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A new safety center and spiffy digs for Operation P.E.A.C.E.

From the story:

If the public safety center at Boulevard and Angier represents a newly concerted effort to correct misdeeds by adults, a few blocks away, efforts to stop the next generation from getting into trouble in the first place were showcased.

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Boulevard kids join other campers at Truly Living Well

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There are four weeks of summer sessions of the camp, which is held at Truly Living Well’s Wheat Street Garden location in historic Old Fourth Ward. Campers spend mornings learning about urban farming, escape the heat (or rain) with arts and drama projects in the classrooms at Wheat Street Baptist church, and learn about healthy eating, agricultural entrepreneurism, sustainability, and other aspects of “what it means to truly live well,” says camp coordinator Amakiasu Ford. There’s a good deal of hands-on activity; campers said they especially loved visiting the chickens, checking out the worm bin, and helping to bundle Greek oregano. […]

This summer, scholarships for the camp (which runs $365 a week) were raised by TEDx Atlanta and designated for kids in the Village of Bedford Pines on Boulevard. About half the campers in the group were Boulevard residents.

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Zone 6 expands into Boulevard

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But the real rhetoric came when Hall asked everyone in the room to stand, raise their hands, and take the “Year of Boulevard” pledge, which included promising to spend time “building the neighborhood up,” being “a friend and advocate for those who are in most need,” reporting “crime by calling 911,” and supporting “small businesses that care about me and my neighbors.”

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TEDx Atlanta challenge in high gear
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"It’s exciting because this is a strategic approach to part of a longer initiative," says W. Imara Canady, who’s on the TEDx steering committee. "It’s not asking a group of external people to come into a community and change things, but asking them to donate funds to help the exisiting community organizations to do more."

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TEDx Atlanta challenge in high gear

From the column:

"It’s exciting because this is a strategic approach to part of a longer initiative," says W. Imara Canady, who’s on the TEDx steering committee. "It’s not asking a group of external people to come into a community and change things, but asking them to donate funds to help the exisiting community organizations to do more."

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"There are corners of worse crime and pockets of denser poverty in Atlanta than Boulevard, but this street is notorious because it literally connects Atlanta’s haves and have-nothings while figuratively tracing a century of disconnect between the city’s polished image and the messy reality of misguided public policies."

A “Living Laboratory” : Can Kwanza Hall’s project transform intown Atlanta’s most notorious street? | Rebecca Burns | Atlanta Magazine (via atlurbanist)

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April 2012: Girls Getaways
In this month’s issue: * Exposing the APS * The Year of Boulevard? * Tomo’s move to Buckhead reviewed * Four local style bloggers to follow…and more