Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall and the Old Fourth Ward community will kick-off the 2015 edition of the Year of Boulevard initiative on Feb. 11. The event will take place at Blueprint Church, 475 Boulevard NE.

Nonprofit groups and government agencies will host a family resource fair with light refreshments in the church fellowship hall from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.. At 7:00 p.m., Hall will open the meeting with entertainment from Kebbi Williams and The Wolfpack and The Dragon House Dance Crew.

“I am excited about this year’s kickoff,” said Hall. “As we start the fourth year of our ongoing commitment to the children, families, and seniors of the Boulevard corridor, we have a lot of good news to announce.”

Hall will report to the community on significant reductions of crime since he launched the initiative in 2012. He will also announce new initiatives and partnerships for 2015, including a renewed commitment to the Atlanta Police Department’s Clean Car Campaign, which he helped pilot in 2009. Thefts from autos are now the single biggest driver of crime statistics in the Boulevard corridor. “If we can get drivers to remove items from their vehicles, our public safety officers will be freed up to focus on more serious crimes and building relationships with the community,” he said.

The evening will also highlight a number of citizen-led initiatives launched in 2014, including the Boulevard Food Co-Op and the North Boulevard Working Group, which brings together neighborhood leaders, small business owners and others to improve the quality of life in the area north of Freedom Parkway.

Parking is limited for the event. Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool, or use MARTA bus #2, #16, or #99.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.