Thursday, February 12, 2009

Piedmont Park parking deck foe gets award

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 10:02 PM

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In 2005, Doug Abramson — along with an army of Midtown residents and Atlanta activists who banded together as Friends of Piedmont Park — fought tooth and nail to not only battle plans for a controversial parking deck in Piedmont Park, but also push the city and Atlanta Botanical Garden to act in a transparent manner about their plans for a project proposed on public land.

The fight split the neighborhood and the city. Signs in residents' front yards became billboards for support or opposition. In July 2008, after much heated debate and several legal skirmishes, a Fulton County Superior Court judge said Friends of Piedmont Park must pay damages to the garden.

Nonetheless, Abramson remains involved in efforts to make government more transparent and accountable. And on Feb. 28, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation will honor Abramson for his open-government work at its awards banquet at the Commerce Club in downtown Atlanta. That night, at a reception honoring Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, Abramson will be presented with the 2009 Open Government Hero Award.

For more information about the banquet, one which is sure to attract many of the state's legal bigwigs and activists who are open government advocates, visit the Georgia First Amendment Foundation.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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