Box 15, Folder 2, Document 24

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JULY 1969


Newsletter Supplies
Area Information

The Mechanicsville Messen-
ger will be the official means
of getting information about
the neighborhood to the resi-
dents of Mechanicsville. It
will be published by the
Mechanicsville Neighborhood
Coordinating Planning Commit-
tee working with Harland
Bartholomew and Associates,
planning consultants for the

The success of neighbor-
hood improvement will depend
on the interest and support
of the residents. This News-
letter will be. the best source
of information concerning the
Mechanicsville parts of the
Model Cities Program. It will
inform the people as to what
is being done and will help
them in their efforts to take
part. Every issue should be
read carefully by every resi-
dent with an interest in his
neighborhood. In this way,
the citizens of Mechanicsville
May take a useful part in the
improvement of the neighbor-

The Committee plans to
mail the Messenger to residents
of Mechanicsville once each

M.C. Program

Involves Citizens

Mechanicsville is one of
six neighborhoods which make
up the Atlanta Model Cities
Area. Although it is small in
size, it includes the most
people of any of the six

The Model Cities Program
has one major objective: to
face the many different kinds
of problems of urban living in
order to increase human oppor-
tunity and enjoyment. ,

The program is intended
to.rebuild the worn-out faci-
lities. It is intended to in-
crease the supply of housing

_for low and moderate income

families. It is intended to
increase the earning power of
the, people through training and
expanded job opportunities. It
is intended to provide the need-
ed public facilities such as
parks, schools, streets and
utilities. In short, the pro-
gram is intended to provide an
environment for good living re-
lated to the needs and desires
of the residents. To accom-
plish these goals requires
cooperative effort - of the
citizens, of the city of the
Model Cities staff, of the
Atlanta Housing Authority and
of professional planners
assisting in the work.




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Agencies At Work

The urban renewal program
in Mechanicsville involves the
work of several groups and in-

The first is the Model
Cities Administration which
operates as a separate part of
the city. Making use of a
planning consultant and work-
ing with the residents, the
Model Cities Program (MCP) pre-
pares plans and submits them
to the Atlanta Housing Author-
ity. The MCP also provides a
means of hearing individual
problems and recommendations.

The Atlanta Housing
Authority's role is that of
action and assistance. It is
the AHA's responsibility to
carry out the plans. It also
gives assistance in relocation
and other problems.

The City of Atlanta is,
of course, the final authority
The City pays one-third of the
cost and provides other types
of services. The Planning De-
partment will insure that the
1970 activities agree with the
1983 Model Cities Plan.

Consultant Action

Mr. Joe Ross represents
the planning consultant, Har-
land Bartholomew and Associ-
ates. His work with the
Committee will include:

A survey of possible 1970

acquisition areas

A relation of areas chosen

to the overall improvement

plan and preparation of

necessary maps and reports.
Other consultants, such as
economists, appraisers and
architects will also be used.

Pianning Committee

The Neighborhood Coordi-
nating Planning Committee is
made up of the heads of oper-
ating committees under the
Model Cities Program and the
Advisory Council. These are
residents and businessmen of
Mechanicsville. This commit-
tee is the direct contact with
the consultants and the Model
Cities staff. Any questions
of residents should be dis-
cussed with them. The commit-
tees responsibilities are:

1. To keep all residents in-
formed of existing and planned

2. To encourage active parti-
cipation in meetings and by
questions and comments to make
this participation meaningful.
3. To encourage every resident
to help in planning.

4. To furnish the means for
the residents to be heard in
all phases of the urban renewal
process. The committee will
provide ideas or proposals to-
ward the solution of existing


The Atlanta Housing Authority's Office in Model Cities is
known as the Model Cities Neighborhood Development Program
Area Office. This office is responsible for carrying out the
physical implementation of the plan that the Model City
Planning Office has developed, in cooperation with the many
citizen participation groups.

The Model Cities Neighborhood Development Program Area
Office has two separate sections. The first is charged with
the responsibility of satisfactorily relocating the residents
and businesses from those areas that are scheduled to be:
cleared and redeveloped into a truly model residential com-
munity. The other section is concerned with the remodeling
of those structures that are within the designated rehabili-
tation areas. This includes an actual inspection of each
dwelling and the preparation of a list of needed repairs. In
many cases financial assistance is available through either
the Loan or Grant Program. The Rehabilitation Advisor follows
the construction from beginning to end, inspecting each step
to assure the home owner of receiving complete value for his
dollar invested.

The Model Cities Neighborhood Development Project Office
is presently located in room 141 of the Martin Luther King
Memorial High Rise for the elderly at 530 McDaniel Street,
S.W., one block off Georgia Avenue. The telephone number is

On July 15th the office will be moving to its new and
permanent address, 683 Capitol Avenue, S.W. at the corner of
Georgia and Capitol Avenue. Our new telephone number will be

For future reference, listed below are the departmental

W.R. Wilkes, Jr. - Project Director
Thomas Walker - Asst. Project Director
Walter W. Reid - Family Services Consultant Supervisor

R.C. Littlefield - Rehabilitation Supervisor
Miss Dorothy Moon- Secretary
C.V. Dickens - Financial Advisor



Mrs. Glover's primary interest is making
Mechanicsville a better place for family life.
Although she was born in Sparta, Georgia, she
has lived in the Mechanicsville area since
1925. She was a strong force in organizing
local support for the Community Center and is
active in its operation. Besides her work on
the Advisory Council, Mrs. Glover is chairman
of the Relocation Committee, serves on the Pro-
gram Committee and sings in the choir at St.
Paul's AME Church. Mrs. Glover campaigned hard
for her election to the Council because she
knew she could do a good job for the committee,

ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD, Which she has been doing.




The Model Cities Program
depends on citizen participa-
tion. This action is three

The resident is responsi-
ble for taking an interest in
his neighborhood. He can read
this Newsletter and others
following, and he can talk
with the members of the Ad-
visory Council from his block.
These are listed on page four.

The Neighborhood Coordi-
nating Planning Committee will
keep the resident informed.

It will distribute information
to the resident; for example,
this Newsletter.

The consultants provide
the technical services needed
in working out a plan with the
residents. The consultant
will work with the Committee
and the Advisory Council as
well as other groups. :


Reverend Thomas grew up in Jackson, Georgia
He has lived

in Mechanicsville for the past 15 years.
Reverend Thomas is employed by the Lockheed-
His spare time
is divided among his family and his two
churches, the Sardis Baptist Church and the L
Shoal Creek Baptist Church in Pike County. =

and later moved to Atlanta.



O Georgia Company in Marietta.

Renewal Activities

In the summer of 1968 the
Model Cities staff began meet-
ing with citizens and the
Neighborhood Coordinating
Planning Committee from Me-
chanicsville. When the Model
Cities application-was funded
by the Federal Government it
included three and a half
blocks in Mechanicsville for
acquisition during 1969.

Two blocks bounded by Wind-
sor, Fulton, Formwalt and

One block bounded by Richard-
son, Cooper, Crumley and

One half block on the east
side of Formwalt between
Georgia and Glenn.
Planning for 1970 activi-

ties was begun in May 1969. On
June 23, the first meeting of
the committee was held with

the planning consultant.

In spite of this busy schedule, he finds

time to serve on the Advisory Council.
L Reverend Thomas has shown himself to be
willing and anxious to work for the improve-
F ment of living conditions in Mechanicsville.




Mechanicsville Neighborhood

Coordinating Planning Committee

Atlanta, Georgia


Mrs. Alyce Nixon, 703 Cooper Street, SW 524-4920
Vice Chairman

Rev. Simon Shuman 428 Hightower Road, NW

Miss Doris Thomas 401 Rawson Street, SW 524-2368

Rev. B.J. Johnson 388 Glenn Street, SW 521-1271

Mrs. Ann Childs 620 Ira Street, SW 523-4056

Mrs. Janie Lowe 623 Ira Street, SW 522-2762

Mrs. Bessie Aaron 74 Whiteford Avenue, NE

Mr. William Gaston 465 Pryor Street, SW 523-4930

Rev. W.L. Finch 465 Pryor Street, SW 523-4930

Mrs. Emma Rose 563 Cooper Street, SW 521-0244

Mrs. Mattie Compton 567 Cooper Street, SW 322-3695

Rev. J.H. Gromes 740 Amber Place, NW

Rev. J.H. Lockett 606 Pryor Street, SW 755-4862

Mrs. Beatrice Gooden 637 Pulliam Street, SW

Rev. L.C. Clack 591 Pulliam Street, SW 524-5160

Mr. Arthur L. Hodges 698 Crew Street, SW 523-7054

Mrs. L.M. Thompson 223 Bass Street, SW

Mrs. Ernestine Hurley 294 Bass Street, SW

Mrs. Bessie Kelley 709 Pryor Street, SW

Mrs. Dorothy Jenkins 252 Hendrix Street, SW

Mrs. Dorothy Lawrence 194 Hendrix Street, SW

Mrs. Lucy Hall 740 Central Street, SW 524-1870

Rev. M.M. Thomas 931 Fortress Street, SW 525-9755

Rev. T.R. Jones 1437 Murry Street, SE

Mrs. Eva Glover 675 Ira Street, SW 688-8821

Mrs. Hattie Mosley 374 Bass Street, SW 524-0062

Rev. LL.M. Terrill 606 McDaniel Street, SW


Mrs. Bertha Barton 260 Bass Street, SW 525-8919

Mrs. Carrie Berry 721 Cooper Street, SW 525-3903

Mrs. Rosa Burney 712 Garibaldi Street, SW 521-2118

Mrs. Dorothy Finney 803 Cooper Street, SW 524-7537

Mrs. Eva Glover 675 Ira Street, SW 688-8821

Mrs. Annie Ruth Newton 528 Wells. Street, SW #1590 577-5044
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