Steve Harvey will be the host for the Neighborhood Awards convention in Atlanta.

City officials were on hand this morning for the demolition of the pool and bathhouse at Reverend James Orange Park at Oakland as part of massive renovation to the public space in Oakland City. Construction on a new pool, bathhouse and splash pad will begin soon on the 15 acre park, which was named after Rev. James Orange, a native of Oakland City and respected civil rights activist. Renovations to the park will also include a new pavilion, plaza, lighting, storm water management system and other amenities.

Mayor Kasim Reed and comedian/TV host Steve Harvey will announce the relocation of the Neighborhood Awards Weekend from  Las Vegas to Atlanta during a press conference on Friday morning. The four-day convention, which honors people and businesses that uplift their communities, is expected to draw 150,000 people to Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center August 7-10. Harvey will host.

Tom Lowe

Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe has announced his retirement from Fulton County Board of Commissioners. He intends to complete his current term, which ends this year. Lowe was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 1974. He is currently in his 40th year of service and is among the longest-serving county commissioners in Georgia.  Lowe said at yesterday’s commission meeting, “I think the greatest thing in the world is to know when your time is up. I’ve got to spend more time with my family and it’s time for me to go. I offer my best wishes to each and every one of you, and my staff. Thanks so much for 40 good years.”

The public is encouraged to weigh in on the Atlanta Regional Commission’s update to its PLAN 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). Until Feb. 21, citizens of the Atlanta region can visit www.atlantaregional.com/openhouse to see the information available on the updated plan and leave their thoughts for ARC. The RTP is a $59 billion plan for transportation spending in an 18-county region through the year 2040. Due to the cost of maintaining the region’s existing network, there is only about $15 billion for expansion over that time. Considering that ARC expects the region to add almost three million more residents by 2040, that won’t be enough to keep up with congestion.

Mayor Kasim Reed isn’t happy about an article in The New Yorker that claims last week’s snowstorm put a damper on his future political goals.

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.