Atlanta Police Citizens Police Academy - Application Deadline August 27

Always wanted to learn more about the Atlanta Police Department? Then consider joining the next Citizens Police Academy this fall. Applications are due by August 27th, 2019. Classes start Tuesday, September 10th. All sessions take place on Tuesdays from 6:00-9:00pm.

You must be at least 21 years old, a resident or employee who works in Metropolitan Atlanta and be able to pass a background check. For an application, please contact Elizabeth Espy, Atlanta Police Community Events Director, at

The Atlanta Citizens Police Academy includes twenty-plus hours of skilled and professional instruction delivered in three-hour sessions.  

Classes topics may include: Department Overview, Crime Lab procedures,  911 operations, Airport, Narcotics, Internal Affairs, Identity Theft, Use of Force, Active Shooter, SWAT visit, homicide investigations and more!

The Citizens Police Academy is held at Atlanta Police Headquarters, 226 Peachtree St. SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 unless otherwise specified.

Download the application here: Citizens Police Academy Application

You can also contact the Atlanta Police Community Events Director:
Elizabeth Espy, 404-546-2541, email:

Hand deliver or mail the completed application to:
Atlanta Police Department
Attn. Elizabeth Espy
226 Peachtree St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Download the one page of information here: APD 2019 Citizens Police Academy Information

NPU-S Calendar of Events, August 19 - 25

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, August 19 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community. 
  • Tuesday, August 20 - Beecher-Donnelly Community Association - 7pm, West End Family Life & Community Center (1191 Donnelly Ave SW). Covers the area between Oakland Drive and Cascade, from Richland to Donnelly.
  • NOTE: There is no Cascade Avenue Neighborhood Organization meeting this week 
  • Saturday, August 24 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road) Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit.
External Events:
  • Wednesday, August 21 - NPU-I Meeting - 7pm, CT Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center (3201 MLK Dr.). Covers the neighborhoods of Audubon Forest, Beecher Hills, Cascade Heights, Collier Heights, Florida Heights, Ivan Hill, Mangum Manor, Peyton Forest, West Manor, Westhaven, and Westwood Terrace.
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Atlanta Streets Alive Route,Timing, and Local Access Updates

From Sagirah Jones, Atlanta Streets Alive Community Engagement Coordinator (, 404-881-1112 x 10):

1) Route modification: The route runs from Cascade Avenue (at the intersection of Donnelly Avenue) to Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard (at West Ontario Avenue) continuing on to Georgia Avenue (at Hank Aaron Drive).  This morning, MARTA provided an approved bus re-route plan that does not place undue burden on transit users the way the previous route would have.

2) Time change: The program run time has changed from 2pm - 6pm to 2:30pm - 6:30pm. This was a compromise between church leaders' preferred program start time of 3pm and resident feedback asking for the start time to stay at 2pm. Additionally, this end time provides enough daylight time to safely clear the streets (sunset will occur around 7:25pm).

3) Local access:  Churches, residents, and businesses directly on the route will have street access until 1:30pm. At the end of the program, local street access will begin again at 7pm. We just ask that drivers use caution during these times as there will be program partners, workers, and volunteers setting up and breaking down the program.

As we move forward with program delivery to neighborhoods that support Atlanta Streets Alive and were extremely vocal in having the program in Southwest Atlanta in order to assist with the advocacy efforts of their communities, we want to ensure we have provided solutions that accommodate your concerns.

Additionally, you are invited to attend a Community Info Session on Thursday, August 22nd, 5:30pm at Providence Missionary Baptist Church. The session will provide you with more information about our program and advocacy, as well as share details on how your business, church, or organization can participate. Please RSVP at Food and beverages will be provided.

Fulton County to Open 3 Early Voting Sites Aug 26 – Sept 13 for Special Election

Residents of Fulton Commission District 6 and Atlanta Board of Education District 2 County voters are encouraged to cast their ballots early for the September 17 Special Election. Residents are encouraged to verify their eligibility to vote in this special election by visiting before heading to the polls and to take advantage of Early Voting to avoid long lines on Election Day.

Three early voting locations will be open:

  • Monday, Aug 26 – Friday, Aug 30: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept 3 – Saturday, Sept 7: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Closed Labor Day, Monday, Sept 2)
  • Monday, Sept 9 – Friday, Sept 13: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • NO Sunday Voting

Early Voting Locations:

  • Fairburn Library, 60 Valley View Dr, Fairburn 30213
  • Fulton County Government, Center 130 Peachtree St, SW Atlanta 30303
  • South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Rd, College Park 30349

Residents can verify their voter eligibility in this election by visiting

Election Day for the 2019 Special Election will be Tuesday, Sept 17. Eligible voters have to vote at their designated polling location on Election Day.

Visit or call 404-612-7020 for more information.

Atlanta Beltline Southwest Study Group Meeting - Subarea 1 and LCI Master Plan Updates, August 28, 6pm, The MET

The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and City of Atlanta Planning Department teamed up to coordinate two Master Planning efforts – Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 and West End Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Master Plan updates. The Subarea 1 geography includes the West End LCI area and several more neighborhoods – Westview, Adair Park, Oakland City; parts of Mechanicsville, Pittsburgh and Cascade Avenue.

This is an opportunity to report out on findings from several public meetings throughout the spring and summer and help prioritize the draft final recommendations for land use (e.g. mixed use, housing, commercial services), mobility (e.g. trails, sidewalks, bikes, transit), parks and greenspace in BeltLine Subarea 1.

This is the third of four planned public meetings, followed by meetings with the affected NPUs inside the subarea, and ultimately City Council approval.

August 28, 2019 from 6-8pm
The MET (The Metropolitan Studio Lofts)
680 Murphy Ave. SW, Suite 4000
Atlanta, GA 30310 (Building 675)

Event info

More information available on the event flyer, which can be accessed here:

Oakland City MARTA Station finally getting Murphy St. elevator


MARTA staff has been installing supporting equipment such as fire protection, elevator communications, CCTV cameras, and a new MARTA Police Department area in the concourse to ensure the safety and security of the station.
The current schedule has the elevator opening in mid-October, after a round of safety inspections and testing. MARTA and Schindler are working to complete the project sooner to better serve customers.

Reopened NPU-S bylaws effort

After bringing the (proposed) revised NPU-S bylaws to the July NPU-S meeting and to assorted neighborhood associations, several people have suggested clarifications and changes, and others wrote in with questions.

Given the level of interest shown in the bylaws update, and given that the bylaws must be submitted to the City by September 30th, the Executive Committee has signed off on a plan to reopen the update effort in a timely manner.

Briefly, we will hold a special bylaws meeting to put together a ballot of proposed changes.  They will then be voted on at the September General Meeting. This way, each change can be considered by the entire Body, instead of presenting a completed work for an up-or-down vote.

Here are the details:

  • The bylaws meeting will be held September 7, from 11am to 1pm, at the Outdoor Activity Center (1441 Richland Rd).  If you cannot make it in person, you can participate either online  at or by calling in on the conference line at 314-474-2124‬ PIN ‪323 519 045‬#.
  • The goal of the meeting is not to come up with a finished set of bylaws. Instead, the goal will be to create a ballot of proposed changes to the bylaws, along with explanatory text for each proposal. 
  • The ballot will be published on social media and distributed to the neighborhood organizations ahead of the September 19th General Meeting. 
  • At the September meeting, the Body will participate in a "vote-a-rama" on the ballot items. 

This approach should offer a good balance between speed, openness, and flexibility. We are grateful for the renewed interest that the community has shown in this fundamental topic.

Closing the Homeownership Gap in Metro Atlanta and Beyond, August 28, 8:30am, The Carter Center

Presented by Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, in collaboration with Urban Institute, National Association of Real Estate Brokers, NeighborWorks America.

The racial wealth gap has been growing over the past five decades and has reached the point where white households hold more than ten times the wealth of black households. The homeownership gap between black and white families is 30 percent.

On August 28, 2019, Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership (ANDP), in collaboration with Urban Institute, National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) and NeighborWorks America, will host a summit entitled Closing the Homeownership Gap in Metro Atlanta and Beyond.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307

The event is free to attend, but registration in advance is required. REGISTER NOW.

The event overview and presenters can be downloaded here.

Special Election: Vice Chair

So our Vice Chair, Daniel Burroughs, is moving out of the area, leaving the NPU with a vacancy. On Sunday, the Executive Committee appointed Morgan Cooper, our current Secretary, to act in capacity as Vice Chair for the remainder of the term; but in accordance with Article VIII, Section 5 of our bylaws:
Section 5: Whenever any vacancy occurs, the Executive Committee may select a person to fill such vacancy until the next meeting of NPU-S. The person selected by the Executive Committee to fill the vacancy shall be considered a nominee for the position. The vacant position shall be filled by election at the next meeting of NPU-S.
Therefore, at the August meeting, we will take nominations from the floor and hold a snap election for the position of Vice Chair.  This election is only to complete the existing term, which ends  December 2019; in November, the regular NPU-S officer elections will be held for the 2020-21 term. 

General Meeting this Thursday, 8/15, 7pm

This Thursday the 15th will be our NPU General Meeting for August 2019, held, as always, on the third Thursday of each month.

At this meeting there will be two presentations, a special event approval, and a zoning ordinance vote, plus announcements about developments with Atlanta Streets Alive and the NPU-S Bylaws effort. 

And, of course, reports from the police, code enforcement, public works, and many more!

See you there!

When: Thursday, June 20, 2019, 7-9pm
Where: VICARS, 838 Cascade Rd SW

NPU-S Calendar of Events, August 12 - 18

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, August 12 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community. 
  • Update: the Fulton Fresh Market ended at this location last week, our apologies for the error. Tuesday, August 13 - Fulton Fresh Market - 1pm, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd). Every week, attendees participate in a 30-minute UGA Extension SNAP-Ed nutrition education food demonstration and then are provided with a free bag of in-season produce from our mobile market.
  • Tuesday, August 13 - Graymont Drive Neighborhood Organization - 6:30pm, St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church (1558 Venetian Dr). Monthly meeting of GDNA, which operates over Graymont, Elizabeth, Lockwood, and Westmont. Contact for more information.
  • Thursday, August 14 - NPU-S General Meeting - 7pm, VICARS (838 Cascade Ave).
  • Saturday, August 17 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road) Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit.
  • Saturday, August 17 - Westridge/Sandtown Venetian Hills Neighborhood Organization - 10am. Monthly meeting of WSCO, which operates over the entirety of Venetian Hills. Contact for more information.
External Events:
  • Monday, August 12 - NPU-V Meeting - 7pm, Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority Resource Center (341 Kelly St SE). NPU-V encompasses the communities of Mechanicsville, Summerhill, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, and Capitol Gateway.
  • Wednesday, August 14 - Opportunity ATL Job & Resource Fair - 9am, Impact Event Center (2323 Sylvan Rd). Free on-site services for jobseekers. Register at
  • Wednesday, August 14 - NPU-T Meeting - 7pm,  Lee & White St Community Room (1020 White St SW). NPU-T encompasses the communities of Ashview Heights, Atlanta University Center, Harris Chiles, Just Us, Castleberry Hill, West End, and Westview.  Please note, this is a different location from the regular meeting space.
  • Saturday, August 17 - Atlanta Planning Advisory Board General Meeting - 10am, Atlanta City Hall (55 Trinity Ave).
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Proposed bylaws changes

In February, NPU-S called a meeting of a Bylaws Committee to go over the current bylaws and review proposed changes. After a period of review and revision, the Executive Committee approved the proposed changes for vote at the General Meeting.

The timeline originally was to hold the vote in August, as the bylaws were introduced to the General Body at the July meeting. However, since the August meeting is typically lightly attended, and the deadline for bylaws submission to the City is end of September, it seems like a better idea to give the community extra time to review and comment on the bylaw changes. Vote will be held at the September meeting.

The directory containing the bylaws is at:

There are four PDF documents in the directory:

  • 2017 bylaws - the current bylaws that the NPU operates under
  • 2010-2011 bylaws - a previous version for historical comparison
  • The current proposed 2019 version, and
  • An annotated version of the proposed 2019 bylaws.
The annotated version uses colors to show the differences between the 2017 version and the proposed version. Added sections are highlighted in green; changes sections are highlighted in yellow, and deleted sections are in highlighted in red with strikethrough.

Most of the changes are minor:
  • Some sections were simply moved into more appropriate areas. For instance, Article I, section 4 was moved to Article III, section 6.
  • In other cases, clarifying language was added. For instance, text on what defines an "active community association" was added in Article V, Section 3.  
There are two fundamental changes to the bylaws:
  • First, the number of standing committees is collapsed from nine committees to four. The purpose of this change is to have fewer, larger committees, instead of many one-person "committees" that cannot work effectively.  This codifies the "teams" system that the NPU is currently using. All responsibilities from the previous committees are preserved, merely swept into the new committees:
    • The new Land Use Committee takes on the responsibilities of the current Land Use, Zoning, and Transportation committees.
    • The new Quality of Life Committee takes on the responsibilities of the Human Development and Public Safety, Environment, and Recreation and Cultural Affairs committees.
    • The new Assistant Services committee takes on the responsibilities of the Senior Services and Education committee.
    • The new Policy Committee takes on the responsibilities of the APAB committee.  It also formulates NPU-S's official positions on citywide and regional issues.
  • Second, the role and responsibilities of the APAB representative is enhanced. The purpose of this change is to create a system around the NPU's relationship with the City and its neighbors.  Currently, the Chair winds up being the face of the NPU, but this can lead to the NPU taking positions that are at odds with its constituency.  By creating a committee, this change hopes to ensure that the NPU's official positions reflect the will of the community.  The APAB representative is assigned as head of the Policy Committee by default, and by default the role of APAB representative is assign to the Vice-Chair. These responsibilities can be delegated to other people.
Physical copies of the bylaws will be available at the next NPU meeting. 

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions, please by all means get in touch with with the Chair at (or call 404 890 0089), email the executive committee at, talk with your local neighborhood organization, or come to the General Meeting.

Block Party & Backpack Giveaway, August 24, 12pm, Rev. James Orange Park

Please join Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, along with the Mayors Office of Constituent Services and ATL Counts 2020 for a day of fun at their "Back to School" Block Party & Backpack Giveaway, Saturday, August 24th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at Rev. James Orange Park in Oakland City, 1305 Oakland Lane SW.

Free food, door prizes, backpacks, music, games, health screenings, haircuts, and more!

The ATL Counts 2020 Census Campaign is in need of trusted community leaders to help volunteer at this event and future ones. If you are willing to become a volunteer Census Ambassador, please call our office at 404-546-2241 or fill out the form at

Beloved Community International Expo, August 10, 11am, The King Center

Travel around the world without leaving Atlanta during the Beloved Community International Expo on Saturday, August 10th at The King Center. Open to all ages and free to attend, the expo will celebrate diverse cultures with music, dance and costumes from around the world! In collaboration with local consul generals and other key partners, the Expo will transform The King Center campus and adjacent streets into our wonderfully diverse world. Representatives from all 7 continents will provide educational and entertaining experiences reflecting their culture, religion, language, education and much more. There will also be prizes, refreshments and a kids-zone hosted by the National Park Service from 11am-5pm.

For more information, contact 404-526-8900, 404-526-8961, or

Looking for volunteers to help design John A. White playground

If you live or work in NPU-S, you can't have missed John A. White Park, the largest park in our area. It features a golf course, a tennis center, a swimming pool, and barbecue grills. What you may have missed, however, is the John A. White playground, behind the pool. Not many people go there, and it's easy to see why - it's small and the equipment is outdated by today's standards.

Fortunately, John A. White's playground is finally getting the refreshment that our other local playgrounds have. The City is working to update the playground, and is looking for a group of citizens to help decide on the design and features of the new playground! 

If you'd like to be part of a deciding committee for the new-and-improved John A. White playground, send an email to Nick Hess, the NPU Chair, at, or call at (404) 890-0089.

Atlanta Streets Alive Info & Route Update

DATE: September 29, 2019

TIME: 2:30P - 6:30P (program duration) | 12:30P - 8:00P (street closure)

LOCATION: Cascade Ave from Beecher Street (near Live Edge) to Ralph David Abernathy Blvd and Ralph David Abernathy Blvd from W Ontario Avenue (in Westview) to Hank Aaron Drive (in Summerhill).

OPENING CEREMONY: Cascade Avenue (at Beecher Street), 2:00P - 2:30P

The streets are closed to car traffic from 12:30P - 8:00P, with an exception for residents, churches, and businesses directly on the route that require local access.
Local access is extended to one hour post the initial street closure (1:30P) and one hour in advance of the streets reopening (7:00P).
APD will manage car traffic at most cross streets throughout the program.
During the hours of street closures, most cross streets will remain open to car traffic, except during the kickoff parade at 2:30P.
APD will temporarily close cross streets during the kickoff parade. Drivers along cross streets may experience minor delays at that time.

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 5:30P - 7P
Providence Missionary Baptist Church
2295 Benjamin E Mays Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

Questions: Contact (E) (P) 404-881-1112 x 10

NPU-S Calendar of Events, August 5 - 11

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, August 5 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community.
  • Tuesday, August 6 - Fulton Fresh Market - 1pm, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd). Every week, attendees participate in a 30-minute UGA Extension SNAP-Ed nutrition education food demonstration and then are provided with a free bag of in-season produce from our mobile market. 
  • Tuesday, August 6 - National Night Out, Presented by CANO and Westridge/Sandtown - 6:00pm, Barbara McCoy Park (1640 Kenmore St) Food, fun, and friendly neighbors!
  • Saturday, August 10 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road) Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit.
  • Saturday, August 10 - WAWA Service Saturdays - 10am, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd SW) Free, registration required. Provides the opportunity for youth 10 years and older to participate in meaningful activities encouraging conservation, stewardship and experiential learning.
  • Saturday, August 10 - Bush Mountain Community Organization - 2pm, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd SW) For more information, contact Tavius Elder at
  • Sunday, August 11 - NPU-S Executive Committee and Team meetings - assorted times, Metropolitan Library, conference room C. All are welcome to attend:
    • 2:30 pm, Land Use Team - covering zoning, code enforcement, transportation, and related topics. For more information contact
    • 3:00 pm, Assistant Services Team - covering education, senior services, and related topics. Administers the senior lawncare program. For more information contact
    • 3:15 pm, Quality of Life Team - covering public safety and human development, arts and recreation, and environmental issues. For more information contact
    • 4:45 pm, Executive Committee - reviews and updates the upcoming public meeting agenda, sets NPU policy. For more information contact
External Events:
  • Wednesday, August 7 - NPU-R Meeting - 7pm, Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA (2220 Campbellton Rd SW) NPU-R encompasses the communities of Adams Park, Campbellton Road, Fort Valley, Greenbriar, Laurens Valley, Pamond Park, and Southwest
  • Saturday, August 10 - Fulton County Sheriff's Office 9th Annual Homeless Initiative - 10am, Fulton County Civil Court (185 Central Ave SW) Sheriff's deputies are asking for donations of common household goods including soap, deodorant, washcloths, towels, and assorted toiletries to go to the homeless in our area. For additional info contact the Fulton County Sheriff's Office Community Outreach Section at 404-612-6624 or
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Invest Atlanta Federal Opportunity Zones Portal

Invest Atlanta is excited to launch a new Federal Opportunity Zones web portal for the City of Atlanta. This interactive site connects potential investors with entrepreneurs and qualified projects located within Federal Opportunity Zones in Atlanta.

Do you have a project or a business that is seeking investment and located in a Federal Opportunity Zone? Visit the web portal to learn more about our Federal Opportunity Zone initiative.

Are you an investor looking to support community revitalization efforts? Visit the web portal to learn more about becoming a Social Impact Partner.

Visit the web portal to learn more about Invest Atlanta’s development tools and stay up-to-date on Federal Opportunity Zone events, news, and activity.

Animal Shelter Community Meeting, August 15, 6:30, Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility

Fulton County invites residents to a community meeting on Thursday, August 15, 2019 to learn more about the planned construction of a new animal shelter and give their input.

The meeting take place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312.

This is the last in a series of three meetings across Fulton County.

Residents will hear updates from Fulton County leaders along with Animal Arts and PGAL, the firms conducting the feasibility study for the planned new animal shelter, as well as from Lifeline Animal Project, the current animal service provider. Participants will also participate in a feedback framework. The current Fulton County Animal Shelter was constructed in 1978. The population of Fulton County has grown considerably in that time and a new shelter is needed.

The feasibility study currently underway was approved by the Board of Commissioners in May 2019 and is the first step in planning for a new animal services facility. The study will provide insight on site selection, space requirements, improvements, and operational needs.

For more information, see the Fulton County website.

 FUlton County Animal Shelter Community Meeting Image