October Community News

Check out the news and announcements from our Westside partners and friends.

WATCH: Historic Westside Mayoral Forum

NEWS: To Prevent Displacement, Westside Program Targets Property Taxes (WABE)

NEWS: NFL’s Atlanta Falcons Hope New Stadium Can Spark Change in Community (NBC Nightly News) 

NEWS: Breaking: Morehouse College names new president (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

NEWS: New Vine City Chick-fil-A will honor Civil Rights heroes from Atlanta’s Westside  (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

NEWS: Viewpoints: The Westside Could Benefit from an Amazon Headquarter in ATL (Atlanta Daily World)

NEWS: All Eyes on the Westside: How the City of Atlanta is Addressing Displacement, Development (Atlanta Daily World)

NEWS: As neighborhoods gentrify, how do you help residents stay in place? (Marketplace)

CAST YOUR VOTE: Vote for English Avenue Resident Stephen Causby as Atlanta’s “Cox Conserves Hero!”

Stephen Causby led the grassroots transformation of an overgrown lot into the brand-new Mattie Freeland Community House in English Ave., which now boasts picnic areas, garden beds, a mural, a playground and newly sodded play fields. Causby led every phase of the development, managing cleanups, executing programming, grant writing and soliciting community support. Causby and his team have created a space for neighbors to gather, as well as a safe area for children to play. By engaging residents to participate in the park’s improvement, he developed a team of neighborhood leaders who help with maintenance and programming.

EVENT: Historic Westside Mayoral Forum – October 21

Westside Future Fund, in partnership with Ashview Heights Community Association, AUC Neighborhood Association, Booker T. Washington Community Association, English Avenue Neighborhood Association and Vine City Civic Association, invite you to attend the Historic Westside Mayoral Forum!

WABE FM’s Rose Scott will moderate the forum as our 2017 Atlanta Mayoral Candidates discuss topics impacting Historic Westside communities, such as affordable housing, resident retention, safety and security, cradle-to-career education and health and wellness.

EVENT: Atlanta Public Schools “State of the District” – Friday, October 20

  • When: Friday, October 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Where: Hollis Innovation Academy – 225 James P Brawley Drive NW, 30314
  • Details: This year’s State of the District dives headlong into the school spirit and legacy of district homecoming celebrations as APS invites the entire APS community to “come home” and join its Journey of Transformation in an exciting new future for our students, families and school communities. Stay after the event and presentation for food, fun and fellowship hosted by APS alumni associations and partners in adjacent Kennedy Park.

EVENT: The Trust for Public Land “Fall Festival”

  • When: Saturday, October 21, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Where: Cosmopolitan AME Church (170 Vine Street)

EVENT: National Black & Latino Council Presents – Atlanta United FC vs Toronto FC – October 22

EVENT: Westside Youth Talent Show

  • When: Saturday, October 28, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Where: At-Promise Youth Center (740 Cameron M. Alexander Blvd.)

EVENT: Fight Against Blight Educational Symposium

  • When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
  • Where: At-Promise Youth Center (740 Cameron M. Alexander Blvd.)
  • Details: The Office of the City Solicitor in collaboration with the Atlanta Police Foundation and Councilman Ivory Young, Jr., will host the 6th educational series of the “Fight Against Blight” Educational Symposium. This symposium will educate communities on how to recognize City of Atlanta Code violations, discuss the effect of blight on our youth, and demonstrate how vacancy and blight can be transformed to value.

NEWS: Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail Grand Opening

NEWS: Boys & Girls Club breaks ground on 27,000-foot ‘hub for arts and innovation’ in Atlanta’s Westside (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

NEWS: Plan to improve security on Atlanta’s Westside underway (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

NEWS: Why I Joined the Westside Volunteer Corps (SaportaReport)



EVENT: Historic Westside Cultural Arts Council, Inc. presents the 9th Annual Festival of Lights (Multiple Days)

  • Day 1
    • When: Saturday, October 14, 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    • Where: 870 Proctor Street, Atlanta, GA 30314
    • Details: Free Food, Kids Carnival, Live Entertainment, Health Fair , History Tour and Basketball Tournament
  • Day 2
    • When: Sunday, October 15, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    • Where: 491 James P. Brawley Dr. NW Atlanta, GA 30318
    • Details: Food & Fellowship Celebration