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For whom the Bell’s Palsy tolls

On the morning of Aug. 11, I woke up to find the right side of my face was paralyzed. This discovery wasn’t immediate. I checked email, returned a work-related phone call and then went into the kitchen to make a smoothie. It’s when I took a drink and half the smoothie ran down my chin that I realized something was wrong. I went into the bathroom to look in the mirror and upon first glance, nothing seemed amiss. Then I opened my mouth – or tried to. Both my upper and bottom lip were paralyzed, which meant I couldn’t smile. I also noticed that I was no longer able to raise my right eyebrow. When I closed my eyes, the right eyelid wouldn’t close tightly nor would it blink, and even my nose seemed slightly off symmetry. I thought I’d had a stroke overnight and went into panic mode. I called one of my best friends, who happens to be a nurse, and she encouraged me to go directly to the hospital. My friend Karen, who lives a few minutes away, also urged to me get to the emergency room and offered to leave work and drive me. My mother was the first to suggest that it might be Bell’s Palsy, since both my father and one of my aunts had been afflicted with it. Since I wasn’t in any pain, didn’t feel dizzy or ill, I drove myself up the street to Atlanta Medical Center. Upon entering the ER and showing them my face paralysis, they Collin Kelley instantly whisked me back to an examination room and hooked up collin@atlantaintownan EKG. In just a couple of hours, I would have both a CAT scan and MRI (I’m not claustrophobic, but I can see how that machine freaks people out). Then there was a couple of hours of waiting around for NOV. 12 • DEC. 10 the results, a consultation with a neurologist who ruled out a stroke and finally getting the diagnosis that it was indeed Bell’s Palsy. Maybe. “It looks like Bell’s Palsy,” was what the ER doctor said and wrote prescriptions for a round of antivirals and steroids, the only medication known to help Bell’s Palsy. Maybe. Designed for little kids, big kids, and the whole family, Second Sundays are If you’re wondering why all the maybes, it’s because not very much is known about Bell’s for everyone. Visit us each month and experience new interactive, innovative Palsy other than it’s a swelling of the facial nerve (also known as the seventh cranial nerve) that family activities inspired by our collections and ever-changing exhibitions. might be caused by a strain of the herpes virus or by the virus that causes chicken pox. Pregnant Second Sundays are sponsored by the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation. women and those with diabetes also seem more prone to Bell’s Palsy, but they don’t know why. While most cases of Bell’s Palsy correct themselves anywhere from three weeks to three months – or maybe six – sometimes there is lingering paralysis. The doctor also warned me, my facial featured listing from paralysis might become worse before it got better. He was right. o u r 2017_3.325x4.5.indd n e i g h b o r h o o d1 e x p e r t w i t h g l o b a l r e10/30/17 ach anta Intown yNovDec 2:09 PM A few days later, the right side of my face looked like a melted candle. My mouth was constantly dry, as were my eyes. My nose felt stuffed up and I had slurred speech. Drinking without a straw was impossible; more food seemed to wind up on my shirt than in my mouth. I didn’t leave my house except for quick errands and doctor appointments for a few weeks. Three months later, I am almost recovered, but not quite. My lower lip is still a little frozen and while my right eye closes and blinks, it still won’t close tightly. My doctor says this will eventually return to normal – or it might not. It’s maddening how little is known about Bell’s Palsy. Both Angelina Jolie and George Clooney have had bouts of Bell’s, so you’d think there would be foundation or telethon to raise funds for ongoing research into prevention and cure. Maybe Sarah McLachlan could sing a heartrending cover of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” while holding a rescued puppy for the television campaign?

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The Neighborhood News & Features

Westside Trail

Atlanta BeltLine opens new three-mile segment


he Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail has officially opened to the public with a new three-mile corridor that runs from Washington Park to Adair Park in Southwest Atlanta. The new trail features 14 access points, public art and greenway. Of the 14 access points, 11 entrances are ADA accessible – representing more accessibility than any other trail in the city. “Today is a good day in the City of Atlanta as we celebrate a promise kept with the opening of the new Westside Trail,” said Mayor Kasim Reed during last month’s ribbon cutting. “The trail connects some of the city’s most important and historic neighborhoods in a new way while honoring them with such a valuable and significant investment.” The Westside Trail is the largest expansion of the Atlanta BeltLine since its inception. The amenity connects four schools, four parks and a dozen Westside neighborhoods. “We are proud to celebrate this significant milestone in the Atlanta BeltLine’s history – the opening of the Westside Trail,” said BeltLine CEO Brian McGowan. “This trail will have a transformative effect on the city and will foster new jobs, promote business creation and ensure livable communities in Southwest Atlanta. As we continue to build upon this amenity, we are 100 percent committed to working with the community to identify the unique needs that must be built in our planning as much as our concrete trails are.” – Photos by Asep Mawardi

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The red line on this Google map shows the the future BeltLine Eastside Trail extension.

BeltLine buys property to complete Eastside Trail

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By Collin Kelley The Atlanta BeltLine announced that it has purchased 13 acres between Rock Springs Road and Mayson Street, which will complete the Eastside Trail of the 22-mile loop. The purchase price was $460,000, according to a media release. The property, part of the former rail corridor owned by Norfolk Southern, crosses over the Buford Spring Connector and under I-85 before connecting with Mayson Street. The .25 mile extension takes the Eastside Trail to the Armour Drive area, which is undergoing a renaissance with new business, restaurants and retail. New lighting along the southern extension of the Eastside Trail. Purchase of the property was supported by a loan from The Conservation Fund, which will be paid back with funding from the T-SPLOT (transportation – special local option sales tax). A construction timeline was not announced, but BeltLine officials said it would not begin until design and full funding is secured for the project. Meanwhile, officials opened the southern extension of the Eastside Trail in a ceremony on Nov. 3. The addition runs for one mile from the previous terminus at Irwin Street south to the new terminus at Kirkwood Avenue. This new segment includes sensor lights and seven cameras integrated into the Atlanta Police Department’s Video Integration System (VIC). Funding for the southern extension of the Eastside Trail comes from the BeltLine Tax Allocation District, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, The Kendeda Fund and Waterfall Foundation. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Going Underground Developer updates plans for Downtown redevelopment

ON THE AGENDA MEETINGS The Atlanta City Council meets Nov. 6 and Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. at City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. Information: citycouncil. The Atlanta School Board meets Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. for presentations and for a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. at 130 Trinity Ave. Information: The Decatur City Commission meets in open session on the first and third Mondays of each month at City Hall, 509 North McDonough Street, at 7:30 p.m. NEWS The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously to dramatically reduce the penalty ($75) for marijuana possession and make it a non-arrestable offense. The removal of 250 trees from Grant Park has been put on hold while residents and the city look for a compromise to save some of the greenery. The trees would be cut down for the Grant Park Gateway - a parking structure topped with a restaurant and greenspace.

South Carolina-based developer WRS has released a block-by-block update about its plans for transforming Underground Atlanta in Downtown. Since buying the 9-acre Underground site from the City of Atlanta in late March, WRS has been busy securing student and multifamily housing partners, relocating tenants from the original Underground mall for a structural assessment, finalizing an agreement with The Masquerade to stay Downtown and begin next steps with architectural plans and construction. “After our first six months of ownership we’re ready to start sharing details,” said WRS partner Scott Smith. “To be able to confirm housing options for both students and those working in Atlanta was extremely important. Couple that with our need to attract the creative class and the confirmation that The Masquerade has inked a multi-year deal and Post-Office Cowork launched in October, sets the tone for other early adopters to join the redevelopment.” A current block-by-block snapshot of the redevelopment includes:

Block 1: Northwest corner of Pryor and Upper Alabama

Higher density hotel, office, retail and additional housing will be the last phase of the four-block transformation.

Block 2: Northeast corner of Pryor and Upper Alabama

Featuring student housing from development partner Peak Campus and multi-family housing from partner Prestwick Companies, more than 800,000 square feet of new construction will begin on this block in fall 2018, with an estimated delivery date of

fall 2020 and early 2021 respectively. Both buildings will feature a mix of street-level retail focused on the needs of the neighborhood and Georgia State University’s growing student body. Between block 1 and 2 there will be nearly 175 thousand square feet of retail space to add neighborhood necessities and conveniences to the mix.

Block 3: Southwest Corner of Central and Alabama

Filled with a mix of retail, office and communal areas to support a 24/7 lifestyle, a more extensive rehabilitation of older buildings and other existing structures of Block 3 will begin in early spring 2018. The lower level of Underground Atlanta closed on Aug. 13 to assess the condition of the central hub, utility set up and structural safety. Block 3 is also the permanent home of The Masquerade and the recently announced coworking pop-up Post-Office Cowork at 86 Pryor Street.

The Masquerade makes Underground its permanent home

The Atlanta City Council approved an extension on a moratorium to prohibit any structural alterations or demolition at the historic Pratt-Pullman Yard in Kirkwood. The site is up for landmark district designation.

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More than 40 thousand square feet of retail storefronts line Upper Alabama to Peachtree Street and currently house many long-term Underground Atlanta tenants who relocated from the now-closed lower level to continue day-to-day business above ground. To follow updates on the transformation of Underground Atlanta visit underground-atlanta.

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The DeKalb County Commission approved a resolution calling for the county’s legal team to render an opinion on the legality of removing The Lost Cause Confederate monument from the Decatur square.

The City of Atlanta has earned another perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Municipal Equality Index for LGBTQ citizens. This is the fifth consecutive perfect score earned by Atlanta, the only city in Georgia to receive a perfect score.

Block 4: Southwest corner of Pryor and Alabama

Music venue The Masquerade announced last month that it has inked a long-term deal with Underground Atlanta to make the Downtown site its permanent home.

The Masquerade’s owners said in a media announcement that it had entered into a binding deal with WRS, Inc., the South Carolina development company, which recently purchased Underground

with plans to turn into a mixed-use development. The move to Underground was thought to be temporary, after The Masquerade left its original home at the old Excelsior Mill on North Avenue (which is also becoming a mixed-use development) a year ago. A staple on the music scene for nearly 30 years, The Masquerade had planned to open in a new location on the Westside, but the deal fell through when a residential developer filed suit to block the venue. The Masquerade moved to Underground’s Kenny’s Alley while it searched for a permanent home, but the uptick in attendance and band bookings in the new location prompted a rethink about making the temporary home permanent. Nearby parking decks, access to MARTA and the proximity of the Downtown Connector also played a role in The Masquerade’s decision to stay at Underground. The owners said patrons would soon notice upgrades to the venue – famous for its Heaven, Purgatory and Hell levels – and more announcements would be forthcoming as plans grow and develop. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Park Plans

New renderings revealed for Centennial Olympic Park improvements

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority has updated its Centennial Park Projects website with a set of new renderings showcasing all of the improvements and renovations coming to the Downtown gathering place. Built for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the overhaul of the 21-acre park is expected to be complete by 2019. Some of the improvements will include a new interactive Olympic Rings feature that will be a focal point at Centennial Park Drive; a new entryway with water feature at Baker Street; the installation of interactive exhibits and a giant Olympic Torch on the West Lawn Promenade; a plaza to honor the Paralympic Games also held in Atlanta in 1996; and the addition of a giant, multi-level indoor/outdoor event center. Visit to find out more details and for project updates. – Collin Kelley

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Election Day Run-offs expected in contested city races

By Collin Kelley Atlanta voters will be heading to the polls on Nov. 7 to elect a new mayor, city council members and school board members. With multiple contenders in nearly all the municipal races, picking a winner may come down to run-off elections on Dec. 5. The most watched and hotly contested race is for mayor of the City of Atlanta with 12 candidates on the ballot: Peter Aman, Rohit Ammanamanchi, Keisha Lance Bottoms, John Eaves, Vincent Fort, Kwanza Hall, Carl Jackson, Laban King, Ceasar Mitchell, Mary Norwood, Cathy Woolard and Glenn S. Wrightson. Three current city councilmembers – C.T. Martin, Felicia Moore and Alex Wan – are vying to become the new Atlanta City Council President since Ceasar Mitchell is in the mayoral race. Atlanta City Council Dist. 1 incumbent Carla Smith will face Ron Aribo, Oz Hill, Mo Ivory and Bill Powell. District 2 contenders to replace Kwanza Hall include Amir Farokhi, Stephon Ferguson, Zelda Jackson, Nick Mulkey and Lauren Welsh. Atlanta City Council Dist. 3 incumbent Ivory Lee Young also faces challengers, including Ricky Brown, Greg Clay and Darrion Fletcher. Dist. 4 incumbent Cleta Winslow will square off against MR Adassa, Christopher Brown, Dan Burroughs and Jason Dozier. Dist. 5 incumbent Natalyn Archibong has only one challenger, Liliana Bakhtiari. Atlanta City Council Dist. 6 candidates are Jennifer Ide and Kirk Rich, who will vie for Alex Wan’s seat, while Dist. 7 incumbent Howard Shook will face Rebecca King. In Dist. 8, incumbent Yolanda Adrean decided not to run, so the race goes down to J.P. Matzigkeit and Anna Tillman. There’s a crowded field for the Dist. 9 seat including Kwama Abernathy, William Harrison, Dustin Hills, Gabriel Lavine, Angela Moss, Duvwon Robinson and Jared Samples. In Dist. 10, Andrea Boone, Kenneth Darnell Hill and Beverly Rice are in the running. Another crowded race is for Dist. 11 with candidates Harold Hardnett, Debra Harris, LaTarsha Holden, Anthony Johnson, Edith Ladipo, Brionte McCorkle, Marci Collier Overstreet and Georgianne Thomas. In Dist. 12, incumbent Joyce Sheperd will face Randall Gibbs, Mike Jackson and Diana Watley. Vying for Atlanta City Council Post 1 At Large are incumbent Michael Julian Bond and Courtney English. Running for Post 2 - At Large is Cory Ruth, Matt Westmoreland and Bret Williams. Andre Dickens has no challenger for his Post 3 - At Large seat. All seats on the Atlanta Public Schools At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Board of Education are in play this year as well. In District 1, incumbent Leslie Grant is facing challenger Ade Oguntoye. District 2 incumbent Byron Amos is running against challengers Tony Burks and Keisha Carey. In Dist. 3 five newcomers – Adzua Agyapon, Lewis Cartee, Michelle Olympiadis-Constant, Antoine Raynard Trammell and Rashida Winfrey – are running for the seat. Incumbent Nancy Meister is unopposed for her Dist. 4 seat. The Dist. 5 incumbent Steven Lee did not file for re-election leaving the race open to newcomers D’Jaris James, Raynard Johnson, Jatisha Marsh, Erika Yvette Mitchell, Bobby Montgomery and Jackye Rhodes. In Dist. 6, Valrie Walker Sanders, Patreece Hutcherson and Donta McMichael are challenging incumbent Eshe’ Collins for the seat. The open Dist. 7 seat drew newcomers Nathaniel Borrell Dyer, Patricia Crayton, Micah Rowland, Kandis Wood Jackson and John Wright. Dist. 8 incumbent Cynthia Briscoe Brown is facing challengers Ben Stone and Charlie Stadtlander. Incumbent Jason Esteves was the only candidate to file for the Dist. 9 seat and is running unopposed. To see sample ballots and get other information, visit


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Intown Coyotes

A coyote in Piedmont Park. Photo by Larry Wilson

Organization works to erase misconceptions about wildlife By Clare S. Richie Yes, that probably was a coyote you saw at dusk in Piedmont Park. This could be the same animal previously spotted near The Carter Center, who may have used The Path or Atlanta BeltLine to arrive in the park. Are you curious or concerned? Either way, the Atlanta Coyote Project is here to explain how we can co-exist peacefully. “These are really interesting, smart animals that are not out to do us harm. As a biologist, I would encourage people to appreciate them as you do all wildlife. We owe it to other species to share the planet with them,” Atlanta Coyote Project co-founder Dr. Chris Mowry said. The Atlanta Coyote Project consists of scientists and students primarily from Berry College and Emory University. The project’s work includes public education, a centralized database of Atlanta coyote sightings, activity and incidents, and peer-reviewed, scientific research. In 2014, 2,000 metro Atlanta residents responded to the project’s survey about human-coyote interactions. More than threequarters of the respondents expressed concern for their pets’ safety. However, less than three percent reported a verifiable incident of an injured or killed pet. “The number one misconception is that coyotes are dangerous to people and pets. They are shy, very secretive animals. Cats are

not natural prey items for coyotes. That would have to be a learned behavior and there are plenty of other things out there for coyotes to eat,” Mowry said, noting that pet owners should still bring their animals inside at night to be safe. Actual human attacks reported were almost non-existent. By contrast, every day nearly 1,000 people in the U.S. are treated in emergency rooms for dog bites. Did you know that any coyote captured by a trapper will be euthanized and that killing coyotes will actually increase their numbers? It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s true. Territorial by nature, coyotes occupy an area where their needs are met. Killing a coyote creates a vacancy that a transient in search of territory will fill. With less competition, more food is available to the new occupant and enables more pups to survive, thus setting in motion a vicious cycle of trapping followed by repopulation. “When you trap and kill, coyotes respond with larger litter sizes and so you’ll end up with more coyotes,” Mowry said. Tragically, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) launched the “Georgia Coyote Challenge” last March in a misguided attempt to reduce state coyote numbers, Mowry said. Georgians were encouraged to hunt coyotes. This killing contest was announced two weeks before it went into effect with no public comment. There was immediate public outcry about animal cruelty and public safety concerns.

“People may not understand firearm regulations and may take shots at coyotes in more urban areas,” Mowry said. Plus, there is little or no hard data that coyotes significantly impact wildlife species. In fact, DNR’s own website stated that the presence of coyotes in an ecosystem “proves to be an asset in maintaining the balance of wildlife in Georgia.” For instance, coyotes can help keep the rodent population down. This challenge is more likely to increase the coyote population over time. The Atlanta Coyote Project urges Georgians to reach out to Gov. Nathan Deal and elected state officials to end the program and initiate legislation to stop future wildlife killing contests. “Coyotes are here because humans wiped out red wolves. That paved the way for coyotes to move in. It’s a smaller animal with a broader diet (small mammals, fruit, and insects). They are here to stay. Trying to eradicate them is futile. But they are only going to produce the offspring that the environment can support,” Mowry said. Intown residents can co-exist peacefully with coyotes by keeping their diet limited to the natural world. Don’t feed your pets outside, secure your garbage and compost, and avoid overflowing bird feeders that attract chipmunks and squirrels that coyotes feed on. On the rare occasion of a coyote that is

too close to your home – make loud noises, squirt them with a water hose or install motion detector lights. If we are proactive and “keep pets inside at night and don’t let coyotes get access to our food, they will control their own numbers. But it does take cooperation throughout the community,” Mowry said. To learn more about coyotes, oppose the DNR Georgia Coyote Challenge, document a coyote sighting, or making a donation, visit


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Briefs Covenant Presbyterian Church will hold a special worship service and blessing of animals on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. All are invited to bring their pets to join in this lively celebration, but every animal must be on a leash or confined inside a cage or crate. The service will be held in the church’s parking lot at 2461 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. For more information, visit Luxury dog boutique Bark Fifth Ave. is now open at 3169 Maple Drive in Buckhead. Along with goods, treats and grooming, there’s also a spa for your dog. For more information, visit All-School Open House Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN Each January, we feature students from Intown’s public schools, private schools and colleges who have given back to their community in a significant way. Over the last seven years, we’ve featured students who have created their own nonprofits, have given up summer vacation to work domestically and abroad to help the less fortunate and one even helped build a library by collecting books. The 10th annual 20 Under 20 will appear in our January 2018 issue and we

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I’m With The Band: Confessions of a Parent Kristen and I really like a musician named Kevin Devine. He looks like a composite sketch of all the Irish kids from the Bronx that I knew at basketball camp when I was a teenager: skinny, tough, sandy-red hair and a wispy orange beard. He pairs sharp, smart lyrics with catchy hooks and the couple times we’ve seen him play live we’ve wondered how is By Tim Sullivan this guy not more well-known? I’m not saying he has a chip on his shoulder about it, but he tours as Kevin Devine and The G--damn Band so perhaps that’s the case? Tim Sullivan grew up in a large family in the Naturally every Northeast and now lives time Kristen and I with his small family see a Kevin Devine in Oakhurst. He can lookalike around be reached at tim@ town we race to come up with a clever nickname. Like one time in the supermarket we spotted Kevin Devine and the G--damn Iceberg Lettuce. Another time he passed us on the highway and it was Kevin Devine and The G--damn HOV Lane. It’s fun stuff so feel free to play along.


But when Kristen left for a five-day conference in San Diego last month, the game playing was put on hold because A) I had to get these kids from a Monday morning to a Friday evening ALL BY MYSELF and B) playing the Kevin Devine game solo isn’t quite as much fun anyway. I had a complex, too, because the week prior, Mrs. Harber relayed that Margo was tossed the Question Ball in morning CREW at school and had to answer whatever question her thumb was on: What is the worst punishment you ever had? Apparently my sweet daughter tossed back her head laughing and announced, “My parents are so lazy. They never punish us!” So as 50 percent of Team Lazy I wasn’t feeling all that confident I could handle all the household demands. And really if we are being completely honest, I may be closer to 40 percent. Waking the kids for school is never easy but being the sole shepherd for the dressing, brushing, eating, packing and exiting the house is intense. And that’s got nothing on the evening slate. It starts with the traffic gauntlet I battle through to fetch both kids from their respective afterschool programs. Then the dinner, homework, bathing and bedtime routines are crammed into a blitzkrieg two-

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hour window. And since I’ve already established that I’m being forthright, the bathing became pretty much optional until mommy got back…. Because it’s not just those tasks that need completing to keep the wheels turning around here. There are dishes to be done and laundry to be cycled through and lunches to be made for the next day. That week I was basically the taskmaster. I could have been sold on the QVC network for $19.99. And aack!!! what about the poor dog? She could use a walk, too. If the real Kevin Devine showed up at my door I wouldn’t even have had it in me to think of something clever. I’d probably have been like, “Dude, do you like dogs?” Kristen came home late Friday night to find me, the kids and the dog all piled into Margo’s bed. The house was still

standing and the dishes were in or near the sink. The mountain of laundry was actually clean but we saved the folding for mommy. I didn’t want her to think the household runs better while she’s gone, right? That would be totally awkward. Saturday night Kristen and I saw a fantastic band called Manchester Orchestra at the Tabernacle. The lead singer, Andy Hull, and a few other members have a side project called Bad Books with, you guessed it, Kevin Devine. We had hopes Kevin would make a guest appearance onstage, but that didn’t happen. As a consolation I’m sure we could have scanned the crowd and found Kevin Devine and The G--damn Something or Other but it didn’t matter. It just felt awfully good to be getting back to normal.



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“Hope for the Holidays” food drive has begun! Engel & Völkers would love you to help us fight hunger in Atlanta. Thousands of men, women and children struggle with hunger and rely on food resource programs. ACFB is dedicated to alleviating hunger through food distribution. Please drop off non-perishable foods such as canned soup, canned fruit and whole grain cereal to our office before November 13th.

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Building an equitable future for the city Atlanta is a city of contrasts. We are home to some of the largest corporations in the world and some of the most progressive philanthropic institutions, yet we rank among the top cities for income disparities. We have world-class colleges and universities, yet our K-12 system needs improvement. We are the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement – the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr. – yet we still struggle with racism and By Stephanie Stuckey inequality. Only by Chief Resilience Officer, preparing Atlanta’s City of Atlanta individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems for the chronic stresses and acute shocks we

experience can we survive, adapt and grow as a city. Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta was selected last year to be among one hundred cities globally – spanning six continents and 48 countries – for the 100 Resilient Cities program, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. As our city’s Chief Resilience Officer, it’s my role to draft and implement the Resilient Atlanta strategy, which is set to launch on Nov. 2. This strategy reflects a year of tireless effort and collaboration with thousands of Atlantans. Resilient Atlanta is framed by four visions, 16 measurable targets and nearly 60 concrete and deliverable actions. It seeks to: • Preserve and celebrate who we are; • Enable all Metro Atlantans to prosper; • Build our future city today; and • Design our systems to reflect our values. Our strategy is a holistic roadmap with initiatives that maximize the city’s assets, like strengthening Atlanta’s arts and culture sectors to promote economic development, connecting Metro Atlantans to new careers and skill development opportunities, as well as revamping city policies and systems to encourage civic participation from all residents. Other such comprehensive projects abound, many of which leverage the good work already being done by our partners in the public and private sectors. In the coming months and years, we’ll be laser-focused on implementation. In fact, several initiatives are already underway, including Atlanta’s first food forest, an affordable housing assessment, developing a 100% Clean Energy Plan (add your voice at 100ATL. com) and improved access to non-auto transportation options, like the Proctor Creek Greenway under construction. We know that our success will not be measured only by how well we plan but also by how well we act to positively impact the lives of all Metro Atlantans. Resilience starts with all of us. I hope our work as part of the Rockefeller Foundation network will inspire us to work together to create a world-class city of the future. Your input is important and will continue to shape the Strategy and Actions in the years ahead. Please review and reflect upon our Strategy at At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Beloved Virginia-Highland shop marks 40th anniversary

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Shops and boutiques in Virginia-Highland have come and gone over the years, but Ten Thousand Villages VaHihasisstood alternative one has seen enduring prosperity. Highlandin Woodworking strong on North to e-commerce Highland Avenue for nearly 40 years by staying true to their niche industry. The shop, originally known as Highland Hardware, was created by husband and wife team Chris and Sharon Bagby in 1978. The hardware store evolved over the years to become the go-to spot for dedicated woodworkers. The store moved to its current location on North Highland in 1984 and had expanded to more than 8,000 square feet by 1995. In 2006, the local hardware store with a woodworking obsession officially became Highland Woodworking to reflect the Bagby’s dedication to the art of working with wood. In such a specialized industry, Highland Woodworking does generate most of its business from website and catalog sales. However, cyber shopping will never be able to compare to the in-shop experience. “When customers from our website happen to be in Atlanta, this is a star attraction for them. The moment they walk in, it’s a woodworking toy store,” said Molly Bagby, marketing manager. Molly Bagby, daughter of the store’s founders, grew up at Highland Woodworking. She is now editor of Wood News Online and Highland Woodturner where she shares wood-making projects and stories. Through open submission, anyone can submit a woodworking story for publication. Bagby then rewards the featured woodworker with not only fame, but also store credit to Highland Woodworking and its many classes. The most popular woodworking class is a two-day basic woodworking class in which participants build a box. The box may be small, and yet the process of making the keepsake teaches all the basics in both hand and power tools while providing a taste of the mindset of a woodworker. “Woodworking takes a lot of patience,” Bagby said. “A big part of it, especially with hand tool woodworking, is having sharp tools. They teach how to sharpen tools and that



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takes the majority of the few hours because you don’t want to use a dull tool.” More specialized classes include woodturning, which uses a wood lathe to cut symmetrical shapes with the same gentle touch used on a pottery wheel. Learning the art of marquetry through a woodworking class teaches woodworkers how to inlay small pieces of wood to decorate a larger structure. The most advanced classes Highland Woodworking offers are monthly project-based classes that last a couple of days. The dedicated leave with new knowledge and impressive pieces such as cabinets, bookcases or Windsor chairs. As Highland Woodworking transformed from a general store to specialty store, the space evolved as well. The former garden center now is storage space for various woods, while upstairs is crammed with tools. As soon as you step through the doors, a small library serves as both a resource for woodworkers and instant inspiration. Further in, visitors will notice Chris, Molly and Sharon Bagby that Highland Woodworking is a hands-on store with demo benches throughout the shop. It’s not uncommon to see a customer take a piece of wood and start planing it while staff members circle the shop to offer advice. Past a peg wall full of hanging axes, you’ll spot photos of classes held through the years. Humbly hung among the visual history of the shop is one of President Jimmy Carter, who attended many woodworking seminars through the years. Upstairs, the main classroom has high windows that create a bright woodworking space. Workbenches on wheels make the room flexible and ready for both classes and larger seminars. Yearly conferences are a way for Highland Woodworking to keep connections with its vendors, see the latest tools and network with woodworkers and instructors. Famous instructors such as Roy Underhill, who hosts the PBS series The Woodwright’s Shop, offers demonstrations at Highland Woodworking every couple of years. Bagby has noticed that the public coming out to attend these special demonstrations is becoming more and more diverse, which makes her hopeful about the future of the woodworking world. “One really great thing is that in today’s world with the DIY movement, woodworking has become more hip,” Bagby said. “A lot of people are interested in building their own furniture and making their own way through life built by their hands.” Highland Woodworking is located at 1045 N. Highland Ave. NE. For more information, call (404) 872-4466 or visit

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Ten Thousand Villages in VaHi is alternative to e-commerce for the holiday shopping season By Clare S. Richie In the face of rising e-commerce, many of us still prefer local brick and mortar retail, especially when the products for sale are ethically produced and benefit women artisans who are under- or unemployed and lack other opportunities for income. Ten Thousand Villages Atlanta located on St. Charles Avenue in Virginia-Highland sells only fair trade items from the U.S. and around the world, each with its own story to tell. “We have a multisensory experience in our store. We have beautiful textiles that can be felt. We have music. We have the scent of incense, soap, coffee and chocolate. You are transported to another place, where you can see the faces of the artisans and you can feel their products,” said manager Juliet White. For holiday gift giving, check out their annual bag sale Saturday, Nov. 11. Everything you can fit in their shopping bag is 25 percent off. “It’s really when we’ll have the most in stock, so it’s a great time to shop. We have a lot of stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, office gifts, small things under $10 and $20 that are unique to Atlanta,” White said. This holiday season, Ten Thousand Villages Atlanta will carry more lines than ever. It will still feature old favorites like Creedmoor Candles, made by adults with developmental disabilities in North Carolina. You’ll also find food mixes from the Women’s Bean Project that helps chronically unemployed women in Denver – convicted felons, recovering addicts, domestic violence victims – rebuild their lives through work. Maybe you’ll pick up a felted ornament from Nepal or a religious gift for Christmas, Diwali or Hanukah. Friends Karen Gross and Marg Lambert opened the store (originally as Window to the World, later teaming up with Ten Thousand Villages national network) on the principal of fair trade, ethical production and helping women across the globe. “Two wives and mothers wanted to help wives and mothers. They looked at the challenges women were facing and they thought ‘we can do this – we have to do this.’ So they fundraised for three years and finally got enough seed money to open the store here in 1993 as a nonprofit,” White said. It’s a nonprofit social enterprise that partners with independent small-scale artisan groups, co-ops and workshops. They pay mutually agreed upon prices to the artisans, ensure that artisans have safe and healthy places to work, and emphasize sustainable environmental practices in the materials and making of products. Volunteers, who work an average of four to eight hours a month as a sales associate, unpacking orders, etc., are also critical to this effort. “It takes 30 to 40 volunteers. We currently have 18. We need more always,” White urged. Today, the store boasts products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries. “In addition to Ten Thousand Villages products we have 28 other fair trade vendors, which has allowed us to expand into food and beverage products, clothing, children’s items, music books and more,” White said. With the tremendous growth in fair trade, White chooses from about 40 fair trade producer catalogues, always considering what her customers want. “If they want more sterling silver earrings, I will find more sterling silver earrings,” White said. Ten Thousand Villages is located at 1056 St. Charles Ave. and they also have a booth at the Kudzu Antique Market in Decatur, daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit tenthousandvillages. com/atlanta or Some of the goods for sale at Ten Thousand Villages. AtlantaVillages. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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A small wrecking ball – and glitter canons – signaled the start of work on a “reimagined” Colony Square in Midtown last month. The wrecking ball knocked out windows and took a chunk of facade out of Building 500 at the corner of 15th and Peachtree streets, which will be replaced by a six-story building with retail, restaurants, offices and FitLab, a “curated collection of boutique fitness operators.” During the groundbreaking ceremony, North American Properties presented further insight into the Colony Square redevelopment plan that will encompass more than 40,000 square feet of open community gathering places; 143,000 square feet of entertainment, retail and fitness concepts, chef-driven restaurants and Main & Main, the 28,000-squarefoot food hall; and 172,000 square feet of new office space. The first phase, opening July 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of Colony Square’s original groundbreaking, will include street-level restaurants and retail wrapping the 100 building. The second phase, opening March 14, 2019, will feature street-level restaurants wrapping the 400 building. The third phase, opening Nov. 21, 2019, will include a luxury movie theater, Main & Main, modern office space and FitLab. “Midtown is the future and there is no better place to talk about Midtown’s future than at Colony Square, an iconic reminder of Midtown’s past,” said managing partner for North American Properties Mark Toro. “Now that Midtown has grown up to be the most desirable urban experience in the Southeast, we are turning Colony Square inside out and creating an energized streetscape that will play host to entertaining the thousands of visitors and residents that cross the destination’s path daily.” A rendering of the renovated Colony Square.

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The Georgia Department of Economic Development released a promotional video in October as part of its bid to attract Amazon’s second headquarters campus. Called “Day One,” the video and the excitement around the bid for HQ2 – as it’s been dubbed by Amazon – has many of the hallmarks for Atlanta’s bid for the 1996 Summer Olympics. In the video, state recruiter Brittany Holtzclaw delivers the state’s proposal to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters in a box emblazoned with “Georgia: #1 State For Business.” If HQ2 were to choose metro Atlanta or Georgia, it could mean a staggering $5 billion investment and 50,000 jobs. The state and city have also offered up more than

$1 billion in incentives and infrastructure improvements to sweeten the deal. Banyan Street Capital has begun redevelopment of Peachtree Center in Downtown. The district’s three-story retail center and outdoor courtyard will be rebranded as The Hub. The courtyard will be redesigned to better connect with pedestrian traffic on Peachtree Street and function as a town square with space for events, a glass-enclosed staircase connecting directly to the retail center, new lighting, reflective pools with seating and art displayed throughout. The retail center, which will debut in spring 2019, will also see changes including removal of barriers that impede pedestrian flow, upgrades to entrances, canopies, finishes and furnishings. Along with the facelift, The Hub will feature a new line-up of restaurants, shops and entertainment. Denver-based Kramer Real Estate Investments and its co-general partner H2 Capital recently acquired the W.D. Grant Building at 44 Broad Street in Downtown. The new owners have engaged real estate services firm JLL to lease, manage and restore the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Grant Building has substantial office space available, including large and small spaces and a 30,000-square-foot block on the top two floors.

A rendering of the new Anthem tower at Tech Square.

Health insurance company Anthem Inc. has announced plans to locate its 1,800-employee IT center to a new 21-story building at Tech Square in Midtown. Anthem signed a build-to-suit agreement with Portman Holdings, which will develop the 352,000-square-foot building near Georgia Tech. The new building will be located at the corners of 4th and West Peachtree Streets. It will employ 3,000 people and create 1,800 new jobs. Anthem is expected to lease the entire building.

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The Fox Theatre, recently named “Theater of the Year” by the International Entertainment Buyers Association, has delayed opening of its 10,000 squarefoot Marquee Club to early 2018. Upon its completion, the Marquee Club will encompass 10,000 square-feet of premium event space to include multi-level interior and climate controlled exterior environments. Overlooking Atlanta’s famed Peachtree Street, the rooftop terrace will allow public access to the Fox Theatre’s roof for the first time in nearly 65 years.

The American Hotel in Downtown.

The Ellis Hotel in Downtown has been named Best Hotel in Atlanta and 11th Best Hotel in the South in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards. The American Hotel, which first opened in June of 1962 and became famous for being the city’s first integrated Downtown hotel, has completed a major renovation with a revamp of rooms and public spaces. Some of the unique features include vintage mini fridges, 60s car-themed headboards and an Airstream trailer which serves cocktails poolside.


2ULaundry, a valet laundry and dry cleaning service, has launched in metro Atlanta. The company offers pick-up and drop-off service with next-day service. A full list of item types and costs for dry cleaning services can be found through Downtown’s iconic Equitable building, now known as 100 Peachtree, is being transformed into an “urban center,” according to its current owner, Zeller Realty Group. The commercial realty firm has partnered with JLL to oversee the marketing and leasing of the building. The 32-story, 620,000-square-foot Class A office building is being renovated and redesigned inside and out. The large plaza at 100 Peachtree, which is adjacent to Woodruff Park, will soon include public art installations, live entertainment and other “experiential programming,” according to a media release. Zeller is also launching a speculative office program on the third floor of 100 Peachtree, known as “Spur.” The Boston Consulting Group recently announced it will occupy two floors totaling 40,000 square feet in 100 Peachtree. BCG’s expansion could potentially create upwards of 500 jobs over the next decade. Stone Summit Climbing and Fitness Center has opened a new location in Midtown at 715 Peachtree St. With walls towering from 25 to 60 feet, Stone Summit offers climbing levels for all ages, beginner to expert. For more information, visit

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he holiday season is here again, and there’s no better place to be than Intown if you’re looking for something to get you into the spirit of the season. From tree lightings and parades to ice-skating and wreath-making, there’s something for the whole family. GARDEN LIGHTS, HOLIDAY NIGHTS The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown will transform into a glowing wonderland every night with millions of lights from Nov. 11 through Jan. 7. This year’s event will feature “Nature’s Wonders,” a new high-tech curtainlike display of vertical lights synchronized with music and sound effects to highlight the universe’s incredible natural phenomena like sunsets, rainforests, meteor showers and fireflies. For ticket information and more details, visit

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER The faithful recreation of the classic animated TV special returns to the Center for Puppetry Arts for a seventh year from Nov. 7 to Dec. 31. The show is a hot ticket for families, so be sure to buy early. Information and tickets: HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPECTACULAR & MARKET Local artisans will be on hand Nov. 18-19 at the Georgia Freight Depot in Downtown, 33 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., for the annual Indie Craft Experience (ICE) show. If you’re looking for original, one-of-a-kind art, gifts and more this event is not to be missed. On Dec. 10, ICE will hold its Holiday Market from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Yaarab Temple at 400 Ponce de Leon Ave. For more information, visit THE SANTALAND DIARIES AND MADELINE’S CHRISTMAS Head to Little Five Points for Horizon Theatre’s annual one-two punch of holiday cheer. For the adults, it’s David Sedaris’ hilarious “The Santaland Diaries” Nov. 17 to Dec. 31with award-winning playwright and actor Topher Payne taking over the role of Crumpet the Elf. For the kids, join French schoolgirl Madeline for a holiday adventure in Paris, Dec. 2-31. Visit for tickets. ATLANTA SYMPHONY BRASS HOLIDAY CONCERT The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s brass section will feature at this holiday concert on Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m. at The Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead. Program highlights will include selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Bruckner’s Ave Maria, traditional holiday chorales, and standards from the orchestra’s repertoire. Tickets are available at CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARADE Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will host the annual parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, in Midtown. The parade will step off at Peachtree Street at 16th Street and end at 5th Street. There will be floats, giant helium-filled balloons, marching bands and Santa Claus.

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By Collin Kelley Sonia Tetlow has been a constant on the Atlanta music scene since the mid-1990s, growing from an “angsty Gen-X’er” to become bassist for Cowboy Mouth, fronting beloved local band Herman Put Down the Gun, playing with Roxie Watson and carving her own path as a solo artist. On her new solo album, “Now,” Tetlow showcases her love of pop and rock – she’s an unabashed child of the 80s – with a collection of 10 songs that grew out of a moment of family crisis. The grooving, buoyant sound of the album, produced by Ben Williams, is the result of “wading through the past so you can be present and live in the moment. And embrace it.” Tetlow said the genesis of “Now” came after her father was diagnosed with dementia and then suffered a debilitating stroke. She was going back and forth from Atlanta to her native New Orleans to see her dad, which gave her plenty of time to reflect on mortality and life. Those trips home also put Tetlow in a reflective mood about her beginnings as a musician. It was a Melissa Etheridge concert at the historic Saenger Theatre in New Orleans that cemented Tetlow’s future in music. “I left that concert saying, ‘that’s what I’m going to do.’ I went and bought a guitar and a chord book and asked my friend, Brian Perry, if he wanted to be in a band.” She played around New Orleans for a couple of years while finishing college, but then heard about the growing indie scene in Atlanta spearheaded by the Indigo Girls. “I came to Atlanta and saw Kristin Hall, Wendy Bucklew, Shawn Mullins and I was blown away by the caliber of songwriters. I wanted to come to Atlanta and be a part that scene.” Atlanta gave her the opportunity to hone her skills, since she readily admits, “I didn’t know what I was doing yet.” “I was very angsty – mostly yelling versus singing. I felt confident with the lyrics, but not so much with the music. I wasn’t 21 yet, so I had to use my sister’s driver’s license to get in to the clubs. Then I got busted at Eddie’s Attic with the fake ID and they took it away.” It’s worth noting here that all has been forgiven at Eddie’s: Tetlow has since played the famed Decatur music venue many times and launched “Now” there in early November. Tetlow would eventually form the Sonia Tetlow Band (STB) and release two acclaimed albums, “Spit” in 2000 and and “Swerve” in 2001. The band didn’t last, but their swan song was pretty epic: opening for Patti Smith at the Atlanta Civic Center. After the band’s demise, Tetlow went back to working odd jobs (including plenty of manual labor jobs like window washing mansions in Buckhead) before eventually landing a more stable gig at Earthshaking Music shop. She recorded her music at home and continued to play gigs. One of those gigs would lead to filling in as bassist for alternative rock favorites Cowboy Mouth. The band invited her to become a full-time member and constant touring ensued, along with high profile gigs on the “Ellen” show, performing at the New Orleans Jazz Festival and at race car driver Danica Patrick’s wedding. She also co-wrote songs and performed on the band’s “Voodoo Shoppe” album from 2006, which was a tribute to New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Tetlow spent three years with Cowboy Mouth, but then felt that gig had ran its course, so she came back to Atlanta and back to her job at Earthshaking Music. She would go on to form Herman Put Down the Gun and play with Roxie Watson and Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show, but also decided to go back to school and get a masters degree in public health. Four of the songs that appear on “Now” were written in the backseat of her car during lunch breaks while she was on a research fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control. Tetlow has had a taste of fame, but says it was never her goal as an artist. “Fame fans the flames of ego, which is dangerous and counterproductive to an artist. My goal is to connect with people through my work and it’s easy for fame to becomes this bubble world where you’re not connecting with anyone.” The writing and recording of “Now” gave Tetlow the opportunity to reflect on past and present. “The arc of this album is about time and memory and being okay with where I am now. Music saved my life, and I still find so much joy in music. I love it so much.” For more about Sonia Tetlow, visit her website at At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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A.J. Jensen opens up on the art of the caricature By Grace Huseth If you’ve been to a recent festival in Piedmont Park or at Stone Mountain, you’ve probably seen caricature artist A.J. Jensen at work. His gift as a cartoonist dovetails neatly into what has become a fulltime business called The Toon Headz, the only official business devoted to caricature art in Atlanta. According to Jensen, the definition of caricature is morphing a subject using exaggeration while retaining a likeness. Exaggeration can mean stretching and pulling features or even to simplifying them. The main goal of his crazy renditions is to make them humorous, but to all maintain the essence of his subject. “Understanding likeness is generally based upon someone’s artistic experience,” Jensen said. “The majority of people expect likeness to come from what’s in front of their eye. Yet, one subject is in a vast realm of

having comparisons to millions of shapes, forms or even textures. Identifying theses comparisons allows one to broaden their experience of the humor of caricature.” Through years of practice, Jensen has learned to be fast – from cracking a few jokes to get genuine smiles to quickly picking up on prominent facial features. Some people are nervous about getting their caricature done in fear that they will turn out ugly or fat, but seeing a caricature allows people to embrace their human side, not their best side. “I respect everyone who sits down to get a caricature from me. They are putting all of those insecurities on the back burner to laugh. When I show them the drawing and they laugh at it, I know that they lifted themselves and lifted their spirits from not worrying about their looks," Jensen said. Just as caricature art saves people

from insecurities, the art saved Jensen from his own struggles. For years, he suffered from panic attacks and homebound agoraphobia. During this dark period, he learned to play the piano and to draw. Jensen started to connect with the outside world by sharing his caricature art on YouTube. He began to face his fears through exposure therapy, usually something as simple as A.J. Jensen with his some of his cartoon and caricatures. dining in a restaurant. Those early meals were difficult, yet caricature art helped him draw make caricature art their full time job. through the pain. Last fall Jensen hosted a seminar for “I brought a sketchbook and started a caricature convention, talking about drawing people,” Jensen recalled. “The his agoraphobia and the importance of next thing I knew, I was there for two caricature art in his life, in front of 300 hours because I totally zoned out as I was fellow artists from around the world. drawing these people.” Jensen will return to the annual As he gained confidence, Jensen went caricature convention this November to on to attend a caricature convention exchange ideas, learn new techniques and and meet a few like-minded friends who remember why caricature art is important. suggested he start doing live caricatures. “There is no truth in caricature, just Many already knew Jensen from his humor and art. People shouldn’t subject popular YouTube videos that get 4,000 themselves to believe their face is a way hits on average. One day while drawing of identifying themselves. That idea is too in Helen, GA, Jensen met Bobby Morris, subjective and unfair,” Jensen said. “The another caricature artist. The duo started truth of understanding someone is by a joint business and when they started studying what lies within.” getting gigs, like corporate parties that pay For more information, visit as much as $150 an hour, they decided to

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Sen. Al Franken, news icon Dan Rather, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, inventor Joy Mangano and social commentator Reza Aslan are just some of the big names scheduled to appear at this year’s Book Festival of the MJCCA. The festival, which runs Nov. 4-20, will feature more than 45 authors with most events being held at the Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Road. Also slated to appear are former First Daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, author and journalist Walter Isaacson, lifestyle expert Lisa Lillien, NBC investigative reporter Jeff Rossen, bestselling author Nicole Krauss and author and humorist Dave Barry.

Individual tickets are available as well as a series pass for $145 or $120 for members. To see the schedule and buy tickets, visit bookfestival. “The 26th Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA features everyone from renowned political figures and historians, to award-winning novelists and local luminaries. Book topics range from scientific breakthroughs to fascinating biographies, from untold stories about the Holocaust to World War II epics, from brilliant Jewish humor to unwritten rules for sports fans,” said Book Festival Co-Chair Bea Grossman. “We truly have something for everyone – book lover or not.” Justice Breyer will headline the opening night event on Nov. 4, discussing his book “The Court and the World,” while Sen. Franken will close this year’s festival on Nov. 20 talking about his memoir “Giant of the Senate” with host Bill Nigut. – Collin Kelley At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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By Isadora Pennington “Nobody needs a pedigree to show here,” explained Brandy Wednesday, founder and creative director of StrangeMatter ATL, a pop up art space located in Adair Park. The unassuming building sits on a corner lot, and a garage door opens to reveal an expansive, open space inside. Equipped with an office, dry bar area, restrooms and storage, StrangeMatter ATL is an art space that’s primed and ready for art events. The concept is one of inclusivity within the art community, and re-imagining a traditional gallery space. It was when reading


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about backyard art galleries in Juxtapoz, an art magazine, that the idea originally came about. Wednesday wanted the space to be welcoming to newcomers and experienced artists alike, and to encourage new art experiences such as her collaborative duo-style shows, which feature two artists displaying their own work as well as a piece made by both artists. An artist herself, Wednesday was pursuing her BFA in painting and drawing at the University of Georgia before she decided to relocate to Atlanta in 2009. A native of Conyers, she found a home for herself in the arts community, for a time interning at the now defunct Beep Beep gallery in Midtown. As time passed, more and more small galleries have closed, and that’s a trend that Wednesday wanted to challenge. “I felt stirred, and I wanted to be a part of a change,” she said. The art shows are carefully curated by Wednesday, who makes special effort to seek out and engage with underrepresented artists, in an effort to not only provide an outlet for their work, but also to connect them with other artists and members of the community. Still relatively new to the scene, the gallery has big dreams and a passionate director to propel it forward. Next up for the space are a series of collab-duos, the first with Estela Semeco and Yoon Nam on Nov. 4, Brandy Wednesday and Julie Fordham on Nov. 11, and Marcy Starz and Alea Hurst on Nov. 18. For more information about the gallery and to keep up with future events, visit the Facebook page at StrangeMatterATL.

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Visual Arts And Something Magical Happened: Baseball Photographs by Walter Iooss: This small exhibition features photographs from the Michael C. Carlos Museum’s permanent collection of Works on Paper and images from private collections. Tuesday through Sunday. Free to $8. Anthony Greco: Looking Forward/ Looking Back: In recognition of the artist’s 80th birthday this year, Thomas Deans Fine Art in Buckhead is presenting an important exhibition of Anthony Greco’s minimalist paintings from the 1970s. Tuesday through Saturday. Free! In Search of Origins: The Research and Scholarship of Dard Hunter: Georgia Tech’s Robert C. Williams Paper Museum showcases an exhibit about its founder, Dard Hunter, who traveled around the world investigating and documenting hand papermaking techniques and traditions. Monday through Friday. Free! paper. Fabiola Jean-Louis: Re-Writing History: In this haunting photographic essay at Alan Avery Art Company, Jean-Louis has created paper sculptures styled to mimic garments worn by female European nobility between the 15th through 19th centuries. Tuesday through Saturday. Free! Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum: From the seats of the world’s most iconic stage, discover the story behind one of Rome’s most brutal and celebrated traditions in this special exhibit at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Daily. Free to $18. HISPANIOLA: A Celebration of Haiti and the Dominican Republic with Selections from the Dion Kohler Collection: Part of a campus-wide celebration of culture of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, this exhibit at Oglethorpe Museum of Art features primarily first and second generation Haitian Masters who painted in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Tuesday through Sunday. Free to $5. Karen Knorr: India Song & Metamorphoses: Using photography to explore cultural traditions, from the gentlemen’s clubs of Saint James to the luxuriant interiors of Indian palaces, Karen Knorr’s work reaches out to engage conceptual art, visual culture, and feminism in this exhibit at Jackson Fine Art. Tuesday through Saturday. Free!

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More Than Self: Living the Vietnam War: Sharing the stories of Vietnam veterans, this exhibit at Atlanta History Center highlights an exclusive selection from 650 oral histories preserved in the Center’s Veterans History Project. Opens Nov. 11. Free to $21.50. The Soul of Philanthropy Atlanta: Groundbreaking in its focus and depth, this exhibit at Auburn Avenue Research Library presents the stories of an unsung legacy of Black philanthropists, centuriesold cultural customs and beliefs about ingenious givers. Daily. Free! This Land Is Your Land: This exhibit presents more than 30 works by current students and recent alumni of the SCAD Atlanta Photography Department at SCAD’s Trois Gallery. Monday through Friday. Free! Venus: Visit Atlanta Contemporary Art Center to see Anna Betbeze’s most significant body of work to date, which utilizes shag carpets as an uncanny support for her paintings. Tuesday through Saturday. Free! the

Performing Arts The Rocky Horror Show: Out Front Theatre Company presents its adaptation of one of the most beloved cult musical of all time. Closes Nov. 5. $15 to $25. Fall Out Boy: See Fall Out Boy with Blackbear and Jaden Smith at Phillips Arena. Nov. 4. $30.50 to $210.

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design: The High Museum of Art is the first venue in the United States to present this major touring exhibition, which offers a fresh look at African design through a myriad of diverse works by more than 120 artists. Tuesday through Sunday. Free to $14.50.

The Atlanta Opera – The Flying Dutchman: Visit the Cobb Energy Centre for this new production of Wagner’s epic work based on the legendary ghost story of the cursed Dutchman who is doomed to wander the seas until he can find a faithful wife. Nov. 4-12. $35 to $131. Jim Gaffigan: Philips Arena presents Jim Gaffigan, an American stand-up comedian and actor famous for his deadpan, observational comedy and his humorous, high-pitched asides. Nov. 11. $37.50.

Ringo Starr & His Allstarr Band: Ringo Starr, born Richard Starkey, who was the drummer in the Beatles from 1962 to 1970 and thus became one of the most famous musicians of the 1960s. See him perform live at the Fox Theatre. Nov. 11. $41.50 to $141.50. Hillary Clinton Live: This show at the Fox Theatre is all about Hillary’s experience as a woman in politics — she lets loose on this topic, and others, in a way she never has before. Nov. 13. Single ticket prices TBA.

Lore: A world premier by Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, Lore delves into stories, how they are passed and why we tell them. Nov. 17-19. $25$50.

Celtic Thunder With The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: A show rather than a group, Celtic Thunder presents a contemporary exploration of Celtic music at Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall. Nov. 19. $45 to $250. The Santaland Diaries: The outrageous holiday comedy at Horizon Theatre, written by NPR comic genius David Sedaris, stars Crumpet, a rebel without a Clause who recounts the true-life tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint as a Macy’s Department Store elf. Opens Nov. 17. $25 to $40. Lindsey Stirling at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre: Combining her love of classical music with EDM, hip-hop, and dubstep, Lindsey Stirling is a violinist, dancer and performance artist best known for her YouTube videos and for competing on the fifth season of “America’s Got Talent” in 2010. Nov. 22. $33.50 to $59.50. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker: Marking the 25th Anniversary Tour, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Ferst Center for the Arts features overthe-top production and world class Russian artists. Nov. 26. $31 to $178.

Love Never Dies – The Phantom Returns: It is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island in this show presented at the Fox Theatre. Opens Nov. 28. $43.50 to $143.50. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us presented by Center For Puppetry Arts. Opens Nov. 7. $11.25 to $19.50. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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The High Museum of Art will explore the career of American artist Al Taylor in a new exhibition opening Nov. 17. “Al Taylor: What Are You Looking At?” will feature more than 150 sculptures, drawings and prints spanning nearly two decades, from 1981 to the end of the artist’s life in 1999. The works are drawn from public collections such as the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The British Museum, London, as well as private collections in the United States. Although Taylor lived and worked for most of his life in New York City, his art was more widely known in Europe, with exhibitions in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Taylor presented his work in solo gallery exhibitions in the United States during his life, however his first U.S. museum exhibitions were held posthumously. Taking its title from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final speech before his assassination in 1968, the High Museum’s photography exhibition “‘A Fire That No Water Could Put Out’: Civil Rights Photography,” which opens Nov. 4, will reflect on the 50th anniversary of that tumultuous year in American history. The more than 40 prints to be featured are drawn in large part from the museum’s collection of photography documenting the civil rights movement. The exhibition will be arranged into three sections that explore the era of Dr. King’s leadership, the year of his death and contemporary reflections on the civil rights movement’s enduring legacy. Artists featured include renowned 20th century photographers Gordon Parks, Danny Lyon, Charles Moore, Roy DeCarava, James Hinton, Steve Schapiro, Diane Arbus, Ernest Withers, Doris Derby and Burk Uzzle as well as notable contemporary photographers David Alekhuogie, Dawoud Bey, Jason Lazarus and Sheila Pree Bright. For more information, visit

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Ooh La La! Five places to try French Toast around Intown By Isadora Pennington


ith the arrival of fall an eye on the upcoming holidays, this month I chose to profile one of my favorite cold weather breakfast treats: French Toast. It’s hard to go wrong with French Toast – the egg-battered bread fried up and drizzled with maple syrup and sometimes sprinkled with powdered sugar. It’s somehow both savory and sweet, and goes great with breakfast meats. My personal favorite is maple syrup on bacon, but that’s a story for another time. The dish is a fairly simple concoction, but the varieties are endless. With origins that are speculated to date back to the 4th or 5th century in Europe, it has long been a fastidious way to make a filling meal using few ingredients and was traditionally served alongside game birds and other meats. In France, the dish is known as ‘pain perdu,’ a term which means “lost bread” and references the frequent repurposing of stale bread for the recipe. The popularity of the dish flourished across Europe and Asia, and as such has seen many iterations and evolutions. In modern day America, it’s not at all uncommon to find French Toast listed on the menu of your favorite local restaurant (and some fast food joints) or served up hot and fresh on your family’s breakfast table. This month I visited five of my favorite local spots for the delectable dish, presented below for your consideration.

◄ HIGHLAND BAKERY 655 Highland Ave. NE (404) 586-0772 or Super thick slices of challah bread, topped with seasonal fresh fruit & French cream, with brown sugar butter on the side, $10.99 for full order or $5.99 for half order.

◄ RISE-N-DINE ► 1565 N. Decatur Road (404) 377-4407 or breakfastatl French Toast two ways, with added mixed berries ($9.95) or with bananans ($9.50). Shown here with a Soy Mocha ($4.40) and a side of bacon ($3).

▼ LE PETIT MARCHE 1984 Hosea L Williams Drive NE (404) 371-9888 or French Toast Sandwich: Vanilla-rum battered french toast, scrambled eggs, with your choice of bacon, Delia’s chicken sausage or veggie sausage all drizzled with warm buttery syrup, $8.99.

▼ FOLK ART RESTAURANT 465 N. Highland Ave. NE (404) 537-4493 or Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Bun French Toast, $8.25.

▲ R. THOMAS’ DELUXE GRILL 1812 Peachtree St., NW. (404) 881-0246 or R.’s Big Breakfast Special: Half order of French toast, two eggs any style, choice of bacon, ham, or veggie sausage, $13.75.

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If you want to skip the hectic supermarket aisles and leave the cooking to someone else, many Intown restaurants will be open for Thanksgiving dinner. So hang up your apron and make a reservation at or directly with one of these restaurants serving up Turkey Day feasts. THE COLONNADE It doesn’t get any more southern or traditional than The Colonnade’s fourcourse Thanksgiving meal. You can grab a cocktail while you wait in the restaurant’s old-fashioned bar, and try not to fill up on the rolls and cornbread while you wait. 1879 Cheshire Bridge Road. Information: HOBNOB Located across from Ansley Mall, the neighborhood tavern will be open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. serving regular menu and Thanksgiving pecials. 1151 Piedmont Ave. Information: THE SUN DIAL Go upscale and up high at the top of Downtown’s Westin Peachtree Plaza for a special Thanksgiving menu being served from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. 210 Peachtree St. Information: SOUTH CITY KITCHEN BUCKHEAD Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a traditional southern three-course pre fixe menu. 3350 Peachtree Road. Information:

SEASONS 52 A traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, like herb stuffing, Yukon mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie are on the menu at this Buckhead favorite. 3050 Peachtree Road. Information: RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE CENTENNIAL PARK Along with the famous steaks, Ruth’s Chris will be serving up at traditional turkey feast at Centennial Park and its other metro locations. 267 Marietta St. Information: MURPHY’S The Virginia-Highland mainstay isn’t open for Thanksgiving, but is offering its famous Dinner To Go through its website at Get your reservations in early! SOUTHERN ART AND BOURBON BAR Give your Thanksgiving a swanky feel with dinner in the lobby at the InterContinental Buckhead. 3315 Peachtree Road. Information:

FOGO DE CHAO If turkey isn’t your thing, try the Churrasco feast at the Buckhead Brazilian steakhouse with special bone-in cuts and other seasonal dishes. 3101 Piedmont Ave. Information:

MORTON’S Sometimes you need a big, hearty steak for Thanksgiving. Morton’s has it covered at its Downtown location. 303 Peachtree Center Ave. Information:

RAY’S IN THE CITY If you’re in the mood for seafood, check out the buffet at Ray’s in Downtown. 240 Peachtree St. Information:

103 WEST The Buckhead event and meeting space will host its 15th annual Thanksgiving Day dinner. 103 West Paces Ferry Road. Information:

TED’S MONTANA GRILL The locations in Midtown and Decatur will be serving up a roast turkey feast or maybe you’re just in the mood for a bison burger. 1874 Peachtree Road or 201 West Ponce de Leon Ave. Information:

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Welcome to the interview series where I discuss food with citizens of Atlanta who are prominent for non-food-related reasons. For this installment, I spoke to Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE USA, the humanitarian aid and international development nonprofit. The daughter of Senator Sam Nunn, she was the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2014. How do you like your eggs cooked? ► Scrambled with a lot of cheese. What are your two favorite things to put in mac and cheese, other than the mac and the cheese? ► I hate to be boring, but I just like straight up mac and cheese. I can be talked into bacon. What are some of your favorite spots for brunch? ► Thumbs Up and Highland Bakery. The CARE USA headquarters is located in Downtown, near Centennial Olympic Park. What’s the best place to walk to for a meal? ► Sweet Auburn Curb Market. You’ve traveled far and wide on behalf of your work with CARE. What are your favorite foreign cities for great food? ► Bangkok and typically wherever I last travelled. Most recently, Kabul, where the grapes and bread were amazing. Are you any good at gardening? ► Not at all, but I like to eat my 14 year old’s home-grown tomatoes.


Wine and beer, or the hard stuff, or none at all? ► Sadly for my husband [Ron Martin, Jr.] who would like an occasional margarita companion, I am a teetotaler. What is your guilty pleasure snack food? Favorite food for a tailgate? ► Jenni’s Darkest Chocolate Ice Cream. Guacamole and chips for the tailgate. What are your feelings about red velvet cake? ► I would never turn it down, but I am more for classic chocolate cake. Is there any food so disgusting to you that you just won’t eat it? ► I prefer to not knowingly eat intestines, brains and such. Who does most of the cooking in your house? Who cooked while you were growing up? ► My husband does the cooking or often the takeout. My 12-year-old daughter is the baker in our family. My mom was the cook in our house growing up. Alongside disaster relief, education and economic development, part of CARE’s mission focuses directly on child nutrition and agriculture. What factors should people consider if they want to help end world hunger? ► First, it is important that although many of us enjoy abundant food options, there are millions of people who go hungry every day. After a prolonged decline in hunger rates, a new United Nations report found that global hunger increased last year and now affects more than 815 million people. This increase is due, in part, to climate change and conflict and unfortunately comes at a time when some are calling for deep, unprecedented cuts to foreign assistance.

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QUICK BITES The historic home known as The Castle and Fort Peace perched at the corner of 15th and Peachtree in Midtown is being transformed yet again – this time into a restaurant and bar called Rose + Rye. The three-level dining and drinking space with multiple patios and private event rooms features a menus of “refined American fare with a global reach.” Some of the dishes include: “Caesar with smoked yogurt-parm dressing, tile cookie crumble and soft boiled beet soaked egg; Snapper with wheatberries, celery root puree and wild cherry redux, and Glazed Pork Belly with gnocchi and apple slaw.” Inside The Castle, the first floor of the space known as “The Grotto,” with its dramatic floorto-ceiling rock wall, will be the backdrop for a new bar. The second floor will feature the dining room, open kitchen and another large bar. There are also three private dining rooms and patios with views overlooking the Woodruff Arts Center From left: Charity Everett (Pastry Chef), Anu Adebara (Sous Chef), Jessica Schilling and Midtown. Rose + Rye will be open (General Manager), Lindsay Owens (ExecuTuesdays through Thursdays from 5 to 10 tive Chef). p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 11 p.m. It will begin opening for lunch on Nov. 20 and weekend brunch is coming in January. Find out more at

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Peachtree Center has announced five new eateries as part of a project to renovate and modernize the retail center that serves the complex’s six office towers and multiple connecting hotels. Salata, Bep Eatery, Southern Candy Company, Taste of India and Beni’s Cubano will join the restaurant line-up. The restaurants will open on a rolling schedule beginning later this year and into early 2018, as work continues to progress on transforming the retail center into The Hub. Allora is now open in TWELVE Hotel Midtown under the direction of Executive Chef Chris Maher. The Italian restaurant offers house made pastas, specialty pizzas, creative insalatas, small plates and more. For more information, visit, Genuine Pizza will open its first Atlanta location at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead this December. The casual pizza restaurant will offer quick-fired pizza, soups, salads and entrées. For more information, visit Peachtree Road Farmers Market recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a celebration at The Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Some of Atlanta’s best chefs were on hand for the event, which raised over $8,000 to support the market's vision of providing and growing community around local farmers and food. Golden Eagle and Muchacho are now open in the historic train depot at 904 Memorial Drive in Reynoldstown. Golden Eagle serves up cocktails and “throwback continental classics” like garlic knots, crab Rangoon and tavern steak, while Muchacho as a 70’s Southern California vibe and offers breakfast and lunch tacos, toasts, grain bowls, poke, pastries, coffee and drinks. Visit for more information. The Atlanta Fall Wine Fest will be held Nov. 11 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Historic Fourth Ward Park, 665 North Ave. There will be more than 100 wines as well as a selection of beer and cider to choose from. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the gate. Go to to learn more. Steel City Pops is serving up gourmet popsicles in Decatur at 312 Church Street. Visit for more information. Batter Cookie Dough Counter, an edible cookie dough dessert shop, will open later this fall at Ponce City Market. Visit battercookiedough. com for more information. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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he Intown real estate market is only getting hotter. Condominiums and townhomes are some of the most popular choices for homebuyers. Several new projects are in the planning and development stages, while current communities are selling out fast.

“Every day there’s a new announcement of companies relocating their businesses to Midtown, which continues to drive up the demand for condo living,” said Karen Rodriguez, Co-Founder, Vice President, CITY HAUS, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties. “With a constant influx of millennials and empty nesters all desiring this type of living, we believe the condo market will continue to be a driving force in the overall Intown real estate market,” Rodriguez added. The under construction No. 2 Opus Place ( on 14th Street is one popular condominium community in Atlanta. The 53-story building of one-, twoand three-bedroom homes and penthouses are priced from $700,000 to $12 million. “No. 2 Opus Place is designed by Perkins + Will, with interiors by the New York design firm Champalimaud,” said Rodriguez. “A few of the many features are open floorplans, floor to ceiling glass, Miele appliances, marble and quartz countertops, and Smart Home technology.” Christa Huffstickler, President & CEO, Engel & Völkers Atlanta, has seen a strong surge of interest in the Intown condo market. “Developers are responding to this pent-up demand and we’re seeing exciting, high-end projects opening in hot areas like Midtown, West Midtown and South Buckhead,” she said. Metro Atlanta is expected to add 55,700 jobs in 2017, Huffstickler reported, and since the city is a top contender for Amazon’s second headquarters, she predicted that the housing market will continue to flourish over at least the next several years. “The luxury market especially is having a moment,” she said. “As Atlanta’s population steadily grows, we’re seeing demand for attached product with expansive floorplans, white glove amenities and great locations in the urban core.” The prices are already rising in the high-

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end condo market, between five and six percent each year, and Huffstickler said she doesn’t expect it to slow down, even as developers work to catch up with demand. She pointed to three exciting condo projects that are attracting a lot of attention. “The Atlantic in West Midtown offers stunning floorplans with floor-to-ceiling windows and breathtaking skyline views,” she said. Five-star amenities include a fullservice concierge and valet parking. “Residents also enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness club with a yoga studio and fitness on demand, along with a brand-new club room with billiards, televisions, wine storage, a catering kitchen and formal dining room,” Huffstickler continued. “The rooftop, resort-style pool and sundeck offer residents cabana towel service and a poolside concierge.” The Atlantic Station location on 17th Street and a dedicated shuttle to the Arts Center MARTA station make accessibility a breeze. The Atlantic ( has 180 available homes, ranging from the $400,000s to $1.4 million. Thirteen condominiums are still available at 1065 Peachtree (1065midtown. com) in Atlanta, where one-bedroom condos start in the $500,000s, two bedrooms from $1 million and three bedrooms from $1.6 million. With no more than five homes per floor atop the luxe Loews Atlanta Hotel, residences at 1065 Midtown offer posh living and panoramic views, with 12-foot floor-to-ceiling glass, open spaces and deluxe finishes. “The Peachtree Street location is just steps from Piedmont Park, the Midtown

business district as well as top dining, cultural and entertainment spots,” Huffstickler said. “There’s a full suite of amenities, including a 24hour concierge, fitness center and spa and The Atlantic housekeeping services.” Other top features at 1065 Peachtree include private, glass-walled terraces, pre-wiring for smart home automation and resident-only entrances and elevators, ensuring top-level security. The Cosmopolitan ( cosmopolitan) is located in Lindbergh

Park, one of the city’s most ambitious redevelopment projects with its own movie theater, pool, gym and clubhouse. According to Huffstickler, the unparalleled location bridges posh Buckhead and vibrant Midtown, and offers pedestrian access to MARTA and a variety of local shops, cafés, eateries and nightlife. “The three-level townhomes boast modern Brownstone stylings including spacious, open floor plans with contemporary décor and details like subway-inspired tile and quartz countertops,” she said. Located on Lindbergh Drive in Atlanta, The Cosmopolitan currently has 33 available homes, starting in the $450,000s. “We’re seeing a marked increase in Continued on page 44

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buyer demand for condo product, both Intown and even north of the city,” said Anne Schwall, Vice President, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, Developer Services Division. Buyers across all spectrums are gravitating towards maintenance-free, lock and leave homes that are thoughtfully-designed to live well, no matter the size, she said. Schwall stated that with the boom in townhome development, particularly in the suburbs, as well as high-end rentals, buyers who are well-suited to and interested in condo living are an underserved market at the moment in Atlanta. “Sales at The Charles in Buckhead Village are a testament to this,” she said, “as we’ve sold over 50 percent since launching sales in December of 2016.” With its premier location on Peachtree Road in Atlanta, the 57 condominium homes of The Charles (thecharlesbuckhead. com) offer sweeping Buckhead and Downtown views as well as walkability to Buckhead Village. There are still two- and three-bedroom residences and two remaining penthouses available, ranging from 2,460 to over 4,000 square feet. Prices start at $1.4 million and top out at $4 million. “Each floor plan boasts expansive great rooms with folding glass NanaWall doors enabling a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living,” Schwall added. Features also include chef-caliber kitchens and a clubroom and well-equipped fitness and yoga center. The Charles’ 14,000-square foot, elevated amenity terrace with outdoor deck features an infinity pool, green space and manicured gardens. Set on Peachtree Road in the heart of residential Buckhead, Emerson Buckhead ( offers 41 gracious residences ranging from 2,200 to over 8,000 square feet. Pricing that starts at $2.2 million.

Schwall said that JPX Works, founded by Jarel Portman and Bruce Fernald, is the visionary developer behind this landmark development. “The design of Emerson Buckhead encompasses two- and three- bedroom residences plus options to combine units, which several buyers have already opted to do,” she explained. Each residence offers 270-degree city and canopy views that are enjoyed from expansive terraces averaging 450 square feet. Emerson’s five-star services and hotelstyle amenities include a full-time valet and concierge, fitness center, yoga studio, heated lap pool, exquisite pool deck with cabanas and formal lawn. Located at the nexus of GA 400 and I-285 in Dunwoody, High Street Atlanta (highstreetatlanta. com) is another project that’s drawing a lot of interest. The planned mixeduse development in the Central Perimeter area will feature condominiums and apartments as well as hotel, retail and office space. Schwall said that the High Street Atlanta condo residences will range in size from approximately 2,000 square feet to 5,000 square feet. “The apartments and condos will both have amenities, which include their own state-of-the-art health and fitness facilities, lounges and entertainment areas, exhibit kitchens and private dining rooms, wine storage and tasting area, and private theater and game rooms,” she said. “There are even pet spas for our four-legged friends.” Some other amenities include sumptuously landscaped outdoor terraces with pools, cabanas, grilling areas,

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meditation gardens and lounge areas that rival resort hotels. “With Atlanta’s long commute times and the rising cost of new homes in the city, townhomes are also in high demand,” said Tim Baldus of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “Since Intown’s single family homes have become unaffordable for many buyers, townhomes are an especially good option.” He noted that many young professionals like the affordability and the nearby locations to their jobs. “They work long hours and lead very busy lives,” Baldus said, “and they appreciate the low maintenance and affordable dues of a townhome community.”

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Jillian Britt, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, added that downsizing empty nesters also love the low maintenance of townhomes and are drawn in by Intown’s easy access of shopping and restaurants. Skyland Brookhaven (skylandbrookhaven. com), located on Skyland Drive in Brookhaven, is one townhome project that has really taken off, according to Baldus. “Skyland Brookhaven features large, open floorplans of 2,500 to 2,900 square feet, and the many amenities include a fitness facility and salt water pool,” he said. The new Brookhaven City Park is located right beside the community, and greenspace and pocket parks are sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. Currently, there are 13 townhomes available in Skyland Brookhaven, which range from the $480,000s to the $600,000s. White Oak at East Lake (venturehomes. com/white-oak-at-east-lake) in south Decatur is a good example of how eager Intown homebuyers are for quality townhomes. According to Juanetta

White Oak at East Lake

Brown-Vasquez, Realtor and New Homes Sales Specialist, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia, all the built homes in the community are already sold. “All 24 townhomes went under contract between March and July of 2017,” said Brown-Vasquez. The new phase of six homes, scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2018, are expected to sell out just as quickly. There will be a total of 84 homes when the project is complete. Brown-Vasquez said that most of the White Oak at East Lake homeowners are first time homebuyers. “This is a great place to live, and we see that by the great people this community has attracted,” she explained. “Our homeowners are a hip and highly diverse group of friendly, professional people that includes doctors, dentists and attorneys.” Each three-story townhouse of White Oak at East Lake covers roughly 2,500 square feet and has three bedrooms, three and a half baths and full-sized closets, said Brown-Vasquez. “The finished terrace level has a flex room that can be used as a game room, study, man cave – whatever the homeowner wants or needs,” she added. “Other customizable finishes are available to make each home fit the owner’s individual tastes and lifestyle.” Features include a gated entry, full two-car garage, private patio and high-end touches like stainless steel appliances and tankless water heaters. Prices start in the $270,000s.

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REAL ESTATE BRIEFS Braden & Associates has announced hat it would deliver Atlanta’s first condo conversion in 10 years. Burnett Grant Park, located at 880 Confederate Ave. SE, began sales in October. The building is located just a few blocks away from both Grant Park and the future Southside Trail extension of the Atlanta BeltLine. The 54-home property features open floor plans with new stainless-steel kitchen appliances, new flooring and private patios. Nearly $400,000 in renovations have been made to the common areas of the building including a new resident lounge equipped with a coffee bar, WiFi and work spaces, exercise facility and a state-of-the-art security system with 24-hour monitoring for the property. One and two-bedroom homes range from 744 square-feet to 1,202 square-feet, with pricing starting in the low $200,000s. For more information, visit

Developer Isakson Living has officially broken ground for Peachtree Hills Place, a residential community for the 55-plus set in Buckhead. The 20-acre community, located off Peachtree Hills Avenue, will feature 12 homes and 204 condominiums starting at $730,000. First move-ins are set for Summer 2019. The single-family homes and condominium floor plans will range from 1,400 to over 3,000 square-feet. Peachtree Hills Place will also focus on healthcare, including a clinic, skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care. Membership includes access to multiple dining venues, a wellness center, indoor pool and other amenities focused around promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. For more information, visit Canada’s legendary and historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel recently welcomed prominent real estate brokers from across the globe to the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate’s 22nd Annual Fall Conference. Atlanta’s own Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties was one of the honorees, winning the “Best Print Marketing Campaign” within the global network of more than 130,000 real estate professionals, with properties in over 70 countries. Representing the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Atlanta leader was Lori Lane, Senior Vice President of Georgia Properties Senior Vice President Lori Lane accepted the “Best Print the New Homes Division, the Luxury Collection and Marketing Campaign” Award from City Haus Developer Services. Lane had spearheaded John Brian Losh, Chairman/Founder of the “Redefining Luxury” promotional campaign and Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. initiated the involvement of nationally respected Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) students into the process.

A new townhome community in Brookhaven with prices starting from the high $400’s

Foyer Urban has broken ground on its new development at 626 Parkway Drive in the Old Fourth Ward. The first 10 of the 27 townhomes in this community, Views at O4W, are now available to purchase with pricing starting in the low $600s. Interested parties can reserve their home on a first come first serve basis by emailing or contacting Foyer Urban through Townhomes will feature modern architecture, open floor plans, flexible space, and rooftop decks with views of Midtown and Downtown. Views at O4W townhomes will range in size from 1,790 – 1,862 square feet and will have two to three bedrooms (or two bedrooms and flex space), with three-and-one-half baths.

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The City of Atlanta has opened the new $23.5 million, 64,000-square-foot Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center at 110 Hilliard Street in the Old Fourth Ward. The first of its kind, the facility features a 25-yard lap pool with the city’s first zero-entry indoor pool. The facility also includes a fitness and weight room, climbing wall, multi-use event area accommodating more than 200 people, rooftop event space, recreation classrooms, a senior center, a multi-purpose gymnasium, an indoor walking and jogging track, a lounge and workroom area, a computer lab, locker rooms and recreation staff offices.

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