54 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Jimmy Buffett, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Stephen Holmes

Save the South’s first-ever music recording studio!

Plans for a Margaritaville restaurant in Downtown Atlanta which first surfaced in 2016 have expanded exponentially and now involve a 21-story Margaritaville Vacation Club hotel. Demolition for the Margaritaville hotel will completely remove a rather unassuming brick building at 152 Nassau Street which held the first music recording sessions in the South. In June 1923, Ralph Peer and engineers from Okeh Records came down from New York to Atlanta to record southern musicians – black and white. This was the first time vernacular musicians had ever been recorded on “location” – before New Orleans (1924), Memphis (1927), Bristol (1927), or Nashville (1928).Fiddlin’ John Carson recorded “The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane” which became the yet-to-be-named country music genre’s first hit record. Okeh’s recording sessions also included African-American blues musicians Lucille Bogan, Fannie Mae Goosby, and Eddie Heywood along with local jazz bands and the Morehouse College Quartet. Songs from the recording sessions were released in the US, UK, and Germany. Located next to major concert venues like The Tabernacle, Centennial Olympic Park, and State Farm Arena, preserving this building and telling its story provides a unique opportunity to connect Atlanta’s music history with the city’s on-going role in the industry today. A similar project to celebrate a historic makeshift recording studio is currently underway in Dallas, Texas at 508 Park. Learn more: Nassau Street Sessions Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Resort Could Erase Atlanta Music Site Fight to save recording studio Parrot Heads Will Soon Waste Away at Margaritaville in Downtown Atlanta ‘Birthplace of country music’ to be torn down to make way for Margaritaville “The Nashville of Its Day”: Recalling the Origins of Recorded Country Music in 1920s Atlanta

Kyle Kessler
5,271 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Howard County Government, Mary Kay Sigaty, Greg Fox, Eric Ebersole, Terri L. Hill, Clarence K. Lam, Vanessa E. Atterbeary, Shane E. Pendergrass, Frank S. Turner, Howard County School Board, Howard County Public School System, Howard County Historic Preservation Commission, Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning, Howard County Department of Public Works, Jon Weinstein, Maryland Department of Planning, Maryland Department of the Environment, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Sierra Club of Howard County, 1000 Friends of Maryland, Howard County Conservancy, Allan H. Kittleman, Jen Terrasa

Stop Uncontrolled Development in Elkridge & Hanover

Greater Elkridge (Elkridge and Hanover) is currently experiencing a dangerous trend of overdevelopment that is threatening the quality of life in our community. We are petitioning Howard County Government as concerned residents, parents, employees, and school educators to issue a moratorium on building construction in the Elkridge planning area. We hope to raise alarm with our officials and agencies over this issue and its adverse effect on our environment, school overcrowding, and stress on our public infrastructure (roads, traffic congestion). We are asking our government to initiate a moratorium halting development in order to properly analyze current community planning practices, stormwater management, school expansion, and infrastructure improvements. A recent analysis (pictured) using the county’s Search Plans database found that approximately 2,483 units are in the development pipeline within the Elkridge planning area (active from January to August 2018). This includes 1,657 apartments, 172 single family homes, and 654 townhouses. Many of these developments are at higher densities, and one (Lawyers Hill Overlook) poses a significant threat to the landscape of the Lawyers Hill Historic District. Furthermore, the Howard County Development Monitoring System Report for 2017 found that Elkridge had the highest amount of newly constructed residential units in the entire county with 572 units (47% of the county’s total units), and 2,221 units in process (90% being apartments) as of December 2017. These numbers are comparable to the growth in Downtown Columbia, yet Elkridge does not receive nearly as much funding or planning services. Our schools have also suffered from this uncontrolled rate of development. The School System’s 2018 Feasibility Study found that numerous schools will be at dangerous levels of overcapacity by 2023. This assessment includes one elementary school (Hanover Hills at 132.2%), one middle school (Thomas Viaduct at 123.1%), and both high schools being well over student capacity (Howard at 146.1% and Long Reach at 143.3%). These numbers are simply unacceptable, and our children deserve better. We believe that our environment, historical integrity, and public safety are at stake due to the high levels of deforestation that takes place during development. The Floods of 2016 and 2018 also had a severe effect in Lower Elkridge; inundating the major inter-county artery of U.S. Route 1. These flooding events pose as great of a danger to Ellicott City’s Main Street as it does for Elkridge’s Main Street. By allowing developers to continue this uncontrollable trend of overdevelopment, we are destroying what makes Elkridge and Hanover a great place to live. We ask that our government acknowledge and address these concerns by issuing a development moratorium in the Elkridge planning area. We need time for our government to give our community the attention it deserves and desperately needs through effective communitywide master-planning. Howard County Search Plans: Development Monitoring System Report: HCPSS Feasibility Study Report:   

Concerned Citizens for Greater Elkridge
1,050 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Town of Middleton Planning Board

Smarter Development for Middleton

  A townhouse development is being planned for a triangle parcel between Route 114 and Essex St in Middleton, Massachusetts. The address is 97 N Main St. The majority of parcel is the wetlands between 114, Debush, and Essex St. Only three acres of this property are build-able. However, the developer is proposing to put 15 townhouse units (in 5 large building) in those 3 acres. The proposal removes almost all of the trees on the property with the current plan not addressing the need for adequate screening to the 13 single family homes that abut the property. This is an area of Route 114 that already has major issues with traffic and commuter safety. The additional traffic entering and exiting Route 114 will only add to the current issues and create even more traffic in town. Preliminary estimates by the abutters have shown that the cost of incoming students will exceed the tax revenue generated by these condos creating a burden to the town and tax payers via the educational system, fire and police as well as our public drinking supply - all areas that are already heavily burdened. In July 2017 the Planning Board denied the developers permit application because they cited it was too dense and too tall. In 2017 the proposed plan was 18 units, in 5 buildings with a footprint totaling 22,200 sq ft. The current 2018 proposed plan is 15 units, in 5 buildings with a footprint totaling 20,000 sq ft. The current plan is too dense for this neighborhood and brings with it considerable negative impacts to the town. We are asking the planning board : DO NOT accept a plan of more than 12 units in 4 buildings with considerable buffer of natural vegetation surrounding;  or a plan of more than 4 single family homes. Sign this Petition to let your voice be heard and ask the Planning Board to deny this proposed plan for a 15 unit, 5 building townhouse development at 97 N Main Street, Middleton, Massachusetts. In addition to signing the petition please consider attending the Dec 12 Planning Board Meeting (7:00 PM at Fuller-Meadow School) The full permit application for the development can be found here.

David Parker
260 supporters