November 3 - Turn Up / Turn Out Voter Event

The Bakery Atlanta and Georgia Artists for Progress are teaming up to present “Turn Up / Turn Out” on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at The Bakery in Southwest Atlanta (). Featuring musical performances by Little Tybee, Linqua Franca, LONER, along with art and speaking engagements by local politicians, “Turn Up / Turn Out” celebrates civic engagement and encourages voter participation.

“Turn Up / Turn Out” also provides other opportunities to get civically engaged and make your voice heard. Liliana Bakhtiari’s “Georgia for all Georgians” school bus painted by the Living Melody Collective will be on site and will serve as a mobile advocacy project. C4 Atlanta will be there gathering voter stories with artists Floyd Hall and Meredith Kooi as part of its project “Vote with Your heART.” 

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to

Urban Forest Activities, courtesy of WAWA

EcoAddendum : Urban Forest Restoration Education/ Restoration Activities & Volunteer Days.

Projects are to educate, engage, and create opportunities of volunteering in learning techniques, and practices of Native and Invasive Species.

Projects/Trainings/Volunteering Opportunities like: How to Remove Kudzu and other Invasive Vines, Forrest Restoration/ Invasive Removal Stewardship Training, and Native Wildflower Replanting

For more information and to sign up, go to

10th Annual Emergency Preparedness Institute - Nov 15

Regster at

Free movie Nov. 2: "Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories"

The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and A Través, will host a film screening and facilitated discussion about Africa’s influence on the Iberian Peninsula and the music of Andalusia (southern Spain) - flamenco. This program is free and open to the public.

For more information and to reserve seats, go to

Friday, November 2, 2018
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA, 30303

Voter Concert/Block Party, November 4

There's a free concert for voters being held at the Murphy Park Fairgrounds.  Admission is free and open to the public with RSVP.

For more information, go to

Cascade Heights Parks Discussion - October 30

Did you know Cascade Heights is home to four major parks all within a mile radius of its' commercial district? These parks, along with tree canopy, are a key piece of our community’s character. As we prepare for new growth  of the commercial district, how do we preserve this identity and build on these assets?

Join the Friends of Cascade Heights Parks, the Cascade Heights Community Development Corporation, and the Atlanta City Studio for a workshop to discuss “the greens” of Cascade Heights.

6:30 pm, October 30, at Atlanta City Studio, 2311 Cascade Rd SW
For more information, go to

Fireside Chats with Statewide Candidates - Nov 3 @ Hammond House

The Atlanta Planning Advisory Board (APAB), along with Hammonds House and NPU-T, invites Atlanta metropolitan area citizens to a Meet & Greet and Fireside Chats with their statewide candidates in the November 6 General election. 

During the fireside chats, attendees will have an opportunity to have face to face conversations with candidates to hear their platforms and learn how they plan to enhance Georgia’s future.

This event can help you:

  • Decide who and what to vote for;
  • Gain more knowledge about issues in the state;
  • Find out how to get more involved in the governmental process: city, county, and state;
  • Understand and get involved with APAB by volunteering, board appointments, partnerships, and guest speaker opportunities.

The event is free and open to the public (although a $10 donation to the hosting nonprofit, Hammonds House, is suggested Open to the public. Complimentary refreshments provided.

Space is limited so RSVP today at

Mobile Fresh Market

The Fulton Fresh Mobile Market was created to educate residents living in communities designated as “food deserts” on the importance of fresh and in-season produce. Every week, attendees will participate in a 30 minute UGA Extension SNAP-Ed nutrition education food demonstration and then be provided with a free bag of in-season produce from our mobile market.

The mobile farmer's market will run for 5 weeks during the 2018 fall season: October 16 - November 15. Organizations will be on a weekly schedule:

*Huge* Oct. NPU-S Meeting on Thursday - with Hawks tickets!

Greetings, NPU-S residents!

Normally, the announcement for the NPU-S General Meeting is pretty short and to the point, and we'll lead with "just the facts", but you'll want to read to the end of this announcement!

NPU-S General Meeting:

We have no fewer than seven voting items this month, four of them major - an the other three aren't exactly minor. In order of appearance, we have:
  • V-18-268 - a reduction of required parking spaces for 850 Cascade Ave (Community Church of God)
  • V-18-284 and V-18-285 - these two items are tied together, a reduction of required parking for adjacent lots at 1086 and 1100 Murphy.
  • Z-18-105 - this is the Tucker Ave. rezoning request by the Atlanta Land Trust, a proposal to turn an empty parcel of land into affordable housing in the Oakland City neighborhood.  This would normally be the biggest vote in the meeting, but then we have...
  • Z-18-52 and Z-18-53. The long, long awaited Fort McPherson rezoning. There have been many meetings, and many presentations, and now we've come to the vote. This splits the parts of Ft. Mac that was not purchased by Tyler Perry Studios into five zones, each with a different character, wrapping around Lee Street and Campbellton. Assuming all goes to plan, it's difficult to overstate the potential impact of this redevelopment on our NPU and the entire Southwest quadrant. Z-18-52 is the main course; Z-18-53 has to do with signage within the Ft. Mac area.
Astute readers will notice that we've only mentioned six items. The seventh:
  • Z-18-100. Zoning Ordinance Update Part II. Part I, "Quick Fixes", was a 14-part omnibus update; presumably, part II are not-as-quick fixes, shrunk down to a mere dozen parts. It's a biggie, and the City has been going over it for months, holding numerous special sessions across Atlanta to explain it.  We'll just list the provisions as given in the description:
    • Accessory Dwellings (Section 1 below); 
    • Definitions (Section 2 below); 
    • Uses in Industrial Districts (Section 3 below); 
    • Loading Requirements (Section 4 below); 
    • MRC Residential Density (Section 5 below); 
    • New Multi-Unit Housing Zoning District and Regulations (Section 6 below); 
    • Parking (Section 7 below); 
    • Neighborhood Design Standards (Section 8 below); 
    • Telecommunications (Section 9 below); 
    • Transitional Height Planes (Section 10 below); 
    • and Quality of Life Districts (Section 11 below);
    • to amend multiple sections of the Zoning Ordinance related to bicycle parking requirements so as to coordinate with certain cross references in Ordinance number 18-O-1023 (Z-17-93) and correct certain scrivener’s errors therein (Section 12)
    Zooming out: these are mostly more assorted fixes to make Atlanta less suburban and more urban: adding provisions to shrink parking and loading requirements that eat up real estate for cars, allowing accessory units and multiplex housing, and creating more mixed-use areas. Much of the grand vision can be seen at
This will all be capped off with a drawing for a pair of tickets to the October 27th Hawks/Bulls game at the newly refurbished State Farm (formerly Philips) Arena!

Now, this last part may not be very popular, so please bear with us:

This is a very ambitious agenda; any one of the last three voting items could, by itself, eat up hours of Q&A and debate. In the interest of time, debate on voting items will be limited. None of the Z-18 items are being sprung on the community; they have been presented multiple times at NPU meetings, neighborhood association meetings, and elsewhere. All of this documentation is being provided to help those who may have missed previous presentations, but we will not be using the NPU time to explore the issues in depth for those that have missed it so far.

If you have questions or comments about any of this, feel free to email the Chair, Nick Hess, at, or call (404) 890-0089. Alternately, you can reach out to Jordan Dowdy, the Planner assigned to NPU-S, at jdowdy@AtlantaGa.Gov or call (404) 546-6333.  They'll be happy to go into detail about any of the items.

If you've made it all the way to the end of this message, thank you. We're hoping for a good turnout and smooth sailing - see you there!

Atlanta Police Online Crime Reporting

The Atlanta Police Department has launched an online system that allows the public to submit reports about a variety of crimes at its convenience, with a goal of helping to free up officer resources and increasing the accuracy of incidents reported to police. Please keep in mind, you can still call 9-1-1 and have an officer respond to your location or file a police report at your local police precinct based on your needs.

The following crimes can be reporting to the online system:

  • Harassing Phone Calls/Texts/Emails
  • Damage to Property (Vandalism)
  • Lost Property
  • Identity Theft 
  • Larceny from Vehicle (where there is no suspect) 
  • Theft (Less than $10,000) 
  • Burglary from a building or storage facility (no suspect) 
  • Damage to vehicles on private property (e.g. minor traffic accident in a shopping center parking lot)
  • Shoplifting (no suspect)
  • Custody Order Violation
  • Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card
  • Gas Station Drive-Off

To file an online police report for a crime in the City of Atlanta, go to

DHL Hiring - Union City - 1200 positions

DHL Supply Chain wants eCommerce Fulfillment Specialists to handle online customer orders from their Union City, GA location. Those hired for the 1,200 positions will serve in a cross-functional roles and trained in multiple areas of operation. Responsibilities will include inbound processing, order fulfillment, order packaging, and customer returns processing, among other responsibilities. Secondary activities and work assignments will include the following:

  • online order return inspection and credit
  • online order return salvage
  • inventory control
  • parcel order load and shipment

Experience is not required. All training will be provided, and DHL offers a flexible shift schedule. The facility provides a full-service cafeteria, full-size basketball courts, a fitness center, soccer field and private shower facilities with clean locker rooms.

Applications must be submitted on line by visiting

For more information, contact the WorkSource Fulton Adamsville office at 404.613.6381. For those who may need computer access, WorkSource Fulton Adamsville is located within the Adamsville Regional Health Center at 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA.

Family Day of Fun & Celebration - October 6

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, Emmanuel Lutheran Church will host a “Family Day of Fun & Celebration” from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m  in collaboration with Fulton County Commissioner Hall. 

The free event at 3050 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30311 will feature entertainment, information about Fulton County Services, a kids’ zone, physical/mental health information and much more.

The Library system staff will bring the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) trunk, which includes a Button Maker, Snap Circuits, and 3D Pens for young people to enjoy. Family Day of Fun participants will also enjoy a visit from the Fulton Fresh Mobile Unit, which provides fresh produce to citizens living in areas designated as “food deserts” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Voter registration information and absentee ballot applications will be available along with a demonstration of how to use voting units to ensure that voters are able to cast their ballots correctly.

Census Jobs

The 2020 Census is less than two years away and the Census Bureau needs your help.  The Count has an impact on billions of dollars in federal funding for programs like Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicare Part B, Highway Planning and Construction, and State Children's Health Insurance. Many areas within the city of Atlanta and in the surrounding cities, are our hardest-to-count areas and had low response rates in 2010.  Therefore, we need to target our outreach in those areas and hire members of the communities in those areas.

Our new 2020 Census Hourly Jobs Website is Live and the Census Bureau is hiring across the country now! People can apply TODAY via their smartphone, tablet, laptop, or personal computer at 

Please help spread the word!