore the surrounding neighborhoods and reconnect downtown to the entire south side of Atlanta.” 

The LCI Planning Study grant was awarded to the City of Atlanta in February 2015 and represents the largest LCI grant ever-awarded by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The study is due to be completed by July 31, 2016. The Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition is a coalition of 42 neighborhood associations and advocacy groups representing thousands of residents in the communities surrounding Turner Field. The Coalition seeks community participation in decisions related to the redevelopment of the Turner Field Stadium area. More information about the Coalition, including a list of members, can be found at www.turnerfieldcoalition.org.

Zoo Atlanta Receives Major Gift from Woodruff Foundation

Zoo Atlanta has been awarded a $20 million grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation in a dramatic show of support for an unprecedented expansion of Atlanta’s oldest cultural destination. The grant will match other gifts for the project on a 1:1 basis up to and including a commitment of $20 million.

Read more at The Porch Press > http://theporchpress.com/2015/02/zoo-atlanta-receives-major-gift-from-woodruff-foundation/

AJC creates 'Crime in ATL' Application

'This application allows our city of Atlanta readers to see the latest crimes* in their neighborhoods, along with trending patterns since 2009.'

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has created an interactive map and a series of graphs from data submitted by the Atlanta Police Department.  It features total crime incidents reported over the last month as well as crime trends since 2009.  Overall, crime in Zone 6 has been on the decline since 2009.

You can access 'Crime in ATL' for Zone 6 by clicking here: http://crime.myajc.com/#zones/6