TSW Works with Intown Atlanta Neighborhood Poncey-Highland

TSW has been leading a project centered around Atlanta’s Poncey-Highland neighborhood. The work is being done in partnership with City of Atlanta Councilmember Kwanza Hall and the city’s Department of Planning and Community Development. TSW has been facilitating community meetings, including a large workshop that included not only a workshop for adults but activities for children. Later this fall, after review by the Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association and Neighborhood Planning Unit-N, the final plan will be considered by the Atlanta City Council for inclusion in the city’s comprehensive development plan.

Three related news items from local media:

Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Involvement Inspires Master Plan
Jim Burress, WABE, 6/24/09

Poncey-Highland is the neighborhood near Freedom Park, roughly south of Ponce de Leon between Inman Park and the Old 4th Ward.

This year it’s seen a new, eco-friendly playground. A group of neighbors planted a community garden right beside it. And the neighborhood’s new Springdale Park Elementary will soon open.

Much of the work and initiative is coming from those who live there, says city councilman Kwanza Hall. He hopes other Atlanta neighborhoods will be inspired.

“I mean a $250,000 endevour, they were able to pull off in less than a year. Some groups takes years to do things like that, and never even achieve the goal, but they were able to get together and make it happen.”

Because residents are doing so much, Hall’s office only has to contribute $13,000 towards the plan that he says normally costs hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Hall says the city should adopt the master plan by Christmas.

Hall wants input on Poncey-Highland plan
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 6/27/09

Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall has scheduled a workshop starting at 9 a.m. today to hear from residents, particularly young people, about a master plan for the Poncey-Highland neighborhood.

The workshop will be at Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E.

Hall is working with the neighborhood on a long-range plan to improve transportation, preserve and expand green space, and to determine the best use of land in that community.

The plan will eventually go to the City Council for its approval.

Kids to Become Urban Planners at Poncey-Highland Master Plan Workshop June 27
Atlanta Day Book

Kids will become urban planners on Saturday, June 27 at the public workshop for the Poncey-Highland Master Plan.

With help from the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the second community meeting for the master plan will be uniquely family-friendly. The meeting, which starts at 9:00 a.m., will take place at Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE (corner of Ponce and N. Highland Avenues).

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