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SERVING THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF

druid hills

A COMMUNITY Nestled IN the heart of Atlanta, Georgia


NO DHCA BOARD MEETING IN OCTOBER

The DHCA annual meeting of members is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21st at 7:30pm.

This will replace our regular monthly board meeting.

You must be a current DHCA member to participate in the annual meeting. Log in (on the top right corner of this page) to find out if your membership is current. If you want to participate in the annual meeting, the deadline to renew is October 19th.

Questions? Email 
membership@druidhills.org


 doing better, together.

We’re working hard to be better. Your DHCA is re-crafting our vision to work better and you've probably started seeing signs of our work around the community! On Saturday September 12th, we grabbed our gloves, boots (and masks!) and cleaned up around the bridge next to Panera in Emory Village and tackled the roadside trash up and down Briarcliff Road.

This was the first of the DHCA's monthly community service days. Want to join us for the next one? We'd love to have you! 

Saturday morning, October 24th


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If you haven't read the October 2020 e-newsletter, read it 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

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! 

https://www.facebook.com/druidhillscivicassociation

KEEPING RESIDENTS IN THE KNOW

PUBLIC WORKS NEWS

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


 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.

 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.



 PARENT NETWORK REORG

What can we do to help you get to know your neighbors?

How can we make it easier for you to meet other new families or other residents with similar interests?

What kind of events could we plan that your family would enjoy?

The DHCA is taking a hard look at our organization and evaluating what is working, what isn't, and what we could do better. We are currenting rethinking our Parent Network committee so that it is more focused on fostering a stronger sense of community among our residents, of all ages. We're looking for fresh ideas and new perspectives. If you are interested in helping to reimagine and shape this committee, we would love to hear from you


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 OLMSTED 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) 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.

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.  If you reside within the city of Atlanta please reach out to: atlantahistoric@druidhills.org.  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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