Neighbors

NEIGHBORS  &  GRASSROOTS PARTICIPATION
By Frances Hamilton AIA LEED AP BD+C,  Chief Sustainability Officer, 2020-2023

    • Images 1-4: There are numerous large-scale projects going on nearby to enhance our urban lifestyles including the FABULOUS Beltline and Freedom Trail!
    • Images 5-8: A hierarchy of organizations for neighborhood grassroots participation in the City of Atlanta (COA) neighborhood-level decision making:
      • Grassroots level 1: starts at the Fourth Ward West Neighborhood Group (FWW) where McGill Place is located.
      • Grassroots level 2: FWW joins with other downtown neighborhoods at NPU-M meetings.
    • Images 9-10: Next Door Neighbors and the O4W Business Association provide further ways to connect and participate.


(ABOVE) Showing the 22 mile Beltline loop. GREEN: numerous bike/walking paths. ORANGE: Marta Civic Center is 3/4 mile hike.

(ABOVE) The Stitch Initiative

(ABOVE) Civic Center Redevelopment

(ABOVE) Sweet Auburn Works

(ABOVE) FWW is one of 4 areas of which Old Fourth Ward is divided.

(ABOVE) NPU-M consists of the 4 areas of O4W, Downtown (ADNA) and Castleberry Hill .
(ABOVE) NPU-M is one of 25 Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Units-setup by Mayor Manard Jackson in 1974.
(ABOVE) Next Door Neighbors site.

(ABOVE) Old 4th Ward  Business Association.

WALKING AND BIKING:
THE BELTLINE –  22 MILES OF AN OLD RAILWAY LOOPING AROUND ATLANTA TURNED INTO  WALKING AND BIKING PATHS!
McGill Place is 3/4’s mile to the Beltline Eastside Trail and 3/4’s mile to the Civic Center Marta Station. The Eastside Trail feels like Paris with all the people, dogs and cafes. (https://beltline.org/places-to-go/eastside-trail/).  Artists have used the revitalized paths as venues for displays of public art and homes located close to the BeltLine have new feathers in their caps.
THE FREEDOM TRAIL BIKE/WALKING PATH is 1 block south and intersects the Beltline, shown green on map at left and a choice under “Path Foundation Trails” on the various maps here: https://beltline.org/map/.
Here is a Freedom Trail tour map.
ATLANTA BIKE COALITION/PEDS advocates for good walking and bike paths. https://www.atlantabike.org/peds-merger.

ONGOING PROJECT: THE STITCH: STITCHING DOWNTOWN BACK TOGETHER!
Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (CAP/ADID) https://www.atlantadowntown.com/initiatives/the-stitch
A design study for a new ¾-mile platform that spans the I-75/I-85 Downtown Connector and ‘stitches’ Downtown back together. The concept creates 14 acres of new urban greenspace atop a new platform structure from the Civic Center MARTA Center at West Peachtree Street to Piedmont Avenue.

ONGOING PROJECT: THE CIVIC CENTER: SLOW METAMORPHOSIS
2014: The Civic Center was closed for assembly use in 2014 to be developed into a multi-use center by a private developer. 
2017-2021:
Atlanta Housing purchased the site and an artists community venue is being developed. Their proposal is to reuse the 1968 Civic Center auditorium’s transitional modern architecture, readapting the auditorium’s seating and interior and exterior beautiful modern details and rich materiality (note the brickwork). Respecting the beauty and handiwork of the past generations and being both economical and sustainable in the process is win-win-win! Here is the latest update from the Fourth Ward West Neighborhood site:  https://fourthwardwest.org/civic-center-redevelopment/

SWEET AUBURN WORKS
https://www.sweetauburnworks.com/
To Preserve, Revitalize, and Promote the commercial and cultural legacy of the Sweet Auburn Historic District. Sweet Auburn is where Martin Luther King was born in 1929 and where his memorial was located in 1968. A good book to read the full history of this area is: Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: A Saga of Race and Family

FOURTH WARD WEST NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION (FWW):
McGill Place is in the FWW neighborhood group which meets MONTHLY, EVERY 1st MONDAY at 6:30PM.
Old Fourth Ward is divided into 4 sections going clockwise on O4W image at left: FWW, FWA (Fourth Ward Alliance), FWN (Fourth Ward Neighbors) and SAND (Sweet Auburn Neighborhood District).
The FWW meeting has been online since the pandemic so is EASY to attend, but in the past met in the Southface Building at 241 Pine Street a few blocks away. After attending 3 times in 12 months an individual can vote.
Register in advance for this meeting: HERE
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
For meeting minutes and the agenda, click: HERE

NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING UNIT-M
McGill Place is in NPU-M  which meets MONTHLY, EVERY 4th MONDAY AT 6:15PM.
NPU-M is comprised of all four O4W neighborhoods (FWW, FWA, FWN, SAND), Downtown (ADNA), Castleberry Hill and part of the Marietta Street Artery Association (MSAA). NPU-M meetings have been online since the pandemic so are EASY to attend. A person who owns property or a business in the NPU-M can vote, no prior attendance is a prerequisite.
Register in advance for this meeting: HERE
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
WEBSITE:  https://www.npumatlanta.org/

NPU-M is one of 25 Atlanta NPU’s: https://www.npuatlanta.org/npu-dashboard

NEXTDOOR NEIGHBORS
https://nextdoor.com/login/
Nextdoor is an app where you can connect to 275,000 neighborhoods globally, including good ol’ Fourth Ward West! See news posts of residents, resident frustrations,  sell stuff fast with free posts, connect to special interest groups, businesses and more.

O4W BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
https://o4wba.com/
Mission: We are your O4W business community.
We INFORM and educate about City of Atlanta events, initiatives and incentives.
We CONNECT you with resources necessary to build a sustainable business.
We ADVOCATE for small independent businesses on a city and state levels.
Here is a good link to explore small businesses in the community:
https://o4wba.com/neighborhood/