GDOT Public Information Meeting

GDOT will be hosting a public information open house meeting on the Moreland Ave. bicycle and pedestrian improvements from Mansfield Ave. to DeKalb Ave. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  It will take place at the Mary Lin Elementary School – 586 Candler Park Dr. NE Atlanta, GA 30307.

Traffic Change Notification!

The Georgia Department of Transportation, through consultation with Councilmember Natalyn Archibong, neighborhood leaders, and the Drew Charter School will implement the following traffic changes:

Beginning in June 2017, left turns onto or from East Lake Terrace at Memorial Drive will be prohibited. 

The crash history of this intersection and the presence of schoolchildren requires this change. Right turns will still be permitted.  Drivers who are trying to go from south to north across Memorial Drive must use other routes where there is better visibility and less danger of head-on collisions. The Atlanta Police will enforce this restriction once the signage has been installed.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Help Spread the Word and Attend

Saturday, June 3rd  at 1:00 pm at the Virginia Highland Bike Share Station

Do you ever go to a meeting about a transportation project and ask yourself how did this project come about? Well often it’s from a planning study- Cycle Atlanta is one of those types of studies which will make very specific recommendations for roadways including Highland Avenue, Euclid Avenue and Whiteford Avenue to better connect people to the Inman Park- Reynoldstown MARTA Station. Be a part of the decision making process! And share this facebook event:

Project: Cycle Atlanta: An Appendix to Atlanta’s Transportation Plan is focused on creating an implementation strategy to build a high quality bicycle network to get people safely to six selected MARTA stations including the Edgewood- Candler Park and the Inman Park-Reynoldstown MARTA Station.

Who: The Department of City Planning is leading the project. Alta Planning +Design have been contracted to lead the design and creation of the document. You! We have invited each of you  because you have taken on a huge job by volunteering your time with a neighborhood organization. And your community.

When: The first meeting will take place on Saturday, June 3rd  at 1:00 pm at the Virginia Highland Bike Share Station (corner of Virginia and Highland).  Please share this meeting invite: Bring a bike or rent a bike share bike- so you can explore the different routes with us. This is during the Virginia Highland Summerfest- so arrive early to enjoy the awesome neighborhood event and then join us on our ride.

The full study process will be from May 2017- March 2018.

Why:  Did you know that 30% of people who board at the Edgewood-Candler Park and Inman Park-Reynoldstown MARTA stations walk or bike to the station? And that about 2,000 people board a day at each station.  They do! This work is important for community members who are already walking and biking to the station. By planning safe ways to get to MARTA  it can improve people’s lives that currently use the station, and attract new ridership and reduce the amount of cars on the road.

Also Atlanta voters passed two major sales taxes that support transportation- TSPLOST and the More MARTA tax. This study will inform the decisions about MARTA station and roadway improvements funded by those new taxes.

From Betsy collins, coordinating rep for Whitefoord / Toomer

Hello Everyone!

Testing season has now finished.  Hopefully, that means we can pursue our goals anew.  This is what we have cooking:

1. School buses for transportation from Edgewood Court Apartments to Toomer are officially a go (per Matt Westmoreland and Meria Carstaphen).  However, our families at ECA and the Walking Bus organizers would like to see a route map and some concrete information on the bus pick up spots.

2. I have reached out to Principal Adamo regarding Open Houses and other community events at Toomer.  I will attempt to get that info to you all as soon as possible so that we can alert the community and boost attendance.  I would like to remind everyone to encourage prospective parents and community members to GO VISIT THE SCHOOL.  Principal Adamo is very approachable.  Continue to work to dispel rumors and encourage folks to see it for themselves.  Just FYI, per Toomer PTA, multiple attempts to reach out to Whitefoord PTA leadership have gone unanswered.  I think they are a bit of a dead end right now.

3. Doug and DeShane are organizing an End of the School Year Community Celebration at the Edgewood gardens on the corner of Hardee and Mayson.  The date is tentatively set for May 21st (Sunday) in the afternoon.  They are looking for volunteers to help with the event and provide food and supplies.  I will include the list of things they need and also reach out to our neighborhood leadership to see if we can help provide some of these items.  Please mark your calendar and plan on participating on the 21st, though.  The gardens are fantastic and this will be a great way to reach out to our neighbors and get to know one another.

4. Early Learning Center at Whitefoord (3-4 year olds).  I’m still trying to get info on when the building will be ready for parents to view prior to the school year starting.  I know the facility will likely have it’s own manager because Principal Adamo cannot be in 2 places at once.  I do not know who this person will be yet.  Whitefoord Inc has had a couple focus group meetings that have been at weird times and at late notice.  I attended one focus group and saw many involved Whitefoord Inc parents there but few of them were planning to use Toomer because they lived in East Atlanta or Reynoldstown.  If you’d like to get more involved with planning, consider reaching out to Allison Price at Whitefoord Inc. 404-523-2500.  I know she is actively seeking parental and community input.

I’ll give you updates on open houses and the end of the school year celebration as I get them!  Please let me know if you have anything to add to this list or any updates to this info.

Betsy Collins

Atlanta City Council News Release

Atlanta City Council schedules departmental briefings on the proposed FY2018 City of Atlanta Budget

ATLANTA – In conjunction with the annual city budget planning process, the Atlanta City Council will receive a briefing from the Department of Finance on the fiscal condition of the city, the budget development process for the proposed FY18 budget and additional financial updates from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday, April 20 in the council chamber (second floor), Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, S.W.

For FY18, the City of Atlanta is proposing a $2 Billion Operating Fund Budget, an increase of $30.2 Million or 1.5 percent over the FY17 adopted budget. The proposed General Fund Budget is $637 Million General Fund Budget, an increase of $29.8 Million over the FY17 adopted budget.

Departmental budget briefings will begin on Wednesday, May 3 at 10 a.m. in the Council Chamber. The briefings allow councilmembers to discuss each department’s budgetary needs and current fiscal year expenditures. The briefings will begin with the following departments:

The following departments will present their proposed budgets:

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.        Department of Public Works/solid Waste/Fleet Services

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.          Break

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.            Department of Parks and Recreation

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.            Department of Procurement

Starting at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 the Atlanta City Council will hold a virtual/interactive public hearing on the proposed city budget in the council chamber when Atlanta residents, business leaders and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to ask questions about the City of Atlanta’s proposed budget the city services that will be provided or impacted. The meeting will be broadcast live on City Channel 26.

Questions from participants will be answered during the live broadcast. The meeting will also be streamed on the City of Atlanta’s website (Click on the ATL City Channel 26 icon in the middle of the webpage and click on the words: “Watch Channel 26 Live” located on the left of the screen.)

Questions can be submitted electronically and via telephone during the live public hearing using the following:

  1. Participants unable to physically attend the meeting can submit questions via email to
  1. Citizens can also submit their questions through twitter to @ATLCouncil and use the hashtag #atlFY2018budget
  1. Questions can be phoned in to 404-330-6309
  1. Text questions to 404-392-0159
  1. Or send questions via Facebook by logging on to

A digital copy of the proposed FY18 city budget can be viewed on the city of Atlanta’s website at Under the “government” heading, click on Department of Finance and scroll down to 2018 Proposed Budget Book.

To learn more about the City of Atlanta’s budget, the city’s finance department created Atlanta Budget Explorer (ABE) to give Atlantans the opportunity to take a closer look at how their city expends its money. The set of tools contained within ABE provides a transparent look at the city revenues, expenses and budget by the four major funds and by department. Visit the site at

Moreland Corridor Study Open House 

Please join the Livable Centers Initiative Study Team to review findings of the 10-Year update of the Moreland Corridor Livable Centers Initiative Plan.

Horizon Theater
Tuesday, April 18th, 6:00.

There will be a presentation on the LCI Study findings, then a panel discussion on Arts Districts and Creative Industry.

For more information about this project and to download a current draft of the report see

The Arts and Creative Industry Panel will include:

Andrew Somoza, 
President of UBack, a company that makes charitable giving simple, smart and secure for companies, donors and nonprofits. He is a technology entrepreneur with 20-plus years of experience in leading successful early-stage organizations. Having co-founded a number of technology companies, Andrew has amassed the skills necessary to take a business from concept to exit. His experiences are leveraged by various companies in board and advisory roles. As president of uBack, Andrew is engaged in sales, marketing, operations, technology and investor relations. He holds a bachelor’s in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Somosa also maintains a portfolio of investments reflecting his broad interests, including a partnership now operating the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta and the Georgia Theater in Athens, among other venues.

Aileen Almassy 
is Managing Director of Cushman Wakefield in Atlanta. As a 19-year veteran in commercial real estate, she has extensive experience in the leasing and management of Class A Office properties. Ms. Almassy has always been focused on landlord representation, and in her current role as Leasing Director she is responsible for leading Cushman & Wakefield Atlanta’s agency leasing practice and for the marketing and leasing of several office buildings throughout the metro area. Among her recent responsibilities was the office lease-up of Ponce City Market.

Michael Alexander, 
AICP is Director of the Center for Livable Communities at the Atlanta Regional Commission. The Center integrates various aspects of physical planning and data resources to achieve a greater balance of consideration for each area in the Commission’s plans and programs. Activities undertaken by the Center for Livable Communities include the development and maintenance of the Region’s long-range development plan and other functional plans such as the regional transportation plan and water supply plan. Mr. Alexander has worked on numerous planning efforts for ARC including Envision6 and the ARC’s latest adopted plan, Plan2040. Prior to joining the ARC staff, Mr. Alexander worked in Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia in local government planning, specializing in growth and development issues. Mr. Alexander earned dual master’s degrees in Public Administration and Community Planning from Auburn University. He’s also served as a Marine Infantryman in Desert Storm.