On April 19th, the City of Atlanta and the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) held an open house to present the Wieuca-Phipps roundabout project. The open house was held to inform the public about possible traffic solutions and to collect feedback on the initial design concept.
By the end of May, the City and BCID will hold a second meeting to give the public another opportunity to review the design concept and offer comments. At this meeting, the City of Atlanta and the BCID will discuss a brief presentation explaining the project’s history and to share the comments received from the April 19th public meeting. In addition, the BCID and Atlanta City Council member Howard Shook plan to coordinate additional meetings with residential stakeholders. A final design will only be determined after more public involvement and feedback has occurred.
Free Jazz Concert in Chastain Memorial Park on April 22
This event is a part of the 40th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Neighborhood Jazz Series, which will take place throughout April and May at various City of Atlanta parks every Saturday and Sunday leading up to the annual Atlanta Jazz Festival on Memorial Day weekend. This concert also is part of the 40 Days of Jazz events commemorating the Festival’s 40th anniversary.
Julie Dexter is a world-renowned, award-winning, British singer, songwriter, and producer, considered by many to be one of the most inﬂuential female vocalists of our generation. Having shared the spotlight with a host of cutting-edge artists, including Mint Condition, Caron Wheeler, Jill Scott, Lalah Hathaway, Omar, Ledisi and more, Julie not only holds up her own with them but has been praised and respected by them too. From jazz to world music, soul and beyond, Julie Dexter is one of an elite few whose talent can transcend genres. She makes it all work on her own terms, as an audaciously independent artist with an undeniable connection to her audience. For information on Julie, visit http://juliedexter.com/ or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.
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The Buckhead CID will present design options and the latest project information, as well as answer any questions from the public.
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What goes better together than Earth Day and live outdoor music?
Get ready for Earth Day on April 22 when the BCID and Atlanta City Council member Michael Bond will host jazz performances featuring Julie Dexter and Joe Gransden in Chastain Memorial Park from 2 – 6 p.m., as a part of the 40th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Neighborhood Jazz Series.
The concert, which is also supported by Chat Hills Music, is free and I encourage you to come out, pack a picnic with friends, make a toast to Earth Day and enjoy the smooth sounds of Joe and Julie.
While you’re at the event be sure to tweet at @buckheadcid or share your photos with us on Facebook at @buckheadcid, using the hashtags #jazzmusicinCLP #atljazzfest #AJF40.
If you would like to learn more about the Neighborhood Jazz Series, The International Jazz Day Concert at Chastain Park Amphitheatre and other happenings as part of the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 40 Days of Jazz, visit atlantafestvials.com.
About the Artists
Joe Gransden is the soul of live jazz and Big Band. Clint Eastwood discovered his talent and describes Joe as “a young man with a classic voice and one hell of a trumpet player.” For information on Joe, visit http://www.joegransden.com/ or follow him on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
Julie Dexter is a world renowned, award winning, British singer, songwriter and producer, considered by many to be one of the most inﬂuential female vocalists of our generation. Having shared the spotlight with a host of cutting-edge artists, including Mint Condition, Caron Wheeler, Jill Scott, Lalah Hathaway, Omar, Ledisi and more, Julie not only holds up her own with them but has been praised and respected by them too. From jazz to world music, soul and beyond, Julie Dexter is one of an elite few whose talent can transcend genres. She makes it all work on her own terms, as an audaciously independent artist with an undeniable connection to her audience. For information on Julie, visit http://juliedexter.com/ or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.
I want you to do your part. Serious as a heart attack, folks. Monday will bring what will likely be the worst traffic ever without a snow or ice event. And if you think that you can count on a few government departments or authorities to do all the work to make things tolerable for you, you’ve got another think coming.
I’m not saying that City and State departments, GRTA, MARTA and other transit agencies won’t be doing everything that they can, but come Monday, I-85 will still be closed near GA 400 and Spring Break will be over, which provided some precious relief this week. Modification of signal timing, traffic officer deployment and enhanced transit service can only go so far to optimize the supply of transportation options. What is also required is for EACH OF US to commit to doing his or her part to reduce the demand on our transportation system, for the benefit of ALL OF US.
Can you come to work early and leave early, or come late and stay late? Can you work from home one or more days out of the week? Can you carpool? Can you ride a bike? Have you considered MARTA? Let me elaborate on what MARTA will be doing to help you, since I have the honor of serving on MARTA’s board of directors and am proud of the service we provide.
MARTA rail service will run on 6-minute intervals (currently 10) during peak commute service hours, and at 12-minute intervals (currently 20) during non-peak hours. That means that if you are on the system where both Red and Gold trains run (Airport to Lindbergh), or Blue and Green trains run (Ashby to Edgewood/Candler Park), there will be a train every 3 minutes during peak times and every 6 minutes non-peak. There will be extra trains and articulated buses placed strategically throughout the system to be plugged into the system if ridership demand overwhelms passenger capacity. Station agents will be deployed to help new passengers purchase Breeze fare cards and navigate the system. MARTA also is exploring ways to expand parking capacity at or near the stations, but we encourage you to consider other ways to get to the train station, such as taking a MARTA bus, using ridesharing services, KissRide or carpooling. Uber has announced a 50% discount for an Uber Pool ride to/from MARTA stations, so you might make use of that until the bridge is repaired.
Folks, if we can encourage more cars to stay off the roads, then MARTA buses will have an easier time delivering passengers on time. And consider using a bus; a train isn’t the only way to get around!
Do you drive your child to school? Talk with your child’s school about helping to organize a serious carpool program so that every car arriving at school is there to deliver or pick up multiple students (or teachers, for that matter.)
A little more than 20 years ago, we hosted the Centennial Summer Olympic Games, and the traffic congestion we had been fearing for four years leading up the event never materialized. Why? We were convinced to change our traveling behavior and MARTA was prepared to be the workhorse it was. The same thing can happen now, but I need to do my part and you need to do yours. Let’s do this together and experience something special that we will look back on and say, “that I-85 collapse in 2017 ended up pulling us together and we figured out how to do things even better than before!”
The Buckhead Community Improvement District agreed to fund the third phase of an ongoing study of a park over Georgia 400, in which consultants will look at potential funding sources.
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