An indication of a great neighborhood is the people that live there, and their involvement in the community. This involvement comes in many forms, from community projects to civic or neighborhood associations. And these associations play a very different role, depending on the structure of the city government. In Midtown Atlanta you have the Midtown Neighbors’ Association.
What Is the Midtown Neighbors’ Association?
The Mission Statement of MNA reads as follows:
“The mission of the Midtown Neighbors’ Association is to assure that our vibrant and diverse neighborhood becomes an increasingly better community in which to enjoy the benefits of the urban experience. We strive to develop solutions that continually improve Midtown’s safety and quality of life, and give our neighbors a voice in development and revitalization decisions. We seek to act as the neighborhood’s link to other communities, government agencies and our elected officials. We seek to be inclusive, proactive, and diligent in our commitment to serve the best interests of Midtown as a neighborhood by bringing together our community. ”
The Midtown Neighbors’ Association plays a very active role in the community. However, many of the people that live in Midtown Atlanta in the condominium communities are not as actively involved as they could be! The MNA has various committees that hear issues such as Liquor License Applications. What does that mean for the residents of a Midtown Atlanta Condominium Building? Well, if there was a restaurant or bar trying to open in the retail space of your building, the business owner must come before the License and Permit Committee to present their business. This would be a perfert time for residents to voice their support, or concerns, about the business, their operation and how it may affect their quality of life in the building above the business. Additionally, there are committees for Safety, Education, Land Use and Membership.
Also of important note…All Special Events held in Midtown Atlanta, and especially Piedmont Park, are required to appear before the License and Permit Committee, followed by the MNA Board of Directors and then to the NPU-E.
What are the Boundaries of The Midtown Neighbors’ Association?
From MNA, the boundaries of Midtown are:
The geographical boundaries of Midtown shall be defined as beginning at a point on the railroad tracks on the east side of Piedmont Park southerly to Ponce de Leon Avenue, from Ponce de Leon to Argonne Avenue, from Argonne Avenue to the north side of North Avenue, from North Avenue westerly to interstate 75/ 85, from interstate 75/85 northerly to a point at which Interstate 85 crosses Peachtree Street, southerly on Peachtree Street to 14th Street, from 14th Street easterly to the railroad tracks and southerly along the tracks to the point of origin at the railroad tracks on the east side of Piedmont Park.
As you can see from this description, the specific boundaries of Midtown don’t are much different than what many people call Midtown. You might mention to someone you are going to Ansley Mall in Midtown, but it’s actually NOT in Midtown “proper.”
Here is a map of the Midtown boundaries as outlined above:
MNA hosts monthly social events where neighbors can meet neighbors. I served as the Chairman of the Membership Committee for some 3 years and it gave me an opportunity to meet many Midtown residents, as well as the business owners.
If you have lived in Midtown Atlanta for a long time, or are a new resident, I highly suggest you look into joining MNA. You can be involved as you want to be. Whether it is just to pay membership dues, or if you choose to serve on a committee, you are helping the Midtown Atlanta community be just that…a community.
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