December 2014 Newsletter for Atlanta City Council District 6.
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In this issue

Holiday Safety Reminders
Morningside Public Safety Mtg.
Atlanta Fire Honors Rich Chey
Help Shape The Clifton Corridor!
CHaRM To Open in 2015
Neighborhood Spotlight: Midtown

Hon. Alex Wan
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave SW Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30303-3584
(404) 330-6049 Office
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Welcome to the December 2014 edition of the Atlanta City Council District 6 eNewsletter. Below you will find some helpful information about issues in our District and City.

As always, I encourage your feedback and comments. Please contact me at (404) 330-6049 or if I can be of assistance. I appreciate the opportunity to be your voice in our city government and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!


Holiday Safety Reminders
With the holidays approaching, here are a few safety tips to remember:

mailbox image1.  Check mail daily and make sure all packages left at the doorstep are retrieved immediately, or arrange to pick up packages if possible if you will be gone during times when they are likely to be delivered.

For those not home during the day, consider having your packages delivered to your office. Another option is the free safe delivery address program at Intown Hardware in Virginia-Highland. Sign up at the store to have your deliveries sent to their address, and they will call you when your package arrives. In addition to Intown Hardware, Urban Body Studios and Morningstar Mini-Storage (formerly City Storage), both on Ponce de Leon Place offer these services as well.

Work with your neighbors to keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles or people who may be in the area to steal mail / packages.

2.  Never leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle. Better yet, never leave valuables in your vehicle at all!

3.  When shopping, don’t get overloaded with too many packages. Keep at least one hand free so you can easily access your car keys to enter your vehicle without delay.

4.  Stay alert in public spaces.  Know where your purse, packages, wallet, cell phone and other valuables are at all times and never leave valuables unattended. Talking or texting on your phone or digging in your purse for your keys while walking is a distraction and makes you an easy target.

5.  Do not leave empty boxes curbside that might identify newly purchased valuable merchandise in your home, e.g. flat-screen TV boxes, etc.

As always, report all suspicious activity to law enforcement and/or your local Neighborhood Watch.

Morningside / Lenox Park Public Safety Meeting
On Monday, November 24, I, along with Morningside-Lenox Park Association, convened a special community meeting to discuss a recent string of crimes in our neighborhoods. More than 120 residents attended to hear remarks from Atlanta Police Department Deputy Chief Joe Spillane, Deputy Chief Ernest Finley, Zone 2 Commander Van Hobbs and Lamar Hester, Director of Community Services. City Council At-Large Post 2 member Mary Norwood also participated.

The APD representatives discussed the crime statistics for the area, as well as the various initiatives that they are undertaking in response, as well as recent arrests and the status of several investigations. They also discussed ways in which we as a community can help protect ourselves from future incidents, as well as various crime prevention strategies for our homes.

Thanks to Virginia-Highland resident Kay Stephenson, a detailed summary of the meeting can be found here.

Atlanta Fire Rescue Department recognizes Rich Chey
Rich CheyAt the Fifth Annual Breakfast With Our Bravest, held on Friday, November 21st, Rich Chey was presented the 2014 Citizen Award of Honor. The Citizen Award of Honor recognizes a member of the community who has provided special service to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD). The contribution may be in the form of a single act of bravery, exemplary service over a substantial period of time, or significant achievement.
Rich Chey has supported the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department for nearly two decades. For 17 years, this local restaurateur has hosted the Morningside Mile race and block party, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Virginia-Highland Fire Station No. 19, the City’s oldest operating station. And for 12 years, he has teamed with AFRD to hold Breakfast with Santa events at two of his Atlanta restaurants, Doc Chey’s and Osteria. Every year, 100 percent of the proceeds go to restoration funds for neighborhood fire stations.  His tireless efforts have resulted in over $66,000 raised for AFRD.

Please join me in congratulating longtime Morningside resident, Mr. Rich Chey, on this honor!
Help Shape The Clifton Corridor!
Clifton Corridor logoThe Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative is MARTA's proposed light rail line linking the Lindbergh and Avondale Stations. It will provide rail service to one of the region's most congested areas -- and biggest job centers -- serving Emory University & Hospital, CDC, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and the VA Hospital.  

The public is invited to attend one of two scoping meetings:
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1438 Sheridan Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Emory Student Activity & Academic Center
1946 Starvine Way
Room 316
Decatur, GA 30033

For additional information, visit or email

Center for Hard to Recycle Material (CHaRM) To Open in 2015
CHaRM logoLive Thrive Atlanta in partnership with the Atlanta City Council will open CHaRM, a Center for Hard to Recycle Materials. The groundbreaking ceremony took place at the future home of CHaRM at 1110 Hill Street on America Recycles Day, November 15th. This facility will serve the City of Atlanta residents by providing a permanent drop-off facility for recyclables and harmful items that are not accepted in the current curbside recycling program. These types of items include paint, polystyrene (Styrofoam), pesticides, chemicals, light bulbs, clothing, shoes, mattresses, tires, batteries, carpet, etc. CHaRM will also collect single stream recyclables. 

CHaRM Groundbreaking Nov 15 2014 

CHaRM Ground Breaking Ceremony
on America Recycles Day 2014

CHaRM will offer educational opportunities to community organizations about the importance of proper disposal/recycling of hard to recycle materials.  Schools will also be targeted to explain the impact that these items may have on the environment if not properly handled.
Councilmember Carla Smith, who jointly sponsored legislation with Councilmember Alex Wan, states, "I have been a long time champion for the proper disposal of hard to recycle materials in District 1 and Atlanta. I am happy to partner with Live Thrive on this project. Live Thrive has worked with us for years during my annual Electronic Recycling events. I know that this partnership will do well for Atlanta residents."
Councilmember Alex Wan commented, “I was pleased to co-sponsor with Councilmember Smith the enabling legislation for this project. Having a permanent CHaRM facility will help further the City of Atlanta's recycling initiatives and overall environmental sustainability efforts. Providing Atlanta residents a convenient, year-round location to drop off their hard-to-recycle materials will certainly divert these items from our landfills and keep our city cleaner and greener."
The CHaRM facility will be operational in January 2015 and will be conveniently located at 1110 Hill St SE in the Chosewood Park neighborhood, just south of Grant Park. On Saturday January 3rd, CHaRM will host “Bring One for the Chipper”. The focus will be post-holiday items Christmas trees, cardboard boxes, Styrofoam and used electronics.
The efforts of CHaRM will divert waste from the landfill, divert chemicals from the water and provide a second life for many of the materials collected.  As a result, CHaRM will play an important role in the City’s path to zero waste.  For complete details on CHaRM visit
Live Thrive Atlanta is an Atlanta-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working since 2010 to create a community that cares about a healthy and sustainable environment. The mission of Live Thrive is to encourage reuse while diverting thousands of pounds of household hazardous waste, bulky trash and other hard to recycle items from Metro-Atlanta households, water supplies, and landfills.

Neighborhood Spotlight:  Midtown
The definition and meaning of "Midtown" has varied over time, expanding from an original concept of a small neighborhood "mid-way" between Downtown and Buckhead. Midtown resides primarily in City Council District 2 (Councilmember Kwanza Hall), but partially resides in City Council District 6

Midtown is the second largest business district in the city of Atlanta, situated between the commercial and financial districts of Downtown to the south and Buckhead to the north. In 2011, Greater Midtown had a 2011 resident population of 41,681, a workplace population of 81,418, and a student population of 26,500. The district attracts about six million visitors annually.

Map of part of Midtown Atlanta, 1895History (excerpted from Wikipedia):  The southern half of Midtown between 8th Street and North Ave was originally purchased by Richard Peters in 1848 to use the pine forest there for fuel for his downtown flour mill. Over the next 40 years, Peters slowly subdivided sections of these land lots off for a gridded residential area and built his own home there on Peachtree at 4th Street. His son, Edward, built his home on the block bounded by North Avenue, Piedmont Avenue, Ponce de Leon Avenue, and Myrtle Street. The home, now called Ivy Hall, was restored by the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2008 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

After the Civil War, Peachtree between what is now 8th and 12th Streets, was still about a mile beyond the city limits, which ended at Pine Street. After the American Civil War a shantytown named Tight Squeeze developed at Peachtree at what is now 10th Street. It was infamous for vagrancy, desperation, and robberies of merchants transiting the settlement. As Atlanta grew ever further outwards from its historic center, mansions were constructed along Peachtree Street and the area around 10th was known as Blooming Hill. Cross streets were built and residential development began around 1880. Piedmont Park was established with the Piedmont Exposition of 1887, followed by the Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895, lending the area new prominence.

Of note in December, the 2014 Midtown Tour of Homes is a one night only event slated for Saturday, December 6th from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the evening of the tour.  For additional details, including a listing of homes, please visit the

For additional information about Midtown, please visit the Midtown Neighbors Association website.

[Editor's Note:  This is the final "Neighborhood Spotlight" of the year, having now covered all 11 neighborhoods in District 6. We hope you have enjoyed discovering new information about the neighborhoods comprising this great and diverse District!]  
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