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.
Michael Jones officially unveiled his art mural, “Letter Blue,” on Sunday, April 17, 2016. The artwork was created on the wall of a commercial building at the intersection of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd and East Ontario Avenue thanks to a grant from the City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.
Jones explained that “Letter Blue,” with its fusion of the spinning downtown ferries wheel, interwoven with scenes from the Westview neighborhood, represents the inevitable changes – sometimes welcomed, sometimes controversial – that are happening in the city and the Westview neighborhood.
In February the Westview Community Organization (WCO) had the opportunity to apply for an art grant from the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. In turn the WCO approached artist Michael Jones, a Westview resident, to work on a project that could be enjoyed by the public. With the permission of the property owner it was decided to put a mural at the corner of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd and East Ontario Avenue. After going through all the proper channels required to put up a public mural in the City of Atlanta Michael Jones was finally able to commence on the project on July 8th. The project work will span over the course of approximately 8 weeks.
To learn more about Michael Jones read about the art auction he participated in December 2014, and check out his artist website, 75 Mixed Medium.
Sidewalk and roadway improvements continue in Westview. The project was initiated by the Westview Development Committee and has been funded through the Quality of Life bond thanks to the help of Councilmember CT Martin.
East Ontario’s sidewalks are nearly complete and work has begun on West Ontario. West Ontario will have a widened sidewalk on the western side of the street, which will preserve the large old trees and assist in traffic calming. Additionally East Ontario and some parts of Ontario and Willard have been repaved.
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The City of Atlanta Department of Public Works continues to implement community improvement projects throughout the City as part of the $150M Quality of Life Bond Program!
Early June 2008, we will begin sidewalk construction activities, including the installation of ADA ramps and driveway aprons at the following areas:
Council District 10, NPU-T:
- East Ontario from R.D. Abernathy to West Ontario
- West Ontario from East Ontario north to R.D. Abernathy on both sides of the street
These projects are scheduled for completion within 90 days. Construction is located within the City of Atlanta’s right-of-way between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm unless otherwise indicated. Property owners are advised to remove or relocate any sprinkler lines or other fixtures, including landscaping, that may be installed within the right-of-way prior to the commencement of construction.
For questions concerning impact to the right-of-way fronting specific properties or concerns during the construction of this project, please contact the Department of Public Works at (404) 330-6739.
On Saturday, January 12th Trees Atlanta will come back to plant trees in Westview. New trees will be planted along Stokes Avenue and damaged trees will be replaced on East Ontario Avenue. Trees Atlanta volunteers will do the planting between 8:00am and 12:00pm. Neighbors are encouraged to support. Trees Atlanta is a non-profit organization, which improves and beautifies the city by planting trees.