Atlanta BeltLine Homeowner Empowerment Workshops

This week, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership will be hosting a series of workshops aimed at helping homeowners understand their tax bills and learn how to navigate the appeal process. The first workshop will be held tonight, from 6:00 – 8:30pm at Atlanta Metropolitan State College (Conference Room A), 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy SW Atlanta, GA 30310.

Property owners in Fulton County have received their 2018 property assessment and estimate of taxes due later this year. Many property owners are facing substantial increases this year to the assessment of the value of their property and the resulting taxes. But what if you don’t understand your statement and the information it contains? What are your options if you are caught off guard and overwhelmed by the amount of your increase and you want to appeal?

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Atlanta City Councilmembers Joyce Sheperd and Ivory Lee Young, NPU-V and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society are partnering to conduct three free 2.5 hour workshops that will help you understand your property tax statement and the options available to those who want to appeal. ALAS lawyers will be on hand to thoroughly explain all of the information on the 2018 statement and review the appeal process and requirements.

The deadline for filing an appeal is July 6. Please remember to bring the property tax statement you received in the mail to the workshop.

Please see attached a flyer that can be used to promote all three of next week’s workshops. Sorry for the delay in getting this finalized but lots of moving parts to coordinate. The vanity URL listed – – takes you to a page where you can choose which workshop you want to attend. Click on register and you go to the Eventbrite registration site for that workshop. I think I’ve sent you all links to the Eventbrite and Facebook Event for your particular workshop. Let me know if you do not have those.

Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.

Trees Atlanta x NPU-V Bike Champions Ride Through NPU-V

Join Trees Atlanta and your NPU-V Bike Champs as we ride through our region of southwest Atlanta, learning about various trees and significant green space unique to our neighborhoods! This ride will start and end on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail in the West End neighborhood near the Monday Night Brewery Garage (933 Lee St SW Atlanta, GA 30310). For more information, please click here.

Ride route will include city streets through the West End, Adair Park, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, and Summerhill neighborhoods.

When: June 30, 2018 at 9:00am – 11am
Where: Starting/End Location
Monday Night Garage
933 Lee St SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

Ride your own bike or use a Relay Bike for FREE!
Save $5 off your next Relay ride with this code:

Southface’s Care and Conserve Plumbing Repair Program (CCPRP) Employment Opportunities

Dear Community Leaders:

The City of Atlanta Care and Conserve Plumbing Assistance Program serves City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management (DWM) low to moderate-income customers with household plumbing repairs.  Southface has the privilege to administer the Care and Conserve Plumbing Repair Program (CCPRP) for Council Districts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 12!

We need your help.  Our first action is to fill 3 CCPRP positions with residents from your communities; one part-time CCPRP Fellow to work at Southface and two plumber helpers will be hired by our program partner, Talon Plumbing.  Applicants must reside in these council districts to be considered for these positions.

The job opportunity and job description flyers are attached.  Please share this information with your constituents and other neighborhood and community organizations in Council Districts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 12.

Click here: CCPRP Plumbing Assistant Position

Click here: Southface CCPRP Job Opening Flyers

Click here: CCPRP Associate Fellow 2

Thank you,

Gwen Smith
Associate Fellow and Project Coordinator, Care and Conserve Plumbing Repair Program (CCPRP)
Regenerative Places + Spaces
Voice: 404-604-3680
Emerging Leaders class of 2018


See a rat?

Text “RAT” to 404-341-4471

June 15 – June 30, 2018

RatWatch allows you to report rat sightings or evidence of a rat over text.

For questions or concerns, email Dr. Ellen Zegura at

RatWatch is a SMS chatbot designed to enable the citizens of Atlanta to easily report rat sightings and evidence within their neighborhoods. Inspired by a similar project conducted at the University of Michigan, it allows people who see a rat, or evidence of a rat, to text a phone number and fill out a survey detailing their experience. Our work this summer will revolve around improving the application and testing it within various neighborhoods, as well as developing a rat habitat suitability model. We will use the crowd-sourced data collected through RatWatch in tandem with other geographical data to analyze the spatial distribution of rat sightings and test our model.

NPU-V June Meeting on Monday

The next monthly NPUV meeting will be held on Monday at the Pittman Park Recreation Center (950 Garibaldi Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30310) in Pittsburgh from 7-9 pm on Monday, June 11th.

Find out more information here:

Please see the following for the agenda for Monday’s meeting:

Also, Ordinance Z-18-48 will be discussed at this meeting:

2018 Summerhill Parade and Reunion

It’s that time again. Time for the famous Summerhill Reunion—THE Reunion! Games, food, fun and of course, THE Parade, this year bigger and better than ever before! So get ready and mark June 16 in your calendar! You won’t want to miss Summerhill—THE Reunion!

More MARTA Information

Good afternoon NPU Chair.

The More MARTA Atlanta program is a partnership between MARTA and the City of Atlanta to deliver the largest transit investment in four decades – $2.5 billion over the next 40 years. In coordination with City stakeholders and the community, the partners are developing and implementing a system of transit improvement projects that will improve accessibility, mobility, and connectivity within the City and to the existing regional transportation network.

I have attached for your information the More MARTA Fact Sheet which  presents information along with the proposed project list to the community for input. Please take a moment to review the information.  Once you have reviewed it, if you have any additional questions, or if you would like a MARTA representative to come out and speak to your community, please let me know.

Thank you for your time and interest in MARTA and I look forward in hearing from you.



Click here for fact sheet and more information: More MARTA Fact Sheet 060418 v4

Please Share – Grows A Lot Applications Due Soon

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience is pleased to announce the second round of AgLanta“Grows-A-Lot” applications are open today!

We thank you for growing a more resilient, equitable and accessible food system in AgLanta,

Your AgLanta Team:
Mario Cambardella and Elizabeth Beak – Mayors Office of Resilience
Maurice Small – Groundwork Atlanta
Fred Conrad – Atlanta Community Food Bank