A big yellow excavator at Spencer and Walnut streets in Vine City was still on Friday morning — but just for a while, so folks could enjoy a ceremony to mark the groundbreaking for an apartment being built there so that seniors can afford it.
In 2017, the Rev. Darrion Fletcher died during his campaign for the Atlanta City Council post held by Ivory Lee Young, Jr. On Tuesday, Young continued his effort to honor Fletcher by naming a playing field for him in Vine City Park. Young also proposes to rename the entire park for a well-regarded urban planner, June Mundy.
Voters in a big chunk of Atlanta from Old Fourth Ward to Adams Park to Bolton will get for a new Fulton County commissioner in this year’s election. Commission hopefuls are talking about a lot of things including topics literally close to home: gentrification and property taxes.
Four candidates want to be on City Council from a district that runs all the way from Atlantic Station highrises to the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the westside bungalows of some of Atlanta’s most storied neighborhoods — and some of its most distressed.
By Lyle V. Harris
In addition to the gleaming new stadium downtown bearing its famous logo, Mercedes-Benz is seeking to impact nearby neighborhoods by funding more than a dozen Atlanta-based non-profit groups that teach young people the power of playing with a purpose.
A portion of the Rodney Mims Cook Sr. Park is to be built on land where speculators once drove prices to eye-popping levels – as much as $105,000 for a vacant tract measuring just 7,350 square feet. That’s $14.29 a square foot. In Vine City.
That sentence, popularized by President Reagan, could well sum up the first challenge facing the effort to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods around the future Falcons stadium.
From the 2006 shooting death of Kathryn Johnston by Atlanta police during a botched drug raid, to the cheating scandal that touched Bethune Elementary School, to recurrent flooding problems – the neighborhoods of English Avenue and Vine City have seen plenty of efforts to help them either go no where or go awry.
Neighborhood residents have their own share of problems, as well.
The pending deal for a new Falcons stadium on Northside Drive ensures the road will be a busy corridor for years to come.
As that deal comes together, Georgia Tech graduate students are putting the finishing touches on recommendations that intend to transform Northside Drive into a grand transit boulevard. Tech’s study is to be complete in May.
One goal of Tech’s study is to improve east-west connectivity, from Midtown and Downtown into some forgotten neighborhoods to the west of Northside Drive. The study also calls for improving north-south connectivity to provide a strong spine for future development and mobility that will solidify Atlanta’s core center.