In the early 1800s, Elijah Paty purchased a tract of land along Clear Creek, which today defines the western boundary of Piedmont Heights. In 1834, Paty sold the land for $450 to Benjamin Walker, who built a grist mill on Clear Creek just south of Plaster’s Bridge Road, today’s Piedmont Avenue. Walker’s mill would have also sold dry goods and other essentials, which would have made it a gathering place for surrounding farmers. Eventually it became the heart of an unincorporated town called Easton, today’s Piedmont Heights.
Walker sold his property in 1857 to his son, Benjamin P. “Doc” Walker, a former Confederate soldier and Fulton County Commissioner, who built a log house on the property up the hill from Clear Creek. The house and the mill were destroyed during the Civil War, and in 1870 Benjamin built a new house on the site and incorporated one of his father’s old millstones in its front facade. In 1887 the Walker home was sold to the Gentlemen’s Driving Club which was then renamed the Piedmont Driving Club. The house was expanded over the following years, but the millstone can still be seen facing Piedmont Avenue.
In 1887, Atlanta held the Piedmont Exposition on the grounds behind the Piedmont Driving Club, dubbed “Piedmont Park” for the occasion, and a second exposition followed in 1889. Then the city’s 1895 great Cotton States and International Exposition on the grounds surpassed them both.
So, what does all this have to do with our neighborhood? Well, the expositions at the end of the 19th century brought streetcar lines almost to Easton, and in 1918 Atlanta expanded across Clear Creek and renamed us “Piedmont Heights.”
--By Bill Seay (Rock Springs Rd.)
Parking generously provided by Midtown Bowl, who's celebrating 60 years in business this year!
We'll be cleaning up the right-of-way area near the former Intown Suites hotel on Monroe Dr past the I-85 Access Rd. Lots of trash needs our attention, plus some general landscaping work!
Bring your own work gloves, pruning shears or loppers.
Wear closed toed shoes, sunscreen and hat.
Wear insect repellent!
PiHi Alliance will provide:
Landscape company assistance
Thanks for your help in keeping PiHi Beautiful!
During the pandemic, our brave firefighters keep doing what they do best – keeping our neighborhood safe!
Sign up to bring a dish during the Thanksgiving holiday to say thanks!
Miss the Piedmont Heights Annual Neighborhood Meeting on Sunday? No worries! Check out the video.
Mason Fine Art has a new exhibition, Untitled opening Thursday, November 12 - plus a video coming out Saturday!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Check out the menu at The Buttery ATL!
East Pole's seasonal drink for November is Apple of my Eye, a warm pick-me-up reminiscent of your grandma’s homemade pie, with a twist.
Lots going on with ASW Distillery these days! Be sure you're getting their newsletter.
Sweetwater Brewery being acquired - but not by who you might think...
Fulton County Library has passes to Center for Puppetry Arts, GA State Parks, and more
We welcomed more than 25 new members to PHCA during our recent Membership Drive, but it's never too late to join.
Become an annual member by November 22, and get a free PiHi T-shirt. Or you can join as a monthly member. Learn more...
If you missed our Annual Neighborhood Meeting last Sunday, no worries!
Watch the recording, and check out the presentation here (PDF).
Thanks to our special guests and everyone on the board who made this event an engaging, informative experience!
Our longtime resident historian, Bill Seay, talked about the Lindbergh-Armour Master Plan (LAMP) topic a couple of months ago, and we have some small updates from that project team from the City and their consultants from the Sizemore Group.
The overview of this project, as taken from the project website, is:
"Atlanta City Design identifies the Lindbergh-Armour area as an emerging hub in northeast Atlanta with great potential to support a growing, diverse community with housing and infrastructure built for everyone. To ensure the vision for the Lindbergh-Armour area is realized, the City of Atlanta and MARTA have partnered to create a framework master plan that will build a sense of identity and integrate planning for transit, trails, ecology, and housing. This planning process will deliver an equity-focused community plan that strengthens access to jobs, affordable housing, commerce, and services, all while defining who constitutes the Lindbergh-Armour community."
The first Community Voices meeting was held October 21 when they discussed the questions below. See the presentation and meeting minutes on the project website.
The next Community Voices meeting is anticipated to take place in the first quarter of 2021, with larger public engagement opportunities over the next couple of months. We will keep you apprised of these dates as we learn about them!
The PHCA Board and Planning Committee are involved in these conversations already. We've already noted problems with the single entrance and bottleneck traffic at the Monroe/Armour/I-85 South Access point, as well as the frequent, recurring concrete spillage and flooding that occurs near the Armour-Ottley loop, and other issues; along with the great potential this area holds.
Please share your comments, thoughts, and concerns with the PHCA Board as well as the Lindbergh-Armour project team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the AJC: MARTA wants your thoughts on design for station in 'emerging hub' of Atlanta
3:30pm on Zoom & Facebook Live
All residents welcome, not just PHCA Members! Get the latest on what’s happening in PiHi, hear from Councilmember Ide and our APD liaisons, and help us vote in three new board members ready to serve PiHi! RSVP and send questions ahead of time for us and our special guest speakers.
Saturday: Neighborhood Watch Training
9:30am on Zoom
Recently, PiHi has experienced a carjacking and a shopping center burglarized with windows broken (Piedmont & Rock Springs corner). APD responded quickly, and luckily, no one was injured. Learn what you can do to help combat crime in our beloved PiHi community.
You’ve spoken, and we’re listening! Many neighbors are wanting opportunities to connect in person while still practicing pandemic safety precautions. So, we’re looking for neighbors willing to host a very casual BYOB outdoor happy hour in your driveway, front yard, back yard, etc. just for your street (or maybe another 1-2 nearby streets to keep the numbers to a minimum). Speak up if you’re interested in learning more!
Georgia Dept of Transportation has proposed a roundabout in PiHi. The PHCA Board has been discussing their proposal and don’t see that it really provides improvement to the current situation. We’re in the process of proposing an alternate approach. Take a look at the GDOT proposal and let us know your thoughts as we compile our Neighborhood Response.
Welcome to new PiHi Puppy, Aspen. We're delighted to meet this new furry friend.
If you have a new or new-ish pet, send us a photo so we can share your adorable fur baby with our pet-loving community!
Order yours before November 13 to show off your neighborhood pride and celebrate being home and healthy in the Heights!
Next year, we'll have a new design, so don't miss out on this fresh look.
LAST CHANCE to see the WAYFINDING exhibit, showcasing Atlanta photographers at Spalding Nix Fine Art until Nov. 6. Then on Nov. 13, their new exhibit ENSEMBLE opens, featuring two Atlanta natives: Heather Lancaster and Hannah Hanlon. This fun celebration highlights all the artists (more than 30!) that they worked with in 2020.
Congratulations to Midtown Bowl who's celebrating 60 years in business! Reserve your lane today.
Ultimate Bodies by Carlos is partnering with the Atlanta Beltline and JuvoJobs, and they're looking for trainers who can help residents meet their fitness and wellness goals.
Cooks Warehouse is open, but if you prefer curbside pickup, just call the Ansley Mall store at 404-815-4993 to place your order. AND—if you're in the job market, they're hiring!
Fancy Croissant Fridays at The Buttery Atl, located just off Cheshire Bridge. Something special to savor, so get them while they last. And, tons more delicious delights available for curbside pickup within an hour, plus delivery options.
Order online for pickup now available for the Fox Bros. Que-osk in Armour-Ottley – so convenient!
Don't miss out on the Grindhouse Pumpkin Pie Shake—here for November. Pumpkin purée, pumpkin spice, and graham cracker, oh my!
Welcome to our newest members and those who rejoined! THANK YOU for supporting your community!
More than 192 PiHi residents are now PHCA members. #PiHiStrong For the new annual members, we'll be ordering the T-shirts soon and will contact you about how to get your free shirt.
Even though the Membership Drive is over, we welcome new members every day of the year! Please encourage your neighbors to join online at piedmontheights.org!
Welcome to new PiHi Puppy, Aspen. We're delighted to meet this new furry friend. Congrats to Mandy and Neil and your family!
If you have a new or new-ish pet, send us a photo so we can share your adorable fur baby with our pet-loving community!
You’ve spoken, and we’re listening! Many neighbors are wanting opportunities to connect in person while still practicing pandemic safety precautions.
So, we’re looking for neighbors willing to host a very casual BYOB outdoor happy hour in your driveway, front yard, back yard, (or at a local restaurant with outdoor seating, like Atmosphere, Grindhouse, Little Rey, etc!). just for your street (or maybe another 1-2 nearby streets, depending on size) to keep the size at a smaller, safer level. Building community is essential, especially during a pandemic.
Speak up if you’re interested in learning more!
There's certainly no pressure to participate! We respect everyone's personal decision to stay home, practice more stringent precautions, and other practices to keep you and your family safe and healthy.
Also, if you're interested in hosting or participating in a virtual happy hour with your PiHi neighbors, let us know.
Georgia Dept of Transportation (GDOT) has proposed a roundabout in PiHi—you may or may not have received a flyer in the mail from them.
The PHCA Board has been discussing their proposal, and in looking at our Master Plan, don’t see that the changes really provide improvement to the current situation.
We’re in the process of proposing an alternate approach, which we’ll share with you soon.
Take a look at the GDOT proposal and contact us to share your thoughts as we compile our Neighborhood Response.
~From Piedmont Heights' Kathleen the Cow
VOTE! Election Day is Tuesday, November 3.
Make your voice heard and cast your vote. For more information about where to vote, click here.
DOUBLE CHECK your polling place on the My Voter Page, and see the times when they'll be open.
Final Days of PHCA Membership Drive
Last chance to get your FREE T-shirt when you join Piedmont Heights Civic Association as an annual member! Learn more here.
PiHi Gift Card Giveaways
This month, we gave away a $25 gift card to Mary Gail Muse; she'll be shopping at Mode Marche in Ansley Mall! And Faith Christine will be dining at Nakato Japanese Restaurant with her $20 gift card from our Instagram giveaway. Learn more about our upcoming giveaways. FYI—members are automatically entered into the members-only giveaway each month.
Art Box Update
There is a new art box in the Piedmont Heights community! Check out Charity Hamidullah’s colorful work on the corner of Piedmont and Monroe by the Chevron Station! Read more about the inspiration behind this art when you check out Charity’s post here.
There are lots of branding and exposure opportunities for your business, your employer, or your entrepreneurial friends with the Piedmont Heights Civic Association! This additional revenue allows us to do SO MUCH MORE for our members and our community! Get in touch to discuss what PHCA offerings align with your budget and marketing goals. More info here.
PiHi T-Shirts on Sale
Celebrate being home and healthy in Piedmont Heights with the 2020 PiHi T-shirt, designed by local designer, Elliott Strauss, a resident in the Piedmont Heights Alliance business district. Click here to buy yours.
Virtual Tour Recap
More than 60 people joined us for our virtual event on October 17! They learned all about two of PiHi's landmarks: Monroe Gardens and the former Trust Company Bank building. Thanks to the City of Atlanta for awarding PHCA with a Community Impact Grant to fund this event! Learn more.
PHCA Annual Neighborhood Meeting
Join us virtually on Sunday, November 8, for the PHCA annual board meeting! Lots of updates, and members can vote.
MARTA teams up with Uber to help with Election Day. Learn more about Connect2Vote and MARTAConnect at https://www.itsmarta.com/martaconnect.aspx
Spin To Vote is also offering $10 promo code off electric scooter rides to the polls on Election Day. Transportation should not be a barrier to exercising one's right to vote. Use promo code SPINTOVOTE in the Spin app; learn more on their blog.
If you plan to go to the polls on Election Day (Tuesday, November 3), know that your voting location may have changed. Fulton County has unfortunately sent out some polling location notifications with errors.
Voters who show up at a polling place on November 3 that is not their assigned location will be required to vote on a provisional paper ballot. Fulton County has added 91 new Election Day locations, and thousands of Fulton County voters need to go to a new location on Tuesday, November 3. With more locations, there are fewer voters assigned to each location, so lines should be shorter. Just be sure to go to the correct location.
The best way to check your assigned Election Day location is to go to the Georgia My Voter Page or call the Fulton County Department of Registration & Elections at 404-612-7020. Know before you go!
Or take advantage of early voting. Nearby locations include the Ponce de Leon Library and the Buckhead Library. You can vote at any early voting site in Fulton. Remember to bring your photo ID and wear a mask. If you requested an absentee ballot and decide to vote in person (either early or on Nov. 3), you can cancel that request when you vote. If you’ve already received it, take your absentee ballot with you when you vote.
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Piedmont Heights Civic Association
1579 Monroe Dr. NE, Ste. F307
Atlanta, GA 30324