• 16 Dec 2020 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    Learn more about the United Way of Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program. https://relief.uwga.org/

    The City of Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program is available only to City of Atlanta residents. Funds may be used to cover past-due rent, utilities, mortgage and security deposits as a result of impending eviction.

  • 14 Dec 2020 1:09 PM | Anonymous

    There's ONE MORE runoff election—for both of the Georgia Senate seats! And one of the Public Service Commissioner seats. Whoever you are voting for, just be sure to vote. 

    • Senate: David Perdue (R-incumbent) & Jon Ossoff (D)
    • Senate: Kelly Loeffler (R-incumbent) &  Rev. Raphael Warnock (D)
    • Public Service Commissioner: Lauren "Bubba" McDonald Jr. (R-incumbent) & Daniel Blackman (D)

    Early voting starts Monday, December 14, and there are absentee ballot drop boxes available. Otherwise, the final day to vote is January 5, 2021.

    And the Mobile Voting Van will be in Piedmont Heights at the Morningside Baptist Church parking lot on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. 

    More info here: https://www.fultoncountyga.gov/inside-fulton-county/fulton-county-departments/registration-and-elections/voting-one-stop-shop

    You can also check your Voter status and verify your January 5 poll location here: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do

    Early voting locations include:

    • High Museum of Art
    • Ponce de Leon Library
    • Buckhead Library
    • State Farm Arena
    • Mercedes-Benz Stadium
    • Northside Library
    • and more (see the link above)

    Absentee Ballot Drop Box Locations include:

    • Ponce de Leon Library
    • Buckhead Library
    • Northside Library
    • and more (see the link above)

  • 11 Dec 2020 9:04 AM | Anonymous

    On December 8, the Atlanta BeltLine presented updates about the Northeast Trail section that runs through Piedmont Heights. Thanks to everyone who joined in and asked questions, and thanks to the Atlanta BeltLine for doing a great job with the presentation!

    If you missed it, the presentation is online as a PDF with lots of great photos and as a video recording. Older presentations are also on their website.

    video by PiHi resident Gary Dresser (12/18/20)

    Bottom Line - When Will It Open?!

    The section from the Montgomery Ferry Bridge up to the Buford Highway Connector is scheduled to open by the end of January 2021! Keep your fingers crossed for great weather and healthy workers!

    Where Can I Access the BeltLine?

    There will be a ramp on the south side of the Montgomery Ferry Bridge leading down to the trail. Currently, there is NOT a plan for a public entrance at Ansley Mall by the Publix. This gate is a construction entrance (and that Georgia Power can use for maintenance).

    What Kind of Work Has Been Going On?

    In addition to the Georgia Power work on the electrical lines, work has focused on utilities, drainage systems, paving, and environmental plantings (thanks, Trees Atlanta!).

    What's Next?

    They'll pave the ramp from the bridge down to the trail last, since it's one of their only construction entrances, and they don't want to damage it once it's paved. Also, more plantings will be installed on the portion behind Flagler Avenue and between the ramp and the triplex home on Montgomery Ferry. Lighting will also be installed.

    What further down the timeframe?

    LOTS! Design documents, permits, and funding! These are all needed to:

    • Extend the paved trail north of Buford Connector to Mayson Street, and also south from Montgomery Ferry to Westminster at the Piedmont Park entrance.
    • Install another entrance ramp off Piedmont Ave.

    Design documents are currently under review, about 90% complete.  They're in conversations with City of Atlanta and GDOT for permitting - could take 6 months minimum or up to 1 year with GDOT. Also working on funding for upcoming fiscal year, but it's not secured yet, but it's at the top of the queue for their projects. Hope to have an update in a few months with more specifics.

    Also still working on the connection with the Armour area. The original idea wouldn't work for Norfolk Southern, so they had to rethink their plan of how to cross over. Any plan also has to work with CSX rail, MARTA, GA Power, etc. Will have more info here in 2021.

    What about a private access point from Ansley Monroe Villas?

    Megan (BeltLine) met with Ansley Monroe Villas HOA a few months ago. BeltLine doesn't build these connections, but they will work with HOAs who want a connection onto the trail from their private property. Working through what this connection will look like. Existing fence was put up as a temporary measure during GA Power utility construction. No plans for a permanent fence in this area, and it sounds like various neighbors have different opinions about whether they want a permanent fence or not. TBD.

    What about the wooden bridge over Clear Creek behind Publix and Ansley Golf?

    The bridge behind Ansley Golf & Publix has great infrastructure, which will be reused. They will redo the wooden part that's in need of repair though and add on to it.

    What about connecting to Lindbergh MARTA?

    At least 3 years for design and permits. Plus they need to raise $120 million in funding. They have about $8 million identified so far.

  • 30 Nov 2020 5:27 PM | Anonymous

    Paul Coleman, longtime owner of the Two Minit Car Wash at Piedmont Avenue and Rock Springs Road, passed away on November 16. He is survived by his wife, Heather; his father, Bobby; his brother, Eddie; and several nieces and nephews.

    Paul’s father bought the car wash in 1974, and Paul began working there as a young boy. He quickly demonstrated a head for business, and in the late 1970s had the idea of putting a mannequin out front to attract customers. He installed a life-sized mechanical clown, which turned its head and waved at passersby, but it quickly drew complaints from customers who found it “creepy.” Paul exchanged it for a gorilla, which evolved into such a neighborhood landmark that the business became known as the “Gorilla Car Wash.” One customer even named the gorilla “George.”

    When Paul’s father retired in 1997, Paul took over. George aged over the years and at one point had become so scraggly that Paul “retired” him also. But regular customers complained so much that Paul moved him back out front. Since then, George has had three new “suits” and two “operations” on his mechanical innards.

    George almost bought the farm in 1999 when a water heater pilot light set off leaking gas fumes in the storage room where he spends the nights. The explosion blew out the door and windows and singed George badly, but he survived; that was when got his last new suit. Now his fur has become shaggy again; he can no longer turn his head nor wave at passersby.

    In 2015, this newsletter first wrote about Paul and his gorilla, suggesting perhaps it was time to have a neighborhood fundraiser to rehabilitate George. Wouldn’t that be a most fitting memorial for Paul?

    What about it, Piedmont Heights?

    By Bill Seay (Rock Springs Rd.)

  • 24 Nov 2020 3:57 PM | Anonymous


    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!

  • 19 Nov 2020 7:04 PM | Anonymous

    Runoff Election is Dec. 1

    Early Voting Is Underway

    My Voter Page

    Two runoff elections are currently underway. It is very important that you request a ballot for BOTH elections regardless of party affiliation. They will not automatically give you a ballot with both races. You have to request a ballot for the Congressional runoff and the runoff for State Senate District 39.

    The first election is to temporarily fill Congressman Lewis unexpired term through the end of 2020. Former City Councilman Kwanzaa Hall (D) and former Morehouse President Robert Franklin (D) are in the runoff. The winner will serve maybe 2-3 weeks before our former State Senator, Nikema Williams (D), is sworn in for a full term in January 2021.

    The second runoff election is to fill State Senator Nikema Williams' seat in the Georgia State Senate. Sonya Halpern (D) is running against Linda Pritchett (D).  

    (THANK YOU, PiHi resident Kevin Perry, for clarifying this confusing runoff situation! Otherwise, content taken from the 11/6/20 Fulton County email newsletter)
    2020 Elections Early Voting Machines

    Early voting for the December 1, 2020 Runoff Election begins on November 9, 2020. 

    Early Voting Days and Times

    Early Voting will take place 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the following days:

    • Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10
    • Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13
    • Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20
    • Saturday, November 21
    • Monday, November 23 to Wednesday, November 25

    Early Voting Locations

    Absentee Voting

    Georgia law allows residents to vote by absentee ballot, sometimes known as voting by mail.

    Residents can download an Absentee Ballot Application and upload it through the Fulton Absentee Portal as a .pdf or .jpg between 1MB and 5 MB. Each submission must have only one application. 

    Residents can also return an absentee ballot application (e.g., by email, fax, postal mail, or dropbox) or make a written request.

    Learn more about absentee voting.

    My Voter Page

  • 18 Nov 2020 9:01 AM | Anonymous

    ActivateATL is the project for the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation new 10-year Comprehensive Master Plan. Learn more at their project website.

    They have officially completed the first phase of public engagement and reviewed all the community input. They have also visited all City of Atlanta parks and recreation centers to collect baseline data about their conditions. This information will be used to develop the existing conditions and priorities assessment. They are now entering the Visioning phase and will come back to the community with this vision for another round of public engagement in early Spring 2021.

    They are staying connected with the community via social media, a monthly e-newsletter, and a new app, HappiFeet - Atlanta Parks. There's also a new survey that will provide even more insight into community priorities.

    5-Min. Image-Based Survey: Take a short survey to provide more insight into the findings from the first phase of public engagement. There was interest in health & wellness, aquatics, trails, and more - they want to find out more!

    Sign Up for the ActivateATL E-Newsletter: Stay updated with all things ActivateATL - sign up for the monthly e-newsletter!

    HappiFeet - Atlanta Parks App: Download this app to send feedback, photos, videos, maintenance requests, or any questions directly to Dept. of Parks & Rec.

    If you have questions or want to reach out to the ActivateATL team, please contact:

    Sabina Kasumova | Park Pride
    Public Engagement Specialist
    City of Atlanta's ActivateATL: Recreation & Parks for All
    Cell: 770-800-3525

  • 17 Nov 2020 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    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.)

  • 12 Nov 2020 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    PiHi Cleanup Day
    This Saturday 10:00AM 

    This Saturday, November 14, at 10:00 a.m.

    Learn more and RSVP

    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:

    • Trash bags

    • Landscape company assistance

    Thanks for your help in keeping PiHi Beautiful!

    Let's thank our Firefighters at Station 29!

    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!

    PiHi Bits & Bites

    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


    Become a Member Today!

    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...

  • 11 Nov 2020 7:32 PM | Anonymous

    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!

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