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Stepping into history

As editor of INtown, I get to pick and choose what I want to write about, which often means meeting interesting people and getting do cool stuff. For the September issue, I got a private tour of Georgia State University’s Special Collections and Archives. Okay, okay… some might find that geeky rather than cool, but I’m an unabashed Free admission and special programs every month history buff. Viewing the collection also made me realize just how much history I’ve witnessed during my 48 years. It was a humbling jaunt down memory lane, especially since not all the memories are good ones. As archivist Morna Gerrard told me as we began the tour, the material being collected by GSU is thorny and difficult – although it shouldn’t be: Women, gender, LGBTQ. Upon entering the main archive, the first thing I saw was a stack of homemade signs from the recent Women’s Marches. On another table were stacks of gay periodicals dating back to the 1980s, the headlines sounding the alarm about the growing AIDS crisis. And there were shelves full of grey file boxes marked ACT UP, Planned Parenthood, Radical Faeries – the stuff, as Gerrard Collin Kelley said, nobody else would touch. This controversial history is part collin@atlantaintownof the fabric of Atlanta and it has been, sadly, under-documented. Gerrard and her team at GSU are working quickly to change that. I’m happy to say that I will also become part of this history. The original manuscripts from my novels, early poem drafts, notes, correspondence, and collection of LGBTQ and Atlanta-related materials and periodicals will all eventually Designed for little kids, big kids, and the whole family, Second Sundays are make its way to the archive. It’s comforting to know that my little collection will join for everyone. Visit us each month and experience new interactive, innovative family activities inspired by our collections and ever-changing exhibitions. the file boxes that already Second Sundays are sponsored by the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation. bear the names of friends and colleagues like Franklin Abbott, Maria Helena Dolan, featured listing from Lorraine Fontana and Jim your neighborhood expert with global reach Elledge. a Intown August 2017_3.325x4.5.indd 1 6/27/17 6:49 PM Perhaps this issue of INtown will also be part of the collection. If you happen to be reading this in the 22nd century – hello, future history geek.


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tlanta Falcons and Atlanta United fans got a sneak peek at MercedesBenz Stadium on Aug. 19 ahead of opening day on Aug. 26. Team owner Arthur Blank, Gov. Nathan Deal and Mayor Kasim Reed also held a news conference at the stadium to celebrate the opening. Blank commented: “We think we built the finest sports entertainment complex in the United States.” With its massive retractable roof (closed now as testing continues, but expected to open as weather permits) and the largest video monitor (58 feet tall, 1,100 feet in the round), the $1.5 billion, 83,000 capacity stadium will host the first Atlanta United match on Sept. 10. Country superstar Garth Brooks will test the venue’s concert readiness with a sold out show on Oct. 12.

Pictured above, left to right, Gov. Nathan Deal, Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank were on hand for a news conference to celebrate the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 19. (Photos by Asep Mawardi. Atlanta United and Falcons fans also got the chance to explore the new venue inside and out. (Photos courtesy Mercedes-Benz Stadium)

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become more comfortable generating ideas, he said. They will research information needed to back up their ideas and to pitch them Love is not a word one may associate with city planning, but for Ryan and also learn about the role of policy, politics and the press in finding ways to implement the ideas, he said. Gravel, the word and the emotion are crucial to creating places people “Some ideas will be realistic, civic proposals,” Gravel predicted. want to live. “But some might just be provocative, to get people thinking. It “I believe the challenges we are facing as a city, as a region, as a doesn’t really matter. This [Generator workshop] on Buford Highway country ... that some answers are specific, but more broadly there is a cultural movement that has to take place where we love each other more,” is about finding a way of recognizing the cultural diversity and the need to preserve the cultural diversity.” the urban planner said from his office on the eighth floor of Ponce City As Gravel explained, when people get in their cars in the Market. morning to commute to work and are forced sit in traffic for hours “I know that sounds Pollyanna,” he added with a grin. on I-285, they do not even look at the other thousands of motorists For Gravel, the visionary behind the Atlanta BeltLine, creating cities surrounding them. Most likely, they have left a home where they with such basics as public transit and parks that enable people from live with people who look and think like them and drive to their job varying backgrounds to interact with each other, to get to know each where they are most likely also surrounded by people who look and other and, more fundamentally, see each other, will help create a social think like them, he said. and cultural environment that will allow people to solve the bigger Finding ways to get people outside those bubbles to learn about problems facing our world. their neighbors encourages empathy and creates spaces for national It’s an approach he outlined in his recent acclaimed book “Where healing at a time communities are hurting due to a polarized political We Want to Live,” and one he is putting into practice with Atlanta’s new “City Design Project,” an attempt to plan for explosive Intown growth in climate, he said. “The only way we heal from this is that we get to know each other the coming decades. And there’s nothing Pollyanna about that. “It’s not that we don’t know and make better decisions to support each other,” he said. “When you see people, that translates into the voting booth ... and you learn empathy for people different than you.” Gravel, who grew up in Chamblee, and Liou and others recently wrapped up a Buford Highway Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) put together by the Atlanta Regional Commission for Chamblee and Doraville. Ideas from the LCI include everything from wider sidewalks and bus lanes to a night market, mixed-income residential units, and public art. Liou said Gravel’s focus on Buford Highway could become “a model for suburban immigrant communities nationwide and beyond.” A major issue facing Buford Highway is affordable housing as people, many of whom are immigrants, are being displaced from inexpensive apartment complexes to make way for luxury housing. Affordable housing along the Atlanta BeltLine is currently a hot and controversial topic. Gravel resigned last year from the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership over concerns there is not enough emphasis on equity and affordability. “If our only aspiration for the BeltLine was new housing and jobs and green space, then we succeeded,” he said. But the vision that Dyana Bagby was created for the BeltLine included the people already living there Ryan Gravel in his office at Ponce City Market. and ensuring their success as well -- and “the jury is out if we’ve been successful or not” on that, he acknowledged. the answers,” he said. “It’s we’re not doing them.” “It’s not too late,” he said. “If we want to live up to the promise, And how to “do them,” to find ways to implement the answers, we have to do things that are difficult. But if that [affordability] wasn’t means coming up with ideas. even there, we wouldn’t be talking about it. The people are holding us Gravel recently created a new nonprofit called Generator, an “idea accountable.” studio” that is “committed to the production of ideas about cities that It was a grassroots movement that made the BeltLine as successful nobody is asking for, but that just might change the world,” he said. as it is today and empowered political leaders to support it. It will Funding for Generator will come from a restaurant, named “Aftercar,” take a similar grassroots movement of people speaking out on behalf that he said will have an urban dystopian theme, recreating the vibe of of Buford Highway to ensure city and regional leaders make sure movies such as a “Mad Max” or “Blade Runner.” equity is part of an overall vision for the corridor, Gravel said. The restaurant, slated to open next summer on the BeltLine, will “This is especially important in vulnerable communities,” he said. provide the revenue stream for the nonprofit Generator while also providing a specific place people can go to “break bread” and drink a few “At a regional level, people love Buford Highway. If people speak out beers while discussing the future of their cities and what they want to see. and become more vocal, then elected officials will support that, or be replaced.” His first Generator workshop is a School of Design class at Georgia Tech that began Aug. 22 and is focusing on Buford Highway, the corridor that runs through Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville. Home to more than 1,000 immigrant-owned businesses, Buford Highway is a regional attraction in large part because of its ethnic and cultural diversity that After four years as many know because of its numerous restaurants. President and CEO of the Korean, Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Bangladeshi, Central Atlanta BeltLine, Paul Morris American, Somali and Ethiopian goods and services are part of the fabric will be stepping down from of Buford Highway’s “International Corridor.” But as metro Atlanta the position, effective Sept. 11, grows by an expected 2.5 million people in the next 20 years, the property according to a statement from values along the road will continue to increase. Gentrification and Mayor Kasim Reed’s office. redevelopment threaten the corridor. While no reason was given Gravel’s Generator is partnering with another nonprofit, We Love for his departure, Morris had BuHi, founded by Brookhaven resident Marian Liou. The ideas they hope become embattled over the to be generated by Georgia Tech students will be ways to acknowledge the issue of affordable housing along the popular BeltLine. The growth of the region while also finding ways to celebrate and preserve the ABI Board of Directors voted to elect Brian McGowan as the diversity of the people who live and work on Buford Highway. new President and CEO of the Atlanta BeltLine. McGowan, “I think lot of immigrant communities are more inventive because a principal with the global law firm Dentons, formerly served they have lived in different kinds of conditions, different places in the as the CEO of Invest Atlanta. world and know different models of how people live,” Gravel said. The main mission of the Generator class is to allow students to By Dyana Bagby

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It has trees growing out of the roof and personifies dilapidation, but the historic Atlanta Constitution newspaper building near Underground Atlanta is about to get a new lease on life. Developer Pope & Land, in collaboration with Place Properties, is proposing a nearly $40-million overhaul of the historic newspaper building in Downtown. Plans call for the building Courtesy of Special Collections & Archives, Georgia State University Library to house 67,000 square feet of loft office space, 2,500 square feet of ground floor retail, and a rooftop restaurant. An adjoining residential building will be constructed, with 112 residential units and 142 parking spaces. The Atlanta Constitution only used the building for six years – from 1947 to 1953 – before merging with its former rival, The Atlanta Journal. The Georgia Power Company moved into the building, but it’s mostly languished for decades. The art moderne-style building was designed by Roberts & Company – the same architectural firm behind Grady Hospital and the Atlanta Civic Center.

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Atlanta Streets Alive returns to Peachtree on Sept. 24 The Atlanta Bicycle Coaltion will host the final Atlanta Streets Alive event of 2017 on Peachtree. A 3-mile stretch of the city’s famed thoroughfare will be closed to vehicle traffic on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Peachtree will only be open to walkers, cyclists, skaters and other nonmotorized forms of transportation from


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Ponce City Market in the Old Fourth Ward is now offering a dog valet service in partnership with Barking Hound Village. The hourly valet concept is Barking Hound’s sixth location in Atlanta and will offer visitors the option to drop off their dog in a safe, comfortable environment while visiting Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall or shopping. The valet service is located just off the Atlanta BeltLine entrance. State-of-theart, custom dog suites can accommodate dogs of any size, from Chihuahuas to Great Danes. In addition to the valet, Barking Hound will also offer dog bathing services, where dogs can be washed and dried in under an hour; gourmet rawhides and “King of Pups” frozen treats from King of Pops; and a boutique with high-quality pet products. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday – Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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LifeLine Animal Project has taken over The Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) Pets for Life program in Atlanta as an official mentorship group, providing direct, hands-on community outreach and free services to people and pets in Northwest and Southwest Atlanta. “With Pets for Life, LifeLine will be providing free veterinary care, services and information to pets and people who otherwise have limited or nonexistent access to pet wellness resources, transforming animal services to a community-driven resource for public safety and a better quality of life for pets and the people who love them,” said LifeLine CEO Rebecca Guinn. For more information, visit outreach/pets-for-life.

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Shop Local, Reach Deep Finders Keepers consignment shops give back to community By Clare S. Richie


n the evening of Sunday, Sept 10, Finders Keepers Boutique & Menswear in Decatur will host its first Shop Fall Fashion for a Cause event benefitting the Atlanta-based nonprofit Wells for Hope, which strives to bring water, health care and education to remote villages in South Sudan. While the event is new, it’s part of this woman-owned resale business’ long tradition of giving back. “When you shop local the reach is much deeper than you think. You are really helping the community,” Finders Keeper Consignments owner Bonnie Kallenberg explained. “We are a small business, so we look to help small nonprofits.” A frequent winner in the city’s “Best of Atlanta” polls, Finders Keepers boasts four stores that Kallenberg thoughtfully added over more than three decades to meet customers’ needs. In 1986, while Kallenberg was at home raising two small children, she took a part-time job at Finders Keepers, located then in Avondale Estates Tudor Village. Four years later she bought the business. “I loved being in a store. I loved merchandising. I liked helping people find things, but on the resale level because there’s so much value there,“ Kallenberg said. As the resale business boomed in the 1990s, Kallenberg relocated Finders Keepers Fashions a block down North Avondale road into a new, much larger space that today features women’s clothing and accessories. To accommodate the supply and demand for furniture, Kallenberg converted a nearby body shop into Finders Keepers Furnishings. A decade later, Finders Keepers Boutique opened on North Decatur Road to showcase more Bonnie Kallenberg FOR LEASE


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upscale and designer women’s fashions. Its menswear neighbor opened in July 2011. As the business grew, so did its commitment to giving back. From the beginning, Finders Keepers donated unsold, unclaimed merchandise to local transitional centers and nonprofits, like New American Pathways, Atlanta Step-Up Society, Wellspring Treasures and Urban Street Ministries. Maybe you’ve attended one their end-of-season “bag sales” that raises $1,500 to $2,500 per sale for a local nonprofit. “We put everything in the parking lot – all you can stuff in a bag for $10. It’s a win/win – we get rid of everything quickly and the charity receives 100 percent of the sales,” Kallenberg said. For Kallenberg, giving is local and personal. Early on, she met a New American Pathways (NAP) caseworker who explained the challenges of refugees rebuilding their lives in Clarkston, just up the road. That began a long relationship beyond bag sales. Kallenberg hired Kanu Bartuah, a Liberian refugee, to work in the furniture store. When she learned his dream was to go to college to become a pilot, Finders Keepers stepped up once again and raised money for Bartuah to attend Middle Georgia College of Aviation. Today, Bartuah has his private flying license and is working to accrue hours toward a commercial license. “I really feel like our customers, consigners, donors and everybody in the community paid for a significant part of his college so he didn’t have to come out with huge student loan debt. It’s a very giving community – his story resonated with people,” Kallenberg shared. Finders Keepers also participates in The World Wear Project – Shoe Box Program, a for-profit that buys used shoes and either recycles them or sells them to developing nations. “Since they were not technically our shoes, I didn’t think it was right that we got the check,” Kallenberg said. Instead, she sends the checks, nearly $700 worth last year, to Wells for Hope. Any nonprofit can benefit from Finders Keepers by setting up a nonprofit consignor account. Members can drop off high quality clothing, accessories, furniture or housewares and name the nonprofit as the consignor to receive 45 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the items. As Kallenberg looks toward future expansion opportunities, she’s tempted to build a bigger online presence beyond and, but she’s careful to protect her thriving neighborhood business. “We are more about community than being everywhere. I grew up here. I’m right at home,” Kallenberg said, adding, “I think there will always be a place for brick and mortar because when you shop local, you give local.” Follow Finders Keepers Consignments on Facebook or Get details on Shop Fall Fashion for a Cause and the September Bag Sale, benefiting Wells for Hope. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Atlanta-based BOPTV streaming network focused on people of color By Collin Kelley Unapologetically black. That’s how Black on Purpose on Television (BOPTV) founder/ CEO Michael Campbell describes his West End-based streaming network for people of color. After 30 years working in the music industry, the New York native moved to Atlanta eight years ago after a stint in Las Vegas as the city’s movie and television industry boom began. “I kept hearing it was ‘Black Hollywood,’” Campbell said, “but it’s really not. There is not equal representation.” With the rise of YouTube and streaming content, Campbell conceived BOPTV as “a platform to show people of color in positive light with no negative stereotypes.” BOPTV now has more than 5,000 pieces of content on 16 channels – including news, health, films, kids, food, shopping, sports, business and history – with 1.5 million viewers daily from around the world. The network is available if you have Roku, Amazon Fire or an internet-capable television, and will soon be available via Apple TV and Google Chromecast. “You won’t find our programming on regular TV,” Campbell said. “We’re encouraging content creators of color to partner with us, as well as advertisers who are trying to reach a laser-beamed focus target market.” BOPTV is currently based in West End. With the platform’s growing viewership, however, Campbell and his team are currently working on BOPTV’s next evolution – a full-fledged production studio not far from the Atlanta BeltLine’s soon-to-open Westside Trail. Campbell and his investors purchased the former Rosalie Wright Elementary School building in the Florida Heights community, which borders historic Westview Cemetery, earlier this year with plans to convert it into studio and creator space. Campbell also hopes the adaptive re-use of the building will act as catalyst to jumpstart the neighborhood’s renaissance. The 25,000-sqare-foot school building will get an additional 10,000-square-feet to include a café, game room and more office space for the growing network. With his musical background, Campbell also wants to reopen the school to kids for weekly musical instrument lessons in some of the former classroom space. For more about BOPTV, visit

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By Jatika H. Patterson The culture of southern fashion has been included in music videos, reality TV, movie sets and other entertainment in various forms. Nevertheless, the fashion industry has been elusive, even overlooked, in the South. Sarah Collins, associate chair for the Savannah College of Art and Design fashion program, has high, but realistic hopes for the growth of the fashion industry in Atlanta. She recalls how, at one time, the South was home to thriving textile and clothing production industries. When the industry began outsourcing jobs and production to other countries, was a reduction in southern fashion. “Trying to put together a collection was a lot harder because designers didn’t have any resources because of [lack of ] fabrics and factories [markets] and those kinds of things,” she explained. “With the Internet, things are more accessible online. You have more designers able to start up.” While creation of fashion in the South might have temporarily slowed, the buying of it continues to grow. Collins said the South is known for its buying power rather than the creation of fashion. “Dillard’s, Belk and J.C. Penney all are headquartered in the South. It’s been less about design and what we are seeing is more about design and production,” she said. Dejan Agatonovic, associate dean for the SCAD School of Fashion, echoed Collins’ sentiments about the South’s love of shopping. “There’s big buying power,” he stated. “There are more people who can afford high fashion. I believe that’s the reason why the retail side of the fashion industry [in the South] is quickly growing.” Although Agatonovic believes Atlanta will probably not become a global fashion hub, he does believe the city’s great connections – including the world’s busiest airport and lower living and office space costs – will create more opportunities for the fashion industry. Atlanta fashion and beauty guru Christopher Macken, the global creative director for Oscar Blandi Haircare, holds a sweet spot for the South due to his roots in Milledgeville. When asked about the fashion industry coming to Atlanta to stay, he says that there is a culture of fashion in Atlanta that’s incomparable to any other city. “We have our own subset of people who are influenced locally, design locally and we are making our own statement.” Macken’s confidence comes from the constant growth of movie and television production in Atlanta and the metro area. “The rest of the world takes notice,” he said. “Some of the top celebrities call Atlanta their home some of the time, but even more than that … Atlanta is setting trends.”

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A 10-acre site owned by Georgia Power near Historic Fourth Ward Park along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail will be redeveloped into a mixeduse project. According to a report from Atlanta Business Chronicle, New City LLC and private equity partner LAMB Properties have the site at 760 Ralph McGill under contract. The property is the largest remaining contiguous site along the Eastside Trail in the Old Fourth Ward. Georgia Power has been using the site as an operations center and marshaling yard for its service trucks. New City is the same company that’s redeveloping the former “Murder Kroger,” just up the BeltLine, into 725 Ponce, an office tower with a new Kroger supermarket on the ground floor. Selig Development has announced it will transform 40 old warehouse and office buildings on the city’s Westside into a mixed-use development called

The Works, according to Curbed Atlanta. The 80 acres adaptive-reuse project, situated along Chattahoochee Avenue, will be completed in phases over the next five to 10 years. Creative work spaces, retail and restaurants, residences, boutique hotels, entertainment, and gathering areas are all part of The Works project.

Midtown. Extra Space will feature 875 climate-controlled units and is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2018. The storage facility will join a new Kroger Marketplace and Chipotle already announced for the mixed-use development located near Atlantic Station at 1299 Northside Drive.

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority has unveiled its 2020 Vision plan, which includes renderings for a new hotel to rise next door to the nearly-complete Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Downtown. The four-star hotel with 800 to 1,000 rooms would sit on part of the space occupied by the Georgia Dome, which is set for implosion later this year. The hotel would be separated from the new stadium by the Home Depot Backyard, a planned park and tailgating spot.

The Fox Theatre has hired historic preservation and community development expert Leigh Burns to manage the Fox Theatre Institute’s (FTI) program. FTI is a programming, consulting and grant funding division of Fox Theatre, Inc. that has committed more than $1 million in grants for restoration and operation assistant of Georgia’s historic theaters. Burns brings 17 years of historic preservation planning and community development experience. She previously served as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Georgia Main Street

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Program at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter has named Rhonda Briggins as the 2017 Catalyst Award recipient. Briggins serves as senior director of external affairs for MARTA. Each year during the Unsung Heroine Award Gala, the Catalyst Award is presented to an individual who brings about a positive change within the community. Intown resident and entrepreneur Mitch Leff, founder of Leff & Associates Public Relations, has updated his suite of online services – Leff’s Atlanta Media (leffsatlantamedia. com) and Mitch’s Media Match ( The online tools help local businesses connect with and market their products, services, events and issues by working with Atlanta media.

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Pianos for Peace 50 colorful pianos will be placed around city for festival By Grace Huseth


nternationally renowned composer and pianist Malek Jandali spends all day at the piano, yet he realized not everyone gets to experience the joy and peace music brings on a daily basis. This September he is on a mission to make pianos accessible to everyone in Atlanta through the second annual Pianos for Peace festival, Sept. 1-18. “Pianos are usually not accessible. They are black or brown, on the stage and you can’t touch it – it’s only for the artist,” Jandali said. “But I believe everyone is an artist. I believe that art is nothing if it doesn’t impact every segment of our communities.” Fifty beautifully decorated pianos will be displayed throughout prominent areas of Atlanta such as Piedmont Hartsfield -Jackson Park, Midtown and the Fox Atlanta Airport Theater. Many more will extend to other areas of Atlanta including Avalon, East Point and various five county arts centers are located. Artists, MARTA stations. The two-week including Ralph “rEN” Dillard, Amir event will conclude with a closing Poindexter and Diana Toma, used rooms at the ceremony, complete with a choir arts centers to paint. and musicians, at HartsfieldEach artist brings their own definition of Jackson Airport as a way to prelude peace when painting for Pianos for Peace. Last the International Day of Peace on year featured a “Coexist” piano painted by local Sept. 21. artist Allen London who survived a potentially Jandali is well known for fatal accident and now volunteers at the his dedication to peace and Shepherd Center. Artist Sue Zullen Buitrago humanitarian efforts for Syrian painted a bright red piano for Piedmont Park children. In 2014, Syrian-American and a floral Garden of Freedom piano for the Jandali received the Global Music Doraville MARTA station. Pianos for Peace founder Malek Jandali, left, with Atlanta Police officers. Humanitarian Award The exact locations of this year’s pianos will and was named one of remain a surprise with the hope that Atlantans the Great Immigrants will discover them on their own or through from the Carnegie the Pianos for Peace app, which helps pianists explore all pianos and the artists Corporation in 2015. behind them, and pinpoint locations. He recently performed “The festival is fun and allows for people to unite, but the real impact is his ongoing tour, “A when we donate the pianos to selected, deserving musicians who need the Syrian Symphony of piano and the power of art and peace in their own community,” Jandali said. Peace,” at the Sydney Once the festival ends, the pianos will be donated to community centers, Opera House. Despite hospitals, nursing homes and cancer centers. According to Jandali, education is traveling all over the the key to promoting peace and many pianos have been donated to schools to world, Jandali calls revitalize their music programs. Atlanta home. Tri-Cities High School in East Point and Drew Charter School in East “Being a pianist Lake both received pianos last year. Pianos for Peace donated a grand piano at and a composer at the the charter school, complete with a special delivery ceremony. same time, I’ve toured When the piano reached the the world and have school, DeKalb County Police seen many programs Department Major K.D. similar to this. I felt Johnson was appointed the the need to make the “Peace Officer” and played the arts accessible to my piano. Jandali with students at Drew Charter School. own community in “Our goal was to unite Atlanta,” Jandali said. the community and change Last year, Jandali the narrative about police,” witnessed Pianos for Peace opening the city up to music. He noticed piano Jandali said of the Drew teachers hosting private lessons in a different atmosphere. He heard of one Charter School piano. “Art is homeless man who made $100 playing a piano by the Fox Theater. Photos fun and entertaining, but art is of people playing pianos along the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine powerful. You can change lives were popular on Instagram. with art if it is meaningful and Each of the 50 pianos is hand painted to make them stand out in each art can be a serious thing.” neighborhood and location. Pianos for Peace partnered with the Fulton Visit for County Arts Council to find local artists who created motifs and messages more information about the on each of the pianos. festival. A Piano for Peace on the Atlanta BeltLine. Emmitt Stevenson, director of the Fulton County Arts Council, said he looked for artists within the communities where each of the

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Art on the BeltLine

Lantern Parade, art & entertainment highlight event

Art on this, and opposite page, by Jeff Whipple from last year’s Art on the BeltLine, Photos Courtesy The Sintoses

By Collin Kelley The 8th annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine will once again kick off with The Lantern Parade on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 8:15 p.m. at the Irwin Street entrance of the Eastside Trail. The exhibition of arts, as well as periodic live performances, will continue until Oct. 7. An estimated 78,000 people took part or watched The Lantern Parade – the brainchild of artist Chantelle Rytter and her Mardi Gras-style Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons – so get there early to line up or find your spot along the Eastside Trail from Old Fourth Ward to Piedmont Park. The lineup of artists who will have work featured along the Eastside Trail features both new talent and returning favorites. Tray Dahl and the Jugtime Ragband, representing the veteran musicians of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, are back for 2017. From France, Moz Drums returns with their visual and audio spectacle of percussion and light. Muralist Chris Veal will add his work to the corridor, while Ray Katz, Richard Herzog and Mary Ruden will have monumental sculptures to add to the landscape of the trail. “The City of Atlanta is proud to support Art on the Atlanta BeltLine in its eighth year,” said Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA). “The linear exhibition represents the best of the city’s character and welcomes artistic talent from near and far.” Visit for performance times and art locations as they’re finalized.


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Herbie Hancock to headline WCLK fundraiser By Shandra Hill Smith For its annual fundraising event, Jazz 91.9 WCLK will mark two firsts – a headlining performance by iconic jazz giant Herbie Hancock, and that very concert marking WCLK’s first performance at Atlanta Symphony Hall. The 43rd anniversary fall benefit concert featuring Hancock will take place Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. With a career spanning five decades, the 77-year-old Hancock is the recipient of 14 Grammy Awards and known for such hits as his dance club instrumental “Rockit” and such albums as “Maiden Voyage” and “River: The Joni Letters.” WCLK General Manager Wendy Williams says the station – licensed to Clark Atlanta University – has worked for around four years to try to bring Hancock to Atlanta. When they learned he would be coming to Atlanta Symphony Hall, they were able to form a presenting partnership. “We think Herbie is certainly the gold standard of jazz musicians that we air on our station,” says Williams. “He has something he can parlay in terms of his musical genius to young and old. He’s been internationally and nationally recognized. We feel like it is a major accomplishment for us to highlight him in the Atlanta market and to celebrate with this fall anniversary concert.” WCLK, a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate that has been on air for 43 years, also has other reasons to celebrate these days. In August, the station took home four 2017 GABBY Awards presented by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, including two for excellence in broadcasting and for social media and website. The Public Radio International station also is excited about the kickoff of its upcoming fall campaign, which runs Oct. 4 to 15. For the fall campaign, it has partnered with Atlanta Community Food Bank. “In general, public radio pledge drives are a necessary tool that are more challenging to put on,” Williams says. “We’ve been seeing where our campaigns are more successful because we’ve been adding incentive programs like the one we have with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. We think the message we’ve been teaching our audience about the value of what the station brings to the community is getting across.” Perhaps that’s evidenced in part by the news that WCLK has reached and exceeded its fundraising goals for fiscal year 2017, according to Williams. For details on supporting the station or the fall benefit concert, visit

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Decatur Book Festival: The largest independent book festival in the country, and one of the five largest overall, returns to downtown Decatur with art, books and more. Sept 1-3. Free. decaturbookfestival. com Dragon Con: Explore the massive artist market, walk of fame, contests, workshops and more at Hyatt Regency Atlanta and various other locations. Sept. 1-4. Prices vary by event. Almost Grown: Visit Jackson Fine Art to see an exhibit by Joseph Szabo, who became one of the most venerated documentarians of suburban, disaffected youth while teaching high school art classes in Long Island in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Closes Sept. 16. Free. jacksonfineart. com Frank Webster: Paintings from Iceland: Frank Webster’s strong concern for contemporary environmental issues permeate his recent work on Iceland on view at HATHAWAY | Contemporary Gallery. Closes Sept. 16. Free. Beverly Buchanan — Ruins and Rituals: Beverly Buchanan (1940–2015) produced landmark bodies of work, including cast concrete and mixed media sculptures. See her work at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Opens Sept. 14. Free to $3. Fast Forward // Rewind: MOCA GA showcases works by 19 of Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s Ones To Watch artists from the 1970s until now. Tuesday through Saturday. $5 to $8. Fernbank Forest: Designed By Nature: See Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Fernbank Forest as never before through this collection of more than 40 full-color photographs by award-winning National Geographic photographer Peter Essick. Daily. Free to $18. It’s All Superficial: Kimber Berry masterfully integrates elements of digital reproduction and pure paint in her works exhibited at Alan Avery Art Company. Tuesday through Saturday. Free. alanaverartcompany. com

Technicolor: Enter the vibrant world of Technicolor, an immersive installation in the High Museum’s Anne Cox Chambers Wing featuring dramatic new works by Jaime Hayon. Tuesday through Sunday. Free to $14.50. Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles: Michael C. Carlos Museum’s exhibit shows the staggering breadth and depth of indigenous American fiber arts, from weavings in cotton and camelid hair, to feather work and items made from plants. Tuesday through Sunday. Free to $8. Text Me: How We Live In Language: Museum of Design Atlanta’s new exhibit showcases the many ways in which text influences art, design, literature, music and all forms of visual communication in culture today. Opens Sept. 16. Free to $10. Venus: Visit Atlanta Contemporary Art Center to see Anna Betbeze’s most significant body of work to date, in which she utilizes shag carpets as an uncanny support for her paintings. Tuesday through Sunday. Free.

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Momma’s Boy: What happens when a mother holds on to her son too long? Find out in this show at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Sept. 8 and 9. $44.50 to $76.50.

Darius Rucker: As the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker was one of the most popular frontmen in mainstream pop/rock during the mid’90s. Sept. 23. $29 to $272.

Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams: Join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for an encore presentation of “Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams” at Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. Sept. 16. $29.50 to $190. Charlotte’s Web: Center for Puppetry Arts adapts E.B. White’s award-winning tale of unlikely friendship in a show that will have you cheering, “Terrific, terrific, terrific!” Opens Sept. 19. $11.25 to $19.50.

Peppa Pig’s Surprise: This live show at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre encompasses the charming, colorful nature of the incredibly popular television series and features brand-new songs and life-size puppets that walk, talk, dance, and jump up and down. Sept. 24. $29.50 to $56.50. The King and I: Set in 1860s Bangkok, this musical at the Fox Theatre tells the story of the relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher. Sept. 26 through Oct. 1. $30 to $135.

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The Cranberries: Visit The Tabernacle to see the Cranberries, one of the more successful groups to emerge from the pre-Brit-pop U.K. indie scene of the early ‘90s. Sept. 13. $74.30 to $89.99. Cirque du Soleil: Luzia: Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA at Atlantic Station cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Opens Sept. 14. $35 to $265.

Kim Anno: Wonder: Marcia Wood Gallery presents a mini retrospective of the work of Kim Anno, including oil Music Midtown 2017: Music Midtown 2017 at Piedmont paintings on wood and metal from 2012 Park features headliners Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, Future through 2017, video, and Blink-182. Sept. 16 and 17. $135. and the debut of a The Christians: Actor’s Express presents tapestry edition. Opens Sept. 13. Free. this play about a beloved minister who At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Million Dollar Quartet: Visit Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center to see one of the greatest jam sessions of all time - with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash in 1956 brought to life. Sept. 20 and 21. $39 to $79.

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hen you step into the eighth floor space of Georgia State University’s Special Collections & Archives, an impressive wall of windows reveals a west-facing panorama of Downtown’s skyscrapers. Perched on top of the campus’ South Library tower, the commanding view of Atlanta – once dubbed the “City Too Busy To Hate” – is an entryway for a unique collection of materials that explores what some might consider a divisive part of our history: gender and sexuality. The archivist for this collection, Morna Gerrard, is a dynamic presence in the building. Her interest and fascination with women and gender is apparent from the hours she keeps. “Sometimes I’ll just come in on a Sunday and process material for the archive,” she says. “It’s very calming and gives me the security that I’m preserving history for this city.” GSU’s special collections is wellknown for housing the Southern Labor Archives, Popular Music and Culture Collections, Social Change Collections and materials related the university’s own history. Women and Gender is a growing segment of the collection that Gerrard is working to build, along with a new focus on the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) history of the city. “Women and LGBT are so underdocumented, so the work we are doing here is to make sure that history does not disappear,” Gerrard said. The Georgia LGBTQ Archives Project and LGBT Institute, a partnership with the National Center for Civil and Human

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Rights, is gathering the personal papers of the movement’s leaders, authors and activists to build an eclectic collection that goes beyond stuffy academic journals. In this collection, you’ll find periodicals (the city’s first publications for the gay community, ETC. magazine and Southern Voice newspaper), t-shirts (from various marches and protests, including AIDS advocacy group ACT UP), correspondence and personal papers from noted Atlanta LGBTQ residents, and there’s even pornography. You’ll find it marked in boxes with big, red “Restricted” stickers. Gerrard said if the material touches on the LGBTQ history of the city, it would be in the collection. “We have a wide latitude on what we can add to the collection,” Gerrard said. “Some of the material will take people outside their comfort zones, but that’s part of making a wide array of research material available.” Recently added to the collection are the personal papers and archive of Franklin Abbott, a longtime LGBTQ activist, poet and psychotherapist who also happens to be an occasional INtown contributor. Gerrard calls Abbott’s archive the “cornerstone” of the burgeoning collection. With his correspondence with fellow writer and gay poet and filmmaker Jim Broughton and his participation in groundbreaking organizations like Gay Spirit Visions and the Radical Faeries, Abbott’s personal collection stretches back into the early 1970s when the LGBTQ movement was just beginning. Other noted personal collections are those of lesbian activists and authors Maria Helena Dolan and Lorraine Fontana, as well as professor and poet Jim Elledge. As part of the Women and Gender

collection, the archive has also become the repository for Planned Parenthood material and for organizations promoting reproductive choices and combating domestic abuse. While the collection may seem to lean to the left of the political spectrum, the collection also houses pro-life material including a collection of newsletters donated by the Archdiocese of Atlanta. “We had one visitor come in to see the collection and make the comment that we are taking all the stuff nobody would touch,” Gerrard said. “There are difficult conversations to be had with this collection because it is difficult subject matter.” While there are some late 19th and early 20th century materials in the collection, Gerrard said documenting the 1970s and onward has become the main thrust of the archive. A new project being supervised by Gerrard is documenting the Women’s Marches held in response the election of President Donald Trump. Signs, posters, buttons and literature from those events are currently being catalogued for the collection.

Another important part of the archive will be oral histories from leaders, activists and authors, which are being recorded and made available online. “This year, more than any year, I am more proud of being in my profession,” Gerrard said. “We are witnessing history and GSU will make sure its here forever regardless of what political party is in office.” The collection is growing at a fast clip, and Gerrard said there are plans to expand to the 5th and 6th floors of the library. As well as opening up the archive to researchers, GSU now offers classes on using the collection. A vast majority of the collection has been digitized and is now online at by searching for Special Collections & Archives.

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Bustling along Downtown Atlanta’s sidewalks, uniformed high school students can now be spotted among businessmen. You may think the business professionals are headed for the office and the students for the classroom, but at Cristo Rey that’s not always the case. Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is starting their fourth academic year at a new campus on Piedmont Avenue. The school’s presence in the central business district is fitting for their work-study structure. “Being among the office buildings and workers is a great benefit for the school and students. Our students are highly visible. We call them ‘walking billboards’ because they expose the Downtown area to our school,” said President Bill Garrett. The campus is the sevent-story former Oxford Industries Headquarters. Four floors are dedicated to classrooms, one floor of offices, one floor for kitchen and cafeteria and half a floor for faculty lounge. Cristo Rey converted the two story parking deck to house a “gymnatorium,” or gymnasium and auditorium, with parking underneath. The campus will be dedicated on Jan. 30 when all renovations have been completed. The building was donated by its owner Jim Cummings after being approached by the school, and Cristo Rey managed to raise $25 million and renovate the 60-year-old building in 18 months. “We were told it was impossible,” Garrett said. “Difficult, yes. Impossible, no. We did it.” Cristo Rey is one of 32 schools in the country that serves low income students, those that qualify for free or reduced lunch, and requires all students to work for all four years of their high school experience at a company. However, these are not your typical, part-time jobs for teenagers. Cristo Rey has 135 work-study sponsors, ranging from Coca-Cola and UPS to smaller companies, that offset 70 percent of the cost of educating the students. This year, Cristo Rey had 55 new companies sign on. “We really do have the who’s who of corporate Atlanta on our list,” Garrett said. “Yet some of the small businesses are a great placement because the kids get much more individualized attention than they might in a bigger

company.” Cristo Rey students work five full days a month and many can now walk to over 20 major companies Downtown or take MARTA from the Peachtree Center MARTA station. Since everything is new, the Cristo Rey student body of 540 students has some of the latest technology in their classrooms. According to Garrett, they have one of the best chemistry labs in the state. The school was recently awarded the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education award this summer. Joe Barker, director of admissions, said Cristo Rey was about 60 percent Hispanic, 35 percent African American and 5 perecent Asian and other in the past years, but the demographic is starting to balance. “One of my objectives coming into this role was to attract more African American students, and specifically African American young men,” Barker said. He and student ambassadors recruited at middle schools in DeKalb like Wesley International Academy and Freedom Middle School, as well as the Carver Family YMCA. Barker even went on the Rashad Richey Show on News-Talk 1380 WAOK to get the word out. “I’m looking for a good academic fit and a student who is willing to work and get out there in a corporate environment,” Barker said. “But quite often it’s the student ambassadors with us that sell the program as they talk about their experiences. It’s so much more genuine coming from them.” Senior Jarintzi Sanchez said that while school officially started on Aug. 7, the freshman started back on July 24 to attend Cristo Rey’s version of a crash course for working in the business world. “The school prepares us for two weeks with Business Training Institute in which they instill in us values and prepare us for just about every situation that would help us in the workplace, from how to make a first impression to how to work programs on the computer,” Sanchez said. “During my first year I learned that even business people way up there are just people,” said senior Bryce Lawson. “They are not that different from high school students. When you start making connections with them you realize they are just people.” At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Old Fourth Ward students use yoga to strengthen bodies, deal with conflict By Clare S. Richie As kids head back to school, the stresses they encounter can lead to misbehavior and sometimes fighting. Annelise Lonidier, owner of Sacred Thread Yoga, offers kids from low-income families in the Old Fourth Ward a healthier and creative alternative. Thanks to a partnership with Operation P.E.A.C.E., Inc. and funding from a Fulton County grant, Lonidier has taught children yoga for the past five years and is seeing results. “I’m really passionate about children being exposed to yoga because it comes so naturally to them. This idea of making shapes and having creative movement of their body – they tend to love it right away,” Lonidier shared. Yoga not only strengthens their bodies, it also builds self-esteem and gives them strategies for dealing with conflict, she said. “I can tell when they first come, who is probably getting in trouble in class and that student tends to do really well with us. That student has a hard time sitting still, but with us they have an outlet for their energy. After a few weeks, they’ll say ‘I do great in yoga’ and they feel good about themselves,” Lonidier said. Five years ago, Lonidier opened Sacred Thread Yoga because she wanted a studio close to home. At first, she juggled a healthcare career with a few classes in her spare time. Two years ago, she left the corporate world to fully pursue her passion of yoga for practitioners of all ages. Teaming up with Operation Peace, an after-school and summer education and enrichment nonprofit, was “a natural fit.” The nonprofit is always looking for new activities for its kids and Lonidier had attended a low-income high school and understood how a lack of resources can limit opportunities. During the school year, 5 to 7 year-olds attend weekly yoga practice at the Sacred Thread Yoga studio. In the summer, Lonidier and her volunteers work with two age groups, ages 5 to 7 and ages 8 to 13, twice a week. A typical class includes intention setting, movement, breathing techniques, singing, partner postures, a short final “savasana” (relaxation pose) and yoga nidra. “For most kids, yoga is games and fun play, but I really try not to water down what I do. We talk about how your blood circulates, the composition of your body, and your lung capacity,” Lonidier said. Her young “yogis” even love yoga nidra, a relaxation technique clinically shown to reduce anxiety, hypertension, depression and chronic pain. “It’s crazy to see 6-yearolds go from playing to still. Once they lay down a hush falls across the room.” Lonidier guides them through a body scan and helps them let go of the chatter in their minds. “We tell a story with a lot of imagery. They become completely still. A few fall asleep. It teaches them the importance of being still and how to quiet their minds,” she said. Lonidier is open with kids about how yoga can fit into their life. Through activities and storytelling she helps the younger ones understand how to use yoga when they’re upset. Her older students tell Lonidier how At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Students try various yoga poses at Sacred Thread Yoga in the Old Fourth Ward.

they take a moment to be quiet or just sit and breathe when they’re troubled. “After being in school all day, our kids have a lot of stockpiled energy. Yoga shows them different ways to relax and calm down. They already know about running, basketball, football, soccer, dancing, etc., but yoga gives them another way to

exercise that they can even do at home,” Operation P.E.A.C.E President Marcel Benoit, Jr. explained. Sacred Thread Yoga also hosts training each year for yoga students who want to volunteer with kids. “It’s not yoga teacher training, it’s about taking a yoga aficionado who wants to teach a girl scout troop and

giving them the basics they need to do that,” Lonidier said. As the training program grows and Operation P.E.A.C.E. raises more funds, more kids will have access to yoga. “Yoga promotes a healthier lifestyle and we all need a little more of that,” Benoit said.

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Literacy Action, a nonprofit provider of free adult basic education, has opened its new state-of-the-art learning complex at Peachtree Center in Downtown. “We’re happy to introduce this state of the art learning space to both the local community and to our adult students who will benefit from the improvements,” said Althea Broughton, a partner at Arnall Golden Gregory law firm and Literacy Action’s Board Chair. “The new campus allows Literacy Action to reach more students in Atlanta as it focuses on ways to provide quality instruction and remove key barriers to employment or academic advancement through literacy.” The new campus will increase the number of classrooms and provide access to laptop computers, a projector and screen, as well as technology to turn any whiteboard into a digital tool. Also inside: The Success Center is equipped with computers, books and a testing lab. The Digital Inclusion program links adults to technology and teaches them the skills needed to use technology as a tool to self-sufficiency. “As evidenced by a 218 percent increase in participants in just the last three years alone, our community needs quality adult education resources,” says Kate Boyer, Interim Executive Director of Literacy Action. “The new location is more accessible to students, faculty and staff, which allows Literacy Action to expand its offerings in a safe, professional environment.” Literacy Action was founded in 1968 by volunteers at the Central Presbyterian Church in Downtown Atlanta, whom began teaching basic literacy skills to adults. For more information, visit


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An Intown middle school teacher sends positive reinforcement to her students the old fashioned way By Clare S. Richie As teachers kick off the new school year, veteran teacher Beth Todd hopes more will follow her lead and praise students for making good choices. Last year, with a grant from the Inman Middle School Foundation, Todd wrote and mailed 150 positive postcards home to her 6th graders and assigned zero detentions. “There’s always been a concern that kids doing the right thing are not being recognized. It’s much more common to just expect the right thing and punish kids doing the wrong thing,” Todd explained. Todd described Inman’s diverse student population as a microcosm of Atlanta that 6th graders learn to navigate and come together. But last fall, in addition to increased classroom behavior problems, Todd observed “a heightened level of stress” among her students from racially charged police shootings and the contentious presidential election. “I was determined to change the status quo in my classroom,” Todd shared. She remembered a classroom management training she took, CHAMPS– Safe and Civil Schools, and re-read the book. Most kids do what they are supposed to, the book said, while less than 5 percent can commandeer most of a teacher’s time and are not deterred by a

failing grade or detention. A positive note home was a proven way to reach them all. So Todd decided to recognize her students when they did the right thing. With about $300 in stamps, granted by the Inman Middle School Foundation, she started mailing home postcards mentioning specific instances of good choices. “Within the first few weeks, I took out my roster and would write a few here and there,” Todd said. “When I had a sub, I would ask them to leave a list of students who were really helpful – I sent them a card. Several students participated in an optional poetry contest. ‘I appreciate the time you are taking to do this’, I wrote,” Todd recalled. Students used to receiving negative consequences for their behavior began receiving recognition for staying on task. “It was a welcomed change to these students and their parents. No one ever tells these kids what they’re doing right,” Todd said. She added, “I don’t know how the year would have gone if that grant hadn’t been funded by the Inman Foundation. We would have tolerated each other, but they wouldn’t have learned and they wouldn’t have grown.” The positive impact extended beyond her classroom. “I’ve had several teachers ask, ‘What are you doing differently?’ and I told them. I’m shouting from the rooftops: it’s time to change the script for these kids,” Todd urged.


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this fall 16th location in metro Atlanta. The center will address a family’s needs from an educational, health, social capital and economic perspective. “We’re excited about the new center at D.H. Stanton because it expands our capacity to give more children, regardless of background, the opportunity for a top-notch early education, childhood and future,” says Blythe Keeler Robinson, president and CEO of Sheltering Arms. Robinson adds, “Eighty-five percent of a child’s brain structure is developed by age three, and what they experience up to that point already has a profound effect on their educational, social and physical potential. Our goal is to transform early childhood education in a way that not only builds stronger children, but stronger families and communities as well.” Organizations such as Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s Economic Development Authority and Bank of America have provided support for the center. Additional contributions include a lead gift from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, along with support from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the James M. Cox Foundation, the Marcus Foundation and the Tull Charitable Foundation. “Bank of America Merrill Lynch is proud to provide $3 million in New Markets Tax Credit equity to Sheltering Arms to help fund the construction of the new D.H. Stanton learning center,” says Mary Thompson, senior vice president of Community Development Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “Sheltering Arms’ mission of serving working families by providing high-quality, affordable child care and education and comprehensive support services fits with the bank’s goal to create stronger communities through lending, investing and giving.” For more information, visit At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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EDUCATION BRIEFS Atlanta Public Schools officials handed out more than 1,500 free hotspots, smartphones and tablets to students in 12 of the district’s high schools after being selected to participate in a national program designed to help bridge the digital divide for almost half of the district’s students in five years. The Sprint 1Million Project is a five-year program that will connect one million low-income high school students who do not have internet access at home. APS is one of 119 school districts in 32 states participating in the first year of the project. By year five of the program, about 25,000 APS students will have access to one of the connected devices.

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East Lake resident Jaila Allen received national recognition as one of just five students in Georgia and 225 students nationwide who participated in the 2017 Bank of America Student Leaders program. The summer youth employment initiative connects high school students to employment, skills development and service. Jaila completed an eightweek internship with the East Lake Foundation, a nonprofit established to bring new economic and academic opportunities to the East Lake neighborhood. Coincidentally, Jaila was part of the Drew Charter High School’s inaugural graduating class of 2017. Inman Middle School in Virginia-Highland received new pedestrian safety measures thanks to a partnership between Atlanta Public Schools, FedEx and Safe Kids Worldwide. The measures include an overhead flashing beacon, curb extensions (also called “bulb-outs”) that allow additional room for pedestrians, and ADA ramps at a busy intersection near the school. The project was part of Safe Kid Worldwide’s Safe School Zone program that identifies and makes long-term environmental modifications to improve child pedestrian safety and decrease child pedestrian-related injuries and deaths.

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The Buckhead-based Shepherd Center has developed a free mobile app that will guide parents on how to better teach their teenagers to become safe drivers. Partnering with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) and IT management consulting firm CapTech, the Shepherd Center created the app called AutoCoach. AutoCoach tracks training hours, as well as night driving hours, which in Georgia is a prerequisite for obtaining a driver’s license. The app’s curriculum is applicable in all 50 U.S. states. AutoCoach is available as a free download in the Apple App and Google Play stores. “With motor vehicle crashes being the leading cause of death for teens in our country, we must make sure our youngest drivers receive the proper training before they get behind the wheel,” said Harris Blackwood, director of the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. “It has been a great pleasure to partner with Shepherd Center and CapTech in developing this first-of-its-kind, comprehensive drivers’ education app that will help parents, grandparents and other adults provide training in a manner teens will be able to learn and use when they begin driving on their own.” Features of AutoCoach include a customizable parent-teen agreement, a graduated driver’s licensing quiz by state, distraction notifications, a driving log and a 10-chapter curriculum for parents based on best practices. Learn more at At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Total eclipse of the Sullivans TIMMY DADDY Margo: What are you going to write about this month daddy? Me: I’m not really sure yet. Got any ideas? By Tim Sullivan Margo: Well, this month was actually pretty boring. I mean school started but that’s not very funny. Anyway, make sure it’s good because my teacher reads it. So now there’s pressure. And let Tim Sullivan grew up it be noted that in a large family in the writer’s block and a Northeast and now lives tub of those teeny with his small family tiny chocolate chip in Oakhurst. He can cookies from Trader be reached at tim@ Joe’s is a dangerous combination. Maybe it’s a yawn as far as topics go, but our summer calendar was so jammed up that the start of school felt like a finish line. Our default mode this summer seemed to be chaos cloaked in good judgement. You want a fifth ice pop? Okay, but absolutely not a sixth! A pack of 400 water balloons? Sure, but no throwing them in the living room after 11 p.m.! I suppose it was time to harness the anarchy. It seemed a tad draconian at the time, but a week of going to bed at an hour that would still require SPF 30 really worked wonders. Since then, screen time has been limited, we’re reading on a nightly basis again and the vegetables—lo, the vegetables that have been consumed! We go to bed so early that I’m practically a legit member of the 5 a.m. YMCA crowd now instead of an occasional interloper. I’m sure as soon as we reach Fall break or the next time the WWE network replays the Summer Slam the unraveling will begin, but for now I’m sort of marveling at the household machine.

Both kids have been in between sports seasons, too, so there haven’t been the routinekilling, weekday practices to muck things up and the weekends haven’t been completely dictated by game schedules. Don’t get me wrong, youth sports are sort of my jam. I genuinely enjoy them, plus it allows me to pretend that if only I didn’t have all these games to go to I would be soooo productive. Like last Saturday I found myself with a few free hours where it seemed I ought to go to a hardware store and, you know, home improve. Only I’m not terribly handy. So whenever I go to one of those places I try to project the image of a guy who already finished a miter saw project in the morning and now just needs some light bulbs. I have a high degree of comfort in the light bulb aisle. Then I just wander around and check out the welcome mats and potted plants. But I have the gnawing feeling that I should have accomplished more with my fleeting free time. Flag football and soccer starts back up for the kids this week and the no-homework honeymoon seems about over. I’m antsy that I’ll never again have the opportunity to stain the front porch or make a few phone calls. At the very least I need to carefully assess my rusty leisure skills. We parents become so conditioned to cranking out tasks that when spots of free time present themselves we’re wholly unprepared. It’s like a vortex we’re unsure about exploring. I mean I could have gone to the pool but if I bring the kids it’s no longer leisurely, and if I don’t I feel like a weirdo. Somehow once school starts the pool feels passe anyway. I guess a full solar eclipse is a pretty once-in-a-lifetime way to close out a boring month. We gathered up the kids early from school to watch the moon obscure 97.3 percent of the sun as a family. We thought about driving to the mountains to see totality, but since this city has a penchant for once-in-a-lifetime traffic events, I didn’t want to risk it for 2.7 percent. Besides, Elliott had football practice at 6.

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hey say it’s the most important meal of the day. Breakfast, which literally means to break the fast of the night before, has been posited to be immensely beneficial to your health beyond being tasty. Researchers at Harvard found evidence that links regularly eating breakfast with maintenance of a healthy weight and reducing risks of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Logically, it makes sense that eating a well-rounded meal in the morning will help to curb hunger throughout the day, but it also can regulate your energy which helps cognitive function. Now, to be fair, I’ve never really been one of those diehard breakfast fans. I have been known to eat burritos or pizza upon waking in the morning, and it has taken me many years to come around to an appreciation for traditional breakfast foods. My husband, on the other hand, would eat breakfast three times a day if I didn’t fight him on it. When I mentioned that I was going to tour some of my favorite breakfast places for this article, his eyes glistened as if it was Christmas morning. The hardest part of compiling this list is without a doubt the immense plethora of options from which to choose. I would wager that there are hundreds of places in this city where I could go to get a tasty breakfast. And Atlantans surely do love their brunch, don’t they? It’s not uncommon on the weekends to find that your favorite local restaurant might have a wait that’s an hour or more, and we all dutifully stand about until our table is ready, wistfully dreaming of fluffy pancakes and savory bacon. For this piece, I opted to take a slightly more nuanced approach in deciding where to visit. While there are plenty of popular and impossibly hip restaurants to choose from, there are also some real gems that fly just under the radar. Listed below are five of my personal favorite – and in my opinion, underrated – diners and restaurants serving delectable breakfast foods.

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ore and more Atlantans are trading in their large singlefamily suburban homes for Intown living, where residents can enjoy a “less is more” lifestyle. There’s less square footage to clean and heat, less housework and yardwork, and less travel time to work, shopping, restaurants and entertainment. There’s more walkability, more time and more freedom. Susan and Michael Jackson are retirees in the process of downsizing and selling their 5,000-square-foot home in Sandy Springs. They’re looking forward to a simpler, more flexible Intown lifestyle. “The more stuff you have, the more you have to take care of,” Susan said. According to her, the purging process is like going down memory lane. It’s difficult to stay unemotional, but it’s energizing, too. “It’s incredibly cathartic and especially satisfying when you’re completed,” she said. “It’s also much easier to do the earlier in life you tackle it.” While there are many choices for Atlanta

residents looking to simplify their lives— apartments, townhomes, condominiums— condos offer an opportunity to enjoy the convenience of vertical living and the security of home ownership. Those qualities are attractive to a lot of different people in all phases of their lives. Christa Huffstickler, President & CEO of Engel & Völkers Atlanta said that she has seen downsizers from the suburbs who’ve sold their large homes and want to move closer to work, culture and the city core where there’s an emphasis on wellness. “Condos appeal to a wide variety of homeowners, from entry-level millennials to baby boomer empty nesters and everyone in between,” she said. “We’ve seen a transition over the last decade where the lifestyle of the millennial/generation x and y matches what the baby boomers want.” They’re all drawn to life in an urban, energetic city center, according to Huffstickler, where life is spent with friends, walking in the park, focusing on health and fitness, going out to dinner, and not spending two hours a day commuting to

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and from work. “We’ve seen a trend where both move-up buyers and move-down buyers are looking for the same thing.” Many people are relocating to Atlanta due to the strong job market, said Kerman Haynes, Senior Vice President of Berkshire Hathaway CITY HAUS Condominium Division, and the city is also retaining a lot of the recent graduates from high quality universities, such as Georgia Tech. “We’re keeping our graduates in Atlanta instead of having them move to cities like Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Chicago, and that’s largely because of the reasonable cost of living here,” Haynes explained. “With vertical living, they can find affordable housing that offers them luxury and convenience.” He added that many of the younger people who bought condos about 12 to 15 years ago are now ready to move up. “Those first-generation condominium owners are staying in condos, rather than moving to the large home in the suburbs. They understand the lifestyle, they like it and they’re moving up, not out to homes in the suburbs.” The appeal of condo living attracts buyers from many different facets of life, from relocation executives to empty nesters and single/divorcee buyers. Anne Schwall, Vice President of Developer Services, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, said “While many buyers relocating from larger urban cities such as New York

seek out condos for proximity to work and to cut down on commute times, empty nesters and downsizers are attracted to condos for the ability to enjoy lock and leave to travel.” Although condos appeal to many different age groups and demographics, she stressed that the higher price points for new construction condos is pricing those newer condos out of reach for younger first-time buyers. “Empty nester and downsizing buyers are attracted to condos for the maintenance-free lifestyle and they have the financial means, from selling their existing homes, to afford the newer condos coming to the market,” she said. There are a lot of reasons why condo life is attractive to so many homeowners, including the ease of the lifestyle. “Condominiums provide the lock and leave environment where an owner can come and go, whether it’s to and from work every day, traveling for work or pleasure or coming and going for leisure activities,” Huffstickler said. She added that there’s a sense of simplicity when owners are responsible for what’s inside their walls, but can rely on a staff to manage the common areas, pool, landscaping and the day-to-day things. For example, The Atlantic, on 17th Street near Atlantic Station, provides a porter, doorman and valet who offer security and convenience to residents. “Condominiums also offer an array

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of amenities that aren’t available in other homes, like a full-service concierge, which includes an array of services like dry cleaning pick up and drop off, making restaurant reservations, calling uber or car services and signing for packages and package deliveries,” Huffstickler said. In condominiums with hotel components within them, the services become even more elevated with access to hotel amenities like room service, housekeeping, valet and spa services. “The high level of available services is a strong draw for condo owners,” said Haynes. Most condo developments offer concierge services and conveniences, like pet walking, he said, and there are also restaurants, coffee shops, hair salons and just about everything else the residents want and need right in the buildings. “Of course, there are also the spectacular views,” Haynes continued. “And the views are being enhanced every day with developments like new high-rises and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Our skyline keeps getting better and better.” No2 Opus Place in Midtown is a condo project that features 53 floors of floor-to-ceiling glass revealing unparalleled views of the city and area parks. Location is another driver for condo popularity, said Schwall. Most condo buildings are located in urban cores that allow buyers walkability to restaurant and shopping. Emerson Buckhead boasts a premier location—on Peachtree Road in Buckhead—and offers two- and threebedroom condominium residences that range from 2,200 to 3,700 square feet. “Condos provide a maintenance free

lifestyle that appeals to both younger and older buyers who want to spend free time enjoying friends and families and not be tied to the upkeep of a typical single-family home,” Schwall said. “Many single/divorcee buyers seek out condos for the sense of community and comradery the condo lifestyle provides.” In fact, the sociability of condo life is another important factor in their popularity. “A lot of folks who are retiring want to come back into town and have the active lifestyle like they did before they had kids,” Haynes reported. “And many of them tell us that what’s attracting them is the social component, the possibility of building a friend base here. They want to be in a building and be part of a community.” That desire is driving some boutique communities and buildings to emphasize the social component. No2 Opus Place employs a Wellness Director and Lifestyle Curator to help residents take full advantage of their lifestyle benefits. Haynes said that the Wellness Director brings in fitness experts and personal trainers, like yoga and Pilates instructors, and coordinates services such as nutritionists to craft healthy eating plans for residents. The Lifestyle Curator helps activate the amenities for residents with programs. As an example, High Museum docents are invited to visit and speak about the latest exhibits and also share information on how to become a museum docent. Intown condos seem to have just what Atlantans require to keep their lives simple – the space and services they need and the community and luxury they want, all in convenient, walkable locations.

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Anyone with an interest in micro-living, sustainability or simply downsizing will receive motivation and education at the 2nd annual Decatur Tiny House Festival taking place Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. Organized by Tiny House Atlanta and City of Decatur, the festival will offer three days of speakers and 20-plus tiny houses to tour. The weekend kick offs with a VIP preview event, Tiny House Soiree, with keynote speaker Steven Nygren, founder of the Serenbe planned community in South Fulton, who will discuss innovations in housing and what they mean to Atlanta. Throughout the festival weekend, visitors will be able to attend various sessions, such as a presentation from City of Atlanta’s Commissioner of City Planning Tim Keane, who will consider the relationship between the micro movement and metropolitan cities. Attendees can also hear from organization and downsizing experts Claudia Morris Barclay and Catherine Lee who will present “How to Downsize and Organize Your Way to Happiness.” Additional talks will include minimalism, urban planning, tiny house zoning and codes, utilization of space and the social impact of micro-living. The full speaker schedule will be available at In addition to the house tour and speaker symposium, local and national vendors will be onsite promoting sustainable practices and showcasing products made for tiny houses. There will also be a DJ, food court with food trucks and bicycle parking. The festival will be centered around Downtown Decatur and at 105 Electric Ave. Tickets are $75 for the VIP event, $20 for a Saturday or Sunday pass, or $35 for a weekend pass. Children 10 and younger get in for $10 per day. Tickets are available at


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The 34th Annual Fall Atlanta Home Show and Outdoor Living Expo will open its doors Friday-Sunday, Sept. 8-10, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Over 300 exhibitors will showcase new and innovative interior and exterior home improvement products and services, along with garden design ideas, tools, hardscapes, outdoor furniture, spas, water features and more for home landscapes. Special guests will include HGTV’s “Cousins,” Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, and Egypt Sherrod, host of HGTV’s “Flipping Virgins,” “Property Virgins” and “Urban Oasis. For a complete lineup of events, visit

Development company OliverMcMillan has announced it will build a 17-story office tower next door to The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The building, which will be located on the former HiFi Buys property, will have 30,000 square feet on the groundfloor. The name of the project: The Office Buckhead Atlanta. Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has unveiled new plans for a 14-story residence hall for students on 18th Street near its Midtown campus. The building will include 592 student beds, lounge and event space, laundry services, a coffee bar, and other amenities for students. The development will not include any new parking, but will incorporate a drop-off area for cars and a loading area for service vehicles and deliveries. All student parking will be located in the existing SCAD parking deck at 1600 Peachtree. Ken Covers, Engel & Volkers Intown Atlanta, recently attended the annual Engel & Volkers Global Event & Polo Match in Mallorca, Spain. Covers was invited with a handful of other top agents from around the world to attend two days of meetings, ending with a polo match and sit down dinner for 700 guests at the home of the Engel Volkers and Covers & Volkers founder & CEO, Christian Volkers. Covers stated, “What an amazing experience, networking with other advisors from around the globe in such a beautiful place.” At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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BUCKHEAD - Spectacular living top of Sovereign. Three separate private covered balconies, upgraded counters, appliances, flooring, custom lighting, custom closets, front and rear entry, open floorplan, grand entrance. 2Bed/2.5Bath $1,890,000 FMLS: 5756028 Bru Krebs 404.984.0243

GLENWOOD PARK - Extraordinary, spacious townhome in the coveted Glenwood Park. Sunny, open floorplan with hardwoods. Freshly painted, custom blinds, newer appliances. 2 car tandem garage. 3Bed/2.5Bath $425,000 FMLS: 5883311 Michael JW Smith 404.786.2057

DRUID HILLS - Druid Hills Golf Course lot at remarkable price! 2 oversized living/family rms, w/3 walls of light-filled windows w/kitchen conveniently located in between. Enormous 2 car garage. .5acre lot is lushly landscaped. 5Bed/4.5Bath $829,000 FMLS: 5891024 Sally Westmoreland 404.354.4845

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND - Excellent opportunity! Unique & light-filled. Open floor plan, tons of windows, awesome views, saltwater pool, hot tub, outdoor shower, greenhouse, private gated front courtyard and completely fenced backyard. Owner/Agent 4Bed/2Bath $775,000 FMLS: 5851771 Kay Goldstein 404.784.0937

TWELVE CENTENNIAL - Condo offers floor to ceiling windows, and walk-out balcony with a skyline view of Midtown. Open kitchen, breakfast bar with granite counters, SS appliances, hardwood floors, and more. 2Bed/2Bath $317,500 FMLS: 5879134 Lamar Golar 404.643.1888

EMORY - Private paradise 2 story screened porch, added sunroom, added sitting room off master overlooks private fenced backyard, hardwood floors, full family room w/fp. Beautifully updated baths. 5Bed/3Bath $499,000 FMLS: 5875118 Ann Hudson 404.307.9902

MORNINGSIDE - Classic Tudor home w/fireside living room, formal floorpan, kitchen/family room, spacious second floor master suite, large screen porch, sunroom, two car garage, fenced yard, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings. Agent/Owner 3Bed/3Bath $799,000 FMLS: 5885892 Ron Pope 404.872.4517

MANCHESTER PARK - A Perfect Open Floor Plan for Intimate or Large Gatherings w/Separate Dining Room, Super Spacious Kitchen, Living Room, Family Room & Covered Back Porch! Don’t Miss the Deep Closet. 4Bed/2.5Bath $485,000 FMLS: 5892595 John Petrou 404.444.5323

BRIAR HILLS - Stylish home in sought after Briar Hills. Renovated thru-out, gorgeous hardwood flrs, recessed lighting, SS appliances, mstr w/walk in closet and pvt bath. 3Bed/2.5Bath $484,900 FMLS: 5882611 Erin Fye 404.771.9822

TWELVE ATLANTIC STATION - Buckhead & Midtown Views. End unit w/ full width balcony, cherry hardwood floors throughout, granite counter tops in kitchen and bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows in both bedrooms and living room. 2Bed/2Bath $345,000 FMLS: 5856058 Sean Carter 404.981.0639

MORNINGSIDE/JOHNSON ESTATES - 2 master suites w/one on main, open renovated kit with quartz c-tops, SS appliances and keeping rm. 3 bedrooms up including 2nd master en-suite, sep DR, lrg living rm with office nook w/balcony. 4Bed/4.5Bath $874,900 FMLS: 5854684 Nicole Davis 404.358.6252

PEACHTREE PLACE - Sunny, top floor w/rare storage unit. 10ft. ceilings, 2 covered parking spaces, newer HVAC, hardwood floors, roommate floorpan. Home tucked in back of community. Complex features resort style pool. 2Bed/2Bath $244,900 FMLS: 5857147 Michael JW Smith 404.786.2057

LINDMOOR WOODS - ALL renovated, gleaming hardwood floors, white shaker style kitchen w/Granite Counters and all new SS appliances, new windows, three new tiled bathrooms, LR/DR combo opens to patio & flat yard. 3Bed/3Bath $319,000 FMLS: 5882541 Ann Hudson 404.307.9902

BRIARLAKE - Sunny, spacious, gorgeous updated home with flat, playable yard on quiet double cul-de-sac. Spacious kitchen overlooks the large family room with adjacent sunroom; large bedrooms with ample closets; 2 car garage. 4Bed/2.5Bath $439,900 FMLS: 5886822 Matt Schwartz 404.587.6985

LEILA VALLEY - The 3.5+/- acreage sits fronting approximately 378’ on the south side of Constitution Road and 436’ on the east side of Forest Park Road. Re-zoned for Multi-Family Use (RG3) for 52 townhomes. $475,000 FMLS: 5882752 Sherry Warner 404.784.8848

FREEDOM LOFTS - Located with direct entry to the Atlanta Beltline. This great home has brand new hrdwds, large bath w/walk in closet, perfect kitchen w/ view to family room & an adorable Juliette Balcony w/ double French doors that open to pool! 1Bed/1 Bath $200,000 FMLS: 5892845 Bru Krebs 404.984.0243


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