Monday, December 17, 2012
NPU-T President called a press conference to educate the media about the the number of individual neighborhoods that make up SW Atlanta.
Claiborne White, the incoming 2013 NPU-T Presidents called a press conference on December 14th for the purpose of educating the media about the various neighborhoods and the individualism that there is in Southwest Atlanta. According to White, the media constantly covers stories in this large area, but instead of noting the neighborhood they only say Southwest Atlanta. Southwest Atlanta is composed of roughly 97 individual neighborhoods and covers roughly 33 sq. miles. To him and other residents in attendance, by not naming the exact neighborhood of a crime or of an incident, and by just labeling this whole area as SW Atlanta, makes it seem like everything bad happens in this scary place called "SW Atlanta." White would rather the media…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
So what will it take to CHANGE Vine City and English Avenue? A new football stadium?
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Atlanta's Income segregation is one of the worst in the country.
Atlanta sees itself on the top of a very embarrassing list today, because Atlanta has just been rated as one of the worst violators of income segregation. According to a Pew Research report which looked at the number of low-income families that live in a low-income Census tract versus the percentage of high-income families that live in a high income Census tract, Atlanta is high up on the list. We ranked 6th behind other major cities like New York, Miami, and Houston in the low-income category. A study like this suggests that there are neighborhoods in Atlanta that are separated by socioeconomic differences, and that often times the worlds of the haves and the have-nots do not mix. Southwest Atlanta proves to be an anomaly, though, …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Jazmine Guy, one of SW Atlanta's native daughters, tells why she loves SW Atlanta.
The Huffington Posts', Black Voices, released a brief article about Southwest Atlanta on Sunday, in which Jazmine Guy shares why she loves her hometown neighborhood. Jazmine and her family are long time members of Friendship Baptist Church, and over the years she has and continues to support the arts and other causes in Atlanta. In the Black Voices article, which I hope you read, she speaks of her love for Atlanta and SW Atlanta in particular by saying, "It was a wonderful and special place to grow up." I can not agree with Ms. Jazmine Guy more! I always say there is no place in the world like the SWATS (Southwest Atlanta), and like many of you, I travel a ton. There is just something about the energy once you reach SW Atlanta that feels…
Friday, June 8, 2012
Beverly Isom, of Sandtown, is John Lewis' Campaign Communications Director
Rep. John Lewis' campaign for re-election campaign is in full swing, and at the center of the communications and messaging lies the Sandtown resident, Beverly Isom. Beverly Isom is the former Communications Director for Mayor Shirley Franklin, and over the years has talked at a number of schools about her career and her passions. From my brief discussion with her, I can report that Ms. Isom is not one to hold her tongue. She tells you like she sees it, and with no rose colored glasses. As I was jokingly saying that her current boss, Congressman John Lewis, was a "sure-win," she quickly stopped me. Beverly was adamant in her belief that there is a young generation that needs to be educated about John Lewis and what he has done. "That's …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Over 8 homes have burned down on 1 street in Southwest Atlanta
Atlanta Fire Department continues to look for an arsonist that is wreaking havoc in a Southwest community. Ashby Grove, near St. Jose Street in Southwest Atlanta has become a "hotbed" of arson activity in the last several months. Nearly 10 homes have burned down on the one street alone, leaving fire investigators to offer up a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Ashby Grove sites 2 blocks behind Washington High School and was once part of a beautiful and vibrant neighborhood that was full of teachers and families and sat next to the AUC, but it has been hit hard by the economic downturn and housing bubble burst. Nearly all of the 8 homes burned were vacant, yet because of the close proximity to these houses there has been…
Friday, June 3, 2011
Word spread rapidly about free concert for the opening of Fulton County's new Wolf Creek Amphitheater.
Excitement is building in southwest Atlanta over India Arie's upcoming performance at the all new Wolf Creek Amphitheater. The venue will launch it's inaugural summer series with a free performance by the Grammy Award winning, neo-soul artist on Sat., June 4 at 6:30 p.m. "India Arie is my favorite musicians and I am looking forward to seeing and hearing her performance live, on a stage, that’s right in my own neighborhood," said Sonya Walston, a Fulton County resident. "The amphitheater," she said, "which sits hidden behind trees off Enon Road has been a well kept secret in South Fulton for several years." Walston said she quickly sent a text message out to all of her friends as soon as her homeowners association president notified …
Friday, May 27, 2011
Atlanta Police arrest one juvenile involved in a hit and run incident Wednesday on Lawton Street.
Two children and one adult were injured during a hit and run Wednesday morning in Southwest Atlanta. Atlanta Police received a call at approximately 11:20 a.m., according to an e-mail news release, alerting them to the incident. Jamari Singleton, 8, who uses a wheelchair, his brother, Deandre, 7 and their mother were struck by a driver on a sidewalk on Lawton Street near Donnelly Avenue according to a report by Kevin Rowsen for Atanta's WXIA-TV. The four male suspects, all juveniles, abandoned the stolen vehicle and ran, as one of the young victims tumbled down a hillside and the other suffered broken bones. The mother, although injured, refused treatment and was transported to Egleston Hospital with her children. One suspect, a …
Monday, February 14, 2011
You may have heard the unemployment rate in the African-American community is more than double that of others.
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Monday, February 14, 2011
The U.S. Department of Labor's latest unemployment data is not specific to sections of towns or communities such as South Fulton but anecdotal data suggests the unemployment rate is significantly higher in the area. Walking through the numbers with the help of economist Steven Rondone of the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics in Atlanta, I recently learned that Fulton County’s unemployment rate was 11.5% in December 2010. Census data show Fulton is about 44 percent African American and the most populous county in Georgia. In contrast, according to Rondone, the state’s unemployment rate is 10.2% while the national rate is 9.4%. (http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/dsrv). The unemployment rate, as you may know, is the number of unemployed divided …
Saturday, February 12, 2011
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