The Rebirth of Slick…

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Needless to say, I am in a reminiscent state. I would blame it on “Throw Back Thursday”, however I’ve been falling into this state every time I sit in our office on RDA and look out the window. It’s a bit emotional. I get emotional when I think of how far we (community, colleagues and myself) have come, in a short period of time. Reviewing the work done to get us here is even more overwhelming.  However, the joggers on the Beltline, festivals in the parks and multiple offers on a single home have been the reward and just the tip of the iceberg.

Let me back up for those who are new to the Rebirth of my SW ATL..

2004

A trip home to Brooklyn NY, changed my life.  I was very aware of the on going transformation in Harlem since the 90’s.

.. I saw it…I heard of it.. however, I did not live it since I didn’t frequent Harlem. It was something happening “over there”..as if Harlem was another Country and certainly something that would not impact me.

In the 90’s, I was comfortable living in Bed-Stuy. I had a 3rd floor Brownstone apartment , paying $800(all inclusive) a month and thinking THAT was too high since it was technically ONLY 1.5 bedrooms,a livingroom, eat in kitchen, hall and bathroom with skylights,  walk thru his/her dressing area equipped with marble sinks and builtin dressers. How dare my 80yr old landlord share her old house with ONLY my 2 person family and expect us to pay all that?

Yup…Hindsight is 20/20.

During this trip home,a visit to 592 Decatur Street was priority as she was now 90, and had not seen my daughter in 3 years.  It felt wonderful to really be home. I mean, truly home- with all the same sights, sounds, smells and yes, NY dirt I love. I was home and taking full advantage of everything. I had franks from the food CART (no truck needed to cart boiling water and buns), an authentic FRESHLY MADE Beef Patti from real Jamaicans (not the box from the supermarket), Gyro from the Gyro King off 34th St, a Hero sandwich from the corner Bodega (who already knew American cheese is suppose to be YELLOW) and a Mystic drink. Nothing disappointed me- it all was just as I had remembered and longed for.

Sitting on the stoop “people watching” was a nice evening pass time. Something I missed and still miss (Atlanta does not have stoops, most drive everywhere and if we had stoops, the mosquito’s would run us off!)  However, there were many faces I did not recognizeMy ex-landlord was quick to fill in the blanks with all the gossip (after all, she lived there over 50yrs and knew everything)  “..she’s a doctor. That’s Ms. So& So daughter-she took over the house when her mom died, he’s the baby of the family-he’s grown now and has a wife home…”  I didn’t mind listening one bit, she took pride in knowing and was happy that EVERYONE KNEW HER.  I did notice some passing did not receive any recognition or introduction, despite their evening greeting. They were polished. A different race. And looked out of place, based on my memory of the street. Her only comment on this, “… Brooklyn is changing…like what they did in Harlem. My taxes have gone up…”

We were silent.

It was a sad moment for me to feel her unspoken fears.  I did not know how to reassure her.

What could I possibly reassure? She was 90, I was 27. She lived longer and saw more.

Change is inevitable.

My return back to Atlanta was refreshing. I HATE to admit this, but I was tired after NY and welcomed the slower pace, a house with central AC and the stillness nightfall brought. I had come to find peace in the predictability of stores closing, transit stopping and people being indoors by a certain time.

But, my soul longed for a balance.

………to be continued next Throw Back Thursday

Southwest Atlanta Speak out…

Yes, code enforcement issues have met their match as the residents of in town Southwest Atlanta communities will NOT take it anymore…

Check out the Facebook page and “Like” us as we work to restore our communities!

https://www.facebook.com/ATLCodeEnforcementProblems

and email photo’s to atlcodeproblems@yahoo.com

Area West Realty Group is on the way

Today my marketing gurus 🙂 took me to view samples of stock for my business cards.. We’re working with a local press company in Inman Park.. It was very exciting to see her work and know my brand is in the hands of professionals who are also residents committed to seeing our community have and be the best.
It’s a long process but I know in the end it will be worth the wait!
Are you ready?

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Westview Summer Solstice (June 25th) Update!

Did you know that there is a CVC Urban Farm right here in Southwest Atlanta?

Formed as part of NPU-T’s Community Food Project, the Atwood Community Gardens (http://www.nextstepsyep.org) has been located in the Beecher-Donnelly (http://www.beecherdonnelly.com/) neighborhood since 2008. With the support of many southwest Atlanta residents and friends, the urban farm has initiated an agricultural training program that uses gardening to introduce students to careers in STEM.

Learn more about Beecher-Donnelly and other southwest Atlanta neighborhoods that will compete in the Westview Summer Solstice grill off competition! Come out on June 25th and join us for a day of music, food, vendors, and more. http://www.westviewatlanta.com/

This event is not possible without neighborhood donations and support. We need your help! See below how to help make this event a success.

 

Best,

Ayana

Events Chair, WCO

 

Westview Summer Solstice

June 25, 2 – 8 pm

KIPP STRIVE Academy, 1444 Lucile Ave

Free food, music, entertainment, and vendors.

Grill competition: $5 for a taste

http://www.westviewatlanta.com/

 

How you can help:

 

Volunteer: We need persons to help run the grill competition, manage the free food grill, run kids games, set-up, and clean-up. If you are interested please contact me at agabriel1908@yahoo.com

Monetary Donations: Checks and cash accepted. Donate directly through paypal at:

http://www.westviewatlanta.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=173&Itemid=71

Donations go towards the cost of food and other items.

 

Food Donations: hot dogs, chips, coolers and wash tubs (temporary, to fill up with ice)

Pass Out Fliers: We really need persons who can pass out fliers on the Ontarios, Matthewson, Wellington, Inman, Emerald, Derry, Westwood, Stokes, Westmeath, and Willard sometime this week.

Tell Your Friends

Thank you to our sponsors: Coca-Cola, EpiCity, Kroger, Councilmember Cleta Winslow, Councilmember Michael Julian Bond, Mutana Cooperatives, Q-Time Restaurant, Ruchda Wings, and KIPP STRIVE Academy.

Thanks to everyone on the Summer Solstice Committee for working hard to put this together: Shawnda, Steffi, Patrick, Kisha, Michael, and Katherine

 

…There’s a new sheriff in town…

after 4 years of partnering with Solid Source Realty, I have finally selected a broker with the ability and drive to help take my brand-and my community to another level with Real Estate service…  

The unveiling to come, but get ready for a new Area West Realty Group/Nia Knowles  revamp…. *very exciting!*

NPU-T =Neighborhood Planning Unit-T Meeting

Please join us!  Every 2nd Wednesday at 7:30PM


Be Informed
Hear reports from Zone Police, Fire Chief, Community Prosecutor, City Planner, The Beltline Partnership and others

Express Your Concerns
Vote on zoning, ordinances, and businesses that may impact your community. Meet planners, developers and city officials to ask one on one questions

Shape Your Community
Join a committee. Committees include: Code Enforcement, Public Safety, Crime Task Force, Education, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs

Date & Time: 2nd Wednesdays @7:30PM (Jan 9th, Feb 13th)
Location: 952 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd,SW Atlanta, 30310   within the Founders Hall of the Shrine of the Black Madonna
Web: http://groups.google.com/group/nput_members