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  • 19 Nov 2021 10:19 AM | Anonymous

    Thanks to our NPU-F Chair, Debbie Skopczynski, and to Marla Johnson from Morningside-Lenox Park Association, for compiling this great info!

    Recently, the Commissioner of Public Works addressed yard debris pickup concerns with NPU Chairs. You can view the presentation from Public Works, and the following are takeaways from our NPU-F Chair:

    • They are sincerely working on it. Many problems have been caused with the labor shortage and their inability to recruit the number of employees that are needed (they've hired 40 but need more) - despite using cash and other incentives.  Office staff have been reassigned as truck drivers until they can get staffed up and caught up. New employees are not familiar with some of the neighborhoods and miss some of the streets.  Temp agencies are not interested in supplying workers because of the liability with work that requires folks to hang off a truck.

    • One of the problems discussed is how the truck routing has worked. Once the truck is full with debris, they leave the route and travel to the only City dump site which is on the Atlanta/Cobb border. Sometimes that happens in the middle of the block. Usually they don't return to where they left off because of the travel distance.

    • The City has antiquated trucks, systems and processes that they are working to update.  They are buying new software that will do a better job scheduling routes and 8 new trucks that will only require one person. They are also looking to expand the number of dump sites to different parts of the city.

    • The Commissioner says that if your yard waste hasn't been picked up in 3 weeks, it's not on their radar. You may put it in your regular trash until they can get the system fixed. It won't be recycled, but it won't be sitting on the street.

    • They have hired two landscape companies to pick up yard waste. They will be in marked trucks and focusing on the areas that have been most neglected. 

    More info and to see the latest schedule for pickups.

  • 18 Nov 2021 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    While PHCA does not endorse individual candidates, we do attempt to keep you informed about deadlines and forums involving all candidates for races relevant to Piedmont Heights. We'll keep this page updated as we learn about new forums, events, etc.

    If you're hosting a Meet & Greet for individual candidates, we encourage you to post the information on NextDoor or your social media. PHCA is unable to promote individual Meet & Greet events.

    Run-Off Elections

    Atlanta will be voting again to decide its new Mayor, City Council President, and more. Early voting started November 17 for the run-off elections, with the final day being November 30. Early voting allows you to vote at any available location, while November 30 you must vote as your assigned polling place. 

    Overview of the races and who's running: https://voteatl.org/

    Download Your Sample Ballot here.

    Key Dates

    • October 4 - Last day to register to vote
    • October 11 - Earliest day to mail an absentee ballot
    • October 12-29 - Early voting period - vote at any location
    • October 22: Deadline to request absentee ballot
    • November 2: Election day - vote at your designated location only



    More Events & Recordings

    Atlanta Public School Forums

    • September 23 (Virtual) - APS Board of Education Forum by Atlanta Charter Partner Network. More info

    District 6 Forums

    • Recording from 10/5/21 City Council District 6 Forum by PHCA, MLPA, and PiHi Alliance. Watch the recording. 
    • Recording from 9/24/21 City Council District 6 Forum by League of Women Voters. Watch the recording.

    City Council At-Large Forums

    • Recording from 9/24/21 from Old Fourth Ward Business Association for Atlanta Small Business Candidates Forum - At-Large Candidates. Watch the recording.

    City Council President Forums

    • Recording from 10/12/21 from Atlanta Press Club
    • Recording from 9/28/21 City Council President Forum by TransFormation Alliance. Watch the recording.
    • Recording from 9/25/21 from Old Fourth Ward Business Association for Atlanta Small Business Candidate Forum - City Council President. Watch the recording.

    Mayoral Forums

    • October 19 (Virtual) - Mayoral Forum by Alliance of  InTown Neighborhoods. More info
    • October 21 (In Person & Virtual) - Mayoral Forum on Gun Violence. More info
    • Recording from 10/4/21 - Mayoral forum by AJC. Watch the recording.
    • Recording from 10/5/21 Mayoral Forum by Emory, League of Women Voters, and more. Watch the recording.
    • Recording from 9/26/21 Atlanta Small Business Mayoral Forum by Old Fourth Ward Business Association. Watch the recording.
    • Recording from 9/8/21 Mayoral Forum on Greenspace Issues. View online
    • October 1 (Virtual) - Mayoral forum regarding homelessness by Partners for HOME and PAD. More info
    • October 6 (Virtual) - Mayoral Forum by Beltline Rail Now. More info


  • 15 Nov 2021 2:26 PM | Anonymous

    Saint Martin Lutheran Church (SMLC), which meets at the Rock Spring Church building now owned by Heritage Prep School, will collect warm winter accessories—hat, gloves, and socks (3-6 pair)—for men, women, and children who are clients of the Toco Hills Community Alliance (THCA) food bank. 

    To help out, place your set of warm winter accessories in a bag and label as men's, women's, boy's, or girl's. Then:

    • Bring to Saint Martin Lutheran Church (1824 Piedmont Ave) any Sunday between now and December 5 from 12:00 and 12:30 p.m. Ask around for Beverly Clark.
    • Contact Meg Anderson (Membership & Communications Chair) to coordinate a drop off in Piedmont Heights before December 5.

    Deadline: December 5


  • 04 Nov 2021 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    New congressional districting maps for Georgia are being considered, some of which split the Piedmont Heights neighborhood into two political districts. Having multiple political districts covering one small neighborhood would cause confusion as well as a dearth of inefficiencies.

    Having one district for the entire neighborhood would maintain much-needed clarity and efficiency for the many residents who call Piedmont Heights home.

    We realize Piedmont Heights is a small neighborhood. And yet, Piedmont Heights is one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods, being settled in 1822 – even before Atlanta’s predecessor Terminus in 1837. We wish to remain unified – as a community and via our political districting. Vote to keep the Piedmont Heights neighborhood unified in our political representation. One community, one district!

    The Piedmont Heights Civic Association Board of Directors asks you, our neighbors and friends, to join us in urging those involved in the redistricting process to keep the Piedmont Heights neighborhood unified under one political district.

    Step 1: Sign Our Petition

    Step 2: Submit Your Comments Directly to the Legislators

    In addition, the Piedmont Heights Civic Association Board of Directors sent this letter to Representative Mainor on Tuesday, November 2, urging our legislators to keep our community unified under a single district. 

  • 14 Oct 2021 6:02 PM | Anonymous

    Meet Piedmont Heights Resident, Jane Shalhoub, M.Ed

    It is not often that we turn the spotlight on a resident who has called Piedmont Heights home for forty years! But that is the case with Jane Shalhoub who moved to the neighborhood in 1981. She is a retired middle school educator who taught at both Inman Middle School and Christ the King School. Here is what she had to share:

    What is something about you that surprises people?

    I know how to juggle, and I can play the ukulele.

    What makes Piedmont Heights such a great neighborhood?

    The people. Many of the residents, like myself, have lived here for many, many years and are invested in the growth and future of our community. It is close-knit, safe, and pet- and children friendly.

    What’s your favorite Piedmont Heights store?

    The new Brooklyn Bagel is SO good. The menu is fresh and interesting, and the bagels are delicious and authentic.

    What is the best Halloween costume you’ve ever had?

    I grew up with nine siblings, and every year my Mom, God bless her, made costumes for all of us for the school costume parade. One year she found a discarded dress with a pattern that looked like armor. So I went as Joan of Arc and won first prize!

    What was your first job?

    I grew up in northern Wisconsin and picked cherries each season with my siblings. It was sticky and exciting. We still laugh about it, and anytime we pay for some expense, we say “Now how many pails of cherries would I need to pick to pay for this?”


    Thanks to Helen Kacur for volunteering to interview Jen and write this Resident Spotlight!



  • 25 Aug 2021 9:01 AM | Anonymous

    For the latest updates on the GDOT Roundabout Project at Monroe & Armour Drives, please visit their project website:

    APRIL 2022: Expected Completion Date

    https://0015774-monroe-armour-roundabout-gdot.hub.arcgis.com

    (click image below to bring up full-size PDF)

  • 25 Aug 2021 8:18 AM | Anonymous

    Jen Owen has called Piedmont Heights home on Rockridge Place since 2013. She runs her own business serving professional educators. We spent some time getting to know Jen, and here is what she shared:

    We are all looking forward to more travel soon. Where do you want to go?

    My husband, Dave, and I have a never-ending travel bucket list. Our destinations must have the “Big Three” as we call them—rock climbing, beaches, and wine! I’m dreaming of the day we can safely visit Peru and a few other parts of South America.

    Tell us more about your business.

    I founded the first “market network” for educator professional development. I genuinely believe education is the way to change the world. I’ve taken my decade-plus of experience as teacher, principal, executive director, and more to start Co-CreatED, a marketplace for professional development for educators. I’m making high-quality training more accessible to teachers and schools. A win for students!

    What does an ideal day exploring Piedmont Heights look like for you?

    First, I’d grab a coffee at East Pole and walk our two shepherd mixes—Ari and Boss—down the Atlanta BeltLine to Piedmont Park. Then browse for all the things you never knew you needed at Richard’s Variety Store. Lunch would be tacos from Little Rey. Deciding on what to do in the evening is REALLY hard! Blues and BBQ at Fat Matt’s? Daiquiris and lounge vibes at Cirque? Rooftop views from Grana? Depends on your mood, but you can’t lose!

    What are you most grateful for today?

    I’m grateful to use my work to make a real difference. I’ve been chasing the best way to do that through education and now do it through an EdTech venture. I’m grateful for a spouse who supports my big crazy dreams.

    Thanks to Helen Kacur for volunteering to interview Jen and write this Resident Spotlight!


  • 11 Aug 2021 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    After a recent bridge fire, part of Cheshire Bridge is closed from both directions. 

    Learn more from ATL DOT.

    Reopening unknown but could be more than a year, according to ATL DOT Commissioner, depending on bridge condition. Read more (AJC)

    On Monday, August 9, the third fire in just over a week disrupted Cheshire Bridge Road. Las Margaritas restaurant suffered severe damage, according to a news report. The family-owned restaurant has been in the community for more than 20 years. Thanks to our firefighters for an amazing job shutting down this blaze quickly.

    Despite the three recent fires along Cheshire Bridge, Nakato Japanese Restaurant, Roxx Tavern, Taqueria del Sol, and others are open!

    Nakato and Roxx: Turn onto Cheshire Bridge from Piedmont Road, or cut through the Manchester area side streets. The road is blocked from the other direction further down Cheshire Bridge (near Taqueria del Sol).

    Taqueria Del Sol: Use Google Maps or Waze to reroute through Morningside or from Piedmont to Lindbergh to Cheshire Bridge. Not too far from Nakato, the Cheshire Bridge is closed before you get to Taqueria.

    Photo: Patrick Wheelus on Creative Loafing

  • 05 Aug 2021 4:06 PM | Anonymous

    Are you interested in learning more about the Atlanta Police Department? Sign up now to join APD’s Citizens Police Academy. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 23.

    The program begins on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, from 6 – 9 p.m. and will run eight consecutive Tuesdays. You must attend 6 out of 8 classes to complete the program.

    Most classes will be held at Public Safety Headquarters at 226 Peachtree Street SW. There will be more than 20 hours of professional instruction and topics may include:

    • How homicide investigations are conducted
    • Information on 911
    • Fraud
    • Use of force
    • Traffic stops
    • The Special Victims Unit
    • The crime lab
    • A ride-along

    Applicants must be at least 21 years and a resident of Metro Atlanta or work in Metro Atlanta. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested, please contact Ms. Elizabeth Espy at enespy@atlantaga.gov to receive an application.



  • 04 Aug 2021 4:01 PM | Anonymous

    Steve Saenz (a.k.a. ATLsherpa) has been leading walking tours throughout Atlanta since 2014, and his last public walking tour will be August 15, 2021. 

    Don't miss this walking tour celebration with the wonderful historian who helped PHCA with our PiHi Historic Walking Tour in 2019!

    Tickets are just $5 on Eventbrite. 


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