West End

Our first issue will focus on Atlanta’s West End neighborhood, set to be released in the fall. Together, we’re telling stories that the West End community want told.

Our West End Community Advisory Board, made up of neighborhood members who applied, is helping us choose stories for our fall issue based on feedback collected from more than 50 West End community members:

Mr. Adassa
Mr. Adassa is a real estate investor, owner of locally produced AHi! Hot Pepper Sauce, and owner of the West End Community Center. He has lived in West End for 15 years and is a former District 4 City Council candidate. He would like to see the West End remain a diverse cultural hub where opportunity abounds for all of its current and future residents.
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Jocelyn Dorsey
Jocelyn Dorsey is the award-winning and former anchor and director of editorials/public affairs for Channel 2 WSB-TV, where she was the first African American news anchor in Atlanta. She has lived in West End for longer than 30 years and wants to help citizens gain as much unbiased information they need to make the best decisions about their lives, their community, their government and their society.
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Jocelin Drake Houston
Jocelin Drake Houston has been a resident of West End for nearly 20 years. She wants to see the neighborhood improve and to preserve its culture as development happens. She joined the West End CAB so that the concerns of longtime residents do not get overlooked.
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Cecilia Houston-Torrence
Cecilia Houston-Torrence is a retired Community Involvement Banking Officer for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and a current chair of the Atlanta Citizen Review Board and member of the Fulton County Election Task Force. She has been a West End community member for more than 30 years and wants to make the West End a safe place to live, work and play.
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Nichole James Vickers
Nichole James Vickers is a partner at a law firm and has lived in West End since 2006—a return from her days as a student at Spelman College. She wants to contribute to how the story of West End gets told and make sure the interests of all West End residents are being addressed.
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Terry Ross
Terry Ross is a grant-writer and nonprofit consultant who sits on the executive board of the West End Merchants Coalition and is a parliamentarian for the West End Neighborhood Development Corporation (WEND) and Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) T. He has lived in West End for 12 years and wants to see equitable growth and development in the neighborhood.
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Robert Thompson
Robert Thompson is a neighborhood historian who runs Insight Cultural Tourism, a tour company based in West End that focuses on gentrification and revitalization in the area. He is a former media specialist and documentary producer, and he has lived in the neighborhood for nearly 25 years. He wants Canopy to create news that’s truly useful to the West End community.
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Questions? Email us at canopy.atlanta2020@gmail.com.