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March 2014 “Creating a Vibrant Community” Issue 42 8 Our West End Newsletter Issue 42 Our West End Newsletter On April 20th, 2014, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition invites you to participate in a coordinated cultural experience along a 2.7 mile loop in the Historic West End neighborhood from 2PM-6PM. Atlanta Streets Alive is a human powered event that creates a shared, safe and active space for people in motion. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition along with their partners seek to create a car-free area with opportunities for people- powered transportation, fun activities and ability to connect with Atlanta neighborhoods. 3/22 For more information visit www.atlantastreetsalive.com. Our West End Newsletter, by the numbers 2 Our West End Newsletter Issue 42 Founder’s Corner Reflections on 40th Anniversary I had lived in Grant Park and in Midtown, but what I noticed about Historic West End is that people really cared about their neighborhood, the people in their neighborhood, and the things that made the neighborhood a great one - - things like the houses, the thriving small business community, the community leaders and volunteers who pour so much of their hearts into the West End. I bought a home here - on Grady Place - in 2003. When I was working with Our West End Newsletter (OWEN) from 2006 to 2008, there were over 100 people in the community who wrote articles for the paper, 50+ people who distributed the paper door-to-door, 100 businesses and organizations that took out advertisements. We had a 2 Our West End Newsletter 7 President’s Corner Historic West End…Live, Work, Play A Sustainable Green Community Take 2001 LCI report and develop a condensed marketing plan for Historic West End. Use plan to engage commercial businesses that our demographic frequent on a consistent basis. This will require diligently fostering a relationship with the West End Merchants coalition. As well as engage businesses with WEND and possibly amend the historic district guidelines to include commercial development. Participate in the following Quality of Life Projects: Retrofit Atlanta- community based campaign Keep West End Beautiful - trash campaign/neighborhood clean up Park Pride & Beltline - park grants for upkeep or total renovation of West End Park, Howell Park and Rose Circle Garden MARTA/COA Dept of Public Works - traffic analysis study for traffic calming devices and removing MARTA bus routes off residential streets. Buses would be on perimeter of historic district. Engage State & local resources for the following improvements to our district Develop composting and/or recycling program i.e. Tire recycling for playground matting Kim Parmer, WEND President The newsletter is published monthly. Copies are hand- delivered, free-of-charge, to all residents in the Historic West End neighborhood. Copies are also available at West End Library and West End Print Shop. Our volunteers: Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Denise Blake, Owen K. Bloom, Brent Brewer, Michael Frierson, Eddie Granderson, Beth McBee, C.T. Nwosu, Michael Mumper, Kim Parmer and our many neighborhood distributors. To submit stories or distribute, contact Brent Brewer at 404.447.0282 or firstname.lastname@example.org. About The Newsletter On The Cover 1: Sunday, April 20, 2014. 2-6PM. Are You Ready? Read more about Atlanta Streets Alive Historic West End on page 6. 2: Saturday, March 22. FREE admission to The Wren’s Nest and Hammonds House Museum as part of Phoenix Flies, a celebration of Atlanta’s historic sites. 3: Our West End Newsletter has established a Facebook presence to help promote Atlanta Streets Alive. Visit and Like the facebook public page. Like, Share, and Comment our post to expand our reach and our ability to promote Atlanta Streets Alive. Show some love to Atlanta’s Historic West End Facebook page too. 4: The first 40 OWEN issues are just one “Docs” button click away at Our West End Newsletter public facebook page. “Docs” button is located next to the “Like” button. 5: We love Boxcar Grocer for all the reasons they shared on page 8: “Enjoy your life. Enjoy your love. Enjoy your food.” 1 3 4 5 2 6 Our West End Newsletter Issue 42 Atlanta Streets Alive is coming to the Historic West End, April 20th, 2-6PM, for a 2.7 mile loop of community fun and activity. Atlanta Streets Alive is produced by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to encourage active, healthy living and the celebration of vibrant people-oriented streets without cars. An expected 15,000 people will bike, walk, run, participate in a variety of activities, celebrate a neighborhood rich with history, and shop and dine out at this April's event. How can a merchant get involved? We invite you to take part! There are no outside vendors selling their wares or funnel cakes. Rather, we encourage the businesses along the route to join in the fun. 1) Come out into the public space and join us. Extend your business onto the sidewalk and the street. Set up cafe tables and serve guests or display your wares. 2) Plan an activity. Use the space in front of your building to celebrate your personality and the personality of your business. Play games. Perform. Use your parking lot for a park or a picnic. The sky's the limit. Activate your plaza and invite people to party with you! 3) Sponsor an activity. Some partners require an honorarium to be able to attend the event. We can coordinate your business with these partners. 4) Help sponsor the event. Join The City of Atlanta, MailChimp, Ponce City Market and other leading Atlanta institutions in sponsoring this wonderful celebration of our most famous street. In March 2007, after printing 12 OWEN issues, 200 neighbors attended a banquet to honor the many writers, editors, distributors, residents, and businesses that made OWEN possible. Print OWEN was used to promote the event. For Atlanta Streets Alive, we want at least 2,000 neighbors (interacting with 15,000 peo- ple from outside the neighborhood) to join the celebration. As a result, OWEN has decided to build it’s audience to promote Atlanta Streets Alive. We need your support to spread the word about this community celebration. 1. Log into Facebook. 2. Once at your personal page, go to the Search Box at the top, and type the name of the page that you want to invite friends to like, “Our West End Newsletter”. Even before you hit enter, it is possible that you will see several pages with similar names. Be sure to click on the Page you know! 3. Once on that Page, scroll down, and look on the right side, till you see "Invite Your Friends to Like This Page." 4. You'll see three or four of your Facebook friends. Click on the "Invite" box for those you want to invite to like that page. Click on "x" for the ones you don't want to invite to that page. Every time you click Invite or the “x”, that friend will disappear. 5. As you go through this process, more friends will pop up. Continue hitting "Invite" or "x" as you wish for each friend. Once you get going, it'll go fast. 6. After maybe 40 friends or so, no more friends will show up, but you will see a "Show More" link. Click on that to have another batch of friends show up. Continue the "Invite" or "X" process. 7. Keep going till you're done! If you don't hit 'em all at one sitting, you can quit and come back later to do more. Our West End Newsletter 3 Business As Usual Even on Easter Sunday How to get involved with Atlanta Streets Alive ... Neighbors Help Build Our Audience their friends and family to also become neighbors. It has worked! Regardless of renter or homeowner status, neighbors have made homes out of over 175 houses that were unoccupied in 2006. Once they move in, they generally have stayed. We still have homes for a few new vibrant neighbors, especially on residential White Street, so we should continue attracting new neighbors with OWEN. For future OWEN issues, we will build on past OWEN story articles (housing recovery), stay present with breaking local news (Ralph D Abernathy Improvement updates), and always promote future events in Atlanta’s Historic West End (Atlanta Streets Alive). Brent Brewer, OWEN Publisher Past, Present, Future Sankofa-“We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today.” How do you create a vibrant community? Simple; attract vibrant neighbors. In truth, people move to the Historic West End because they fall in love with our charming and affordable houses. By showcasing the strengths, talents, and abilities of the Historic West End neighborhood since 2006, Our West End Newsletter has published plenty of material (350 stories & poems written by 150 writers) to help new neighbors get connected to other neighbors, businesses, and institutions in Historic West End. When neighbors get rooted to the neighborhood, they stay and invite Let us know what you think of this new editorial direction. OWEN Volunteer Meeting Date: Sunday, March 16th at 2pm Location: Rose Circle Community Garden (weather permitting) Letter to the Editor Do you look at your auto insurance policy and wonder, “what, are these mumbo jumbo stuff?” What is this 25,000/50,000/25,000; 50,000/100,000/50,000; 100,000/300,000/50,000,000, etc, on my policy? What is liability coverage?, Uninsured Motorist coverage?, Collision coverage?, Comprehensive coverage?, Medical payment coverage? etc? A basic auto insurance policy is like an orange; you peel it apart, and see many parts; each of which represents one part of the whole policy (the orange itself). To be considered legally insured in Georgia, all you have to carry is a “Liability” insurance coverage; nothing else! The basic Liability coverage required by law is called the 25,000/50,000/25,000coverage; called a 25/50/25 minimum policy. The 25/50 refers to coverage for Bodily Injury (“BI”) to other people caused by your fault for the auto accident. This does not cover your own injury, if you are at fault; Georgia law only requires that you buy insurance to protect “other people.” The 25/50 injury coverage means that the maximum amount your insurance company can pay for injury to one person is $25,000, and the maximum it can pay for injuries to all injured people is $50,000, regardless of the severity of injuries, or the number of people. I have a case now pending where a driver of an SUV hit a bus with 18 passengers head-on, with a 25/50 policy. As the insurance company cannot pay more than $25,000 to one person, and $50,000 for the whole accident, which represents what their driver purchased for his policy, the insurance company simply filed a lawsuit, and paid the $50,000 into court, and wants the court to distribute the $50,000 among the 18 injured people! The last 25 in a 25/50/25 policy means that, if you are at fault, your policy coverage for “Property damage (“PD”) will require your company to pay a maximum of $25,000 for damage you caused to the other car (or cars, if you caused a chain collision), even if a VW, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes Benz, or Tesla. If the damage costs more than $25,000 to fix or replace the other car(s), you have to come out of pocket for the extra! DISCLAIMER: The information in this article covers only general principles of law, and is not to be taken as legal advice. For the particular facts and circumstances of your case, please consult an attorney. This free information is presented courtesy of C.T. NWOSU LAW OFFICES, P.C. Tel #: (404)-755-7150. Please, forward your questions or suggestions for future articles to the Email: email@example.com. Our West End Newsletter 5 Our West End Newsletter 4 Patience to be Rewarded with Safer Pedestrian Pathways By now, you have all no doubt been inconvenienced by the massive sidewalk projects going on in Historic West End. You have probably been forced to re-route your walks from your homes to our business corridor and the MARTA station. The project creating the problems on our commercial corridors along Ralph David Abernathy, Lowery and Lee Street is the West End Livable Centers Initiative (LCI). But what are you enduring all this hassle for? The new streetscapes will better connect homes to our business corridor, increase the number of pedestrian-safe sidewalks, and hopefully attract pedestrian-friendly businesses. As part of the West End LCI, Ralph D Abernathy Boulevard Pedestrian and Intersection Improvement project will create a Historic Walk on the north sidewalk of Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard between Lee and Lowery streets. Stretching nearly the length of two football fields, the History Walk will tell the story of the West End community with sidewalk panels and pavers engraved with relevant quotes and embedded images. The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, The Department of Public Works and the artist have dedicated themselves to making the installation as true to the vision as possible. If you have questions or concerns about the West End History Walk, report your concerns directly to the Office of Cultural Affairs c/o Eddie Granderson: Eddie Granderson Public Art Program Manager City of Atlanta, Office of Cultural Affairs 404.546.6819, Egranderson@atlantaga.gov West End Historic District Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard Improvement Project Update... Light Up The Lowery Median Another West End LCI project will make pedestrian- friendly improvements along Joseph E Lowery Boulevard from Ralph David Abernathy to I-20. Department of Public Works is dedicated to making the median located across from Exxon station more pedestrian friendly without replacing our beloved crepe myrtle trees. Existing trees will receive uplighting upgrades. Trees Atlanta will also plant a new crepe myrtle tree dedicated to Brenda Arrington, a lifelong supporter of a tree-lined Historic West End. Please report your concerns to the Department of Public Works: Michael Frierson Public Relations Manager, Capital Projects City of Atlanta, Department of Public Works 404.330.6254 Historic Walk nce to protect “other people.” The 25/50 injury coverage means that the maximum amount your insurance company can pay for injury to one person is $25,000, and the maximum it can pay for injuries to all injured people is $50,000, regardless of the severity of injuries, or the number of people. I have a case now pending where a driver of an SUV hit a bus with 18 passengers head-on, with a 25/50 policy. As the insurance company cannot pay more than $25,000 to one person, and $50,000 for the whole accident, which represents what their driver purchased for his policy, the insurance company simply filed a lawsuit, and paid the $50,000 into court, and wants the court to distribute the $50,000 among the 18 injured people! The last 25 in a 25/50/25 policy means that, if you are at fault, your policy coverage for “Property damage (“PD”) will require your company to pay a maximum of $25,000 for damage you caused to the other car (or cars, if you caused a chain collision), even if a VW, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes Benz, or Tesla. If the damage costs more than $25,000 to fix or replace the other car(s), you have to come out of pocket for the extra! DISCLAIMER: The information in this article covers only general principles of law, and is not to be taken as legal advice. For the particular facts and circumstances of your case, please consult an attorney. This free information is presented courtesy of C.T. NWOSU LAW OFFICES, P.C. Tel #: (404)-755-7150. Please, forward your questions or suggestions for future articles to the Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our West End Newsletter 5 Our West End Newsletter 4 Patience to be Rewarded with Safer Pedestrian Pathways By now, you have all no doubt been inconvenienced by the massive sidewalk projects going on in Historic West End. You have probably been forced to re-route your walks from your homes to our business corridor and the MARTA station. The project creating the problems on our commercial corridors along Ralph David Abernathy, L