Eminent domain debate 

Join a roundtable discussion on this hot topic

Nonprofit group Southface hosts a monthly Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable discussion to promote environmentalism in the metro area. On Fri., March 3, the talk will focus on "Eminent Domain: The Sustainability Side of a Complex Issue." Learn more about this timely issue and its local implications. Gov. Sonny Perdue recently has imposed a moratorium of sorts on eminent domain bills. Meanwhile, a bill due to come before the Legislature still allows cities to use eminent domain to clean up supposed "blight," which is seen as a loophole by many property-rights advocates. The roundtable will feature Susan Pruitt of the Georgia Municipal Association.

The talk will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 W. Peachtree St. Cost: $15-$20, which includes breakfast. For more info or to register, go to www.southface.org or call 404-872-3549.

Atlanta Urban Design The Atlanta Urban Design Commission protects buildings and neighborhoods that have historic value. The public is encouraged to attend and voice opinions. The next meeting is Wed., March 8. Second and fourth Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m. Council Chambers at Atlanta City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. 404-330-6200. www.atlantaga.gov.

Buckhead Business Association The Buckhead Business Association meets over breakfast to discuss the economic and cultural vitality of Buckhead, often with special guests. Cost for non-members: $15. Thursdays, 7:30-9 a.m. Anthony's Restaurant, 3109 Piedmont Road. 404-467-7607. www.buckheadbusiness.org.

College Park City Council Residents are encouraged to attend council meetings. Issues not on the agenda may be addressed at the beginning of the meeting. The next meeting will be Mon., March 6. First and third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 3667 Main St., College Park. 404-669-3754. www.collegeparkga.com.

Decatur City Council The council meets twice a month to discuss local government and address community concerns. The next meeting will be Mon., March 6. First and third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Temporary City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur. 404-371-8386. www.decaturga.com.

Drinking Liberally The local chapter of this national group encourages Democrats to get together and discuss politics and whatever else comes up after a few pints. Thursdays, 7 p.m. Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Ave., Decatur. 404-370-1717. www.drinkingliberally.org.

East Point City Council Local government, community endeavors and city planning are discussed. The next meeting will be Mon., March 6. First and third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 2777 East Point St., East Point. 404-765-1000. www.eastpointcity.org.

Neighborhood Planning Units NPUs are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older or any place of business within the NPU. To find out which NPU you belong to and when it meets, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Dates and times vary.

NPU-B, serving Buckhead, Brookhaven, Chastain Park South and Garden Hills, meets on Tues., March 7, and first Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree St. 404-233-1355.

South Atlanta Neighbors South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development serves residents and businesses in Ormewood Park, Boulevard Heights and Benteen Park. Residents are encouraged to attend meetings and voice concerns. The next meeting will be Thurs., March 2. First Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church, 1071 Delaware Ave. 404-627-2216. www.sandatlanta.org.

Virginia-Highlanders The Virginia-Highland Civic Association addresses neighborhood concerns. The next meeting will be Mon., March 6. First Monday of every month, 7 p.m. Ponce de Leon Library, 980 Ponce de Leon Ave. www.vahi.org.

Women in the Halls During the state legislative session, Planned Parenthood and the Georgia ACLU are educating women to become lobbyists and voices for women's issues. Each Tuesday at 9 a.m., those interested meet at the Central Presbyterian Church Community Room. 201 Washington St. www.womeninthehalls.org.

"AIR LOAF" ON 1690 AM

Hear CL's writers and critics discuss their stories on "Air Loaf" at WWAA-AM (1690) Air Atlanta. Discussions of news and culture stories are aired every weekday at 9:30 a.m., 1:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. A two-hour call-in show, on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon, features local topics and well-known guests.

POLITICAL PARTY

Join CL Editor Ken Edelstein and a panel of local politicos and players at the next Political Party, Wed., April 12. The event, which is open to the public and encourages discussion of issues facing metro Atlanta, is held the second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., at Dad's Garage Theater, 280 Elizabeth St. atlanta.creativeloafing.com/politicalparty.

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