Triangle Cleanup Postponed Until Next Weekend

Due to excessive water saturation in the soil and the possibility of additional rainfall this afternoon, the triangle island cleanup event originally scheduled for today has been postponed until next Sunday May 12 at 1 pm. We know that’s Mother’s Day but we can’t postpone the cleanup event any longer and we’re hopeful that at least some folks will be able to spare a couple of hours, even on this special day.

No RSVP needed. Bring a water bottle and garden gloves if you have a pair. Contact Nonie Daniels at with questions, comments or suggestions.


Keep VaHi Beautiful Volunteers Have Successful Clean-Up Day

By: Kay Stephenson

As the sky slowly lightened on a recent crisp fall morning in Virginia-Highland, volunteers assembled in the parking lots at the south end of the neighborhood. Tools were unloaded, bags and gloves donated by Keep Atlanta Beautiful were distributed, and, to the sounds of a leaf blower doing its thing outside Neighbor’s Pub, we were off.

From the MARTA stop on the north side of Ponce De Leon Avenue to the triangle at N. Highland and Virginia avenues, volunteers picked up bag after bag of bottles, food wrappers, cigarette butts and the assorted detritus that accumulates every day in our neighborhood. We whacked, raked, and sprayed weeds, and scraped off stickers while saying a big thank you to Intown Ace Hardware for donating scrapers.

Graffiti Task Force volunteers worked for hours to remove tags on three sides of the Hilan Theater building, and to repaint metal doors and dumpsters.  Kudos once more to Intown Ace for providing supplies and to Atkins Park and Surin for the use of their water.

Both the streetscape and the parking lots received much attention, including a few spots that haven’t seen any love for a very long time. Wellspring Treasures coordinated the participation of a youth group from Peachtree Presbyterian Church, and the kids were a bundle of energy making short work of the alley that runs between St. Charles and Greenwood. The pictures tell the clean-up tale better than any words can (see below).

When we were finished (for this day, as this is an on-going effort), Surin of Thailand had a delicious hot lunch waiting for us, and we all tucked in upstairs at the Indie-pendent. The best part is the knowledge that many business owners have made the commitment to keep their part of the neighborhood looking great. Some that could not join us for Saturday’s event still made an extra effort to get their own property ship shape for our clean-up day.

The Graffiti Task Force and the Keep Virginia Highland Beautiful team want to thank our volunteers and contributors for such a fun and productive event. We look forward to continued improvements to both commercial and residential areas of Virginia-Highland, and hope that the next time we plan an event the whole neighborhood can join in!

Here are pictures of the walls of the Hilan Theatre prior to graffiti removal:

And here are pictures of the same walls, after graffiti removal:

Graffiti Task Force chair Laura Voisinet works on a dumpster in the area behind the Hilan Theatre.

Volunteer David Berl scrubs down a wall of the Hilan Theatre building.

Volunteer Jimmy Lee needs a ladder to reach an especially bad section of graffiti on one of the Hilan Theatre walls.

Graffiti fighters John Wolfinger and Jimmy Lee take a break for some fun with the sprayer.

Here are some pictures of the trash-strewn areas around the St. Charles commercial node prior to clean-up:

And here are the same areas post clean-up:

Weed abatement specialist Bob Coomes – decked out in his best Louisville Cardinal red and with a jug of Roundup in hand – did his best to eradicate invasives along N. Highland from Ponce to the triangle at Virginia Avenue. Here are shots of Bob in action:

Volunteer Roger Harris cleans-up under a bench at the triangle while Bob Coomes chases down more pesky weeds.

No piece of trash escapes volunteer Roger Harris' discerning eye.


Volunteers Needed This Weekend to Help with VaHi Triangle Planting

Grab your garden gloves and a water bottle and come join your neighbors for some fall planting this weekend at the VaHi triangle park at the corner of Virginia and N. Highland avenues (in front of Taco Mac and Murphy’s).

The group will be planting some colorful fall annuals Sunday, October 7th starting at 1 p.m., but drop by any time – even as Streets Alive gets going – and contribute whatever time you care to donate. No gardening knowledge is necessary and it’s a great way to help keep Virginia-Highland beautiful and vibrant. Who knows? You might even meet some new neighbors!

Contact Nonie Daniel at with questions or comments.


The Triangle, Then and Now

By: John Becker

This photo was taken in June 2009. This was during the latter phase of street scape improvement and this picture shows how that project impacted the triangle island before anything was replanted.

This photo was taken in February 2010. I think this was after the last phase of street scape improvement had been completed. A few trees had been replanted.

This picture and the next two were taken in March of this year and they show the impact of our initial planting session and some of the volunteers who were involved.

This picture and the next two were taken in April 2012 and they show the impact of our second planting session and the volunteers involved in that.

I took this picture Aug. 7 (2012) - and I think it really shows how much the area has improved. Look how all of the wonderful plants Nonie selected have taken hold and grown thanks to the rain we’ve had and some volunteers filling in during the dry periods.


Plant flowers at Triangle

Please join us this Sunday 4/15 at 1 PM at the VaHi Triangle (Virginia-Highland intersection, across from Taco Mac’s) as we install annual and perennial flowers. Most of the plants are in gallon or 4” pots, so there will be no heavy lifting or tilling. Please bring your own gloves, drinking water, and – if have one – a trowel. (We’ll have some extras.)

Questions? Write us at or call Nonie at (678) 641-8485.


Come help landscape the Triangle 3/18!

Join us this Sunday, March 18 at 1:00 pm as we work together and execute the VHCA’s landscape plan at the Triangle (in front of Taco Mac at the corner of Virginia Avenue and North Highland). Bring gloves and shovels if you have them.  We will also provide tools. We’ll be raking, spreading, shoveling and planting. No experience necessary. Adults only, please.

Contact Nonie Daniel at or Lauren Wilkes Fralick at with questions.

Triangle at N. Highland & Virginia: View plans

VHCA resident and Master Gardener Nonie Daniels has developed a proposed plan for the Triangle at Virginia and N. Highland. Click on the image at left to enlarge. You can meet with Nonie and the VHCA Parks Committee this coming Sunday 2/26/12 from 1 to 1:30 and hear more about the plan. Your comments and thoughts are welcome then, or you may send them to


Voice – Spring 2010

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– Triangle island renovation nears completion
– Home Tour recap
– Local Haiti relief efforts continue
– President’s Corner: Callanwolde silent auction results
– SPARK students introduced to debate
– Spotlight on Grady High School
– Grow fruit in your garden
– Streetscape update
– Green Dream silent auction a success
– Safety update: Reed administration and the APD
– Orme Park Phase One improvements
– How healthy are your trees?
– History part VI
– Col. Mustard reviews Rosebud


Voice – Fall 2009

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– Summerfest success
– Safety: our neighborhood connection VHList with 331 members
– President’s corner: past year’s achievements
– Streetscape Phase II (Triangle area) update
– Neighborhood arboretum coming to VaHi
– History part IV
– School news: MES, Inman
– New Highland Park fundraising update
– Join the New Highland Park Conservancy
– Neighborhood feels impact of Callanwolde construction
– New afterschool program (Garrison)
– City Storage
– Col. Mustard reviews D.B.A. Barbeque


Streetscape Meeting

For the many of you who have voiced concerns about the changes at Virginia and North Highland and some of the unintended consequences of this project, VaHi president Pam Papner has scheduled a meeting to go over these concerns, and create a list of suggested solutions. Meet at the traffic island on Thursday, July 30th at 7 to collectively look at the corner and then walk to Church of Our Savior for a sit down session and, as a group, work on a list of realistic ideas to solve these problems. This confab is for residents and business owners alike.


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 – Year-end 1988

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– John Howell Park planning update
In memoriam: John Howell
Graphic (2 pages): John Howell Park plan

– 764-784 Ponce Place development to be limited to townhomes and condos, not high-density rental units
– YWCA coming to stie of Spanish Baptist Church
– Thanks to Sharon Bagby and Highland Hardware for revitalizing Triangle,
– Thanks to Shemin Nurseries for donating 10 cherry trees to park
– Virginia-Highland Designer Showhouse was held October 1988 at 1166 St. Charles Place, sponsored by TWIGS, benefiting VaHi Civic Fund and Egleston Hospital
– L.A.M.P. (Living AIDS Memorial Park) aims to develop a national shrine in John Howell Park, where memorial services can be conducted.