The Druid Hills Civic Association is a membership organization serves the historic neighborhood of Druid Hills, a community nestled in the heart of Atlanta, GA. Joining (or renewing your membership) helps ensure that we can do our best to advocate for and protect the neighborhood, keep residents in the know, and help build an even stronger sense of community.
The DHCA is proud to be a part of Olmsted 200, a coordinated national and local celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted's bicentennial birthday coming up in 2022.
Stay cool and hydrated this summer with our brand new Druid Hills logo tumblers and water bottles! Now available for immediate purchase in the store
The 4th of July Parade Was Awesome!
It was so fun seeing all of you at our first major social event since the pandemic began. Thank you to our hosts and the membership committee for organizing such a great celebration. Also, a big thank you to Kelly Jordan and other neighbors who submitted all these great photos so we can look back on this fun day!
EMORY DEVELOPMENT ALERT
Emory University hosted a community meeting on June 23 to present plans for their Graduate Student Housing Project in the “Haygood Triangle” area. The recorded presentation may be viewed here. Information and updates about the project will be posted by Emory here.
The DHCA is in the process of gathering community input. We will compile and use your input to inform and direct our next steps as we interact with Emory. A follow up meeting with Emory will be announced soon.
The DHCA invites your responses and comments about the Emory University Graduate Student Housing Project.
This month's Neighborhood Service Day was a huge success! From Heaton Park's maintenance and creating new switchbacks to landscaping help and street sign cleaning, thank you to all who came to spruce up the neighborhood.
Join us for our next Neighborhood Service Day, Saturday, August 7th
We will be taking a couple of months off for summer, but will be back at it in August! We are tentatively scheduled for August 7th.
OUR NEW STRATEGIC PLAN
DHCA is excited to begin 2021 by sharing our strategic plan. Thanks to the hundreds of members for supporting our efforts and shaping this vision. We hope you see reflections of your insights and recommendations throughout our plan. This plan sharpens our focus and defines the impact we will aim to achieve over the next five years and we encourage our neighbors to take ownership by getting involved. Please find a broad overview of the plan here.
DRUID HILLS PARENT GROUP
NEIGHBORS, TAKE ACTION!
Our community is part of the heart of intown living in the metro Atlanta area. DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta have limited funds to tackle a variety of infrastructure and amenity projects, and our neighborhood's needs are often overlooked. The DHCA actively advocates for action with city and county officials, but the loudest voices are most often heard. That's where our residents come in! Please help us write to these officials so that things like our sidewalks, twittens, the train bridge and more might be moved up their priority list. Check out our "Residents, Take Action" page to download email templates, get current contact information, and more!
This was the original plan for Druid Hills, as designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted in the late 1800's.
As the only neighborhood in the South designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Druid Hills stands apart from the other Intown neighborhoods in Atlanta, for the quality and integrity of its historic architecture and for the sweeping wide open spaces and the soaring canopy of its mature hardwoods.
In order to protect the integrity and historic legacy of the neighborhood Druid Hills has been established as a historic district. Anyone who wishes to make significant changes to their properties must apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) through either the City of Atlanta or DeKalb County, depending on where your property is. The two principal jurisdictions are the DeKalb County Historic District and the City of Atlanta Landmark District.
Thanks for helping us preserve and protect the unique heritage of historic Druid Hills. Read more about how historic preservation got started in Druid Hills here.
HISTORY OF THE DHCA
One of most active neighborhood groups in the South, DHCA was founded in 1938 to help residents preserve and protect the unique heritage of Druid Hills as envisioned by its creator, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Much of our work involves exercising vigilance in land use and zoning matters, communicating with local and state officials, informing the residents about community issues, and promoting the general welfare of the neighborhood for the enjoyment of its residents today and in the future.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Druid Hills Historic District incorporates in its entirety the area formerly listed as the Druid Hills Parks and Parkways Historic District.
Learn some of our rich history as experienced by many of our long-time residents by watching the delightful "Druid Hills History Happens Here".
Did you know the DHCA worked ardently over 25 years to prevent the expansion of the Stone Mountain Freeway and the proposed Presidential Parkway from being built straight thru Druid Hills?
“An Informal History of the Druid Hills Civic Association, Celebrating 75 years” was written in 2013 and Thea Roeser, our membership chair, would be happy to deliver one to your home. Please send your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org and she will deliver one to your mailbox!