Phone Numbers to Report Music Midtown Problems Announced

The PARKatlanta phone numbers for reporting parking/traffic problems related to the Music Midtown festival are 404-201-5086 and 404-201-5396.

The phone number for Whitten Management for reporting trash/litter problems is 770-655-7281. Whitten will have crews out all weekend picking up trash/litter and emptying trash cans – but if there are still problems on Monday morning this is the number to call for trash/litter that’s left behind.

All other emergency problems should be reported to the APD as usual via 911.

GPPA Garden Tour
(note parking issues)

Chip Mann’s Garden at 768 Elkmont.
Photo by GPPA, all rights reserved.

The Georgia Perennnial Plant Association’s garden tour will take place on the weekend of May 5 and 6. This is not a massive tour such as the Botanical Garden’s tour – but still attracts several hundred cars over the course of the weekend. This should not represent a huge parking situation – but we still want to give folks a head’s up.

John Wolfinger says:
“this group is a great gardening organization – I’ve belonged for several years now, and Anne Sheldon,Street Captain of Cresthill Avenue, is a past president of this group. There are several VaHi members of this group – showing that ours is also a great garden neighborhood.”

Garden # 3 is at 768 Elkmont Drive and Garden # 4 is at 771 Virginia Circle.

More information at the GPPA website

Rupley Drive permit parking

Alex Wan’s office forwarded the following announcement to the Virginia-Highland Civic Association. The Virginia-Highland Civic Association does not play a direct role in these decisions. We would however help as best we can with any resident concerns. We certainly sympathize with the residents on Rupley, and others near commercial nodes, with regard to parking issues. We also know that this Residential Permit Parking Program is likely to impact streets near Rupley.

Announcement from Alex Wan’s office:

“The Department of Public Works is ready to proceed with establishing a new Residential Permit Parking Program (RPPP) in Virginia-Highland on Rupley Drive (both sides of the street) between Adair Road and Todd Road in Council District 6.  The new program is being established at the request of the neighborhood due to excessive commuter vehicles in competition for parking with residents. The street has met the minimum requirements for a RPPP and residents did not opt-in for a 30% set aside and 2-hour parking allowance for non-permit holders. We are proposing the new RPPP sign installation for the week of February 20, 2012. Enforcement would begin the week of March 5, 2012. Please advise us of any concerns you may have. We would like to proceed with public notification this week.

If you have any comments or concerns please contact:

  • Sheila Parrott – Administrative Assistant to Alex Wan, 404-330-6049, sparrott@atlantaga.gov
  • Alex Wan – Councilmember, District 6, 404-330-6049
  • Valerie Bell-Smith- Public Relations Manager, Sr., Department of Public Works, vbell-smith@atlantaga.gov, 404-330-6215
  • Peggy Berg – VHCA Board, Committee: Safety – Traffic/Transportation & Sidewalks, 404-512-9142, traffic@vahi.org

New Parking Enforcement

The City of Atlanta has farmed out parking enforcement to a private firm – which now means that the “residents only” parking areas in Atkins Park are now being strictly enforced. This involves not only the three Saint streets of Atkins Park proper, but also Briarcliff Place and Arlington Place. I hope to learn more about this initiative and the folks who are enforcing soon – but in the meantime some sketchy info is available at http://www.parkatlanta.org/index.html I know there are problems associated with the number of passes available to the many multi-unit buildings in this area.

Voice – Spring 2004

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President’s Address, by Kevin Cronin
- City council honors Aaron Gross for his leadership
- City council passed sewage and water bill
- Sidewalk reimbursement program
- Grand opening of Cunard Memorial Playground March 28, 2004

Parking and transportation are major issues for the business community, by Tinka Green, VHBA president
- permit parking may be introduced in Atkins Park

- What’s happening at Inman Middle School (renovation), by Liz Coyle
- Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes planned
- Remember to recycle, by Nan Hunter

Why cities don’t matter and why Virginia-Highland does, by Chip Gallagher
- Cities are losing out to suburbs in political power
- VaHi and intown neighborhoods will weather the fiscal storm due to social organization

- Atkins Park Garden Club celebrated 75th anniversary, by Tinka Green
- The Southeastern Flower Show provides great landscaping ideas, by John Wolfinger
- Anatomy of a property tax assessment challenge
- Cunard Memorial Playground park cleanup and grand opening
- How can I remove graffiti?

Voice – Winter 2002

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- Lighting the home for the holidays, by Darrah Horgan
- Letters to the editor – safety
- President’s address, by Steve Kushner (Summerfest, Hilan Theatre, Atkins Park parking)
- Safety during the holidays, by Officer Nicole Rabel
- Money magner misses mosquitos, by Chip Gallagher
- Broken sidewalk? We can help, by Chip Gallagher
- Public safety, traffic and cleanliness, by Steve Luben
- The Highland Hoer, by John Wolfinger

Voice – Spring 1993

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- Property tax season: VaHi is on first list (of assessment mailings) to homeowners
- Friend, board member (Ed Neal) passed away
- President’s Corner: Summerfest success, DOT property on Ponce (now The Carlton condos, ed.) released, Murphy’s still in court
- Bicycles Require Care, Maintenance, Year Round Many Adjustments will Require Bike Mechanic, by Mike Goodman
- Your City Council, By Sheilll Martin-Brown, councilperson-at-larg
- Remember Your 3 R’s… Redvce. Reuse. Recycle. By Nan Hunter
- Parking Survey Received Huge Response, by Jett Marks
- Piedmont Park has Become the Main Course on the Table, by Kathy Couch
- Gardening Volunteers Can Gain Hours for a Chance to Volunteer forthe 1996 Olympics, by Kathy Couch
- VaHi Can’t Flee from the Crime without Everyone’s Help, by Joyce Gross
- Don’t Be Shy To Your Own Neighborhood, by J .D. Christy, VP VHCA
- Col. Mustard reviews American Roadhouse
- Suitable Site For CSO (combined sewer overflow) Still Under Debate, by Jett Marks
- Sidewalks throughout the Virginia- Highland area are due for a facelift, by Ellen Kates

Voice – Winter 1992

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- VHCA amends its bylaws
- Parking survey opinion
- Planning Summerfest ’93
- Get “street smart” about safe bicycling
- Officially speaking: Handgun control, by Mayor Maynard Jackson
- Recycle today: save your “waste”, by Nan Hunter
- Home sweet Virginia-Highland home: portrait of longtime residents, by Jeni Evans
- John Howell Park renovation plans still under review, by Jerry Bright
- Col. Mustard reviews Neighbors Pub
- You can HELP! (fight crime), by Joyce Gross
- Neighborhood profile: Inman Middle School, by Betty Wells and Joan Walters
- Neighbors join to protect our streets: how to get off-duty police patrol coverage for your block, by Yvette Weatherly
- Crime statistics
- Personal safety tips from Pro-Tech Security Systems
- Learn about composting
- Traffic islands get make-over by Kathy Couch
- Parking survey

Voice – Summer 1992

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- Letter to the editor from Douglas W. Jones, president of the Ponce de Leon Corridor Association, urging action to oppose Grady Hospital from expanding onto Ponce
- Rep rap, by Rep. Jim Martin
- Reduce, reuse and recycle: participating streets, by Nan Hunter
- New parking committee comes to life, by Elmo Colburn
- Col. Mustard review of Mid City Fish
- Update on Murphy’s move, by Jeni Evans
- Ponce Task Force focuses on reducing risk to investors, by Jett Marks, VaHi rep to PTF
- Piedmont Park Conservancy by city councilmember Mary Davis
- John Howell Park, by Jerry Bright
- Plan to save your life in case of fire, by Ken Lavine
- School update
- Crime graphs and statistics
- Composting comes home, by Nan Hunter
- Summerfest ’92
- Danny’s Run 5K and fun run

Voice – Spring 1992


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- Atkins Park traces its past, by Tinka Green
- Murphy’s Law #92: more parking. Finding parking for Murphy’s new location at Virginia and Todd. By Jeni Evans
- Rep rap: Easy access to guns is killing us, by David Scott, State Senator
- Heart Strings: volunteers needed for Atlanta’s largest AIDS fundraiser
- A tale of two neighbors and a wild boar, Wild Boar beer at George’s, by Yvette Weatherly
- Making music in VaHi, a profile of Michael Moore (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) and Paula Peace-Moore by Alison Nelson
- The zoning and variance review process, by Ed Neal and Nyna Gentry
- Finally, Virginia-Highlanders can build snowmen (photos)
- Ponce Task Force update
- Many residents perturbed over parking, by Vicky Favorite
- Schools update
- Recycling: we need more VaHi curbside recyclers in ’92, by Nan Hunter

Voice – Spring 1990

- Preservationists Karin Huebner (Urban Design Atlanta) and Ann Farrisee (Atlanta Preservation Center) to speak March 7th
- Profile of Nyna Gentry, chairman VHCA Preservation Committee and St. Charles Greenwood rep
- The VOICE says “Preservation”
- VaHi: Atlanta’s bungalow neighborhood, by Tim Crimmins
- More of everything at the new VaHi library, by Kathy Couch
- Support your neighborhood schools – CINS, by Barbara Van Dyke
- John Howell Park, by Jerry Bright: sidewalk replacement
- VaHi’s annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race
- Things are picking up (recycling), by Nan Hunter
- Volleyball, heads up!
- A letter from Rep. Jim Martin (on privacy, abortion, state budget)
- No parking? By Burn Sears
- Crime stats for VaHi (beat 610)

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