Predatory Retail Chains, Pop-Up Market, 5k, and More

Upcoming Events in Our Community

May 11: Transforming Indian Creek MARTA District

The Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan for Indian Creek is being fine-tuned, and your opinions are needed. The master plans “will create a community-driven vision to catalyze the transformation of MARTA’s Indian Creek Station into a walkable, vibrant, mixed-use, transit-centric community.”  

TOD often includes a mix of uses including a variety of housing types, office, and retail within a five-to-10-minute walk of a transit station. It is generally denser than the development surrounding it and is supported by high quality neighborhood amenities, such as parks, plazas, and other public spaces.

Community meeting: May 11, 2023, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Indian Creek MARTA Station, 3901 Durham Park Road.

You can also take a survey and learn more by clicking this link.

May 20, 2023, 10 a.m. Next GHHCDC Meeting

Catch up on developments in our overlay zone. This meeting is virtual.

Meeting ID: 974 314 0681

Passcode: 8SsoK0

Phone: 929 436 2866

May 23, 2023, 1 p.m., Fixing the Food Gap

Zoom Event with Federal Trade Commission and People Fighting for Fairness in Our Food System.


The Institute for Self-Reliance is offering a virtual event on the important topic: How Communities are Fighting Back Against Predatory Retail Chains. From the news release:

“The rise of predatory retail chains—including Walmart, Kroger, and Dollar General—has wreaked havoc on our communities. These giants leverage their power to bully farmers and muscle out independent grocers, which has undermined our food system, left many communities without access to fresh, healthy food, and harmed our local economies. Please join the call Tuesday, May 23rd at 1:00–2:15 pm featuring Federal Trade Commissioner Alvaro Bedoya alongside community leaders, independent grocers, and advocates—to examine the ways these dominant retailers exert their power, how community leaders are fighting back, and what federal leaders must do to cultivate fairness in our food system.”

Commissioner Alvaro Bedoya
Federal Trade Commission
Q&A Moderated by
Stacy Mitchell
Co-Executive Director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
 Panel Discussion Angela Huffman
Co-Founder and Vice President, Farm Action
Aaron Johnson
Founder and Owner, Oasis Fresh Market in North Tulsa, Oklahoma
Rev. Dr. Donald Perryman
Senior Pastor, The Center of Hope Community Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio
Moderated by
Rana Foroohar

Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times

June 3, 1-6 p.m., Pop-Up Market on Memorial Drive

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Stone Mountain will host the East Memorial Drive Pop of Market on Saturday, June 3, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

DeKalb County business owner Deanna Cauthen is coordinating the event to support the East Memorial Corridor, which has experienced slow economic growth since the early 1990s.

Vendors can register for The East Memorial Drive Pop-Up Market at, or by emailing Deanna Cauthen at

June 10, 8:00-11 a.m. It’s time for the Fun Run!

Or you can walk or bike. Meet at Biffle Park, 5221 Biffle Road, Stone Mountain,  June 10, 8 a.m. and enjoy the 5K event. Official times will be recorded for those who are interested.  Please register at this link.   
Sponsors and donations are welcome. Write to

Decide DeKalb Working to Attract New Jobs and Bridge Gaps

Decide DeKalb is the economic development arm of DeKalb County. The staff works to increase investment and jobs. It now has an Equitable Economic Development Program which focuses particularly on bringing investment and increasing opportunities in underserved parts of the county. Jan Costello and about 15 other residents of the County are on the Advocate DeKalb advisory group which hopes to bring more attention to central and south DeKalb.

The agency is doing good work in one of the most diverse counties in Georgia. View its latest report by clicking this link.


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