Westview neighbors have been fighting for years to have speed humps installed and slow down speeding through-traffic. East Ontario Avenue residents initially attempted to collect signatures in 2003; South Gordon Street neighbors have made several attempts over the last few years to collect enough signatures to receive speed humps. The largest challenge has been to reach enough property owners to collect the signatures. 75% of property owners are required to approve the proposal to move forward. As Westview was hit hard with mortgage fraud in the early and mid 2000s, followed by the recession and foreclosures in mid to late 2000s, the number of abandoned vacant properties and absentee owners proved to be a major hurdle to reach the required signatures within the allotted 30-day time frame.
After the third attempt East Ontario Avenue neighbors managed to collect the necessary signatures in 2015 thanks, in part, to the fact that the street is short, and over the years enough of the vacant houses were filled with owner occupants and accessible landlords; however, the next hurdle was finding funding for the project.
In early 2016 the fate of Westview’s dead end speed humps would take a turn due to a heart wrenching accident where a car involved in a police chase hit a and killed a grandmother and her two grandchildren at the intersection of Rogers Avenue and South Gordon Street. Neighbors were in uproar at the February Westview Community Organization meeting and demanded action – and politicians listened. Thanks to Councilmembers C. T. Martin and Caesar Mitchell speed tables would be installed on East Ontario Avenue, South Gordon Street, Westwood Avenue, and Rogers Avenue.
Residents received notice in June that the project would be implemented in July. Indeed, in July crews and equipment arrived and have implemented a majority of the marked speed tables. Neighbors have already noted the success of slower traffic thanks to the speed tables.
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.
Time: 1:45pm to 5:00pm
Location: Meet at the Wren’s Nest, 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Details: The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition offer free, guided bike tours of the Atlanta BeltLine on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. Enjoy the ride while you learn about the Atlanta BeltLine concept, history, and updates on project planning, implementation and development.
These tours will include rest stops highlighting assets and points of interest along the Atlanta BeltLine. Staff with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will lead the rides, and each group will have a ride sweep to help with any unexpected mechanical difficulties.
Riders should bring a multi-geared bicycle in good working condition, wear comfortable clothing, wear a helmet, and bring a water bottle. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early; availability is limited.
Brief Rest Stops:
- Gordon White Park
- Brown Middle School/Rose Circle Park
- Lionel Hampton greenspace
We book Atlanta BeltLine Bike Tours one month at a time. The reservation system opens at 9:00 a.m. on the 25th of each month for the following month’s tour dates.
Source: Atlanta BeltLine
On August 10, 2013 the official dedication ceremony for the Atlanta BeltLine Southwest Connector Trail took place.
The Southwest Connector Trail is just a few blocks west of the Westview neighborhood and features beautiful meandering walking paths along Utoy creek amidst tree canopy. The trail, which is most conveniently accessed by Westview residents via the dead ends at Westwood Avenue or Rogers Avenue, connects to the Lionel Hampton Trail.
To view photos of the dedication ceremony please visit the Atlanta BeltLine website: http://beltline.org/explore/photos/?setId=72157635047435936