Help Improve the Quality of Life in  Downtown Atlanta & The Community
  • Petitioned Atlanta City Council

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Atlanta City Council

Help Improve the Quality of Life in Downtown Atlanta & The Community

    1. Soma Atl
    2. Petition by

      Soma Atl

      Atlanta, GA

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June 2013

Victory

From Soma Atl: We are declaring Victory! Finally after a long hard battle the Fox Market has been closed as of May 31st 2013. The business was evicted by the building owner after community pressure. The building owner was also arrested in March on drug charges and is currently awaiting trial. Media attention has helped turn the tide in SOMA. We know as a community in Downtown Atlanta that we are not the only community that has been victimized by unscrupulous business owners that run crack houses, sell stolen merchandise and conduct other illegal activity under the disguise of maintaining a lawful business. You are not alone and we need to come together in the city of Atlanta to enact legislation that holds business owners accountable for the activity that happens inside and outside of their stores. They can no longer decide to not be accountable for the drunks, the crack smoking and the criminal loitering that happens right in front of their stores. Thanks Everyone!

Help the SOMA (South of Marietta in Downtown Atlanta) Community bring attention to the Fox Market liquor store, located at 90 Broad Street, Atlanta, Ga. Fox Market has become a public nuisance and blight on the local neighborhood. Within a 12 month rolling period twenty-six arrests were made at this location, the majority for drug related crimes.

Residents, visitors and employees of the Midtown/ Downtown area are tired of these convenience stores and other businesses acting as havens for street activity including trespassing, illegal drug activity and illegal gang activity.

We are tired of the vagrancy outside of these convenience stores. We are tired of individuals aggressively panhandling local residents, tourists and business patrons. We are tired of the neighborhood being tarnished by a handful of irresponsible business owners.

Call to Action: We Need Your Support!!

• We want the Atlanta City Council to resurrect legislation introduced by Natalyn Archbong, allowing the Atlanta Chief of Police to issue cease and desist notices to building owners being used for illegal activity. We want the owners of buildings that lease to convenience stores, like Fox Market, to be issued fines when their buildings are found to be deemed a ‘nuisance property’.

Kwanza hall recently posted an article about this problem on his District 2 Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/notes/district2atlanta/what-does-it-take-to-shut-down-a-nefarious-convenience-store-in-the-atl/350334998378281

We need to pass legislation that will give the police and the city power to help us.

Please support us by signing the petition in our effort to protect the quality of life in the City of Atlanta.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Free Street Festival on Broad Street

      Soma Atl
      Petition Organizer

      Hi Everyone,
      This Friday we have a free street festival in SOMA on Broad Street. This is our first attempt as a neighborhood to take back our street. Please support us and attend. The festival is featured in Creative Loafing - "Brighten up Broad Street"

      http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2012/09/11/downtowners-plan-to-transform-overlooked-block-for-one-night-with-art-pop-up-shops-food-trucks-and-more

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Featured in 11 alive news article

      Soma Atl
      Petition Organizer

      Our petition was featured in an 11 alive news story about a new loitering ordinance that Kwanza Hall Introduced.

      http://www.11alive.com/news/article/254191/40/Push-to-revitalize-downtown-wraps-around-loitering-law?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Cbc%7Clarge

    4. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Scott Oliver ATLANTA, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      As a downtown resident, I see people breaking laws frequently, right out in the open. Downtown will never recover if our laws regarding public drug use and dealing, panhandling, etc. are not enforced. These problems are economic - they dissuade tourists, businesses, and residents from coming to downtown Atlanta.

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    • Joseph Miller ATLANTA, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      I do not feel safe in my own neighborhood anymore.

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    • Darien Long ATLANTA, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      help improve business// attract diffrent people to the area// enable other business to invest in area

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    • vince om DULUTH, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      To stop crimes and bring our communities and travelers to downtown streets to enjoy the true clean and safe city.

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    • vince om DULUTH, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      Clean and Safe City!!!

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