When: September 20th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Where: Dad’s Garage, 569 Ezzard St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
- Community Conversation to follow at the Georgia Beer Garden at 8pm, 420 Edgewood Ave SE
In the past few years, many business owners along Edgewood Avenue have become concerned with the state of public safety, particularly between Boulevard and Jackson Street. On Friday and Saturday nights, this strip becomes an unsanctioned street party, sometimes upward of 2000 people. Many nights the crowd is so big, cars are double parked and it blocks the street for emergency vehicles including APD. There is illegal vending and activity and illegal parking and partying on private parking lots.
Short Term Solution:
As of June 2017, Edgewood Avenue has been closed to vehicle traffic between Jackson and Boulevard in order to maintain control of the area. In addition, O4WBA members have been supporting the cost of off-duty APD officers at $880 a week. While this has made a considerable difference in public safety, it is not sustainable as a long-term solution.
Long Term Solution: Edgewood Avenue Corridor Initiative
With the help of our council representatives Archibong and Hall, the O4WBA has been meeting with City of Atlanta to discuss creating a comprehensive plan — the “Edgewood Avenue Corridor Initiative” (EACI). The goal of the current phase is to to gain viable research to fund a plan which would result in solving immediate safety concerns as well as long-term capital improvements along the Edgewood Avenue corridor. Learn more about this process through the EACI discovery timeline
Attend the Public Presentation, which will include an Expert Panel discussion with Tim Keane Commissioner, Dept. of City Planning, Jennifer Ball, Vice President, Planning and Economic Development, Central Atlanta Progress, as well as an Audience Q&A.