Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and the Fourth Ward West neighborhood association will kick-off the 2014 edition of the Year of Boulevard on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at Fort Street United Methodist Church, 562 Boulevard, NW. The meeting will be preceded by a community supper in the church fellowship hall.

The Year of Boulevard initiative is a multi-year effort to improve public safety, quality of life, and access to opportunities for children, families, and seniors in District 2’s Boulevard corridor, which has the highest concentration of poverty in the southeastern United States.

Since its inception in January 2012, the Year of Boulevard has been the catalyst for a new police mini-precinct at Atlanta Medical Center, annual spring and fall community clean-ups involving several area volunteers, summer camps for hundreds of local children and seniors, improvements to the Bedford Pine properties, teen career day visits, Saturday entrepreneurship programs, afterschool programs, back-to-school block parties, and holiday food donations.

At the January 6 meeting, Hall will premiere a video highlighting achievements from 2013, introduce 2014 partners to the community, and announce a major local corporate gift that will completely fund one of the 2014 Year of Boulevard summer camps. There will also be a special performance by Remote Kontrol, an Atlanta-based group that has been featured on “So You Think You Can Dance!” and other programs.

Before the meeting, Hall will host a community supper in the fellowship hall of Fort Street United Methodist Church. The supper will feature soups, salads, and refreshments from District 2’s Highland Bakery. Residents and business owners from District 2’s Boulevard corridor are invited to drop by anytime between 5 – 6:45 p.m.

For more information on the Year of Boulevard visit Facebook.com/District2Atlanta or on Twitter @District2ATL.

Read INtown’s interview with Hall for more about Year of Boulevard’s accomplishments at this link

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.