A rendering of the future Westside Park.

The Atlanta City Council approved legislation Monday authorizing the city to accept a $17.5 million donation from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to the Atlanta Beltline Partnership for enhancements and improvements at Westside Reservoir Park. The site is in the early stages of a more than 10-year transformation to become the city’s largest greenspace and a reservoir. The funding will be used to add a vehicle entrance, parking lot, and trail connection to the Grove Park neighborhood, as well as designing and constructing utility infrastructure for restrooms and enhancing drainage and irrigation.

Cushman & Wakefield has released its annual Cool Streets report, which highlights the Old Fourth Ward as one of the Top 20 featured Cool Streets. The company surveyed hundreds of its real estate professionals across its offices in the United States and Canada, looking at “The Hip-O-Meter,” Livability and Retail Flavor, Residential Rents, Retail Rents and Demographics. Old Fourth Ward was chosen because of its proximity to the BeltLine, the creation of more than 3,000 new housing units since 2011, and the neighborhood’s population  quadrupling since its low point in the early 1990s.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced that the City of Atlanta has joined more than 105 cities, counties and municipalities in filing an amicus brief in the case of DHS v. Regents of California, arguing that the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is unlawful and unconstitutional. “If the Trump Administration succeeds in terminating DACA, young women and men—guilty of only pursuing their aspirations—will be driven back into the shadows, rather than participating and contributing to their communities in an open and just manner,” said  Bottoms. “The City of Atlanta will always stand up for our immigrant community and ensure that the hope of a better life belongs to all who seek it.”

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.