Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Two lane stretch of Boulevard headed north suddenly becomes one lane. Problem is the markings are faded or hard to see.
When former Mayor Shirley Franklin first took office in 2002, one of her initial moves was to form the "Pothole Posse" to address the many road hazards that kept auto mechanics busy. Motorists rejoiced, but equally as bad are the faded or sometimes non-existent road stripes and markings on the streets. Residents of Grant Park, Boulevard Heights and Benteen Park who share a stretch of Boulevard going north from the U.S. Penitentiary know that all too well. There are two lanes headed north on Boulevard, from McDonough Boulevard to the railroad tracks just north of Hamilton Avenue SE. But once you cross over the tracks, the lanes begin to converge into one. (It splits back into two at Confederate Avenue SE.) The problem: The arrows alerting …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Atlanta Police Department opens mini-precinct at Medical Center to concentrate on Boulevard corridor.
The long-awaited Atlanta Police Department mini-precinct on Boulevard opened Monday at the Atlanta Medical Center, serving as a key cornerstone of a multi-layered initiative designed to clean up crime on the Boulevard corridor in Old Fourth Ward. Part of the Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall's "Year of Boulevard" initiative, the effort is just one part of wide ranging plans to bring positive change Boulevard which has been tagged as a problem thoroughfare drawing crime, drug dealers and serving as the escape conduit for crimes committed in adjoining neighborhoods. The precinct, which is staffed with a dozen officers, has as its primary mission patrolling Boulevard and surrounding Old Fourth Ward. The officers, who already began patrols …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Criticism of management firm's Bedford-Pines apartments on Boulevard fail to acknowledge efforts.
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- Péralte Paul
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Last week, Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall announced a comprehensive plan to address the problems plaguing the Boulevard corridor, which residents in the Old Fourth Ward say is a drag on quality of life. Much of the criticism over the years, has been levied against Wingate Management Co., the company that oversees Bedford-Pines, a 700-unit subsidized housing apartment complex. T. Gene Lockard, who is Southeast regional vice president for Wingate, said the company has consistently made efforts to be a good neighbor in the Old Fourth Ward and has contributed to efforts at improving the neighborhood from hiring off-duty Atlanta police officers to the tune of $300,000 a year and running an after-school program for children.
Friday, January 13, 2012
The president of Fourth Ward Neighbors says working class and old-timers shouldn't be gentrified out of the neighborhood with targeted improvements on Boulevard.
Boulevard has received a lot of attention these last few days with the announcement of a comprehensive plan designed to reduce crime, improve quality of life and give it the renaissance many intowners say it's due. While the proposals, announced in detail Thursday night, affect the portion of Boulevard that runs through the Old Fourth Ward, it's drawn lots of interest neighboring Inman Park, Midtown and Virginia-Highland. Boulevard has been a mess for decades and Matthew W. Garbett, president of the Fourth Ward Neighbors in the Old Fourth Ward, says he's cautiously optimistic about the corridor's prospects for a resurgence. But he expressed hope that along the way, it a Boulevard renaissance doesn't lead to long-time residents and the …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Enforcement, part of Boulevard initiative, should lead to reduction in crime in Old Fourth Ward, adjoining neighborhoods, police say.
As part of the "Year of Boulevard" initiative, designed to clean up the Boulevard corridor in the Old Fourth Ward, the Atlanta Police Department, which plans to open a mini-precint on that street, is dedicating 12 officers to it exclusively. "We began this increased patrol approximately 3 weeks ago," APD Zone 6 Maj. John Dalton told East Atlanta Patch. "We are going to open a precinct on Boulevard, but the officers are already working in the area." The changes come as APD reconfigured its zones last month, which included the creation of two new beats in Old Fourth Ward: 603 and 604. The 12 officers assigned to Boulevard aren't included in the count of beat officers assigned to 603 and 604. "These officers and supervisors were added to the …
Kwanza Hall promises comprehensive change to corridor long plagued by drug dealing, other ills.
Boulevard. Derived from French, the word describes a wide, grand city street — one that's usually tree-lined and well manicured. By that definition, Atlanta's Boulevard, which links a string of neighborhoods from Benteen to Old Fourth Ward to the borders of Virginia-Highland and Midtown, fits the bill. Almost. The stretch of Boulevard between Freedom Parkway and Ponce de Leon Avenue — which is in the Old Fourth Ward — has been an eyesore for decades. That part of the Boulevard corridor has long been a source of complaints for residents who say it's a haven for drug dealing, often in broad daylight. Last month, for example, an Inman Park man pulling into a gas station at the corner of Boulevard and North Avenue, ended up being forced to …