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EDITOR’S LETTER Collin Kelley

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The Force Re-Awakens I was 7 years old when the first “Star Wars” movie was released in 1977. I didn’t particularly want to see it. My best friend at the time (hello, Chad Darnell, wherever you are) had spent Friday night at my house, and my occasionally proper Southern mother declared that he was “company,” so he should pick the movie we were going to see on Saturday afternoon. He chose “Star Wars.” I tried to talk Chad into seeing my choice, “Smokey and the Bandit,” but he wasn’t interested. I had my reasons for wanting to see Burt Reynolds and Sally Field up on the big screen. The year before, “Smokey and the Bandit” had been filmed on streets near my house and one day I got to watch Burt and Sally film a chase scene in their souped-up Trans-Am. It was cool! But on that early summer Saturday, I grumpily went along with Chad and my parents to the cinema in Jonesboro, Ga. to see “Star Wars.” The house lights dimmed, the music swelled and suddenly I was plunged into the world of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Darth Vader. It was spectacular. The next day, I made my parents take me to Richway department store (remember those?) and buy me all the “Star Wars” action figures that were available. My dad ruefully commented that maybe we should have seen “Smokey and the Bandit,” since it had no accompanying toys. For the next six years – as “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” were released – I amassed

quite a collection of action figures and playsets for my birthday and Christmas. I still have most of them. Years later, when the prequels were released, I once again sat in a cinema in awe, only to be disappointed. Let’s be honest, those prequels suck. Hard. The less said about them the better. So that brings us to 2015 and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” I went to a preview the Thursday before it opened at the Midtown Art Cinema. It was a small 2-D cinema, not a far cry from the size where I had seen the original film 38 years ago. The lights dimmed, the music swelled and I fist pumped the air and clapped like the total nerd that I am. It was a sold-out screening. I was surrounded by people my age and their kids (and – gulp! – grandkids), and they were all cheering along as we met a new generation of heroes and villains. As Han Solo and Chewbacca said when they stepped back into the Millennium Falcon after so many years, “we’re home.” The movie has raked in more than a billion dollars and has received great reviews, although the inevitable backlash has begun. Sure, the film retreads many of the plot points of the original trilogy, but it feels necessary to rinse the taste of those prequels away and create a story that is familiar to those of a “certain age” like me and to kids who are just discovering the “Star Wars” universe. The movie is making people happy. With so much bad news and cynicism lately, if a twohour, sci-fi film can whisk you to a galaxy far, far away and make you forget your troubles, then I say let it be. ”The Force Awakens” doesn’t need critical analysis or to be compared to high art. It’s an old-fashioned film with good guys and bad guys zooming around in cool spaceships. And, yes, I did get a bunch of “Star Wars” toys for Christmas. Happy New Year and may the Force be with you. Always.

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rowing up with dogs, Haley has always loved animals. When she was 9, Haley decided she wanted to help homeless pets, so she created the Kingswood Fun Run to benefit the Atlanta Humane Society (AHS). With the support of her parents, Tim and Christy Hooper, the sixth annual run was held last August and raised $15,000. She has raised more than $25,000 for AHS since starting the run. When she went to turn in the 2015 event’s donations, she was honored by the AHS staff and told that her contributions had saved 70 dogs from a puppy mill earlier that same week. “Making a difference in an animal’s life is such a rewarding The Lovett School experience,” Haley said. “I knew, along with my parents, that all the hard work and participation of dozens of people, was paying off to help improve the lives of hundreds of sweet animals. I cannot wait to start planning for next year’s race on August 13, 2016!”

Haley Hooper, 15

Meet our eighth annual 20 Under 20 honorees. We asked public and privates schools, along with universities and service organizations, to nominate students who have gone above and beyond to give back to the community. Like every year, we are astounded at how much time and effort these students put into their charity work. Thousands of volunteer hours, traveling to other states and countries, creating nonprofit organizations and being role models to other students were hallmarks of their service. We noticed that the nominees seem to get younger and younger – from a 10-year-old on a mission to save endangered rhinos to an 18-year-old who survived a brutal beating to lead a charge against bullying, we think you’ll agree these students are exceptional. Like last year, there were so many students we thought deserved recognition we also selected five finalists. We hope these uplifting stories will inspire you to give back to the community. And thank you to the businesses and schools whose advertising support makes this section possible every year. – Collin Kelley, Editor featured listing from

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Vajraang Kamat, 18 North Atlanta High School

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uring the past four years, Vajraang, the son of Samir Kamat and Bindu Balakrishnan, has volunteered more than 2,000 hours in local, national and international projects for Embracing the World, a United Nations-recognized international humanitarian organization. Locally, he volunteers in the Atlanta chapter, participating in park cleanups, shelter kitchens and fundraisers. He’s also the coordinator of the Southeast chapter of Ayudh, the youth wing of Embracing the World. Nationally, Vajraang tours the U.S. every summer and Thanksgiving break, traveling to 14 cities to participate in various humanitarian activities and fundraisers. Internationally, he shadows Ammachi labs in south India, which focuses on technological humanitarian projects. As chief designer for the North Atlanta Robotics Team, he merged his work in Ayudh with robotics to design and build a tree-planting robot. Vajraange and his teammates close their laptops to help clear Standing Peachtree Park along the Chattahoochee River. “Once our robots are built, we hope to bring them to the park and put them to good use here,” he said. “Though what we do is small, we plan to keep it alive. We hope to keep working on and maintaining this park, and, with the help of our robots, show how technology and service can go hand-in-hand for the betterment of society.”

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Sir Dalvin Holloman, 18

ir Dalvin has been the driving force behind the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta’s anti-bullying and suicide prevention campaign. A victim of bullying himself where he was beaten by a gang, Sir Dalvin has taken his experience and worked with kids to change behaviors and offer support where it is needed. His efforts earned him the Auburn University Anti-Bullying Hero Award. As a member of the Boys & Girls Club since he was 7, he has gone on to become a counselor at Camp Kiwanis, a year-round residence camp run by the club, and has volunteered as a caregiver to the elderly. Sir Dalvin, the son of Cederic Holloman, said delivering meals to homeless people living under the I-20 bridge opened his eyes to how important giving back to the community is. “The sight of seeing people struggle to this magnitude seemed immeasurable to my young eyes,” Georgia College & State University he said. “From that moment on, I found myself with the sudden urge to constantly make efforts to serve those who need it the most. It is through this experience that has led me to ultimately dedicate my life to the service of others.”

Which Test: SAT or ACT? As founder of Applerouth Tutoring, I help parents navigate the complicated world of college admissions testing. Parents know the ACT is an alternative to the SAT, but they often do not know how to help their student choose between the two tests. Recently instituted changes to both tests contribute to the uncertainty. Students tend to feel more comfortable with one test format over the other. Over the past fifteen years, I’ve seen time and again how that extra comfort can translate into a significantly higher score. It’s important to make as informed a decision as possible about your student’s test preparation.

Making an Informed Decision Students became familiar with the New SAT format when they took the redesigned PSAT in October, but not all students have taken the ACT equivalent, the Aspire. Parents often ask how they can use just a PSAT score to make this important decision. The easiest way to make this decision is to have your student take a mock ACT so that you can compare the ACT result with its PSAT counterpart, once scores are released January 2016. Compare your student’s percentile rankings on the two tests, and then put your energy into the test your student feels most comfortable with and excels most naturally at. A lot of benefit is derived from using meaningful data to inform your decision. When students find out early which test is a best fit, they avoid unnecessary stress and frustration. Junior year is often the most demanding year of high school. There is a way to make at least the standardized testing experience more productive and manageable.

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van has singlehandedly run Lovett’s sixweek Habitat for Humanity build for the past two years - volunteering himself and getting his peers involved. Evan became interested in Habitat for Humanity after going on a Lovett service trip to New Orleans, where he worked on housing restoration projects. “Habitat has opened my eyes to a lot of things,” Evan said. “I have been able to work with families and help them attain one of the basic necessities of life while gaining exposure to the technicalities of home construction. I have also been able to experience the communities I live around, which has familiarized me with the socioeconomic and racial divisions in Atlanta. Evan, the son of Claire and Todd Mercer, said the biggest reward is the dedication of the home. “At the end of each build, Habitat for Humanity dedicates the house, and it’s great to see how appreciative the homeowner and his or her family are. It feels good to see our impact and the result of our hard work.”

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s well as being active at school – including creating a mentorship program, working on an anti-bullying campaign and working as a teaching assistant in the elementary school music program – Max also serves on the 21st Century Leadership Youth Council and created a charity called Game Givers that delivers video games to sick children at hospitals throughout The Galloway School Georgia. He also mentors youth to host gaming tournaments to raise funds and awareness. He is also a board member for E.P.I.C Kids Foundation, a nonprofit that provides children with opportunities for personal development. He also served on the Teen Jam board for the Atlanta Jewish Community Center, leading and implementing community service projects around the city. The son of Ali and David Rubenstein, Max said a special memory is meeting a patient named Davis who had spent 21 months at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as part of Game Givers. “After spending some time with him, I was able to really understand the impact that my charity had,” Max said. “Davis and I will be getting together soon at one of my upcoming charity video game tournaments, and I look forward to getting to know him better. There are many days I feel grateful that I started Game Givers, but on that day I know I truly lived my mission: helping sick kids in the hospital.”

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Elizabeth Cohen, 10

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hen she first realized, at the age of 6, that rhinos were needlessly being killed for their horns, Elizabeth announced that she intended to save them. For the past four years, she has dedicated herself to learning about and telling the world of these needless slaughters. Elizabeth organized her first fundraising lemonade stand in kindergarten, and sent the money she raised to Save the Rhino International. She promoted programs designed by the Rhino Orphanage in South Africa, and teamed up with Zoo Atlanta and organized a Rhino Booth at the 2014 Maker’s Faire, where she gave multiple presentations to adults and children about the dangers to rhinos. This past summer, Elizabeth met with leaders of Save the Rhino International at their headquarters in London, where she discussed new fundraising ideas for her school. On the horizon is a community-wide service day at her school to raise awareness about rhinos. An active runner with The Atlantic Track Club, Elizabeth hopes to organize a “Run for the Rhinos” soon. “I save the rhinos because they need help and I like helping others,” the daughter of Dan and Jenny Cohen said.

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Type 1 diabetic, Will has not let that define him. Instead, he has worked hard to raise money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), and to help make HIES the top-grossing school in the nation for seven years in a row in the JDRF Fall Walk. With Will as captain of this year’s walk, HIES raised $93,000 for JDRF. When HIES began collecting bottles of clean drinking water for victims of flooding in South Carolina, Will was one of a handful of students who not only helped to load two trucks and a bus, but also went to the state and helped unload the water. He also volunteered at Camp Hope, a weeklong camp for the children of those who are incarcerated, and at AYUDA Inc., a nonprofit that delivers diabetes education to those in the Dominican Republic and other countries. Will, the son of Natalie and Tom Epperson, was a volunteer, fundraiser, mentor and camp counselor for AYUDA this past summer for three weeks, raising $7,000 for the program, and being promoted to mentor for the summer of 2016. One of his most memorable moments was spending last summer in Latin America to educate those living with diabetes. “I was thanked by people who I had never seen before nor spoken to,” he recalled. “It really showed me how much it meant to the campers and their families that we were there to teach them about how to live with diabetes.”

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BEYOND LEADERSHIP Congratulations to Galloway students Saachi Datta ‘16 and Max Rubenstein ‘17 for being recognized as two of Atlanta Intown’s 20 under 20. Their commitment to community service is an inspiration to us all.

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n 7th grade, Julie found the perfect outlet for her love of serving in the National Charity League (NCL), a mother-daughter service organization committed to community service and leadership. Through NCL, she has volunteered hundreds of hours to help organizations such as Operation Gratitude, Agape, Furkids, Buckhead Christian Ministries, Ronald McDonald House, Hospice Atlanta, Atlanta Food Bank and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Julie, the daughter of Randy and Holly Street, is a particularly devoted volunteer for Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to veterans and active duty military personnel. Over the past 18 months, Julie has devoted over 150 hours serving Operation Gratitude, and has been involved from the beginning of the partnership between NCL Buckhead and Operation Gratitude. Julie researched paracord bracelet materials, determining where they could be sourced most economically, and created hundreds of ready-to-assemble paracord kits so that the local members of NCL could weave bracelets for the care boxes. She personally wove over 300 bracelets. Speaking about Operation Gratitude, Julie said, “This organization sends over 150,000 care packages a year to active duty military. Reaching out to them was really meaningful for me because four generations of my family have served the U.S. forces in the past century, including my own uncle who has spent five years in both Iraq and Afghanistan.” A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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aachi was chosen as a Giving Point Institute member this year because of her work creating an organization called Manāna, which collects donations to throw birthday parties for underprivileged kids. When asked about her most memorable moment giving back, Saachi said, “It is hard to choose just one memorable moment because the last two years with Manāna have been unforgettable. However, there was one event, the memory of which I will always cherish. Walking into the Agape Center to set up for our second celebration, the volunteers and I were excited to surprise the children who did not know that we were returning. When they realized that we had come back, their shrieks of delight were piercing and their enthusiasm was infectious. A little girl, barely 5 years old, came flying up to me, nearly knocking me over, and gave me the tightest hug she could. ‘I remember you! I’m so happy! I just turned five!’ she said. That one large smile on her face went straight to my heart. It made me appreciate that we do have the power to affect others, whether it be one smile or many smiles. I realized then that Manāna’s mission – to celebrate children’s lives – had come to fruition, and my commitment to the cause was sealed.” Saahi is the daughter of Jaydip Datta and Sarita Kansal.

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ver since she was a young girl, Josie has been a volunteer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2012, Josie became part of girlFriends, a volunteer group of ninth-to-12th-grade girls dedicated to fundraising throughout the school year for Children’s. She is now co-president of girlFriends, which raised more than $30,600 last school year. Josie, the daughter of Jim and Diane Barton, also creates cards for sick children through Holy Innocents’ Send-a-Smile Club, tutors at-risk students at Sandy Springs Mission, and serves as an acolyte and vacation Bible school counselor for St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. “One of my most memorable moments was a few years ago while I was volunteering at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Heart to Heart Christmas party,” she said. “I was running the Build a Bear station, helping the heart patients stuff their animals. There was a little girl and her grandmother having trouble, but none of the other volunteers could help them. None of the other volunteers could help because the girl and her grandmother only spoke Spanish. I was nervous at first, but once I began speaking to them in their native language I could see a wave of relief wash over them. As I helped the little girl stuff her bear, I spoke to them and learned she had received a heart transplant as an infant and had had multiple surgeries since. I was so grateful I was able to use my Spanish to help her, especially after everything she had been through.”

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Discovering Everything Except Their Limits.

D’Anthony Morrow, 17 Benjamin E. Mays High School

In the right atmosphere, students take chances and seek out challenges. With the right mentors, students discover interests and passions they never knew they had.

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’Anthony will be headed to the University of Georgia next fall to play baseball, a talent he honed as an ambassador for L.E.A.D., a local nonprofit that uses sports to help students succeed at school and teaches them how to give back to the community. D’Anthony, the son of David Morrow and Katrina Johnson, has been an ambassador for the group for six years. He said a memorable moment came during a L.E.A.D. clinic at Turner Field with elementary and middle school students from Atlanta Public Schools. “As the students walk into the stadium, you see the excitement on their faces and all throughout the day; you see how excited they are to be on the field running around the bases, having live batting practice, and simply happy to be on the same field where the Atlanta Braves play,” D’Anthony said. “What made the day so memorable was when an elementary student came up to me after the clinic and said, ‘I am going to be like you one day.’ That made me feel like a champion! It showed me that what I was doing is affecting kids in a positive way.”

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Prashanth Kumar, 16

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or the past four years, Prashanth has traveled to Tirunelveli, India to volunteer at Galaxy Hospital and Kidney Care Center, where he translates for doctors during procedures and helps comfort patients. This work also led to hosting blood drives in the small town and other places in India. He also teaches at a local Tamil School every Sunday, teaching the Tamil language to children, and serves as a peer tutor for Pace’s Academic Resource Center. Prashanth, the son of Krishnan Kumar and Sundari Ganesan, is also a counselor for the Middle School MathCounts program and Lower School chess team. He said that his trips to India each summer have inspired his career path. “Going to volunteer in India solidified my aspiration to be a doctor, as it is clearly a job that would immensely change the lives of any community,” he said. “[The trips] nourish my internal drive to help make the world one in which all people, irrespective of what country they are in, have the same chance to thrive.”

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Sarina Chalmers, 18 The Paideia School

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arina’s strong interest in ecology led her to create the “Paideia PlantPollinator Project” two years ago. Her research has led to the installation of hundreds of native plants for pollinators, including more than 20 different species of native wildflowers and flowering herbs in the Druid Hills neighborhood, as well as in other school and community gardens in underserved neighborhoods around Atlanta. Under Sarina’s leadership, the Paideia Farms and Garden Sites are now certified Native Pollinator Habitats. Sarina also received a Monarchs Across Georgia Pollinator Habitat grant to continue this work. Her work also led to the development of a related AP Biology lab that focuses on the coevolution of pollinators and native plants. Sarina, a senior, is the daughter of Rebecca and Henry Chalmers.

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2015 graduate of Grady High School, the daughter of Elizabeth and Ed Rogan combined her love of reading with Girl Scout service projects that address literacy issues among homeless children. While in 6th grade, Jenni refurbished the library at the United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur, arranging for a book drive at her school, a troop discussion of literacy, and a group tour of the facility. She also worked with infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers at the Atlanta Children’s Shelter through the creation of an audio library where youngsters read along with popular children’s books while the story is read to them on a CD to help close the “word gap,” a documented lag in literacy for children born into poverty. She also volunteered regularly with Project Open Hand, MedShare, the Ronald McDonald House and the Atlanta Women’s Day Shelter. Now in college, Jenni is volunteering once a week at an elementary school in Northfield, MN. She said one of her most memorable moments was seeing the delight in the eyes of the young children at the Atlanta Children’s Shelter when she wheeled in a cart filled with audiobooks. “I hope I was able to pass along my love of reading to these children,” she said.

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he VirginiaHighland student has been giving back to the community since he attended Morningside Elementary and Inman Middle schools. Most recently he served as a “Volunteen” at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he helped with inventory and in the laboratory. The son of John and Debbie Stephenson, John has also been active building homes with Habitat for Humanity, processing and packaging meals with Helping Hand and planting trees along the Atlanta BeltLine with Trees Atlanta. As part of his work with First Presbyterian Church, he’s been on a number of mission trips including helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey. One of his memorable moments was helping a homeless man who could not speak English during a church breakfast. The man wanted an orange, but John was unable to find one, but the homeless man smiled and thanked the teen for breakfast. “As my dad and I were leaving to go home and get changed for church services, I saw the man who asked for an orange out of the corner of my eye, a wide smile on his face and, surprisingly, an orange in his hand,” John said. “He waved at me and I waved back happily before going our separate ways. In all of my volunteer experiences, it’s the little things like a warm smile over such an ordinary object that imparts a binding sense of humanity and makes service extremely worthwhile.”

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organ has always given of her time to her community by volunteering with many groups and organizations. Whether it’s helping to build playgrounds with Kaboom, traveling to Birmingham, Ala., for school cleanup projects, planting a community garden for the needy, or holding leadership positions with Sporty Girls, you can always find Morgan giving of her time. Morgan also volunteers with Alive Ministries, an organization whose mission is to eliminate hunger for atrisk students in local schools. She also participated in the Haiti Care Mission’s “Threads of Love” project, a 2011 initiative to collect and donate 5,000 pillowcases for the purpose of making “pillowcase dresses” for infants and young girls in need in Haiti. The daughter of Scott and Nathalie Brandon-Robinson, Riverwood International Charter School Morgan also collected knitted hats for donation to the neonatal intensive care unit of Children’s Hospital at Egleston as part of the Middle Years Program Project. “As I toured the NICU and saw the precious bundles of joy to whom my hats would help, I believe my heart was warmed most of all,” she recalled. “Despite being hooked up to countless machines and tubes, the babies had so much life and strength in their little bodies. Ultimately, it was one of the best feelings to know that my actions were possibly adding a sense of comfort to a mother’s life, and most of all, showing them that they were not alone.”

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Jordan Williams and Brandon Iverson Jordan said. “We wanted to create meaningful and thoughtfully designed clothes that would help spread our message.” The current high school seniors said they spend a lot of weekends and holiday breaks on Young Moguls Brand. During the recent holidays,

Brandon and Jordan were working on new designs for 2016, including a contest to design a new beanie. The partners co-design the clothing brand and have learned new computer skills like Photoshop and Illustrator to create the distinctive line. “We want to keep developing Young

Moguls and expanding it,” Brandon said. “We want to take the quality and detail of the clothing to the next level and focus on driving customers to the website and expanding our reach.” The duo has also received a big lesson in how to prioritize and organize their busy lives. “We’re both seniors, taking finals, the SAT, applying to colleges and playing basketball,” Jordan said. “We may not wind up at the same college, but we plan to continue into college and beyond.” Brandon said they are already discussing expanding Young Moguls to offer different products and for a way to work with kids in school systems to teach entrepreneurship. And what has been the response of their family and friends to the success of Young Moguls? “The response has been great,” Jordan said. “People are so supportive, which we appreciate. Our friends have modeled the clothes for us for photo shoots, interviews, and are helping grow the brand on social media. Even our parents and family have come to model for us. Their support keeps us grounded.” For more about Young Moguls Brand, visit youngmogulsbrand. com and follow them on Twitter (@ mogulsbrand) and Instagram (@ youngmogulsbrand).

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Peace by Piece club members from The Weber School recently hosted their counterparts from The Marist School (Catholic) and The W.D. Mohammed School (Muslim) for a unique interfaith experience filled with conversation and interaction. The full- day program included break out sessions to learn about religious, symbolic and cultural aspects of Judaism – including making their own challah. Atlanta Public Schools’ KIPP Strive Academy has been named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School. The school is one of only 300 schools in the country to Peace by Piece Club receive the designation from the U.S. Department of Education and the fourth Atlanta Public School to become a National Blue Ribbon School.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has honored Savannah College of Art and Design President and Founder Paula Wallace with a Phoenix Award, Atlanta’s highest citizen honor, for her contributions to the city’s artistic, educational and cultural landscape. The Atlanta City Council also declared December 2015 as SCAD Month in the city. Nonprofit arts organization WonderRoot is exhibiting work by 16 Atlanta Public School high school students in “What A Time To Be Alive.” The exhibiton continues through Jan. 25 at the WonderRoot Community Center, 982 Memorial Drive. wonderroot.org. The Children’s School in Midtown is lending a helping hand to Grace United Methodist Church for its annual schoolwide donation drive. After a successful service-learning project in which TCS parents, students and faculty participated in making over 1,000 sandwiches to donate to the church’s soup kitchen, it was evident that many other items were needed for winter, so donations are still being gathering for the church as the new year begins.

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Ben Franklin Academy Philanthropy Club spent the holidays collecting food, with the faculty and staff joining with the students in a friendly competition to see which team could collect the most food. The school ultimately collected five tons of food, which was distributed through the Action Ministries hunger relief program. Novelist and nonfiction writer Winston Groom (“Forrest Gump”) will visit The Lovett School for an evening lecture on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater. The lecture is free of charge and open to the community. In his lecture, “The Generals: Learning and Writing about Character,” Groom will discuss his most recent book, “The Generals.” The nonfiction book tells the tales of George Patton, Douglas MacArthur and George Marshall, three generals who changed America’s ideas of military leadership in World War II. Greater Atlanta Christian Senior High Greater Atlanta Christian Senior High students partnered with 7 Bridges Ministry to prepare more than 1,000 lunches during chapel. Organized by chapel class students, the service project gave Senior High an opportunity to serve others during school hours. Together, small groups brought sandwich-making supplies from home and prepared meals for distribution by 7 Bridges to Atlanta homeless. The Friends School of Atlanta (FSA) in Decatur is hosting a series of tours and open houses in the coming months. Parents will be able to learn about the culture and curricula at FSA, observe classes in session and tour campus facilities. Tours are being held in January, February and March, with open house events on Jan. 9 and Feb. 6. For more information or to reserve a spot on a tour, email nancy.bent@friendsschoolatlanta.org. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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City approves streetcar expansion plan, begins Downtown route fare collection

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By Collin Kelley The Atlanta City Council has signed off on a plan to expand the Atlanta Streetcar system to 50-plus miles with five crosstown routes and 22-miles along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. The council voted on the plan last month as an amendment to the city’s Connect Atlanta Plan. The streetcar system plan will serve as a framework for a potential sales tax referendum in 2016 and is a necessary requirement for any major transit project seeking federal funding from the Federal Transit Administration. This action by the City Council now enables the city to apply for large scale federal

transportation funding. “Transit is at the heart of the Atlanta BeltLine,” stated Paul Morris, Atlanta BeltLine President and CEO. “Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the City of Atlanta, and MARTA have worked collaboratively to advance transit on the Atlanta BeltLine and in the city, through planning studies and the federal process, and today’s action by the City Council is significant in helping us to continue to move forward.” “Atlanta is a city that brings people together and connects them to opportunities,” said Councilmember Andre Dickens, who sits on the Atlanta BeltLine board and sponsored the legislation. “The Atlanta Streetcar System Plan is a 50-mile system that connects Atlanta’s people to jobs, vibrant neighborhoods and world-class entertainment opportunities. This plan, when implemented, will solidify our city’s commitment to improving

social equity and increasing economic mobility for all of our citizens.” Approval of the expansion came after a proposed streetcar line along Peachtree to Buckhead was removed from the plan after community outcry and concern from council members. In October, the city was turned down for federal funding to expand the existing 2.7-mile streetcar line in Downtown to connect with the Eastside Trail of the BeltLine. The free ride on the Downtown streetcar line is over. As of Jan. 1, a $1 fare is now being charged with a variety of pass options available through the MARTA Breeze card system. You can see the fares and passes at streetcar. atlantaga.gov. At the end of November, the Atlanta Streetcar had been ridden by more than 680,000 passengers since opening on Dec. 30, 2014.

Turner Field to be sold to Georgia State, developers By Collin Kelley The City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority have announced that a team made up of Georgia State University, real estate developers Carter and Oakwood as the winning bidder to redevelop Turner Field and approximately 70 acres of adjacent property. “After a thorough review of all the proposals, including in-person presentations, the Board of the City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority has a preferred bidder and will commence negotiations immediately,” said William Whitner, chair of the AFCRA board in a media statement. “We will move forward expeditiously to ensure that we make meaningful progress toward determining the future of this historic neighborhood. AFCRA has been a long-time partner in this community

and we fully appreciate the importance of negotiating with a developer that will have the community’s interest foremost in mind.” “The AFCRA Board has taken the next major step in ensuring that there is meaningful redevelopment and transformation of this area,” said Keisha Lance Bottoms, executive director of AFCRA. “Several details have yet to be mapped out, however, I, along with our Board Chair, will now lead negotiations to finalize an agreement. As we enter this phase, we will continue to work with the surrounding community and partners in the City and County to ensure that they continue to play a vital role in this process. Our most important objective is that the future redevelopment of this area is one that we can all be proud of. We believe that we have the right match for

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Turner Field and the surrounding Turner Field communities.” GSU and its development team plan to convert The Ted into a football stadium surrounded by a mix of student housing, apartments and retail shops. Bottoms said the GSU team was also selected because of its commitment to transform the property within five years of purchase. The Braves will depart Turner Field for its new home in Cobb County at the end of the 2016 season.

Residents who live in neighborhoods surrounding Turner Field have been pushing for the city and county to allow a Livable Centers Initiative study to proceed, which will give residents input into the process of redeveloping the site.

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PEDS celebrating 20 years of pedestrian progress

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By Clare S. Richie Next time you safely walk in a crosswalk, think of the advocacy group Pedestrians Educating Drivers (PEDS). In January, PEDS and its partners will celebrate 20 years of progress making the Atlanta metro area safer and more accessible for people who walk. PEDS, led by founding president and CEO Sally Flocks, has promoted safety improvements that helped change driving behavior. “Crosswalks changed from two parallel lines to a more visible ladder design,” Flocks said, noting that in-street signs, median islands and high-tech beacons are other tools PEDS promoted to help people

cross busy streets. In 1995, the Georgia legislature changed the crosswalk law, requiring drivers to “stop and stay stopped” for pedestrians in crosswalks, not to just yield to them. Flocks started PEDS a year later. Flocks grew up in California during the 1960s, where drivers stopped for pedestrians and police enforced pedestrian laws. After moving to Atlanta in the 1970s, she was diagnosed with epilepsy and had to stop driving. She experienced how dangerous it was to walk to work – broken sidewalks, insufficient crosswalks, poor street design and drivers indifferent to walkers. After successful brain surgery in 1995, Flocks was eager to start a new

Historic trolley barn sold, will remain events facility The Inman Park Trolley Barn on Edgewood Avenue will be sold to the nonprofit corporation that has maintained and cared for the historic facility for decades. The Trolley Barn will continue to be used as an events facility. Atlanta and Edgewood Street Railway Company (AESRC) will acquire and preserve the Inman Park Trolley Barn site, which consists of approximately 0.77 acres, from Invest Atlanta for a purchase price of $650,000. The nonprofit consists of community residents and was formed in the 1970s at a time when the building had slid into decay and disrepair. Prodded by urban pioneers in the reviving neighborhood, the City of Atlanta purchased the building in 1976, and in conjunction with the newly organized Atlanta & Edgewood Street Railway Company (a name borrowed from the original 19th century company that operated out of the facility), began a restoration program, which was completed in 1987. “I am thrilled that longtime Inman Park residents and advocates for the Trolley Barn will be able to continue their Trolley Barn stewardship of this extraordinary historic structure and contemporary event space as its new owners,” said Councilmember Kwanza Hall, who sponsored legislation earlier this year that allowed the city to initiate the sale through its development arm, Invest Atlanta. The Trolley Barn was built in 1889 as a maintenance facility for Atlanta’s first electric-powered trolley line that ran down Edgewood Avenue from Five Points to Inman Park. “The importance of the Trolley Barn to the Inman Park neighborhood cannot be overemphasized. Not only does it serve as our own historic civic center, but it is a constant reminder of the impact that neighbors working together, in collaboration with city government, can have on our quality of life,” said Dennis Mobley, President of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association. “In the 1970s the Trolley Barn had become so dilapidated, it was about to collapse. Energetic Inman Park neighbors, together with committed public servants, rescued the building and restored it to its original beauty. Inman Park neighbors have been operating it ever since as a charming event venue open to the public at reasonable prices,” Mobley said. “Under their ownership, the Barn will be lovingly preserved as a community asset for many years to come.” A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

chapter in her life. She started PEDS as a full-time volunteer. In 1999, PEDS led crosswalk demonstrations at 13th and Peachtree streets, where 50 years earlier a speeding car had struck and killed “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell. Drivers honked and yelled, and Flocks was nearly hit as she tried to walk in the crosswalk. In 2001, thanks to PEDS’ efforts, North Highland Avenue and Peachtree at Woodruff Park received the first instreet crosswalk signs. As more were added, driver behavior changed. “Good engineering breeds good driving,” Flocks explained. “Police felt better about enforcement and the public learned that pedestrians do have the right of way.” PEDS’ initial focus was to educate drivers, but the advocacy group later realized that road design was more critical. For example, one-way multilane streets like Courtland Street in Downtown facilitate speeding. In contrast, adding center turn lanes like on Ponce de Leon Avenue reduces the number of crashes. Thanks to PEDS, transportation agencies are installing pedestrian refuge islands, Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons, Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons and other safe crossing tools. PEDS also learned that Atlanta’s most vulnerable pedestrians were transit commuters. The Atlanta Regional Commission found that more than 20 percent of pedestrian crashes occur within 100 feet of a transit station or bus stop,

half within 300 feet. PEDS’ Safe Routes to Transit Initiative pushed for making safe crossings at transit stops a local, regional and state priority. State and local agencies responded. Georgia DOT added Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons on Buford Highway. Midtown Alliance partnered with the city of Atlanta to install Rapid Flash Beacons on 10th Street at the Midtown MARTA station. More pedestrian advocacy is still needed, especially for City of Atlanta sidewalk repairs, Flocks said. Sidewalk funding and policies are both broken, she said. City officials cut the proposed $40 million for sidewalk repairs and $35 million for curb ramps on the infrastructure bond project list to $5 million. The city also maintains the option to bill property owners for sidewalk repairs, something Flocks said the city is unlikely to enforce. To PEDS, sidewalks are shared resources that increase walkability and connectivity, and improve public transit accessibility. So, sidewalk repairs should be funded by all taxpayers – like in Charleston, Charlotte and D.C. “Every sector – and every one of us – has a role to play in increasing walking and making our communities walkable,” Flocks said. A PEDS 20th Anniversary Celebration will be held Jan. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at The Wrecking Bar, 292 Moreland Ave. For more about PEDS, visit PEDS.org.

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New Ronald McDonald House gets rave reviews By John Ruch johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

The new Ronald McDonald House wowed officials and some families it will serve at a Dec. 17 ribbon cutting. “I was overwhelmed when I walked in,” said Donna Hyland, president and CEO of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, about the luxurious, hotel-style building at 5420 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs. Of the roughly 350 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide, said Hyland, who has served on the international charity’s board, “I’m willing to bet this is the best.” The 31-bedroom facility, which opened for business Dec. 21, houses families of ailing children when they are treated in local hospitals, especially CHOA’s Scottish Rite. Beth Howell, president and CEO of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, said they call it “the house that love built.” An unusual feature of Pill Hill’s house that attracted attention is a three-story “treehouse” in the lobby. It’s an elevator shaft decorated to appear tree-like, with two treehouse-style play rooms built into it. More than a hundred people attended the ribbon cutting, including many local McDonald’s restaurant operators, who were among those contributing more than $18 million to build the facility. The houses are run separately from the restaurant chain, but get major financial support from it. An actor portraying restaurant mascot Ronald McDonald, who declined to give his real name, joined the ribbon cutting.

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“We go all over the world,” the Ronald McDonald actor said. “This [house] really stands up as one of the top ones.” Most importantly, the facility impressed the LEFT PHOTO, ED WOLKIS PHOTOGRAPHY; RIGHT, JOHN RUCH families who Left, the new Ronald McDonald House located at 5420 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. Right, back row, from left, Javier Goizueta, with will use it, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, Beth Howell, president and CEO of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, “Ronald McDonald,” including the Donna Hyland, president and CEO of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Thomas Kirbo, ARMHC’s board chairman, join children at Winstons of the ribbon cutting for the new facility on Dec. 17. Valdosta, Ga. Son Erick Jr. McDonald Houses have ranged from days house—in 1994. Both saw heavy demand needed a kidney transplant in 2009, just shy to months. “It’s a home away from home,” and wait lists, leading to the construction of his sixth birthday, and father Erick Sr. said Shaneka. “There’s a fee if you can pay. of new facilities in recent years. The Atlanta was his organ donor. Erick Jr. continues to They don’t press you to pay.” house, near CHOA’s Egleston site, was need treatment at Scottish Rite. Instead of a “Just money-wise…can you imagine rebuilt with 50 bedrooms in 2008. four-hour drive from southern Georgia, the staying at a hotel three months?” said Erick Efforts to expand the Pill Hill house Winstons can stay blocks away and take a Sr. began more than a decade ago. Fulton 24-hour shuttle to the hospital. For the Winstons, the biggest luxury is County approved the project in 2005, prior The Winstons have stayed in other staying close to Scottish Rite and Dr. Edwin to the existence of the city of Sandy Springs. Ronald McDonald Houses, including one Smith, who has long treated Erick Jr. “The But a lawsuit from neighbors delayed it. in Atlanta, but they expressed astonishment level of care, it’s unreal,” said Erick Sr. about The groundbreaking finally came last year. at the Pill Hill facility’s amenities. Scottish Rite. A spokeswoman said that the new “I’m speechless. The kids love the “We need more facilities like this,” said house’s capacity should prevent wait lists for treehouse,” said mother Shaneka Winston. Shaneka. But the Pill Hill house had a long families in need. “It’s like a mini resort,” added Erick Sr. road to expanding. For information on eligibility to stay at “They treat everybody like that’s their ARMHC opened an Atlanta house in the house, call 404-315-1133 or see armhc. whole house. It’s fun,” said Erick Jr. 1979, followed by the Peachtree-Dunwoody org. The Winstons’ stay in other Ronald location—originally an 11-bedroom

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City gets $50k grant for Civil Rights Park

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Special events around Intown will honor civil rights leader By Collin Kelley Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016 will be marked with a series of events around Intown, including church services, film screenings, parades, awards dinner and more. Here are some of the activities: Center for Civil and Human Rights The Downtown museum will host the program “Martin and Malcom’s Dreams for Today” on Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Scholars will connect the past to the present and broaden awareness about the power of individuals to make positive change. Following this conversation, there will be time for discussion. On Jan. 18, the Center will host a screening of the documentary “A Force More Powerful,” which examines how nonviolent power has overcome oppression and authoritarian rule all over the world. This screening will connect to various activities throughout the Center commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For additional details and information, visit civilandhumanrights.org. The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) has been awarded a $50,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant will be used to develop and place large-scale public artwork in the new park planned for the site of the former Martin Luther King Jr. Natatorium, adjacent to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in the Old Fourth Ward. “The Office of Cultural Affairs is honored to receive this grant, and we look forward to installing meaningful artwork that will honor and celebrate the contributions of our city’s civil rights icons,” said Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. In commemoration of the National Park Service’s Centennial in August 2016, this particular round of NEA Art Works grants supported projects connected to National Park Service Sites. The OCA project, Freedom Garden, will focus on honoring the legacy of Mrs. Coretta Scott King and other prominent female contributors to the Civil Rights Movement.

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Alliance Theatre Young artists from the theatre’s Palefsky Collision Project team up with playwright Pearl Cleage and director Patrick McColery for a reimagining of the play “Troubling Our House” through the lens of King’s message of hope and peace amid civil unrest. Performances will be held Jan. 17 at 2:30 p.m., Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. (at the Center for Civil and Human Rights) and 2:30 p.m. There will also be an ArtsVibe Teen MLK Day Poetry Slam on Jan. 18 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Visit alliancetheatre.org for details. MLK Day 5K Drum Run This 5K walk/run will take place entirely in Piedmont Park on Jan. 16, starting at 8 a.m. The Peachtree Road Race qualifier will be run on grass, road, gravel, wooden bridge and dirt paths through the park. There will be a 3.1 mile drumline along the race course to encourage participants. To register, visit active.com. Salute To Greatness Awards Gala The King Center will recognize Howard Buffet for his extraordinary work to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s most impoverished and marginalized populations, by presenting him with the Salute to Greatness Award. The award will be given during the Annual Salute to Greatness Awards gala on Jan. 16 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown. For tickets and details, visit thekingcenter.org or call (404) 526-8911. The King Center & Annual March and Rally On Jan. 18, the annual King Holiday March and Rally will be held at 2 p.m. along Peachtree Street to the King Center. This year’s observance at The King Center on Auburn Avenue in the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District includes programs for youth, lectures, music and more. Visit thekingcenter.org for more information. MLK Annual Commemorative Service The Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service will be held on Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. in Ebenezer Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue. The service is an ecumenical endeavor, engaging members of various religious traditions, as well as state, national and international governments. Guest speakers and other details were still being decided at press time, so visit historicebenezer.org for more. Hands on Atlanta Days of Service For this year’s MLK Day observance the service organization is focusing on literacy, poverty and ending the “cradle to prison pipeline.” Hands on Atlanta is encouraging volunteers to read to students in Atlanta Public Schools during Reading Days from Jan. 11-29. On Jan. 17, a Sunday Supper will be held featuring guest speakers and roundtable discussions on issues of literacy, poverty and incarceration. For more details, visit handsonatlanta.org. MLK Day Parade and Rally Plans for the annual parade and rally in DeKalb County on Jan. 18 were still being made at press time. Be sure to visit dekalbganaacp.org for updates. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Goizueta Business School will present the annual awards on Jan. 21, 4:30 p.m. at the Rollins building, 1518 Clifton Road. This year’s honorees include: Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Books for Keeps, Covenant House Georgia, Georgia Law Center for the Homeless, Street Smart Youth Project and more. For more information, visit cfusion.sph.emory.edu/mlk/. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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Public Safety Briefs Sgt. Warren Pickard has been named the Atlanta Police Department’s new public affairs officer. He replaces Sgt. Greg Lyon, who has been promoted to lieutenant and is currently working in Zone 4. Pickard has been with APD for more than 26 years. A former Marine, Pickard advanced through the ranks of APD from patrolman detective to supervisor. He was also selected to teach internationally with the United States Department of State and sent to the nation of East Timor as a training officer with the mission of training recently hired candidates in the best standards of policing.

Maj. Scott Kreher

The Atlanta Police Department has announced that Maj. Scott Kreher is the new Zone 5 Commander, replacing retiring Maj. Wayne Whitmire. In the three years Whitmire was in command of Zone 5, larcenies were down 15 percent, vehicle larcenies were down 11 percent and robberies down 12 percent. Kreher began his career 23 years ago as a patrol officer in Zone 3. He has served as an investigator in Major Fraud, a sergeant in Zones 1, 3, 5 and Fugitive, and as a lieutenant in Zone 4 where he commanded both the morning and day watch units. He also worked in Vice before being promoted to Captain in Zone 4 as the Assistant Zone Commander. During his commands, he has worked to improve community relationships and reduce crime.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded more than $267,000 worth of life-saving equipment to 18 public safety organizations in the Atlanta metropolitan area, totaling more than $1.2 million awarded in Georgia since 2005. Benefitting organizations include Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and the Fulton County Sheriff ’s Department.

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In the days after a resident of The Darlington apartments on Peachtree Road was shot in the finger through her closed apartment door, another resident said crime has been an ongoing problem at the Buckhead building. “Every time I leave or come to my apartment, I feel unsafe,” Darlington resident Je Wesley Day said. Resident Natasha Smith lost part of her middle finger when she was struck inside her apartment by a bullet that passed through the door or wall at about 2:45 a.m. on Dec. 14. Police said Donald Davis, 23, who lives in the apartment next to Smith, and resident Monzell Johnson, 23, who lives in the apartment across the hall from Smith, were detained by police after the Dec. 14 shooting and their apartments were searched, according to a police report. Atlanta police say they recorded 438 calls for police to come to the building at 2025 Peachtree Road between June 1 and Dec. 17. Sgt. Warren Pickard said 14 of the calls in the six-month period were for reports of shots fired. Pickard said he could Special not easily break down the reasons Darlington Apartments on Peachtree Road. for all the calls, but “either way, that’s a lot of calls for one particular address.”

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The Neighborhood Hot List: Kirkwood 1. Dining

Kirkwood has become a restaurant hotspot for eateries like Le Petite Marche, Elmyriachi, Anna’s Barbecue, The Pullman, Ration & Dram, Dulce Vegan Bakery & Café and Ann’s Snack Bar, home of the legendary “ghetto burger.”

2. Pullman Yard

The massive Pullman Yard rail yard and its abandoned buildings has become a favorite place for photographers and movie shoots (including “The Hunger Games”). Nonprofit Atlanta ContactPoint wants to transform the site into a place for sports, arts and more while developers would love to see homes or a mixed-use development.

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3. Festivals

The Kirkwood Spring Fling with arts, crafts, a road race and live music, and Kirkwood Wine, where local businesses host a big wine tasting, draw thousands to the downtown area.

4. Historic Homes

Kirkwood is full of vintage Craftsman and Victorian homes that have become much sought after by homebuyers. The Kirkwood Neighborhood Neighbors’ Association helped to lobby for the community to be put on the National Register of Historic Places.

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5. Parks

Kirkwood is home to a number of greenspaces for passive and recreational activities including Gilliam Park, Coan Park, Bessie Branham Park, and Kirkwood Urban Forest and Community Garden. Tell us about new restaurants, attractions, shows, concerts, businesses or offthe-beaten path places in your favorite neighborhood. Submit your favorite local spots4 (and pics!) to us at ATL Intown Paper Ad.pdf 11/20/15 10:16 AM collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

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The Atlanta City Council’s Transportation Committee will hold a final public meeting regarding the city’s on-street parking management operation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resources Collaborative, 101 Jackson Street, NE. The city is currently contracting with PARKatlanta, a private vendor, for on-street parking enforcement services Community meetings, including metered, residential/permit and special event parking, and for booting and towing of news & events illegally parked vehicles. The Reed Administration is considering issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for companies that want the city’s business when PARKatlanta’s contract expires in 2016. The city could also take over the on-street parking management operation or portions of it. Residents who can’t attend can submit comments via email to atlantacouncil@atlantaga.gov or via Twitter @ATLCouncil using hashtag #parkatlanta2016 or on Facebook at facebook.com/atlantacitycouncil.

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News The city has launched NotifyATL, a new mass notification system to keep residents and visitors safe and informed in the event of an emergency. The system will enable the city to provide everyone with real-time alerts on severe winter weather, potential safety hazards, road closures and community events. Signing up for NotifyATL is free, and residents and visitors can sign up using a computer, tablet or mobile device. Visit atlantaga.gov/notifyatl and opt-in to receive alerts to home, mobile or business phones. Email and text messaging are notification options as well. Midtown Alliance is developing a comprehensive plan that will influence transportation options over the next 10 years. The organization wants your input at midtowntransportationplan.com where you can see projects and leave comments.

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The two-year pension litigation between public safety workers and the City of Atlanta is over after the Supreme Court of Georgia last month unanimously denied reconsideration of the lawsuit. The state Supreme Court had ruled in favor of the city in a lawsuit filed by firefighters, police and other city employees over changes to the city’s pension system. Police and firefighter unions sued the city, claiming a 5-percent pay raise was canceled out by the 5-percent they had to pay into the pension plan. Mayor Kasim Reed had withheld pay increases to employees who had been involved in the lawsuit. After the court decision, the Atlanta City Council approved pay increases for 247 sergeants in the Atlanta Police Department.

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Cloudland Canyon has some challenging trails for mountain biking.

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Watson Mill Bridge State Park near Comer has trails surrounded by hardwood forests.

Road Trip: Winter Mountain Biking at Georgia Parks Mountain biking in early winter, before the freezing temperatures, is one of the best times to hit the trails in Georgia, where thinning trees reveal beautiful scenery. At Georgia State Parks, mountain bikers can also spending the night at the park’s accommodations, giving more time to enjoy the trails. First-timers and advanced riders will find an array of trails to dirty up the tires. With gravel paths and single tracks, Georgia State Parks have options for all riders, but five of the best mountain bike trails are at Cloudland Canyon, Fort Mountain, Fort Yargo, Unicoi State Park and Watson Mill Bridge state parks.

Cloudland Canyon State Park

The Cloudland Connector Trail (CCT) is one of the least-known trails in Georgia State Parks. It starts in Cloudland Canyon State Park (Rising Fawn), but it extends for 21 miles out of the park and into Five Points Recreation

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Area, a multi-use trail system on Lookout Mountain. Terrain throughout the CCT is single-track trail, and mountain bikers will experience stacked boulders, rollers, jumps, steep slopes and even some coal pilings from the state’s historical mining practices.

Fort Mountain State Park

Mountain bikers will scream down invigorating downhills, pass scenic overlooks of the North Georgia Mountains, and bump over rocky single track on Fort Mountain State Park’s (Chatsworth) bike trails. The East/West Loop tests endurance on 14.6 miles of trails, including a technical downhill section through a powerline alley. Riders that are a fan of switchbacks will enjoy the seven-mile intermediate Cool Springs Trail, which winds back and forth down 800 feet of vertical descent. What goes down must return, and many of these trails climb uphill for up to three miles. A $3 permit fee is required to ride these

bike trails and can be purchased at the park office.

Fort Yargo State Park

Equally appealing to both beginners and serious riders, the Yellow and Blueblazed mountain bike trails at Fort Yargo State Park (Winder) are great for going fast. The trails are not too technical, and both loops are one-way directional based on the day, meaning mountain bikers can tackle the terrain in both directions. The most difficult section is Monster Mile on the Blue-blazed trail. These trails are constantly featured in adventure races such as the Xterra Dirty Spokes triathlon series.

Unicoi State Park

The mountainous terrain and scenic overlooks at Unicoi State Park (Helen) make the exclusive 7.5-mile mountain bike trail a top pick for experienced riders. A figure-eight loop crosses over both sides of Smith Creek. Because of the

valley, expect long, tough climbs to test your muscle strength and endurance. The single-track trails cross technical, packed dirt with sharp turns and an exhilarating downhill where riders can reach 30 miles per hour.

Watson Mill Bridge State Park

At Watson Mill Bridge State Park (Comer), three primary double-track trails feature fast, lengthy descents through canopied woods. Warm up on the Ridge Loop trail, a 0.75-mile loop that crosses over Beaver Creek on the park’s iconic covered bridge. Then tackle the 1.5-mile Beaver Creek trail loop, which follows the creek and ridgeline through hardwood forests. The 2.5-mile Tons of Fun trail is a mixed-use nature trail with a few steep sections. The highlight of the loop is when it passes by the Beaver Pond overlook. For more information, visit gastateparks.org.

Unicoi State Park near Helen, Ga. has some scenic trails.

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TimmyDaddy By Tim Sullivan

The day we finally saw Rock City Last month I chronicled the day that we did not See Rock City, or any of Chattanooga for that matter, and how it tested the elasticity of the Sullivan family fabric. We pulled through somehow, scarred but perhaps not any smarter. Kristen scheduled the very same activity on our calendar for the following month and upped the ante by deeming it worthy of an overnight stay. I wasn’t messing with her plans this time around. We were all in. Our first stop was Ruby Falls, a cave tour in the bowels of Lookout Mountain that culminates in an underground waterfall. The line didn’t appear to be too bad until we turned a corner and saw that about 95 percent of it was originally out of view. By the time we reached the ticket counter the woman informed us there was not enough time left in the day to see both Ruby Falls and Rock City. But we had two days to play with so whatever, CHOO CHOO! Before boarding the elevator to middle earth, I noticed a sign warning the tour is 90 minutes long and there would not be access to restrooms. The most surefire way to make a man in his 40s feel like he has to pee is to warn him that under no circumstances will he be able to for an extended period of time. So my bladder was on high alert and what else…? Oh, yeah – Elliott decided he didn’t want to do it. After waiting a month, driving 120 miles and spending two hours in line he reminded us he doesn’t very much like elevators, never mind one that drops 300 feet underground. Kristen and Margo just shoved the two of us aboard. The cave enhancements went both too far and not far enough. Flat screen TVs doled out info-nuggets and accent lighting gave the waterfall a laser light show effect that lent the experience a bit of an aspartame flavor. But the path should have been made much wider. The tour was a series of short walks and long stops. We’d hug tight to the wall so groups coming in

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the opposite direction could pass us, chest to chest, like 7th graders slow dancing. The guide would take these opportunities to direct our attention to a rock formation that looked like a candle or a turtle or something. There was a 2-year-old behind us who punctuated every pause by screaming, “NONONONNO!” Her parents said they had never heard her protest so loudly. Maybe she had to pee, too? We did learn that the cave has an impressive echo factor. That evening we walked down by the riverfront, thrilled to be above ground. We found a restaurant we thought the kids would like. It was called Cheeburger Cheeburger, but it had nothing to do with the old “Saturday Night Live” skit. Instead, the decor was that of a 1950s diner. Occasionally, a waitress would startle us by shouting that everyone had to sing “Happy Birthday” to someone or clap for a 12 year old who just earned his picture on the wall for eating an enormous hamburger. It was confusing, and they definitely did not have a liquor license (Just something I noticed). The next day, we finally made it to Rock City. Two days of waiting in lines left the kids the kind of wound up that usually calls for bouncy houses and foam pits but we made do with rock. While most people were stopping frequently to take pictures and genuinely marvel at Mother Nature, we took to the trail as if on “The Amazing Race.” We slithered through Fat Man’s Squeeze like we were greased up, waved to all the gnomes and merely slowed to a jog for Lookout Point. I bought a birdhouse hat for our friend Mike, who had made fun of us for going, and we were all smiles as we climbed back in the minivan and headed home. Tim Sullivan grew up in a large family in the Northeast and now lives with his small family in Oakhurst. He can be reached at tim@sullivanfinerugs.com.

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The Sullivan Family finally made it to Chattanooga for a visit to Rock City and Ruby Falls.

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A LOOK BACK This Month in History

Ann Taylor Boutwell Jan 11, 1969: The American Institute of Architects (AIA) appointed Atlanta Architect Henri Jova as a contributing member to the organization’s committee of design. An 11-year member of AIA, Jova had served as chairman of the design committee for the North Georgia Chapter. The graduate of Cornell University was a Fulbright scholar and winner of the Prix de Rome. Jova’s architectural firm, Jova/Daniels/Busby, was completing construction of the multi-million dollar, 25-story Colony Square office building on the corner of Peachtree and 14th streets in Midtown.

Jan.6, 1884: Harry Herbert Pace – successful entrepreneur, music publisher and lyricist – was born in Covington, Ga. to Charles and Nancy Ferris Pace. While an infant, his father, a blacksmith, died and Harry and his mother eventually moved Atlanta. In 1903, he graduated valedictorian of his class at Atlanta University. W. E.B. Du Bois was one of his instructors. Pace worked in printing, banking and insurance, first in Atlanta and later in Memphis. In 1912, he met and collaborated in Memphis with Alabama native and blues composer W.C. Handy. They formed the Pace and Handy Music Company, using Pace’s business knowledge and Handy’s creative genius. While the company was profitable and artistically effective, Pace was frustrated. He observed as white recording companies bought the music and lyrics from them and then recorded them using white artists. Pace resolved to start his own record firm. By March 1921, he launched the Harlem-based Pace Phonograph Company, the first blackowned recording company. In summer 1921, under the Black Swan label, the company released “Down Home Blues” by Ethel Waters. Jan. 6, 1979: Emory University’s landmark buildings are placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings were designed by New York architect Henry Hornbostel. The architect created more than 225 buildings, bridges and monuments in the United States. Currently, 22 are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including Callanwolde, the Tudor Revival style home on Briarcliff Road built for Charles Howard Candler. It was completed in 1921 and is now used as the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Jan. 10, 1931: Sinclair Jacobs, son of drugstore founder Joseph Jacobs, opened his new Five Points drugstore on the southwest corner of Marietta and Peachtree streets, where his father had established the original Jacobs’ Pharmacy 46 years earlier. Jacobs’ Pharmacy was the first place where Coca-Cola was sold. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Jan. 12, 1871: “Atlanta As It Is: Being a Sketch Of Its Early Settlers” was a brief, 116-page history of the city with a business directory and 16 pages of advertising. By March, over 5,000 copies had been sold for 75 cents each. The author, John Stainback Wilson MD, was an Augusta native who arrived in Atlanta in 1870 after serving as a surgeon in the Confederate Army. That same year his book entitled “The Woman’s Home Book of Health” was also published. He mailed free copies to all who sent him a postage stamp for return mailing. He is also credited with opening the city’s first Turkish bath at 14 Lloyd Street, today’s Central Avenue. Wilson died Aug. 2, 1892, and is buried in Oakland Cemetery beside his wife Martha Eleanor Loftin Wilson.

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MICROSOFT INNOVATION CENTER OPENS IN DOWNTOWN The new Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) has officially opened in the historic Flatiron building in Downtown. The new center will work with the city’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) to provide development software, coaching and grants to selected women entrepreneurs. “The City of Atlanta is proud to be the home of the nation’s second Microsoft Innovation Center,” said Mayor Kasim Reed during the ribbon cutting event. “Ensuring that our entrepreneurs have the right tools and resources to start and grow their businesses is essential. The Microsoft Innovation Center will be a vital asset to our Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative and will empower entrepreneurs to create well-paying jobs and strengthen our economy.” The MIC is a result of the CityNext Digital Alliance between Microsoft Corp. and the City of Atlanta, which is part of Microsoft’s broader CityNext initative. The alliance focuses on increasing access to Microsoft software and technology

support for citizens—with an emphasis on K–20 education, student entrepreneurs, software startups and job seekers. It supports the local economy through increased digital literacy, career readiness and services for accelerating innovation. “We aim to foster innovation, collaboration and economic growth in local communities as an inherent piece of our culture, and look forward to expanding our work in the Atlanta community,” said Judson Althoff, President of North America at Microsoft. “The MIC will allow us to provide training and resources to thousands of members of the technology, education and business communities; help hundreds of businesses grow; and host countless learning and networking events.” The MIC is part of Microsoft’s broader strategy to empower developers and entrepreneurs worldwide, which is a key commitment for the company. Microsoft’s commitment to the developer community extends far beyond Atlanta, from helping

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Business Briefs SRS Real Estate Partners (SRS) has taken over the leasing of the retail core at Atlantic Station in Midtown. Houston-based Hines recently hired SRS to lease the property. The leasing team includes SRS executive vice president and market leader, Ray Uttenhove; vice president, Adrienne Crawford; and vice president, Lily H. Heimburger. Cooper Carry and The Johnson Studio have joined forces, combining their architecture and design companies to reach new hospitality, restaurant and hotel clients. Bill Johnson, president of The Johnson Studio said, “Over the past 25 years our firm has built an impeccable reputation for producing some of the most forward-thinking restaurant designs, whether they are part of a hotel or free-standing. This collaboration with Cooper Carry, one of the nation’s most respected hotel designers, provides a platform for future services that we feel will be unparalleled.” The Johnson Studio will maintain its brand of combining highend design, which has resulted in worldwide recognition. The transition to Cooper Carry is expected to be seamless with The Johnson Studio employees continuing to work with their existing clients. Music venue Smith’s Olde Bar won’t have to vacate its longtime home on Piedmont Road after all. Selig Enterprises confirmed it has purchased the brick building at the corner of Monroe and Piedmont for $3 million. The development firm is working closely with bar owner Dan Nolan to keep Smith’s at its current location. The circa 1938 building that once housed AAA Electric Motor Service in Inman Park will soon be transformed into a modern meditation center. Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia has purchased the old garage at 741 Edgewood Avenue and has begun renovation plans with the help Kadampa of two award-winning teams, architectural Meditation Center firm Gamble and Gamble Creative, and construction firm Nicholson Contracting, LLC. The new Center will offer daily meditation classes, day courses, study programs and retreats for all levels of practice. Design plans include a meditation space for 80 people, a gift shop and bookstore for the sale of meditation-related items. The center is expected to open in fall 2016. For more information, visit meditationingeorgia.org.

Pink Barre Studios

Pink Barre Studios has opened its fifth Atlanta-area location in Virginia-Highland at the corner of Virginia and Highland. The fitness program incorporates elements of ballet, pilates, yoga and isometric strengthening to create a strong physique. For more information, visit pinkbarre.com.

InComm, an innovator in payments and transactions technology, will create 275 jobs and invest $20 million in metro Atlanta through 2016. Due to the rise of the Financial Technology Industry (FinTech), InComm will expand their Atlanta headquarters operation and their call center in Peachtree Corners, open a new data center in Suwannee and create additional positions in information technology and network support at their existing Alpharetta location.

Redevelopment of Colony Square on the way North American Properties (NAP) and Lionstone Investments have closed on a nearly $170 million deal to buy and redevelop Midtown’s Colony Square. Part of that redevelopment will be removing the roof from the retail portion to make the space into a more “walkable, open-air experience where Atlantans will gather and spend time.” Colony Square, which sits at the corner of Peachtree and 14th streets, comprises two office towers totaling 719,402 square feet, 162,953 square feet of retail space, as well as residential condos and a 467-room hotel. NAP and Lionstone acquired the office towers and retail space that connects them. NAP said that before any concrete redevelopment plans are put in place, the team is seeking feedback from both the community and from experts in urban planning. NAP is asking people to share ideas for Colony Square with the hashtag #ReimagineCS on social media. While the team develops longterm transformational plans, expect to see the NAP “experiential” approach immediately. Guests, residents and office tenants will be surprised and delighted by touches inspired by Georgia’s growing film industry, including the showing of holiday movies on an outdoor screen. NAP is

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also partnering with Midtown Alliance to “adopt” the nearby Arts District Plaza, where they will stage events for Colony Square tenants and the Midtown community. Follow Colony Square at Facebook (facebook.com/ColonySquareATL), Twitter (@ColonySquareATL) and Instagram (@colonysquareatl) for updates.

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Becky Katz working to ensure street safety for cyclists By Dyana Bagby Earlier this year, Becky Katz was rear-ended by a motorist as she rode her bicycle on a wide street with low traffic. Katz was thrown into the car’s windshield, shattering the glass with her helmet, and she broke a shoulder socket and wrist. Her bike was totaled. A long-time cyclist, Katz said she had no doubts she would be back on two wheels as soon as she healed. “Within moments [of being struck] I was thinking, this has got to be better,” she said. “It killed me I couldn’t ride for about two months. As soon as I could buy a new bike I did.” The traumatic crash galvanized Katz to want to do even more for cyclists in the city to make streets safer, for them as well as motorists. In October she was hired as the City of Atlanta’s first chief bicycle officer. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition made the position possible in large part, and received a five-year $250,000 challenge grant from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation to create the job with the city’s promise to add additional funding. Rebecca Serna, executive director of the ABC, met Katz several years ago as part of the Atlanta Streets Alive planning committee. “She had really unique and creative place-making ideas for Atlanta Streets Alive, and was a huge asset to the committee,” Serna remembered. Having Katz as the city’s “bike czar” is exciting, Serna said, especially after ABC’s lobbying efforts to create the post and its involvement in the hiring process. Also, Katz has the background and skills to ensure she is successful in the new job.

She’s also fun. “I love running into Becky biking to get places, usually in a dress,” Serna said. “Recently we rode to a meeting together in East Point, getting a little turned around in the process because we’re having such a good conversation! It was fun showing up together, both in dresses, on our bikes for a meeting.” But Katz had been thinking for years, before her major crash, that the city needed to find a way to protect cyclists braving the city’s roads. When she first moved to Atlanta, she only rode a bike and took MARTA. “There were certain points where I was like, ‘Why is this difficult right now?’ she said. One way Katz envisions molding Atlanta into a more bike-friendly city is by just asking people to take shorter trips by bike rather than by car. If you want to go to the local store and buy a bottle of wine or visit a friend two blocks over, a bicycle is a great way to travel. “Our distances lends itself to community … but when you get on Moreland and you go, ‘Whoa!’ This is a major street I need but it’s scary,” she says. “How do we ensure we can be connected [by routes] that don’t make you feel like a hero or gladiator when you ride them?” Katz, who previously worked with Park Pride, a nonprofit working with Atlanta’s communities to improve parks, says she is currently focusing on gathering data of cyclists – where they ride, where there are crashes, what roads are stressful to pedestrians and cyclists. “Data builds a really strong case for why bike infrastructure can help all users of the road,” she explained. Ground counters and sensors are ways to gather

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Becky Katz with her bike outside Atlanta CIty Hall.

data for cyclists, and underground sensors will be installed at the Atlanta Beltline Westside Trails. Mayor Kasim Reed’s promise to push Atlanta into the top 10 of bicyclefriendly cities and the city’s $2.5 million in funding to double extend bike lanes from the Eastside Trail to Midtown seems to be putting the city on the right path. But Atlanta’s love for cars cannot be underestimated. Just recently, the Georgia Department of Transportation removed bike lanes from its plans during the re-striping of Peachtree Road through Buckhead after backlash from officials and residents. “I think that I understand why people are nervous,” Katz said. “That corridor is essential. Everyone knows that area is

precious to our city,” she said. But having people stop driving their cars is not her mission, Katz stressed. She simply wants to make roads safer for people traveling in all different modes of transportation. And she understands some people who drive everywhere are hesitant when it comes to sharing the road. “Our goals are very aligned,” she said of cyclists and motorists. “We have a lot of consensus in our transportation standing; we want safe streets for people to get around in the mode they want to or have to get around. “Our roads are precious. We need to work together, for a healthier, more sustainable and economic viable city – this is the only way,” she said.

Eco Briefs Solar Atlanta, the city’s first solar energy program, will use existing state legislation and federal tax credits to purchase and install solar panels on 28 municipal buildings including recreation centers, fire stations and one police station. The solar installations will promote significant savings on the City of Atlanta’s electric bills, and are projected to reduce the city’s carbon dioxide emissions by 73 million pounds, while saving 216 million gallons of water through the year 2030. “Solar Atlanta moves the city one step closer to protecting our environment for future generations and toward our goal of becoming a top-tier city for sustainability,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Soon more than two dozen of our well-used community centers and public safety facilities will be powered in part by clean, affordable energy. With the Solar Atlanta program, the City will reduce our carbon footprint, conserve water and demonstrate our commitment to our values.” The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability inspected and evaluated more than 600 municipal buildings to determine the initial round of buildings that would benefit from solar panels. Google Community Grants Fund of Tides Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to Trees Atlanta to work with the Center for Geographic Information Systems (CGIS) at Georgia Tech to increase the visibility of a recently completed tree canopy assessment for the City of Atlanta. Of the top 10 counties in the southeastern United States losing tree canopy to development, three are located in metro Atlanta – Fulton, Gwinnett and Cobb. Thanks to the Google Community Grant Fund of Tides Foundation, the study data is available to the public via an online tool built on the Google Maps platform. Trees Atlanta has created a community-based program, called “Canopy Conversations,” focused on the canopy coverage data of Atlanta’s neighborhoods. To see the data and maps, visit treesatlanta.org.

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Tom Branch accepts the Cox Conserves Hero award.

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WSB-TV and The Trust for Public Land named Tom Branch as Atlanta’s 2015 Cox Conserves Hero. Branch’s nonprofit of choice, Park Pride, will receive $10,000 on his behalf. Branch transformed an overgrown space into Frazier Rowe Park. He coordinated hundreds of volunteers to create a trail system and lead a forest restoration. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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consumption, this project will support the school’s goal to manage storm runoff and protect the city’s drinking water. But, it’s not just the infrastructure and technology that inspire at Georgia Tech. Last fall, I was given the opportunity to teach a water resources class about pollution, scarcity and sustainability to students seeking graduate degrees in city planning and environmental engineering. The diversity of their academic and ethnic backgrounds made for a challenging, but always interesting, class – my first teaching post since I graduated from Georgia Tech more than 35 years ago. We covered a wide array of topics: water as a basic human right, the customs and rules that guide the allocation of water among competing uses, the laws and agencies that regulate pollution sources, the water-thermal energy nexus, climate change and methods to gain consensus among stakeholders. The students asked thoughtful questions and made pertinent observations. They inspired me with their knowledge, their curiosity and their interest in doing what they could to better the world. It will be students like these and others who will guide us to the right decisions for protecting our communities and our planet. They will help ensure that more than concrete bleachers survive in good condition for the next 100 years. For more information about Georgia Tech’s Landscape and Stormwater Master Plans, visit http://space.gatech.edu/. Sally Bethea is the retired executive director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (chattahoochee.org), a nonprofit environmental organization whose mission is to protect and restore the drinking water supply for nearly four million people.

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CHILDREN’S MUSEUM REBORN The Children’s Museum of Atlanta has reopened Downtown after a massive $8.2 million renovation project. The completely redesigned and expanded space offers new exhibits, a mezzanine level, a permanent performance space, enhanced learning zones with state-of-the art technology and an overarching focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math education (STEAM). For more visit, childrensmuseumatlanta.org.

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At left, top to bottom: The large globe centerpiece of the museum glows and is surrounded by educational tables featuring all seven continents. Kids can experience the farm-to-table experience, learning about milk, eggs and veggies, and follow them from farm to storm to diner. Center, top to bottom: Large Rube Goldberg machines teach kids about cause and effect. Executive Director Jane Turner demonstrates the 3-D mapped sandbox which projects a terrain map plus elements like rain, based on your creations. The mini Waffle House grill and diner is a favorite amongst the kids. Right, top to bottom: Kids learn about what goes into the houses they live in with information about plumbing, electricity, structure and more. Musical steps lead upstairs to the science area, shown at bottom right, which has interactive and multilingual educational activities. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Your family’s most comprehensive online guide to arts and cultural entertainment. Visit AtlantaPlanIt.com for more upcoming events. Visual Arts Castleberry Hill 2nd Friday Art Stroll: Visit the fascinating and diverse galleries of Castleberry Hill, Atlanta’s historic arts district, during this monthly community event. Jan. 8. Free. castleberryhill.org Absolute Chong: Albert Chong, an artist of African and Chinese descent, uses photography, sculpture and installation art to explore his ancestry and identity. Closes Jan. 17. $2 to $4. hammondshouse.org Patterns of Flight: Gallery 72, in partnership with The Creatives Project (TCP), presents a show that embodies the journey of TCP resident artists, and how they have expanded and elevated their bodies of work. Closes Jan. 20. Free. oaatlanta.com

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On Being Black: Nearly two dozen nationally renowned, mid-career and emerging fine art photographers explore issues of race, colorism and racial identity. Closes Jan. 22. Free. adawkinsgallery.com Between the Sweet Water and the Swarm of Bees: Works by Susanne Wenger: The Carlos Museum presents a rare, never-before-seen collection of prints and batiks inspired by Yoruba deities and European mythology. Opens Jan. 23. $6 to $8. carlos.emory.edu

Performing Arts As You Like It: Take a trip into Shakespeare’s enchanted woods, where Rosalind disguises herself as a man and Orlando litters the woods with love notes praising her beauty and virtue. Jan. 2 through 31. $15 to $36. shakespearetavern.com The Book of Mormon: From creators of the animated series “South Park” comes the nine-time Tony Award-winning show called “the best musical of this century” by “The New York Times.” Jan. 12 through 24. $35 to $150. atlanta. broadway.com

Brother Coyote And Sister Fox: In this bilingual adaptation of the beloved Mexican folktale, Brother Coyote wants to catch and eat a plump chicken, but quick-witted Sister Fox stays one step ahead of him to keep the chickens all to herself. Jan. 13 through 24. $20.50. puppet.org Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra honors the dream and legacy of the man with a special concert on his birthday led by Robert Spano and Joseph Young, with bass vocalist Morris Robinson. Jan. 15. $25 to $35. atlantasymphony.org Melodies and Milestones: An Organ Concert: Organist Sarah Hawbecker celebrates 20 years at Redeemer Lutheran Church as well as the 13th anniversary of the church’s 73-rank Letourneau pipe organ with special brass quintet and vocal choir guests. Jan. 15. Free. redeemer.org Shen Yun Performing Arts: See a brand-new production of this show that journeys through 5,000 years of civilization through classical Chinese dance. Jan. 15 through 17. $65 to $205. cobbenergycentre.com Roger Guenveur Smith: Rodney King: History, poetry and tragedy collide when Roger Guenveur Smith tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King, from his time in the national spotlight as a victim of police brutality to his lonely death years later. Jan. 15 and 16. $20 to $30. arts.gatech.edu National Rapido! Contest Finals Concert: The winning composers from each of the five regional competitions Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Detroit and San

Francisco - journey to Atlanta for this national finale with special guest performer and judge Robert Spano. Jan. 17. $10 to $20. atlantachamberplayers.com Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story: From the director of “Motown the Musical,” comes the musical story of sixtime Grammy Award-winning icon BeBe Winans, starring the next generation of Winans singers. Opens Jan. 20. $20 to $68. alliancetheatre.org The 2016 Peach State Storytelling Festival: This annual festival returns with special “teller” Bil Lepp performing both a family showcase and nighttime concert on Jan. 23. Jan. 21 to 23. $1 to $20. southernorderofstorytellers.org Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: A wronged barber escapes from prison, returning to his native London to exact revenge on the corrupt judge who unjustly imprisoned him and stole his wife and child in this Sondheim musical. Opens Jan. 23. $21 to $40. actorsexpress.com

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Annual Children’s Concert: Around the World in 60 Minutes: The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra performs its annual children’s concert of music from around the world with special guest TV personality Jovita Moore. Jan. 24. $5 to $22. dekalbsymphony.org

SCREEN TIME Atlanta Jewish Film Festival returns Jan. 26 - Feb. 17 The 16th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) will offer an impressive lineup of 77 films from 26 countries that will be screened from Jan. 26 to Feb. 17. Tickets go on sale Jan. 10 via AJFF.org. “We are proud to unveil the sprawling lineup for the 2016 AJFF, featuring diverse, high-caliber films from around the globe,” said Kenny Blank, executive director for AJFF. “This is a cultural celebration and an artistic showcase meant to feed the soul and the mind, as well as entertain. It is more than just a night at the movies – it is a curated experience that engages and inspires diverse audiences with film through a Jewish lens.” The festival kicks off with director Atom Egoyan’s “Remember,” a potent revenge thriller starring Oscar winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau. More twists and turns await in the murder mysteries “A Grain of Truth” and “Fire Birds,” while there’s plenty to laugh about in the coming-of-age comedy “Time to Say Goodbye” and subversive satire “Atomic Falafel.” In the wake of the Paris terror attacks and as a prelude to the upcoming U.S. elections, topical films tackle terrorism, immigration and reproductive rights in, respectively, “Je suis Charlie,” “Children of Giant,” and “The Law.”

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Unforgettable performances define “Wedding Doll” and the U.S. premiere of “The People vs. Fritz Bauer,” and music takes center stage in “East Jerusalem West Jerusalem,” “Flory’s Flame” and the U.S. premiere of “The Midnight Orchestra.” Biographies include filmmaker Sidney Lumet, Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer and philosopher Hannah Arendt. The 20th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination has prompted two portrayals of the fallen leader: “Rabin in His Own Words” and “Rabin, the Last Day.” The closing night screening will be “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” with a postfilm sampling of Israeli delicacies. AJFF is the largest of its kind in the world, with record-breaking attendance of nearly 39,000 film lovers last year.

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series includes professors from Emory and an author of WWII history. The lectures are $95 for all seven or $25 each. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, 30305. For additional details, go to atlantahistorycenter.com or contact Louise Geddes at (404) 4527471.

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Atlanta Game Fest – Thursday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 24. Boardgame lovers rejoice! This massive event features hundreds of the world’s best boardgames available for play, experts on hand to help teach the rules and tons of used games for sale during the flea market on Saturday, January 23. Memberships for all four days are $45 each, $80 per couple and $90 per family. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance through the website at atlantagamefest.com. Kids16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter, 4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., 30341.

To submit your calendar listings, please email details to calendar@atlantaintownpaper.com Super Hero for Smiles 5K – Sunday, Jan. 10, 7 a.m. Bring a smile to others this month by getting out and getting active in the Super Hero for Smiles 5K. Run PPA, a charity organization, has been a contributor to Operation Smile and has helped to fund over 2900 surgeries for children with cleft palates. Since 2014, PPA Charities are also contributing to Dando Amor, a company dedicated to creating orphanages in African and South American countries. Race participants will receive a 3.1 race shirt, a sweet medal for finishing the mile track, and the knowledge that they have helped a greater cause as well. Registration starts at $45 with race tee, $40 without. Omni Hotel, North Tower, International Ballroom Foyer, 100 CNN Center NW, 30303. For more information and to register, go to runppa.com. Three Kings Day – Sunday, Jan. 10, 1 to 5 p.m. Día de los Reyes, or Three Kings Day, is a Latin tradition celebrated with storytelling, performances and music. The Atlanta History Center will be open for a free admission day during the festival, so guests have the opportunity to also wander the property, check out the historic houses and enjoy the trails on the property. Themed activities, food and drinks for purchase, and a photo opp with the three kings make this a fun day for the whole family. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, 30305. Go online to atlantahistorycenter.com for more information. Marching Through 20th Century History – Wednesdays, Jan. 13 through Feb. 24, 12:45 to 3 p.m. Presented by the Sweet Briar College Atlanta Alumnae Club, this lecture

Callanwolde Arts Festival – Friday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 24. This indoor art festival will exhibit the work of more than 80 photographers, painters, glass artists, jewelers and many more. Guests are invited to enjoy adult beverages, live music, dance performances, art demonstrations and bites for purchase from gourmet food trucks. VIP access allows for tours of the mansion and shop before the opening night of the festival on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Open Saturday, January 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, January 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE, 30306. Tickets are $5 each. For more information, visit callanwoldeartsfestival.com. Hot Chocolate 15/5K – Sunday, Jan. 24, wave 1 at 7:40 a.m. and wave 2 at 8:25 a.m. Started back in 2008 in Chicago, this event features a post-race celebration including finisher’s mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats. The race features both 15K (9.3miles) and 5K (3.1miles) distances for runners. Participants will receive a goodie bag at the expo. The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is the official charity partner of the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K series. The RMHC program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families and children facing a serious medical crisis so they can stay close by their hospital at little or no cost. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Dr. SE, 30315. For registration rates and more details, go to hotchocolate15k.com/atlanta. Lanta Gras – Saturday, Jan. 30. Get a jump start on Mardi Gras celebrations this year with this Latin block party in Kirkwood. The event will feature street closures for a parade with floats, live music and plenty of dancing. In partnership with The Kirkyard, The Pullman, Anna's BBQ and KBOA. Free. For more information, including trade route information and a map, go to lantagras.com. Parade route begins at the corner of Hallman St. and Kirkwood Rd.

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Check out newly opened restaurants and those coming soon By Collin Kelley If one of your new year’s resolutions is to try some of Intown’s new restaurants, we have some suggestions for you. There’s a slate of new eateries that have recently opened or are on the way, so be sure to clip and save this feature or bookmark the online version at AtlantaINtownPaper.com.

Open Now Café Highlands Chef Stephen McGuffin has transformed the former Café 640 space on the ground floor of the Highland Inn into Café Highlands. The menu at the PonceyHighland eatery features “progressive American cuisine with the atmosphere of a neighborhood bar and grill.” For more visit, cafehighlands.com. Eight Sushi Lounge Located at 930 Howell Mill Road in West Midtown, Executive Chef Handy Ho and family take a contemporary approach on traditional Japanese dishes for a unique and authentic experience. There’s also a full bar program and their own special Japanese-brewed sake coming in February. For more information, visit eightsushiatl. com.

Nature’s Garden Express NGE has opened a 410-square-foot market stall and 200-square-foot Juice Bar offering organic, locally grown produce and cold pressed juices at Krog Street Market in Inman Park. You’ll also find kitchen staples including grass-fed dairy and eggs, vegan cashew cheeses, Lummi Island Wild seafood and whole grain breads. The store will offer a variety of artisanal food products including nut butters, raw local honey, Preserving Place specialty jams, gourmet pasta and sauces, Simply Seoul kimchi, Zocalo salsas and tamales, Simply Fresh ToGo meals, olive oils, gluten-free pizza crusts, kombucha on tap and more. For more, visit naturesgardenexpress.com. Brash Coffee Brash Coffee has opened inside two shipping containers at Westside Provisions, 1168 Howell Mill Road, offering up specialty coffee from El Salvador. Visit brashcoffee.com for more information. Ponce City Market Central Food Hall The Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market in the Old Fourth Ward continues to grow with the opening of a Latin

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sandwich shop, El Super Pan, created by Chef Hector Santiago. Just down the hall, King of Pops & Good Grub is serving up a selection of beer, wine, sandwiches and popsicle-flavored cocktails. And there’s also Bellina Alimentari, a 4,000-squarefoot space inspired by the cafes and small shops of Northern Italy. Housemade pastas and sauces, chicken dishes, seasonal vegetables and an antipasti bar are all on the menu. For something quick, check out the bar seating or the market to take home items. Also recently opened: seafood haven W.H. Stiles Fish Camp, Mexican street food-inspired Minero and Chinese fare from Jia. Find out more at poncecitymarket.com.

Bread & Butterfly The owners of Cakes & Ale in Decatur have opened this new shop at Inman Quarter (the Elizabeth Street side) in Inman Park. The European-style café will offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch, as well as a pastry counter that transforms into a cocktail and wine bar in the evening. Visit bread-and-butterfly.com for more details.

Rreal Tacos Located on 6th Street between Peachtree and Juniper, chef and owner Adrian Villarreal brings his Mexican heritage to the kitchen for a menu of traditional favorites you won’t find at your typical Mexican restaurant. Forget the usual chips and try the cripy avocado or pork trompo empanadas, customizable tacos with beef barbacoa or whole grilled fish, a beer or something from the bar. O-Ku Atlanta Open for dinner in Midtown’s Westside Ironworks building, this restaurant offers a contemporary take on traditional Japanese with a variety of sushi rolls and signature Japanese dishes. Visit okusushiatl.com.

CACAO Atlanta The luxury chocolatier has officially opened its flagship store at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The store features limited-release collections of hand-crafted chocolates as well as collaborations with artists. Prices range from $5 to $500 and there’s even a private tasting room. For more information, visit cacaoatlanta.com. Five Guys If you’re craving a Five Guys burger and fries while returning holiday gifts you didn’t want, the chain has opened its sixth location inside Lenox Square in Buckhead. The new location is also offering Five Guys Milkshakes, featuring 10 different mix-ins to the vanilla shake base including bacon, chocolate, Oreos, banana, coffee and salted caramel. Chick-fil-A West Midtown Sometimes only a chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A will do, and now West Midtowners can get their fix at the new standalone restaurant at the intersection of Northside Drive and 14th Street. A meeting room with a community table will be available for bookings by local businesses and for free for students. And there’s free Wi-Fi.

il Giallo Osteria & Bar Go just outside the loop to Sandy Springs where Chef Jamie Adams, formerly with Veni Vidi Vici, is hand-making pasta in the kitchen for tagliatelle, agnolotti, linguine and more. 5920 Roswell Road, #118. Visit ilgialloatl.com for more information.

Coming Soon Richards’ Southern Fried This quick service fried chicken concept from Chef Todd Richards, located

inside Inman Park’s Krog Street Market, is scheduled to open early this year. Richards’ Southern Fried will offer three flavor options: Classic, Hot and Richards’ HOT. Keeping with Richards’ passion for all things Southern, the menu will offer chicken sandwiches and plates along with sides like hand-cut potato wedges, stewed okra and tomatoes, broccoli rice and cheese casserole and more. For updates, visit facebook.com/RichardsSouthernFried. BeetleCat Chef Ford Fry’s new seafood restaurant is coming soon to Inman Quarter (the N. Highland side) with a “shore-style, casual cocktail lounge with a coastal 70s and 80s vibe.” Watch for the opening date at beetlecatatl.com. Twisted Kitchen The Marietta fast casual restaurant will open a second location in Midtown early this year at the new University House, 900 Spring St. Twisted Kitchen features a menu largely centered on “twisted” pastas, wraps and salads. Find out more at twistedkitchen.net. 5Church Charlotte-based 5Church plans to open a Midtown location early this year, offering up modern American fare.

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall Expansion Old Fourth Ward eatery Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall will soon bring the “grove” part of its name to life along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. Ladybird, located at mile marker 9.25 on the Eastside Trail or 648 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., will expand to include a more than 4,000-square-foot outdoor “grove” with a bar. Landscape work will begin this month and the grove will open in late January. Keeping with restaurant owner Michael Lennox’s vision, the new dining area will take cues from national parks, camping and westward travels. Plans for the Grove include flanking its four corners with large teepees, each with seating for four to six people. There will also be patio furniture arranged in clusters with Adirondack chairs and retro metal gliders, as well as a number of communal, beer garden tables. The outdoor bar will be housed in a vintage camper van, while strings of lights will illuminate two ping-pong tables for nighttime games. There will also be regular live music performances on the weekends. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


By Megan Volpert There is so much good food at Ponce City Market and I want to tell you all about how to approach that delightful challenge, but first, I feel a moral obligation to warn you about the parking. Huge urban lifestyle complexes like this often get a rocky start, so I let PCM breathe for a full month before checking it out. You can pay for parking in one of two ways, either use the machine or an app. Well, it’s chilly out and I don’t want to stand around messing with my smartphone, so the machine wins – which means I lose a full five minutes repeatedly force-feeding my credit cards into an unsympathetic box to no avail. We marched inside in a huff, joining a lingering crew of complainers similarly bewildered by parking mishaps. A very nice, very stressed out young gentleman carrying a clipboard asked if he could be of service. He had suggestions, took notes, tried to remember to smile. Ten minutes later, we were officially off the hook for paying. A dozen friends of mine have been to PCM since, and all report similar situations – except for this one smug millennial I know who just said he hadn’t noticed parking problems because he’d always either walked there from the BeltLine or cycled his way to the rooftop bike valet. Anyway, on to the eats. Let us begin by declaring a clear winner of the epic battle of cuisine taking place at Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall. I’m speaking of course of Linton Hopkins versus Linton Hopkins: amazing fried chicken sandwiches versus the classic diner burger. If you can only get one or the other, go to Hop’s Chicken instead of H+F Burger. The chicken on a biscuit was divine and the chicken on a bun was almost as great. I’ve eaten the Holeman + Finch burger many times: when it was offered in limited edition on the late night menu, when it was offered in an unlimited supply at brunch, when it was offered on a massive scale at

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Local realtors make their predictions for the 2016 market By Kathy Dean The recent Federal Reserve interest rate hike has raised questions and concerns about where the housing market is headed. While no one can know the future, Atlanta Realtors have high hopes for the upcoming year. “The 2016 outlook is, in a word, excellent,” said Scott Askew, President of Engel & Völkers Intown Atlanta. “I hope that Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist with Realtor.com, was correct when he made his predictions for markets that “are poised for a substantial growth in prices and sales” next year. He named north Atlanta as the fifth best market in the U.S. during 2016.” Specific aspects that will impact Atlanta’s housing market are interest rates, lending regulation changes, popularity of Intown neighborhoods and availability of inventory.

market usually sees some rate volatility in an election year. “Still, I bought my first home when interest rates were at 17 percent, then anxiously waited for rates to fall below 10 percent so I could refinance,” she remembered. “That market can’t compare with our rates today!” Lending Regulations In addition to the Fed putting an end to almost a decade of near zero interest rates, there have been other changes in

Interest Rates Lisa Johnson, Vice President/ Managing Broker with Atlanta Fine Ann Miller Homes Sotheby’s International Realty– Intown office, noted that, based on recent history, 2016 is likely to bring steady growth and consistent sales. Even with the Federal Reserve’s rate increase, interest rates are still amazingly low compared to years ago. Rates are now in the 4-percent range. According to Vic Miller, Managing Scott Askew Broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage–Intown, interest rates remain low by historical standards and most homebuyers understand that. “The recent hike, however minor or symbolic, will impact those with tight credit and limited income, but we have to remember that rising rates usually the housing industry. New TRID (TILAsignify an overall improvement in the RESPA Integrated Disclosure) regulations economy, which translates to more job went into effect October 2015. opportunities, raises and promotions,” While Anne Miller reported a slight Miller explained. slowdown in closings in the past month, Another positive aspect to the she thought it was likely due to a slightly interest rate increase was brought up by delayed turnaround time for closings Christopher Burell, Senior Vice President due to the new regulations. “I think this and Managing Broker of The Intown will normalize over the next few months, Office, Harry Norman, Realtors: it’s likely though, once our industry settles in with to motivate buyers to take action and the new closing guidelines.” move forward with their home purchases. Johnson stated that up until now, “While I don’t believe we’ll see a drastic it has been a pretty smooth transition. change in interest rates, I suspect it will She hasn’t seen many issues or delays, be just enough change to have a direct but cautioned that it may be too soon to impact on buyer mindsets.” know whether these regulation changes Anne Miller, Associate Managing will have any further affect in 2016. Broker, Berkshire Hathaway “The new federal laws, policies and HomeServices|Georgia Properties, procedures create a cautious lending Midtown office added that rates will environment. Lenders want to lend, probably continue to rise slightly over but they’re taking additional steps to the next year, especially since the

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the city to become a desirable, go-to destination for young professionals. “Kirkwood, Edgewood, Adair Park, Capitol View, Capitol View Manor, Pittsburgh, Peoplestown, Lakewood, Mechanicsville and West End will continue to grow in popularity,” he added. “Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing how the redevelopment of Fort McPherson and Turner Field play out.” On a side note, Askew also expects the real estate business to see more mergers and acquisitions as larger companies continue to grow their footprints. Conversely, more small, hightech firms, sans the brick-and-mortar, will open in an effort to attract millennials. “I think the excitement and popularity of Old Fourth Ward, Edgewood and Inman Park will continue,” Johnson predicted. “Many wonderful projects are being built that create an energy Chris Burell and synergy in the market.” As more companies bring their businesses back to areas like Midtown, Downtown, West Midtown, Decatur and Buckhead, there’ll continue to be a strong demand for housing in the Intown neighborhoods. Intown development will be driven by two major forces for several years to come: walkability and the Atlanta BeltLine, according to Burell. “Unlike other Vic Miller geographic boundaries like lakes, rivers and mountains that limit and divide regions, the BeltLine is unique because it’s a geographic boundary that actually connects neighborhoods which have been isolated in the past. This creates the rebirth of a connected city.” He added that, at the same time, the BeltLine is creating a boundary and limiting the amount of available land within its circle. Developers and investors are purchasing land in and around the BeltLine, even in sections of town where it hasn’t been completed, and there’s been Lisa Johnson a direct impact on home and land values. Anne Miller agreed that areas near the BeltLine will continue their credit scores right up until closing. “The popularity in the coming year. “I also pendulum has gone from liberal to think we’ll see some growth in areas just conservative and we’ve got to get back to inside the Perimeter, due to affordability the middle.” and easy Intown access for work or play.” Popular Intown Neighborhoods Inventory Availability Atlanta is touted as the best city While Intown neighborhoods are for millennials. About 13.5 percent of hot spots for home ownership, it’s not Atlanta’s population is between the ages easy for everyone to find what they want. of 24 and 35, Askew pointed out. The It’s still a sellers’ market, but a stronger active, varied job market, affordable housing and vibrant nightlife have caused ensure that buyers are able to afford the loan commitment and that the property is solid in its appraised value,” Burrell said. “I suspect that as we get further into 2016, some lenders will loosen their restrictions, as long as we continue to experience economic growth and a somewhat stable job market.” According to Vic Miller, funding remains available for consumers who meet the classic lending standards, including proof of income and solid credit, yet the process has become more demanding. Lenders are double- and triple-checking job status, salary and

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economy could mean that things will improve for homebuyers. “We’ll probably see more homes on the market, which is a result of the economy and the real estate market continuing to strengthen,” Johnson said. “In the Midtown and Intown markets, we’re still seeing an increase in the desire for luxury condos. This is great, as there are some incredible projects coming out of the ground now.” In 2015, Intown homebuyers experienced low inventories and slowly rising prices. Homes sold quickly, too. The National Association of Realtors reported that the median number of days to sell a home in Atlanta has been 57 days. “As of Nov. 30, 2015, inventory in metro Atlanta was at a 4.4-month supply, and traditionally, a six-month supply is a balanced market,” Vic Miller explained. “The lack of inventory was mostly in the lower- to mid-price ranges.” There’s hope that the number of firsttime homebuyers will rise as economic conditions and housing inventory improve, and as lending standards return to more normalized conditions. “There’s significant pent-up demand for homeownership,” Vic Miller said. “Besides tight lending standards and low inventory, college loan debt is making it harder for first-timers to build up their down payment.” Askew doesn’t anticipate a shift back to a buyers’ market any time soon. In fact, he foresees home prices appreciating at a rate between 7 and 11 percent

(depending on the property’s submarket). He added that ITP single-family homes priced under $500,000 will be especially hot in the upcoming year. Resale bungalows under $500,000 and new construction under $750,000 are very desirable, reported Vic Miller, while housing at the $200,000 to $300,000 price point is extremely hard to find. “We need entry- to mid-level condos for first-time buyers. We need condo construction financing now.” Burell agreed. New condo products that came online in 2015 were for the higher price point buyer, and there weren’t many projects started for those at a lower price point. “There’s definitely demand out there, but developers have struggled to access financing options available for lower price point development projects. In 2016, keep a look out for developers seeking to begin to develop products for this target buyer.” Additionally, increased housing prices could mean that more sellers who’ve been upside down or underwater may be able to put their homes on the market. Housing starts were up in the fall, so new construction inventory should increase next year. “Unfortunately, salaries have not kept pace with Intown home prices, so many millennials have found themselves priced right out of the housing market,” Anne Miller said. “Land values Intown are so high that many new condos or apartments are priced outside their reach. Some buyers have widened their searches to include areas a little further out, or to include smaller properties.”

Midtown boom continues with 16 active construction projects The Midtown boom continues with 16 active construction projects underway, according to a report from the Midtown Alliance. The majority of the projects are mixed-use residential apartments and condo buildings that will add 4,000-plus residential units and 100,000 square feet of retail space to the district. On the office side, construction crews have begun work on Fortune 500 company NCR’s global headquarters at Spring Street and 8th Street, placing the tech giant near Georgia Tech’s Technology Square. Construction is anticipated to be finished in 2018, and once completed, will add 500,000-plus square feet of office space and labs. Several projects were completed this year, including two new major residential developments—University House Midtown and Square on Fifth—which moved 1,300 students into the heart of Tech Square during the summer of 2015. The Center for Puppetry Arts also wrapped up the 8,000-square-foot expansion of their Spring Street location, making room for the new cultural attraction, the Worlds of Puppetry Museum and the most comprehensive collection of Jim Henson-designed puppets. As the year comes to a close, just shy of 40 development projects are now either under construction or in design, having cleared the Midtown Development Review Committee (DRC). Among these are a dual-branded hotel on 14th Street at Peachtree Walk, a Whole Foods store, the redevelopment and expansion of SCAD’s student housing campus Spring House, and a collection of mixed-use residential buildings that range from a 28-story tower to a 4-story infill project. To see a list and renderings of all the projects, take a look at the Midtown Alliance’s handy Development Tour at midtownatl.com/business/development-tour. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


Real Estate Briefs Engel & Völkers has opened an office in Brookhaven at 1430 Dresden Drive. Scott Askew, owner of the new shop, also owns Engel & Völkers Intown Atlanta. Laurie Nickless, a Brookhaven resident and real estate veteran who has worked with Scott for over 17 years, will run the new office.

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Epic Development has built six new homes with three different floor plans in the Grant Park area, on Berne, Marion and Mercer streets. Parkside Overlook includes three-to-four bedroom semi-detached homes, ranging from 2,000 to 2,700 square feet, starting in the $300,000s. There are still three homes available. For more information, visit ParksideOverlook.com. The Related Group has revealed renderings for its new 36-story apartment tower, Stratford. The tower will be located next to the Buckhead MARTA station on Peachtree Road. The historic Darlington apartment building on Peachtree Road across from the Piedmont Hospital and Shepherd Center (and home to the population sign) is on the market, according to a report from Curbed Atlanta. Built in 1951, the property

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The annual Cathedral Antiques Show at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead is set for Jan. 31 – Feb. 7, with a host of events and activities surrounding the main event. More than two dozen dealers of period furniture, jewelry, art and accessories ranging from 17th-century antiques to iconic mid-century modern pieces will be part of this year’s show and sale. The show will be held Feb. 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The net proceeds of the show will benefit Literacy Action. Events will actually kick off on Jan. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. with the First Place Passion Tour of Homes, featuring the first homes owned by five young professionals. Other activities include a talk and book signing by Suzanne Rheinstein on Feb. 4 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. She’ll be talking about her new book, “Rooms for Living.” Clint Smith, editor of Veranda magazine, will sign and discuss his book, “The Romance of Flowers,” on Feb. 5 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Gudrun Cottenier will discuss European floral design trends on Feb. 5 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and essayist and author Julia Reed will sign and discuss her books, including “But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria,” on Feb. 6 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. A special Evening with Julia Reed is set for Feb. 5 from 7-10 p.m. A Flower Festival will be held Feb. 4-6, showcasing floral designs from leading designers, garden clubs and flower guilds. The main Tour of Homes will be held Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., showcasing five of the city’s most luxurious homes. For more details about the show and events, visit cathedralantiques.org.

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DECATUR - Work with the best in Stoney River Homes! Amazing home to feature rear entry drive under 2 car garage, full finished basement with mudroom, sunroom off master, open kitchen, great room with fireplace. 5Bed/4Bath $799,900 FMLS: 5599825 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234

OAKHURST - Fantastic opportunity to own new construction in Oakhurst. Stoney River Homes delivers another wonderful new home with all the amenities you would expect. Tons of space, huge backyard. 6Bed/5Bath $899,900 FMLS: 5619582 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND - One of the most coveted streets with rear alley access to a level-entry 2 car garage. Hilltop double porch elegant home with timeless design boasting gracious room sizes. 5Bed/4.5Bath $1,099,000 FMLS: 5627195 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845

DECATUR - Move-in ready! Beautifully appointed throughout. Gourmet kitchen. Add’l living space on finished terrace level. Professionally landscaped. Fenced backyard complete w/2 entertainment levels. 5Bed/4.5Bath $799,999 FMLS: 5612539 Danielle Coats 404-832-5882

ASHFORD PARK - Total renovation with hardwoods, 9’ ceilings, granite & SS in kitchen, separate dining room, vaulted master w/walk-in closet, whirlpool tub in mast bath, private deck. 3Bed/2.5Bath $549,000 FMLS: 5548636 Mike Kondalski 404-234-9379

LAKE CLAIRE - 4 sided brick with open floor plan, hardwood floors, garage, bonus room, cathedral ceilings in living/dining rooms, basement with tons of storage, back deck overlooking fenced yard. 4Bed/2Bath $409,900 FMLS: 5599626 Mike Kondalski 404-234-9379

OLD FOURTH WARD - Amazing Loft. Directly across from Ponce City Market. Adjacent to the Beltline. Beautiful Hardwoods, double-sided brick walls, large opening windows. Overlooks pool. 1Bed/1Bath $259,000 FMLS: 5624232 Bru Krebs 404-984-0243

LENOX PARK - Adorable home featuring open floor plan, granite & SS in kitchen, beautiful hardwoods, updated fixtures, partially finished basement, large private deck. Perfect home for entertaining! 3Bed/2Bath/2Half Bath $459,900 FMLS: 5614479 Bru Krebs 404-984-0243

BUCKHEAD - Gorgeous Tudor with modern upgrades throughout. Heated salt water pool serves as your private retreat. Chef’s kitchen, oversized master w/fireplace, hardwoods and new carpet, light filled sunroom. 5Bed/3.5Bath $650,000 FMLS: 5615649 Stephen Simonson 404-326-0876

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND - Sought after duplex in the heart of Virginia Highland. Hardwoods throughout, new roof, freshly painted in & out, walk-in closets, mudroom off kitchen, private fenced backyard. 2Bed/1Bath & 1Bed/1Bath $589,000 FMLS: 5612260 Melissa Stratton 404-713-5850

DECATUR - Work with the best in Stoney River Homes! Amazing home to feature rear entry drive under 2 car garage, full finished basement with mudroom, sunroom off master, open kitchen, great room with fireplace. 5Bed/4Bath $799,900 FMLS: 5599796 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234

MORNINGSIDE - Charming home featuring Chef’s kitchen w/custom cabinets, vintage doors/archways, new roof, HVAC & professional landscaping. Great backyard with cobble stone fire pit. 4Bed/3.5Bath $775,000 FMLS: 5615820 Febe Leiva 404-4354184 Gary Langley 404-245-7539

DECATUR - Great location. Just minutes to CDC/ Emory/85/285. Spacious open kitchen. Private backyard with large covered patio. 4Bed/2.5Bath $387,600 FMLS: 5614983 Cliff Grable 404-452-7751

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND - Elegant living on 3 full floors. Stunning craftsman w/open floor plan. Cook’s kitchen. Hardwood floors. Guest bedroom on main floor. 2 Wrap-around porches. Private fenced yard. 5Bed/5Bath/1Half Bath $879,900 FMLS: 5604959 Mike Kondalski 404-234-9379

DOWNTOWN - Historic Nu Grape lofts. Private access to the Beltline. Walk to Ponce Market and Piedmont Park. Extra wide parking space. Open floorplan. Walls of windows. Hardwoods. Exposed ceilings. Modern kitchen. 1Bed/1Bath $235,000 FMLS: 5621942 Mike Kondalski 404-354-4845

MIDTOWN - Corner unit. Highly desirable location. Floor-to-ceiling windows. Faces NE w/ unobstructed skyline views. Large dining balcony. Hardwood floors. Granite & Stainless Steel kitchen. 2Bed/2Bath $345,000 FMLS: 5621553 Drew Cockrell 404-323-2273

Intown 404.874.2262

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