Area West Realty Volunteer Day

Area West Realty Volunteer Event

Area West Realty organized a senior home repair volunteer event where members of Rebuilding Atlanta, Disaster Recovery from New Jersey, and area neighbors came together to help fix up a senior’s home. The team trimmed the yard, painted the house, and helped with home repairs before being treated to lunch.

To view photos of the planting day view the photo gallery below (click “continue reading”) or visit the Westview Facebook page.

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Garden Planting

Garden Planting & Shed Construction

On Saturday, May 10th, community members came back together to continue work at the Westview Community Garden. Additional beds were prepared, kids received instructions on how to put plants in the ground, and construction-oriented neighbors continued work on the shed by adding a gutter to collect rain water. Also notice the still-in-progress artwork on the shed wall!

To view photos of the garden work day day view the photo gallery below (click “continue reading”) or visit the Westview Facebook page.

Creative Loafing Box at Big Apple Inn

Creative Loafing Box in Westview

Thanks to The Big Apple Inn you can now pick up the latest paper issue of Creative Loafing Atlanta at the corner of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. and East Ontario Ave. This is very exciting considering southwest Atlanta is somewhat underrepresented in Creative Loafing’s circulation list. And what better way for The Big Apple Inn to ensure readers are aware of the consistent press they receive! Thank you April for getting Creative Loafing to Westview.

BeltLine at Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd.

$5 Million Private Donation Towards BeltLine Westside Trail

The $43 million Westside BeltLine Trail project is one step closer to its private funding goal thanks to the generous commitment of a $5 million donation from the philanthropic James M. Cox Foundation. The Atlanta BeltLine’s fundraising arm, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, has a goal of receiving commitments of $10 million in private funds by July 2014. It is in large counting on donations from Atlanta’s business community, and as such the James M. Cox Foundation is setting the precedent for other philanthropic groups.

To learn more about this story read the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s article “Business leaders launch new $10 million fundraising campaign for Beltline.”

The Atlanta BeltLine is turning in its trail application to the Georgia Department of Transportation in June 2014, in July 2014 a contractor will be selected, and construction of the trail is scheduled to start around September 2014 with a completion timeframe, set by the federal government, of 2016. The Westview portion of the trail marks the middle of the path, with one end of the trail being marked by Washington Park and the other end of the trail being marked by Adair Park.

Tour de SWAT 2014

Tour de SWAT Photos

Tour de SWAT was the first annual bike and history tour through seven historic southwest Atlanta neighborhoods. The 13-mile tour included visits to historic renovated houses, city parks and other cultural attractions, as well as guided history lessons and refreshment stops while cruising through Pittsburgh, Capitol View Manor, Capitol View, Oakland City, Westview, West End, and Adair Park.

In Westview the biker’s stopped at a neighbor’s house on Rogers Avenue and for a bite to eat at The Big Apple Inn.

To view photos of shots from Westview (and a group shot in West End) check out the photo gallery below, or to see additional photos from other neighborhoods visit the Westview Facebook page.

Westview Community Garden Spring Planting

Community Garden Spring Planting Photos

After a cold and long winter the night time temperatures have finally become mild enough to plant the seedlings in the community garden. And so young and old joined together to mow, till ground beds, and to start planting the first tomatoes, okra, bush beans, and peppers in the raised beds. The work is not done, but we’re excited to finally have the first set of plants in the ground!

To view photos of the planting day view the photo gallery below (click “continue reading”) or visit the Westview Facebook page.

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Featured Volunteer: Chad

Featured Volunteer: Chad

Chad purchased his home in Westview in 2009. Since moving to the neighborhood he has been an active volunteer engaged in numerous projects including (but not limited to) working on the neighborhood’s National Register application, coordinating with Trees Atlanta to plant over 300 trees in the neighborhood, repairing and installing signage throughout the neighborhood and helping out with community clean-ups.

Chad’s home is a 1925 Craftsman Bungalow with Tudor Revival detailing. He works as an architectural historian with the Georgia Department of Transportation, and the historic housing stock of Westview is what drew him to the neighborhood. Before living in Westview Chad owned a home in East Atlanta, and he finds similarities between the two neighborhoods – great historic houses, proximity to a neighborhood commercial village, and the same geographic orientation to the city.

A few fun facts about Chad:

Favorite Color: Orange
Favorite Band: Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Favorite Movie: Superman
Favorite Book: Dear Theo: The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
Favorite Place in the World (other than Westview): Bolinas Beach, California
Favorite Food: Chocolate Chip Waffles at Waffle House

Atlanta Streets Alive

Atlanta Streets Alive Photography

Atlanta Streets Alive came to southwest Atlanta on Sunday, April 20, 2014, and the Westview Community Organization set up a space for hula hooping, gymnastics, and hot dogs to entertain passerby’s.

Atlanta Streets Alive temporarily closed the streets to automobile traffic with the goal to enable residents to use them for bicycling, walking, dancing, playing and fun ways to explore the community streets in a safer, healthier, more livable way. Over 16,000 people came out to participate in taking over the streets for a few hours!

To view photos of Westview at the Atlanta Streets Alive event check out the photo gallery below or visit the Westview Facebook page.

Westwood Avenue

March Membership Drive Winners

Thanks to all those who paid their Westview Community Organization dues during the March Membership Drive. The most dues were collected in the section of the neighborhood that includes South Gordon, Westwood, Rogers, Willard, Manson and Akridge – congratulations, you have won a block party! (Although everyone is welcome to attend.) Please stay tuned for details about the block party.

None the less, it is never too late to join and support the Westview Community Organization! It’s easy to pay dues online with PayPal. Annual dues are only $20 and support ongoing projects, including:

  • Westview Summer Solstice Celebration – Summer festival with a grill-off, music, artist market, and fun games for the kids.
  • Third Thursday Pizza Night – Mingle with neighbors, new and old, every third Thursday of the month while munching on pizza at Westview Pizza Café.
  • National Night Out – “America’s Night Out Against Crime”
  • South Gordon Community Garden – Join neighbors on Saturdays from 10am-2pm to tend to vegetables and fruit.
  • Landscaping & Beautification – Maintaining the landscaped traffic islands throughout the neighborhood and other beautification projects.
  • Stokes Avenue Pocket Park – Upkeep and socializing at the community pocket park.
  • Historical Research – Ongoing historical research about the Westview neighborhood.
  • Youth Programs – Sponsor of Southwest Atlanta Youth Empowerment Camp and other youth activities.
  • Newsletter – Printing and delivery to keep neighbors informed.