WEMC Lunch and Learn with Area Bank Lenders

WEMC Lunch and Learn with Area Bank Lenders

If you are interested in getting financing for your business.  This Meeting is for you!!  Come and learn from the bank’s decision makers! How to apply and get approved for business loans!

Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
Empire Board Of Realtist Building – 686 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd sw, Atlanta, Ga 30310

Are you an Atlanta native?

If so, you may remember many of the street name changes Atlanta went through. I’m always curious about our streets, and how they came to be, such as Boulevard Granada or Boulevard Lorraine (for some reason I picture a Brothel and over dressed corset wearing prostitutes when I say these names) but I was informed that many of the names are from either Civil Rights activist or former military Generals. With all due respect….BORING

Me, being a story-teller and lover of most things creative, I enjoy hearing the meaning behind names and circumstances surrounding the naming of a child, pet or object (yes, many people still name their car)  

While touring homes, I do notice some unique names in certain areas- for instance, up Benjamin E. Mays- many streets are named after birds. And recently, off Cleveland Ave and Browns Mill- I drive through Linda (my mother) Drive to get to Lydia (my daughter) Lane and saw Leah (my 2nd daughter) Road on the way back. It was an amusing home tour with my clients in the car and me taking pictures of the street signs with my cell.  Obviously these were not military generals.. so how, who and why were they named this?  Somethings will remain a mystery.  

Below is a list of  the many name changes in Atlanta. Some were definitely needed and at least have improved at the mental associations of the area.   What do you think of them?

  • Current name
    • Former name(s)
  • 10th St.
    • Bleckley Ave. (alternative name, 1890s, Piedmont to Peachtree); Madison (between Crescent and West Peachtree)
  • 11th St.
    • Harrison Ave. (alternative name, 1890s, Piedmont to Peachtree); Davis (between Crescent and West Peachtree)
  • 12th St.
    • Downe St. (alternative name, 1890s, Piedmont to Peachtree); Stewart (between Crescent and West Peachtree)
  • 13th St.
    • Center St. (alternative name, 1890s, Piedmont to Peachtree); Cleveland Street (between Crescent and West Peachtree)
  • 14th St.
    • Wilson Ave. (alternative name, 1890s)
  • Andrew YoungInternational Boulevard
    • International Boulevard
    • Cain Street (for pioneer John J. Cain)
    • Magnolia Street (1886 map, one block section between Marietta St. and railroad tracks)
  • Argonne Ave. (Midtown)
    • Bedford Place (Bedford Place continued south to Forrest Ave., now Ralph McGill; that portion is now called Central Park Place)
  • Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard
    • Fair Street (Pertains to the 14 blocks of Fair Street between Northside Drive and James P. Brawley Drive (formerly Chestnut Street).
  • Auburn Avenue(as of April 17, 1893)
    • Wheat Street (for Augustus W. Wheat)[1]
  • Barnett Avenue (Virginia Highland/Poncey-Highland)
    • Kearsarge Avenue[3]
  • Benjamin E. Mays Drive
    • Sewell Road
  • Briarcliff Road (Atkins Park/Virginia Highland)
  • Bolton Road
    • River Road
  • Boulevard
    • Rolling Mill Street (north of the railroad) from late 1860s to about 1880, for the Confederate Rolling Mill, which the Federal army had already destroyed in 1864
    • See also Monroe Drive below
  • Cameron M. Alexander Blvd. (English Avenueneighborhood)
    • Kennedy Street (until 2010)
  • Capitol Avenue (as of 1885)
    • McDonough Boulevard (for the town it eventually reaches)
  • Centennial Olympic Park Drive (from North Avenuesouth to around Mitchell Street)
    • Techwood Drive (from North Avenue into Georgia Tech campus)
    • Orme Street (from around North Avenue south to Cain St. (now Andrew Young Intl. Blvd.)
    • Walker Street (from around Mitchell Street south to Peters Street)
  • Central Park Place (Old Fourth Ward)
    • Bedford Place
  • Charles Allen Drive (Midtown)
    • N. Jackson Street
  • Courtland Street(as of September 20, 1886)
    • North Collins Street (for pioneer James Collins[1] — renamed because of South Collins Street’s reputation as a red light district)
  • Crescent Avenue
    • Macon St., Old Peachtree Rd.
  • Donald Lee HollowellParkway
  • Felton Drive (for Rebecca Felton)
    • Summit Avenue
  • Hamilton E. HolmesDrive
    • Hightower Road
  • Hank Aaron Drive (from Fulton Street south to McDonoughBoulevard/University Avenue)
    • Capitol Avenue
  • Hosea L. WilliamsDrive
    • Boulevard Drive
  • Ivan Allen Jr.Boulevard (from West Peachtree Street west to Marietta Street)
    • Simpson Street (for Leonard C. Simpson, Atlanta’s first lawyer), Jones Avenue and Alexander Street (for Dr. James F. Alexander)
  • James P. Brawley Drive
    • Chestnut Street
  • Jesse Hill Jr.Drive
    • Butler Street
  • John Portman Boulevard At Historic Harris Street (as per Atlanta City Councilvote May 16, 2011)
    • Harris Street – (for Fulton County’s first elected legislator)
  • John Wesley DobbsAvenue (for John Wesley Dobbs, African-American civic and political leader, “mayor of Auburn Ave.”
  • Joseph E. BooneBoulevard (as of March 24, 2008″, for the civil rights activist)
    • Simpson Street/Road (for Leonard C. Simpson)
  • Rev. Dr. Joseph E. LoweryBoulevard
  • Maiden Lane (Virginia Highland)
    • Grove Street
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.Drive
    • Hunter Street, Gordon Road
  • Memorial Drive
    • Fair Street (for the South Central Agricultural Society fair, which moved to facilities on Fair St. in 1850)
  • Metropolitan Parkway
    • Stewart Avenue (renamed because of redlight district reputation)
  • Monroe Drive (to honor the Monroe Landscaping Company which did extensive plantings in the area)
    • N. Boulevard
  • Moreland Avenue, after Major Asbury Fletcher Moreland (1828-1909), father-in-law of architect Willis F. Denny.Moreland’s house still stands at 326 Moreland Ave. The Moreland Park community also named after him is now part of Inman Park.
    • County Line Road
  • Park Avenue West (as of April 20, 2001)
    • Foundry Street and Luckie Street (south of Baker Street – formerly Thurmond Street)
  • Parkway Dr. (Old Fourth Ward)
    • Jackson St.
  • Peachtree CenterAvenue
  • Peachtree Street(south of railroad gulch)
    • Whitehall Street (for the Whitehall Tavern, a tavern/inn established in the 1830s)
  • Peachtree Walk
    • Centre Street (from 1895 map)
  • Piedmont Road
    • (Lindbergh/Buckhead area): Plaster’s Bridge Road (or Plaster Bridge Road) for Benjamin Plaster who owned land between Piedmont and Peachtree around Lindbergh. Renamed Piedmont around 1915-1920.
    • (Midtown area): For the 1895 Cotton States Expo, Plaster’s Bridge Road south of 10th street was rerouted to connect to an extension of Calhoun Street from downtown, all of which was renamed Piedmont Road.
  • Ralph David AbernathyBoulevard
  • Ralph McGillBoulevard (for the Atlanta Constitution publisher who won the Pulitzer Prize for his anti-segregation editorials in 1969)
    • Forrest Avenue (for Civil War lieutenant-general and first Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan Nathan Bedford Forrest)
    • eastern portion just west of the BeltLine was Fortune St.
  • Sidney MarcusBoulevard
    • Marian Road
  • Spring Street (south of Alabama — for Walton Spring)
  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Way (as of May 10, 2010)
    • Raymond Street
  • Trinity Avenue
  • Washington Street
    • South Collins Street
  • West Peachtree Street
    • Atwood Street (alternative name on 1895 map)
  • William Holmes Borders Drive
    • Yonge Street

If you could rename a street in your community, which one would it be and what would you change it to?

Atlanta BeltLine SW 5K This Saturday

NEWS ALERT – July 11, 2012

Atlanta BeltLine Southwest 5K Run/Walk Features Exciting Team Challenge and Indoor Post-Race Activities
What: The Atlanta BeltLine Southwest 5K is a Run/Walk along the Atlanta BeltLine Southwest Trail and through the historic West End and Westview neighborhoods. The race course will introduce participants to many local parks and features a ¾-mile off-road jaunt within the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. It is the second 5K of the 2012 Atlanta BeltLine Running Series!
Unique to this event, the race course features a Scavenger Hunt that takes runners along a path showcasing a number of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibits. The event also features a Team Challenge with nearly 20 teams competing for a cash purse to be awarded to fastest, largest, and most spirited teams.
When: Saturday, July 14th; Arrive by 7 a.m. for a 7:30 a.m. race start!
Where: Gordon White Park, 1350 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30310
Registration: Online registration closes Wednesday, July 11 at midnight; In-store registration is available at West Stride at 3517 Northside Pkwy. #11, Atlanta, GA 30327. We anticipate that a limited number of race day registrations will be available. Cost is $30 in-store and online. Race-day registration is $35. Visit Run.BeltLine.org for details.
Photo Opps:
·        Hundreds of runners participating in warm-up exercises and pre-race routines
·        Runners against the setting of scenic Art on the Atlanta BeltLine murals
·        Teams competing head-to-head
·        Indoor post-race activities including the Atlanta Braves BAT team, award presentations, and more at Space Atlanta.

Westview Summer Solstice Celebration Tomorrow!

What better way to spend the height of summer than at the Westview Summer Solstice Celebration! Come hang out for an afternoon full of fun activities for the whole family!
Location, Time, Date
Join the Westview Community Organization for an afternoon of music, art, crafts, and food on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm along Muse Street (next to the BeltLine pa th) as pa rt of Westview’s Summer Solstice Celebration! (Map online via website link below.)
Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes – we have both live music and a DJ playing at the Summer Solstice Celebration.
·         Juliana Finch – “Heartbreaky, bourbon-infused Americana ” by singer/songwriter Juliana Finch from 3:00pm until 4:00pm.
·         DJ Theo – Boogie down to house, soul, funk, and classics by DJ Theo.
Grill-Off: Taste of Southwest Atlanta
Are you ready to sample a taste of southwest Atlanta ? On the day of the event purchase your ” pa ssport” and taste what our seven grill masters have created! The ” pa ssport” will allow you to sample the different foods (chicken and pork) plus a drink for $7. Last year there was so much food most people were too full to taste everything – what a deal! Once you have tasted all the different categories submit your vote for “the best of…”.
Art/Vendor Market
Between eating and dancing browse our artist/vendor market! Hand-crafted jewelry; natural skin, hair, and home fragrance products; handcrafted cedar garden beds and planters; rum cakes; drawings and pa intings; hand-poured soy container candles and tart melts; clothing, jewelry, posters, purses, and more!
Games & Talent Show
Come bring the kids!
·         Field Day Games – We’ll have field day type games to keep the kiddos entertained. Think tug-of-war, sack races, hula hoops, and more!
·         Crafts – For the artsy and younger kids we’ll have craft projects. Think maks, bird feeders, and more!
·         Talent Show/Open Mic – Does your kid have a special talent? Are they eager to show off their moonwalking skills? Shakespeare recital? Breakdancing? Juggling? Chris Rock impression? Sign them up for the talent show hosted by MC Hectic Da Back pa cka – there are $100 worth of prizes! There will be musical, non-musical, and open mic challenge categories. We just ask to keep it PG. Sign up by 3:30pm on the day of the event or emailtrueearth@gmail.com ahead of time.
·         Basketball Shoot-Off – Show off your hoop-throwing skills for a chance to win movie theater tickets!
The Westview Summer Solstice Celebration could not happen without the generous donations from:
·         Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services
·         Councilmember C.T. Martin
·         Councilmember Michael Julian Bond
·         Kroger
·         EpiCity
·         Representative Pat Gardner
·         Representative Rashad Taylor
·         Fat Cat Design & Graphics
·         nuS pa ce Media
·         Westview Community Organization
More Info
Interested in more details? Visit our website at http://www.westviewatlanta.com/community-organization/westview-summer-solstice-celebration/ and check out pictures from prior years on our Facebook pa ge at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150240935609834.342291.161022399833.

Will the Gas Stations in the West End be held accountable…..

for their contribution of bringing down our values?

FINALLY!!!  My prayers are being answered.  According to a letter from council Member Winslow to West End community forum:

Mr. & Mrs. Ali, who own the Shell Gas Station at the corner of Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd and Langhorn Street have been issued a citation to go to court on Thursday, April 26th at 8:00 a.m.  Atlanta Municipal Court is 150 Garnett Street, SW which is at the corner of Central Avenue and Garnett Street. For some time now, I have been talking to Mr. Ali about problems in and outside of his store. As a result of his non response, I had the Atlanta Fore department to go out and inspect the interior of his building for fire safety concerns. After the inspection, they issued a citation for him to come to court.

Wow!  I thought it was JUST ME. I often wonder why we seem to have the worst service and the MOST gas stations than any other community in-town Atlanta? Not to mention how over priced they are!!

Any way- we are getting some action on this. If you can, please come to the courtroom tomorrow or send any letters of support for Ms. Winslow .