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Box 7, Folder 19, Document 9

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  • Text: April 27, 1967 Mr. Irving K. Kaler, Chairman Community Relations Commission 12th Floor, City Hall Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Dear Mr. Kaler: Mayor Allien has called a meeting of our City Department Heads for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3rd in Committee Room #2, on the Second Floor of City Hall. It will be greatly appreciated if you will attend this meeting and brief the City Department Heads on the activities of the Community Relations Commission. Sincerely yours, R. Earl Landers Administrative Assistant REL:ip
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Box 7, Folder 19, Document 14

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  • Text: COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION 1203 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GEORGIA 4 The Community Relations Commission was established by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen in November, 1966 and the 20 members were appointed in December, The Executive Director was appointed in January, end approved by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on February 6, 1967. The first business of the Commission was to hold a Public Hearing in. the City Hall on February 16, to which individuals and/or representatives of organizations were invited to appear and state what they felt were their sin problems or those of the community. More than thirty-five (35) persons spoke, on matters ranging from the Food Stamp Plan for Fulton County to the prospect of immediste eviction, from a plea for help in a 15 year old struggle against water damages to property to the need for recreation facilities, better sewerage, and help in racial stabilization of neighborhoods. Two spokesmen presented a petition with more than 200 signatures. A civic club president, a student, a teacher, an academic Dean, a housekeeper, a member of the Stets Board of Family. and Children's Services = men and women, young and old, they pinpointed probleme of their community. Following is a summary of response to matters brought up: A, RECREATION: 1. Mine City: As requested by the Vine City Youth Council, the Vine City Recreation Center has resumed services under Mr. Eddie Murphy. The city of Atlanta Recreation Department is paying his salary, along with a supplement from the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Schots's supplement came as a result of NASH=Washington Service Center, EQOA, following suggestion by the Executive Director of the Commission. 2. General Recreation: Mr. Jack Delius, in reply to many other recreation requests, reported that the playlot program will “om have priority in summer programs, that 21 are now scheduled, an increase from 7 operated last year. He pointed out that there are no EDA funds for this, and in order to budget for these he has had to curtail activities in other parts of the City to save $48,000 for salaries for playlot personnel. Existing playlots are located as follows: Summerhill-2; Mechanicsville-3; Buttermilk Buttoms-1; Vine City-2; Lightning-1; Edgewood-1; Cabbage Town-13 Park Ave. & Lanaing Stroately Arlington Circle, NoW.=1; Central Ave., S.eWe-13; Proposed new sites are Lightning-1; Perry Homes=-13; Edgewood-1; Huff Road, N. W.=-13 Plunkett Town, Bender St., S.W. and Little Street, S.E. Four (4) portable swimming pools just acquired through anonymous gift; sites not yet decided on. B. HOUSING: 1. 26 3. Public Housing: In response to inquiries about Mrs. Murray who appeared before the Commission, Atlanta Housing Authority -staff reported that the tenant had been warned last fall about complaints from neighbors, had been given eviction notice which had been withdrawn after conferences, that the decision of the manager to evict was upheld by the central staff, The Authority did, however, agree to the Commission's request to postpone eviction while the Commission got more information. (Mrs. Murray plans to move soon; she was particularly grateful not to have to move during cold weather which would have been difficult for her elderly mother.) General information about public housing, requested by the Commission, is that leases are for a month and are on the form normally used by public housing units throughout the country; it is not customary in any public housing to give written notices of reasons for eviction. Project managers are given maximum authority to make decisions, but there is a tenant relations officer at the central office, to whom tenants may go for any business. Funds collected for damages, etc. go into general operating funds for that project. (Housing Authority projects receive no operating funds except from rents and the overall operation must break even.) The receipts should indicate reason for charge. Neighborhood Stabilization: Meetings attended in Gilbert Heights area and in Lynhurst area following appearance of residents at Hearing. Georgia Real Estate Commission investigator explained responsibilities of licensed real estate agents and risks of dealing with unlicensed persons, It was announced that those agents operating in the Gilbert Heights area had agreed that anyone who had put his house on the market through a misunder- standing about the neighborhood would be permitted to rescind his action. Individuals in southwest erea in transition have asked for help along the following lines: all sections of the city must be opened up to make one housing market, "by opening up other areas to all people, the tension will be relieved here"; "Negro teachers be placed in all schools where teachers are needed, so that people won't have any place to run to avoid contact with Negro citizens; financing be used te encourage housing market rather than to discourage. 4. 66 C, POLICE l. atts Demolition of sub-standard housing: Property referred to on Markham St., owned by Mr, Joseph Shaffer, is under court order and the city can do nothing. Property on Garibaldi Street, damaged by water: Several city departments have sent inspectors out and each disclaims any reeponsibility for the situation. Mr. Gleaton has obtained legal advice and an engineer has been engaged to survey the area. Five(5) other residents of the same area have signed statements, describing similar conditions, of damage from water entering house and being unable to enter front door in times of heavy rain because of water standing. Resylutions from the Atlanta Branch, NAACP, asking Housing Resources Committee to request "Open Housing Occupancy": urging state tax abatement law; requesting Mayor and Board of Aldermen to reduce term of Atlanta Housing Authority members from 10 to - 5 years "as in other cities of the country" and to increase Negro representation on suthority. PROTECTION Police protection in Pittsburg: Police added, although records show not as much crime there as in some other areas, D. INADEQUATE MAINTENANCE, OTHER SERVICES: 1. 20 Je 4. Se Te Inadeguate maintenance, etc., in private apartments: reports have resulted in inspections and in some cases, the apartments have been found unfit and residents are now on the priority list for relocation. Sewerage and drainage problems: Individual locations reported to Construction and Sanitary Departments, and in several cases corrected, Sidewalks; Property owners must sign for new sidewalks, 51% of the owners of the property frontage must sign a petition requesting paving and agreeing to pay for same. Proctor Creek: Mr. Nixon says property lines extend to middle of creek and it is responsibility of property owners to fence property and parents to keep children away from creek if it is dangerous. Food in neighborhood stores: Investigations by Health Department. Civil Defense: General Woodward states no discrimination, says | records are not kept by race, so cannot report on participation of Negroes; 14 employees (No Negroes) Mr. Sterrs Johnson is now on state merit system register for Deputy Civil Defense Director. Nursing Homes: Administrators of 3 facilities mentioned (Wesley Woods, Hillhaven, and Highview) all have expressed policies of no discriminations; Mrs. Dempsey has been so advised. 9. 10, ll. 12. 13. ~ Hillhaven reports one Negro patient; Highview reports no applications; Wesley Woods says they have always offered services to all. (Highview receives $500 from the city certain percent of space reserved for patients receiving public welfare assistance.) Planning and Zoning: Planning department says area in East Lake Heights, where residents are concerned about possibility of zoning for business is zoned R4-single family residentialzand there are no zoning changes projected. General statement at Hearing that Planning and Zoning still according to 1956 format "is inaccurate", Planning Department zsays present format is multiple, with formats varying from area to area, and changing as the need arises. Sanitery Department—-garbage collection: City of Atlanta is responsible for all collections in Fulton County and for all within city limits, even if in Dekalb County. For portions of East Lake Heights not in city limits, Dekalb County is responsible. All collections for private residencesare on twice weekly schedules, with 2 or 3 days lapse between colliec- tions, Business collections are done nightly. No report yet on City Personnel Department; CIP, UA agencies city contracts require equal opportunity. To be taken up at meetings to be scheduled with various department heads. Food Stamp Plan: Inquiry directed to EOA; response that inquiry should be made of state Family and Children's Services. This has been done; report pending. Delay: in: Court cases}: «Student-cemplained of having to appear i as a witness and case postponed; lawyer, etc. say this is in- 1 convenient for everybody but see no remedy. March, 1967
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Box 7, Folder 19, Document 33

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  • Text: ee eee ee ee February 27, 1967 Mrs. Eliza Paschall Executive Director . Community Relations Commission City Hall Atlanta, Georgia 30303 in Lae See EME eee ue Me ee ee ee Dear Eliza: We are all very pleased that you have been appointed as Executive Director of the Community Relations Commission and we look forward to working with you and accomplish- ing many things in the very near future. Please rest ; assured that both the Parks and Recreation Divisions are at your disposal and we will do any and everything humanly possible within the capacity of our personnel and Budget to alleviate the many deficiencies fin recreation and park facilities throughout the disadvantag- ea areas of our community. I would like to make some general comments concerning our capacity to produce. The City has been as fair as they can be financially, to the Department of Parks and Recreation. But many other departments have higher priorities; for example, the Police and Fire Departments. We have | stretched every dollar at our disposal as far as it will go and how we will be eble to take on much additional ackivity is simply beyond my comprehension. To compound the problem, the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington cut off every penny of our recreation funds which we were receiving through EOA. This left us with a decision as to whether or not to attempt to operate three separate and distinct and urgently needed recreation activities; namely, the neighborhood playlot program, the summer recreation and job opportunities for youth (Operation Champ) and last but certainly not least the arts and crafts recreation proggam for the elderly in the @gonior high rise apartments. pet my recommendetion and in full egreement with Miss Carmichsel's thinking the Mayor has declared that the neighborhood erere program has the highest priority of any of these three activities. We have therefore curtailed normal activities in the advantaged or affluent of our City so as to accumulate approximately $48,000 in salaries Mrs. Eliza Paschall Page Two which we will utilize in the operation of neighborhood play lots. EOA started off by financing the creation of 7 of these lots and we have now grown to approximately 21. We plan to operate 21. We plan to operate them from June lst through Labor Day and offer the children a variety of acitivites plus excursions with our new bus which will hold 30 youngsters or 20 adults. Our problems are many but most of them could be certainly solved by money. As a member of the Atlanta Youth Council I am pleased to say and to see that the City administration is leaning towards this agency as the coordinator of Park and Recreation activities among the private and public agencies. There is duplication in some instances and certainly we should all coordinate our activity. I suppose the real purpose of this letter is to advise that in many instances we will be unable to meet your requests or the requests of the communities that call upon youys however, this is not to say that you shouldn't contact us in each instance so that we can be certain that everything is being Gone that is humanly possible. I wish you every possible success in your new undertaking and looking forward to working with you, I am Cordially, Jack C. Delius General Manager of Parks and Recreation ICDibjw ce: Hon. Ivan Allen, Jr., Mayor eo Hon. Charlie Leftwich, Chairman Municipal Parks Committee
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Box 7, Folder 19, Document 28

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  • Text: HIGHVIEW NURSING HOME 2800 Springdale Road §. W. Atlanta, Georgia 30315 ADMISSION POLICIES: Highview is intended to be a nursing home for infirm aged men and women of limited means. Infirm is intended to mean that the person should have immediately avail~ able nursing care and medical attention of the degree usually associated with a nursing home, but not to the degree which normally requires the servite of a general hospital or a chronic-disease hospital; and a degree of infirmity which requires more than simple custodial care. Aged is intended to mean a person who is in the sixtieth year of life or older. This age shall not be considered a rule absolute if the capacity of the home is not filled by persons of this minimum age. Limited Meang is intended to mean persons whe do not have available (owned in their own right, or through kin who will accept financial responsibility) financial resources sufficient to pay for their care in the usual privately operated nursing home or home for the aged. A specific dollar-value on resources is intentionally omitted. CLASSIFICATION: Patients’ shall be considered under three classifications- - Class A shall be those patients who are entirely dependent upon public or private agencies or charities for their care and livelihood. Class B shall be those patients who have some financial resources (self owned ot kin), but who require assistance from public or private agencies for their care and livelihood. Class € shall be those patients who have financial resources (self owned or from kin) sufficient to pay cost of care and livelihood at this home, but not sufficient to purchase care and livelihood at the usual privately operated nursing home. Priority: First consideration will be given to Class A patients. It is in the public interest that services also be extended to the other two groups, for it is wise to encourage persons to rely on their own resources. Under this premise, next priority will be given to Class B patients. But it is not intended to exclude all Class € patients in the exercise of the above two preferences. Fxclusions: This home is not prepared to care for persons with acute psychiatric complaints, or with infectious or contagious diseases, or with tuberculosis. Such patients will not be knowingly admitted; and if the condition develops or becomes known after admission, it is expected that XE RO } Mico, f the patient will be promptly removed. The Medical Director for the Administrator, if the Medical Director cannot readily act) shall have full power to judge and to act upon such matters. MEDICAL REPORT: Prior to admission, a written medical report and opinion, by a licensed physician who is familier with and who has personally examined the applicant, will be required. The Administrator or Medical Director may prescribe a form for such report, and may con~. duct such further inguiry as they deem justified. The requirements as to medical examination and report are for the protection of all patients, including the applicant. FINANCIAL REPORTs Information available through the Department of Public Welfare of Fulton and DeKalb Counties will be sought. Written commit- ment to meet charges will be expected of patients or their kin or other sponsors wherever appropriate. Regulations of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services will be followed on Class A and Class B patients. RESEDENCE: Admission will be limited to residents of Fulton and DeKalb Counties, for Class A and Class B patients; and to bona-fide dependents of residents of these two Counties, for Class C patients. HTIWide 10-3+-1963 XERO | _— . wal
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Box 7, Folder 19, Document 12

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  • Text: Mr. Invinc K. Kater, Chairman JOMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1966 1203 CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 80303 TELEPHONE 522-4468 EXT. 483 Tue Honoras_e SAM MASSELL, JR., Ex-Officio F April 13, 1967 President, Board of Aldermen COMMISSION MEMBERS Mr. T. M. ALEXANDER, SR. Mr. R. BYRON ATTRIDGE Mrs. SARA BAKER Miss HELEN BULLARD Mr. R. J. BUTLER Mr. Rosert Donnas Mr. Hamitton Doucvas, Jr. Mr. C. G. Ezzarp Most REVEREND PAUL J. HALLINAN Archbishop of Atlanta Mr. Josepit Haas Mr. Al KUETTNER Dr. Ronert E. LEE Mr. RoLLAND MAXWELL Mr, F. W. Patrerson Rast Jacon M. RotuscHItp Mr. M. O. “Buzz" Ryan Mr. Jack SELLS Mrs. Mary STEPHENS Tue REVEREND SAMUEL WILLIAMS Mrs. Eviza K, PASCHALL, Executive Director | TO: Messers Collier Gladin, Colonel Malcolm Jones, Mr. Ray Nixon, Mr. Les Persells, Mr. William Wofford FROM: Eliza K. Paschall, Executive Director ¢ ? ek RE: Public Meeting on all phases of Housing in Model Neighborhood Area At the public hearing which the Commission held in the Summerhili- Peoplestown and the Mechanicsville-Pittsburg areas, we were asked to help plan one meeting for the whole model neighborhood area where all the various questions about housing might be brought up and discussed and answered as they relate to each other. For example, if there is to be no lessening of code enforcement during the year's planning period, where will people be relocated? Are there relocation resources within the area? Will the schedul- ing of improvements in streets, etc., be delayed until the year's planning is done, or will that continue without regard to the model planning? Etc., Etc. It seemed to those present at the meetings that it would be helpful for the residents to have an opportuniy to hear these and similar questions put to the heads of the various departments concerned and for everybody to hear everybody else's answers, The group has scheduled such a meeting for Tuesday, April 25, 8 p.m. at St. Stephen's Church, Georgia Avenue & Capitol Avenue. THEY HAVE ASKED ME TO REQUEST EACH OF YOU TO COME SO THAT YOU CAN GIVE ACCURATE AND AUTHORITATIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY YOUR DEPARTMENTS: Planning and Zoning; Model Neighborhood, Mr. Collier Gladin Inspection and Code Enforcement, Mr. William Wofford Construction, Mr. Ray Nixon Relocation, Mr. Les Persells Housing Resources, Colonel Malcolm Jones ec: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. o— Alderman Rodney Cook
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Box 7, Folder 19, Document 37

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  • Text: COMMUNITY RSLATIONS COMMISSION GITY HALL ATLANTA, GEORGIA February 21, 1967 Mr. Ray A. Nixon Chief of Construction City Hall : Atlanta, Georgia Deer Mr. Nixon: At the public hearing held by the newly appointed Community Relations Commission of the City on February 16, the following condition was report=- ed, which had been reported earlier to me at my office: Mr. Glenn Gleaton, 1055 Garibaldi Street, stated that his house, which he purchased in the early 1950's (FHA), is being damaged by the water which drains into the area from all sides. Ue has had conversations with numerous city staff members, but hae gotten no satisfact- ion. The only response he has had has been notices from the Inspection Department that the house should be re- paired, and on February 17 he had a condemnation aotice. Mr. Gleaton states that this is a probler, not just in his lot, but in others in the area. He feels that if he makes the repairs, the same thing will happen. He is considering legal action as a last resort. When Mr. Gleaton first contacted me, he mentioned the sewer line. I asked Mr. Earl Landers to look into the situation and he reported the following: “For your information, I am attaching hereto memorandum dated February 14th from Mr. &.K. Lancaster of the City Sewer Department pertaining to your iuquiry regarding sewer problems at 1035 Garibaldi Street. "'The combination sewer that runs through this property has been inspected from the inside and found to be in good condition, indicating that the sewer line is not the cause of the settling of the house at the above address.'" Mr. Gleaton's problem was one of the more urgent ones presented at the Page Two. (cont. ) hearing, and I would like very much to make a report on it at the regular meeting of the Commission on Friday, February 24, 1967, at 1:30 o'clock P.H. Yours very sincerely, S)?. (Mrs. ) Bliza Paschall Executive Director ' Community Relations Commission mA ce: "Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. Hon. Sam Massell, Jr. Alderman Jack Summers Alderman G. Everett Milliken Regional Director, FHA Mr. Glenn Gleaton a a
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Box 7, Folder 19, Document 29

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  • Text: March 6, 1967 Mrs. Bliza Paschall, Executive Director Comunity Relations Commission City Hali, 68 Mitchell Street, 8. W. Atlante, Georgia 30303 Dear Mrs. Paschali: This is a reply to your recent letter concerning the problem of nursing home services for negroes brought to the attention of the Community Relations Comission by Mrs. A. J. Dempsey. From its inception Wesley Homes, Inc. has always offered its facilities and services to persons without regard to race, color, creed or national origin. As a Methodist sponsored institution, Wesley Woods operates under policies consistent with the tenents of the Methodist Church. We hope that Mrs. Dempsey's statement to the Community Relations Comission did not intend to imply that anyone at Wesley Woods had said to her that we would not admit her mother as a patient in our Health Center because she is a negro. Apparently Mrs. Dempsey experienced difficulty in gaining edmittance for her mother to a suitable nursing facility, but from the first inquiry about Wesley Woods on her behalf by Dr. W. §. Jackson of Atlanta University and con- tinuing through contacts with Mrs. Dempsey herself, we have indicated that Mrs, Dempsey's mother is eligible for admission provided a physician on our eee a eee eee ne pres fe Sere earn ee Oe ume ee eee
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Box 7, Folder 19, Document 25

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  • Text: — E. fe ‘ Th nn, March 9, 1967 . Mr. Irving Kaler Human Relations Commission City Hall ~ Atlanta, Georgia Dear Mr. Kaler: The Vine City Teen Council and residents of Vine City deeply appreciate your granting the youths permission to appear before the Human Relations Commission, We feel that the re-hiring of the Recreation Director, Mr, Eddie Murphy, could never have been accomplished without your interest and in- volvemente Our very special thanks to Mrs. Eliza Paschall, who was so helpful in steering us to the right contacts. Thank you : again, 4 L ! em a? 4. AOCA LP CORE of CA (ues) Sylvia 5S. Cochran NASH=WASHINGTON SERVICE CENTER 2h7 Ashby Street, N. We ' Atlanta, Georgia 30314 Sad ial } |? hide peice’
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Box 7, Folder 19, Document 13

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  • Text: CITY OF ATLANTA COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING x February 16, 1967 Atlanta, Georgia The first public hearing of the Community Relations Commission of the City of Atlanta was held February 16, 1967, at 7:30 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers of the City Hall. Mr. Irving Kaler, Chairman of the Commission, presided. Other Commission members present were: Mr. T. M. Alexander, Mrs.Sara Baker, Miss Helen Bullard, Mr. Robert Dobbs, Mr. A. L. Feldman, the Rev. J. L. Griggs, Mr. Joseph Haas, Mr. Al Kuettner, Mrs. F. W. Patterson, Rabbi Jacob M. Rothschild, Mr. M. O. Ryan, Mrs. Mary Stephens, the Rev. Samuel Williams. Mr. Kaler recognized Aldermen George Cotsakis, J. M. Flanigen, Charles Leftwich, G. Everett Millican, Hugh Pierce, Jack Summers, Q. V. Williamson, and Senator Leroy Johnson and Representative John Hood. Mr. Kaler thanked them for their interest and support. Mr. Bennie T. Smith, of the Grass Roots Council, and Senator Dan McIntyre sent letters expressing their regret at being unable to attend the hearing and assuring the Commission of their interest and support. Mr. Kaler stated this hearing was the first of a series of hearings planned to afford the citizens of Atlanta a place to seek help with their problems and to voice their complaints or grievances. The chairman then introduced Mrs. Eliza Paschall, who has been appointed by the Commission to serve as its Executive Director. Mrs. Paschall read the list of persons who had expressed a desire to be heard and asked that all speakers leave their names and telephone numbers for future conferences. Mrs. Paschall stated that her office would begin the following day on checking into all complaints and that all matters brought before the Commission would be thoroughly investigated. The meeting was then turned over to the Reverend Samuel Williams, who conducted the hearing. Mr. Williams stated that a series of neighborhood hearings would be held and that meetings would be held with all City department heads to discuss problems or complaints presented at these hearings. Mr, Williams expressed his gratification at the interest shown by the large number of persons, approximately 250, attending the hearing. All persons wishing to address the Commission were asked to limit their remarks to three minutes in order that all might be heard. MRS. HENRY TOOMBS, 2871 Normandy Drive, N. W. Mrs. Toombs expressed the feeling that Fulton County and the City of Atlanta are neglecting an opportunity to meet the needs of many of our people by failing to participate in the Food Stamp program of the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Mrs. Toombs explained the operation of the program, in which 68 Georgia counties are participating, and reiterated her belief that the City and County should implement all programs designed to meet the needs of segments of our community. MR. WILLIAM S. JACKSON, Dean of School of Social Work, Atlanta University Dean Jackson expressed his pleasure in the formation of the Commission and his hope that the Commission could be helpful in seeing that all services of the community are made available to all people. Dean Jackson feels that despite progress in the availability of public services resulting from civil rights legislation, the services of many private agencies are still not available to all citizens. As a case in point, he read a letter from a woman who has experienced difficulty in finding nursing care for her aged mother. She stated Hillhaven had taken her application, promising to notify her when a vacancy occurred, but she has heard nothing further. Upon making application to Highview, she was told that Highview had never admitted a Negro applicant, but might have to accept Negroes at a later date to comply with Federal laws. MR. ARTHUR BARHAM, West End, (Bush Mountain) Student at Clark College Mr. Barham stated he was concerned over an incident in which several Negro youths were threatened by white youths with a pistol. Mr. Barham said a case was made against the white youths, but the case has been pending in court since January 25. Although Mr. Barham conceded there were legal reasons for the two postponements of the case, nevertheless he felt it imposed a hardship on students to have to get out of school so many times. Mr. Barham also contended that the police and other persons in the city seemed more anxious to obtain information regarding gangs in the neighborhood than to conclude this specific case. Asked if he would cooperate with the Commission in an investigation of potential gang warfare, Mr. Barham said he would cooperate, but repeated his assertions that he actually knows very little of any gang activity. THE REVEREND AMOS HOLMES, 1035 Simpson Street, N. W.,Vice President of the Atlanta Chapter of NAACP, Chairman, Housing Committee of NAACP Mr. Holmes stated the City should concern itself with an up to date citywide zoning plan. The City is still using the 1956 zoning format, which is now inadequate for the growth of the City. Mr. Holmes feels zoning policies should be geared to meet the needs of the City and its citizens and should be free from citizen pressure or commercial domination. If the city is to eliminate ghettos and provide housing for all its citizens, planning must be done on a citywide rather than a sectional basis. Page 2 MR. ROBERT W. HAVER, 430 Lynhurst Drive, S. W., Southwest Atlanta for Progress Association, Cascade Heights Area Mr, Haver described the work of his organization, which is concerned with preserving their community on a balanced integrated basis. The special concern of this group is that white people do not move out as Negroes move in, thus creating a racial imbalance in the schools and community as a whole. Mr. Haver stated that while the use of percentages in governing human relations is undesirable, the community nevertheless feels it is important for the present to try to maintain a 50-50 balance of white and Negro families to give their children an opportunity to grow up in a truly integrated situation. A series of community forums will be held at Holy Family Hospital, beginning March 9, to discuss ways of stabilizing the community. Mr. Haver asked for the moral support and encouragement of | the Commission in their efforts. Mr. Williams expressed the pleasure of the Commission in learning of the work of this group and pledged the full assistance and support of the Commission. MR. CHARLES CLARK, Southwest Atlanta Mr. Clark stated a Negro real estate dealer had tried to procure housing for him in a white neighborhood and alleged many prospective sellers had stated they were afraid of the reaction of their neighbors if they sold to a Negro family. Mr. Kuettner said he would be interested in receiving reports on any real estate agent who will not handle sales because of the race of the client. Mr. Clark was asked to appear before the Commission at a later date to give his story in full detail. MR. JAMES MARSHALL, JR., 392 Rock Street, S. W. Block 13 near Incinerator (Lightning) Mr. Marshall stated there are no recreation areas in this section; the houses are unfit for human habitation; there is only one paved street in the area; garbage and litter from demolished houses is not picked up. Mr. Dobbs asked if there was any plan for including this area in an Urban Renewal project. Mr. Marshall said he knows nothing of such plans. He also stated that the Sanitary Department is very slow in responding to calls to pick up trash. Rabbi Rothschild stated this area is high on the priority list of communities whose problems will receive special attention. MRS. ALVENIA DAVIS, 449 Markham Street, S. W., speaking for residents ‘of Markham area Mrs, Davis stated that several houses unfit for habitation have not been demolished, although some have been unoccupied for more than one year. She feels these houses are dangerous and are a breeding place for crime and delinquency. Page 3 MRS. ALVENIA DAVIS (Continued) Mrs. Davis also alleged that the housing code is not impartially enforced, contending that persons who own many houses receive more lenient treatment that the owner of only one or two houses. Asked who owned the substandard houses still being occupied, Mrs. Davis stated Joe Schaffer was the owner. MRS. HAMBRICK, Walker Street School Council Mrs. Hambrick stated the residents of this area protest the continued use of the Walker Street School building, which is old and in substandard condition. The residents want the school building replaced and feel the transfer of children to this school should be discontinued. Mr. Kuettner asked if the problem had been discussed with the Board of Education. Mrs, Hambrick said members of the community had met with Dr. Letson and had been told that work has been done on the building recently and that plans for replacing this school were not included in the recent school bond issue. MR. GLENN GLEATON, 1035 Garibaldi Street, S. W. Mr. Gleaton asked what the responsibility of the City is in regard to the individual homeowner whose property is being damaged by leaking sewers or overflowing drains. Mr. Dobbs stated that new homes were inspected by the City and the Building Inspector should not clear houses which had inadequate sewer or drainage systems. Mr. Gleaton replied that he had complained to the City of the damage to the foundation of his house and had been told the house was too close to the ground. No further help on the matter was offered by the City. MRS. SALLIE BILLINGSLEY, Pittsburgh Civic League Mrs. Billingsley complained of poor police protection in this area. Many robberies have occurred, but the police have not appeared very interested in the matter. There are very few street lights. Teenagers are hanging out in vacant houses. Mr. Williams stated that Alderman Charles Leftwich has discussed the problems of this community with the Police Department and every effort wiil be made to provide better patrol service, especially at night. MR. HERNANDEZ, Southeast Atlanta, close to Blair Village (Gilbert Heights Area) Mr. Henandez asked what can be done about unscrupulous real estate dealers who attempt to buy houses through scare tactics, such as telling homeowners that the section will be turned over to Negroes or that it is going to be torn down for an Urban Renewal project. Mr. Hernandez stated there is no racial trouble in the area, but real estate dealers are constantly starting rumors that the property will be condemned by the City to build apartments. In answer to an inquiry as to the real estate companies involved, Mr. Hernandez stated that Bickers, State Realty, and Collins Realtors were among those engaging in this practice. Page 4 MR. HERNANDEZ (Continued) Asked if he had called any of the Urban Renewal agencies, Mr. Hernandez replied that he had not talked to anyone in those agencies, but he could not wait for this. He feels the City should investigate immediately, as many of the people in the community may be panicked into selling their homes. Mr. Hernandez was asked to meet with the Commission at a later date to provide specific names and additional facts, MR. OTIS COCHRAN, 230 Walnut Street, N, W., Vice-Chairman, Advisory Board, Nash-Washington EOA, Member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Council on Human Relations. (Vine City) Mr. Cochran stated the City should investigate cases of discrimination in employment practiced by many of the firms and contractors with whom ~ the City is doing business. He stated that a group of consultants engaged by the City to make a study of equal employment opportunities actually practices complete discrimination against Negroes in their own hiring policies. Mr. Cochran also addressed the Commission on the problem of recreational facilities in the Vine City area, Mr. Cochran stated that a full time, long-range program should be established rather than relying on emergency measures to solve crises. MR. JOE LEWIS HEADSPETH, 575 Magnolia Street, N. W. (Vine City) Mr. Headspeth, with two other teenage residents of this area, appeared with Mr. Cochran to protest the closing of their recreation center at 141 Walnut Street. Mr. Dobbs stated that because of a reduction in EOA funds, the center had to be closed becaused funds for recreation technicians were cut off. Mr. Headspeth turned over to the Commission a petition from residents of the area requesting that the center be reopened, Alderman Millican stated that there has been a 30% cut in Federal funds available for EOA, but the City is working to provide the same service to this area as was available last year. Mr. Headspeth stated that he and his friends felt very strongly about this matter and that if it were necessary demonstrate in the streets to spotlight their problem, they would do so. MRS, LOUISE WHATLEY, Pryor Road (Carver Homes) Mrs. Whatley protested the lack of recreational facilities in this housing project in which approximately 4,000 children have no place to play. Open space which could be used for football and baseball fields is available, but the Housing Authority will not permit them to use it. Page 5 MRS, LOUISE WHATLEY (Continued) Mrs. Whatley also protested the managment's practice of doubling and tripling charges for repairs according to the number of repairs requested in one year. She stated repairs were often made without the occupant's knowledge or request. Tenants have been charged as much as $36 for repairing a screen door and have been charged $5 because their children piayed on the grass. Mrs. Whatley said a receipt was given for the charge, which is paid at the same time as the rent, but the receipt does not specify what the charge covered and the tenants do not know where the money goes. She said complaints had been made to Mr. Howard Ball at the Housing Authority, but his attitude was that the complainants represented only a minority of the tenants. In reply to a question about a tenant's organization, Mrs. Whatley said they did have a Tenant's Association, but it is more or less run by the management. Mrs. Whatley also complained that the tenants are treated with discourtesy or disdain by the management. MRS. CHARITY MURRAY, 76 Hilliard Street, Apt. 612, Grady Homes Apartments Mrs. Murray stated that a woman living in an apartment across the hall from her had fired a pistol, narrowly missing her grandaughter. A case was made against the woman and she was bound over to Fulton County Court, but both the defendant and Mrs. Murray had been told to vacate their apartments by letter from Mr. Carl Brown, manager of Grady Homes. Mrs. Murray stated she went to Legal Aid Society, but they could not help her. Mrs. Baker asked if any charge had been made against Mrs. Murray. She said no charge was made against her. Mr, Williams stated that an investigation would be made. MR. DON CROWLEY, Edgewood Area, East Atlanta Mr. Crowley stated that large numbers of people have migrated into this area and there is an acute need of recreational facilities. The citizens of this area want supervised recreational facilities for their children. MR. LORENZO JOHNSON, 1583 First Street, President of the Wesley Homes Tenants Association Mr. Johnson stated the apartments are unsanitary, unfit for human habitation, infested with rats and snakes. He said that persons who attend meetings of the Tenants Association had been threatened with eviction. In answer to an inquiry as to the owner, Mr. Johnson stated he believed the apartments were owned by a Mr. Sam Maddox. Mr. Dobbs asked him to call the Commission if he is threatened or harassed in any way because of his testimony before this commission. Page 6 MR. JOHN DAVIS GAITHER, 1560 Foote Street, N. E., Edgewood Civic Club (Blue Heaven) Mr. Gaither is concerned that this section is a political football between DeKalb County and Atlanta. He said if complaints or requests are voiced to DeKalb County, he is told to call Atlanta; if he calls Atlanta authorities, he is told the matter is under the jurisdiction of DeKalb County. Mr. Gaither also expressed a strong sentiment that the term ‘Blue Heaven" used to describe this area is derogatory and inappropriate. He stated that the residents of the community are proud of their community and want to improve it and they want the use of the term "Blue Heaven" discontinued. MRS. JOHN W. STANLEY, Chairman of the Council on Human Relations of Greater Atlanta Mrs, Stanley congratulated the City on the formation of the Community Relations Commission and expressed great faith in the potential effectiveness of the Commission, MRS. THELMA McCLENTON, Bankhead Estates Apartments Mrs. McClenton feels the occupants of these apartments, which are privately owned, should receive better maintenance service. She also stated the apartments are rat-infested and no pest control is provided. The children have no play areas. MRS. NANNIE McCORMICK, Oakmont Drive, S. W. Mrs. McCormick cited health hazards caused by Proctor Creek. She said the creek causes basements to flood in rainy weather, sewerage backs up to the doors of homes; the odor is highly offensive; and, most serious of all, it is a great hazard to children. Mr. Dobbs stated that seven children have died in this creek. The creek presents an especial danger because most of the parents in the neighborhood are at work all day and the children are not supervised. MRS. JANIE MAE SIMS, 774 Norwood Road (Thomasville) Mrs. Sims said this area is threatened by poor drainage and by overflow of water in rainy weather. Mosquitoes are a problem and backed up sewerage causes offensive odors. THE REV. J. ALLEN JAMES, 1152 Welch Street, S. W. , Pittsburgh Civic League, Pastor, St. James Baptist Church Mr. James asked that the Commission make inquiry into discriminatory practices by the Municipal Court and the Housing Authority in the enforcement of the Housing Code. Page 7 MR. DAVID McGOUGH, 50 McDonough Blvd, S. E. (South Atlanta) Mr. McGough cited water overflow and sewerage problems in his community. He feels there is too much "buck passing" when he tries to reach City officials. MRS. IULA O'NEAL, 1612 Foote Street, N. E., Apt. 5, President, Edgewood Improvement Association Mrs. O'Neal cited the danger to children in this community from open streams running from above the park. She also complained that truancy laws are not enforced in this area. MRS. ROBERTA GRESHAM, Boulevard Area Problems cited by Mrs. Gresham were: No recreational facilities. Many elderly people cannot get welfare assistance. Poor sanitary service. Garbage collects on warehouse property and causes rats. MR. LEWIS HOLMES, SR. Reynoldstown Area, representing Reynoldstown Citizens Improvement Committee Mr. Holmes stated that he makes building repairs and alterations and in the course of his work has seen many violations of the City health laws and the U. S. Government pure food laws. He asked for a private meeting with the Commission and was told such a meeting would be arranged. MRS. ANNETTE WATKINS, 773 Hill Street (Old Summerhill Area) Mrs. Watkins feels the practice of permitting colored people to move into old deteriorated houses vacated by white families perpetuates the problem of substandard housing for Negro families. She feels these houses should be demolished if they are not fit for occupancy. THE REV. L. WILLIAM HOPE, Peoplestown Civic League Mr. Pope stated the problems with which he is concerned cannot be covered in the time allotted for each speaker. He asked for an opportunity to meet with the Commission at a later date. The Commission will arrange a meeting with him. MR. STERRS A. JOHNSON, 260 Linkwood Road, N. W. Mr. Johnson feels the Civil Defense program is of vital importance and participation should be open to all citizens. He stated that there are no Negroes on the staff of the Atlanta Civil Defense Agency. THE REV. PERCY L. HEATH, cab driver Mr. Heath protested brutality of the police. He feels he was unjustly accused of running a red light because he pulled into the intersection to make a turn. He said he has heard rumors that police have to write ten tickets each day. Mr. Williams assured him that this is not true. * Page 8 MRS. BEATRICE CAMPBELL, 1331 English Avenue, N. W. (Blandtown) Mrs. Campbell stated this community needs bus service and better street lighting. She also cited the need for recreational areas for children and asked for the elimination of a portable bridge which the children have to cross to get to and from school. MR, JOHN MATTOX, 2541 Tilson Drive, S. E., East Lake Heights Mr. Mattox complained of poor sanitary service in this area. He is also concerned about this area being rezoned as commerical. He feels the people who have invested in property in this area have a right to have their investment protected. He stated that signs saying the property was zoned for business extend on Memorial Drive from the Expressway ramp to East Lake Avenue. Mr. Dobbs stated that no property can be rezoned without a public hearing and the occupants of this area must be alert to attend such hearings. They should also take care when buying property to see that the area has not already been rezoned for business. Mr. Williams asked that any persons desiring to be heard at a later date notify the Commission. Chairman Kaler expressed the Commission's pleasure in having had the opportunity to hear from representatives of so many sections of the city. He stated that additional meetings will be scheduled on a neighborhood basis and the dates for these meetings will be well publicized. The meeting was adjourned at 10:20 p.m. Page 9
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  • Text: COMMUNITY .RELATI NS COMMISSION of oft} 1203 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GEORGIA NEIGHBORHOOD PRotLe NO. wt sm 2 ne ale ee otha ee nl Se gS RS eee endee ie “Dane of Neighborhoods -SUMMEBHELIL-—st—ii t Stret renneienaseemaesnianpiaitrinien macnn boner eae fp oe aS ate ... Geographic “Bounderies EC WEIT Say Wentnal 7 Ave., S- Vienorial ee oe Tn Developmental Prograns: Model ‘Gites! = 2.vEsc ote is. tes oe eee Crassiricstiens: Portion ered Private eesidentiar. —rarue ortion zon ed ence saneisininet Apartments | ah Ts Commercial. — Ll bendattons of Straute: Fair, ‘most are narrow, many "One ay’ Condition of Housing: eOuer ag varte., m most. sub-standard yaccording to code. i ender Bat os Political Representation: Tree tsetse sf SAT OS EOE i 23 . ‘City “Wara>” wae a ea! Tat wm _ ua County Siti st Fulton . ~ Aldermen ig. hae is... | iGommissionerAldtidge itchell, Brown State Senate District 36 State Legislative District__124, 127 = Senator Jack Stephens "Representative ‘JohnA-Hood, Cox Dr. Hs. ‘Se tengreseionel District 4th Congressman_-Ben-Blackburn. PaieeErornT SErUsceer Atlanta Public School. alasitiis | “Superintendent Mrs. Ea. Sis “Cook, Dy, GY, nao . ae Smith Public Schools_in Area_N wHigh Ss in! area ssidents divided amon E. P, Johnson Elementary, “Ed Cook anenita, and Capitol Avenue Elementary Vocational Schools in Area” Hoke=Smith (Admission pestzifted) “Most courses Oth =.12bh gr: Some fe i ; i “Nurseries ~ None Private Schools in Area __ None Libraries in Area Southside Branch, Atlanta Sune Libra: EY. —" | i - ae i: _ ns a — — . = Profile No. 1 pacemnnys in, sta bah eeetiemels Page - No. 3, Recreational Services: TU" 52K GOOKRCAHA Parks in Area m Recreati nal Centers. in Area 6-4 13 Saahege = 9 abe fh eee a = ene tee - = 4 — ee aber mane RE en en me *Parls Serving Area Grany Park: *Recreational Centers Servine Agea Wesley Hause. Frazier. Ye M; CoA, : Social Welfare Services in Area: - EDA {Summerhill - tiechanicsville ¢ Service Canter). ot DJitiLgeois DNMiMos —— - ew ' E 1 )* rie * on ot i 1 < i r ‘Health ~ Soreteae in Area: : re #_O02bx09 SENGAE boste-due Jseom ..sitev poieuol :pnievol to noisibnol - oe fanord L205 i 5. j orna! 15 a ab ich - 2. meteattss [sine Business Enterprises _in Area: :nuitetns2etoon Leaittiod ae ds So eet =n su onreinemndesigininandeNaietemeiancee te — ee * LY t wor ip EOA has -or ized erative - Summerhill-Mechanicsville Dévelop- Tc tr & 4+ : ‘ z 7 +7 i ‘Public. Sdpgigeact Aa} seed. di $5RiGch Eosolbaea Police Services Patrol, Detective, Juvenille & Crime Cars. 28 mULcRe gaily eae Sentai Fire Protection Services Same as all residential areas” “Schedule for ‘Sanitary’ ‘Colleetions— —Fwice-weekly--schedule | varies in bd afverent ports sof -area spo footed ol soni oi loo’ =o acted “Housing Inspection: Schedule 2 ae St “ Public. ‘Transportation to down town. cides Political and Religious Oraanizations: so « sfooda nm NGme of OF ganization 2S 20°" “Chaivmane— O°" | “Address Mechanicsciile Civic Leaque Mrs, i. M. Thompson 223 Bass St., SW *Facilities not 4%sated in geographic area.
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Box 7, Folder 19, Document 3

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  • Text: Sduminaty Realetiona Commission, 1203 City Hall, Atlanta Ga. NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE NO. II Name of Neighborhood: Vine City Description of Neighborhood: © ° : Geographic Boundaries N - Simpson Sus >) Wo Sunset Ave. Northside ops S = Hunter St. Developmental Programs — None Zoning Classifications - Residential, apartments, some commercial. Conditions of Streets - Fair to poor AST Condition of Housing - Dilapidated Racial Patterns - Negro area~ Political Representation: : £10 O.: City Ward = '3rd i *~ County = Fulton Alderman - Williamson, Knight Cou stenor ee Aldredge, Brown, State Senate District —- 39 Mitchell Senator - Horace Ward oot State Legianative District - 136, 137 U.S. Congressional Dist. - 5th REpreSen teres Julian Bond, Grace Congressman — Fletcher Thompson Haagacon Bd. of pcdicatian - Dr. Rufus Clement Educational Services: Atlanta Public School Area -, : coe Supt..-,Dr. H. A. Bowen Public Schools in Area - M.M. Bethune /*E. A, Ware -.one block out of area (no high school in area, - most students attend B.1T,. Washington & Central Jr. High. *Ware School is one of Ed. Improvement Project (Ford Foundation) Vocational Schools in Area -. None footie Community School Nurseries -— Lundy's Day Nursery Private Schools in Area - None Libraries in Area - None Recreational Services: Parks in Area - None (2 play lots) v2 Recreational Centers in Area - Vine City Recreation Center, Carver Boys! Club Parks Serving Area - Washington Park Recreational Centers Serving rea — None Social Welfare Services in Area: NASH = Washington Neighborhood Service Center - Vine City Extension Health Services in Area: Neighborhood Union Health Center (fulton County Dept. of Health) Business Enterprises in Area: Small grocery stores, wine stores, barber shops, and cafes Page 2 Neighborhood Profile No. 2 Public Services: Police Services - Routine patrol and stationary patrol at Vine and Magnolia Sts. No fire station - nearest one at Simpson & Troy Sts. Sechedule for Sanitary Collections - Twice weekly Housing Inspection Schedule - left. blank Public transportation - One bus line down Magnolia St. Civic, Political and Religious Organizations: Vine City Council Mrs. Helen Howard, Chairman 587 Rock St. Tel. 525-3111 Vine City Improvement Assn. Mrs. Ozella Smith, Chairman Vine St. Tel. --- Democratic Organization — 3K Otis Cochran, Chmn. .230 Walnut St. 525-1792 The Uplift Club Mrs. Alberta Fletcher - Delbridge St. Churches and Religious Organizations. Mt. Gilead Bpt. Rev. Hall, Minister Cosmopolitan Vine City Bpt. 2nd Mt. Olive Bpt. Resource Persons in Area: Name: Address: Phone: Mrs. Sylvia Cochran 227 Walnut St. 525-1792 Mrs. Helen Howard: ~ 587 Rock St. 525-3111 Miss Pauline Kindell 141 Walnut St. Mr. David Burney 580: Magnolia St. No phone Mr. Otis Cochran 230 Walnut St. 525-1792 Mr. Joe L. Brown 587 Magnolia St. No phone Mr. Eddie Murphy 141 Walnut St. Mrs, Ruby Lundy 560 Foundry St. Mr. Hector Black Magnolia St. Mrs. Dorothy Bolden Thompson 643 Delbridge St. N.W. MU 8-2422 4-4-67
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Box 7, Folder 19, Document 15

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  • Text: COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION 1203 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GEORGIA SUMMARY OF COMPLAINTS MADE TO THE OFFICE IN PERSON, BY TELEPHONE, OR MAIL. l. 26 Je Se Te 9. 10. Public Housing occupant complained of extra charges; referred to Tenant Relations Officer, Owner of substandard dwelling that was ordered demolished said occupant of dwelling (sick, little income, etc.) could not find new housing. Housing Relocation Office reports have visited family, suggested public housing, but clients do not want public housing but income is insufficient for adequate private housing; relocation officer still working on it. General questions about short notice of evictions in private housing; lack of relocation resources] strictness and rigidity of public housing eligibi- lity. City regulations about parked cars; car was towed away from in front of residence, owner showed registration certificate to polict but car had been parked over 72 hours without being moved; complained that car parked in front of residence shouls nat be moved — no driveways or alleys, yards too small, no other place to park cars; persons often do not have money for new tires, batteries, etc. within 72 hours. Police: Individual reported he was arrested by off duty police officer who said he was using bad language; that he was shot by policeman, taken to Grady, beaten by policeman there; charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Police department records show report of police officer that person was using obscene language, that he resisted arrest, was shat and taken to Grady for treatment. Case is on court calendar. Report of discrimination in employment in a Metro Atlanta convalescent home reported to U. S. Dept, of Health Education and Welfare, Office of Equal Health Opportunity. Report of discriminatory service to Negroes at a restaurant;forwarded to business with request for information. Voluntary associations: question raised about access to Negroes of events held in certain private clubs and sport events. To be referred to Commission. Difficulty in finding suitable middle income apartment for Neqro tenants, To be referred to Commission, Housing. Continued practice of Grady Hospital to practice racial segregation in regard ta emergency ambulance service: ambulance driver reports that last summer two white police officers were picked up in Boulevard area rather than seriously injured Negre youth, because ambulance dispatched by Grady Hospital was for "white", As of March 25, 1967
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Box 7, Folder 19, Document 10

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  • Text: “by OMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1966 1203 CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 30308 TELEPHONE 582-4468 EXT. 488 Mr. Invinc K. KALer, Chairman THe Honorasce Sam Masset, Jn., Ex-Officio President, Board of Aldermen . April 29, 1967 COMMISSION MEMBERS Mr. T. M. ALEXANDER, Sr. Mr. R. BYRON ATTRIDGE Mrs. Saka BAKER Miss HELEN BULLARD Mr. R. J. BUTLER Mr. Rosert Dosss Mr. HaMItton Doucias, JR. Mr. C..G. Ezzanp Most Reverenp Pau. J. HALLINAN Archbigh f Atlant Mr. ‘Joucriz ada a Mr. R. Earl Landers Mr. AL Kuerrner ini 1 i praaporth aac ee Administrative Assistant Mr. RotLAND MAXWELL Ci ty of Atlanta Mr. F. W. Patrerson . Ranat Jacos M. RoTHscHiLp Ci ty Ha 1 Ll Mn. BM. O- "Buss" Rran Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Mr. JACK SELLS Mrs. Mary STEPHENS THE REVEREND SAMUEL W. ee Dear Mr. Landers: Mrs. Eviza K, PASCHALL, Executive Director Thank you for your letter of April 27, 1967. Mrs. Paschall and I will look forward to meeting with you, Mayor Allen, and the City Department Heads on Wednesday, May 3, at 10:30A.M. I appreciate this opportunity to discuss the program of our Community Relations Commission. Yours very sincerely, a = / . j | | GB Aa ti pane Irving K. Kaler Chairman IKK: rjg ec: Mrs. Eliza K. Paschall
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Box 7, Folder 19, Document 30

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  • Text: f” 7}, & oo oo I "4 - ar i ITY OF ATLANTA Yori & s | DEPARTMENT of CONSTRUCTION 301 CITY HALL ~ a 5% a Ailanta 3, Georgia RICHARD W. RESPESS RAY A. NIXON ASST. CHIEF OF CONSTRUCTION ~ » Ne t Chief of Construction Siete in ated March 3, 1967 ASST. CHIEF OF CONSTRUCTION Executive Director, Comaunity Relations Commission, 12th Floor, City Hall Dear Mrs. Paschall: This will answer the first part of your letter of February 22nd regarding the condition of the sewer reported by Mrs. Nannie McCormick his of 16843 Oakmont Drive, N.W. Mts. McCormick is a school teacher and we have had some trouble tacting her; however, our Mr. Ken Lancaster has contacted Mrs, ormick concerning the sewer odor and inefficiency of sewers in the o Drive and Argyle Drive area of Lincoln Homes. We believe the deposits that have accumulated in these lines is the trouble we have instructed our construction superintendent to flush and these lines, After the completion of this work,if the sewers e still operating inefficiently, we will initiate a program of udy to determine what is necessary to alleviate the sanitary sewer problems in this area. ahn een PrP Oo Oo uae eB 2 5 9 Cr fu c f _2 er w Hct a é fo @ in response to the statement by Mrs, McCormick concerning the drowning of a child in Proctor Creek last year, I would like to bring it to theirattention with your Community Relations Commission that the property owners in this area are responsible for fencing the creek in their back yard, as most of the property runs to the center of the creek and is the responsibility of the abutting property owners; and it would be up to them for the safety of their children and for their neighbors children in connection with the flooding of Proctor Creek in heavy rains that they fence their backyards to protect the children. This is not a responsibility nor a function of any governmental agency. Yours truly, —F alte RAN th j A : Ray A, Nixon, : cc: Mayer Allen raiey OF CONSTRUCTION Mr. Sam Massell Alderman Summers Alderman Millicap,) »yra4 rue DOGWOOD CITY
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Box 7, Folder 19, Document 23

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  • Text: JOMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1966 i208 CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 30908 TELEPHONE 528-4468 EXT. 488 Mr. Invinc K. Kater, Chairman THe Honoraste SAM MASSELL, JR., Ex-Officio President, Board of Aldermen COMMISSION MEMBERS Mr. T. M. ALEXANDER, SR. * Mr. R. Byron ATTRIDGE April 8, 1967 Mrs. SARA BAKER Miss HELEN BULLARD Mr. R. J. Butter Mr. Rosert Doses Mr. HAmILton Dovowas, IR. Mr. C. G. Ezzanp Most RevereND Pau. J. HALLINAN Archbishop of Atlanta Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr. mir. An Husoeres Mayor of the City of Atlanta Dr. Rosert E. Lee C ity Hall Mr. RoLtLAND MAXWELL . Mr. F. W.' Parterson Atlanta ’ Georgia Rast Jacos M, RoTHSCHILD Mr. M. 0. “Buzz" RYaw Mr. Jack Setus Dear Mayor Allen: Mrs. MArY STEPHENS THe ReEvEneND SAMUEL WILLIAMS Mas. Euiza K, PASCHALL, Evidencing some of the concrete results i et ad of the program of the Community Relations Com- mission, I believe you will be interested in the attached copy of correspondence from Mrs. Cochran of the NASH-WASHINGTON SERVICE CENTER. Yours very sincerely, SK lo€. Irving K. Kaler Chairman IKK: rjg Attachment
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Box 7, Folder 19, Document 49

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  • Text: ———E——EEE eye eee eee eee — NN eee ee eee ee ee February 21, 1967 Mr. C.O. Emmerich Administrator, Economic Opportunity Atlanta, Inc. 101 Marietta Street, NW. Atlanta, Georgia 30302 Dear Mr. Emmerich: At the public hearing held by the new Community Relations Commission of the City of Atlanta on February 16, Mrs. Henry Toombs, member of the Georgia Board of Family and Childrens Services, spoke in tavor of the adoption of the Food Stamp Plan as a means of meeting the basic need of providing food for eligible persons, and to that extent dealing with problems of health and delinquency. Mrs. Toombs says that you have a complete file on the feasibility of this plan for Fulton County, which serves the major portion of Atlanta, and efforts to implement it. We will appreciate your advising us about the plan and its present status. Yours sincerely, 7 4) Spe y Cleyt- Hite ha lt [af (Mrs. ) Eliza Paschall Executive Director Community Relations Commission -EP:sf ec: oe Ivan Allen, Jr. Hon. Sam Massell, Jr. Mr. Wellborn Ellis Mrs. Henry Toombs
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  • Text: 26 COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION 1203 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GEORGIA EDGEWOOD-KIRKWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD HEARING, MARCH 14, 1967, WESLEY AVENUE SCHOOL The first neighborhood hearing of the Community Relations Commission of the city of Atlanta was held March 14, 1967 at 8:00 pom. at the Wesley Avenue School. Me. Hamilton Douglas, Jr. presided, Other Commission members present were Mrs. Mary Stephens, Chairman, Mr, C. G. Ezzard, Mr. M. O. Ryan and Mrs. Sara Baker. Mr. Douglas told the group the committee was very grateful to be at the meeting, and to feel free to tell them what was on their minds, He told them how the Commission was established and why. He asked individuals desiring to speak to sign a card. The following is what the individuals had to report to the Commission. MR. CHARLES TURNER, 1567 Paxton Street, Mr. Turner stated that he was happy to have the committee in the neighborhood. He was concerned with trying to get low rent houses. He said most of the people in the community were wage earners, that they had few professionals, He said they had been promised this, they even made a survey and made plans, but since then they have built a new school, put up a warehouse, and built a park. The apartments in the area are sub-standard. He would like for the Commission to help get low’ rent housing in this area. MR. JAMES DEAN, 17 East Lake Drive, Mr. Dean said that he has been living in the NE. area for 9 months, and was buying a house on East Lake Drive. He told the committee he had 10 things that he would like to bring before them. 1. Whet are some of the real concrete powere of the Commission, Mr. Douglas answered by saying the Commission was forned ta find out the problems that exist in the city and make recommendations to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, because, he stated, they are going to correct the things that are wronge He said the problems that will be heard tonight has a relationship to various parts of the city, for example, police service, and poor service will be heard from, ‘from all the areas, The committee will take the problems back to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, and the different departments, The Commission does not have the power to do what needs to be done, but will recommend what it think needs to be done, He stressed the fact that since the Commission has come this far in its program, he believes it will be able to help correct some of the wrong. Thc 2. We-need more parking signs on East Lake Drive He stated there has been several accidents in front of his house because of no parking signs. 3. There is a need in the East Leke area for enforeement of Health Laws. General sanitation is bad, He stated the sanitation department was coming around 2 or 3 times a week, now sometimes they do not come around at all during the week. 4, There is a need for proper street lightning on Memorial Drive, East Lake, and Boulevard. 5. There is a need for Enforcement of the Housing Code, 6. Better sewer conditions are needed, he said when it rains, it seems like a 7. Flood. . 7. There are no sidewalks on Boulevard and East Lake, 8. Education. East Lake Elementary is overcrowded. The first of February the school went on double sessions; He said the parents were only notified one week in advance of the double session, this was unfar because the parents did not have time to make the adjustments, Example, a child changing from going to school in the morning and start on the afternoon session, the problem of getting someone to look after him in the mornings because the parents have to work, There is no P,T,A, in the school, During the 1965-66 term there were only 42 Negroes in the school with a capacity of 625, Now there are 900 students with the increase af Negroes moving into the neighborhood, 9, The stores in the area are very unsanitary. . The vegetables and meats are of a very low grade, 10, fRezoining. The area is in a transitional period from whites to Negroes. Now they want to rezone it for business. In his area, Carter St. and East Lake Drive, Mz, Ryan complimented Mr. Dean on his remarks, Then he asked why there is no P.T.A. in the school. Mr, Dean said because the students are 80 to 90 % Negro and the parents do not want to meet together, He said the principal is retiring, but this should not have anything to do with the PeTeA.s Mr. Ezzard asked Mr, Dean wnat did he do. He said he was student at Atlanta University School of Social Work. Mr, Ezzard suggested to him that he come to the Commission and see what he could do to help, He said he would, MR. RALFH LONG, PRINCIPAL OF WESLEY AVE, SCHOOL, Mr. Long stated that it was the responsibility of the parents and not the teachers or principal to start a P.T.A. The teachers and principals are suppose to cooperate with them after it is established, Te. =-J- He also brought up Sonne Two years ago there was no liquor stores from Moreland Avenue to Decatur, Now that the Negroes are moving in, there is a store cn almost every corner. He said as far as crime is concerned it is going to get worse and all these liquor stores are contributing to it. He said who ever is permitting all these stores licenses should not be permitted to do so. Mrs. Stephens stated there has been a lot of changes in the permitting of licenses. It is now out of the hands of the Board of Aldermen, Mr. Long said he would like to know who to see about the matter and he would follow through. He said they would go to court if that was necessary to halt the number of stores that were being permitted to open. MR. JAMES CROWLEY, 50 Mason Avenue, N, W., Mr. Crowley is concerned with recreation, he said it is very poor in the area, In the past 10 years the area has grown tremendously, and recreation facilities have not been added to ascomodate them, There is a small"jumped up park" in back of the school, Wesley Ave., but it is not adequate. It was put up to keep the Negroes out of Chandler Park, The part is not properly supervised. More trained super= visors are needed. (look into the facilities of Walker, and Besser Brandon parks, ) Mc. Howard Long of the Recreation Department was sent to the meeting by Miss Carmichael, he said he would take the complaints back to Miss Carmichael and Mr. Delius. MR. A WATSON, 187 Wesley Ave., Mr. Watson stated the need for a better lightning system. He said there is night school from 6:30 until 10:30 and the area around the school is so dark some people are afraid to come out. He asked the Commission to help get lights on baseball and football fields, he said if these areas are lighted, crime will go down (Mr. Douglas said if he had not studied a map for half an hour before coming, he would not have been able to find the school.) Mz. Watson said it is even worse when there is a heavy rain, Also Foote and Second Streets are not paved, this:is also bad when it rains. He said no lights have been added since the area was lighted up in the beginning. He also mentioned old houses that should be torn down, he-gave an example of a fire downstairs in one of the schools, and the fire wagon could not get in because of the houses. MRS, ELIZABETH GIFFORD, 1565 Boulevard Drive (Left before her turn) MR. DELMAR R, YODER, 1800 Memorial Drive, Edgewood Neighborhnod Service Center, Mc, Yoder stated that he was speaking as a professional and was working with the people in the area, He said the Commission needed to deal with Public i Relations of minority groups, and he said Miss Bullard could lead it. This group would let the people know about the good things going on in the neigh borhoods, He said that crime, and filth always get a place on the front page, but the good things are overlooked, He stated there are many good families in this area, | He said that Bert School was started sometimes ago and seems like it will never be finished, Others schools have been finished that were started after this one, He was concerned with white abandonment of areas when Negroes start to move in, He said it should be someway to get people to stop moving, He was alos concerned about getting low rent housinge He said the Commission should try to influence the Urban Renewal to help with this. He stated that the city has built a new stadium and other nice things of this nature, but we need something for the people of areas like Buttermilk Bottom, etc. He said the City Wide Service Agencies are not providing services. He gave the Metro Atlanta YMCA as an example. He said the Atlanta and Dekalb Government work against each other. When something is brought up one say it is the responsibility of the other. He said he was glad Mr, Long of the Recreation Department was present, but Miss Carmichael and Mr, Delius already know of the problems that exist. MR. HENRY W. BROOKS, 1312 Dupont Avenue, S. E. Mz. Brooks said when he moved 7 years ago it was a very nice neighborhood, now it is junked up with one thing and then another, The City was suppose to check on this. On Wylie Street refrigerators are dumpede The people are ruining the neighborhood by using it as a junk yard. MRS, LOUISE WHITE, 220 Hutchins Street, Mrs, White is a civic worker, She said she live in the heart of Edgewood. Agrees with Mr. Brooks about the junk yards, Said the civic group cannot do a thing about it. She gave an . example of a car being dumped on LaFrance Street, the police put a ticket on ite Now people are taking parts off it, soon it will be a pile of junk. She wes aleo concerned about sanitation, said people are dumping their garbage out in the back yard, she asked that people should please be made to get and use garbage cans. She said there are housed with 3 rooms and people with 11 and 12 children are living in them. They are called one way houses, because they have cne way in and one way out. She said they wantec some places built for these people to live with a parking space and somewnere for the children to play, and definitely no one ways because they are hazards. 10. ll. 12. 13. 14. 155 wGe There is a need for a red light at the corner of Whiteford Avenue and LaFrance Street, other signs should be used also. Example (Slow-Children Playing). M&S. RUTH FLEMISTER, 29 Daniel Street, S. E., Mrs. Flemister had her 16 year old daughter with her. She said she was operated on by Grady Hospital when she was 15 months old. She is now handicapped. Grady will not give her a card because they say her husband makes too much money, she said he is a common laborer and has 3 children to support She said she tae; tabiah to other places to have her daughter treated, but they will not because Grady will not sign for it. MRS. GEORGIA USHE, 2170 Boulevard Drive, Mrs, Ushe was concerned with Sanitation, she said a lot of the stores carried a terrible odor,and they keep a lot of old boxes out in front. Also teenage boys hanging around outside beer stores and breaking in people houses. A light is needed at Ruckeford Street and Boulevard Avenue. There has been several accidents at this site. Mr. Joseph Finch, 1628 Foote Street, Apt. 7, Mr. Finch expressed the need for more recreational facilities. He said a YMCA should be organized so the teenagers will have something to do, MRS. LAURA W. NUNNALY, 1286 Fair Street, S. W. (left) MRS. F. We ARNOLD, S7 Raymond Street, S. W. (left) REV, OE, MYLES, 1361 Dupont Ave. S. E., Rev. Myles said he was happy vo be at the meeting, that every body had touched on about everything he wanted to say but he would make a few remarks. He was concerned with what did it mean when people spoke of low-rent housing? He said he was asked to move from several different places because he was making too much money to remain. But during these times he was sick and in the hospital and could not work for quite a while. He said he is paying taxes in Fulton and Dekalb counties. At the Dupont and Whitefore Ave. schools, children are very destructive, something should be done aboutit. He expressed a need for more Police protection. He commented on Mr. Long's remarks about the Liquor stores, and said the thing to do about them is ta boycott. He stated that some of these responsibilities lie dt at the people door. 16, 17, im fa PROF. JOHN DAVIS GAITHER, 1560 Foote St., N.E., Mr, Gaither stated he was happy to be at the meating. He said if we stayed until the midnight hour, the same problems would continue to come up. He commented on some of the problems. Lightning Atlanta was suppose to be one of the most lighted areas in the world, it is in certain parts, Ex. Peachtree Street. But, other areas are badly in need of light. Atlanta-Dekalb When you go to Atlanta to try and get something done, they tell you its in the jurisdiction of Dekalb County, and when you go to Dekalb, they send you to Atlanta. Police Protection there is one policeman on foot and when he goes to one area of his beat, people are doing what they want to on the other end, and vice versa. House Construction You can tell where a Negro live because of the way the house is constructed. lLow-rent housing He said houses should be built up to present day standards. Mrs. Baker asked him when he referred to low rent housing, did he mean sub-civisions or government projects. He said the kind that are in the Thomasville area. Mrs. Baker said those houses are bought and not rented Prof. Gaither told the committee ta take what has been said and take it seriously, because the Edgewood-Kirkwood area is on the move. - The question of what type of houses the people are trying to get was re= introduced. It was decided that houses that comply with the Housing Code Enforcement. It was pointed out that some of the houses the people were talking about were built before the housing code was in effect. Mr. Douglas explained that the problems would be turned over to the proper departments. % was suggested that a specific resolution be prepared by the people of the neighborhood of the things that are wrong. Mr. Long said these things had been reported 10 years ago and nothing has been done about them, Mr. Douglas replied by saying that this Commission hes been established to try and help the people communicate with City Hall and see that these problems are solved. MR. JAMES COSBY, 1424 LaFrance St., N.E., Mr. Cosby stated that he was having trouble with Real Estate Companies. He was concerned about Educational programs. He said somebody should be hired to teach the people in the underpriviledge areas how to live. is 18. Mrs. Charity Hill, 1514 Foote St., Mrs. Hill's concern was with lights, and street paving. She referred to Foote St., and Mason Avenue. She complained of the dust, she said gravel was put on the street but it only made things worse. 19. MR, J. A. MCLAIN, 2079 Delano Dr., NE. , Mr. McLain was concerned with rezoining of the Kirkwood area, Houses that had For Sale signs in front of them now have signs of rezoining for commercial use. He stated that we are trying to keap communities from going slum, but how can we when city hall is passing these laws. Mr. Doutlas stated he would get the city attorney to drqw up a list of what the city of Atlanta is responsible for, He stated that except for court house functions, most of the thnigs are concerned with the city of Atlanta. Mr. McLain said there should be enforcement of the various Codes, sanitary, | housing, etc. He said the Federal Appraisal System should =belooked into, Mr. Douglas thanked the people for staying and suggested that the committes conduct a tour of the community and see some of the things the people are talking about. Mrs. Baker told the group the Commission would get a list of what Atlanta and DEKALB county is responsible for. Mr. Long thanked the committee for coming and said the community has been making some progress but that they still had a long way to go; The meeting was adjourned at 10:15 p.m.
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  • Text: COMMUNITY RELATI 1203 CI ATLANTA, GEOR VINE“ CITY=j{LIGHTNING AREAS MEETING, THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 1967, 3-10 P. id. COSMOPOLITAN AME CHURCH, 170 VENE STREET, N. Wy ONS Fy Mr. T. M, Alexander, Sr., Team Chairman, called the meeting to oreer, Commission Members present: Mrs, Fred W, Patterson Archbishoo Paul Hallinan (Mc Jack Sells, Team Member, was but of town) Mrs. Eliza Paschall, ‘Executive Director Commission Member, Mr. C. G. Ezzard and Alderman Q. V. Williamson were also in attendance. Visiting students from Agnes Scott College were there to observe. Mr. Alexander explained the purposes of the Commission, he said, "We didn't come here to give directicn, we came for you to tell us what has to be cane, We all know this would not be @ popularity committee." 1. Mrs. Dorothy Bolden Thompson, 643 Delbridge St., N. W., 668-2422 Mes. Thompson served on the Ad Hoc Committee which helped to establish the Commission, asked about the idea of Advisory Committees from the various neighborhsods for the Commission. Mrs. Paschall said that these would be appointed following the neighborhuod hearings, that the Commission hed in mind trying to use the existing organizations. and groups}, rather than forming a new and additional organization in the community. Mrs. Thompson: "Education, lebor and housing are all important but the most important is education." 2. Mr. Ron Stirrup, c/o 141 Walnut St., N. W.: “People making $40.00 a week, not a legal minimum wage, need adequate waces for hours worked. Will you speak for us? Don't tell us 'to do better'." 3. Mr. Otis Cochran, 227 Walnut St., N. W., 525-1792: "Group accross the country least represented on various community groups, boards, etc., 26 he. 18-25 year range; the Atlanta Youth Council, for example, hes no. "youth" on the board; knows of no policy making board inthe. City with membership from the 18-25 year range; urges Commission to ‘provide far participation for this group; — necessary to stop working 'far' and start working 'with'; need to get rid of paternalistic point of view; everybody is 'somebody!' -—- whether they're working or not; the problem is not being heard when you come honestly and humbly." 4. Mr. George Sims, 161 Bankhead St., N. W.,: “Interested mainly in education.” 5. Mr. Eddie Murphey, 141 Walnut St., N. W., 529-5136,: “Wasn't going to speak, but would say this for the boys from the Recreaticn Center present, that they.need a larger building to have a recreation program; there is a vacant building in the area (Magnolia & Maple Sts,) a Baptist Center that would do well for a recreation center; present Center is 3 raoms about f x 7.on 8 x & ft." te 6. Mr. Alonzo Caldwell, 263 Mangum St., N.W., 523-3815: “From Liyhtsing, 100 families with about LUGO children playing in the streets; need to fix up houses, need hot and cold running water." Mr. Alexander: “If addresses of those without water were given to the Better Housing Commission at the City Hall, owners would be required to fix them." Mr, Caldwell: "Sume of the area is zoned for business, but they want to keep it to live in; some people on welfare, getting $45.00 @ month, can't pay to have re-~ ; CG ¥ pairs required by code enforcement, made; can't get into Public Housing because of long waiting lists." Mr. Alexander: "Some people in public housing need to move out so others can move in." Mr. Cochran: "Some restricting policies, such as those about illegitimate children, keep some out; people in most need, can't get into public housing.” 7. Mr. Clarence Ezzard, Commission Member: "Keep hearing thet public housing is ali filied up but don't think that is true. Could Commission ask for an inventory?" 8. : "Lightning has 1 playlot (with 1 besketball goal) closes: at 7:00 p. m., children are not going to bed then, will play in the streets; need a shelter where they can dance, etc., and need to have it open past 7:00 p. m. 9, Brother Charlie Shepard, 400 Mayers St., N.W., Foundation Club, Lightning: "Many small childrer? playing in the streets, trucks coming through Mangum Street." 10, Mrs. Sylvia Cochran, tO0a, C. 0. Aide: "They have talked to people who own businesses, and they have agreed for trucks not to use Mangum and Foundry Signs- (No trucks allowed: Slow, Children) would help." ll. fir. Gerry Chew, Vista Worker: "Largest problems are obvious ones; Wasn't Commission established just to ease the conscience of the City; What makes the Commission think they will be effective?” Mr. Alexander: "In appointing Commission, the Mayor is trying to get at the bottom af problems." 12. Archbishop Hallinan, Commission Member: "This was in the back of everybody's minds —- but at first sign that things are being ‘swept under the rug', I would resign and know others who would." : Mr. Stirrup: "It's no accident we have a Vine City; We need new machinery; if Lanclords won't fix plumbing, etc., the City should take the house and do it." 13. ldermen Q. V. Williamson: "Parks Committee is asking for a + mill or more tax for recreation; Finance Comm ttee is waiting to see what the Soard of Sducation will ask for before setting it; The Administration has said that the City has to replace the EQOA money spent on recreation last year." Mr. Williamson on Parks Committee last summer and insisted that Vine City get some of the program, he was raised in Vine City and in that Church. Mrs. Patterson, Committee Member: "We have no illusion that we can solve all the problems; We are experimenting with liasion between the City and the people," Me. Williamson, City Aldermen: "Authority to pave the streets comes from the Legislature; Policy has been that 51% of property owners had to sign for paving, etc.,; In some places in Vine City one person owned more than 51%, they could cantrol. New lew permits the City to advertise and if 51% don't object, street can be paved; Once paving is done, the City can re-surface, etc.” Mr. Ezzard, Commission Member: "How does the City reconcile re-surfacing streets which are not paved?" Mrs. Thompson: "Nobody pounds on the word Education. Ware School is in double session; board of education is a tight little group; Need to strengthen school attendance," Mr. Alexander: "Commission members divide themselves up; Reverend Williams stays with board of education," 14. Mr. John Robinson, 645 Beckwitn St., 5. W., Atlanta University: "Need to work on education; I took a boy back to Washinyton Highschool, said he couldn't come back in day school." "If out 6& manths olicy not to re-admit » P y them.” 15. Mr. Fowlkes, Director Nash-Washington E0A Center: "Glad to see the Commission in our neighborhoud, Can any influence be used to upcate the plans for changes; At Atlanta Social tlorkers Club, heard that present schedule will mean Urban Renewal in Vine City in 10 to 11 years; no plans toiimprove Lightning because it is zoned for Commercial uses; Need to up- date plans so people can expect abolition of slums more quickly." Mr, Williamson: "Unless same method is found for more City revenue, can't ca thot; City has to: match Urban Renewal funds by 1/3 and only place ta get it is bond issues." 4% Mr. Fowlkes: "City should include Vine City and Lightning in Model City funds.” Mr. Chew: "Should make educatian more relevent; Textbooks are outmoc.<; All are 4 ' white'and Negro students can't identify with persons in them." Archbishop Hallinan: Asked about election of School Board Members. 16. Mr. Otis White, Principal of Ware School and Preusident of Gate City Teachers: His’ organization concerned about textbooks, if children are to identify with tne good in the U. 5., they must be represented in the textbooks. Ware School has purchased some new 'intergrated' textbooks with Ford Foundation money; Negro teachers are ‘concerned with somethings white teachers aren't concerned with; difference between intergrati:n and assimilation of teacier's groups." Mr. White has been Principél 11 years in Vine City; Father and Son programs at Boys Club encouraged. Mr. Charlie Lowe, 1894 Penelonpe Rd., N.W. 39374. E0A: Commended Commission for hearings, should all work together, "Need your help in getting to the people; can't make Truant Officers out of EQA workers," Life Mr. Cochran: Reported on conversation with Dr. Boozer of School Staff that reports of truancy depend on Principal; "Have compulsory school attendance law, but it is up to Principal to excuse and report." There are 11 Social Workers = and 95 Visiting teachers in the whole system. hamson: "Ware School has Social Worker through Ford Foundation Program; How many other schools have that?" Mr. Mrs. Thompson: ("Dropouts come because they have problems; there is a reason for for everything; something wrong and the child is unhappy; children can be unhappy too; nobody knows what is wrong." ry -4- 18. : Said he once dropped out, but went back in school; Not Principal's fault, not parents fault; it's the Community's fault; the way people are living; if had better places to stay, wiuld stay in school. ; 1:9, Mr. Charles Hawk, Counceior, Ware School: "Dropouts goes back to finences; Need jobs with decent salaries; Should recruit for jobs and for NYC, etc., on streets in Vine City; Waive formal education s2+_. requirements." Mr. Murphey: “EQOA recruits for NYC and Job Corps; Can do some through Recreétion Center." 20. Mr. Charles Bleck, EQOA Extension Manager: "In summer 'Impact' program Employers may not take people from Vine City Area because of education and distance from the jobs; Need to have localized train- ing.” 7 21. : Said that they asked neighbor who had returned from Juvenile Home if he was glad to get home; He replied "No - not glad to get home; at Juvenile Home had a clean bed, 3 good meals, clean clothes, better than at home." Mr. Williamson: Recommended a Public Hearing on conditions in Public Housing; Had visited Eagan Homes; bad health conditions; Housing Authority forbids telephone extensions put in a 2-story apartment; no rodent control; Housing Projects should meet standards like private housing 5 Eagan Homes - no lights at front door; tenants forbidden to put lights; several robberies and rapes. It was suggested that the Commission invite the Board of Housing Authority to join in.a Public Hearing on Atlanta Public Housing.
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  • Text: Community, -Relations;.Commission, 1203 City Hall, Atlanta. Ga..-30303 NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE NO,, V Name of Neighborhood: Edgewood ae Geographic Boundaries: ai W.-Whiteford Ave S.splvd. Dr, rf ; ¥y E.-Woodbine & 9s { NvLDeKalb Developmental Programs ~ None (proposed urban, renewal) Zoning Classifications)= Residential, comme rcl at eM Conditions of Streets +-Fair rotetmel SUF Condition of Housing - Fair ; ce eos Racial Patterns - Negro areas, white areas, few fransievaned areas Political Representation: Cet Lirq! City Ward - 2nd County - DeKalb Aldermen - Gilliam, Flanigen Commissioner(s), B.Manning, Chmn, State Senate District - 43 State Legislative District 119 Senator - Frank G. Miller Representative - Westlake U. S. Congressional District - 4th Congressman - Blackburn Bd. of Education - Mrs. Leroy Woodward Educational Services Atlanta Public School Area - 5 Supt. - Dr. G. ¥. Smith Public Schools in Area - Wesley Ave., Whiteford; in process of building new Jr. high; no high school in community - most students attend one of the seven traditionally Negro high schools in the city Vocational schools in area - None Business Nurseries - Little Mores Chapel Day Care Center Private Schools in Area - None Libraries in Area - None Recreational Services: Parks in Area - Wesley Park Recreational Centers in Area - 1612 Woodbine St. Social Welfare Services in Area - Edgewood Neighborhood Service Center Health Services in Area - DeKalb Health Center (on fringe) Business Enterprises in Area - Cleaners, Florists, Atlanta Gas Light maintenance station, shoe company, B. F. Goodrich, lumber company, Atlanta Public School warehouse Public Services - No comments on police, fireprotection, sanitary collections, or housing inspection. Comment on public transportation reads - constantly con- fusing schedule changes - no service from east to west into DeKalb Civic, political and religious organizations - Blocks Clubs (EOA end Ward Civic League Churches and religious organizations: Greater Travelers Rest, Beulah Baptist, Kings Memorial Methodist, Little Mores Chapel, St. Paul AME, Antioch East — pag) Hivsltl . {isk Resource persons it area: “~~ 7" Name bv I= 2 sVA Dio Ist idw-.w Mr. Charles Turner ; eMac p hay ph Long aatanac Mr. Watson. bseoqoxq) Mr. Delma Yoder’ san Mrs. Louisé white” ~ BLS Mrs, Ruth Pleadater notifansss wet gor fry April 1967. | dfisted - ydawc cr \ [ei fo i aT HBL. tetra: . sou f g Wim fs) .10.= :tqgue c q Tom cf .9VA YS : f It } am stint E f Noy it To q 6boa pur: me UY I -fdboaw Si ~ Miaish hooweshy J 5 fh a; | ES + i 40 RE 9 igo? oy ti oO f ) eqeanot ar ANS i L 7%) id Sa Se te ee & r f ve e “ N@ighborhood’ Profile No. 5 Address, 1567 Paxton St. TAU a Wesley Ave. 87 Wesley. Ave. bel Memorial Dr. - 220 ‘Hutchins ‘St. 29 Dantel St. S3 Be. teak al con - Toa | ‘ ~Etdadaac ,f :notistas t { - c | i ry ci t Cv4 ¢ ‘ Pa i L i e nm il] tT; ; mas Bm fit 2 t< i aa t = io 4b 1 ‘ r * + 5 Rs “. FE g ~ ts ny ' ¥ ie r ‘ School
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