Candler Park Redrawn Into New City Council District

Feb 6 2012

Candler Park would be represented by Councilman Kwanza Hall under the latest map being considered by the Atlanta City Council.

Currently, the community is part of Councilman Alex Wan’s 6th District.

Read the full article here.

Mary Lin Local School Council Community Meeting



The Mary Lin Local School Council will host a Lin community meeting regarding the current APS demographic study and redistricting process on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lin auditorium. 

Topics to be covered at the meeting will include the current status of the redistricting process, including where we have been and the steps still ahead, as well as a discussion of the current options A and B recently released by the APS demographers, and the Lin LSC’s thoughts and recommendations regarding these options. 

The Lin LSC will also discuss and recommend certain comments that the Lin community might consider making on the current survey forms (which are due to APS on Feb. 24) so as to ensure a unified voice and feedback from Lin to APS.  There will also be a question and answer period at the end of the meeting. 

The Mary Lin Local School Council has been working hard on this issue for a year, and hopes this meeting will help ensure that the Lin community is informed and united as possible about the redistricting process.  Please attend if you can, and please encourage your friends and neighbors who may not have current Lin students to attend as well.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 7:00pm
Mary Lin auditorium

Candler Park Bungalow in the NY Times

Feb 4 2012

The New York Times Homes & Destinations section has a front-and-center story on a Candler Park bungalow. Check it out!

Parks, Recreation and Green Space Quarterly Meeting

Join Commissioner George Dusenbury for the quarterly Commissioner’s Council on Parks, Recreation and Green space meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 8th from 5:30-7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Atlanta Civic Center located at 395 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta. For further information call 404-546-6767.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 5:30pm
Atlanta Civic Center located at 395 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta

School Redistricting: What's Next

Jan 31 2012

A big thank you to everyone who came to the demographer community input meeting last night. Mary Lin was out in force and made great points during the question / comment period.

What's next?

Now we enter the feedback phase for the round 2 maps. We have until February 24 to submit our input to the demographers, school board members and APS leadership.

In last month's special meeting, Candler Park voted overwhelming to keep Mary Lin elementary K-5, and to stay in the Inman - Grady cluster. For those reasons, Candler Park supports option A. By comparison, Option B has us merging with Kirkwood's Toomer Elementary in a "split model," and not getting the long-promised expansion from Mary Lin. (Note: our support for option A pertains only to our neighborhood; we are NOT purporting to tell other neighborhoods what is best for them).

How you can help

1) FILL OUT THE SURVEY -- By February 24, go here: and let the demographers know which option you prefer and why. It is critical that you explain your answers. The demographers will tally numbers for the options, but they will also look for key themes.

2) CONTACT DECISION MAKERS -- Let the demographers, school board members and APS leadership hear from you so they will take our concerns into account.

General feedback email address:

Erroll B. Davis, Jr., Superintendent of Schools:
Steve Smith, Deputy Superintendent/Chief of Staff:
Larry Hoskins, Deputy Superintendent of Operations:
Dr. Betsy Bockman, SRT-3 Executive Director:
Dr. Brian Mitchell, Mary Lin principal:
Ken Bleakley of the Bleakley consulting group (demographers):
Councilman Alex Wan:

School board members:
Cecily Harsch-Kinnane (District 3),
Reuben McDaniel, At-Large (3&4),
Brenda Muhammad,
Nancy Meister,
LacChandra Butler Burks,
Yolanda Johnson,

Monday, February 6, 6pm
What: APS Board Community Meeting
Where: APS - The Center for Learning and Leadership Auditorium, 130 Trinity Avenue SW, Atlanta, 30303
Notes: Please arrive no later than 5 pm to sign up to speak! They will stop taking sign-ups at 5:30 and last time this filled up fast.

Thursday, February 9, 7-9pm
What: Atlanta Board of Education Listening Session with the SRT3 Community - Hosted by CINS
Where: Grady High School Auditorium, 929 Charles Allen Drive, Atlanta, 30309
Notes: The ABOE members from District 1 Ms. Brenda Muhammad, District 2 Ms. Cecily Harsch-Kinnane, Seat 7 At Large Mr. Courtney English, Seat 8 At Large & Board Chair Mr. Reuben McDaniel, and Seat 9 At Large Mr. Emmett Johnson will join the SRT3 Comunity for a listening session on redistricting in SRT3. The board members representing Districts 3, 4, 5 and 6 will also be invited to participate.

Remember: It's important to get to these meetings very early. Last night's meeting was full long before it started. Also, we'd like to sit together as much as possible.

Community Feedback Meeting on Round 2 School Maps

Jan 29 2012

Tomorrow night (Monday, January 30, 6:30 pm) is the demographic community meeting for our cluster of schools. This is our opportunity to provide feedback on the new maps (found here). Of the two options, one has Mary Lin staying K-5 and getting its long-promised expansion. The other has no expansion, and has Mary Lin merging with Toomer Elementary in Kirkwood.

We need to have a large presence at this meeting to convey to demographers and school board members how important our schools are to us. APS will be paying attention to who shows up, and we can count on other neighborhoods being out in force.

We do not yet know the format of this meeting, and whether questions will be taken during the meeting, or only in small groups at the end like last time.

What: Demographic Capacity Study Community Meeting for SRT-3 Cluster (Schools zoned to Grady and Jackson High Schools)
When: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm -- arrive early, last meeting was standing room only.
Where: Maynard Jackson High School, 801 Glenwood Avenue, SE, Atlanta, 30316

  • Look for Mary Lin-Inman-Grady signs so we can sit together.
  • The Mary Lin-Inman-Grady community is encouraged to wear black shirts, or a Mary Lin, Inman, or Grady shirt.
  • We will have bright yellow stickers for our community members to wear.
  • Parking will be limited, carpooling is encouraged.  If you can't park at the school, try parking along Waldo St, Cameron St, Hansell St, or Rosalia St, to the west of the HS, and in the Grant Park neighborhood.

See you there!

Round 2 School Maps Released

Jan 27 2012

See here for the specifics.

Still analyzing the docs, but at first glance:

Option A has everything staying the same for Candler Park, and Mary Lin gets expanded.

Option B has Candler Park combining with Toomer at the elementary level in a grade center split, and no Mary Lin expansion. But still going to Inman and Grady.

APS Round 2 Maps / Options To Be Released Friday

Jan 27 2012

Reminder: School rezoning options / maps are expected on Friday, Jan 27. They will be posted to the APS web site. The Candler Park education committee is meeting this weekend to craft a response, and this will be vetted by the CPNO board and shared with the neighborhood.

If you care about Candler Park's schools and the future growth of our neighborhood, please attend the APS community meeting THIS MONDAY 1/30 at Jackson High School (801 Glenwood Avenue SE, Atlanta, 30316) at 6:30 pm. This is a very important time for our neighborhood and it's critical that we make our voice heard. 

2012 Sweetwater 420 Fest 5K Race

This year's Sweetwater 420 Fest 5K Road Race will take place on Saturday, April 21st at 9 AM.  The race begins on McLendon Ave near Epworth and we plan to end on Clifton Terrace.  All proceeds will benefit Candler Park Neighborhood Organization, Inc.  Registration links are available through or through Pre-registration entry fees are $28 per runner.  After April 14th, registration is $38 per runner.  The race has sold out for the past several years and this year we're hoping to attract a record 2,200 runners.

I am proposing that CPNO vote at its February meeting on expenditure items associated with producing this year’s race including:

Variable Expenses: $15.75 per runner  

(shirt, beer, wrist band, electronic bib timing)

Fixed Costs: $14,600

(Event Management , Security, Insurance, Porta-Johns, Awards, Contingency, Etc.)

A full, detailed budget will be available at the meeting.  

Sat, 04/21/2012 - 9:00am
McLendon Ave near Epworth

Intown Ten 10K Road Race

From Rob Glancy:

All – we have been busy working on this new 10K Road Race for the past few months, and now we are getting close.  Here are the details:

The Inaugural Intown Ten is scheduled for Sunday March 4, 2012 at 8am.  All proceeds for this race will benefit John Howell Park in Virginia-Highland.  The course has been certified by the USATF and will be chip timed, so you can use your time when you submit your Peachtree Road Race application.

You can register at or in store at Phidippedes Ansley Mall.  It’s going to be a great race, and it is a faster course than many of the 5ks in the neighborhood.  Registrations are streaming in, and we are capping the race at 1,000 runners.  There will be no race day registration so register early to assure a number.

As an added bonus, we have one amazing design for the race shirts, which are part of your registration fee.  The design will be released on Facebook and at in the coming days.

So, whether you are a serious or casual runner, or if you just want to walk the course, we want to see you on race day.  The course and other details are available at

Please feel free to email me with any additional questions or concerns.

Rob Glancy

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 8:00am
Intown Atlanta