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November 2013 “Creating a Vibrant Community” Volume 2 Issue 19 8 Our West End Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 19 Our West End Newsletter Revisiting LCI– Leveraging Capacity Indefinitely By Brent Brewer We are great at keeping neighbors who are attracted to our historic housing stock. It’s exactly our capacity for creating stable residency that led to two of the most important public policies affecting the Historic West End: Our National Historic Designation and Livable Centers Initiative (LCI). West End was originally placed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1991. Historic designation is meant to preserve a neighborhood’s historic character and prevent changes that detract from its specific look. It has attracted new neighbors, discouraged shoddy single family rehabilitation, and preserved the architectural historical elements of the neighborhood. For the past twelve years, we have been the model LCI neighborhood. This title was hard earned through years of working on a master plan and an inordinate amount of patience. This year we are finally rewarded with new streetscapes on our commercial corridors along Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Joseph E Lowery Blvd., and Lee Street. In part, these streetscapes will attract a city-wide pedestrian-friendly special event next year (see page 6). LCI has zoning protections that will save space for smart pedestrian-friendly businesses. What if we leveraged our capacity to: Increase Home Equity- Establish a separate tax district to reflect our healthy home sales Prioritze Code Enforcement Activity to maintain our healthy streets with few vacaies and secure our emerging areas where redevelopment enjoys stronger prospects. Market for New Commercial Growth- Count the number of households with incomes in excess of $60,000 to encourage smart pedestrian-friendly growth Leveraging our capacity would require a public/private community partnership. On November 5th, remember to vote for elected officials that will help us leverage our capacity for the betterment of the Historic West End. “On November 5th, vote for elected officials that will help us leverage our capacity.” 8/23 7/13 What Political Issues are Most Important to the West End? Our West End Newsletter 7 OWEN Trivia: Who has written the most cover OWEN stories ? Paulette Richards. She has left the Historic West End for the sunny beaches of Senegal as a Fulbright Scholar. 2 Our West End Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 19 President’s Corner What is Important to Historic West End Neighbors? Since living in Historic West End, I have been meeting and talking with our neighbors. They have educated me about many, many things. Usually they describe the wide variety of factors that brought them here, for example, “My sister had an apartment here” or “I have always lived here.” I then take my queries to a deeper layer and get down to what influenced their choices. What really led them to move here? What I have been told over and over is that two main factors prompted their decision to buy and live in a home in our neighborhood. Regardless of the great diversity of the people making the choice, their reasons were remarkably similar: they wanted a house with "character & charm" at an affordable price AND they appreciated our Historic designation. They tend to see this as prestigious and a guarantee of stability with the feel of a genuine neighborhood, where people know each other and care about their neighborhood. Of course, those of us who came and chose to stay here also enjoy the transportation options, unique charm, diversity and front porch “feel.” We want Historic West End to become the neighborhood of choice for people considering urban living. Kristina Nadreau, WEND Past President Those that can, do without fanfare Perfect Historic West End Volunteer volunteer:. On October 31st, a Halloween Crawl for adults/ kids will migrate throughout the West End. For advanced information about the Halloween Crawl locations, please sign up for the Our West End Newsletter e-mail newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/FF24L Or check out www.facebook.com/atlantawestend for Halloween Crawl location updates throughout the night. The newsletter is published monthly. 1000 copies were printed in November 2013. 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: Denise Blake, Brent Brewer, Tyler Estep for Curb Atlanta, Beth McBee, Kevin Planovsky, , 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 4,5: Save the Date. Saturday, December 7th, 2013. Join your neighbors for our Holiday Party. 2: It’s official! Atlanta Streets Alive is coming to the Historic West End (see story on page 6). Look for route and date details in upcoming OWEN issues. 1,3: Smart neighbors with glasses, Beth McBee and Kevin Planovsky, agree. Most Important Qualities of West End: Affordability of Intown home ownership Historic appeal of architecture Amazing neighborhood feel If you have been BOOzed already, spread the Halloween cheer to other West End neighbors. Let’s see how many people can get BOOzed before Halloween Night! 3 4 5 2 1 Open: Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Sat: 9 am - 5 pm Sun: CLOSED 6 Our West End Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 19 Our West End Newsletter 3 Atlanta Streets Alive Historic West End Bound By Tyler Estep for Curbed Atlanta An estimated 82,300 people showed up for the Oct. 5 version of "Atlanta Streets Alive," the latest in a string of Sunday afternoon street -closure parties put on by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. The project was inspired by open-streets initiatives around the world, especially the Ciclovia events of Bogotá, Columbia. The latest incarnation had such an impressive turnout, with such an enthusiastic crowd, we had to reach out to Rebecca Serna, executive director of the coalition. RS: The City of Atlanta at all levels is a fantastic partner on these events. We have to complete a permit application like any other event, and answer any questions that come up. One goal from day one was to reach Peachtree Street. Accomplishing that this year was a major milestone for us, and having the city on board made that happen ... The main barrier to putting on more events is simply money. We raise funds to pay the off-duty police officers, advertise, rent the barricades, organize the activities and volunteers, and do the community outreach. CA: When might we see more events? And where? RS: Our goal is to organize four Atlanta Streets Alives in 2014: April, May, September and October. We plan to add a new, exciting route next year: the Historic West End, an overlooked gem of a neighborhood that is very excited about welcoming Atlanta Streets Alive. In 2015 we hope to add Lakewood, and continue to grow the number of events. Again, it all comes down to fundraising — we're about to embark on our fundraising campaign for 2014, with a goal of raising $200,000. Our West End Newsletter 5 October Yard of the Month (YOTM): Stephen on Beecher Street West End Historic District Proud sponsor of Historic West End Yard of the Month Yard of Month Homes One Month Left in the YOTM Competition uine neighborhood, where people know each other and care about their neighborhood. Of course, those of us who came and chose to stay here also enjoy the transportation options, unique charm, diversity and front porch “feel.” We want Historic West End to become the neighborhood of choice for people considering urban living. Kristina Nadreau, WEND Past President Those that can, do without fanfare Perfect Historic West End Volunteer volunteer:. On October 31st, a Halloween Crawl for adults/ kids will migrate throughout the West End. For advanced information about the Halloween Crawl locations, please si