We Love BuHi, an organization dedicated to supporting a livable, inclusive, sustainable Buford Highway, has received a grant totaling just over $10,000 from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

The money from the year-long Neighborhood Fund grant will be used to support a new business association made up of Buford Highway businesses and also support community-based tourism and economic development, said We Love BuHi founder Marian Liou.

“The future of Buford Highway is important
to me because it’s my future.”
– Marian Liou,
We Love BuHi founder

We Love BuHi is also now forming into an official 501c3 nonprofit group.

“Now more than ever, a thriving Buford Highway is necessary for a thriving Atlanta,” Liou said in a statement.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announced Nov. 14 it had granted $125,000 to 16 organizations, and provided over $16,000 of coaching for the recipients of Neighborhood Fund grants.

The We Love BuHi mission statement states the organization “catalyzes and supports a livable, inclusive, sustainable Buford Highway through creative place-making collaborations with other social enterprises and nonprofit organizations and strategic partnerships with local businesses and governments.

Program areas for We Love BuHi:

  • Arts BuHi – Catalyze development of cultural assets and programming through strategic collaborations and partnerships that capitalize on Buford Highway’s unique, multicultural identity.
  • Biz BuHi – Promote the vitality, sustainability and growth of the local business environment through advocacy, education and marketing support.
  • Design BuHi – Utilize placemaking principles to spark innovative approaches to design, community development, land use, and transportation and mobility.
  • Play BuHi – Make Buford Highway more fun, playful and active by encouraging the development of public space, opportunities for play and physical activity, and community festivals and events.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.