Conservationists Taking Aim at Water Usage

Where water is scarce, lawns are under attack.

In Florida, Nevada, and Texas, residents in some communities are under pressure to reduce the amount of lawn in their yards. By the end of the year, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to expand its WaterSense conservation program, which certifies new homes that use less water, including those that limit the amount of turfgrass the home has. The lawn and garden industry is opposed to the idea, calling the EPA plan “arbitrary” and “not supported by science.”

“Without grass, a home would be bland, and if a home is bland, its value drops,” says Greg Kullman, resident and former president of Silverthorn, a golf-course community in Hernando County, Fla., where 90 percent of the area is covered by grass.

Deidre Irwin, water conservation coordinator for the St. Johns Water Management District in Florida, supports his position. “Our agency has a strong position that it isn’t turfgrass that wastes water but the irrigation and the wrong species in the wrong place,” Irwin says.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, Gwendolyn Bounds

7 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Here are seven bits of wisdom from economists and financial planners for anyone contemplating a home purchase today:

  • Old-fashioned basics are more important than ever. The safest way to purchase a home is to put down 20 percent on a fixed-rate, 30-year (or less) mortgage.
  • Don’t become overconfident about income growth. Even though buyers in their 20s and 30s will likely see their incomes grow more quickly than previous generations, it is important to act sensibly when borrowing.
  • Anyone contemplating adding children to the family should calculate whether they could live on one income because having both halves of a couple work may turn out to be impractical.
  • Include a maintenance budget. Even new homes need upkeep and repairs.
  • Buyers who can’t afford their dream home now should opt for a starter home where they can save money each month for what they really want.
  • Consider a property that can be expanded and improved down the road when money is available.
  • No two buyers are the same, but they should all feel confident with the loan they enter into, no matter the size of the mortgage.

Source: The New York Times, Ron Lieber (09/2009)

NPU-T Google Group

http://groups.google.com/group/nput_members

Communities of SW Atlanta within NPU-T:

West End/historic West End

Westview

Beecher Donnelly

Collegetown

Booker T. Washington/Ashview Heights

Villiages of Castleberry Hill

Take a peep and find out what we are talking about in town Atlanta.

Town Hall Meeting on Crime, Campus Safety

Crime prevention and safety near the Atlanta University Center and Georgia Tech campuses will be the focus of a town hall meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday by area City Councilman Ivory Lee Young.

Atlanta police will talk about what they’re doing to prevent crime, and they’ll update residents on recent shootings in the area.

The meeting will take place at the Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd.

For more information, call Young’s office at 404-330-6046.

By Eric Stirgus

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

NPU-T, The Beltline and The Braves Night Out!!

You’re invited to celebrate a Beltline Night Out with NPU-T, thanks to Turner Broadcasting!  NPU-T received a generous amount of tickets to Tuesday, September 15th game of the Braves vs Mets!

If you live within NPU-T- West End, Beecher Donnelly, Collegetown, Booker T. Washington, Villages of Castleberry Hill or attend one of the colleges within the AUC and would like a ticket- please send me an email(niaknowles@gmail.com) or txt at 404-414-32893

**NPU-T Meeting: Weds, Sept 9th 7PM**

Come out to our Neighborhood Planning Unit Meeting tomorrow (Sept 9th at 7PM)

1191 Donnelly Ave, 30310 Salvation Army Boys& Girls Club

NPU-T will also be giving away tickets to our community residents & their friends for the Sept 15th Braves vs Mets game- thanks to Turner Broadcasting and the Beltline!! I and other community leaders will ensure each of our residents have a ticket so we can represent large in numbers :). We’re a strong  Beltline community.

Come learn about your community, get involved and help us developer cleaner, safer neighborhoods.

For more information about NPU-T please give me a call.

Nia Knowles, NPU-T Chair 404-414-3289 or niaknowles@gmail.com