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Our West End Newsletter November 2018

“Expect and Support the Best in West End”

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Westside Trail One Year Later By Brent Brewer How is the Westside Trail a year later? A portion of the trail has been poured for over a decade, serving as the pedestrian thoroughfare of choice through the neighborhood, so the associated amenities is what makes it fascinating. Dr. Karcheik SimsAlvarado’s walking Civil Rights exhibit is a haunting experience, a testament to residential segregation of the past black Westside Atlanta informing us that an integrated world held the promise of Atlantans residing and sitting in raciallymixed company at eateries. At Lean Drafthouse, eating tacos and beer in raciallymixed company is exactly what you will find in abundance. Quickly establishing itself as the watering hole of the neighborhood with a full bar and an exquisite selection of draft craft beers. It is the spot you take your out-of-town guests and a welcome break for nights you don’t feel like cooking. When Monday Night Brewing (MNB) came to the West End, we didn’t know what to expect. Taprooms serving pints of beer was new to Atlanta. Instantly, we

were amazed at the build-out during the grand opening. It is their ability to create events with the spirit of a grand opening that kept us coming back often. Case in point, for the Halloween season, MNB brewed Halloween candy inspired beers. Think of alcoholic versions of your favorite candies: Almond Joy, Snickers, Twix and Twizzlers. They had a wall of casks filled with beers inspired by these novelty candies. They created an event night, Firkin Fright Night, made some cool artwork and sold out tickets to the event. Hundreds of glasses of beer sold in a single evening! #smallbusinessgoals West End is a popular place to buy a home but is forever plagued by visitors speeding through the neighborhood to get downtown or further down Cascade. The new amenities transform West End into a destination location where people come and stay for awhile, parking their cars and biking or strolling through the neighborhood and hopefully spending dollars too. One year later, the trail is complete, but the amenities make it sweet.


Publisher’s Corner As mentioned previously, OWEN is funded entirely by advertisers. What you may not know is that we actually love how a well-placed ad can put a smile on your face, break up text, even advocate a message, and get large groups of people to come together in community.

advertisers and usually walk and bike to get there. We favor those businesses you can linger at comfortably before walking/biking back home.

We really do love the businesses who advertise in OWEN. To us, a business is a neighbor who has your undivided attention and who will rarely kick you out. We shop almost exclusively at our

Being that ad revenue makes our world go round, we perhaps curate our advertisements too carefully. For each advertiser, we sit down with the owner and explain our mission of creating community and ask them how being in OWEN fits into their business plan. We have not accepted an ad from an owner that was not available to meet with us or shared our mission.

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Social media has made it easier than ever to market small business. Our favorite print ads actually come from business owners who use social media to actively engage their customers. For them, ads serve as icebreaking pitches for full conversations that can be had in person over coffee, beer, food or other goods and services. We love having those conversations with the owners (or their proxy), perks of shopping local. During the holiday season, please consider shopping with our advertisers and ask the owners: “How did your business end up in West End/ Westview?�

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When Honoring Someone and Local Pride Clash Changing the names of streets and other entities is an Atlanta tradition and it isn’t always pretty. Sometimes it’s done with the best of intentions, sometimes it’s done to stroke egos, and sometimes it carries a struggle for history — like changing street names from those that honor Civil War generals to those that honor civil rights lions. I met with Kay Wallace and two other longtime West End residents, Joanne Rhone and Karl Barnes, outside the West End stop. Rhone, a retired Clark Atlanta University professor, and Karl Barnes, a retired marketing exec, fought successfully to have the West End designated as a neighborhood historic district in 1991, and they are fiercely protective of their handiwork. “Names mean something. It is who we are,” said Rhone. “The name has a sense of place for me. They are taking away the identity of our neighborhood. It’s been West End forever and a day.” How long has that been? Excerpt from Bill Torpy article in 10/31/2018 Atlanta Journal Constitution It seemed like a fine idea, an effort by MARTA officials to honor Juanita Abernathy, wife of a civil rights leader and a civic treasure herself. It also sounds like a mouthful: The Juanita Jones and Ralph David Abernathy at West End Station. In January, MARTA’s board voted unanimously — and quietly — to honor Mrs. Abernathy and name West End rail station after her and her late husband, a close associate of Martin Luther King Jr. Mrs. Abernathy had just stepped down from MARTA’s board after a lengthy stint, and her colleagues figured, “Hey, there’s already Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard right by the station. Why not go all in on the Abernathys?” Not so fast, say some longtime West End residents.

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Barnes has all that at the ready. It was founded as White Hall in 1835 by an English immigrant. After the Civil War it was changed to West End, named after the theater district in London. It became Atlanta’s first trolley suburb in 1870 and later was annexed into Atlanta in 1894. Kay Wallace, a former Atlanta Olympics executive and West End resident of 20 years, said there’s déjà vu here. In both 2001 and 2007, MARTA wanted to change the station name to honor the masculine half of the Abernathy duo but backed off after community pushback. “We’re asking them to do it again,” said Wallace. “This is not about not respecting them (the Abernathys). It’s about respecting the community and its history.” Wallace was repeating the same argument trotted out by residents 17 years ago, that West End is an important chapter in Atlanta history and should remain as it is.

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Who: Historical Walking Tours Cost: FREE to West End residents When: Every Saturday starting at 10 am. Where: Starting from the Northside of the West End Marta Station. Two mile historical walking tour.

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Funded by Westside Trail Community Health Grants, a funding initiative to improve health outcomes and quality of life in Atlanta’s Westside communities through utilization of the Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail

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Doors Open at Gallery 992 Art Gallery

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Master Class Series

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West Hunter Baptist. 1040 RDA Blvd SW

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About The Newsletter

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The newsletter is published monthly. Copies are handdelivered, free-of-charge, to all residents in the Historic West End neighborhood. Copies are also available at Gallery 992 and West End Print Shop.

Our volunteers: Amanda Leigh (For Paws), Brent Brewer, Bill Torpy, Kay Wallace Dean, Keri Toney, Taure Anwar, and our many neighborhood distributors.

To submit stories or distribute, contact Brent Brewer at 404.447.0282 or ourwestendnewsletter@gmail.com.

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November 2018 OWEN Issue 69  

November 2018 OWEN Issue 69

November 2018 OWEN Issue 69  

November 2018 OWEN Issue 69

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