…your zip code please..?

Why did the store clerk ask me for this?  More importantly, why was I embarrassed?  I don’t like providing stores with ANY of my information, however in 2006, I HATED to give out my zip code. Among the comments received, “Whoa isn’t that the top foreclosure location?”   Then I would get defensive and explain the mortgage fraud situation – that these homes were all empty and how our communities were robbed of values, neighbors leaving us blighted although it was no fault of our own.  (yes, the entire long story)

However, from the strictly informative side- forget the long story- when I looked up my zip code I was a bit shocked by what I read.  Believe me,I’m not  ignorant about my community but I do not think the numbers paint an accurate picture.  I think these numbers have actually slowed our economic development and revitalization efforts.  On the contrary, we do have resilient neighbors and I am proud to say, despite the Black/White numbers on paper- we are thriving in the Grays!

Here is  information on a few zip codes I service:

30309

30309 is a densely populated, upscale urban zip code in Atlanta, Georgia. The population is primarily white, and mostly single. At $420,800 the average home value here is a bit higher than average for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metro area, so this probably isn’t the place to look for housing bargains.The median age here is 33.4. There are 10,415 men and 8,324 women. The median age for men is 34.2 while for women the median age is 32.3.

30310

30310 is a urban zip code in Atlanta, Georgia. Median household income here ($24,604) is significantly lower than US average ($56,604). The population is primarily African-American, and mostly single. The average house value here ($69,700) is significantly lower than in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metro area as a whole, so this is probably a great place to look for housing bargains.The median age here is 33.2. There are 16,121 men and 17,477 women. The median age for men is 31.3 while for women the median age is 34.9.

30311

30311 is a urban zip code in Atlanta, Georgia. Median household income here ($27,512) is significantly lower than US average ($56,604). The population is primarily African-American, and mostly single. The average house value here ($94,400) is lower than in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metro area as a whole, so this could be a great place to look for housing bargains. The median age here is 33.9. There are 15,704 men and 19,526 women. The median age for men is 30.7 while for women the median age is 36.4.

30318

30318 is a urban zip code in Atlanta, Georgia. Median household income here ($28,589) is significantly lower than US average ($56,604). The population is primarily African-American, younger, and mostly single. The average house value here ($87,600) is lower than in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metro area as a whole, so this could be a great place to look for housing bargains.

30327

30327 is an affluent (median household income: $114,674) upscale urban zip code in Atlanta, Georgia. The population is primarily white, older, and mostly married couples. At $541,000 the average home value here is a bit higher than average for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metro area, so this probably isn’t the place to look for housing bargains.The median age here is 42.4. There are 10,111 men and 10,892 women. The median age for men is 42 while for women the median age is 42.8

30331

30331 is a rural zip code in Atlanta, Georgia. The population is primarily African-American, and mostly single. The average house value here ($98,800) is lower than in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metro area as a whole, so this could be a great place to look for housing bargains. The median age here is 32.6. There are 20,112 men and 24,332 women. The median age for men is 30 while for women the median age is 34.8

30344

30344 is a suburban zip code in Atlanta, Georgia. The population is primarily African-American, and mostly single. The average house value here ($86,200) is lower than in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metro area as a whole, so this could be a great place to look for housing bargains.The median age here is 30.4. There are 17,390 men and 19,363 women. The median age for men is 28.5 while for women the median age is 32.4.

30349

30349 is a rural zip code in Atlanta, Georgia. The population is primarily African-American, younger, and mostly single. The average house value here ($96,100) is lower than in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metro area as a whole, so this could be a great place to look for housing bargains.The median age here is 29.3. There are 25,720 men and 29,519 women. The median age for men is 28.2 while for women the median age is 30.2.

Have you heard of Midwest Cascade?

Most will know it just as  “Cascade”  or “New Hope Road area”- maybe even “Niskey Lake area”..but this is Midwest Cascade. Midwest Cascade is located south of Cascade Road, along Regency Center Drive

The Atlanta City Council voted to annex Midwest Cascade to the City of Atlanta on September 29, 2006. See HERE . This area is said to be the fastest growing NPU(NPU-Q) from 2000-2010, I’m sure most of the growth was during the housing boom in the early years of 2000 as much of the new construction was during this time and started to top off in 2006.

What’ the housing stock in this area? Varied, from newer (now old) McMansions to brick ranch homes on the lake!  This area is a nice surprise in Cascade, few know about it and once shown,  you’ll consider buying here! Many of the new subdivision are gated- which provides much privacy for the owners but not a lot of sight-seeing for those who love practicing  HGTV’s House Hunters. Even the foreclosures maybe hard to get into, without a code (and pre-qual) many agents will pass.  These communities seem to remain privy to the “who you know”  BUT beautiful Niskey Lake is open for all to tour, explore and hold-on-to-your-seat as you turn the sharp curves towards the lake.  Unfortunately, it’s been my experience that may of these homes on the lake seem to have water issues in their basements…I’m not sure if it’s water from the lake, due to poor development or age.  Nonetheless, if you can repair- you will be very proud when giving directions to your house-warming!

Have you seen this 7,700sq feet gem! 4030 ANNECY DRIVE FMLS #5001433 – this amazing 3 level  home boasts 6bedrooms 5full baths and 2 half baths, 3 car garage, in ground pool,theater room and much more  for under $1Million… compare this to intown Atlanta….enough said-this is a deal!!

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APD ’08 Dispatched Calls for Service by Zone

The below message is being shared from NPU-R:

NPU -R,

As promised, attached is the APD apd-dispatched-calls 1report
presented at Wednesday’s NPU meeting.  To put the report in some context,
dispatched calls for service are the calls for service in which an officer
is actually dispatched (a call to rescue a cat in a tree, for example
wouldn’t have an officer dispatched).  The dispatched calls for service
carries tremendous weight in determining the distribution of resources. We
all know there aren’t enough police. The question is, whether there is an
EQUITABLE  (not equal)  distribution of police resources as it relates to
Zone 4.

In ’05, APD zones were realigned to ” BALANCE THE RESOURCES FOR SERVICE” .
As a result of the realignment,  Zone 4 took in a portion of 
Zone 3 ‘s Metropolitan Pkwy. at the same time  the huge developments of Camp
Creek Market Place (a portion of which is in Atlanta) and Princeton Lakes
were coming on board. It was a time of unprecedented growth in SW Atlanta.
Suddenly the Zone with the highest geographic mass went from being among
the lower crime rate zones to a high crime rate zone. Sufficient resources
didn’t come with the decision to expand Zone 4.  In ’06,  700 south Fulton
residences were annexed into Atlanta pushing the Zone to 35 square miles.
(Please see the attached ’06 report from the Zone 4 Citizens Advisory
Board.)  The “balance of resources for service”  between Zones 3 and 4 never
happened.  Zone 3’s dispatched calls for service immediately went down while
Zone 4’s went sky high to become the 2nd highest in the City. Three years
later, the “balance” is still clearly unbalanced.  Zone 3’s dispatched calls
for service for this year is 36,399, while Zone 4  is 49,761 – the highest
of all zones in the City.

The realignment was a bad decision and the Zone’s citizens and  police
officers have paid dearly for it.   Despite extensive media coverage of the
problems in Zone 4, despite Pennington’s promise to NPU R in ’07 to realign
the boundaries of  the Zone  (first it was ” in a ‘few months”, then “by
January ’08”), the Zone remains the same.  The only word we’ve heard this
year about a realignment was from what had to be a very embarrassed APD
officer’s required delivery of a question to the Zone’s NPU’s  which was to
ask what we thought would be good ideas on how to realign the Zone – as
though this was a high school poll on the most popular boy instead of a
critical public safety question best answered by the experts paid to
intelligently make such decisions.   

When police resources aren’t equitable, when a fire station is closed, when
the Bureau of Buildings approves a ridiculously unsafe and slum-style
development, the bigger question is, is this a sector of the City where it’s
considered “safe” to make these kind of moves?   Until all sectors in the
City are positioned to survive and thrive, the City will never be strong.
There are some who think that as long as an issue isn’t happening “in my
back yard”, it’s not important – the same kind of thinking in the story of
the man in a sinking rowboat who refused to help bail out water because the
hole wasn’t next to his seat.

Kwabena  (NPU T) is right, we have to make accountability reform in Atlanta
government happen.

Corliss  Claire

June Merry Go Round Children’s & Maternity Consignment sale

If you are interested in shopping for quality gently worn children’s and maternity clothing, the sale hours are:
Saturday, September 20th, 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, September 21st, 1:00pm – 4:00pmIf you would like to make money from your children’s clothing and accessories or unwanted maternity clothes, the Consignors Drop off is:
Thursday, September 18th, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Friday, September 19th, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Detailed information on accepted items, preparing your items and printing barcode labels can be found at www.merrygoroundconsignments.com