Enhanced pedestrian crossing at the Midtown Marta station on 10th Street.

Midtown Alliance was recently recognized by local pedestrian advocacy group PEDS as part of the first class of Atlanta Walking Superstars for spearheading walk-friendly change in Midtown over the last two-decades. Over the past decade, the Midtown Improvement District (MID) has contributed $20 million to leverage $400 million in public and private investment, enhancing Midtown’s corridors with 14 miles of new and wider sidewalks, more lighting, more than 800 street trees, improved crosswalks and traffic signals.

Jennifer Hankey, founder of Healthy Green Schools, has launched Green Queen, a new eco-friendly cleaning and pest control company to serve residential customers in Atlanta. The company is also offering its Healthy Home Starter kit, which includes an all purpose cleaner, dish soap and two other soaps, bleach alternative, and glass, floor and toilet cleaners for $75. Green Queen will keep items filled at product cost so clients never have to buy cleaners again. For more information, visit TheGreenQueen.com.

The City of Atlanta has received a $40,000 grant for its Urban Agriculture Expansion Project. The ScottsMiracle-Gro Company partnered with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to award grants through GRO1000, its garden and green space development grant program. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability designed the Atlanta Urban Agriculture Expansion Project, which will connect and expand three urban agriculture programs across the city. These include the city’s 10 successful fire station vegetable gardens, which provide firefighters with fresh, naturally grown vegetables and herbs as a healthy supplement for their fire station meals, and serve as teaching and demonstration gardens for the surrounding communities. The grant will also benefit urban agriculture projects in the Vine City neighborhood and within the Atlanta University Center. Anchoring the two gardening projects is a partnership with the at-risk and homeless teen shelter, Covenant House.

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.