Next up: May 22 draft Master Plan forum

May 14 2013

Candler Parkers took a big step at a "Charrette Overview" on May 4 toward completing our neighborhood master plan.

About 70 residents attended the forum, where they were guided by a professional planning team through exercises designed to tease out details on neighborhood priorities. And if you missed it, you can now make your own voice heard by offering specific feedback on the very same topics online. Simply click here.
Charrette Overview meeting at Frazer Center. Photo by Aaron FortnerThe next step in the Master Planning process will be a "Draft Plan Community Forum," (7-8:30 pm, May 22, at the Epworth Church Fellowship Hall). At that meeting, planners hope to present draft proposals and more exercises on a wide variety of issues  — ranging from land use to traffic calming to the future of our parks.
Then, the planners will cobble together an actual draft plan, which will be made available for online comment and for discussion at a CPNO monthly meeting (tentatively, the June meeting). The trick will be to come up with a draft plan that has broad enough support to gain CPNO approval.
“There really is no science behind it,” said Aaron Fortner, who leads the planning team. “We’ll be putting everything forward to the [CP Master Plan] Steering Committee, and collectively we’ll be deciding what should move forward, what should come out, or what should keep being tweaked to keep seeing if we can get somewhere.”
“The goal of the plan is to document the community conversations that occur throughout the process and to delineate strategies for implementing those recommendations that have broad-based support,” Fortner said.
A refined draft plan should be ready for consideration by CPNO in late summer. And, finally, if approved by CPNO, it would go to the Neighborhood Planning Unit and on to City Council for official adoption.
It’s important to remember that having a Master Plan by no means guarantees that its proposals will come to fruition. But it does provide a roadmap for future decisions within the community, and it's likely to influence city officials as they make policy and funding decisions for the neighborhood and the adjoining areas. It also puts Candler Park in a better position to get money for such improvements as traffic calming, streetscapes and park facilities.
A similar article appears in this month's Candler Park Messenger.

Fox Bros. Renovations to be Complete by Friday

May 14 2013

Fox Bros. renovations will be complete by later this week. See the Patch article here.

Proactive Rezoning & Transit-Oriented Development

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 6:30pm
501-7 Mitchell St, Atlanta, 30314

Candler Park Movie Night - CANCELLED

May 11 2013

Due to an ugly radar map showing successive bands of rain coming through tonight, the movie night has been cancelled. It's rescheduled for next Saturday, May 18. Sorry, folks!

New mural on L5P post office wall

May 9 2013

Anyone else sick and tired of the ever-present graffiti on the L5P post office wall?

Good news! Check out the awesome new mural that just went up. Hopefully this'll put an end to the graffiti, and instead serve as a nice welcome to the area. Thanks to Lauren Welsh for the heads up and the photo!

Volunteers needed for Tour de Fat in Candler Park this Saturday

May 7 2013


The Tour de Fat event will take place this Saturday, May 11 from 11 am to 5 pm in Candler Park and will include a bicycle parade, music and more. It's very family friendly, and all money raised will support bicycle focused nonprofits here in Atlanta - the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Sopo Bicycle Cooperative and SORBA.
The group needs help with volutneers, so please consider signging up. Below is the volutneer sign-up and more information:

Candler Park Movie Night - The Princess Bride

May 6 2013

Keep your fingers crossed that the rain will blow outta here. The next movie night is this Saturday, May 11 in the park. And watch out for rodents of unusual size because this week's feature is The Princess Bride!

Festivities begin at 7 pm and the movie goes on at dusk. See you there.

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It is based on the 1973 novel of the same name by William Goldman, an American novelist, playwriter and screenwriter.

It’s Charrette Week: Heart of the master planning process

Apr 28 2013

Excuse me??!!! You haven’t yet imparted your wisdom to the Candler Park Master Plan?

No sweat. This week, we get our best opportunity to collaborate on this fresh vision for our community's future.
For three consecutive evenings (5 p.m. to 8 p.m., April 30-May 2), the Master Plan Charrette will be held at the Hall House on the Mary Lin Elementary campus. Then, on Saturday morning (9 a.m.-10:30 p.m., May 4), at the Frazer Center in Lake Claire, we’ll all gather to hear about and discuss the concepts that emerged from those evening workshops.
What, you ask, is a “charrette”? According to the font of all knowledge (Wikipedia), it’s “an intense period of design or planning activity” and “may refer to any collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem.”
In our case, all community members are welcome to join in the collaboration. At the work sessions, expect a series of illustrations, exercises and questions meant to flesh out ideas that residents proposed during last month’s Kickoff Meeting, on online Snapshot Exercises and in less formal discussions.
Many big questions are searching for answers: What park improvements, for example, are we united in favor of? How can we make our sidewalks, roads and intersections safer for pedestrians and cyclists? Could the MARTA station be made more inviting? Could we bring to frution many people's dream of a Candler Park farmers' market? Should the neighborhood favor specific design guidelines? Can DeKalb Avenue be re-imagined as a pedestrian friendly commercial street, and if so, how could we make that transition?
Those three afternoon/evening sessions at Mary Lin also provide people who drop by with an opportunity to discuss problems and solutions in more detail with the professionals hired to help us with the plan. And the sessions will be dynamic: Lead planner Aaron Fortner and his team plan to capture the concepts from each three-hour session, and to reflect them back to participants the next evening. The result: Evolving elements of what eventually will be honed into a Draft Master Plan.
But if you can only make one Master Plan meeting, Saturday morning’s Charrette Overview Community Forum is the one you don’t want to miss.
To steal a couple of sentences on the Overview Forum from the Master Plan website, our planners “will provide a deeper contextual narrative for each of the emerging concepts and will then facilitate a process for obtaining feedback from the community on each of the ideas and recommendations.” (To reserve free childcare for the Overview Forum, click here. For directions, to the Frazer Center in Lake Claire, click here.)

Tonight's Candler Park Movie Night

Apr 27 2013

Hello friends,

As you probably know, tonight is the first Candler Park movie night of the season - The Three Stooges.

Mother Nature is being persnickety at the moment, so we are in weather watch mode. Mark & co will make the final call by 3 pm as to go / no go. If tonight's movie ends up being a no go, it'll be rescheduled for next Saturday.

Please stay tuned!

The Candler Park Master Plan wants you!

Apr 26 2013


Your input in the Candler Park Master Plan isn’t just welcome — it’s needed.
There's one way to provide that input this weekend: Fill out your personal online Community Snapshot. Your snapshot consists of the same 25 interactive — and, dare I say, fun — exercises completed by those who attended last month’s Master Plan Kickoff meeting (if you made it to the Kickoff, there’s no need to redo these exercises). 
Candler Park Master Plan wants youEven more importantly: Attend one of next week’s three Master Plan Charrette workshops — interactive, informal sessions where Candler Park residents will collaborate with our planning consultants on our community vision (5-8 pm, April 30-May 2, in the Hall House at Mary Lin).
The charrette is the heart of the planning process. But after next week’s working sessions, we’re all invited to a Community Forum (9-10:30 am, Saturday, May 4, at the Frazer Center). That’s where the concepts that residents worked on during the week with our planning team will be present and hashed out in more detail.
You should try to participate in the working sessions, but if you can only make one meeting, that May 4 forum at the Frazer Center is the one you shouldn’t miss.
Other meetings will follow: On May 22, a draft of the actual plan will be considered during a Community Forum; and then CPNO members will consider formal endorsement of the Master Plan. But next week’s charrette is designed as the best opportunity for individuals to help shape the plan.
The bottom line is that this plan is our community’s plan. That doesn’t mean everyone will agree on every point. But the feedback so far shows that we share a lot of priorities and values, and the process itself is set up to help us find our common ground.
Processes like these work best when the broadest group possible is engaged in the process in atransparent fashion. So the public venues listed above will necessarily carry more weight than any single private conversation would.
But — particularly if you'd rather discuss outside the formal meetings — please feel free to do so. Click here for the best route for direct feedback to the planners. And if you’d rather offer up ideas or feedback to your neighbors on the Steering Committee, please contact any of us via email:
Jimmy Bligh (chair)