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A COMMUNITY Nestled IN the heart of Atlanta, Georgia

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If you haven't read the November 2020 e-newsletter, read it here.

We held our second DHCA neighborhood service day on October 24th and had a great turn out, from board members to children!  We cleaned street signs, cut and bagged overgrowth and leaves around the train bridge on Ponce de Leon and Lullwater, and more. We're planning the next for December 12th...have ideas for projects? Send them our wayBe on the lookout for a sign-up genius soon!

Link for our December board meeting 



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Thank you to these stars who helped us work around the neighborhood at our recent service day! Stay turned for the date and volunteer sign-up for our next one!


Calling all Druid Hills parents! As we rethink how the DHCA can best first our community, we have decided to take a less formal approach to our traditional committee, formerly known as the Druid Hills Parent Network. We have created a special Facebook group called the Druid Hills Parent Group so parents can interact in real time. We hope people will use this group to set up playdates, arrange meet-ups, welcome new neighbors, share recommendations, plan community events, ask questions, share photos, and more - please join us!

Our goal is to foster a true sense of community within Druid Hills so that our residents - both parents and kids - can build lasting friendships with one another. 

 seen bad Sidewalks?

Your DHCA has a multi-year plan in place to improve our community’s sidewalks.  While we continue to advocate on your behalf with county officials, we are piloting an approach by Georgia Safe Sidewalks that will level out uneven sidewalks on targeted streets.  We expect the pilot to begin soon so please watch for signs of progress.  Please join us to help!

If you see sidewalks out in our community that are unsafe, take a picture and send it to

We're also working hard to improve our communication with you. We've recently started actively posted on our Facebook page to keep you in the know in between newsletters. Make sure you're following our page and liking or sharing our posts so other neighbors will see them!



Read  an update from DeKalb County engineers on street resurfacing projects:  Briarcliff and Ponce.

Review GDOT responses to January 2020 public meeting about drainage improvements along Ponce de Leon Ave. 

Georgia Power project to bury power lines will affect Druid Hills - Read more information about this project. 

Update to the Druid Hills Grid Investment Plan


GDOT held a stakeholder meeting to share conceptual plans to address safety along the Ponce de Leon corridor. Our public safety and transportation committees provided input on behalf of our neighborhood. You can read the DHCA's statement and as well as notes from the stakeholder meeting on our Ponce Corridor Page .


The Druid Hills railroad bridge, our eastern gateway to Decatur, has received a "Condition Assessment Report" as the first step towards restoration/rehabilitation. The DHCA underwrote the report with participation from OLPA and a trio of enthusiasts. Click here to read the assessment.


DeKalb County is replacing our smaller residential refuse carts with a 95 gallon version. This will make it easier for residents to throw things away without having to pile additional trash outside of the container.  The 95 gallon version allows the county to use the single-operator/driver collection truck and reduces risk of injury to the collector.

Due to their size and our neighborhood's topography, residents may find it difficult to maneuver these cans to the curb. Jeff Rader, Commissioner, District 2DeKalb County, suggests that residents make any concerns known to the Thurmond Administration by clicking hereAlso share your concerns to all members of the BOC by clicking here as well as apply for backyard pickup by clicking here since that is the only alternative available. 

The Druid Hills Patrol regularly patrols our neighborhoods. It is funded by its membership and is run by volunteers.



OLPA oversees and protects the Olmsted Linear Park, a chain of small parks that run along Ponce de Leon Ave. 

The Emory Village Alliance (EVA) is a nonprofit community organization committed to the vitality of the historic, commercial heart of Druid Hills in Emory Village. Our alliance of volunteer stakeholders includes residents, businesses, property owners, and representatives of Emory University.


Freedom Park Conservancy, a non profit organization, raises money to promote the improvement and preservation of the park for a diverse public.



This was the original plan for Druid Hills, as designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted in the late 1800's. 

As the only neighborhood in the South designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Druid Hills stands apart from the other Intown neighborhoods in Atlanta, for the quality and integrity of its historic architecture and for the sweeping wide open spaces and the soaring canopy of its mature hardwoods.

In order to protect the integrity and historic legacy of the neighborhood Druid Hills has been established as a historic district.  Anyone who wishes to make significant changes to their properties must apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) through either the City of Atlanta or DeKalb County, depending on where your property is.  The two principal jurisdictions are the DeKalb County Historic District and the City of Atlanta Landmark District.

Thanks for helping us preserve and protect the unique heritage of historic Druid Hills. Read more about how historic preservation got started in Druid Hills here.


In order to protect the integrity and historic legacy of our neighborhood, Druid Hills was designated as a historic district.  Our neighborhood falls under two principal jurisdictions: DeKalb County Historic District and The City of Atlanta Landmark District. Each follows a different set of guidelines.

If you are planning on making any improvements to your property please feel free to reach out to the DHCA so that we may help guide you through the process of applying for a COA. We are very familiar with the historical guidelines and can offer tips to make the process a little easier for you.

If you reside within the city of Atlanta please reach out to:

If you are in unincorporated Dekalb please reach out to:


One of most active neighborhood groups in the South, DHCA was founded in 1938 to help residents preserve and protect the unique heritage of Druid Hills as envisioned by its creator, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Much of our work involves exercising vigilance in land use and zoning matters, communicating with local and state officials, informing the residents about community issues, and promoting the general welfare of the neighborhood for the enjoyment of its residents today and in the future.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Druid Hills Historic District incorporates in its entirety the area formerly listed as the Druid Hills Parks and Parkways Historic District. 

Learn some of our rich history as experienced by many of our long-time residents by watching the delightful "Druid Hills History Happens Here".

Did you know the DHCA worked ardently over 25 years to prevent the expansion of the Stone Mountain Freeway and the proposed Presidential Parkway from being built straight thru Druid Hills?

There's so much more that we've done since we were founded in 1938 that we even wrote a book about it! Want a free copy? 

“An Informal History of the Druid Hills Civic Association, Celebrating 75 years” was written in 2013 and Thea Roeser, our membership chair, would be happy to deliver one to your home. Please send your name and address to and she will deliver one to your mailbox!


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