President’s Blog

IPNA and Trolley Barn Blood Drive

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak.  Accordingly, IPNA and the Trolley Barn are co-hosting a blood drive on Thursday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Trolley Barn, 963 Edgewood Avenue NE
To schedule an appointment to donate badly needed blood, go to ( and use the sponsor code THETROLLEYBARN. 
To protect us donors, the Red Cross is following these safety procedures, some of which are standard and some heightened:
  • Checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they are healthy
  • Providing hand sanitizer for use before the drive, as well as throughout the donation process
  • Spacing beds to follow social distancing practices between blood donors 
  • Increasing enhanced disinfecting of all surfaces and all equipment
  • Routinely wiping down donor-touched areas
  • Wearing gloves and changing gloves with each donor 
  • Using sterile collection sets for every donation
  • Preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub 
You can find an infographic on the Red Cross safety precautions at You can read a letter from the Red Cross medical director at
Please consider donating blood. If you have questions or concerns, you may direct them to Jim Abbot, [email protected] or 404-281-0638. Thank you. 

Responding to COVID-19, Town Halls with Amir Farokhi

LifeLong Inman Park Neighbor to Neighbor Update

LifeLong Inman Park Neighbor to Neighbor Update
The LifeLong Inman Park Committee feels that community is more important than ever in these unpredictable and confusing times.  Therefore,  Neighbor to Neighbor volunteers would like to offer community assistance within the recommended boundaries of social distancing.  We are happy to pick up groceries and prescriptions or prepare and deliver meals to your porch to ease  troubled times.  Most of all, we would like neighbors to know that we care and stand ready to assist.  One way of doing that would be to establish telephone contact especially with our more vulnerable or isolated neighbors.  Volunteers will work from the recent directory to check in, just to say hi and how are you. Also, we would appreciate input from those of you aware of neighbors who might be struggling for various reasons.
We may not catch 100% of our neighbors at their telephones but just knowing that we are making the effort will spread the word that help can be available if it's needed.  Don't hesitate to call on us!
Contact Linda Gross at 404-545-5222 or Jackie Lawrence at 404-272-0024 or enter your request on the Inman Park website under the Lifelong Inman Park tab.  If you wish to volunteer your assistance please sign up via under the Lifelong Inman Park tab, see Neighbor to Neighbor.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Inman Park Festival

Most of you probably already know the sad news that the festival has been postponed/cancelled but here is the official statement:

Our top priority is the safety and health of our patrons, artists, guests, staff, vendors and community. Therefore, due to COVID-19 concerns, Inman Park Spring Festival & Tour of Homes, scheduled to take place April 24-26, 2020 will be postponed or cancelled. We are evaluating if a rescheduled event is possible or if we will see you next April, 2021. We will announce more information in the next few weeks. We encourage all to adhere to the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Volunteer Fair Cancelled

The Volunteer Fair scheduled for Sunday, March 22, at the Trolley Barn has been cancelled.

Announcement Regarding Suspension of March IPNA Meeting

One thing is for sure: Social distancing is totally contrary to the nature of IPNA.

However, in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, IPNA is suspending our March Business Meeting.

Based on a directive received Friday from the City, all NPUs are working to clear their March agendas in order to avoid meeting. NPU-N has asked its member organizations to reach out to their applicants and request deferrals. As a result, we have no zoning applications that need to be voted on this month, and there are also no historic preservation applications.

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COVID-19 Contingency Plans


At our IPNA Board meeting on Tuesday, we put into place the following COVID-19 contingency plans:

1)     Next week's IPNA meeting on Wednesday, March 18, will be streamed on Facebook Live. Please join us virtually if you are ill, have been around anyone who is ill, or have decided to forego attending public events at this time. Watch for further instructions on how to join us online if you so choose. The board has decided that although our bylaws do not permit absentee voting, we will make an exception in the interest of helping prevent the spread of the virus. For the March 18 meeting, the following absentee voting rules will be in place:

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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:

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APS Meeting to Address Overcrowding in the Grady Cluster

Here is a link to the slides for the upcoming APS meeting to address overcrowding in the Grady cluster to be held at Inman Middle School on February 25, 2020 at 6 pm.

March 11 - MR-MU Town Hall With Commissioner Keane

Good afternoon, all,

I have invited Commissioner Tim Keane of the Department of City Planning, and Keyetta Holmes, Interim Director of Zoning, to join us for a public conversation on MR-MU zoning designation and the City’s intent, expectations, and guidelines for it. All are welcome.

While the conversation may be shaped, in part, by MR-MU zoning in the Old Fourth Ward, other neighborhoods in District 2 will also be invited.

Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 11, at 6pm-7:30pm at the new Station 464 Apartment Homes (464 Boulevard NE 30308). A big thank you to Wingate for hosting us that evening.

All the best,

Amir Farokhi
Atlanta City Council
Councilmember, District 2

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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February 2020 IPNA Meeting Agenda

The Inman Park Neighborhood Association Meeting will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 7:30 pm at the Trolley Barn. The following items are on the agenda. All are welcome. Childcare will be provided. Food is provided by Hampton and Hudson and Nina and Rafi. 

February 19 Pre-meeting - Senator Nan Orrock will join IPNA at 6:30 P.M. for a screening and follow-up discussion of Suppressed: The Right to Vote, plus a live demonstration of Georgia’s new voting machines

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A Screening of SUPPRESSED: The Right to Vote


March 6 Information Session offered by Lifelong Inman Park

A Discussion on the state of Georgia’s Senior Care Facilities

A follow-up on the AJC’s investigative report series “Unprotected”.  The program will look at the issues raised, proposed legislative responses and the on-going need for a collaborative consumer driven response to ensure quality care for all of Georgia’s residents living in assisted living and personal care communities.

March 6th at 10:00 am

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Volunteer Fair, March 22, 3-5pm, Trolley Barn

Please join us at the 2020 Festival Volunteer Fair on March 22 at the Trolley Barn from 3-5 pm.


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2020 Inman Park Festival Volunteer Sign Up is Live!

The Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes requires hundreds of volunteers to be successful.  There are 26 areas where you can volunteer for only a 2 hour shift (comes with free beer for the 21+ crowd).  Take a couple hours to help, meet some new neighbors, have fun and feel like you are part of running the best festival in the city.  We are the largest volunteer-run festival in the Southeast!  We need your help.

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

+ 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:
+Music by WRFG
+Martial Arts Demonstrations and Rising Phoenix T'ai Chi (TM)
+Family Crafts
+Interactive Art
+Snacks + Drinks offered in studios

* Bleeding Hearts Art Open House is part of the Little 5 Point Alliance's monthly program, Weird Wednesday.

Dekalb Ave Complete Street Open House

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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Hulsey Yard Master Plan Vote

As announced at the December meeting, IPNA will be requesting a vote of support at the Jan. 15 IPNA meeting for the Hulsey Yard Master Plan. IPNA, along with Reynoldstown, Cabbagetown, and Fourth Ward Neighbors, organized, funded and guided the study.  With the backing of the four neighborhoods, the plan will be brought to NPU-N for support of its adoption into the City's Comprehensive Development Plan. A copy of the final document can be found here, and more information about the planning process can be found here: .