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Fulton schedules meeting on consolidated planning document, annual action plan

Fulton schedules meeting on consolidated planning document, annual action plan

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Fulton County has added an additional public meeting in conjunction with Johns Creek to allow more public input into the process of planning and preparing its 5-year Consolidated Planning Document to determine the needs of the community in developing viable urban communities.  The plan provides decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities principally for low and moderate- income persons.

The public meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the Shakerag Fire Station located at 10925 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek.

Neighbors concerned about future of Music Midtown

ATLANTA, Ga. -- As soon as the crowd at Music Midtown dispersed late Saturday night the tear down crews got to work.

Pretty much everyone agrees, this year's Music Midtown was a success. But the most vocal critics of the concert, who live in the neighborhood surrounding Piedmont Park, argue the city and the concert promoters are taking a huge risk every year.

"It's too big for the area, the park or the streets. So if something were to happen you wouldn't be able to address it," said Kathleen Dumitrescu with the Midtown Neighbors Association.

"Most people want to have stuff going on in their neighborhood. However, a festival that big, that's fenced in is a gamble."

A gamble that paid off this year, but we only need to rewind to last year to understand what Dumitrescu is talking about.

Music Midtown is a mixed bag for local residents

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- With countless festivals year round, the neighborhoods surrounding Piedmont Park are accustomed to re-routed traffic and big crowds.

"It's just something you have to deal with," said area resident Luke Olliff.

He said he is delighted to be a short walk from this year's Music Midtown festival.

"It's just something that comes with the territory," he said.

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

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Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Sept. 23, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November. Fulton County Registration and Elections encourages residents to join others across the nation who will be registering to vote.

The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election is Monday, Oct. 6. Online voter registration is available, which allows new voters to complete the entire process online at www.fultonelections.com. In Fulton County, residents can register to vote online, at their city hall, the Georgia Department of Driver Services, any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch, at one of the three registration and elections offices or by mail.

Residents can also obtain a voter registration form at one of three County offices:

MARTA moves forward to build atop rail stations

ATLANTA -- MARTA is asking developers to submit ideas for developing air rights atop four rail stations – Arts Center, Lenox, Midtown and North Avenue.

MARTA is soliciting Project Vision Statements from local and national developers capable of developing the air rights at these stations into vibrant, visionary mixed-use projects that can be upheld as a national standard for its Transit-Oriented Development program, the transit system said in a press release issued Friday.

MARTA has formally released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for air rights development at the stations. The RFEI will be used to gauge market potential and assess which stations are most suitable to be subsequently released for air rights development through an open and competitive Request for Proposals process, MARTA said.

Self-defense: What you're doing right, wrong

Self-defense: What you're doing right, wrong

(WXIA) -- There have been too many stories lately of women being attacked while exercising on public trails.

These reports sparked a conversation among the Atlanta Alive team, centered around ways to avoid becoming a victim.

So what does a victim look like? With all of today's technology, in a word, distracted. Self-defense experts Cole and Vanessa Parker accompanied 11Alive's Kaitlyn Ross to Piedmont Park to see just how easy it is to become less aware of your surroundings.

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