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EDITOR’S LETTER Collin Kelley collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

IN the Neighborhood Our mission: Published monthly since 1994, Atlanta INtown provides its readers with hyperlocal news and information that helps foster a sense of community in a dynamic urban setting. Live, work and play—we cover everything that makes our city home.

CONTACT US Editorial Collin Kelley INtown Editor collin@atlantaintownpaper.com (404) 917-2200, ext. 102 Contributors Sydia Bell, Pamela Berger, Ann Taylor Boutwell, Kathy Dean, Patrick Dennis, Joe Earle, Melody Harclerode, Jay Lawrence, Annie Kinnett Nichols, Claire S. Richie, Tim Sullivan, Melissa Weinman Submissions Article queries and calendar submissions should be emailed to collin@atlantaintownpaper.com Advertising Janet Porter Senior Acount Executive janet@atlantaintownpaper.com (404) 917-2200, ext. 103 David Burleson Sales Consultant david@atlantaintownpaper.com (404) 917-2200, ext. 104 Linda Howell Sales Consultant linda@atlantaintownpaper.com (404) 917-2200, ext. 105 Circulation/ Subscriptions Each month, 35,000 copies of Atlanta INtown are mailed to homes and distributed to businesses in and around ZIP codes 30306, 30307, 30308, 30309, 30324 and 30329. For delivery information, call (404) 917-2200, ext. 110.

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Midtown Improvements Piedmont Park Expands Boulevard Initiative Back To School Tips Security Cameras Public Safety Briefs Making A Difference Health & Wellness Briefs Pets A Look Back TimmyDaddy

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Part-time commuter

Boulevard Initiative, p 7

IN Business Co-working Spaces Buckhead Atlanta Business Briefs

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The Studio Dragon Con Returns Decatur Book Festival ATL Collective Summer Festivals Atlanta PlanIt The Thinking Artist

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Restaurant Dreams, p 32

Go Green Better Buildings Challenge 19 Eco-Briefs 19 Committed to Communities Tour 21 News You Can Eat Staplehouse Krog Street Market Quick Bites

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Home & Real Estate Ponce City Market Update Emory Point Phase 2 Perspectives in Architecture Planning a Garden Party

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Garden Parties, p 38

ABOUT THE COVER Piedmont Park in Midtown recently celebrated the opening of more than 12 new acres of park land for the community to use, as well as new paths, bridges, entrances and connections to the Atlanta BeltLine. Enjoying the Legacy Fountain are Becky Timmis (left), her daughter Nicole Hossler (right), and Nicole’s three children Maggie Hossler, Noah Hossler and Jacob Hossler. For more about the Piedmont Park expansion, see Page. 6.

I do the majority of my writing and editing at home in the Old Fourth Ward. But once or twice a week, I make my way up Roswell Road to the Springs Publishing offices, and I’ve rediscovered just how bad Atlanta’s traffic really is these days. My publisher says I’ve been spoiled by the quick car ride to our old office in PonceyHighland or even walking to our office when it was in Inman Park. He’s right, I am spoiled. However, I can’t help but feel some kinship with commuters who must make their way into (or out of the city) on a daily basis, especially on the utter nightmare that is the Downtown Connector. If only there was a TARDIS (yes, I am a Doctor Who geek) to jump into and show the road planners of the 1950s what a huge mistake they were making by cutting a swath through the middle of the city. While state and regional politicians seem more interested in adding and expanding roads, city-dwellers and commuters want more transportation options – namely commuter rail. The Atlanta BeltLine will eventually (possibly, maybe, not necessarily in my lifetime) have some kind of rail component, and if the Downtown Atlanta Streetcar proves successful, we might see more expansion. While we’re in the TARDIS, could we also go back to 1949 and warn the city that ripping out the city’s streetcar network is a terrible idea? Had we kept the streetcar, it would have surely evolved and become not only vital transportation, but a tourist attraction like those in San Francisco and New Orleans. I’ve heard many people call the Atlanta Streetcar project folly, but I have my fingers crossed for its success. I would love to see the streetcar system expand beyond Downtown to connect other communities once again. My last stop in the TARDIS would be 1972 to stop the demolition of the glorious old Terminal Station, which once stood on the site of what is now the boring Russell Federal Building. The repercussions of Atlanta’s rush to tear down its history (this is the city that was going to allow the destruction of the Fox Theatre until public outcry and a vigorous campaign famously saved it) and modernize are more acutely felt today more than ever. Imagine being able to go to a refurbished Terminal Station and catch a train to the ‘burbs to visit, say, Stone Mountain or Six Flags. Or maybe a daytrip to Athens, Macon or Savannah. I would also tell my publisher that I am spoiled for transportation options by visiting other cities which seem to manage it quite well: New York, London and Paris, for example. If we are truly a world class city, then we need options. I’m sure my fellow full-time and part-time commuters would love to spend extra hours with their friends and family rather than sitting in traffic.

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IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

ENHANCING MIDTOWN Bridge renovations, re-imagined MARTA stations part of plan By Collin Kelley INtown Editor The Midtown Alliance is moving fullsteam ahead with projects that will offer bold new looks to existing structures in the community. First up is the Gateway Connector Project, which will “enhance the aesthetics” of Peachtree Street bridges that cross the Downtown Connector, according to Midtown Alliance CEO Kevin Green. The Peachtree bridges at Brookwood Station and just south of the Emory University Hospital Midtown complex will both feature “monumental arches” and bold, up-lit decorative lettering, Green said. The bridge enhancements will also create bike lanes, widen the sidewalks and planted medians. The Midtown Alliance is working with Central Atlanta Progress on the southern Peachtree bridge enhancement. “We are in the concept phase now, but will have final design and construction

The Peachtree Street bridge over I-85 at the Downtown Connector (rendering at left) will receive a “monumental arch,” new signage, bike lanes, planted median and other enchancements for those entering Midtown. The three MARTA stations in Midtown -- North Avenue, Midtown and Arts Center -- will also be redeveloped to make them more aesthetically pleasing and useful to commuters. Some of the ideas floated for the stations include cafes and shops. The rendering at right shows the potentially revitalized Midtown Station on 10th Street.

documents by the end of the year,” Green said, noting that Georgia Department of Transportation and Norfolk-Southern approval would also be needed since the bridges cross Interstate 75/85 and railroad tracks. Green said construction would begin early next year and take about 12 months to complete with an estimated budget of $5.3 million for both bridges.

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The decorative bridge arches will reach 30 feet at the top curve and will be made from structural steel, Green said. “Pedestrians using the sidewalks will actually be walking through the archways, which act as a barrier to motor traffic.” Unlike the demolition and re-building of the 14th Street bridge a few years ago, Green said this project will only require occasional lane closures. While the Gateway project moves forward, the Midtown Alliance is working with MARTA on a study (funded with an $80,000 grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission) to radically improve the visual appeal of the train stations at North Avenue, Midtown and Arts Center. Concept drawings show radical changes, including one that would add a café to the Midtown station on 10th Street. “There is a study underway that will be complete by the end of 2013 for implementable solutions for the MARTA

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stations,” Green said. “We want the stations to act as a gateway as well and give riders a since of arrival into Midtown.” The study will also look at safety issues, lighting, accessibility, landscaping, the use of public art and environmental sustainability, which falls under the Midtown EcoDistrict project. Green said the success of transformations to the Midtown stations could eventually be used for improvements at other MARTA stations. Like train stations in New York, London and other cities, Green said having MARTA stations with shops, cafes and other amenities would only enhance usage of MARTA. “The stations today aren’t particularly inviting,” Green said frankly. “There is lots of opportunity to make them inviting and I’m excited about it.” Green said the Gateway Connector Project and MARTA station redesign both fall under the larger Midtown EcoDistrict umbrella, created last year. With making Midtown environmentally sustainable as its goal, the program is moving on multiple fronts including adding 9.25 miles of additional bike lanes and working with the Atlanta BeltLine to connect those bike lanes to the Eastside Trail to 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive at Grady High School. There are also plans to add more public bike racks, which will bring the number to 200 in Midtown. Also underway is the “greening” of Juniper Street, which will include highefficiency LED overhead lighting, wider sidewalks, protected bike lanes, on-street parking and “bioswales,” stormwater retention areas that will surround new shade trees. The bioswales use special soil and planting materials to reduce bacteria and improve run-off. Green said Midtown is part of the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, a national project to make cities more environmentally friendly. 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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Park Life Piedmont Park expansion offers new greenspace, amenities Atlantans are enjoying the latest expansion at Piedmont Park with new acreage, entrance gates, footbridges and trails. The area called Piedmont Commons comprises 12.5 acres of parkland, while Walker Woods, a hardwood forest area of the park, adds an additional 3 acres. Midtown residents who live near Dutch Valley, Ansley Mall and in Morningside will find three new pedestrian entrances for easier access, while there are also new trails, including connections to the Atlanta BeltLine. Two new footbridges

have been opened at the cleaned-up Clear and Orme Creeks. The Piedmont Park Conservancy, working with the BeltLine, recently removed a stretch of fence along Evelyn Street in order to allow easier pedestrian access into the park from the interim hiking trail. There’s still more to come, including a community garden, new playgrounds and more connectivity to the BeltLine.  –Collin Kelley

Jennifer Timmis, in yellow, and her mother, Becky Timmis, in green, walk their dogs on the Promenade at Piedmont Park July 2. Nicole Hossler, front left, pushes two-year old daughter Maggie in a stroller while sons Noah, 4, and Jacob, 6, ride ahead on their bicycles. They are on their way to enjoy some fun in the fountain, in the two photos at right.

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Nicki Mlynski, center, meets with city representatives about making improvements to the Boulevard Tunnel. A resident of The Stacks lofts nearby, Mlynski made a pledge to give back to the community and help make the underpass safe, as well as beautiful.

TUNNeL ViSiON Organization aims to clean up Boulevard underpass By Collin Kelley INtown Editor One of Nicki Mlynski’s New Year’s resolutions for 2013 was to find a way to give back to the Cabbagetown community she has called home since 2007. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Mlynski sent an email for a proposed project to a “myriad of people” including friends, colleagues, Atlanta City Councilmembers and other stakeholders in the community. Her goal: clean up the Boulevard tunnel that runs underneath DeKalb Avenue, the CSX railway and MARTA tracks. “I was doing my emergency room residency training at Grady Hospital, so I used to ride my bike through the tunnel,” Mlynski said. “I would come home at night and it just wasn’t safe.” The elevated tunnel walkway and the stairwells that lead up to Boulevard have long been a haven for the homeless, drug users, prostitutes plying their trade and as a public toilet. “The tunnel is the gateway between Cabbagetown and the Old Fourth Ward,” she said. “It was just a sad sight to see day after day.” Mlynski said the response to her email was almost immediate, and the City of Atlanta was eager to get involved. In February, a roundtable discussion was attended by the city’s graffiti taskforce, Councilmembers Kwanza Hall and Natalyn Archibong, representatives from the public works and cultural affairs offices and Cabbagetown residents. “Everyone was excited and it really took off from there,” Mlynski noted. The Boulevard Tunnel Initiative has already partnered with Kwanza Hall’s “Year of Boulevard” project to clean up the thoroughfare. A community cleanup event in the spring saw volunteers painting over graffiti, weeding and picking up trash, but A t l a n t a i N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Mlynski said there is now a three-phase plan on the table for more significant improvements. The public works department produced a five-page report on improvements that could be handled by the city, including more (and brighter) lights in the tunnel and replacing the rusted, broken or missing guardrails along the pedestrian walkways. By the time you’re reading this, Mlynski hopes the new guardrails will be in place. At press time, she was meeting with Archibong and the public works office to finalize the new lighting. That would take care of phase one. Phase 2 centers on beautifying the tunnel, and stakeholders agreed a mural similar to the ones along DeKalb Avenue and its tunnels would make for a great public art piece. Mlynski said the mural design would have to be approved by the city and neighborhoods before it is painted. It will cost about $20,000 (including the application of an “anti-graffiti” coating, and donations from the community will be accepted as the initiative progresses. The third phase of the plan is still a bit nebulous, Mlynski said, because it involves sustainability of the tunnel once it is renovated. Mlynski said she would like to see a joint collaboration between residents and businesses of Cabbagetown and the Old Fourth Ward to help maintain the tunnel similar to a street adoption program. Mlynski said the Boulevard Tunnel Initiative is in the process of becoming a nonprofit organization and will soon solicit donations from the public to help with the mural and ongoing sustainability efforts. To keep up with the group’s progress, visit the website at blvdtunl.com or find the Boulevard Tunnel Initiative on Facebook.

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Back To School Survival Tips Ideas for students and parents as classes resume

to the library or computer lab, get a head-start on your homework, or research that big term paper. You’ll be thankful later while you’re at the mall or a concert and your classmates are stuck at home cramming. • One of the best ways to make friends and learn your way around is by joining school clubs, sports teams, and activities. Even if you can’t kick a 30-yard field goal or sing a solo, getting involved in other ways – going to a school play, helping with a bake sale, or cheering on friends at a swim meet – can help you feel like a part of things.

By Collin Kelley INtown Editor By the time you read this, some of Intown’s schools will already be back in session for 2013-14. Students returned to classrooms at City of Decatur Schools on Aug. 1, while Atlanta Public Schools resume Aug. 7 and Fulton and DeKalb County Schools on Aug. 12. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has offered up some survival tips for kids and parents as the school year routine begins anew. These tips are some basics for eating properly and study habits, as well as selecting a backpack for students that are safe and comfortable. Survival Tips • The old saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is never more true than when you’re going to school. Students are more alert and perform better in class if they eat a good breakfast. • Get enough sleep. Studies show that teens need at least 8½ hours of sleep each night to feel rested. Sleep deprivation can lead students to fall asleep in class (embarrassing if you’re caught!) and can also make it hard to

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concentrate. It can be more productive to get the sleep you need than it is to stay up late cramming: A recent study found that students who got adequate sleep before a math test were nearly three times more likely to figure out the problem than those who stayed up all night. • Do more at school and you’ll have less to do at home. Take advantage of those times during the school day when you’re not in class: Review notes, go

Tips for Choosing and Using Backpacks • Consider the construction. Before you grab that new bag off the rack, make sure it’s got two padded straps that go over your shoulders. The wider the straps, the better. A backpack with a metal frame like the ones hikers use may give you more support (although many lockers aren’t big enough to hold this kind of pack). Make use of another hiking tip: Look for a backpack with a waist belt, which helps to distribute the weight more

evenly across the body. Backpacks with multiple compartments can also help distribute the weight more evenly. • Before you load your backpack, adjust the straps so the pack sits close to your back. If the pack bumps against your lower back or your butt when you walk, the straps are probably too long. Always pack your backpack with the heaviest items closest to your back. Don’t drop all your stuff in the main compartment (using the side pockets will distribute the weight more evenly). Wear both straps over your shoulders. • Try a pack with wheels. Lots of kids use these as an alternative to backpacks, but there are guidelines and considerations to keep in mind with this kind of pack, too. Many schools don’t allow rolling packs because people can trip over them in the halls. • Limit your load. Doctors and physical therapists recommend that people carry no more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight in their packs. This means that if you weigh 120 pounds, your backpack should weigh no more than 12 to 18 pounds. Use your bathroom scale to weigh your backpack and get an idea of what the proper weight for you feels like.

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UNDer SUrVeiLLaNCe Cities say cameras help keep residents safe By Melissa Weinman Amid the recent controversy surrounding national surveillance programs, many may not realize that jurisdictions around metro Atlanta are using integrated camera systems to record city-wide security footage. But proponents say access to video footage is an invaluable tool for public safety. The city of Atlanta and Sandy Springs already have these systems in place and the cities of Brookhaven and Dunwoody are considering them. Bob Carter is the general manager of Iron Sky, the company that has helped implement these integrated video systems. He said Iron Sky builds networks for public safety technology. Video is the most common technology, but Carter said the company also uses things like GPS software and license plate readers. “Our solution is designed to integrate with newer and effective technologies as they become available,” Carter said. “Anything that gives officers enhanced situational awareness.” Terry Sult, Sandy Springs’ Director of Public Safety, said the city used existing

traffic control cameras for its network. “We’re not putting that much money into cameras, we prefer to use existing infrastructure and partner with companies that already have cameras in place,” Sult said. “We’re taking advantage of those that would be going up for traffic management or sharing cameras with private companies so that we reduce the cost.” Sult said the system features a Google map that shows where all the city’s calls for service are located. “It shows where your patrol cars are on the map, your police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, and it also shows where the cameras are,” Sult said. The city is now working to give backup dispatchers access to the system to give them the ability to do things like view the area where there have been reports of traffic lights out or debris in the roadway. “We give them access to it so ideally we don’t have to send a car when we don’t have to send a car,” Sult said. Carlos Campos, a spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department, said the department launched its Operation Shield Video Integration Center in 2011. It cost about $8 million and was paid for using money from the Atlanta Police Foundation and the federal government.

Campos said the city has access to about 1,400 cameras in areas including Buckhead, Midtown and Downtown Atlanta. “There was already a great Surveillance video feeds from cameras installed along major roads will assist deal of existing officers in combating crime. infrastructure Sult recalled a particular incident in downtown that we were able to tap where Sandy Springs police were able to into. That is one of the unique aspects of review video footage to find a hit-and-run the [Video Integration Center]. We have driver who fled the scene after hitting a a partnership with the private sector, so cyclist. these are not just city-owned cameras,” Carter said “numerous, numerous Campos said. events that have occurred, especially in Campos said the system has been Midtown, where a camera system has helpful to Atlanta police. helped to solve crimes, identified people “For example, during major events in the process of committing crimes. One such as the Final Four, it provided us with of the most frequent ones is entering situational awareness on a mass scale. autos, people strolling the streets breaking We were able to provide live feeds on the windows. Normal everyday issues are ground into a Joint Operations Center. always occurring, and you can really make It has also been helpful in monitoring other major events. We have also recorded an impact there.” several major crimes on the system For more public safety news, turn to that have helped provide evidence to Page 10. investigators,” Campos said.

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Public Safety Briefs Col. Wayne Mock, the Midtown Blue Public Safety Director for more than eight years, has announced his retirement. Mock has worked the last 50 years in law enforcement and public safety, joining the Midtown Alliance in 2005 after a distinguished career with the Atlanta Police Department, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and the Hall County Sherriff ’s Office. After a spate of armed robberies targeting the theft of cell phones of patrons leaving local bars, the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance has encouraged people to use the tracking devices on their phones. For instance, iPhones have a free app called “Find my iPhone.” With that information you can log into any computer and locate your device, which might be helpful to the police in finding the criminals.

The Ansley Park Civic Association has warned of a scam where people pretending to work for a tree company come to residents’ doors and tells them that a tree on their property needs work or is in danger of falling. While one person goes with the homeowner to look at the tree, another person enters the house to steal valuables. With the recent storms and downed trees, this scam has proliferated in a number of areas. You are reminded not to open your door to people you don’t know and to call 911 if there is suspicious activity in your neighborhood. To help improve safety along the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, mile markers were installed late last year. Officials said that the BeltLine is currently working on finalizing the design and installation of the mile markers for the rest of the interim hiking trails on the network. The Fulton County Board of Commission approved the acquisition of new equipment to upgrade the county’s Public Safety Radio Communications System.

The $19 million system will allow emergency responders from public safety departments throughout Fulton County to communicate with neighboring public safety agencies in the metropolitan area and with regional radio communications systems. The Atlanta Police Department and Atlanta BeltLine has unveiled the new Path Force Unit, which will patrol the BeltLine trails and adjacent parks on foot, bikes and electric vehicles. The new unit, made up of 15 retired military personnel, was made possible by a $1.8 million federal grant. The patrol started quietly doing its work in June, but was officially announced last month. Atlanta Police Department Code Enforcement is actively working with the mayor’s office and city council to identify blighted properties for clean up and demolition that have become breeding grounds for crime. In late June, the city approved the demolition of an abandoned apartment complex at 2031 Alison Court that had become an eyesore and was used for drug activity.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE Melanie Hammett writes album to benefit Georgia Innocence Project By Collin Kelley INtown Editor As a longtime musician and mayor pro-tem for the tiny Pine Lake municipality in DeKalb County, Melanie Hammett has always been interested in the intersection of art, activism and giving back. Hammett has performed and worked with some of the biggest names in the local music scene, including Indigo Girls, Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and DeDe Vogt, and creating scores for theatre productions in collaboration with Majorie Kellogg and Kenny Leon. Her latest project, Life Sentence, came from volunteering with the Georgia Innocence Project, the nonprofit that helps to free those wrongly prosecuted through DNA tests and educate about wrongful convictions. “I’d wanted to volunteer with the Innocence Project for a long time, but they mostly wanted lawyers,” Hammett said. “I called and told them I would come in and make coffee, vacuum, whatever they needed. I feel that strongly about their mission.” So, that’s exactly what Hammett did. While volunteering, she was introduced to Clarence Harrison, who was wrongly convicted of kidnapping, rape and robbery of a Decatur woman in 1987 and spent nearly 20 years behind bars until he became the first person exonerated by the Georgia Innocence Project. “I met with Clarence thinking I could write a song that the Project could use for fundraising or awareness, but Clarence’s story is so mind-blowing that I realized it wasn’t just one, but an entire album.” Hammett enlisted fellow musician Ben Holst and started an Indiegogo A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the 11-song album. She also received an Idea Capital grant to host a series of “listen-ins,” small concerts featuring the songs and Harrison himself telling his remarkable story. So far, $15,000 has been raised to create the album. A downloadable EP featuring five “unplugged” versions of the songs is expected to appear this month at lifesentencealbum.com, where you can also make a donation toward the project. A more fully produced album is in the works, and Hammett is hoping to enlist “local luminaries” to add their voices to Life Sentence. “I didn’t write the songs with the intention of me singing them,” Hammett said. “They are first person songs in Clarence’s voice and I don’t think I’m the right voice to interpret them. Others have a better capacity to sing these songs; I’ll do some background vocals.” This kind of modesty is often rare in the music business where egos can run rampant, but after creating a dozen albums, Hammett said she’s found a niche in the local scene where her desire to give back and create music reside comfortably. A few years ago, she created an album called Edifice Complex, a suite of songs about urban planning inspired by her work as an elected official in Pine Lake. She’s currently “pecking away” at another album called Quantum Civics, about how communities thrive. “Music is such an effective form of communication, and it’s bipartisan,” Hammett said. “It’s also a teaching tool for me to help me learn more about people and the world around me.” For more about Melanie Hammett, visit melaniehammet.com.

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Health & Wellness Briefs The Cancer Support Community will be offering a special series of Kid Support starting Sept. 21 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. This is a peer support group for children (ages 6-12) who have a parent, grandparent, other family member, or friend with cancer (either in treatment or post-treatment) or who have cancer themselves. The program will be held at the Cancer Support Community, 5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Bldg. C – Ste. 225. To register, call (404) 843-1880.

Back on My Feet’s second annual Meaningful Miles Run/Walk 5K will benefit individuals transitioning out of homelessness. Each mile honors one of our partner facilities – Trinity House, The Gateway Center and Salvation Army. The race will take place on Aug. 24 at 7:30 a,m. at the Historic Fourth Ward Park. Registration is $30 in advance $35 the day of the race. For more information and to

register, visit atlanta.backonmyfeet.org. Registration is open for the 7th annual Walk of HEROes 5K and Tot Trot will be held on Sept. 21 in Kirkwood. This charity event raises support for clients receiving mental health, substance addiction and developmental disability services from DeKalb Community Service Board. There will be awards, music, drawing prizes and refreshments. To register as a participant or donate, visit www.walkofheroes5k.com. Piedmont Atlanta Hospital has launched a new lung cancer screening program to improve early detection of the disease. Patients deemed as “high risk” for lung cancer (age 50 and older) will be able to participate in the new program, which uses a low-dose CT (computed tomography) screening to detect the disease. Since insurance does not typically cover these screenings, Piedmont Atlanta will offer the tests at a discounted rate of $99. For more information, visit piedmontcenter.org/ lung.

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Dr. Janice Floyd, DVM, from Briarcliff Animal Hospital (briarcliffanimal.com) in Morningside says one of the most frequently asked questions by feline owners is how to spot signs of illness. Dr. Floyd created this list in response.

LifeLine Animal Project (lifelineanimal.org) is now managing shelter operations for DeKalb County Animal Services (DCAS). The enforcement division will continue to be managed by the DeKalb County Police Department. LifeLine also manages services for Fulton County, as well.

Ryan is a curious and adventurous kitty. He was abandoned with his brother, but immediately went into a foster home where he was loved and cared for. He is accustomed to the good life and would like to get back into a home as soon as possible. To adopt Ryan or any of the other cats and dogs available, visit PAWSAtlanta. org or stop by the shelter at 5287 Covington Highway in Decatur.

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Ann Taylor Boutwell congregation. Located in Vine City, the church is currently wrangling with the city over its property for the new Falcon’s stadium.

Aug. 4, 1897: U.S. President William McKinley appointed Atlanta resident Henry Rucker (1855-1931) as collector of internal revenue for Georgia. Rucker was the first African American to serve this post. Aug. 6, 1928: Atlanta City Council voted to rename a section of Jackson Street from Ponce de Leon to 10th Street as Parkway Drive. In 1895, at the time of the Cotton States Exposition, the Sanborn Map noted Jackson Street as stretching all the way from the Fourth Ward to the 10th Street Piedmont Park entrance. By the 1960s, that same section of Parkway Drive was changed to Charles Allen Drive. Aug. 12, 1968: Department store Saks Fifth Avenue opened its 28th location at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. Aug. 18, 1940: Rev. Edward Randolph Carter of Friendship Baptist Church invited the public to hear his famous choir. Established in 1862 and independently organized in 1866, Friendship was Atlanta’s first Black Baptist autonomous

Aug. 19, 1916: Georgia’s first compulsory school attendance law was signed by Gov. Nathaniel Harris. The legislation required children aged 8-14 to attend school for at least four months each year. However, a long list of exemptions seriously weakened the law. For example, school attendance was not required of children who had completed the fourth grade, who needed to work to help support their family, whose parents could not afford to buy books and clothing, or who lived over three miles from school. Additionally, local boards of education could excuse children from attending school “for other good reasons.” Aug. 25, 1983: The historic Plaza Theatre at 1049 Ponce de Leon Avenue, originally designed by Atlanta architect George H. Bond, had its grand reopening. Guest donated $15 each to the Atlanta Zoological Society (now Zoo Atlanta) to view the movie The Women, which also played at the first opening in 1939. The Plaza is now a nonprofit theater showing first-run indies and classic films. For current listings, check out the Plaza at plazaatlanta.com. Aug. 30, 2005: Dr. Charles Livingstone Allen (1913-2005) died in

Houston, TX age 92. For 12 years he was pastor at Grace United Methodist Church at 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue. During that time, his congregation became one of the largest Methodist churches in the Southeast. In 1949, he wrote daily columns for the Atlanta Constitution and initiated a radio broadcast on WAGA. After the 1954 Brown versus Board of Education decision to desegregate public schools, Allen and 79 other pastors created, signed and published

the Ministers Manifesto, which called for moderation, communication between the races, racial amity, and obedience to the law. After he moved to Houston in 1960, a section of Parkway Drive from North Ponce de Leon to 10th Street was renamed Charles Allen Drive. Ann Taylor Boutwell is an Atlanta historian, tour guide and docent at the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum. Email her at annboutwell@bellsouth.net

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TIMMYDADDY BY TIM SULLIVAN

Summer Camp Panic Here’s yet another reason why every day should be teacher appreciation day: summer camp. Once our children graduate from the year-round cocoon of preschool, we were met with a childcare chasm that in Georgia spans from the end of May until the beginning of August. Bridging that gap can seem a bit like, well, building an actual bridge. Frantic emails from friends and parents of Elliott’s classmates hit Kristen and me mid-winter asking what we are going to do about summer camp. We both work, so we took the cue that it was time for us to panic too. Critiques rolled in and no longer do I snicker when someone says “zoo camp” or “circus camp,” in fact, I lean in. Some reviews are tediously parental: “Drop off at the southwest entrance and be sure NOT to get out of the car or Gigi the Welcome Counselor will be upset! Pack a 12 oz. tube of sunscreen, a 6 oz. container of bug repellent and $2 in a Ziploc bag

…” Others stray toward the willfully obtuse: “Elliott will LOVE superhero camp because Spencer loved it. Just sign up. It sells out. He’ll love it. We loved it. We’re doing it again because we loved it. Just sign him up and he’ll love it. You’ll love it.” Then there are those that sum up particular camp experiences in succinct, foreboding fashion: “It’s like a prison.” Choose incorrectly and your summer will be highlighted by the unyielding wrath of a hot, unhappy child. Some families will sample as many as eight different camps. We’d have gone that route, too, if what we really wanted out of our summer was a kamikaze mission featuring an apprehensive 6-year-old super glued to our pant leg every Monday morning. Instead, we sought the path of least resistance and I think we may have found it. Week one was Camp Grandma. Aquarium, Costco, Pool, Publix (thanks,

Pat!). Next up was a week at Amy Bryant’s Emory Tennis Camp. Amy is a friend of ours and the head coach of Emory Women’s Tennis. Her son, Kimball, is Elliott’s friend and he attended too so we figured it was a safe bet. Not only was Elliott comfortable, he verbalized enjoyment, which is akin to hearing him speak for the first time. He even came home looking to play some driveway tennis with me. We’ll probably do two weeks of this next year. You should do it, too. Your kid will love it because Elliott loved it. Just sign him up. He’ll love it. Next we went all in with the camp at The Paideia School for the balance of the summer. What sold us on it is the lead counselors are Paideia teachers and the junior counselors are current students. We’re public school people, but we can glom up some private school From left are Paideia campers Sebastian Borgman awesomeness with camp! I really have and Elliott Sullivan with counselor Adam Beskind. no idea what they do every day. Elliott typically responds with a giggly “can’t remember” but he’s happy at drop carved out as many impromptu sprinkler off and when we pick him up his hair is runs and moments of ice cream innocence matted down with sweat, his broad smile as we can, but he hardly knows what it’s cutting right through the humidity. No like to have those long, summer days parental review can trump that. stretched out before him, full of possibility While I’m pretty happy with the bridge and perfectly devoid of plans. we built this year, jumping Elliott from school to camp and right back into school Tim Sullivan grew up in a large family breaks my heart just a little. He is having a in the Northeast and now lives with his great summer, albeit way more structured small family in Oakhurst. He can be than anything I knew at his age. We’ve reached at tim@sullivanfinerugs.com.

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41 Buckhead properties join Better Buildings Challenge The City of Atlanta and Livable Buckhead have announced that 41 Buckhead buildings, half of the Buckhead office market, will join the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge. The energy and water efficiency program now encompasses more than 120 buildings in the city’s three major submarkets of Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead, with a total of more than 65 million square feet. The newly added Buckhead buildings represent a 50 percent increase in participation. A short-list of participating buildings includes: Atlanta Financial Center, Terminus, Westminster and Lovett Schools, Monarch Tower and Lenox Square. Livable Buckhead, a nonprofit organization focused on sustainability, identified the ABBC as an opportunity to build Buckhead’s reputation for high quality, energy efficient facilities and set out to recruit its partners to participate in the program. The 15 million square feet secured by LBI surpasses participating square footage of many cities including Denver and Fort Worth. “Buckhead is more known for Class A office space and high end retail, but we’ve also got an impressive list of ‘green’ credentials,” said Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead. “Nearly half of Buckhead’s office space is Energy Star certified which means they are more energy efficient than 75 percent of their peers, more than a fifth of it is LEED certified and there are 300 EarthCraft homes in the area. Joining the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge gives us the opportunity to build on those sustainability efforts and encourage other buildings to join in.” On July 16, the ABBC recognized more than 20 participants – including properties in Downtown, Midtown and at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport – that have reached the 20 percent reduction in either energy or water consumption since the program began in 2009. To see the list and find out more about ABBC, visit atlantabbc.com.

Eco-Briefs Georgia-Pacific Center, a fixture among Downtown’s skyscrapers for nearly 30 years, is once again brightening the night sky. In July, new exterior lights on the east-facing stair-stepped side of the tower, pictured right, have been turned on to illuminate the building’s 52-story profile. For more than seven years, the building’s lights have remained off due to their energy inefficiency. However, the new LED lighting will dramatically cut energy consumption by 75 percent and slash costs too – from approximately $55 to $14 a day. The costs are even lower when factoring in that the new, 205-watt LED bulbs (67 of them) are much longer lasting than the previous 1,000-watt and 400-watt bulbs. This energy savings is just one of the many things the Georgia-Pacific Center is doing to accomplish its goal to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020 as part of the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge.

Left to right: Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Livable Buckhead Chairman Bob Stoner.

The Truly Living Well Center for Urban Agriculture has officially opened the William H. Borders Community & Senior Garden at Wheat Street Garden, 75 Hilliard St., in the Old Fourth Ward. The TLW Garden Club, which will maintain the communal beds, will provide an urban growing experience for some of the approximately 1,500 seniors citizens who live in the Old Fourth Ward community. For more information about joining the club, visit trulylivingwell.com Keep Atlanta Beautiful (KAtlB) has partnered with Republic Services to provide roll-off containers for household items at its Community Recycling Centers in Buckhead and the Old Fourth Ward. The containers will accept paper, metals, aluminum, cardboard and container plastics. Glass will not be accepted at this time. This new service will expand KAtlB’s currently accepted materials and provide a household recycling location for residents who currently do not a have recycling program in their communities or buildings. KAtlB’s Community Recycling events are held the first Saturday of each month at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2716 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, and the second Saturday of each month at the Old Fourth Ward location at the old Walden School, 320 Irwin St. Each event’s hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a list of recyclables accepted at the locations, visit keepatlantabeautiful.org.

Jamestown Properties has engaged Southface to provide LEED for Homes verification services for all residential units in Ponce City Market project in the Old Fourth Ward. The building combines 330,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 450,000 square feet of office space and 259 residential units to be called The Flats. For an update on the Ponce City Market project, see Page ?. The Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable convenes once a month to discuss the region’s current environmental issues – from water to energy, urban planning to policy and much more. Members of the audience are encouraged to ask questions, make comments, network and learn about Atlanta’s current and future opportunities for sustainable development. The next two meetings are Aug. 2 and Sept. 6 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St. For more information, visit southface. org/sart. IKEA has partnered with ECOtality, which provides clean electric transportation and storage technologies, to add Blink electric vehicle charging stations at the Atlantic Station store. 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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COMMITTED TO COMMUNITIES Home tour will highlight local activist’s home Local activist and community supporter Angel Poventud stands inside his Adair Park bungalow during the renovation process. Poventud bought the house for just $14,000 and used a combination of HUD loans and online fundraising to complete renovations - along with generous help from his friends.

By Jay Lawrence Local community activist and Atlanta BeltLine advocate Angel Poventud’s home will be part of the upcoming Committed to Communities Home Tour on Aug. 17. “I have 1,200 square feet and 21 windows and the light in here is unbelievable,” said Poventud, speaking of his historic bungalow in Adair Park. The project took 20 months of hard work to complete, but the totally rehabbed two-bedroom, two-bath home – which backs up to the BeltLine – is complete. The home tour is sponsored by a group of realtors, nonprofits and lenders who work together under the banner of Committed to Communities. The tour will focus on what can be done with the type of HUD loan that Poventud received to redo his house, known in the industry as a 203(k). Houses will be shown before, during and after the use of these renovation loans. “Without these loans the work my neighbors and I have done on our houses just wouldn’t be possible,” said Poventud. His bungalow, built in the 1920s, had been vacant for 10 years when he bought it for $14,000. It had to be stripped down to the studs. Even with the renovation loan, he didn’t have all the money to finish the job, but with crowd-funding and help from friends he was able to get the job done. “I kicked over every rock I could,” Poventud said. As the Atlanta housing market has started to heat up, renovation home loans have become an even more important option. By considering them a homebuyer’s options expand greatly, said Derrick Duckworth, organizer of the Committed to Communities tours. “Sustainability is a hugely important principle,” said Duckworth, “and renovation of existing houses fits right in A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

with that.” To further that idea, Duckworth invited the non-profit Lifecycle Building Center to demonstrate the use of recycled building materials in a home to be shown on the tour. The group’s aim is to make buildings more sustainable through the reuse of materials – rather than just disposing of them. The tour will also highlight the availability of up to $15,000 in assistance to homebuyers from the NeighborhoodLIFT program, which has allowed more than 200 families and individuals to become homeowners in the City of Atlanta. Administered by Invest Atlanta and made possible by a grant from Wells Fargo, the program still has more than $2 million available. Those who qualify must buy and live in a house in the city of Atlanta and make no more than 120 percent of the area median income, which for a family of four is $79,550. Homebuyers may use the money from NeighborhoodLIFT for one of the HUD renovation home loans. This will be the sixth Committed to Communities home tour of 2013 hosted by The Beltline Team of Area West Realty. Other participants are Resources for Residents and Communities (RRC), Invest Atlanta, Loan South Mortgage, EpiCity, Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, J.P. Morgan Chase, First Community Mortgage and Wells Fargo. Poventud, whose issues with city inspectors and difficulties in obtaining funding have been well-chronicled in local media, is looking forward to showing attendees firsthand what his “love and passion” for his home have wrought. “At no point was it an option not to finish this,” he said.

Before and after: Poventud’s Adair Park bungalow was a boarded up shell when it bought it nearly two years ago. A supporter of the Atlanta BeltLine project, Poventud wanted to live close by and this house, with its charming pops of color, backs right up to the trail.

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By Sydia Bell and Collin Kelley If being trapped in a cubicle with humming fluorescent lighting is your idea of hell, you are not alone. Many entrepreneurs and young workers are flocking to coffee shops for the free wi-fi and to meet clients, but there are only so many soy chai lattes you can drink in a day. Enter the “co-working” space. Shared office spaces are not new to Atlanta, but the proliferation has picked up since the economic crisis and more people decided to open their own small businesses. One such co-working space to recently open is Desk (deskatl.com) at 1095 Zonolite Road, not far from Virginia Highland and the Emory University campus. Co-founder Beth Ventura said Desk is perfect for freelancers, students, technology professionals and small business owners. “All you need to bring is your laptop and ideas,” Ventura said. Designed for flexibility, Desk offers individual spaces available on a daily, weekly or short-term basis and monthly options for cubicles and offices that can hold up to three professionals. Each space is equipped with an arrangement of data and/or electrical jacks and everyone has access to printer, copier and scanner. Complimentary mail service allows for delivery to Desk instead of home addresses. Ventura said in addition to workspace, Desk is equipped with kitchen utensils and appliances for midday meal prep, an outdoor break area with access to a park and to a private conference room. She said those who want to give Desk a try should take advantage of the one-week trial offer available through the end of August. Located in the Telephone Factory Lofts at 828 Ralph McGill Boulevard near the Carter Library, Illuminarium (illuminarium.us) doesn’t bill itself as a co-working space in the traditional since, according to facilities manager Jill Jung. Local entrepreneurs Oliver Perrin, Brandon Sutton and Richard Leslie, who are also partners at Culture, a local brand intelligence firm, created Illuminarium. “We focus on team collaboration,” she said. “We are an option for teams that want to have an off-site meeting, strategy session, dinner in an inspiring location.” Jung said many companies host offsite meetings and events to avoid the daily

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distractions of the office and to get creative juices flowing. “This often happens at a windowless hotel conference space, which is the opposite of inspiring,” she said. Illuminarium is designed for a group or company to take over the entire space for a day. The high ceilings, big windows, comfortable chairs, floor-to-ceiling dry erase walls, and inviting salon area are definitely a break from the normal office environment. Jung said the space is perfect for groups of 12 to 14, but can accommodate up to 24. In Buckhead, Atlanta Tech Village (atlantatechvillage.com) is creating new “co-working” office spaces aimed at technology and related companies, and targeting tech start-ups. A five-story, 1980s-vintage marble-and-glass office building at 3423 Piedmont Road is now undergoing a $5 million renovation to create the new workspace. Some companies already are at work in the partially renovated building. Once construction is complete, the building will offer open offices where young tech entrepreneurs can work side by side, conference rooms, expandable offices for growing companies, and places where workers can get away to play pingpong or tabletop shuffleboard, community manager Karen Houghton said during a recent tour for potential clients. “It will be a very different building,” said Houghton said. Jim Wade plans to move his new insurance business specializing in digital sales from more traditional Buckhead office space into Atlanta Tech Village after the first of the year. He hopes the environment will help him attract younger workers. “It’s as much as anything else, a recruiting tool and a place for them to work rather than a stodgy old office building,” he said.

Above: Desk on Zonolite Road offers flexible spaces for entrepreneurs and small business owners who don’t always want to work at home. Center: Illuminarium founders, from left, Oliver Perrin, Brandon Sutton and Richard Leslie have created a team meeting space where companies who want to get away from their dull office space can hold brainstorming sessions and events. Below: Atlanta Tech Village is a co-working space aimed at technology and related companies. The building on Piedmont Road is currently undergoing a $5 million renovation.

Joe Earle contributed to this article. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


Business & Retail Briefs MARTA has announced that it is actively searching for a development partner for the area around the King Memorial Station in Downtown Atlanta. The four-acre site at King Memorial is zoned for medium to high-density development that’s compatible with residential, educational, commercial and cultural uses. The property is just steps away from Historic Oakland Cemetery. MARTA released a request for qualifications (RFQ) to identify developers for the new transit-oriented development (TOD) at King Memorial. The RFQ is the initial phase of a two-step process wherein potential development partners will be asked to respond to MARTA’s qualification criteria for its TOD program. A short list of firms who satisfy the criteria will subsequently be invited to submit formal bids on the project. W Atlanta – Downtown and Prenet Media have launched a custom wi-fi channel in the heart of Atlanta, connecting hotel guests as well as local Atlantans with an innovative, interactive city experience. Downtown Atlanta’s Woodruff Park is one of several hotspots located throughout the city, allowing locals and visitors alike to access complimentary high-speed Internet. “We are very pleased to add complimentary wi-fi to the growing list of amenities at Woodruff Park, and are confident that the park’s many visitors will enjoy connectivity in the open air Reading Room,” said Wilma Sothern, Vice President at Marketing at Central Atlanta Progress, the organization that maintains stewardship of Woodruff Park. Massachusetts-based Franklin Properties has acquired the 999 Peachtree building in Midtown Atlanta for $157.9 million from Jamestown Properties. Building tenants include Oxford Industries, law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and Empire State South restaurant.

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Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club has honored Elizabeth Richards as the 2013 Barbara B. Rose Volunteer of the Year. Richards was selected from 13 nominations from a wide variety of not-for-profit service organizations. Camp Twin Lakes wrote in their recommendation, “Elizabeth appears unstoppable when she wants to achieve something for her beloved Camp Twin Lakes.” This is the seventh year Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club has honored a local volunteer with a ceremony and donations to the volunteer’s nominating organization. Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club awarded Richards with $500 in recognition of her service to the community and donated $1,000 in Richards’ name to the Camp Twin Lakes. AT&T has announced the company will open a new innovation center adjacent to Georgia Tech in Midtown. The AT&T Foundry will speed up the company’s development of the latest technologies, applications and platforms. The Atlanta Foundry is the result of a partnership including AT&T, Cisco, Georgia Tech, the City of Atlanta, and state and local business leadership. In a statement, AT&T said the team at Atlanta Foundry will test and develop products involving AT&T’s recently-launched home security and automation service Digital Life. It will also create new apps and services related to the “connected car,” mobility, emerging devices and AT&T U-verse. Host sponsor Cisco will collaborate with AT&T on projects and help identify key third-party developers, startups, investors, inventors and other entrepreneurs to bring into the facility. Turn to Page 25 for more Business Briefs. 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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Business & Retail Briefs Developer OliverMcMillan has secured a $167 million syndicated construction loan, led by PNC Capital Markets, LLC, to finance construction on Buckhead Atlanta, the luxury retail, residential and office development. The loan will cover the full construction of the six-block, 8-acre complex. Also announced: undergarment maker Spanx will open its headquarters and flagship store at the development. Retailer dd’s Discounts (ddsdiscounts.com) has opened at 1952 Candler Road offering an assortment of current fashions at everyday savings of 20 to 70 percent. Merchandise includes name brand apparel, accessories and footwear for the entire family, as well as home fashions. The Westin Peachtree Plaza in Downtown will begin a total revamp of its public and meeting spaces beginning this month. The redesign comes on the heels of a $45 million guest room renovation and will follow the complete remodel of The Sun Dial Restaurant, which is due to re-open this month. Created by Carolyn Auger of Blackdog Studio, the new lobby area will feature a mixture of rich textiles and fabrics, vertical garden walls, access to computers, and modern furnishings. All 85,000 square feet, including the Peachtree and Plaza ballrooms, will be refreshed with the same cohesive nature-inspired design elements incorporated in the lobby. A new FedEx Office will open with the redesign and the Starbucks and Lobby Bar will also get a facelift. James Hurley Designs (jameshurleydesigns.com) has opened at 1425 Piedmont Ave. offering full-service floral and special events planning for weddings, homes and offices. The store will offer arrangements for customers to purchase, but also a showroom to showcase the brand’s personality and style, focusing on a design of urban sophistication with a European inspiration. In addition, Hurley offers a combination of in-store orders, event preparation, deliveries and landscape design. The Invest Atlanta board has approved $1.26 million in Westside Tax Allocation District (TAD) tax increment funding for energy-efficient upgrades at The Walton Building, which is being redeveloped into a 110-room hotel. The nine-story, circa-1910 building, currently operating as a residential hotel and located in the Fairlie-Poplar Historic District, will participate in the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, launched in 2011 as part of a national initiative by President Barack Obama to make the nation’s commercial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. The TAD funds will pay for part of a $3.1 million energy-efficiency project that includes window replacement and insulation, high-efficiency heating and air conditioning, lighting with occupancy sensors and laundry water recycling.

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THE DRAW OF DRAGON CON Costumes, parades, celebrities offer taste of geek heaven

By Kathy Dean Every Labor Day weekend, I ignore my better judgment to be one of the multitudes at Dragon Con. The four-day event, Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, in the heart of Atlanta attracts all manner of fringe folk from around the country and gives us the space and permission to celebrate our passions out loud and in the center of the city. For me, it’s worth the traffic and the jostling. The whole weekend is a wild mashup of sci-fi, film, LARPs, goth, gamers, horror, steampunk and all other aspects of pop and subcultures, but Dragon Con’s roots are in fantasy writing and gaming. The original 1987 convention drew 1,200 people to the Piedmont Plaza Hotel (now the Sol Melia Hotel) to meet guests that included writer Michael Moorcock and Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax. In 1989, the con moved to accommodate the 2,400 people who came to see guest of honor Anne McCaffrey. The following year, the fan count doubled, in large part to see Tom Clancy. These days, the attendance hits around 50,000, the events are spread out over five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Hilton Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel and Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel – and there are panels and workshops in more than 30 specific tracks, including Science, Skeptics, Anime/Manga, Whedonverse, American Sci-Fi and Horror. It’s no longer just about expressing your love of your adopted subculture; you can now expand your knowledge with the how-to tracks, like writing, podcasting, costuming, game programming and puppetry. I was unaware of all the hoopla until the late ‘90s, when a friend visiting from Chicago came to stay with me while she attended the con. Since transportation wasn’t as available as she’d expected, my sister and I wound up driving with her into the city. We knew we were getting close when we saw groups of people with light sabers and capes. It amused us to see the fans so involved with their favorite pop culture characters, so we dubbed it “Nerdfest.” And then I saw him – Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows. Okay, it was someone dressed as Barnabas, Frid-style from the 60’s, with the jagged bangs, walking stick, black stone ring and fangs. Every little drop of condescension evaporated away as I chased him down and made him pose for a photo. A few steps later, I looked across the street and

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saw a man sporting pigtails, a red and white gingham dress and cap, and carrying a hand puppet. I immediately raced over, yelling, “Oh, my God! You’re Rimmer from Red Dwarf, series 5, episode 4!” It was then and there that I knew I was among my people. My sister was still unimpressed, at least until she bumped

Scenes from last year’s Dragon Con parade show some of the wild and wacky costumes employed for the annual march down Peachtree Street. The Star Wars stormtrooper unit, pictured above, is always a crowd favorite. Photos by Mark Dean

into the living embodiment of the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It was a character that alternately terrified and enthralled her, and she made me snap a picture of her beside him and his kidsized net. At that point, we both embraced our inner nerd. With each passing year, Dragon Con

grew in size and scope, and every Labor Day, I’d drag a few more friends with me into the heart of Atlanta. We’d go to the parade, where we could watch Captain Jack Sparrow swill beer and chase wenches as all the Doctor Who regenerations marched with their companions and a Dalek or two. Superman, Batgirl and Flaming Carrot waved at the kids. The Netherworld float belched smoke, the Ghostbuster car blared its theme song and Pastafarians promoted the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Klingons mingled with Imperial Stormtroopers and Halo soldiers along the whole parade route. Then we’d eat lunch in the hotel cafe and play “name that costume.” One year, a friend and I were looking for the Walk of Fame and turned into one of the gaming rooms by mistake. She took a long look at the huddled masses surrounding game boards, dealing cards, clutching joysticks and rolling eight-sided die. After a pause, she sighed, “I’ll bet every one of my ex-boyfriends is here.” If so, not one of them noticed of her. There’s always a mind-boggling line-up of guests and sometimes there’s one I just can’t pass up, like artist Roger Dean. That’s when I spring for a membership. The cost is a bit high and the hours of waiting in line are grueling. But I got my print signed by Roger, in person, and I got to tell him how much I loved his work. Totally worth it. One year, I even managed to save up enough money to share a hotel room with friends. It was a challenge, from trying to reserve the room before they all filled up to cramming onto the elevators with Stormtroopers. Still, there was a place to go to so I could catch my breath between the robot battles and haunting the Crüxshadows booth. (I was trying to decide which CD to buy and if I really needed the knitted goth teddy bear.) And to be fair, you never know who might cram onto the elevator with you. At one point, if I’d stuck out my tongue, I would have licked the back of James Marsters’ neck (That’s Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). It was a temptation. The thing about Dragon Con is that the lines are long, the costumes are hot and the crowds are intimidating. I heartily recommend it. Where else can you see proud parents hand over a 6-month-old baby to a fully decked out, 7-foot Predator to get a souvenir photo? For more about Dragon Con and this year’s line-up of celebrity guests, workshops and events, visit dragoncon.org. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


Decatur Book Festival returns Labor Day weekend The 8th annual Decatur Book Festival returns Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, with a horde of authors, art, children’s activities and more. The festival kicks off Friday night with a keynote address by Congressman John Lewis, who has co-authored a graphic novel about his life called March. The keynote address will be held at the Schwartz Center on the Emory University campus. Tickets will be available Aug. 5 at local bookstores and at the Arts Emory box office, but are expected to be snapped up quickly. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be hundreds of opportunities to hear

authors read from their work. Some of the noted authors appearing over the weekend include Clyde Edgerton, Richard Blanco, Henry Wiencek, Denise Duhamel, Randall Kennedy, Kathy Reichs, Jason Mott, Jerry Pinkney, Karin Slaughter, Joshilyn Jackson, Terra McVoy, Theresa Davis, Kodac Harrison, Jessica Handler, Dan Veach, Amanda Kyle Williams, Megan Volpert, Charles McNair, Sheri Joseph and INtown’s own Collin Kelley. For a full list of author appearances and events, visit DecaturBookFestival. com, like the Facebook page or follow @DBookFestival on Twitter.

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Prisca Srother, center, and the band Larkin Poe re-create Janis Joplin’s Pearl album during a recent ATL Collective concert.

Vinyl Rules! ATL Collective recreates albums with local bands By Annie Kinnett Nichols The ATL Collective is bringing the experience of vinyl back to life with live recreations of famous albums. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. The group is the brainchild of local musicians David Berkeley and Micah Dalton, who wanted to help other musicians network, find gigs and get some attention. With most people attached to their iPods or streaming music on Pandora, the group latched onto the idea of bringing back the ambiance of the vinyl record. Remember those? To hear an entire album, you listened to one side and then had to get up and flip the record over. Or if you wanted to listen to your favorite song over and over, you had to move the needle back (I cop to that). My friend, David Feldman, told me over a ping-pong game at Sister Louisa’s Church that he did all the web work and design for ATL Collective, and that the group was recreating albums every month. Some of the recent ones include Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and, most recently, Paul Simon’s Graceland, which featured the African Children’s Choir, at the Buckhead Theatre. Rhiannon Clark curated the Graceland show and brought in the Grammynominated African Children’s Choir, which raises money for school children in Africa. I went to see the recreation of Janice Joplin’s legendary Pearl album with local band Larkin Poe curating the show. Prisca Strother was a standout, belting some of

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the album’s best songs like “Cry Baby” and “A Woman Left Lonely.” The audience joined in and was singing along on “Mercedes Benz” it gave me chill bumps. The next ATL Collective show is Aug. 14 at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur and will feature a recreation of Stevie Wonder’s Innervision. The album, which is marking its 40th anniversary, has two of my all time favorite songs: “Living for the City” on Side A and “Higher Ground” on Side B. I’ll be there singing along. Come out and join me! For more about the group, visit atl-collective.com or at facebook.com/ atlcollective. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


Last of the Summer Festivals

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival: The 11th annual event (summershadefestival.org) will be held Aug. 24 - 25 and will feature live music from Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires, Michelle Malone, The Old Ceremony, New Madrid, The Wheeler Boys, James Hall, Cigar Store Indians, Roxy Watson, Blair Crimmins & The Hookers and the Higher Chair. The weekend kicks off with the Adams Realtors Run for the Park 5K on Saturday morning. Pre-registration is available at adamsrealtors.com or onsite registration starts at 7 a.m. There will also be children’s activities, arts and crafts, food and more. The Grant Park Farmers Market will also be open on Sunday offering fresh foods and goods. Piedmont Park Arts & Crafts Festival: Artists, food trucks, children’s activities and acoustic music are all part of the annual festival (piedmontparkartsfestival.com) on Aug. 17 and 18. More than 100 local and regional crafters will show off and sell their work along the park’s winding walkways. On Saturday, the Piedmont Summer Sprint 5K will be held at 9:30 a.m. (register at active.com), while a Corn

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Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival: Barbecue, music and beer are the hallmarks of the 13th annual festival (decaturbbqfestival.com) on Aug. from 4 to 10 p.m. The event will be held at Harmony Park in the Oakhurst neighborhood with the ‘cue provided by Fox Brothers, Black Tie BBQ, Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q and Miss P’s Kitchen. Bands will include Beverly Watson, Randall Bramblett, Larkin Poe and The Electromatics, Admission is $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event. German Bierfest: Cool off with some cold beer at the festival (GermanBierfest. com) in Downtown’s Woodruff Park on Aug. 24 from 2 to 7 p.m. Along with the beer, there will be authentic German food, activities for the kids, live music and more. Tickets include a commemorative glass and all the German beer you can safely consume. Tickets are $40.

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Kokomo: Live in Atlanta: Kokomo is a four-person sketch comedy outfit that calls New York City home. This hour-long show at Village Theatre includes a mix of projected video sketches, crowd interaction and live material. August 9. $10 to $12. villagecomedy.com.

A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family Visual Arts 100 at 100: Selected by noted Atlanta art critic Jerry Cullum, this GSU Welch School of Art & Design Gallery exhibit features 100 works of art by Welch alumni in honor of the Georgia State University Centennial. Opens August 15. Free! arts.gsu.edu Journey | Destination: Views of the Tibetan Plateau: Get an inside view of Tibetan life and culture at this SCAD – Gallery See exhibit featuring professor Hsu-Jen Huang’s photographs of his visit to more than 20 villages across China last summer. Closes August 23. Free! scad.edu Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists: This Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA) exhibit highlights works by Georgia artists, including Maria Artemis, Temme Barkin-Leeds, Daniel Biddy and others. Closes August 24. $1 to $5. mocaga. org Re-Imagining: As part of Hammonds

House Museum’s 25th anniversary celebration, this exhibit features works by 22 female artists from the museum’s permanent collection. Closes August 25. $2 to $4. hammondshouse.org False Truths: Multi-media artist William Schweigert explores his family’s service in the armed forces and the falsehoods in the definition of masculinity in American culture at this WonderRoot exhibit. Closes August 30. Free! Drawing Inside the Perimeter: The High Museum of Art looks inside metro Atlanta for its next group of featured artists and focuses on drawing as a roadmap to the many avenues of artistic production in Atlanta. Featured artists include Radcliffe Bailey, Don Cooper, HENSE and others. Tuesday through Sunday. $12 to $19.50. high.org Medical Treasures at Emory: Crawford W. Long’s personal notes on anesthesia, a Civil war surgeon’s kit and a copy of an anatomy book from the mid-1500s, the old-

est book in Emory’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare book Library highlight this Health Sciences Center Library exhibit at Emory. Daily. Free! health.library.emory.edu The Contemporary Landscape: Overlap Wrap: While the interior undergoes a renovation, view the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center’s exterior exhibit by Sylvatica Studios that combines natural and industrial materials to create a cascading and contemplative space for visitors. Daily. Free! thecontemporary.org

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Performing Arts The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged): Three actors perform an irreverent, hilarious, high-speed romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays (and 154 sonnets) in two hours at this Atlanta Shakespeare comedy play. Opens August 8. $15 to $36. shakespearetavern.com Mysterious Connections: The Essential Theatre Festival continues with this world premiere play about two lonely women who are haunted by their pasts, yet drawn to one another from the first time they meet and soon find themselves able to enter one another’s dreams. Closes August 9. $18 to $23. essentialtheatre.com Gipsy Kings: Listen to the vigorous strumming of multiple acoustic guitars and the passionate vocals of the Gipsy Kings, described as a “rumba flamenca” by critics, in the outdoor ambiance of Chastain Park Amphitheatre at this concert. August 9. $35 to $79. classicchastain.com

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Jazz on the Lawn: Callanwolde’s outdoor concert series concludes with performances from composer and jazz keyboard artist Madoca and The Prince Project in a mix of fusion, funk, Latin and contemporary jazz styles. August 9. $15 to $20. callanwolde. org Swimming with Jellyfish: The Essential Theatre new play festival continues with the world premiere of this Georgia-written play about parents Lilly and Jim, whose lives should be settling down as their kids are grown and ready to leave the house, but instead everything begins to come apart. Closes August 11. $18 to $23. essentialtheatre.com

Legally Blonde: Based on the hit movie of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon, this musical at Company J at the MJCCA follows homecoming queen Elle Woods from the Malibu beaches to the halls of Harvard Law School. August 1 through August 11. $12 to $20. atlantajcc. org Concerts in the Garden: Roger Hodgson: Atlanta Botanical Garden’s outdoor summer concert series comes to an end this month with Roger Hodgson, the legendary co-founder of Supertramp and singer/ Hidden songwriter of the classic hits Away “Dreamer” and “Give a Little Bit.” August 18. $51.50. atlantabotanicalgarden.org Hidden Away: The Library at Night: The Lucky Penny teams up with Gardenhouse Dance Company for this unique performance after hours at the Decatur Library in which book characters come to life and music surrounds the audience. Opens August 31. Free! gardenhousedance.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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Staplehouse restaurant designed to turn profits into crisis support By Clare S. Richie Serious injury or illness can overtake our lives with pain, panic and treatment, but also push us to focus on who and what are truly important. A case in point, local chef Ryan Hidinger re-purposed his aspirations after his car accident and recent stage IV gallbladder cancer diagnosis. Both adversities led Ryan and his wife Jen to pursue their dream restaurant, Staplehouse, which will donate all after-tax profits to support members of the restaurant community in their time of need. In August 2008, a severe car accident knocked Ryan out of work for eight weeks. “During my rehabilitation, I started moving in the direction of opening my own place,” Ryan recalled. His initial concept for Staplehouse was casual fine dining with small plates for sharing made from fresh local ingredients served in an environment that made you feel at home. Not too far from their Grant Park home, Ryan and Jen found the perfect Old Fourth Ward building, but the timing wasn’t right. Relatively new to Atlanta, the seasoned chef decided to spend more time building his reputation. “Prelude to Staplehouse,” Atlanta’s first underground supper club was born. For the next four years, Ryan and Jen welcomed 10 strangers into their home each week for a unique fivecourse meal dining experience. The menu was influenced by locally grown food, the changing seasons, and Ryan’s mood. “The supper club was an opportunity for us to be intimate and vulnerable – sharing our food in our home,” Jen said. After the first invitation, dinners sold out by word of mouth. Many diners became investors in the envisioned “bricks and mortar” restaurant. Jen and Ryan were in striking distance of their dream when cancer made an unexpected visit. Last New Year’s Eve, Ryan received confirmation of his cancer diagnosis. The supper club stopped. Aggressive treatment started. The dream of opening Staplehouse stalled. Ryan and Jen decided to share his story publicly and once again allowed themselves to be “intimate and vulnerable.” The restaurant community responded big time. Within one month, “Team Hidi,” led by some of Ryan’s business partners – Ryan Turner, Chris Hall, Todd Mussman and others – organized a fundraiser attended by 800 people that raised $200,000 for Ryan’s mounting medical expenses. “We were overwhelmed by the scale and support of the community,” Ryan reflected. Ryan and Jen felt “blessed and lucky” and wanted to share that support with others in their hour of need. The momentum of the event inspired the formation of The Giving Kitchen Initiative, a nonprofit that provides living expense assistance to members of restaurant community affected by emergency situations. The initiative has already helped servers, bartenders, and an event manager. With the encouragement of family, friends and business partners, Ryan renewed his dream of opening Staplehouse, but with a new purpose. “This is now about more than food, more than us,” Ryan explained. When Staplehouse opens, hopefully with a New Year’s Eve toast, all profits after payroll and taxes will be donated to The Giving Kitchen Initiative.

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The long road to creating the Old Fourth Ward restaurant Staplehouse began by finding the perfect building, pictured above, on Edgewood Avenue. At right are Staplehouse creators Jen and Ryan Hidinger.

A visit to the Staplehouse website is also a testament to community support: listed on the homepage are hundreds of “founding members” who have donated time and money to the project. This is Ryan’s medicine – the unwavering commitment of business partners and investors, finally securing the originally sought location at 541 Edgewood Avenue, architect Square Feet Studio and contractors donating their services to convert the building to a restaurant, cards from well wishers that line his home’s shotgun hallway and overflow in baskets, chemotherapy and surgery, and the will to pursue his dream with Jen. Ryan’s doctors are amazed at his progress but his and Jen’s “do good – be good” approach to life is healing for all of us. For more about Staplehouse or to make a donation to the restaurant, visit staplehouse.com. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


KROG STREET MARKET ANNOUNCES FIRST TENANTS By Collin Kelley INtown Editor The Krog Street Market development at the corner of Krog and Irwin streets in Inman Park has announced its first seven tenants. The market, expected to open later this year, will be food-driven as evidenced by the signing of leases by noted chefs Ford Fry and Eli Kirshtein. The market is just one part of a $70 million project being led by Paces Properties, which announced late last year that it had purchased nine acres of prime real estate bounded by the Atlanta Beltline, Edgewood Avenue and Irwin Street. The property includes the Stove Works – home

to Rathbun’s Restaurant and Krog Bar. The market will be housed in the former soundstages formerly owned by movie mogul Tyler Perry at the corner of Krog Street and Lake Avenue. The 1920s era building was the warehouse for the Atlanta Stove Works, which once manufactured cast iron stoves.

Here’s the rundown of the restaurant tenants and the concepts: Chefs Ford Fry and Kevin Maxey: MexTex inspired restaurant with a casual and lively atmosphere influenced by Fry’s Texan roots. The 5,100-square-foot restaurant will feature an outdoor/covered patio. Chef Eli Kirshtein: The Luminary, an American-Brasserie, with regionalized and updated bistro fare will have a 3,400-square-foot restaurant with outdoor/covered patio. The Spotted Trotter: An American butchery, charcuterie and cheese shop is 800-square-feet from Chef Kevin Ouzts.

Grand Champion BBQ: An 800-square-foot barbecue restaurant from Robert Owens and Gregory Vivier. Pannus Bakery: International bakery specializing in Hispanic and European pastries, baked goods and gourmet products in 400-square-feet from Chef X. Dunning. Also slated to open are retail concepts The Collective (home, garden, vintage) and the French Market Florist. Find out more about the project at krogstreetmarket.com.

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The Hyatt Regency (facebook.com/ HyattRegencyAtlanta) in Downtown Atlanta has opened a rooftop bee garden underneath the iconic blue dome, pictured above. The bees will produce honey each year, which will eventually be served in Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s restaurants, Sway and Twenty-Two Storys, and sold in its 24-hour Market. The bees are part of the Hyatt’s new rooftop garden, which is growing tomatoes, beans, peppers and other vegetables and a full selection of fresh herbs be served in the hotel’s restaurants. Hyatt Executive Chef Martin Pfefferkorn created the bee garden as part of Hyatt’s “Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served.” initiative, which promotes serving local, healthy ingredients in Hyatt dining experiences.

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Osteria 832 (osteria832.com) at 832 N. Highland Ave. in Virginia Highland is celebrating its 10th anniversary by giving away a trip for two to California Wine Country. The sweepstakes prize includes a $2, 000 Southwest Vacations gift certificate to redeem for roundtrip airfare to and from San Francisco, car rental to and from Napa and Sonoma and hotel accommodations. Winners will enjoy VIP tours and tastings at three of Osteria’s favorite California wineries. The restaurant will also introduce wine specials from the featured wineries that the winners will visit. For a chance to win, simply dine at Osteria 832 during the threemonth-long anniversary celebration and ask for a free Karma Card. Guests will earn one free raffle ticket when they register the card online and can collect additional free raffle tickets each time they swipe their Karma Card when dining. The promotion runs Aug. 1 through Oct. 31. American Roadhouse (americanroadhouse.com) at 842 N. Highland Ave. in Virginia Highland is now open for dinner with new menu items (including steak), beer and wine selections and a dogfriendly patio. Decatur’s latest dining spot, MAR (facebook.com/marcoastal) has opened

at 314 E. Howard Ave., pictured top right, offering a menus of authentic Mexican and Spanish cuisine along with handcrafted cocktails. Executive Chef Joey Zelinka’s menu includes wood-roasted fish, cebiches, tacos and more. Quick-serve dim sum restaurant Yum Bunz (yumbunz.com) has opened in West Midtown at 935 Marietta Street. The menu includes steamed “bunz” (known as bao), Korean wraps and noodle bowls. At press time, Chef Ron Eyester was slated to open his New York-style pizza joint, Timone’s, at 1409 N. Highland Ave. in Morningside. Check out the resturant’s Facebook page at facebook.com/ timonespizza for updates. Genki Noodles and Sushi (genkiatl. com) which has locations in Virginia Highland, Buckhead and Sandy Springs, has rolled out the Genki Food Truck. The customized truck will feature big awnings for a shady dining spot and large screen TVs to watch the game when it rolls up to tailgating events. All dishes on the menu will be $10 or less.

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M A R K E T WAT C H Ponce City Market still on track for 2014

By Collin Kelley INtown Editor Three hundred construction workers are onsite daily to keep the mammoth Ponce City Market project on schedule for its late 2014 opening. The transformation of the old Sears/City Hall East property into Atlanta’s version of Seattle’s Pike Place Market or San Francisco’s Pier 39 will ramp up sharply in the fall when 800 to 1,000 workers onsite, according to James Irwin, vice-president of Jamestown Construction and Development. Driving along Ponce de Leon or North Avenue, there is clearly a hum of activity going on, Irwin said. “We’re working on the surface parking and greenspace that faces North and will lead to the main entrance of the food hall,” he said. “Inside, there’s new electrical, plumbing and elevator work going on.” The 2 million square feet of space on the 16-acre property will be mixed use at its most grand. The soaring food hall will have two levels of restaurants and retail with the circa-1926 hardwood floors and mushroom-capped support columns still intact. On upper floors, there will be office space and residential. The 4.5-acre rooftop will offer food, incredible views of the city and a miniature golf course among other amenities. In the just the past two months, Jamestown has announced that the Suzuki School, Binders Art Supplies & Frames and athenahealth (a Massachusetts-based IT health company that will bring 500 new jobs) have signed leases for Ponce City Market. Dancing Goats coffee shop, already open in one of the outparcels, will move into the market hall next year. “We’re incredibly excited about these deals and more that are to be announced in the next couple of months,” Irwin said. “We’re trying to curate a community that will be useful to the people living and working at PCM as well as the surrounding neighborhoods.” The curation extends to working with local farmers, restaurants and artisanal food purveyors to create a “purposely frenetic food hall experience,” Irwin said. Those who want a shot at one of the 259 residential units, to be known as The Flats at PCM, need to get on the waiting list now at flatsatpcm.com. Irwin said the response has been amazing and an onsite leasing office is expected to open by summer’s end adjacent to Dancing Goats. 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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The Emory Point development on Clifton Road has proven to be a success with the university crowd with its eclectic mix of retail, restaurants and apartment homes. So successful that a second phase is set to break ground in September. Gigi Giannoni with Gables Residential, which developed the apartments along with Cousins Properties, said phase two will feature 300-plus luxury apartments and an additional 40,000-square-feet of retail space. The current apartments are more than 75 percent leased, Giannoni said of the one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments on offer. Residents enjoy amenities such as a saltwater pool, stateof-the-art fitness center with free aerobics classes, outdoor spaces, not to mention the retail and dining options just outside their front door. Darryl Bonner with Cousins said there

is currently 80,000-square-feet of retail and restaurants onsite, including clothing stores like Jos. A Bank, Fab’rik and American Threads, and eateries like Strippaggio, Tin Lizzy’s, BurgerFi, La Tagliatella and Marlow’s Tavern. There’s also a 24-hour CVS pharmacy in the development. “It’s safe to say that phase one has exceeded our expectations across the board,” Bonner said of Emory Point. “The Emory/CDC submarket clearly had a lot of pent up demand for both Class-A apartments and retail.” Bonner said the tenant mix for phase two will continue to be diverse, with additional restaurants, national fashion retailers and local boutiques. “We also are exploring the possibility of adding a larger single-user for this phase,” he said. “With mixed-use projects, it’s about quality of life and convenience,” he said. “People are increasingly inclined to rid themselves of daily inconveniences – like long commutes, gas expenses and inefficient use of time in general – to become part of a true live, work, play environment.”

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Innovation in Classroom Design Parents experience a range of emotions at the start of the new school year. They feel joy about the opportunities for intellection and emotional growth with their child. They ponder various questions. Who is our child’s teacher? What types of classes will our child have? Who are their classmates? If a child attends a school with an overcapacity of students, parents may worry about other issues. How many students are in my child’s classroom? Will my child attend classes in a portable classroom? If so, how many classes will be held in a portable classroom during the school day? While the pre-fabricated, off-site design of portable classrooms allows schools to quickly expand, many parents are frightened by the prospect of holding classes in these buildings. The interior spaces are typically dark from insufficient natural light, uninspiring from drab finishes and loud from inadequate cooling and heating systems. These qualities produce an unpleasant educational environment. The simplistic exterior design of portable classrooms also adds unattractive buildings to the school campus and surrounding community. Thankfully, parents and school administrators have an exciting alternative to traditional portable classrooms. Architect Allen Post, AIA leads a design team for the Atlanta office of Perkins+Will to revolutionize 21st century classroom space with Sprout Space. Their innovative portable classroom features sustainable elements such as ample daylighting from large spans of windows, A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

a collection system to reuse rainwater for irrigation, long-lasting LED lighting and formaldehyde-free materials minimizing discomfort and sickness to classroom occupants. The features are packaged in a dazzling exterior design with a butterflyshaped roof. Rain screen panels reduce energy demands by the flow of natural air in the exterior wall. Marker boards on the exterior promote outdoor learning and add splashes of color. Built by a well-experienced building company called Triumph Modular, Sprout Space is customized to the needs of school administrators in an environmentally-controlled factory. This classroom building can be constructed as a temporary or permanent space on a site. Individual Sprout Space units vary from 1,000 to 1,500 square feet in size, yet can be linked to create an entire school. Interior finishes such as the amount of marker and tack boards are adjusted by request. Sprout Space units are being deployed at Chattahoochee Hills Charter School in southwest Fulton County near the Serenbe community for the school’s new pre-K through 8th grade program. Melody L. Harclerode, AIA, a local architect and former Board Member of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, promotes the power of architecture and design as a Board Member of the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Associate Principal of Hyer Creative (hyercreative.com). For more information, check out aiaatl.org.

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Some ideas and tips for creating your own summer soiree master canner, for some advice. Together we decided on making Peach Butter. Lyn cares deeply about the craft of canning, and I was so happy to have her help us. Our prep included placing Beth’s colorful tissue flowers in the frontyard trees and dangling some pretty paper flowers from the branches. Following these flowers led guests to the garden party in the backyard. We mixed tables and chairs and adorned most of the tables with a white tablecloth. Then we mixed and matched all of our favorite new and vintage dishware. HollyBeth diligently placed flower clippings from her beautiful yard atop the tables. We even created a signature cocktail. We wanted it to be something from the garden, so we used some lavender blossoms to make the simple syrup, then added that to vodka, champagne and soda water. Mint ice cube, too. We had a ridiculously good time and I think I’ve found my new favorite drink.

By Pamela Berger SweetPeach.com When I first visited the Atlanta home of HollyBeth Anderson (founder of HollyBeth Organics) and saw her backyard, I texted our friend, Beth Lord (of the indiependent) and said we have to have a party here. We ultimately decided on a garden party, each inviting a few close friends who have helped us in our creative endeavors. It was our way to say thank you by smothering them with some goodness and prettiness. Our plan was to utilize HollyBeth’s beautiful yard, which backs up to 40 acres of green space, so she has many lovely birds and critters meandering about. We decided on each of us making something: HollyBeth – drop biscuits, me – cucumber gazpacho, and Beth – Georgia peach sorbet. Beth made gorgeous invitations with card stock she had on hand, some scraps of vintage floral fabric and a bit of twine. We also purchased new fabric to create two sided napkins for the tables and takeaway gift. For the guest gift, we enlisted Lyn Deardorff, our resident

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