The Buckhead master plan, branded as “BUCKHEAD REdeFINED,” has been incorporated into the city’s official development plan after a recent vote by the Atlanta City Council. According to Reporter Newspapers, Buckhead REdeFINED was released in August 2017 after three large community meetings. Recommendations included the proposed park over Ga. 400 and Lenox Road streetscape improvements. Those were two of six “big ideas” included in the plan’s recommendations. Others were developing a public art program; creating a multi-use trail with information on the area’s history; further study of improving the Lenox Road/Ga. 400 interchange and of construction a new Ga. 400 interchange at East Paces Ferry Road; and diversify housing options.

Mayor Kasim Reed has announced that the ordinance to reform the boards governing pensions for City of Atlanta employees was approved today by the Atlanta City Council during a special called meeting on Dec. 13. The ordinance consolidates three boards, the General Employees, Police and Fire, into one board to manage all three pension funds. The three pension plans will remain separate, and the consolidated board will not affect each plan’s determination process for pension awards. The new ordinance does not raise employees’ pension contributions or decrease their benefits at retirement.

Amazon employees load donations for distribution around metro Atlanta. (Courtesy Amazon)

Amazon hand-delivered $15,000 worth of toys, clothes and essential items to children and families at HOPE Atlanta on Dec. 14. More than 50 Amazon employees from fulfillment centers around metro Atlanta helped families pick out items. These items included clothing, toys, a huge variety of home goods and personal care products among other essential items. HOPE Atlanta will deliver the remaining items to families in need. The donation is part of Amazon’s national holiday tour. In addition, Amazon will donate $1 to the National Alliance to End Homelessness for every mile its trucks travel during the tour.


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.