Georgia Avenue Gets Main Street Status

Georgia Avenue Gets Main Street Status

Have you noticed the exciting changes happening on Georgia Ave. in the last year or two?  Businesses are booming, neighbors are volunteering and the community is thriving.  Most of this is largely due to the organizing and advocacy of Georgia Avenue Thrive (GAT), a volunteer-based group of neighbors coming together to build an inclusive, connected, and vibrant community for the neighbors, businesses, and visitors to Lower Georgia Avenue. Initially starting in 2015 as a response to public safety concerns, GAT has grown to focus on creating opportunities for resident and business neighbors to build relationships and to support each other. We took a moment to chat with Jennifer Kuiper, the driving force behind GAT, to learn more about what’s going on in our neighborhood. Yoga Heights: What events or accomplishments has Georgia Avenue Thrive had so far? Georgia Avenue Thrive: GAT activities all come from the ideas and efforts of volunteers living and working here in the neighborhood. All our efforts are designed to be free, fun and family-friendly. Here is a sample of the activities resident and business volunteers have provided since starting up two years ago: Winter Fest and October Fest featuring local businesses, artists, makers, food vendors, and performers. Community-wide block party on Morton Street with water slides, service provider info tables, live performances, free bbq, and cooking demos by DC Reynolds and Feast in a Basket. Joint activities with Park Morton residents such as the Snow Angel holiday gift giving, NeighborUP-Park View activities, and Halloween costume donations. Yoga Heights community yoga and fitness classes on the old Murry’s Parking lot. Community outdoor movie nights with...