Great Atlanta Youth Walk

The 11th annual Great Atlanta Youth Walk steps off from West End Park (Lawton & Oak Streets SW) on Saturday, October 6th at 10:00AM

The Youth Walk is the only event of it’s kind to highlight the positive aspects of intown communities . The walk takes place in Atlanta’s historic West End District, and raises much needed money for local programs that add value and purpose to the lives of children.

You can support the Great Atlanta Youth Walk by setting a personal goal of raising at least $25. Contact Cheryl Odeleye at 404-588-0708 or at cheryl@gac.org to find out more, sign up your school, business or civic organization to become a sponsor.

Community Event: Association Meeting

Peeple’s Street LibraryTonight there will be a WEND (West End Neighborhood Development) meeting at the Peeples Street Library.

Start: 7:00 PM

Before I bought my home, I attended a meeting. I wanted to meet some of the residence and find out the future plans for this community, some of the daily gripes and make sure there were others committed to improving the community as I would be. I was very pleased to meet some wonderful people- not only did they make me feel at home. These residences were deeply concerned about the community- where it is now, and its growth.

When I went to closing, I knew I made the right decision.

I’ll add a picture of the library later today. It’s really a nice place- some what hidden but you’ll find it on the wonderful Peeples Street. The other end holds many of the historically viewed and toured homes.

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“I should have been an architect…”

One of my usual thoughts. I should have been, though. I love architecture. In fact, I’m contemplating taking some college courses on the subject. Free classes, online- of course. MIT has a few really good classes on Urban Design…

Unfortunately my current lifestyle does not allow the time to actually GO back to school and make a major career change…. besides; I just love the LOOK and FEEL of design. I don’t think I’d like it so much if I had to work on the gritty technical part. I’m not very analytical… just creative. I’m also not very detailed.

I think I’m in the best field that has both satisfied my appetite, and love of viewing different architecture and eventually will pay off monetarily: Real Estate.

Crazy that I still love the market even though it’s costing me a ton more than I have made. I guess when you love what you do- it doesn’t really matter. It may be easy for me to say this since I still recruit and staff consultants… I do have checks coming in…

I plan to dedicate this blog to my love for houses…architecture…design and what others simply may pass by, but I seem to see and could stare at for hours… Details… oh, didn’t I say I wasn’t detailed…. I’m not… but something in me is.

I hope my camera can capture the beauty in what I see, so that you too may see it. I’m starting right in my backyard, the West End- Atlanta. West End, Atlanta

For a bit of history, see these excerpts from Wikipedia:

The West End neighborhood of Atlanta is on the National Register of Historic Places and can be found southwest of Castleberry Hill and just north of Oakland City.It began as an inn called Whitehall and by the 1830s that structure became the area’s first post office and voting place. In 1845 when Marthasville, Georgia was renamed Atlanta, voting and postal functions were both moved from Whitehall.Following the American Civil War the area was home mainly to railway laborers driven out of Atlanta by the high cost of living and as late as 1876 there were only 150 households most of which were laborers (the only well-known name is Jonathan Norcross). By the 1880s many wealthy Atlantans built large estates here and when they came, the main street of Gordon Street became a bustling commercial district.

The biggest tourist spot here is The Wren’s Nest. (I don’t know how true this is because there are SO many small art galleries and shops!) The West End Mall houses small but neighborhood-centric items. It is served by the West End MARTA station and is home to the Atlanta University Center or (AUC) which consists of Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Clark Atlanta University among others.

I have to tell you, there is SOOO much more to the West End than is told. You must experience it. Not to mention we’re one of the few INTOWN locations still affordable!

I hope to bring you most of MY West End- we’re like a family, us residents. I’m sure you’ll feel right at home and soon will contact me, to make the Historic West End your home!

Stay tuned neighbor..

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