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ESTABLISHED BY THE MA YOR AND THE B OARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1DCC
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Chairman
THE HONORA BLE SAM MASSELL, JR., Ea:-Offioio
Prcaidcn t, Board of Aldermen
CITY H A LL, ATLANT,1 GEORGIA sosoa
TELEPHONE 52!!•4-+CS EXT. 499
MR . I RV I NG K . KALER ,
COMMISSION ll!Ell!BERS
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MECHANI CSV ILLE - PITTSBURGH'. AR.!!.A S MEETING, WEDNESDAY,
APRIL 5, 1967 at ZION HILL BAPTI ST CHURCH, 666 Mc DANIEL ST.
T . M. ALEXANDER, Sn.
MR. R . BYRON ATTRID GE:
Miss Helen Bullar d, Chairman, c alle d the mee ting to order at
7 : 45 P . L
F o rty-s even attendance c ard s were retur ned. Members
present:
MRS. SARA BAKER
Miss H ELE N BULLARD
Mn. R. J. BUTLER
MR . ROBERT Donas


.'11R. HA)!ILTON DOUGLAS, J R,


MR.
C. G. EZZARD
Mr . Roll and Maxw ell
Dr . Sam Willi ams
Rabb i J a cob Roths child
Mr . Cl arence G. Ezzard
Mrs . Eliza C. Paschall , Ex ecutive Director
l\IosT REVERE:-D PAUL J . HALLINAN
A. rchbi.sl,op of Atlanta
MR. J OSEPH HAAS
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A L KUETTNER
DR. ROBERT E. L EE
?11R. ROLLAND MAXWELL
?11R. F. W."PATTERSON
RABBI JA COB M. ROTHSCHILD
MR . llf.
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" Buzz " RYA N
Observers:
MR . JACK S ELLS


MRS. M:ARY


S TEPHE~ S
T HE REVERE:<D SAMU EL WILLIAMS
MRS . ELIZA K. PA SCH ALL,
Executive Director
Mrs . Jac o b Rothsc h ild
Mrs . Mar ilyn Baldw in
Mr . Joseph Am isano
Rep . John Ho od
Miss Bullard remar ked that the CRC was appointed by the May or and
the Board o f Aldermen to try t o help t o deal with the prob le ms o f living
together . She asked the gr oup wha t it considered No . 1 pr oblem in all
Atlanta . Group answered: "Mo ney .. money .. money . The next pr oblem :
"Clean up ... clean up. The yards, the st:teets.n Individuals spoke out
menti o ning c rime; h ousing ... n ot enough and what there is, inadequate.
At this point , Miss Bullard invit e d p eople to get up and spea k out.
1.
MR. MARVIN K o MACDOWELL, 781 Hubbard St . S . W.: Speak ing f o r SCLC,
Operation Breadbasket. They are having meetings in the d i ffe ent
neighborhoo d s, Me c hani csville, Pittsburgh , Grant Park, to get
something done regarding housing and second, the streets ... the
majority are dirt s treets which need to be paved . Said the people
will have to get up and spea k . Miss Bullard a sked if the complaint
had been made to t he city formally or informally . He s aid they
hav e been to EOA ce n ters in the neighborhoods .
2.
MR . RUDOLPH HINES , 65 Har lan Rd . S.W. : "One of the pr oblems in
At la nta is lac k of concern that the people of Atlanta have about
somebody else ... For 11 mo n ths I wa s assistant director f o r John Hope
Homes.
I know how these pe ople live .•• Hines continue d .
"I don't
represent a ny group but my concern is . • for all the Negroes in
Atlanta .•. . the evils can be pinp ointed in this one ... it is inhuman . •.
it is beyond the law .... a lady called me tonight .•. s he s aid last month
I pa id $46 rent ..• in April I pay $86 .. " On questioning from :M is s
Bullard, he said this is the wa y rents are adjusted and c omputed in
public housing ... that Mr . Satterfield and Mr . Boggs are little g o ds
in this town . He told of an inbident wh e re a per son was see n at the
car stop and since he was then presumably worki ng, his rent was
adjust e d so that he owed back rent of $490 . Mr. Hines commented
�Page 2 o f iinutes o f Mech a nicsvi lle -Pittsburgh Maet i ng , April 5, 1967
that the tenant o rga n ization wa s n ot effective since Paragraph 9 in t h e
le as e says the manger of any individual h ous ing pr o ject in Atl n t a can
e v ict any family with o ut written n otice f or the r e as on o f the eviction.
Mr s. Pa sc ha ll s id she
retr o activ e.
Mr . Hine s said
the c all is sent ba c k to t he
the mere fact t hat the tenan t
line for eviction.
und erst ood that r ea dju sted
that if a per son ca l ls the
area management o ffi ce ... a
c alls downt ow n makes that
rents were n o t
c entral office
vicious ci r cl e ...
tenant next i n
Mrs . Pa sc ha ll a s ke d f o r locati o n o f s pe ci fi c s treet s that needed
repairing to pass o n to Tu r. Nixon .
Group:
" McDanie l St r eet .. . it is a ha z ard .
Ba ss Street .•. from Cooper to
McD a n iel.
P ry o r .•. Mino ra Street to t h e stad ium . "
In the
group's opinion, f o rmal complaint s o n the se streets have probably
g one int o the wast eb a s ket .
A wo ma n remarked that on the weekends,
t ee na gers te ar them (the roads) up.
3 . REV o L. C . CLACK, 5 91 Pu lliam St . SW.: He ob jects to Collier Street being
zoned for commer c ial use . Thinks it un ne ces sary .. oc ommercial district
already out t o Fulton Industr i al Boul evard .
Adv ised he had bee n to o ne
zoning meet i ng .
Said he was maki n g a statement right then requesting it
b e kept resident i al.
To ld Dr . lfilliams he th ou g ht they sh o uld attend
the zoni ng meetings .
Dr . Williams s kept ic al ab o ut the effe c tiveness o f
zonin g he ar i ngs.
Miss . Bullard to next speaker:
"Are you s peaking as an individu a l?"
4 . MR . EDWIN MOODY, 241 Doane St . S . W.
ttFor once in my life! "
Sa i d he agreed
wit h Dr . Williams ab o ut z o ning committee .
Has several recommend ations
f o r Comm ission t o present to "city fathers" a s foll o ws :
a.
"Top iss ue is appointees ... most_ of proble ms bloom from pe o pl e
appoint e d t ha t know or care very little for the pr oblems .. . how can a we ll fed per son know a ct ually h ow a h u ngry perso n feels .. how c a n a pers on in
a mansi on kn o w how a person in a r agge d , s ubstandard house lives?
b . "Ta x dollars - start to spend fund to lab or where it ha s been neglected .•
in Me c han ics v ille, S ummerhill , Pitt sburgh.
c.
"Hire us o n a qualif ied ma n - t o -man basis .•. in the Georgia State
Employmen t Servi ce , it hasn ' t sto pped .•.
d . "Laws voted by legislature . • almos t a n y t ax incre as e is helping poverty .
Atlanta ' s sewage t ax falls on the tena nts .. . our r ep resenta ti ve s voted
themselves raises .. this me ans mor e t ax f6r the p oo r man to pay.
I will n ot
vote for a single person offering f o r re -election next time a nd I hope you
will follow the same example.
0
e.
"I will conclude with planning , zoni ng and h o us ing .. to get a house
you have to get it zoned from a to z , to get commercial you have to aet
it zoned from a to z, same for schools .. . when you go before the zoni~g
committee , you don't make A, you · done lost out .•• t hese departments should
be one and an allowance should be made f o r elderly homeowners ••• members,
please don't ?Orne out and listen and place it in file 13--come out here
and do something about this •.• there is a long hot summer coming •.. I got
�Pa ge 3 o f Mi n ut e s of Mecha n i c svi l le - Pittsbur g h Meet · ng, A· r i l 5, 1 96 7
k i d s in the s c h o ols and t h os e t vo - f o : - a - qua ··te r ri de s come dear for me ...
( he menti oned mee t i ng a t Sta t e C p it o l ~e i ncr ea se) . .. the Co~ nissi o n ( Pub l ic
Serv ic e ) wi ll h o l d a h e ar i ng .. . t he mo r e of us g e t t h er e th e less c ha n ce
they will g et to ra i s e ... Somme rv ille wi ll g et mad but I h a ve got t o pa y
Mr . Sommerville .
Remarked th a t n o t v ot ing f o r thos e p·es en t ly in of fi ce might let ~he nex t
o ne know not t o v o te hims el f a r a i s e. 0 q u e stio n i ng b y a re port er ,
r e marked that the Georg ia St a t e •mpl o yment Servi c e s t i ll g o es by a color
l i ne .
5.
rns. ETHE L SHAW , 592 Whi teha 1 1 Terrac e . Complained o f s urro u n d ing ap a rt 1r ent
b uild ings ha v i ng n o j ani t o1·s. " Hav e c all e d Ci ty Hal l fiv e ti mes, wr itt ,sm to
I v a n Al le n , Jr . . . . t h e i nspect o r c ame o ut a nd went ar o und and c leaned up
o ne ti me ... been n o o ne s i n ce . Do n't kno,i wh o t he land l o rds o f b u i dings
are . . ... . apa r tment at 600 Wh i t e hal l Te rr ace i s r id ic ul ou s. ( Di scussion
b e tween Mrs . Sha w a nd p e rson in gr o up r e co n t a c t ing h er ar ea bloc k
c hai r man f o r cor re c t i v e act io n .)
6.
RE P. J OHN HOOD , 124 Dis t ri c t , 802 ~- Pry o r St . S . W.
I n c h ec king, h e found
th a t mo tels are g o ing in thi s ar e a . P r y o r St . area s ewe r pr oblem i s a
ha z ard ... o n a rai n y d a y your c a r wi ll a l most dr own o u-t .
Commi ssion s h o uld
rec ommend t o City Hall s ome t h i ng be d o ne . Need a s c ho o l t o g o a l o n g with
650 a pa rt ment un i ts planned f o r c ons t ruc ti o n o n Mc Danie l St . Co nstruc tio n
( of t h e s c h oo l) h a s not sta r ted and i f it is t o .be finished wit h in t he
a llo tted time, they will ha v e t o g e t o n the ball (t hey b e i n g the Bd . o f
Edu c at ion ) to get pr op e r ty in this ar e a . Mr . Hood advis ed h e had v o te d
f or s a l a ry increa s e .
One pe r son r e p o r t ed a r i ve r when it r a i ns o n I ra Street where he
lives and a h o rrib l e mess a fte rward s .
7.
MRS . ROSA BRO'\lN, Chairma n o f Ar ea Block 42 , EOA . Ad r essing Ir. Ho od :
" The pe op le on Gar'..!Daldi St r eet have b e en asking f or a li gh t." Ci . . . ed
danger s o f dark a r e a .
Sew er t oo small on S te vens a nd Sa nde r s St . .. s tay s
s topped up a l l t he t ime . ( Ligh t o n Garib a ld i b et we en Ba ss & St e p h ens . )
Mrs. Pa sc ha ll a dvised t ha t the city i s beginn ing a l i ghti ng mo d ern i zat i on
p l an - as k ed t hat she b e ad vised o f s p e c ial pl a ces where lights ar e needed takes six to eigh t wee k s b e c aus e the Board o f Alde r me n ha s t o pa ss a res o luti o n
f or each loc a tion .
Gr oup : "Vle hav e a s k ed for a light at Rock Vi el l and Mc Da n ie l . 3 96 Ba k e r is
brok e up . "
Mr . Mo o dy spe ak ing a g a in a s k ed why the planners a nd t h e zon ing co~mit t ee
don ' t ~e t t oget her o n t he Model City plan - wo rk i n p l a c e s going to b e wasted offic e b uil ding was to b e bui lt on Ri c hard so n a nd Centra l - nei ghb orhood
p r otes t e d - p ro test e d on 1- 2 0.
I f comme r c ial co me s i n to neighb o rhood, resident s
mi g h t as well pi c k u p a nd lea v e.
Mrs. Pnschal l rep o r t e d what Mr . Gla d in t old her ab out t h e Mod e l
City program - the appli c ati o n fr om City of Atlanta t o Federal Gove rnment i s
for $500 , 000 to pay f o r a yea r o f pl an ni ng and a t t h e end o f t he y e ar ~ oul
come a grant to put t he p l ans i nto effect .. if g r a nt is a pp r o v e d , they wi l l
want t o meet with thG peopl e in t he co mmu nity to t a l k ab o ut wha t k i nd of
n~ i ghbfrho~d the pe o ple want - the more_p r e pa re d t h e p eople are to talk about
wnat tney want, the stronger the p l a~ wi ll b e when i t ge t s g oi ng .
�Page 4 of Minutes of Mecha nicsvill e - P itts burgh Mee ti ng , Ap ril 5, 1967 .
Mr. Hood s peaking again : HIik . Ezzard and I a Te in a p eculiar
situation because the last t wo meetings I hav e found myself wi t h t h e
commission in the nei ghb o r hood i. whi ch I live
ancl I have b een trying
to ke ep up wit h it ~s much as possib l e. Thinhs a str oqg or ganization will
be needed in Atla nta i f it gets the grant.
Thinks o ne and a half millio n
dolla s i s a small sum.
Mr . Blac kw ell and Mr . Th onpson (congress men fro m
4th and 5th Districts) have got a lot o f co r respondence aga inst it - doubts
if 5 of present group hav e wr itten two co ngr essmen t o support t h e pr oject.
Need to get b all rolli ng for mod el city.
If turned down, will apply to
private source.
Think s t he st adi um has helped south side a l ot. Regardi ng
bare apartments, think s Commission cou ld reco mmend t ha t thexe be some
li a ison person t o visit apartment d evelo pments to.make sure pe ople k eep
them up - they are unsanitary on Commerce Street ... Primrose ....
Jou:;.·na l re p orter ::isked : " Wi t h the interstate sys tern and the stadium, it
makes slum areas p r i me bu sines s sites in th e future and is it the Co~1iss i on's
obje ctive to k eep this residen tial area and kee· out businesses andvihat is
t h e overall objective i n this area?"
Dr. Wi llia ms ref erred h im to the ordina nc e setting up t he Comm ission.
Business of Commissio n is to see that ther e is pe ac e a n d harmony in the
commun i t y a nd justice d o ne where p eop le li v e.
Moody and Ezz ar.d and ot her
people h av e s aid th at the people in the c i ty wil l hav e something t o sa y about
what happens re t h e model c ity and ,1e ha ve no p osition .. the pe ople wh o
live ther e must be ta k en int o a cco unt •. o ur concern is what happens to
peop le .. wou ld that satisfy yo u ?
ep o rt er:
The e conomic fa ctor s me an that th is would b e a tre mend o u s business
area .
Dr . Wi l liams : "One o f the t~ings wrong with this town .. we pl ace economic
opportunity before the i nterest of people .. I don 't know if he wan ts these notes
o r not because these aren 't what y ou want to put in the newspaper •.. ! am offended
about America on this .. Ameri ca of fends me at this poin t ... t hee e thi ngs matter
i~ Ameiica .• that is pr o fi t, profits and property and then we say to hell with
people . . we have got t o correct that . .. people have been l ~ving here for a long
time and .. our (e arly ) pastor here had to carry on a f i ght to k ee p people from
being evicted here ... now be c ause of the stadium we have c ome t o see what prime
property this ... is .. young man , I hope you get a li t tle conversi on here and see
that people are more imp o rtant than property .. and when we do we will see that
America is a grea t place and if we d o n't people are going to be doomed .•..
There was a question regarding whether or n o t to go ahead and imp rove
property on Wind sor St. Miss Bullard suggested calling City Planning Department,
Mr . Hood was critical of the application for the Mode l City .
It sho~s on
the policy making level the mayor , two aldermen (Alderedge and Cook) a nd one
private member (business community representative) but no representatives from
the community. There was a consensus of the group that they have representatives from the community. Discussion revealed that ac tion is expected on the
model city program in May.
And that lir . Gladin of the City Planning Departoent
does anticipate involving the neighborhood people , Mrs . Paschall pointed out,
the more organized and ready the com.mun~ ty is the better.
She sugges t ed a
�Page 5 o f Winutes of ~ ec hnnic s ville - Pittsbu _gh ·1eet ing , Apr il 5 , 1967 .
jo i nt meeting of all model city a reas spo·1so~·ed by ull groups and have
Glndin , Buchanan and ~ a ff ord co~e to answer questions re housing . Ma ybe a
g ood idea to form a permanent joint grou _ orga niza tion.
A woman in the group st ated t ha t s he had written Presidenk Johnson a nd
was referred to some people in Atl an t a who say it will be one year before
the mo d e l c ity plan is effective and she wa s u nhappy with just waiting wh ich
is what the y had b ee n do ing for a l ong time o 1lr . :oo d remarked t hat the
application was in and t h e city administration was getting ready and now the
people had to get involved .
ev . L. Terrill : Made a plea to set up a joint meeting o f all groups i nvolved
in model c ity application to talk with City Planning Department st a ff.
Mr .
Hood advised that a meeting was held in Summe rhill last week and they ha d
agreed at that meeting to try t o arrange a joint meeting in 3 weeks ad
everybody wo u l d be advised .
On a motion made by Rev . Terrill and seconded ,
a resolution t hat a meeting of all t he people in Pe ople stown, Su ~IBrhill,
Mechanicsville , etc., be h eld in April was passed .
Mr . Moody: sho uldn ' t s a y what he is trying t o tell me . . the mayor came out
with t vi o meetings before with more people and s a id what d o y ou wa nt? • . i, ;he L
that thing got to Wash ing ton what was in there was what the ma yo r wanted
nnd not us • . If you don't argu e a b out it now just save y our brea t h c h ild
bec ause the mayor done got it tha~ t hic k and you haven't said the wo rd .
Be fore adj~urning, Miss Bullard exp ained t he Co,mis s ~on has no policy making
powers and i t s purpose is to t ake ba ck to t h e city admin istration expressi o ns
of wha t the g roup s consid er their pr ob lems.
Vhen as k ed if they felt t hey
had had t heir say, the group replied Yes , Yes, t hank you ~
One las -'.:; comment f ro ..1
.. .:: n i n gr oup re b uses coming down V:T
es t Avenue :
think that if the tra rsi·- c uld ask f or more money I thin~ we could ask
for mo re t ranspo r t ation • • "
nr
Miss Bullard thanked t he pe o p l e for coming and told t hem if t hey wanted t o
ask a pers onal question , to c ome own front .
The Mee t{ng was adjourned at 10 : 30 approximately .

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