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  • 20 Jan 2022 9:24 AM | Anonymous

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  • 12 Jan 2022 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    MEET PIEDMONT HEIGHTS RESIDENT, Mary McLaughlin

    Mary and her husband, Chip Henry, have lived in Piedmont Heights on Rock Springs Road since 1993. She is a clinical social worker and has worked at Georgia State University for more than 20 years. Mary shared a bit about herself and the neighborhood for our most recent Resident Spotlight.

    Tell us a bit about your family and living in Piedmont Heights.

    My husband’s father grew up in this house. He inherited it after his grandmother died. We moved into it when my first son was three years old. Our second son was born in 1995. There were not many kids that lived along Rock Springs Road back then, so my two red-headed boys had lots of loving eyes on them! Really, they were co-raised by folks in the neighborhood. Our sons still live in Atlanta as well as Chip’s 93-year-old mother, so we stay pretty busy.

    Do you have any pets?

    We have “grand puppies” – Star, Oda, and Satchmo.

    How do you enjoy spending time in the neighborhood?

    My husband, Chip, and I love to wander around Piedmont Heights and visit with neighbors along the way. We love all the little ones – both the two-legged and four-legged ones! We enjoy watching them grow up.

    What is your ideal Piedmont Heights day look like?

    Work out in the morning at Ultimate Bodies by Carlos. It is an awesome place, and great people work there. Then a visit to the plentiful local thrift stores around us – St Phillip’s, Out of the Closet, Goodwill, and Lost and Found. And in the evening, there are so many great options for dining!

    What makes Piedmont Heights special to you?

    It is the people that make this neighborhood so special. The care that folks show each other and the care and attention that Piedmont Heights gives to the City of Atlanta issues as well. We are lucky. And for a couple of aging residents – the location is awesome, as we can walk to so many places!


    Thanks to PHCA Board Member Helen Kacur for volunteering to interview Mary and write this Resident Spotlight!





  • 01 Jan 2022 9:17 PM | Anonymous

    Atlanta Gas Light's Piedmont Enhancement Project will impact the Buckhead, Piedmont Heights, and Morningside communities and assist the company with meeting its energy commitments in Atlanta.

    This project started in Summer 2021 at E. Pelham and go north through Piedmont Heights, north into Buckhead. It will involve lane closures and detours. 

    For questions or additional information, please email piedmontenhancement@southernco.com or call 404-584-3145.

    Learn more about the Piedmont Enhancement Project (PDF) or PiedmontEnhancementProject.com

    December 15, 2021 Update from AGL

    November 17, 2021 Update from AGL


  • 01 Jan 2022 6:17 PM | Anonymous

    In August 2021, Cheshire Bridge was compromised after a fire. ATL DOT continues to share updates with us - see below. 

    In the meantime, continue to support the many businesses that are OPEN on both sides of the bridge (including in the Manchester district), including PHCA loyal supporters Nakato Japanese Restaurant, Taqueria del Sol, Atlanta School of Photography, Roxx Tavern, The Buttery ATLDaily Chew, Costumes EtcRhodes Bakery, Club Diogi Dog DaycareJohnny's Pizza, and more. 

    You can also email Commissioner Josh Rowan to express your thoughts and concerns for expediency around this rebuild project. 

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - December 2, 2021

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - November 4, 2021

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - October 6, 2021

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - September 22, 2021

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - September 8, 2021

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - August 30, 2021


  • 01 Jan 2022 9:01 AM | Anonymous

    For the latest updates on the GDOT Roundabout Project at Monroe & Armour Drives, please visit their project website:

    APRIL 2022: Expected Completion Date

    https://0015774-monroe-armour-roundabout-gdot.hub.arcgis.com

    You can also contact GDOT about this project by emailing ArmourMonroeRoundabout@dot.ga.gov

    (click image below to bring up full-size PDF)

  • 09 Dec 2021 12:42 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations!

    So many Piedmont Heights businesses, business owners, and other PiHi supporters made Atlanta Magazine's Best of Atlanta list in the latest issue!


  • 01 Dec 2021 3:26 PM | Anonymous

    Despite a showing of approximately 500 neighbors at the November NPU-F meeting, Octopus Kitchen's alcohol permit process continues.

    The Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) voted 429-4 to deny the license; however, the License Review Board (LRB) approved the license in a 4-2 vote on November 16 (see the final page). This vote for approval succeeded despite facts presented by our NPU Permits Chair that the business lacks adequate parking, the same owner was denied at another location, there is a history of violations at other locations managed by the applicant, and the intent via social media to operate hours later than stated on the application.

    The license now heads to Mayor Bottoms for final approval.

    You can help! We encourage neighbors to email Mayor Bottoms with the same reasons presented to the LRB as grounds for denial. The mayor's email address is mayorbottoms@atlantaga.gov and you can copy her executive assistant Angela Smith at AngelaSmith@atlantaga.gov.

    Applicants are rarely denied by the LRB, whose members are largely appointed by the mayor. Why the LRB approves applications that are recommended as "Deny" by the local community through the NPU system is ridiculous – and illustrates a larger problem across Atlanta. It is up to neighbors to put pressure on leaders for legislative action. 

  • 19 Nov 2021 10:19 AM | Anonymous

    Thanks to our NPU-F Chair, Debbie Skopczynski, and to Marla Johnson from Morningside-Lenox Park Association, for compiling this great info!

    Recently, the Commissioner of Public Works addressed yard debris pickup concerns with NPU Chairs. You can view the presentation from Public Works, and the following are takeaways from our NPU-F Chair:

    • They are sincerely working on it. Many problems have been caused with the labor shortage and their inability to recruit the number of employees that are needed (they've hired 40 but need more) - despite using cash and other incentives.  Office staff have been reassigned as truck drivers until they can get staffed up and caught up. New employees are not familiar with some of the neighborhoods and miss some of the streets.  Temp agencies are not interested in supplying workers because of the liability with work that requires folks to hang off a truck.

    • One of the problems discussed is how the truck routing has worked. Once the truck is full with debris, they leave the route and travel to the only City dump site which is on the Atlanta/Cobb border. Sometimes that happens in the middle of the block. Usually they don't return to where they left off because of the travel distance.

    • The City has antiquated trucks, systems and processes that they are working to update.  They are buying new software that will do a better job scheduling routes and 8 new trucks that will only require one person. They are also looking to expand the number of dump sites to different parts of the city.

    • The Commissioner says that if your yard waste hasn't been picked up in 3 weeks, it's not on their radar. You may put it in your regular trash until they can get the system fixed. It won't be recycled, but it won't be sitting on the street.

    • They have hired two landscape companies to pick up yard waste. They will be in marked trucks and focusing on the areas that have been most neglected. 

    More info and to see the latest schedule for pickups.

  • 18 Nov 2021 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    While PHCA does not endorse individual candidates, we do attempt to keep you informed about deadlines and forums involving all candidates for races relevant to Piedmont Heights. We'll keep this page updated as we learn about new forums, events, etc.

    If you're hosting a Meet & Greet for individual candidates, we encourage you to post the information on NextDoor or your social media. PHCA is unable to promote individual Meet & Greet events.

    Run-Off Elections

    Atlanta will be voting again to decide its new Mayor, City Council President, and more. Early voting started November 17 for the run-off elections, with the final day being November 30. Early voting allows you to vote at any available location, while November 30 you must vote as your assigned polling place. 

    Overview of the races and who's running: https://voteatl.org/

    Download Your Sample Ballot here.

    Key Dates

    • October 4 - Last day to register to vote
    • October 11 - Earliest day to mail an absentee ballot
    • October 12-29 - Early voting period - vote at any location
    • October 22: Deadline to request absentee ballot
    • November 2: Election day - vote at your designated location only



    More Events & Recordings

    Atlanta Public School Forums

    • September 23 (Virtual) - APS Board of Education Forum by Atlanta Charter Partner Network. More info

    District 6 Forums

    • Recording from 10/5/21 City Council District 6 Forum by PHCA, MLPA, and PiHi Alliance. Watch the recording. 
    • Recording from 9/24/21 City Council District 6 Forum by League of Women Voters. Watch the recording.

    City Council At-Large Forums

    • Recording from 9/24/21 from Old Fourth Ward Business Association for Atlanta Small Business Candidates Forum - At-Large Candidates. Watch the recording.

    City Council President Forums

    • Recording from 10/12/21 from Atlanta Press Club
    • Recording from 9/28/21 City Council President Forum by TransFormation Alliance. Watch the recording.
    • Recording from 9/25/21 from Old Fourth Ward Business Association for Atlanta Small Business Candidate Forum - City Council President. Watch the recording.

    Mayoral Forums

    • October 19 (Virtual) - Mayoral Forum by Alliance of  InTown Neighborhoods. More info
    • October 21 (In Person & Virtual) - Mayoral Forum on Gun Violence. More info
    • Recording from 10/4/21 - Mayoral forum by AJC. Watch the recording.
    • Recording from 10/5/21 Mayoral Forum by Emory, League of Women Voters, and more. Watch the recording.
    • Recording from 9/26/21 Atlanta Small Business Mayoral Forum by Old Fourth Ward Business Association. Watch the recording.
    • Recording from 9/8/21 Mayoral Forum on Greenspace Issues. View online
    • October 1 (Virtual) - Mayoral forum regarding homelessness by Partners for HOME and PAD. More info
    • October 6 (Virtual) - Mayoral Forum by Beltline Rail Now. More info


  • 15 Nov 2021 2:26 PM | Anonymous

    Saint Martin Lutheran Church (SMLC), which meets at the Rock Spring Church building now owned by Heritage Prep School, will collect warm winter accessories—hat, gloves, and socks (3-6 pair)—for men, women, and children who are clients of the Toco Hills Community Alliance (THCA) food bank. 

    To help out, place your set of warm winter accessories in a bag and label as men's, women's, boy's, or girl's. Then:

    • Bring to Saint Martin Lutheran Church (1824 Piedmont Ave) any Sunday between now and December 5 from 12:00 and 12:30 p.m. Ask around for Beverly Clark.
    • Contact Meg Anderson (Membership & Communications Chair) to coordinate a drop off in Piedmont Heights before December 5.

    Deadline: December 5


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