Ashview Heights Beautification Event

Good Day Good People, I hope this message finds you well. Thank you so very much again for attending our initial planning meeting. Your input was beyond helpful and contributed much to our group discussion regarding the Ashview Heights Beautification Event on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

 As you are already aware, the purpose of this event is to enhance and beautify the Ashview Heights Community and to assist the neighborhood with their valiant ongoing cleaning efforts. Our goal is to partner with various City and County Agencies and Organizations to ensure this event’s success.

 This email serves as a sweet reminder that our Ashview Heights Beautification Follow-Up Partners’ Meeting is tomorrow, Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM to be held at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School, 1040 Fair Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30314. Please email me back to confirm your attendance.

 If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know. Thank you again for all that you do!

 

With High Regards,

Shari A. Scales II

Assistant District Attorney

Community Prosecution – Zone Four

Office of the District Attorney

136 Pryor Street, SW

What a way to end a day

“A conversation…” tonight about the West End and surrounding communities was a great way to end it. 

Hearing the concerns of neighbors, old/new and potential shed light on some areas we(Realtors) have not considered or focused on.  Sure, there were the normal questions about safety, housing renovations and crappy agent experiences- but there were also very real questions about the availability of affordable rental housing for students and the home purchase process for the millennials. Which, to be honest, is something I had considered myself to be, until I looked up the definition : “Millennials (also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y, abbreviated to Gen Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when the generation starts and ends; most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to around 2000.”

Yikes- ….Maybe I’m not. However, I still am within their range, right? I STILL feel their pains.

Somewhat.  

Honestly, I’ve never worried about such things. Which is why i feel that I’m behind in all of this. In 1997 I was offered to by a Brownstone in Brooklyn for $118k. I scoffed, thinking “who would want to spend that kind of money in this hood” …. That Brownstone today is worth $1.5million( more, if the neighboring home sells for their $2million list price).

“Opportunity Costs”

That experience shook me and is one of my deepest life regrets. Now, I’m lifting rocks to find one at $800k. And, I’m certainly on a mission to ensure my experiences are shared and others do not fall into the same ditch. What a huge burden to carry! 

But is it a burden? Or is it just what you or I am equipped to do….

Tonight was good. Real good. It’s time to throw some energy towards our millennials.  After all, they are the future. 

As usual, when I returned home, I did a “drive by” past my missed opportunity in Brooklyn….now a historic landmark.  

I pray I will never miss another opportunity. 


 I also pray the serenity prayer …

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.”

NeighborWorks, when Neighbors Work

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About 3 years ago  I was able to spend a week attending a NeighborWorks community development/stabilization conference and classes.  A few weeks prior, I found out I was pregnant with my 3rd child. I KNEW it would not be easy to attend as all of my pregnancies have been “high risk”, however  “not easy “  was an understatement.  In between violently vomiting (all day “morning sickness”), sharp muscle spasms in my back,  and having a condition which produced excessive  saliva, I was able to network with others dedicated to community development and rebuilding blighted urban areas.  It was one of the most draining and yet- exciting times in my life, especially being that it was held in New Orleans….a city not fully recovered from the Katrina devastation. 

I can not believe that was nearly 3 years ago. Ironically,  like in childbirth the pains and hardship one endures in that time (before and during labor) become a memory, once that which you anticipate has arrived.  Now, it’s just the growing pains.

We have  hundreds of  Non-Profits in the West End of Atlanta and many new businesses come to our NPU seeking support with this status and mission to help rebuild. Most claim to do  community development, or provide homebuyer resources.  Honestly, I have seen very little impact from any agency within my neighborhoods.  Yes, we do have UCDC (University Community Development Corporation) who have successfully participated in the NSP program-  rehabed and resold homes to a few owner occupants. However, the success ratio of these non-profits make it very difficult for me to support them.

 Why are those who have made it their business to redevelop communities limited in their accomplishments? Some will say they are lacking financial resources (grants are limited) and others may be lacking support.  I personally believe the “business” of  community development can not be a 9-5 Mon- Friday business alone.   There were many things I learned during the week in New Orleans,  one thing that resonates throughout my community is that a stabilized safe  neighborhood can not be built without resident involvement.  In our communities, what I do see are  neighbors with no affiliation to anything, nor  “C3’s”   bringing in new residents, orchestrating clean ups, and public safety meetings.

 In that spirit, this January 2013, Area West Realty will  join with  “Committed To Communities” in their event sponsored by The Beltline Team, Invest Atlanta and Wells Fargo Neighborhood Lift on a mission to support our neighbors with their efforts of community development.   During this time, we will showcase available homes,  affordability programs and some of the best features in our communities.  We are making available, the City of Atlanta, bank reps and * RRC for one on one (no-strings-attached) conversations.  We only need YOU

Mark your calendar January 12th for this event. We appreciate our neighbors and will have special “Thank You’s” for YOUR community development efforts.  ( more information to come).

Side Note:

Reynoldstown Revitalization Corporation, or RRC has successfully helped many potential home owners work on their credit, understand the home buying and ownership process.

I  also encourage those in the business, and neighbors NOT in the business,  to invest in additional training at NeighborWorks America.  The information received is priceless, the connections made will change lives.

For information on past Committed to Communities events.

2012 West End Holiday Party

A message from West End:
Greetings Neighbors,
 
Mark your calendar for the W.E.N.D. Holiday Party December 1!
 
We have both a fabulous house and a gracious host in Leesa Kellam. Music entertainment will be provided by pianist Graham Jackson. We welcome new and old neighbors as we celebrate our unique neighborhood as we lead up to the holidays of different faiths.
 
As always our holiday party is a “Bring a Dish” event. (Donations in lieu of pot luck are also welcome.)
Contact: Denise Blake @404.758.1291

Hosted by:
Leesa Kellam\Contact: Denise Blake

When:
Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Where:
West End Historic District

** Please note this may be by “Invite Only” – please call the above contact for information and location details**

More than 1,200 Expected for Atlanta BeltLine Running Series Eastside 10K

December 1 Event Features First Official Run on New Eastside Trail  and Exciting Tailgate and Neighborhood Challenges

WHAT:                 More than 1,200 runners and walkers will convene for the second annual Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K. This first official run/walk on the new Eastside Trail tours runners and walkers through a number of Atlanta’s most scenic neighborhoods, parks and trails before returning for post-race activities. This event features both an Alumni Tailgate Challenge and a Neighborhood Challenge.

WHEN:                 Saturday, Dec. 1; Race kicks off at 10 a.m.

WHERE:               Race kicks off at Stoveworks – 112 Krog Street Northeast  Atlanta, GA 30307

 

PHOTO OPPS:   

  • 1,200+ participants running along Atlanta’s newest trail and through some of Atlanta’s most popular neighborhoods
  • Alumni Tailgate Challenge to boost team spirits leading into the SEC Championship. Teams being represented include Agnes Scott University, Auburn University, Georgia State University, Georgia College and State University, Kansas State University, University of Georgia, and Vanderbilt University, with more to come.
  • Neighborhood Challenge, in which neighborhood associations will compete for a $1,000 cash purse to be awarded to the fastest, largest, and most spirited neighborhood teams

 

More details about the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series – including parking and other details for the the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K, challenges and other races, can be found at http://run.beltline.org.

COST: On-site registration is $45, with proceeds benefitting the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership.

 

 

 About the Atlanta BeltLine

The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments.

 

About the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine, working with the community and partners to raise general awareness and support, and serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources to address social concerns.  For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit www.BeltLine.org.