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What's New in 2?
Dear friends and neighbors,

I hope you're all having a great week and looking forward to a happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. This month's newsletter provides an update on the City's efforts to address ongoing street racing and an exciting update on Downtown Decides projects which have begun breaking ground! Finally, it's been a busy month for socially-distanced site visits across District 2, some of which I highlight below. 

As always, my newsletter is just a snapshot of what our office is working on every day. To learn more, I invite you to follow me on Twitter.
 

Construction Underway!

Downtown Decides! Breaks Ground

As you know from past newsletters, we have been hard at work making sure that the 17 projects you voted for as part of the Downtown Decides! participatory budgeting initiative are completed in a timely manner. 

Last week, we were thrilled to unveil the first two completed builds: wheelchair accessible crossings at both Peachtree St and Williams St (pictured) as well as Ted Turner Dr. and Williams St.

These ideas were submitted by local resident Tony McCarthy, who had this to say when asked why he chose them:

"My wife and I love walking to stay active. Several years ago while taking my granddaughter for a walk in the stroller, I noticed several intersections that didn’t have ramps on the curbs and we were forced to pick up the stroller to cross the street. I immediately thought that this would be impossible for someone in a wheelchair. When Amir introduced “Downtown Decides” at an ADNA meeting, I decided to submit the idea. It’s refreshing to see the city solicit ideas from the community and then take quick action to make it easier for people with disabilities. This was a great program and I would really like to see programs like this continue. The people that live and work in the community can quickly tell you where improvements can be made."

Stay tuned for more updates as we concurrently strive to finish the other 15 builds. As always, a special thanks to both the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District as well as the city's Department of Transportation for being such great partners in this effort. 

Together we are working to deliver on our promise to you -- to show that you have a voice in government and that you can trust the city to follow through on its word. 

 

Street Racing Update

New Legislation Passes Council
Since I took office in January 2018, few challenges have been quite as frustrating as street racing. The issue is a persistent quality of life detriment and safety hazard. It has disrupted and endangered thousands of District 2 residents and many others across the city. I take this issue very seriously. Unfortunately, legislative solutions are not as readily at hand as we might like on Council. 

Yet, we are making every effort to bolster existing laws where possible. On November 2nd, we passed a bill, which says that if you are arrested for a street racing-related crime you can not immediately bond out of jail until you have gone before a judge, in no more than 48 hours of being booked into jail. This creates an additional deterrent complementing existing laws that prohibit reckless driving, laying drag, etc. 

Of course, no laws are useful unless they are enforced. I'm working weekly with APD and ATL DOT to improve enforcement and outcomes. 


















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2021 Proposed IPNA Budget

 

The State of COVID Collaboration

ARCHI is hosting a conversation with the heads of DeKalb and Fulton Boards of Health on Oct 7th-- they are giving a bit of a State of COVID address- what's working right now, what they need help with (especially targeted to community groups) and what they are worried about regarding upcoming winter and flu season. Anyone in the neighborhood would also be very welcome to join if they are interested in hearing from these women and if they have questions about what might lie ahead. Info is here: The State of COVID-19 in Atlanta - ARCHI Collaborative

City of Atlanta Pre-Arrest Diversion Program

The City of Atlanta is revising it's pre-arrest diversion program and contemplating ways it can set up a system through 311 that could deploy resources/counselors/trained interventions to individuals who are more likely be experiencing a mental health situation or suffering from effects of poverty or addiction. There is a survey that anyone who lives or works in Atlanta is invited to fill out. 

 Pre-arrest Diversion INFO:

In June, Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a substantial funding increase, which will allow PAD (Pre-Arrest Diversion) to expand citywide over the course of this fiscal year. Mayor Bottoms' recent Administrative Orders direct the city to establish a multi-year agreement with PAD, as well as to develop a plan to train all Atlanta Police Department officers to use diversion as an alternative to arrest. When an officer has already detained a person and can call our team instead, we provide an immediate alternative to charging and booking that individual through PAD LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion)

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Tuesday Tip: Special Election on September 29

The special election on Sept. 29 is confusing, right? Seems like a lot of work to elect someone to serve out the remaining months of our beloved Congressman John Lewis’s term. The person we elect will represent the 5th Congressional District only through Jan. 2021, but some heavy decisions may be made in Congress during those 98 days. 

Here is a Sample Ballot for the Sept. 29 election, and here is a link to the candidates  who are on the ballot, along with their various platforms.

If no candidate receives 50% of the vote, there will be a run-off election on Dec. 1st, in which case the winner will serve a congressional term of 33 days.

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Food Drive for our Neighbors in Need

Hi Inman Park! Please consider donating any of the items below to the local Food Pantry. Your donations go to members of our community experiencing food insecurity - both the homeless and hungry. The need is incredible currently and every little bit helps!
  • Canned meat including tuna, chicken, spam, and Vienna sausage 
  • Chunky soups especially those w pop-top lids 
  • Canned vegetables including spinach, green beans, beets and corn, carrots 
  • Rice or Pasta / noodles 
  • Canned or dried fruits 
  • Cereal, Peanut butter, granola bars or other shelf stable items
More info about the organization and an up-to-date list of greatest needs is here: https://intowncm.org/food-pantry-greatest-needs
Drop your donations off any time to 889 Edgewood Ave. We have a box on our front porch. Donations will be delivered weekly to ICM Food Pantry thru September. Thank you!
Jennie

August 2020 IPNA Meeting Agenda

NOTE: The actual meeting invitation will arrive by email Wednesday afternoon and members can click on the link included and then enter the password given in order to join the meeting. 

 

August 19, 2020 IPNA meeting Agenda:

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Early Voting Starts Today and runs through August 7

Early voting began today and continues until August 7th for the August 11 run-off election. Here is a list of 20 early voting locations in Fulton County.
Among the early voting locations is State Farm Arena. There is free parking available. 
Fulton Voters Can Cast Ballots at State Farm Arena – Georgia’s Largest Voting Site 
 

Fulton Voters Can Cast Ballots at State Farm Arena – Georgia’s Largest Voting Site

 

IPNA Proposed BLM Statement

Inman Park Stands with Black Lives Matter
The time is overdue to end the systemic racism that has prevailed through the history of our nation.  While progress has been made, racism remains pervasive in our institutions.  It is unjust and we will work to end it.  It harms us all. Black Lives Matter.
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Support Partners for Home

Dear Neighbors:

During this pandemic, we’ve all been told to shelter in place.
But what about the most vulnerable among us who have no place to shelter?

As those of you who came to our April 15 IPNA Zoom Meeting heard from Councilmember Amir Farokhi, the City of Atlanta is testing our homeless neighbors for COVID-19 and is housing those who test positive in a downtown hotel that has been converted to isolation housing. Homeless COVID-19 patients are cared for in the isolation hotel, giving them a safe place to recover and helping prevent the further spread of the disease. Another local hotel is being converted into housing for the city’s homeless population to keep our most vulnerable neighbors safe.

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MARTA Notice - no Green Line trains at Inman Park/Reyoldstown or Edgewood/Candler Park March 8-15

MARTA Notice - no Green Line trains at Inman Park/Reyoldstown or Edgewood/Candler Park March 8-15

 

MARTA is doing track work between Edgewood/Candler Park and East Lake Stations next week. The Green Line normally turns back Westbound on the section of track being repaired, so during this time Green Line trains will need to turn back at King Memorial. This means Inman Park/Reynoldstown and Edgewood/Candler Park will not have Green Line train service March 8-15. The Blue line will run a normal schedule, but will slow down between Edgewood/Candler Park and East Lake. Please allow extra time when you travel! Read more here: https://itsmarta.com/track-renovation-project.aspx

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Little 5 Points Mobillty Study POP-UP STUDIO

Please drop in for one or more of the sessions.

For decades Little 5 Points has served as a go-to place for anyone looking to experience a unique slice of urban counterculture.  To call it a retail and entertainment destination would be missing the point.  Little 5 Points is an authentic Atlanta experience – one that mixes grit and creativity with underground theatre, cutting-edge music and unique mom-and-pop shops.  While these eccentricities are integral to Little 5 Points as a great place, its public spaces, streets, sidewalks and parking lots are long overdue for improvements.

The Little 5 Points CID and Little 5 Points Alliance are starting an ambitious effort to redesign the “bones” of L5P, with specific focus on Euclid Avenue and overall parking management.  

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A Screening of SUPPRESSED: The Right to Vote

 

Bleeding Hearts Art Open House

Are you a bleeding heart for local art? Do you love Little 5 Points?

Join the Little 5 Points Alliance for an ART OPEN HOUSE at the Little 5 Points Center for Arts and Community located at 1083 Austin Ave NE. If you've never been inside the old 1919 Moreland School THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!! Once a school to over 900 students, the L5PCAC has been home to over 20 arts and community organizations since 1982. More info http://www.l5pcc.org/

+ Over 10 local artist studios open for tour
+ Manga African Dance, Inc. and Gateway Performance Productions performances
+ Horizon Theatre Company tickets for sale to 8pm show ONCE: https://www.horizontheatre.com/plays/once/
+Music by WRFG
+Martial Arts Demonstrations and Rising Phoenix T'ai Chi (TM)
+Family Crafts
+Interactive Art
+Snacks + Drinks offered in studios

FREE | FAMILY FRIENDLY | EVERYONE WELCOME
* Bleeding Hearts Art Open House is part of the Little 5 Point Alliance's monthly program, Weird Wednesday. https://l5pa.com/weird-wednesdays

IPNA Tax Reform Committee Proposals

Proposed Homestead Exemptions from School Taxes--Plan A

Retain present Homestead exemption from school taxes (enacted in 2018 and in effect until 2021). Exempts $50,000 of assessed value above the first $10,000.  Everyone pays school taxes on the first $10,000 in valuation; school taxes are exempted up to assessed values of $60,000; beyond that valuation, there are presently no additional exemptions. 

 

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Krog Tunnel Closure

The Krog Street tunnel will be partially closed/closed for filming on Jan 8,9&10.  See notice below for specifics on times and the type of closure. While this affects our neighbors to the south more than Inman Park, we want everyone to be safe!

 

2020 Print Membership Directory

IPNA will be printing new membership directories early next year.  If you want to be in the new directory, please go to inmanpark.org, login to check your profile and make sure all your information is correct. If you have a spouse/partner/significant other, make sure they are also a member of IPNA so they can be cross-referenced in the directory. If you have a s/p/so listed under your profile but they have not joined individually, they cannot be cross-referenced. IPNA membership is by individual, not household, while security patrol membership is by household.

We encourage everyone to check out their profile and make any corrections. This makes the job of printing the directory much easier on the individuals who are facilitating this process. Also, ask your friends and neighbors to join. The more, the merrier!

Thank you in advance for your cooperation,

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L5PA Ideas & Progress Party


WE'RE READY CELEBRATE OUR YEAR LONG PROGRESS WITH YOU!  We hope to see you next week at our Ideas + Progress Party on 11/13. Please  invite your friends and neighbors who love Little 5!  Share our FB Event! 
Ideas + Progress Party on November 13 from 6-9 p.m.

Please join us to learn about our PROGRESS, SHARE IDEAS AND PARTY!
  • Georgia Tech Design Studio Engagement Session: Creative ideas about improving how people get to and use L5P. Your voice is requested! 
  • L5P Alliance Elected Board Announcement
  • L5P Alliance Progress Report and Upcoming Plans
  • L5P Community Improvement District Project Updates
Little 5 Points Center for Art & Community (1083 Austin Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307) in the Shifalo Cafe- formerly the cafeteria.  
 
This event is one of our Weird Wednesdays which are FREE & Family Friendly. Everyone Welcome! 
 
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GA TECH DESIGN STUDIO - Let's Make History
 
 
Did you know GA Tech is helping us out in Little 5? The master's program design studio is studying the district and recommending how people can get to and use L5P.
They need your ideas and response to what they've gathered so far! Please attend the Ideas + Progress Party on 11/13 (next Wednesday) to hear their recommendations and share your feedback.
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Before and After Georgia Works in L5P
Thank you Don Bender for sponsoring the October cleanup which included weed removal and trash pick up! The streets and sidewalks of L5P are so fresh and so clean thanks to Georgia Works.  
If you'd like to learn more and/or sponsor a clean up click HERE.
See you next week! 

Thanksgiving Holiday Solid Waste Schedule


The Office of Solid Waste Services will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29.

Please note the revised solid waste collection schedule November 28-December 7.

The regular collection schedule resumes Monday, December 9, 2019.


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HAPPY THANKSGIVING | MORELAND AVE CONSTRUCTION | GA GIVES DAY | HOLIDAZE

 

WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING OUR FIRST YEAR! 

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