Neighborhood News

Neighborhood rallies for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

Churches, schools and individuals across the neighborhoods have been reaching out to those affected by last month’s wrath from Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent Nor’easter. Episcopal churches on both sides of the river and Downtown have been raising funds for Episcopal Relief and Development, which provides assistance and recovery aid to devastated areas. A group […]

Revitalized 5 Points Merchants Association has high aspirations

By Steve DiMattia Resident Community News The 5 Points Merchants Association is alive and well. After a long history of sporadic engagement and a six-year dormant period, the revitalized association held its first meeting May 2011 with David Joudi, whose Riverside Liquors & Village Wine Shop is among the oldest stores in the area, serving […]

Salty Fig’s parking lot river-friendly

By Steve DiMattia Resident Community News When The Salty Fig opens in December, it promises not only “great food and a big city bar promoting the best local ingredients,” but may also serve up a lesson in how businesses can cheaply incorporate green design practices. Owner Mark Rubin has invested two years and $100,000 converting […]

Point/Counterpoint Continue mobility fee moratorium or not?

There is an important citywide debate currently taking place regarding the 2030 Mobility Plan, or, more accurately, the mobility fees associated with it. The plan reduces vehicle miles traveled and encourages alternate modes of transportation by “incentivizing” development in the urban core where infrastructure already exists to support growth. It integrates land development with transportation […]

Mellow Mushroom owners to tear down gas station

Appeals to restaurant’s plans to be heard in January By Susanna P. Barton Resident Community News Mellow Mushroom of Avondale owner John Valentino said he plans to raze the gas station property he owns on St. Johns Avenue in time for the December holidays. The news coincides with announcement of an upcoming Land Use and […]

Public works fixes Avondale drainage trouble spot

Drainage at the intersection of Edgewood Avenue South and Park Street has been problematic during the recent deluge of rain. But the city’s public works department corrected the issue last month. According to a late November email from the city Engineering and Construction Management Chief William Joyce to District 14 City Councilman Jim Love, crews […]

Pedestrian crossing signs help keep Shoppes safer for shoppers

By Susanna P. Barton Resident Community News The holidays are fast approaching — but the new pedestrian crossing signs in the Shoppes of Avondale caution “not so fast.” Concerned by an increasing trend of drivers speeding through the neighborhood shopping area, representatives from the Avondale Merchants Association brought the situation to the attention of District […]

Sidewalk upgrades coming to 5 Points

By Steve DiMattia Resident Community News The 5 Points Merchants Association wants to ensure the intersection of Park and Margaret streets are not where the sidewalk ends in the historic district. The association plans to upgrade sidewalks along two streets in 5 Points’ commercial sector: Lomax between Oak and the roundabout, and Margaret between the […]