News Briefs: Community summit in Buckhead; BeltLine meeting; tree planted for late councilman

Midtown Alliance President Kevin Green, Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell, and Central Atlanta Progress President A.J. Robinson executed a “One Atlanta” resolution in solidarity with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. 

At its regular monthly meeting for April, the Buckhead Coalition hosted a first-ever Downtown/Midtown/Buckhead Roundtable Conversation between its leaders on mutual governmental issues.  Program participants were Central Atlanta Progress President A.J. Robinson, Midtown Alliance President Kevin Green, and Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell (with its Community Improvement District Executive Director Jim Durrett). Some of the topics of discussion included the proposed congestion charge for commuters driving into busy parts of the city,  maintaining existing early nightlife closing times; systematically mapping mass pothole repairs, and regulating and enforcing safety measures for electric scooters, bicycles, and mopeds.

The Atlanta BeltLine Northeast Study Group will give an update on the Subarea 5 master plan on April 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes, 25 Boulevard NE. The purpose of this meeting is to present the findings from an open house on Feb. 23 and receive the public’s feedback on the draft recommendations for land use (e.g. mixed use, housing, commercial services), mobility (e.g. trails, sidewalks, bikes, transit), parks and greenspace in Subarea 5. The subarea is bordered by Ponce de Leon Avenue, Boulevard, DeKalb Avenue and near Moreland Avenue.

Members of the Atlanta City Council, representatives from Trees Atlanta and officials from the City’s Parks and Recreation Department planted a tree in honor of the late Councilman Ivory Lee Young Jr. during a ceremony held April 20 at Vine City Park. Young was elected to four terms on the Atlanta City Council as the representative for District 3, which includes Vine City, before his untimely death in November 2018. The tree planting ceremony took place as part of the 2019 Vine City English Avenue Earth Day Festival. The event is aimed at engaging, educating and empowering residents to transform their community and create a model of environmental sustainability.

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