Westview Bungalow

Don’t you just love to peek inside pretty houses? -No? Maybe it’s just me.

This has quickly become one of my favorite blogs. Great pictures of homes and the following of a bungalow restoration. This blog will inspire you and move you to run out and buy a fixer- just to uncover all it’s special characteristics. Patrick and Steffi sure know how to pick them….http://www.westviewbungalow.com/

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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 ūüôā 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.

Pictures from a stroll..

cornerThere are so many different styles of homes in the West End- from Traditional brick, Victorian and my favorite the Craftsman Bungalow… I thought this was a cute one- corner property (I love corner properties for some reason) I like how the stairs and path curve to the entrance of the home…

You will find very LARGE homes in the West End/ Westview area as well. I can think of plenty to do with all this space….

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This multifamily unit reminded me of the homes in Crown-Heights, Brooklyn- NY. Easy access to Marta! Right at their door!Multif Family- Crown Heights appeal

Many were for sale, and you can tell that they were once lived in and loved. I have to keep myself for coveting them all- if I could, I’d buy them all. lol… but that would be very selfish, since I couldn’t possible enjoy them AND my home… I hope we get some worthy owners very soon.

Did you know about the Westview Lofts? West End / Westview Lofts Westview Lofts

I stumbled on them when I walked up Lucile… towards E. Ontario. It looks as if they are in the beginning stages of building a very nice mixed use area-new shops are on the way… and a cute coffee/book store….

This church was also on the corner Church Now I must find the time to go to the Lush Life Jazz lounge… food and Live Jazz, two of my favorite things ūüôā

Lush Life So much to see in the West End… too bad it’s getting colder. I guess I’ll have to bundle up on my walks, but I look forward to seeing the West End in the winter and the changes the season brings to the scenery.

Beltline Meeting and the Atlanta Board of Ed- TODAY

Monday, Oct 1 @ 6PM. Place: Atlanta Board of Education Building 139 Trinity Ave, SW 2nd Floor Auditorium

This meeting is where the community can speak to out elected Board members and ask them to approve the community’s conceptual design plan for the West End and Westview’s portion of the Beltline.¬†

We need as many residents as possible to attend and speak. In order to be  to speak you must sign-up on the sign-in sheet between 5-5:30

Second Atlanta Board of Education Meeting! Monday, October 8th at 7PM 

This is the Board’s legislative meeting where they will vote on whether they will give us the easement rights to fully develop this area- the area owned by the Atlanta School System.

(**There is a portion of the Beltline that runs along White Street and is next to Rose Circle Park, that is owned by the Atlanta School System.We’re asking for easement rights to this property so that the City of Atl can have a continuation of the biking and walking tail along the White Street industrial corridor.**)

WEND (West End Neighborhood Development) Meeting Oct 2nd

7PM at the Peeples Street Library. There will be discussion I’m sure on the Beltline and notes, comments and thoughts will be sure to be sent to the Study group since there is a time conflict.

Information about our community- now and future events. Use your voice- be apart of the change!