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NPU-B discusses crime, demographics
by Caroline Young
March 05, 2013 10:02 PM | 1758 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Unit-B covered a slew of topics Tuesday at its monthly board meeting at 3109 Piedmont Estate and Gardens in Buckhead.

In crime, Maj. Van Hobbs, commander of the Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 2 substation in Buckhead, said pedestrian robbery has occurred recently in the early morning or late evening hours in Zone 2, “when people aren’t vigilant of their surroundings,” he said.

And car break-ins are down this year by 4 percent, and “are on track to be down 10 percent,” which would mean a decrease of at least 36 car break-ins every weak.

Tiffany Harlow, Fulton County assistant district attorney, said it has been a busy couple of months in the courtrooms, and the district attorney’s office is in need of a new Court Watch coordinator, who is energetic and enthusiastic.

“We need someone to bring folks down to watch court proceedings to get convictions because judges really like it when people show up,” she said.

Harlow said it is a flexible job and is posted on the Fulton County website ( She can be emailed at She said the next Court Watch training will be May 4.

Additionally, Harlow said the district attorney’s office is hosting its inaugural gala, the Sneakers and Stilettos Ball, at the World of Coca-Cola downtown April 13. There will be a silent auction, fashion show and program to honor law enforcement members and victims.

Tickets are $100 each and tables run up to $1,500, and all proceeds will go to the district attorney’s youth programs, including Junior D.A. and Legal Lives.

“Money is running out and we are in need of donations,” Harlow said.

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In other news, Jessica Lavandier, principal planner for the city's Bureau of Planning, presented the board with a 2010 Census summary report of NPU-B.

According to her report, NPU-B, with a population of nearly 39,000 residents, grew by nearly 9,000 residents since 2000, a 22 percent jump.

“There was an increase in young females between 25 and 29. NPU-B added 1,500 in that age group in 10 years,” said Lavandier. “There is also a large number of elderly women in NPU-B.”

And 34 percent of the 26,000 households are family households, while 66 percent are non-family households, she said. Additionally, housing units in NPU-B have increased by more than 7,000, and 85 percent of the nearly 40,000 housing units are occupied.

Lavandier also said the Atlanta Urban Design Commission will host its 36th annual Awards of Excellence, honoring projects, programs, individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed toward the city’s environment, preservation and “the sympathetic balance between the old and new.”

Nominations must be received by the Office of Planning in Suite 3350 of City Hall, by March 18 at 3 p.m. They can be submitted for sustainable design, historic preservation, interior design of public space, parks and landscape design, new construction, adaptive use, urban design, contextual in-fill, public works of art, and an individual or organization. Anyone interested can contact Denise Potts at

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