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City sends cease-and-desist letter to Freaknik organizer

by: Doug Richards | Reporter, 11Alive News

ATLANTA -- On April 16, Grant Park would be the site of an apparently illegal party associated with an event called Freaknic. The organizer, J.K. Jones, has circulated numerous images on email and social media promoting a Greek picnic -- despite the fact that he has no permit nor has he asked the city for one.

That absence of a permit prompted city attorney Cathy Hampton to send a letter to Jones, saying "you are now willfully creating an event that is in direct violation of City law. You must immediately cease and desist your organization of the Greek Picnic and the advertisement of the event." The letter goes on to threaten Jones with prosecution and demands reimbursement for city costs. The city's concern about costs stems from its memory of Freaknik events in the 90s -- which clogged traffic and strained city law enforcement resources.

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

The City of Atlanta Office of Planning is preparing to launch Round 3 of community meetings for the 2011 Comphrehensive Development Plan (CDP).  Share your thoughts, your insight, your vision for Atlanta's future and your neighborhood. 

Atlanta non-profits, civic and community groups, neighborhood associations, citizens and businesses are invited to attend the various community meetings planned in locations throughout the city. 

All meetings are from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Can't attend?  You can also email your comments to us at cdp2011comments@atlantaga.gov.

Round Two Community Development Plan Meetings Get Underway in March

Round Two Community Development Plan Meetings Get Underway in March

Would you like to see more retail districts, parks or pedestrian-friendly options in your community?  Would you like to give your input on how much industrial land is set aside where you live or work?  The City of Atlanta is inviting non-profits, civic and community groups, neighborhood associations, citizens and businesses to attend the March 2011 community meetings for the City of Atlanta Community Development Plan (CDP) that begins March 1. 

Nearly 200 attendees participated in the first round of 2011 CDP community meetings and had an opportunity to give input on the future plans for their Atlanta neighborhoods.  The Department of Planning and Community Development’s Office of Planning has announced it is hosting the second round of CDP community meetings. All meetings are from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., with the exception of the March 10th meeting, which is from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Eastside NPU's to host Community Meeting discussing Neighborhood Redevelopment

Eastside NPU's to host Community Meeting discussing Neighborhood Redevelopment

ATLANTA – (City of Atlanta-Office of Planning) The Comprehensive Development Plan is the city’s guide to growth and development. The Office of Planning is working with all city stakeholders in the development of the 2011 Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), character areas are a new component of the 2011 CDP.

You are invited to attend any of the second round meetings of the 2011 Comprehensive Development Plan to discuss and delineate your community’s character areas, as well as, to develop vision and policies for each character area.

Grant Park neighbors will meet at The Trolley Barn on March 7th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Trolley Barn is located at 963 Edgewood Avenue in East Atlanta.

Share Your Vision for the City of Atlanta with City Planners - Attend a Community Meeting

Share Your Vision for the City of Atlanta with City Planners - Attend a Community Meeting

MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND!

The City of Atlanta Office of Planning is working with all citizens, businesses and community groups in the development of the 2011 Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP).  You're invited to attend any of the first round of meetings of the 2011 CDP to share your vision for Atlanta and to discuss issues and opportunities, as we work to develop a blueprint for city growth and development. Community meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. and meeting dates are as follows:

  • Feb. 3, 2011 - Adamsville Recreation Center, 365 Cleveland Ave., SE
  • Feb. 7, 2011 - Hillside Facility, 1301 Monroe Drive, NE
  • Feb. 10, 2011 - Martha Brown UMC, 468 Moreland Ave.
  • Feb. 15, 2011 - Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Room B-110
  • Feb. 17, 2011 - Mt.