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SERVING THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF

druid hills

A COMMUNITY Nestled IN the heart of Atlanta, Georgia


OCTOBER BOARD MEETING

Wednesday, September 21st 7:30pm

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Meeting ID: 829 1611 5979  Passcode: 720574

 SEPTEMBER BOARD MEETING MINUTES

from Wednesday, September 16th are available here.

The minutes from August's board meeting are available here.


 doing better, together.

We’re working hard to be better. Your DHCA is re-crafting our vision to work better and you'll be starting to see signs of our work over the coming months.

We hope you will continue to support us or join us in being "better" today!

Speaking of "doing better", you may have already seen your DHCA Board members hard at work out in our community. On Saturday September 12th, we grabbed our gloves, boots (and masks!) and cleaned up around the bridge next to Panera in Emory Village, tackled the roadside trash up and down Briarcliff Road and weeded the triangle at the southern intersection of Clifton Rd and E.Clifton Road.  We will be soliciting input from residents, volunteers and your ideas for other community projects so stay tuned. 
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If you haven't read the August 2020 e-newsletter, read it here.

 LOCAL SCHOOL NEWS 

Druid Hills Middle School recently had a brand new athletic field and track installed, replacing the school's original track from the 1960's. DeKalb County Schools funded this major project, thanks to the many parents and community sponsors who supported the school's enrichment fund, and the volunteers who wrote letters and appeared in front of the School Board to create a call to action for the new track. It will serve students from our neighborhoods for years to come! Learn more here.

 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 

Publicsafety@druidhills.org


KEEPING RESIDENTS IN THE KNOW

PUBLIC WORKS NEWS

Posted Sept 15, 2020 

GDOT seeks input for Ponce de Leon Corridor (Moreland to Clairmont) safety improvements like roundabouts, turn lanes & more.  

Virtual Meeting Sept 29th 6pm-8pm - you must RSVP.  

More information &  RSVP here

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


 NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION

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.




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

 VISIT THE DRUID HILLS PATROL WEBSITE





 VISIT THE OLMSTEAD LINEAR PARK ALLIANCE WEBSITE


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.


 VISIT THE FREEDOM PARK CONSERVANCY SITE

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

 VISIT THE FREEDOM PARK CONSERVANCY SITE


 HISTORY OF THE DHCA

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".

 HISTORIC PRESERVATION

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).  The two principal jurisdictions are the DeKalb County Historic District and the City of Atlanta Landmark District.

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.  If you reside within the city of Atlanta please reach out to: atlantahistoric@druidhills.com.  If you are in unincorporated Dekalb please reach out to: dekalbhistoric@druidhills.org.

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.

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

CONTACT US

DRUID HILLS CIVIC ASSOCIATION
P.O. Box 363, Decatur, GA 30031

mail@druidhills.org
druidhills.org

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