Our West End Newsletter

Our October/November Newsletter is out! I received mines yesterday, complimentary of the free door to door distribution- thanks guys!! If you haven’t received your newsletter you can pick one up at many of the businesses on Ralph David Abernathy Blvd (RDA) or check out my favorite spot- the West End Print shop..

As usual there is great info and news on the West End, neighbors and events. Many wonderful articles to reinforce our pride in our community. Many new neighbors, new children, new businesses. I was particularly happy to see the article on how some of our neighbors, renters AND owners are helping to fight/overcome mortgage fraud in our area. (check out page 6)

Sales in the West End are jumping! Just today I was on the phone with a buyer who is considering placing an offer on a house that already has a few offers!!!!!!How awesome is that? *My fingers crossed for you buyer*
But there are still beautiful homes available. I’m excited to see the movement and offers going forth in our area. I love the many calls I receive from those particularly interested in the West End (Historic district and other). A few of my buyers also have Westview homes on their list- Historic West End’s neighbor. Pretty soon what will I do for business? šŸ™‚ I’m sure all our homes will be filled with long term residents!

I applaud neighbor Carl Ness, for his promotion and diligence in all he does. Check out the WEND blog (http://www.wendblog.com/) for details on his latest tasks “getting rid of an eyesore”. Also, contact Carl if you’d like to purchase a “West End Historic District” street topper sign. Only $45- I’m getting one for my door! (I wish I had a metal gate in front of my house!) 404-755-7832.

On another note, our support is also needed to keep publishing our newsletter. Currently it is published by a 501(c)3 non profit community development organization “Creating Vibrant Communities, Inc.” (read more on them on page 1 of the paper this issue). Both donations and advertising will have to increase in order to keep the paper going. Remember- our donations are tax deductible since it is a non-profit 501(c)3. Let’s see if we can pull together and support the organization that help keep us connected! Checks can be made out to “Our West End Newsletter” and mailed or dropped off at 662 Grady Place SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

http://www.ourwestendnewsletter.org

Neighborhood Watch

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending “Block Captain’s Training” /Neighborhood Watch Training at City Hall East.

The facilitator is Director Juanita Mention-Smith. The training is a joint effort between Councilwoman Cleta Winslow and the Community Service Unit of the Atlanta Police Department. While I will not bore you with the many raw details and discussions various community neighbors and leaders had- it was very clear that many of our city neighborhoods are in need of healing. I think this is known and the efforts of the Police Department and Councilwoman to bring us together and provide a foundation for us to begin is commendable.

Firstly, it was good to see the many ethnicities and a wide age group of people who showed up on a Saturday morning with the agenda of “taking back” their neighborhood and putting a stop to violent crimes and the drugs. Some of the name tags I saw were of people from; Summer hill, Mechanicsville, East Atlanta, Vine City, Mosley Park, and of course Historic West End represented- some known residents Vonda Henry and John Pavlin…

Secondly, the session was VERY informative.

And lastly, the session was conducted very well. We were provided with a light breakfast, and a nice lunch. The director made sure we stayed on time, while answering AS MANY questions asked…AND listening to MANY complainants about the APD, posing as a question. I applauded her patience; while I tried to refrain myself from screaming “We are not hear to listen to what your association is not doing….” As I said, it was a very interesting class. While I do understand, that all neighborhoods have somethings that all will not agree on…the session made me appreciate MY neighborhood and the association even more. I can’t speak for everyone here, but the way I see it, we pretty much are all striving for the same thing in one form or another. Safety, historical & architectural preservation, property value appreciation, community involvement, and caring neighbors.

The below information is partially taken from our Neighborhood Watch handbook and is provided to be informative for those interested in learning a little more about Neighborhood Watch.

What a Neighborhood Watch is…….

Just when I thought it was an opportunity for me to walk up and down the street bossing people around šŸ™‚ We were given the correct meaning of what a neighborhood watch really is:

1)“A Program of mutual assistance among neighbors aimed at reducing crime in our communities at the grass roots level. A neighborhood is where people are alert to the potential of crime and are willing to lookout for one another’s interests in a neigborhood where crimes are least likely to occur.”

2)” An invitation to you to be a good neighbor. Good neighbors working together through Neighborhood Watch can prevent crimes in their area the most effective way-before it starts!”

3)“A Crime Prevention Program which enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime in their communities.”

4)“Citizens being trained to recognize and report suspicious and criminal activties in their neighborhoods such as burglary, larceny, vandalism and littering.”

First thing first- Get to know your neighbors!!!!! And as our facilitator said, don’t mind being considered that nosy neighbor- you will be thanked later!

Tip:

Do not leave your porch light on during the day- invest in a timer to automatically turn it on. While you’re at work this is a sign that there is no one home-and probably no one coming home until after dark.

500 Hopkins…

Here is another hidden gem in the Historic District- I just know when the right person buys this house it will be spectacular. This is a foreclosure- so you know the price is right! Actually if you submit the right offer, you could probably close and walk into equity.. but you’ll have to do some repairs. This one is also a 3bdrm/ 2.5 bath. Guess how much you’d pay to live in the city?

500 Hopkinsā€¦

.500 Hopkins Living 500 Hopkins Master Bdrm Upstairs

The upstairs room, which is the converted attic, has many built-in’s, and a bathroom. Great for a bedroom, library or office- or even a kids playroom! I also considered it a nice spare bedroom…but then I could hear my mother in-law from NY ask “Why am I being placed in the attic?” LOL..

Hopkins Street

Another nice home ready for you to put your stamp on in the Historic West End! This house has a huge front porch- must see in person..go, drive by- I can take you to view it if you want! 3bdrooms/2.5baths…

445 Hopkins Street Dinning room

Great details throughout, many original!

Livingroom Nice fireplace- it’s getting cold…

I really need to get my chimney’s swept!

BeltLine Photo’s

Photo’s taken by:Roxana Price Tenacious Twelve (T12) “Amicus hamani generis” Hands on Atlanta
www.handsonatlanta.org

THANK YOU!!!

BridgeYou would think we were in the rain forest lol..I really like this picture- see the person within? You can not get a small idea of how grand this site is.. and this is just ONE site zoned for clean up…

Trash Removal Crew this and more was causally thrown to rot and contaminate our earth…

Trash Removal Crew 2 I was really in shock! I could not believe the things we pulled out of the dirt. See the metal fan?

Fearless Helpers!

Look at our fearless crew!! And this was a steep hill of construction debris. Most of it was either wood, rotten sheet rock, tiles, and some wood planks with rusty nails !That did not deter these volunteers- they climbed up, and loosened some of the harder pieces for us below to grab and bag.

One of the key moments which stick out most in mind is that all of us thought we were volunteering for vine cutting and removal- NOT trash removal. When itĀ  said “We are the Trash Removal Crew” by our coordinator Ayana (sp?) for a moment everyone was said “what?” then one person said- “Well, let’s get to cleaning..” and another pulled a pail out of the wheel barrel and started picking up trash… it was ON…. It was wonderful to have shared the same space, and worked with these people, even for a little while. THAT was very encouraging, in the midst of all that is going on in the world we were united.

I have a few more, some of the reception as well. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend that- I had to run to a home buyers seminar I spoke at in Washington Park.

BeltLine Cleanup day was

Amazing…

Uplifting

Encouraging

It was awesome to see SO many volunteers to help kick off the clean up in the West End, Westview section of Atlanta. I, as a resident, am truly thankful to all who do not live in this area that ventured out to help. I had NO clue what to expect…. especially being assigned to the Trash Pickup group……yikes! *I thought I signed to cut down vines* LOL… but hey, I go with the flow. It’s MY community right? Apparently it is MY community and the home to MUCH hidden construction debris. Would you believe right on Langhorn, hidden in the Kudzu we found house doors, bathroom tile (in tack- 1/4th of a wall) several car batteries, MUCH molded sheet rock,rusty paint cans, huge plastic primer cans, counter tops-granite (* hidden treasure lol) brooms and the list could go on and on- to summerize- we found a HOUSE..lol.. or what WAS a house. It was amazing..and I didn’t get grossed out by picking up all the rusty stuff (with gloves) lol.. which, if you know me,the thought of rust next to me freaks me out.

I might have some pictures to post later- one of the volunteers said she would email me a few.. šŸ™‚ Hope to get those to you soon!

10/20 You’re invited: BeltLine Neighborhood Cleanup

Sign up- view the below Word flier!
join-the-beltline-partnership4.doc

Soon, there will not be more scary Kudzu creatures being formed from trees, buildings or -utility polls . (oh…and people resting on our public art ..LOL)

Kudzu

Check this site out for some really scary Kudzu images: http://www.yahoolavista.com/kudzu/