The Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) system was established in 1974 by Atlanta’s first black mayor, Maynard Jackson. His aim was to ensure that citizens, particularly those who had been historically disenfranchised, would be in a position to comment on the structure of their communities and to ensure that the citizens would not have this ability stripped of them by politicians who found an involved and engaged public inconvenient. There are 25 NPUs, and Mechanicsville falls under NPU-V, along with the neighborhoods of Summerhill, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, and Capital Gateway. NPU-V meets the 2nd Monday of every month, with a rotating location each meeting.
You can learn more about NPU-V at npuv.org.