Wednesday, April 3, 2013
In a matter of minutes, a 107-year-old bridge gets demolished.
OLD FOURTH WARD — After months of waiting, the long-planned demolition of the Edgewood Avenue Bridge took place April 3. The city is replacing the span because the bridge was in danger of becoming structurally unsound. The replacement bridge is projected to take a year with the new bridge scheduled to come online in April of 2014.
Year long project to replace old bridge means detours and delays.
OLD FOURTH WARD — After a month's delay, the planned replacement of the Edgewood Avenue bridge is to begin today. The $4.5 million project is necessary because the 107-year-old, 200-foot bridge is on the verge of being structurally unsafe, city officials said last year at a meeting of Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward residents to discuss the plan. Rather than repair it, officials said it would be more cost effective to build a new span. The work was to have started in March but was pushed back to accomodate some utility work that had to be done first. While the work is being done, the stretch of Edgewood between Krog and Randolph streets will be be closed to motor vehicle traffic. Motorists will be detoured around the closed portion of …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Old Fourth Ward residents want sidewalks around the old David T. Howard High School repaired.
OLD FOURTH WARD — As the city embarks on its campaign to get property owners to repair broken and cracked sidewalks that front their homes, one homeowner here thinks City Hall should lead by example. The David T. Howard High School building at 551 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., would be a good place to start. Opened in 1923 as an elementary school that replaced three other schools opened for freed black slaves and their children, Atlanta Public Schools shuttered it in 1976. But the school, bounded by Randolph, Irwin and Howell streets, is flanked by broken sidewalks. It's an issue Billy Hungeling, a Howell Street resident, feels the city should address, especially if residential property owners are to be expected to do the same. "Sure-footed …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Falcons team owner thanks city for new stadium deal.
Thursday, March 28
One of the surprise guests at the Central Atlanta Progress 72nd annual meeting Thursday was Atlanta Falcons owner, Arthur Blank. When he approached the podium, he said he’d keep his comments brief because the Falcons had a new stadium. Then he elaborated that Atlanta was the only choice for the new Falcons Stadium, alluding to his history in Atlanta with Home Depot and with his foundation, and the fact that the Falcons had called Atlanta home for 47 years. “We will build a world-class,” stadium. Blank said. “It will be an iconic addition to downtown Atlanta.” He concluded with explaining that he had been working closely with Mayor Kasim Reed over the last few weeks and realized that the Mayor had lot of unique skills…many of them the same …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Closure scheduled to begin April 3.
OLD FOURTH WARD — The planned replacement of the Edgewood Avenue Bridge, which was was to have started last week, has been delayed until April 3. The delay was made because of utility work that has to be done before before the replacement of the 200-foot, 107-year-old concrete bridge that connects the Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park neighborhoods. The $4.5 million replacement is projected to last April 2014 and will close the stretch of Edgewood between Krog and Randolph streets. Motor vehicle traffic will be detoured around that affected stretch of Edgewood to a route that goes from Randolph to Irwin to Krog streets, to DeKalb Aveue/Decatur Street to Boulevard. All nearby businesses, which includes a key shop and tire repair facility, …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The site currently is experiencing a hiring freeze and continues a reduction in tours of King's birth home.
The sequestration cuts, $85 million in federal budget cuts which kicked in on March 1, meant less tours and no more student workers for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. The site's superintendent Judy Forte told Patch this week, "Right now we're able to provide minimum service." The site has seen a reduction in tours given to the public. On average, the site offers 15 tours a day of King's birth home, but those have been reduced to 10 per day as a response to a current hiring freeze, which was in place before the sequester cuts. Forte said the site has been unable to fill critical positions, such as a communications manager/public information officer position and two law enforcement positions. However, with these …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Atlanta City Councilman explains to his Inman Park constituents why he didn't vote to approve a deal to build a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.
INMAN PARK — Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall said Wednesday he is not necessarily opposed to a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons. Speaking to the monthly meeting of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association, Hall, whose District 2 includes that community, as well as Downtown, Old Fourth Ward and Sweet Auburn, said the council's March 18 vote to approve the project was taken too soon. Hall, who is seeking reelection, is one of four council members who voted against the $1 billion deal for a new stadium. Billionaire Arthur Blank, Falcons owner, wants a new stadium with a retractable roof to replace the team's current home at the Georgia Dome. The deal, which has the support of and pushed by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, calls for the Falcons…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Drivers and pedestrians should use extra care at a few key Atlanta intersections where the right light camera operation is temporarily suspended.
Though it is still illegal to run red lights, those who choose to run the light at Freedom Parkway at Boulevard will not receive a ticket in the mail showing their infraction via photograph. The City of Atlanta recently announced that starting March 15th, "all Red Light Cameras within the City of Atlanta limits will cease to operate." The decision to halt the program is due to the expiration of a contract the city had with Xerox to install and maintain the cameras. According to a city press release, "the Red Light Camera Program is expected to resume by mid-May 2013, pending the installation of a new vendor." Until then, there are 3 intersections that no longer have red light cameras working. • Spring Street at North Avenue • Cleveland …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Kids get a behind-the-scenes look with state Sen. Jason Carter.
Sunday, March 17
Fred A. Toomer Elementary School's second and third grade toured the State Capitol in late February and met with their representatives. State Sen. Jason Carter (D-Decatur), pictured above, spent 20 minutes in a lively round of Q&A with the students. — Douglas Wood, Kirkwood
Friday, March 1, 2013
107-year-old bridge is on the verge of becoming structurally unsafe.
OLD FOURTH WARD — The Atlanta BeltLine Inc. and the Atlanta Public Works Department said the year-long replacement of the Edgewood Avenue Bridge, is expected to begin March 18. Of all the bridges in the city, the 107-year-old span, which connects Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park, is the most structurally unsound, underscoring the need for a replacement. The $4.5 million project to replace the 200-foot concrete bridge is expected to last until April 2014 and will close the stretch of Edgewood between Krog and Randolph streets. And with its closure, traffic on Edgewood, a major thoroughfare into Downtown, will have to be diverted: The detour routes weren't necessarily seen as optimal by residents of those streets, particularly Irwin, where …