Daily Agenda - Year of Boulevard

Special Project: Year of Boulevard

In January 2012, city councilmember Kwanza Hall declared 2012 the "Year of Boulevard" and launched a comprehensive initative to clean up one of intown Atlanta's most notorious streets. Intrigued, Atlanta magazine commited to covering the project for the duration—even as Yo Boulevard: The Sequel debuted in 2013. Read the original magazine story on the project launch here and browse updates from the Daily Agenda blog below.

  • Year of Boulevard: Now a trilogy

    Supporters braved the cold to give the project a warm kickoff

    “On this cool, cool, cold night, we feel the warmth of the love of those in the Fourth Ward,” said Fort Street United Methodist’s pastor Joseph Crawford as he delivered the benediction, thanking God for “the relationship we have with one another.” Read More
  • Year of Boulevard: Round Three

    On Monday evening, Kwanza Hall and Co. will kick off the 2014 edition of the effort to transform a stretch of intown Atlanta

    Home to the Village of Bedford Pines subsidized housing complex—the largest in the Southeast—as well as gentrifying sections of the Old Fourth Ward, the Boulevard corridor is one of the most diverse sections of the city. Hall conceived the initiative in 2012 as a “living laboratory,” in which the challenges of crime and poverty on Boulevard would be addressed alongside revitalization. The goal: Avoid the typical patterns of gentrification in which wealthier newcomers replace the original residents of a poor community. Read More
  • From drug market to dog park: the rebirth of Renaissance Park

    Saturday marked the opening of Atlanta's first downtown off-leash dog park

    The wooded pocket park with a picturesque downtown skyline view has been transformed into District 2’s latest amenity, an off-leash dog park with designated areas for small and large dogs—the first such facility in downtown Atlanta. Read More
  • Is redevelopment finally starting in Bedford Pine?

    Wingate’s ‘precedent-setting’ new building could replace a vacant lot on Boulevard

    In 2005, on the day before Thanksgiving, a fire destroyed two apartment buildings in the Village of Bedford Pine and left sixty people homeless. In the eight years since, the corner lot at Boulevard and Angier where the apartments once stood has remained vacant. During that time, Wingate Companies, which owns and manages Bedford Pine, the largest Section 8 subsidized housing project in the Southeast, has talked about redeveloping that lot—and dozens of other properties it owns along the Boulevard corridor. It looks like something is finally going to happen. Read More
  • The walls of 375 Angier Avenue—finally—come tumbling down

    It’s not that easy to get rid of an eyesore

    Joshua and his army, as the Bible story goes, walked the perimeter of Jericho for seven days before its fortifications collapsed. Major C.J. Davis of the Atlanta Police Department’s code enforcement unit spent nine months navigating a maze of paperwork, hearings, meetings, and other red tape before the walls of an abandoned bungalow at 375 Angier Avenue came tumbling down. Read More
  • Year of Boulevard 2013 partner list tops 50

    From "40 Girls and Some Shoes" to Zaxby's

    In its second month, YOB 2013 has more than fifty returning and new partners, from 40 Girls and Some Shoes (a nonprofit that distributes footwear to the needy) to Zaxby's (opening a Ponce de Leon Avenue location this year.) Read More
  • A week into Year of Boulevard II, a deadly shooting

    Last night's incident undescores why transforming the area will mean two steps forward, one back.

    After a year of stepped-up public safety, and just days after lowered crime rates were touted at the Year of Boulevard 2013 kickoff, last night's deadly shooting underscores the complexity of the area’s problems. Read More

Building Boulevard
Meet some of the people who live and work on Boulevard in the feature from our March 2013 issue.

Community Cleanup
Scenes from the May 19, 2012 community cleanup day along Boulevard.