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In this issue:  Monroe Dr / Boulevard 'Complete Street' Next Steps, Important Voter Information, Music Midtown 2016, Labor Day Solid Waste Services Collection Reminder and more...
Welcome to the September 2016 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 awan@atlantaga.gov if I can be of assistance. I appreciate the opportunity to be your voice in our city government.

Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!

In This Issue

Monroe Dr / Boulevard Complete Street Next Steps

Thank you to all of you that attended the Monroe Dr / Boulevard Complete Street Community Engagement Meeting at Henry W. Grady High School on Tuesday, August 23rd. Based on the the robust turnout of 300+, it's clear that residents want to be engaged in the end to end process as we transform this important corridor. For those of you that were unable to attend, you can view a copy of the presentation here.

Monroe Dr / Boulevard Complete Street Community Engagement Meeting
Tuesday, August 23, 2016, Henry W. Grady High School Cafeteria
The Monroe Dr / Boulevard corridor, which is actually split into two separate projects (Piedmont Cir to 10th St and 10th St to Woodward Ave, near I-20), represents two of the 16 Complete Street projects under the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond Program. Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.
Public input is welcome and is being accepted through Friday, September 9, 2016 (note this is an extended deadline). The easiest way to submit feedback is to simply email RenewAtlanta@atlantaga.gov. Additionally, the Renew Atlanta website has posted a comment card that can be emailed or mailed. A summary of these comments and FAQs will be posted in about three weeks as the input is being compiled now.  
Additional information from the Renew Atlanta team:
Safety is a priority that was clearly communicated. At Monroe and 10th in particular, the intersection has been retimed to improve pedestrian accessibility with additional changes planned once the software at the intersection has been updated to MaxTime. The Smartwalk system has been installed at the BeltLine crossing and is operational as of Monday, August 22nd. The Audible pedestrian signal has been installed but is not operational yet. The contractor is completing some outstanding work items before the system is turned on but it is  anticipated in the next few weeks. 

While Grady High School provided an excellent space to accommodate the large crowd, we recognize that the acoustics of the cafeteria and air conditioning may have posed a challenge for some. At our next meeting scheduled for early/mid January, we will insure those environmental challenges are addressed. The next meeting and presentation of alternative solutions, based upon your input, data and engineering analysis, may use a different meeting format including technology based input approaches, small group rotations as well as opportunity for those who wish to offer their comments to the full group.


For additional information, please visit the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond website.

Important Voter Information

Vote 2016 buttonWith the November General Election less than 40 days away, Georgia citizens are urged to ensure their voter registrations are accurate and up to date. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

Registrations Purged
The Georgia Secretary of State has purged certain voter records so individuals that have not voted in the last seven (7) years and have not returned a notice to confirm their residence may have been affected. Individuals are urged to check their voter registration status at My Voter Page

Registration Process
Registering to vote in Georgia has never been easier. For the first time, voters can register to vote or update their information online, via text, or by using a smartphone app. Georgia citizens can submit an electronic voter registration application using their Georgia driver’s license number or state-issued identification card number on several platforms:

For additional information, please visit the Georgia Secretary of State Elections website.

Music Midtown 2016 on September 17 & 18th

Music Midtown 2016Music Midtown 2016 is just around the corner. This year's event is Friday & Saturday, September 17 & 18th in Piedmont Park. Here is some important information to keep in mind:

Street Closures
Numerous streets/lanes will be closed before, during and after the event. For a complete listing of these closures, including day by day maps highlighting areas affected, click here.

Parking
All patrons are encouraged to take MARTA, ride-share, bicycle, or walk to Music Midtown, as there is no street parking available. Parking regulations will be enforced. Illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed and/or towed. [Note:  New Uber users can receive $20 off their first ride by downloading the Uber app and signing up with the promo code MusicMidtown16.]

Bicyclers can take advantage of the festival's complimentary bike valet!

Additional information can be found on the Music Midtown website.  

Atlanta Streets Alive on Sunday, September 25th


Atlanta Street AliveDistrict 6 and District 2 welcome back Atlanta Streets Alive on Sunday, September 25th from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Atlanta Streets Alive open streets for people by temporarily closing them to cars to create a whole new healthy, sustainable and vibrant city street experience!
Atlanta Streets Alive Map
Sunday, September 25th
Bring your bicycle or just your feet, and get ready to explore your community streets in a safer, healthier, more livable way. The fun kicks off at 2:00 p.m. with a bicycle parade at the intersection of Virginia Ave and N. Highland Ave.

Labor Day Solid Waste / Recycling Collection Reminder

September 5Labor Day is on Monday, September 5th. As a result, all curbside collections by the Dept. of Solid Waste Services will be delayed by one day. Residents that normally have pickup on Monday will have pickup on Tuesday, September 6th.

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