Process for Residential Permit Parking Designation

At our last MCA meeting, neighbors indicated that they were interested in participating in a residential permit parking program in order to limit the impacts that festivals were having on our community and to make any residents-only parking designation legally enforceable. Attached, you will find documents provided by the office of Councilmember Carla Smith pertaining to the process and requirements to make that happen.

As of September 2018, the process requires residents to submit a written request seeking a residential permit parking designation that includes the signature of “one adult resident from 70 percent or more of the residences within the area”. Furthermore, the minimum area to establish permit parking is two contiguous block faces. The caveat is that the petition-signer must be the property owner. For this and more information, please click the following attachments:

Mechanicsville Residents Discount Code for Afropunk 2019

Representatives from 787 Windsor presented at Monday’s Mechanicsville Civic Association meeting to talk about the Afropunk event happening this weekend. In recognition of the impact to the community, Afropunk will be offering discounted tickets to community members. If you are interested, please purchase tickets using the following code: Here’s the code Afropunk producers created –APLOCAL

Here’s a direct link to purchase tickets:

Atlanta Board of Education District 2 Runoff Election

The special election runoff will be held on October 15, 2019 for Atlanta Board of Education District 2 to fill the remainder of our former school board representative, Byron Amos’ term.

Here are your candidates in the order in which they qualified to appear on the ballot:

  1. Aretta Baldon |
  2. Davida Huntley |

Though the election is on October 17th, early voting will go from Monday, October 7 to Friday, October 11, from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm.

If you’re not sure if you fall under ABOE D2, please know that encompasses Atlanta City Council Districts 3 and 4. This means that only Mechanicsville residents living north of Dodd Ave will be able to vote in this election. Here’s the entire ABOE D2 map.

MARTA Summerhill Bus Rapid Transit Status Update

Dear Community Member:

On behalf of the MARTA Summerhill Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project Team, I am reaching out to you to request your participation in upcoming community meetings to discuss the MARTA Summerhill Bus Rapid Transit Project.

Your feedback is needed to move this project forward.  Our team is excited about the project, and we want to speak with YOU about the planned route and how the project will best connect Summerhill, Peoplestown, and South Downtown to the core of the city.

The MARTA Summerhill BRT Project Team is committed to delivering a project that will efficiently and safely serve the transportation needs of employers, workers, and residents.  Our goal is to work with the community to deliver a project that will set the standard for any future Bus Rapid Transit project within the Metropolitan Atlanta Region and beyond.

Thank you for your support,

The MARTA Summerhill BRT Project Team

Nov. 23 Community Researcher Workshop in Mayor Ivan Allen Digital Archive

Dear Ms. Ridley:

I am writing to announce an upcoming Community Researcher Workshop using the Mayor Ivan Allen Digital Archive here at Georgia Tech, in the hopes that you would consider participating or else sharing suggestions of potentially interested individuals or organizations who might like to.

This Community Researcher Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, November 23 on the Georgia Tech campus, and will last from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a one-hour break for complimentary lunch.  Parking passes will also be supplied free of charge, as well as any other necessary materials.  Computer access will be provided, although participants are welcome to bring their own laptops (and in fact should do so if they prefer to use Macs).

We have room for 25 participants; a flyer with signup/application link is attached, or can be visited directly here.  The application deadline is November 1.

As you know, Ivan Allen Jr. was mayor of Atlanta for most of the 1960s, overseeing a host of momentous developments in Civil Rights as well as policies that have shaped the city into what it is today, for example urban renewal.  Our goal in the workshop is to provide individuals interested in local history and this time period with the opportunity to explore Allen’s recently-digitized mayoral papers to arrive at a deeper understanding, and hopefully generate conversations from a broad range of perspectives regarding the particular course the city’s development took under his watch.  Providing the general public with access to such raw historical documents is often challenging, which is why we have high hopes for the potential and uniqueness of this event.

Would you be so kind as to circulate the flyer and/or pass along any suggestions of potentially interested individuals or organizations (and contact info if handy) that we might also invite to apply?  I’m also happy to answer any questions about the event.  We will be publicizing the workshop more heavily in the weeks ahead, including in a blogpost to appear on Atlanta Studies.


Todd M. Michney, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of History and Sociology
Georgia Institute of Technology