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Piedmont Heights is a “Small Town in a Big City”. As the oldest neighborhood in Atlanta, we’re all about change. These days we’re focused on lots of development – new houses, new businesses, and new neighbors. As we grow, we need resources to support our growth and ensure the safety and preservation of our neighborhood.

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A Message From Our PHCA President - Jim Hardy 

Historically, this time of year is a time of sacrifice and of celebration. So far, 2020 has had a lot more sacrifice than celebration. With patience and optimism, we will have plenty of time for celebration when this pandemic has passed.

Your Civic Association is continuing to work with and for all of you. We are

helping get information out via social media and working with City representatives to keep projects moving. You may have noticed the new pedestrian crossing at Piedmont and Montgomery Ferry. While not perfect, it is a major improvement over what was there before. We’re continuing to work with City Departments and Council Member Jennifer Ide to improve that crosswalk.

Your Board is meeting for our regularly scheduled monthly meeting on April 7 toreview a Special Exception Zoning Variance request and other business. We’re holding a Virtual meeting to cooperate with social distancing guidelines, not just because of City orders, but because it’s the right thing to do to help mitigate this pandemic.

We appreciate you staying home, maintaining social distancing when you must go out, and wearing masks to protect others. We must all work together to get through this thing. We’re doing our part and really appreciate you doing yours.

Jim Hardy

President, Piedmont Heights Civic Association



Piedmont Heights Named in Top 7 of Best Neighborhoods in Atlanta 2020 

We always knew that our neighborhood was special, now the entire state knows it too! Thank you Curbed Atlanta for naming Piedmont Heights one of the best neighborhoods in Atlanta!Curbed Atlanta

THE DRAW: A feeling of being tucked away, in the middle of it all

SIMILAR NEIGHBORHOODS: Morningside-Lenox Park; Peachtree Hills

TYPES OF HOMES: High-dollar new construction; handsome brick townhomes; garden-style condos

An icicle-shaped neighborhood bounded by Piedmont Avenue, Interstate 85, and the former railroad line that cuts through Piedmont Park, Piedmont Heights is under-appreciated. This tony neighborhood is a segue between trendy Midtown and the old/new money of Buckhead, with enviable proximity to Piedmont Park and all the scuzzy wonders of Cheshire Bridge Road. Its roster of attractions includes venerable Smith’s Olde Bar and Ford Fry’s Little Rey, plus a stock of truly lovely, smaller houses that can be attained in the ballpark of $500,000.

There is history aplenty; Atlanta’s second-oldest home—the Liddell House, a classic, clapboard-sided antebellum farmhouse with a porte cochère—is located on Montgomery Ferry Road. But for all its aspirational residences and marquee location, not every Atlantan could point out Piedmont Heights on a map, which boosts the cachet.

Bonus: Piedmont Heights is getting its own Beltline segment—a stretch of the Northeast Trail, behind the neighborhood’s Ansley Mall—that launched construction last fall. The result should be a combination of Beltline and interstate access second only to West End and Reynoldstown. And locals know not to miss Grindhouse Killer Burgers, which opened its “flagship” location here on Piedmont Avenue in 2011.


Piedmont Heights mourns the loss of our beloved Jean Johnson who passed away quietly on February 4 th after a short illness. Jean moved to Piedmont Heights in 1972. She joined the Piedmont Heights Civic Association a few years later, and served on its Board of Directors for 35 years. She chaired and served on many committees and task forces, never seeking high post nor personal recognition. She was always the calm voice of experience and reason, never excited nor angry, led by example, and offered wise counsel. Her dedication to community extended far beyond our neighborhood. She served many years as Piedmont Heights’ representative to Neighborhood Planning Unit F, garnering much public recognition. In 2016 she received an Atlanta Planning Advisory Board Award for the City of Atlanta’s “Neighborhoods Matter” program.

Jean was at heart a teacher. Her professional career in Atlanta included three major educational organizations, the Southern Regional Education Board, the Southern Education Foundation, and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, retiring in 2000. Jean never married but the many friends she made in Piedmont Heights became her loving family.

In 2013, to recognize her long service to our neighborhood, the PHCA Board created and awarded her the “Jean Johnson Award”, which since has been awarded annually to a PHCA Board Member for outstanding service. When asked about the highlights of her life, Jean responded without hesitation, friends made and her years of service to Piedmont Heights.

We thank Jean from the bottoms of our hearts for being such a good neighbor and wish her a fond farewell. We will sorely miss her but her spirit and example will always be with us.

Bill Seay - Piedmont Heights Civic Association

PHCA Board

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  • 22 Jul 2019 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Piedmont Heights will soon see the departure of one of its most illustrious residents, Jean Johnson. Jean bought her house at 512 Rock Springs Road in 1972 and joined PHCA a few years later. She has served on its Board of Directors for the past 34 years, chaired and served on many committees and task forces, never seeking high post nor personal recognition. She was the calm voice of experience and reason, never excited nor angry, and could always be counted on for wise counsel. Jean will still be close by, however, in north Buckhead at the Renaissance on Peachtree, a full-service “independent living” high-rise. She spent two months there last year recuperating from surgery for a broken femur and made several friends, so will be an easy transition. Her apartment will be on the 12th floor with a grand view of downtown. Jean says she will maintain ties with Piedmont Heights through her memberships in the Piedmont Heights Bridge Club (which she founded), the Piedmont Heights Luncheon Club, and relationships with old friends. During her career Jean worked for three educational organizations in Atlanta starting at the Southern Regional Education Board, next for the Southern Education Foundation, and then for the Atlanta office of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. She returned to the Southern Regional Education Board where she finished her career as Director of Human Resources, retiring in 2000. Jean’s dedication to public service extended well beyond the neighborhood. She served many years as PHCA’s representative to Neighborhood Planning Unit F. She garnered much professional recognition and received an Atlanta Planning Advisory Board Award for the City of Atlanta’s Neighborhoods Matter in 2016. When asked what the highlight of her life was, however, Jean responded without hesitation friends made and her many years of service to Piedmont Heights. In 2013, to recognize Jean’s long service to our neighborhood, the PHCA Board created and awarded her the “Jean Johnson Award” which since has been awarded annually to a PHCA board member for outstanding service to Piedmont Heights. Jean’s many friends in Piedmont Heights will sorely miss having her in their midst. We all thank her from the bottoms of our hearts and wish her a fond farewell and Godspeed in her future endeavors.

    By Bill Seay , Rock Springs Rd

  • 20 Jul 2019 10:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."

    Arthur Ashe

    We are coming to the end of an amazing era for fitness in Piedmont Heights. For the past five years Karen Argrett Richardson, one of our neighbors on Rock Springs Rd in Piedmont Heights has hosted Zumba classes for residents of Piedmont Heights and surrounding areas in Midtown. Karen is a certified Zumba, Zumba Gold instructor. Karen and her husband David Richardson are leaving for new adventures out of state this August. Her Zumba workouts transformed and had a positive impact on the lives of attendees, two days each week at our local Loudermilk Center. Her classes never feel like a workout, they are always fun and filled with laughter. One of her favorite pieces of advice for new members " There are no mistakes at Zumba, just keep dancing and have fun"

    Karen was a founding member of the Piedmont Heights Business Alliance and continues to be a supportive member today.

    Thank you Karen for providing a valuable health and fitness option for women, men and children in Piedmont Heights. We wish her well in all of her future endeavors!

    You can still follow Karen via her website and her Facebook page where she will continue to be a valuable resource for health and fitness.




    Class Schedule - Only 3 more classes this year - July 24th, July 27th and July 31st ( First class is free)

    Wednesdays - 7 pm to 8 pm

    Saturdays - 9:30 am to 10:30 am

  • 01 Jul 2019 9:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Zone 2 Assistant Commander Captain 

    Piedmont Heights Security Patrol 

    APD PROUD: Hats off to Atlanta Police Zone 2 Assistant Commander Captain Tony Singh for arresting a car break-in suspect attempting to flee from officers near 2274 Peachtree Road NW in Buckhead.

    Capt. Singh is a member of our Command Staff, responsible for leading and creating strategies to reduce crime in the Buckhead and Northeast Atlanta area that encompasses Zone 2. Springing into action to make an arrest shows the dedication of our leadership to the residents of the City of Atlanta. Even in the high-level position Capt. Singh holds, he will always be a police officer. 

    On June 29, 2019, officers responded to 105 Peachtree Memorial Drive NW in reference to suspects looking into to vehicles. Officer Steven Randerson noticed a stolen silver Honda Accord attempting to flee the area, but the suspects decided to exit the car and run. Sgt. Dana Primo was able to catch up to one of the running suspects and make an arrest. A second suspect was involved in a foot chase with Officer Terrell Simmons which ended in the arrest by Capt. Singh and Officer Simmons. We are incredibly proud of Capt. Singh and his officers for nabbing two suspects involved in car break-ins at 68 Peachtree Memorial Drive NW, 136 Peachtree Memorial Drive NW and 115 Peachtree Memorial Drive NW. #WeCatchBadGuys

  • 11 Jun 2019 5:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The historic Rock Spring Presbyterian Church is a well-known historic landmark in Piedmont Heights, but the small adjacent cemetery receives scant notice. The one-acre plot was donated by church member Daniel Liddell Plaster shortly after the founding of the Church in 1870. The exact date is lost, but the oldest gravestones are dated 1874. It is said that the cemetery was “given” to the church, but there are no records to that effect. The 84 plots in the little cemetery are all privately owned.

    For the first 90 years of its existence, the cemetery was voluntarily maintained by the church’s parishioners, although haphazardly and only on infrequent “clean-up” days. Over time it became so badly overgrown with weeds, shrubs, and vines that one could hardly distinguish the individual grave sites or read the markers.

    In 1961 the Rock Spring Cemetery Association, Inc., was founded and a trust fund established to insure its preservation, beautification, and upkeep. The surrounding wrought iron fence was repaired where it had been damaged by cars and the City agreed to fund half the cost of installing curbs and sidewalks along the adjacent streets. Nevertheless, over time maintenance slowly declined once more until the Association was revitalized in 1999 and a self-sustaining, permanent year- round maintenance program put into place. A small plot in the back of the cemetery was also set aside and dedicated as a Memorial Garden for the interment of ashes of the deceased. The little cemetery currently contains approximately 550 graves plus an unknown number of unmarked burials.

  • 10 Jun 2019 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Your Piedmont Heights Civic Association (PHCA) Board is a group of very dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly for you, the residents of Piedmont Heights.

    Recently, several Allen Road, Piedmont Way and White Oak Hollow residents in our neighborhood have complained about significant flooding caused by storm water runoff from the Hedgewood Rock Spring development next to the Rock Springs Presbyterian Church.  Those residents sent the PHCA a letter asking for our assistance.  A number of those residents spoke to our May 7 PHCA Board Meeting voicing their concerns.  Don Donnelly from Hedgewood was also there.

    Based on information from that meeting, observations of the culverts and evidence of inadequate drainage, and several videos of storm water runoff on Allen Rd, the PHCA Board believes there is a significant problem caused by the Hedgewood development's drainage system and lack of adequate City of Atlanta storm water drainage in that area. We sent a letter to Don Donnelly of Hedgewood, Neighborhood Planning Unit F (NPU-F),

    Council Member Jennifer Ide and City Planning Deputy Director Doug Young in addition to the residents who made the complaints. We asked for NPU-F, Council Member Ide and City of Atlanta assistance in getting this issue resolved. Since the letter was sent, we've talked with Council Member Ide’s Office and met again with residents and Hedgewood to discuss this situation.  At the May 20 NPU-F Meeting we introduced Piedmont Heights residents and Don Donnelly who presented the problem to the NPU.  NPU-F unanimously passed our motion to work with PHCA, Hedgewood, affected Piedmont Heights residents and the City of Atlanta to get an equitable solution to this problem. A proposed solution is to build an approximate 600 foot storm sewer connecting the Hedgewood development and the existing City storm sewer which has its first intake at a low point in Allen Rd, about 600 feet from the end of Allen Rd. 

    Council Member Ide’s Office has met with representatives from the affected area and is pushing City of Atlanta Watershed Management to help get this significant situation resolved.

    Your Board is dedicated to helping resolve this and other significant problems facing your neighborhood. We need your help by joining and being involved in the Association; volunteering to work on the Board or PCHA Committees; identifying issues the Association should address and keeping this “Small Town in a Big City” a great place to live.

    Jim Hardy, Piedmont Heights Civic Association President


  • 29 Mar 2019 9:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Piedmont Heights began almost 200 years ago as a little country town around a grist mill on Clear Creek. The residential area didn’t really begin until the 1900s and today is only half the community; the remainder is a wide variety of businesses.

    In 2012, to anticipate the impact of the Atlanta BeltLine, the PHCA created a master plan to guide future development. Because funding for the plan came largely from business owners, PHCA formed a Business Committee to give them a greater voice in neighborhood affairs. Membership grew rapidly and two years later the committee evolved into the Piedmont Heights Business Alliance. In 2018 the name was tweaked again and became the Greater Piedmont Heights Business Alliance so that businesses adjacent to our neighborhood could participate. The expanded group is now restructuring itself into a professional organization with a board of directors, president, and non-profit status to be eligible for City grants and other funding for neighborhood improvements.

    Examples of similar associations exist in Midtown, West Midtown, and the Old Fourth Ward. The important difference with ours, however, is that it will partner with the Piedmont Heights Civic Association and the Community Improvement Foundation to create a unique and powerful triumvirate for positive change.

    Bill Seay, Piedmont Heights Historian and Architect 

    Visit our GPHBA page to learn more, join us!


  • 29 Mar 2019 8:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Atlanta Police Department Zone Boundaries Change Affects Piedmont Heights

    Effective Sunday, March 17, 2017, Atlanta Police Department’s change to its Zone boundaries changed the Zones responsible for Piedmont Heights coverage. Piedmont Heights and Morningside now have portions of their neighborhoods in both Zones 2 and 6. Former Beat 213, which includes much of Piedmont Heights and Morningside became Beat 613 in Zone 6. In Piedmont Heights, Wimbledon and areas to the north remain in Zone 2 in Beat 212. Rock Springs and areas south moved to Zone 6, Beat 613.

    We coordinated with both Zone Commanders on March 18 to voice our concern over the split coverage. Both Zone Commanders assured us the change will mean faster patrol response in our area because Police Dispatch will send the closest unit on a call, no matter which Zone it is in. The change will also mean both Zones 2 and 6 will patrol Cheshire Bridge Road.

    We will continue to coordinate with both Zones 2 and 6 and will keep you informed of changes as they occur. This Zone change will not affect the Piedmont Heights Security Patrol.

    A new Atlanta Police Zone and Beat map is available at APD (Zone Maps) 

    Jim Hardy, President, Piedmont Heights Civic Association

  • 23 Mar 2019 6:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks Trees Atlanta for the wonderful trees donated to our neighborhood!   
    We planted over 30 trees today! 


    Piedmont Heights and Trees Atlanta are partnering up to plant 30 trees in front yards and public spaces on 3/23 between 9am-12pm. Get your entire family involved for this event!Do you want a free tree for your front yard? Signing up is easy and your neighbors in charge of the project will be there to help. Please email us at parks@piedmontheights.org and we will send details.

    Curious about the trees available? There are overstory trees and smaller ones for areas under power lines. A full inventory will be sent to you for your selection ( more information via the tree list button below).

    You can participate in planting or have volunteers do it for you. Look for Piedmont Heights street ambassadors over the next few weeks with more information.

    Thank you to Trees Atlanta for this generous offer, we appreciate their partnership.

    Jorgelina Striedinger - PHCA Parks and Spaces Chair - parks@piedmontheights.org

  • 14 Nov 2018 6:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tuesday, November 27th 7:00PM – 9:00PM Eclipse di Luna 764 Miami Cir NE #138, Atlanta, GA 30324

    Join fellow neighbors and friends for an evening you won’t want to miss You’re invited to the PHCIF 4th Annual Fandango, presented by Eclipse di Luna. Please join us for tapas, drinks and entertainment on Tuesday, November 27th at Eclipse di Luna in support of Gotham Way Park and the Piedmont Heights Community Improvement Foundation.

    The goal for this year’s Fandango is to raise $16,000 for Gotham Way Park, paving the way for completion of the playground renovation by Spring 2019. Tickets are $30 per person and may be purchased in advance at or at the door. Tickets include a variety of tapas and one drink ticket per ticket holder. All proceeds from the event will benefit Gotham Way Park. There’s no better way to celebrate Celebrate this year’s #GivingTuesday by giving back to you’re very own community! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-fandango-for-piedmont-heights-tickets-50939958788 $16,000 fundraising goal. 

    For more questions regarding the event or if you’d like to become a Fandango sponsor, please contact Rebecca Godleski at rebecca.godleski@gmail.com.

    Thank you to the following sponsors Epi City Real Estate Services and Bryans Family Foundation - Gold Sponsors Dresser Homes, Ansley Eye Care, Grindhouse Burgers, Perennial Properties and Monroe Place - Bronze Sponsors All State Drew Niess and David Lerner, Ascent - Sponsors Official Photography by Lenna Davis Photography http://www.piedmontheights.org/Foundation

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