News - Improving downtown
CL's guide to civic and political
events in the metro Atlanta area
Want to know more about plans to build a better downtown Atlanta? Come to the Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District town hall meeting Fri., July 22. The meeting will focus on topics such as improving the look of downtown, offering downtown businesses economic incentives, and improving park and greenspace planning. CAP/ADID's recent initiatives include the construction of downtown's new Gateway Center homeless shelter and Atlanta's bid for a NASCAR museum. The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in downtown Atlanta's future.
Atlanta City Council Atlanta City Council discusses regular business, city planning and other metro issues. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6030. First Monday of every month, 1 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 1 p.m. Council Chambers at City Hall, 68 Mitchell St.
Atlanta Planning Board The Atlanta Planning Advisory Board, which works with city Neighborhood Planning Units, meets the third Saturday of every month to discuss land use, zoning, transportation, environmental quality, parks and open spaces, and other issues. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Third Saturday of every month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Council Chambers at City Hall, 68 Mitchell St.
Atlanta Urban Design The Urban Design Commission works to identify and protect buildings and areas of Atlanta that have historic or aesthetic value. It also strives to maintain high-quality construction within the city. The public is encouraged to attend and voice opinions. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6200. Second Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m.; fourth Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m. Council Chambers at City Hall, 68 Mitchell St.
Avondale City Council City Council discusses regular business, future plans for the city and other community-related issues. www.avondaleestates.org. 404-294-5400. Fourth Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates.
College Park city Council Citizens of College Park are invited to attend council meetings. Issues not on the agenda may be addressed at the beginning of the meeting. Each comment must last no longer than 10 minutes. www.collegeparkga.com. 404-669-3754. First Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 3667 Main St., College Park.
Decatur City Council City Council meets to discuss local government and address community issues. www.decaturga.com. 404-371-8386. First Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Temporary City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur.
DeKalb Commissioners Come in person or watch the live broadcast on Channel 23, which is replayed throughout the week. Minutes available at www.co.dekalb.ga.us. 404-371-2082. Second Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m.; fourth Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m. Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur.
East Atlanta Marketing By working with local businesses, the marketing committee aims to promote East Atlanta Village and provide services that residents will enjoy. For more info, e-mail email@example.com. www.eaca.net. 404-521-1122. First Monday of every month, 7 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 7 p.m. Joe's Coffee, 510 Flat Shoals Ave.
East Point City Council East Point residents are welcome to attend regular City Council meetings. Local government and city planning will be discussed. www.eastpointcity.org. 404-765-1133. First Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 2777 East Point St., East Point.
Lake Claire Neighbors Lake Claire Neighbors organizes cleanups, provides a community voice to city reps, and raises funds for neighborhood refurbishments. www.lakeclaire.org. Third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., at the Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave.
Neighborhood Planning Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs) are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, or any business within the NPU. To find out which NPU you belong to and when they meet, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Dates vary.
Talk About Patriotism Hands on Atlanta hosts a conversation cafe the third Thursday of every month, offering attendees the chance to participate in an open forum on a predetermined topic. This month's topic is "American Patriotic: In What Do We Trust?" 404-223-3202. Thurs., July 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Javaology, 466 Edgewood Ave.
Taxpayer Advocacy The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel will host a meeting aimed to improve the Internal Revenue Service. A panel of citizens appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury will ask for feedback from attendees, specifically how the IRS can improve service and responsiveness to the public. 800-912-1227. Sat., July 23, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Marriott Suites Midtown, 35 14th St.Want to publicize a political or civic event? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.??