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On the Cover Our regular contributor Isadora Pennington created this month’s holiday cover illustration, “Ice Skating at Piedmont Park.” While it may not get cold enough to freeze Lake Clara Meer, it’s a lovely winter fantasia of the park, happy skaters and the Midtown skyline in the snowy background. To read about all this month’s holiday events, turn to page 30.

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Sharing a Kodac moment My first visit nights. My appearances at Java Monkey to Java Monkey became less and less, but Kodac always Coffee House in welcomed me back to feature when I had a Decatur was a new book out or just needed to “recharge” Sunday in January my creative energy by sitting in the of 2003. I had audience to listen. arrived nervously I was happy to be in attendance at with a group of Kodac’s wedding to the lovely Patty, be friends to read at on hand for the release of his latest album the poetry open of music, and watch as his drop cloths mic – Java Monkey from his time as a house painter became Speaks – created sought-after works of art. Kodac truly is a and hosted by renaissance man. local musician and Nov. 20 was a cold, clear night at spoken word icon Java Monkey. I arrived early to get a seat Kodac knowing it Harrison. would be a packed Collin Kelley It was my house. Sure collin@atlantaintown- first time behind enough, the the mic line to sign in many up for the years, but my debut collection of open mic poetry was being published later stretched that same year and I thought back out I’d better hone my performance to Church skills. Street and Java Monkey would go it was on to become my “second three-deep home” on Sunday nights for standing many years, while Kodac and room only. I would go on to co-edit five Theresa anthologies featuring poems by Davis, who Java Monkey’s featured readers, also cut win a Georgia Author of the her poetic Year Award together, organize teeth at Java countless events together and Monkey, I would even fill in as a host a is a funny time or two on the rare occasion illness or and charismatic host; she’s going to insure touring took Kodac away from Decatur on that the open mic is around for another 15 a Sunday night. years and beyond. But the night belonged And then you blink and 15 years have to Kodac, who performed a selection of passed in an instant. favorite songs and music that most of us Kodac retired as host of Java Monkey first heard on stage at Java Monkey. Speaks on Nov. 20, passing the mic to As Kodac performed, I felt an award-winning poet Theresa Davis. He’d overwhelming sense of pride and gratitude presided over more than 800 Sundays of for my friend. He believed in me and poetry – ranging from nervous newbies trusted me from the moment I first walked (like I was) to poet laureates like Natasha on stage 15 years ago. He’s off to enjoy Trethewey. If you wanted to take the his newfound retirement with travels and pulse of the city’s active spoken word and adventures with his wife, but he’ll still be poetry scene, Java Monkey was the place active on the art scene in Atlanta. And to be every week. Kodac set the tone and when Theresa’s away, Kodac will be the tempo of the evening, making sure firstofficial guest host at Java Monkey Speaks. timers were welcomed with extra applause Congratulations on a job well-done, and encouraging them to return next Kodac. week. Very rarely did he have to admonish someone for unruliness and he took delight in the occasional outrage from a conservative who had wandered into Java Monkey’s den of liberal arts. There was no censorship at the mic, so those Sunday evenings could make for quite an adult evening. For about five years, I also never missed a Sunday at Java Monkey. It was permanently on my calendar and I arranged my own events and vacations so as not to miss it. But then life and my own work as a From left, Collin Kelley, Kodac Harrison and spoken word performer poet began to demand my attentions on Sunday Jon Goode at Java Monkey Speaks.



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The BeltLine’s Big Year What’s on track for 2017 and beyond By Clare S. Richie


hile 2016 was a busy year for the Atlanta BeltLine, 2017 is shaping up to be one of its biggest yet. “2017 will be a year of very tangible progress for the Atlanta BeltLine. We’ll open the Eastside Trail Extension and the Westside Trail and acquire the remainder of land for the corridor,” said Rob Brawner, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Executive Director. These gains require a continued commitment from the City of Atlanta and the community “to get to the finish line by 2030.” “The amount of work that lies ahead to complete the BeltLine and maintain what we have far outweighs the work that’s been done,” Brawner emphasized. Brawner’s referring to the land acquisition, design and construction for the remaining trails and parks, and creating the remaining 5,040 mandated affordable housing units. Once completed, the historic 22-mile railroad corridor that circles Downtown will be reborn as a network of public parks, multi-use trails, transit, and affordable housing that connects 45 neighborhoods. This massive project is a public and private team effort. The Atlanta Beltline, Inc. (ABI), the city’s implementation agent that primarily secures public funds and oversees implementation of the trails, parks and transit. “We could not be able to accomplish this project without the leadership of Mayor [Kasim] Reed, and the public funding support from our TAD partners, City of Atlanta, Fulton County, and Atlanta Public Schools,” Paul Morris, ABI’s CEO, shared. ABI works closely with the city departments and Atlanta Beltline Partnership (ABP), a private nonprofit that raises supplementary funds, engages the community in programs on the BeltLine, and promotes partnerships and advocacy around health, housing and economic opportunity to benefit all residents of BeltLine neighborhoods. Here’s a closer look at what’s been accomplished and what’s ahead.



Eastside Trail Extension

More than 1.3 million people have walked, jogged, biked or skated along the Eastside Trail in the past year. C The trail extends for two miles from 10th Street and Monroe Drive to Irwin Street, connecting Piedmont Park, Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Freedom Park trail. Its construction, completed in 2012, cleared 100 acres of kudzu, overgrowth and debris, removed 1,700 tons of contaminated soil and now celebrates more than 600 trees in an arboretum thanks to Trees Atlanta. Enhancements abound on this well-loved trail. You’ll notice more access points, like the one at Ralph McGill Boulevard (near mile marker 10.0) and the BeltLine’s first public plaza next to Ponce City Market. This month, the fourth prototype bench will be on display. Based on community feedback, one of the four local artist benches will be chosen as the signature bench placed throughout the corridor. And a new permanent sculpture near the stainless steel “33 Oaks” installation at 725 Ponce is coming in 2017. The extension, projected to open in late summer 2017, will add another 1.25 miles from Irwin Street to Kirkwood Avenue in Reynoldstown. “From Irwin Street, it travels south to DeKalb Avenue, navigates through Krog Street tunnel into Cabbagetown and runs along the CSX Hulsey Yard on Wylie Street,” Morris explained. Design for the .37-mile stretch of Wylie Street calls for a 10-foot multi-use trail on the north side of the road, buffered from traffic by landscaping.

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Photos courtesy Atlanta BeltLine A. The Eastside Trail extension is underway. B. A rendering of the Westside Trail at Murphy’s Crossing. C. Pouring concrete on the Westside Trail. D. Aluma Farm at Adair Park. E. A new prototype bench on the Eastside Trail.

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Westside Trail

The Westside Trail is a 3-mile segment that runs from University Avenue in Adair Park to Lena Avenue at Washington Park. A half-mile stretch along White Street will use the existing West End Trail, the spur that runs from Rose Circle Park to Westview Cemetery. This new multi-use trail will include 14 ramp and stair connections (including 11 ADAaccessible ones), a greenway and space for future transit. Once completed, it will connect four schools that serve southwest Atlanta. “Concrete pours have started on the Westside Trail, and we are hoping to finish by late summer 2017,” Morris said. The completion day is at least two years ahead of schedule because of a federal U.S. Department of Transportation Tiger V grant and private funds. At the south end of the trail is the BeltLine’s first urban farm, Aluma Farm at Adair Park. “It’s a demonstration site to learn how to expand urban farming around the BeltLine,” Brawner said. Produce is available for sale there (seasonally and at certain times) and at other city farmer’s markets. “It’s a demonstration site to learn how to expand urban farming around the BeltLine,” Brawner said. Initial work on the 16-acre former state farmer’s market site, known as Murphy’s Crossing, is also underway. As a result of professional, community and resident input, this property has the potential to “create a destination on the Westside that could include economic development opportunities, such as maker spaces and affordable housing,” Brawner explained. In the short term, ABI will stabilize the site with infrastructure and green space until the site development plan is complete.

Southside Trail Design

Design for the Southside Trail, which runs four miles from Glenwood Avenue clockwise to University Avenue at the Westside Trail, is underway. ABI recently held community meetings for resident input on where to locate ramp and stair connections as well as gathering places along the trail. Design is expected to take place well into 2018. Input can still be given to Nathan Soldat, ABI Community Engagement Manager, at

Referenda To Provide Needed Funds

Two sales tax measures, the MARTA referendum and TSPLOST, passed by a strong margin on Nov. 8. The MARTA referendum added a half-penny sales tax, which for the BeltLine will support constructing and operating the Atlanta Streetcar System Plan in the loop and four new rail stations along the BeltLine (Armour Yard, Boone Boulevard, Murphy Crossing and Krog Street). The TSPLOST four-tenths-cent sales tax increase is estimated to generate $66 million for ABI to purchase the remaining right of way for the 22-mile loop and provide lighting for its multi-use trails. “I can’t overstate how important it is to the ultimate development of the project to secure the remaining corridor,” Brawner said. “Once we have land we can go after money to clean it up, design and build.” As more of the corridor is acquired, look for more hiking trails like the one from Piedmont Park to Ansley Mall to open. The next step is for MARTA and the city to prioritize projects and timing. “Ideally, we’ll have projects identified that can begin in April 2017 after first quarter sales tax revenue is collected,” Morris said, noting that the projects are eligible for federal matching grants.


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The New York Times recently reported what many already suspected: Home prices have risen in formerly overlooked working-class neighborhoods near the BeltLine. In 2005, Atlanta City Council legislatively-mandated a 25-year goal of 5,600 units in the BeltLine Tax Allocation District (TAD), the specific geographic area designated in the 2005 Redevelopment Plan. To date, 2,000 units of affordable housing have been created by ABI, Atlanta Housing Authority, Invest Atlanta and the State Department of Community Affairs in the BeltLine Planning Area, a .5-mile area on either side of the BeltLine corridor. But only 560 units, or 10 percent of the initial goal, have been built within the smaller TAD. “It’s been slow going because during the recent recession the TAD didn’t raise as much and no one was building,” Morris said. “We reset our game plan,” Morris explained. “Over the next three years, ABI will invest $15 million to $20 million in the preservation and creation of affordable housing, down payment assistance, developer incentives, funding for land acquisition and owner occupied rehabilitation, to support an additional 425 to 600 units.” Morris and Brawner agreed that affordable housing is a citywide issue, and that a combination of policies and funding is needed to address it. Some of their ideas include working with public and private partners on inclusionary zoning, land trusts and land banks. The Atlanta City Council is working on a new ordinance that establishes an inclusionary housing requirement for new rental developments in the Beltline Overlay District to allow low- and moderate-income households to buy or rent property in mixed-income environments. Brawner said that ABP could also play a bigger role by raising private funds for affordable housing as it has done for parks and trails. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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ON THE AGENDA MEETINGS The Atlanta City Council meets Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. at City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. For agendas and more information, visit The Atlanta City Council Finance/ Executive Committee meets Dec. 8, 4 p.m. at City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave., to discuss legislation to make the city’s finances more transparent. The public is invited to comment.

More Bikes

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.

The city’s Relay public bicycle share program will have 12 new stations by the end of the year, including locations in Downtown and Midtown. Launched in June, the bike share program, operated by CycleHop, currently offers 100 bikes, which are available at 10 stations in Downtown. Relay will eventually offer 500 bikes at more than 50 stations citywide. The new bike stations include:

NEWS Atlanta Police Chief George Turner has announced he will retire at the end of the year. A deal to sell the Atlanta Civic Center to a Texas developer who wanted to create a mixed-use development has fallen through. Central Atlanta Progress wants to loosen the signage restrictions in Downtown to allow companies to put up large lighted and projected signage to create a Times Square atmosphere. The city and Atlanta Hawks reached an agreement for a $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena. The City of Atlanta has earned its fourth consecutive perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Municipal Equality Index. The Atlanta Central Library in Downtown and buildings within the Atlanta University Center have been placed on the Places in Peril list by Georgia Trust forDecember Historic 2016 Preservation. | 8

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The Relay Bike station at Woodruff Park in Downtown.

City expands bike share program to Midtown By Collin Kelley

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Piedmont Avenue and Auburn Avenue in Downtown Marietta Street and Forsyth Street in Downtown Centennial Olympic Park at Park Avenue in Downtown Peachtree Center Avenue and International Boulevard in Downtown Civic Center MARTA in Downtown North Avenue MARTA in Midtown Bobby Dobb in Midtown Tech Square in Midtown Midtown MARTA in Midtown 10th Street and Myrtle Street in Midtown 11th Street and Crescent Avenue in Midtown Piedmont Park at 14th Street in Midtown

The city and partners determined the new bike stations locations after gathering public input and consulting with cycling and community organizations. Once the stations are installed, the city will begin installing Relay stations on the Westside. Since the launch of the bike share program in June, more than 1,400 Atlanta residents and visitors have conducted more than 4,000 bike share trips and ridden an average of 92,000 miles.

Photo by Philip Rafshoon The Outwrite Station at 10th and Piedmont pays homage to the iconic LGBT bookstore that was once on the corner.

Study released on high-speed rail line between Atlanta and Chattanooga The Georgia Department of Transportation has released the results of a study to build a high-speed rail line between Atlanta and Chattanooga. The study offers three potential routes with the fastest getting passengers between the two cities in just 88 minutes with trains traveling up to 180 miles per hour. The I-75 Corridor route – identified by the GDOT as the “best performing alternative” – would have eight stations along its 128-mile route at a cost of approximately $8.76 billion. A second alternative would see the train divert from I-75 to Rome, lengthening the route to 150 miles and adding 15 minutes to the travel time. A third “worst performing alternative” would see the train divert east and add seven minutes to the trip. To see details and the route map, visit – Collin Kelley At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

City takes over four golf courses after rejecting nonprofit’s $15 million bid

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By John Ruch The city has taken over management of four golf courses — including Buckhead’s North Fulton course — after twice rejecting a $15 million bid from the nonprofit Atlanta Public Golf Conservancy, a decision that the bidder says left it “flabbergasted” and wondering about a “hidden agenda.” Now the city is operating the courses with a “skeleton crew” and without such upgrades as a new North Fulton clubhouse, according to Conservancy trustee Whitney Crouse. The Nov. 1 management change, which the city has not fully explained, apparently was triggered by the controversial shift of Buckhead’s Bobby Jones Golf Course in October to state ownership for a reconstruction plan. American Golf Corporation, which managed the city courses for more than 30 years, ended its contract due to the financial implications of Bobby Jones leaving the management portfolio, according to Marty Elgison, president of the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation, the nonprofit now managing the course. “The package of the four [city] courses without Bobby Jones wasn’t economically viable to them,” said Elgison, adding that the change has added to confusion about Bobby Jones’ now separate operations. Bobby Jones is still open and will remain in operation for another year before renovation work begins, he said.




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Contract confusion

Last month, the city announced that American Golf was ending its contract for the city courses—which also include Brown’s Mill, Candler Park and Alfred “Tup” Holmes — after declining to participate in a competitive bidding process. But city officials have repeatedly not answered or responded to questions about why the contract was rebid, who else bid and who is running the courses now. American Golf could not immediately be reached for comment. On Oct. 31, the day American Golf ’s contract ended, city Parks Commissioner Amy Phuong issued a statement that suggested a city takeover of the golf course management, announcing the hiring of Arthur Culbreath as an “Interim Head Whitney Crouse of Golf Operations.” Culbreath did not respond to questions. Mosaic Clubs & Resorts “Mr. Culbreath will soon have a full team dedicated to golf management and operations working under his direction,” Phuong’s statement said. “We plan to hire current American Golf staff as subcontractors and to assign some of our strongest, most experienced city employees to the team to maintain current service levels. We will also have all the necessary equipment in place for patrons to use and for the [Parks and Recreation] Department to maintain our courses.” Phuong’s statement did not mention the conservancy’s twice-rejected bid, which proposed, among other upgrades, new clubhouses at North Fulton, Brown’s Mill and “Tup” Holmes. Whitney Crouse, a conservancy trustee and chairman of the Alpharetta-based Mosaic Clubs & Resorts, said the city’s statements have masked confusion and “panic” about the golf course management and mystery about why the conservancy’s bids were rejected. Mosaic manages several golf courses in metro Atlanta, and is serving as the short-term manager at Bobby Jones.

Nonprofit bid rejected

The Brookhaven-based conservancy formed several years ago with the idea of possibly managing city golf courses one day. A nonprofit with a diverse membership, the organization’s intent is to put profits back into the courses, according to Crouse. While Crouse’s company Mosaic is a for-profit, he said Mosaic and other members joined the conservancy “just out of love of the game and to do something for the city and especially for minority kids.” The conservancy got its chance a year ago, when it became clear that American Golf was concerned about the Bobby Jones ownership change, Crouse said. The city sought bids and the conservancy and Mosaic submitted one proposing $15 million in upgrades and a lease payment of $150,000 a year for the first five years, escalating to more than $550,000 a year after 20 years. The conservancy turned out to be the only bidder, likely because most of the courses are too “distressed” to attract for-profit management companies, Crouse said. But the city “canceled the bid under the guise they couldn’t accept [only] one bid,” he said, adding the conservancy does not believe that to be true. The city then asked American Golf to remain as manager, but that company said no, Crouse said. That created a problem, he said, because American Golf owned all of the courses’ equipment, from golf carts to computer systems. “We told [city officials] the city would have to come up with $1 million cash” to equip the courses and keep them open, and officials “freaked out,” Crouse said. The city then opened a second bidding process in September of this year, and the conservancy was again the only bidder. “And the city said no, which left us absolutely flabbergasted,” Crouse said, adding that

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the city has not explained its decision. “We didn’t even get a phone call from Amy Phuong. ... There wasn’t even a thank-you. “We are still trying to figure it out. It left some of my board members pretty pissed at the city,” Crouse said. The city again “panicked,” Crouse said, and again unsuccessfully asked American Golf to remain. In what is apparently a permanent move, he said, the city was left to run the courses itself.

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“The city stepped in Nov. 1 with a skeleton crew, having to replace everything, with no experience in doing this,” Crouse said. “It left all of us in the golf industry scratching our heads about, ‘What is the hidden agenda here?’” The courses remain open under city management, but such issues as staffing levels are unclear. Phone calls to the North Fulton course’s managers were not answered, in some cases routing to voicemail boxes that were full and not accepting messages. Meanwhile, Bobby Jones is moving ahead under its own, separate nonprofit leadership under the foundation, with Mosaic as the short-term contracted management company. Amid all the Atlanta golf course management confusion, Elgison issued a press release emphasizing that Bobby Jones remains open as usual for the next year. Elgison said the foundation might have considered keeping American Golf as manager at Bobby Jones if a deal between the company and the city for the other courses had worked out, though he added, “They were never friendly with us. ... We didn’t have a warm and fuzzy feeling.” He also expressed surprise, partly due to his knowledge of Crouse and Mosaic, over the city’s rejection of the conservancy’s bid. He called the bid “fantastic” and the “right thing to do.” “I couldn’t tell you in a million years why the city decided to do what it did,” he said.


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Buckhead. $579,000 700 Park Regency Place, No. 2105 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5767268 Shira Cohen 678.523.0757

Castleberry Hill. $219,900 150 Walker Street, No. 3 2BR/1BA FMLS: 5751277 Bradford Smith 404.210.4141 Andy Griffith 678.878.7590

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Morningside. $1,495,000 1764 Noble Drive 6BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5770410 Bradford Smith 404.210.4141

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Trees Atlanta recently got some help planting trees from freshman students at The Walker School. The students were taking part in a “Character Cornerstone Day” as part of the school’s unique Ninth Grade Experience program. The program is designed to prepare students for success in high school and beyond. The James M. Cox Foundation has announced a $2.8 million grant to the Atlanta Speech School to expand access to the Cox Campus and provide more learning materials. The campus provides free, online access to professional development for teachers of children from birth to eight years of age. Chris Carlos, son of the late Michael C. Carlos, for whom the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University is named, has committed $3 million to name the museum’s education center. It will be named the Thalia N. Carlos Education Center, in memory of Carlos’ mother, who was also a longtime supporter of the museum. Alvetta Peterman Thomas has left Atlanta Technical College to become president of Southern Crescent Technical College effective Dec. 1. As Atlanta Technical College’s president since 2008, Dr. Thomas oversaw the expansion of student services, corporate partnerships, global initiatives, program offerings, facilities improvements and financial support of the college.

PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS Legislation introduced by Atlanta City Councilmember Felicia Moore will see 14 additional security cameras installed in District 9. The council approved $181,359.72 being used from Moore’s carry forward account to have the Atlanta Police Foundation install, maintain and operate the new cameras. This is the second round of cameras Moore has funded with the first round being approved by council in May of this year. The police foundation started installing pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras and license plate readers (LPRs) throughout the city with plans of having as many as 12,000 devices at various locations as part of their Operation Shield program. A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will be in Atlanta Dec. 5-8 to examine all aspects of the Atlanta Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations and support services. As a part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. The session will be conducted in the City Council Chambers located in City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. If you cannot attend, call (478) 550-0512 on Dec. 6 between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. to leave your comments. Written comments can be sent to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155. The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department has received a $230,000 federal grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The grant will enable AFRD to continue to provide car seats, installation services and training to low-income families in the city. The AFRD car seat program has been in effect since 1997 and has received GOHS grants every year. To date, the department has provided more than 80,000 car seats to families across the city, illustrating the continued need for this life-saving service in the community. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

New Vision Renderings show revamped Turner Field as home for GSU Panthers The Georgia Board of Regents has unanimously approved a $52.8 million plan by Georgia State University to transform Turner Field and nearby properties into football and baseball stadiums surrounded by a mixed-use development. GSU has agreed to buy The Ted for $30 million by the end of this year and will work with development company Carter to create an extension of the Downtown campus with classroom space, student housing, retail and private homes. The total cost of the project has been projected at $300 million. GSU released new renderings of the revamped Turner Field and launched a website for the project:

New renderings show a revamped Turner Field, above, transformed into the new home for the Georgia State University Panthers football team, while a new baseball stadium, left, will be constructed on the site of the old Atlanta-Fulton County stadium demolished in 1997 for parking.

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The Sweet Auburn historic district is one of the cradles of the Civil Rights Movement in America as the birthplace and resting place of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As its central hub, Auburn Avenue was home to one the largest concentrations of African-American businesses in the world. While keeping its historic flavor, Sweet Auburn is also a tourist destination and facing new challenges as Downtown transforms.


Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, are interred at the landmark, which also offers a closer look at the life and times of the Civil Rights leader.

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The spiritual home of King and his family, the historic church and its modern new home sit across the street from each other on Auburn Avenue.

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These cultural destinations give a glimpse into the artistic world, as well as a place to explore the impact of the African-American community on Atlanta.

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Bank of America donates $1 million to Centennial Olympic Park expansion Bank of America has announced a $1 million grant to help redevelop and expand Centennial Olympic Park. The bank’s Atlanta market president Wendy Stewart presented the award on Nov. 10 to representatives from the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) – executive director Frank Poe and David Allman, chairman of GWCCA’s Board of Governors. “Centennial Olympic Park is a cornerstone of Atlanta civic activity, and Bank of America has a deep legacy with the Olympics, going back to our local predecessor NationsBank,” Stewart said. “We believed in the promise the park and the Games symbolized for a flourishing city, and since then have continually invested in Top photo: Wendy Stewart Bank of America Atlanta market president the communities that with David Allman, chairman of GWCCA’s Board of Governors and make up our city by Frank Poe, executive director GWCCA. Bottom photo: A rendering of supporting neighborhood the revamped amphitheater in the park. revitalization, arts and culture and environmental conservation.” The redevelopment projects include adding additional green space, creating a pedestrian plaza, revamping the park’s popular amphitheater, creating a bike depot in conjunction with the PATH Foundation, and opening up the Baker Street corner to neighboring attractions. “Over the past 20 years, Centennial Olympic Park has been a place where Atlanta welcomes visitors from around the globe,” Poe said. “Through Bank of America’s generosity, we are excited that the park will continue to serve as a glorious gathering spot for years to come.”















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Reading Circle opens at Piedmont Park The Piedmont Park Conservancy has just finished the installation of the park’s new Reading Circle, which was funded by the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club. The reading circle offers book lovers and families a quaint space containing 27 bench-like stones surrounding a Red Oak tree. The position next to the 12th street entrance allows for easy access for local residents as well as small children who might not be able to trek the entire park. “The Midtown Rotary Club has partnered with the Conservancy for smaller projects like planting trees and shrubs. Yet, we wanted a legacy project through the Conservancy. We fell in love with the idea of a place for children to engage in free play and where people could read to them,” said Sophie Mason, Past President and Raffle Co-Chair for the legacy project. “Really, it is a place for everyone to enjoy.” The Reading Circle is now open for public use. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Intowners concerned about cats and dogs in Atlanta animal shelters have a reason to be optimistic. Best Friends Animal Society, the national organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters, is here. To promote the no-kill movement in the southeast, Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption (APRA) has joined Best Friends Animal Society and is now Best Friends – Atlanta. “We’re thrilled. It’s a good fit for both,” said Best Friends – Atlanta communications director Rachel Pomberg. “APRA was a (Best Friends) network partner for many years. In 16 years APRA saved 19,000 animals. That work will continue and now Best Friends has a regional center to increase work in the southeast.” Both share the same philosophy, but Best Friends brings to the rebranded pet adoption center the resources of a national organization that works collaboratively to reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million. Best Friends is no stranger to the city. It has been collaborating in the region for more than a decade with 23 network partners in greater Atlanta. In February, it launched a community cat program with Cobb County Animal Control that has sustained a save rate of 90 percent up from 50-60 percent for the same period in 2015. Best Friends – Atlanta center is poised to play a critical role in the national organization’s bold goal. “Our ultimate mission is to the end killing of dogs and cats in U.S. shelters by 2025,” Judah Battista, a second-generation co-founder and local city programs director, explained. “The best way to reach the southeast is to be here – what better place than Atlanta?” Best Friends - Atlanta will prioritize the adoption of at-risk animals from shelters in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties while developing a local coalition. Once these four counties have at least a 90 percent save rate, Best Friends-Atlanta will expand to other counties until the no-kill movement has spread throughout Georgia and the Southeast. During the month of December, Best Friends – Atlanta’s adoption fee is just $25 for a spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped cat or dog. For more information, visit

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the city played host to the Summer Olympic Games. The event brought international recognition to Atlanta and was the catalyst for much of the transformation of Downtown. Last month, the Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority hosted a dedication ceremony for a new state historical marker in Centennial Olympic Park, which remains a lasting legacy of the games. Known officially as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad, the sporting events were held in and around the city July 19 to Aug. 4, 1996. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Post-election jitters, family style At 1:30 a.m. on election night I told Kristen we better get to bed. As upset as we were with the outcome, we needed to wake up in the morning, be parents and go to work. We wondered what we would say to the kids. Of course the next day there were many articles online covering that very topic, but I couldn’t even stomach them. Over breakfast that Wednesday morning, I was laboring through an “everything is going to be OK” talk with the kids when the lights went out. Not figuratively, literally. The power went out in our neighborhood. It seemed ominous and I think #ThanksTrump was officially birthed in Oakhurst. It turned out to just be a transformer that the Russians blew up in celebration of the election results though so, phew. Shortly before the election I drafted a farcical yarn about how as a member of the “crooked media,” I was part of a cabal that rigged the election. It was me, Oprah, Larry King and Wolf Blitzer.



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There were nuggets about Oprah buying votes with new cars and Larry selling me on fish oil supplements when he wasn’t stuffing the ballot box with deceased voter’s ballots. Wolf was, among other things, an awfully competitive badminton player. It was hysterical. Trust me. I’m aware By Tim Sullivan that our readers Tim Sullivan grew up don’t look to the in a large family in the Timmydaddy Northeast and now lives with his small family column for political in Oakhurst. He can insight and this is be reached at tim@ not a venture to change anyone’s mind. But while the First Amendment is fully intact… here’s a point of view to say that the hurt is real and raw and if your best response is “stop whining” I will think less of you. It’s a feeling of vulnerability, not just for ourselves but for so many friends as well, particularly those in minority groups, that in the coming years we will be shielding our kids from something awful. It may be another recession, war or an erosion of 50 years of civil and social progress. I hope I’m wrong. I do root for our president-elect to be successful, although I’m certain we disagree over what success would look like. We’re all digging a little deeper. We’re doing our best to learn, to organize and to find opportunities for kindness and charity. Elliott just couldn’t fathom how anyone could have voted for Trump. Margo shrugged it off in a way to remind me that she’s 7 and she shouldn’t worry about these things. She’s right. Sometimes when one of the kids get hurt, a skinned knee or elbow, I’ll tell them to squeeze my hand and give the pain to me – I’ll absorb it for them because I’m bigger and stronger. My main takeaway from the election is that Kristen and I, and millions of parents, just absorbed a whole lot of worry.


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The old five-and-dime general store now has two locations in Peachtree Battle, 2347 Peachtree Road, and Midtown Promenade, 931 Monroe Drive, filled with the quirkiest novelty gifts. Richards has funny office supplies for coworkers, whimsical kitchen gadgets and a wide selection of humorous coffee table books. Information:

By Grace Huseth We live in a gotta-have-it-now world, which makes gift hunting even harder for people who have everything they need and want. Thankfully there are many shops and artisans around Intown that can help you counteract consumption and find gifts that reveal how well you know a person, play on inside jokes or fulfill childhood dreams.

Treehouse Kid and Craft

This Decatur shop has toys, supplies, and activities for babies, kids, families, and crafters of all ages. Wee ones love the felted wool mobiles while creative kids can spend hours with crafting kits like the T-shirt Printing Workshop DIY Kit. 533 W. Howard Ave. Information:

Sugarboo and Co.

Also located at Ponce City Market, Sugarboo and Co. is Atlanta’s dealer in whimsy with a wide selection of art prints, charming home goods and original paper products. The homey winter collection includes a felt mistletoe wreath, handmade ceramic planter and accent pillows with typography quotes. Information:

Eco Denizen

Green gifts meet urban design at Eco Denizen in the heart of Midtown. The multifaceted boutique sells air plants next to home décor and lighting near Georgia products like state tea towels. Each gift is perfect for “eco denizen” citizens who love the environment. 999 Peachtree Street, Suite 180. Information:

Citizen Supply

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The store started as a pop-up shop for local artists of Foster Atlanta to sell their goods at Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. Now Citizen Supply rotates out vendors every few months, guaranteeing you the most original gift ideas. Information:

ICE Holiday Market Atlanta

Indie Craft Experience hosts one of the best gatherings of goods of the season while educating shoppers on how buying handcrafted supports our neighborhood artists. Sunday, Dec. 11. Yaarab Temple, 400 Ponce de Leon Ave. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information:

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Atlanta’s first handmade boutique collective was founded in artist haven at the Edgewood Retail District. The designers, or “bees,” who sell in the store are artisans who work, live and make products locally and regionally. Browse this physical version of an Etsy store for the more unique jewelry, housewares and apparel. 1250 Caroline Street. Information:


Skip Atlantic Station’s nationwide department stores and head for “specialty outfitter” Kinnucan’s. The Southern shop is part outdoor, part lifestyle store with a wide selection of cold and warm apparel, sunglasses, collegiate goods and women’s fashion. This is where you can get a multi-tool pocketknife or kayak for the outdoorsman while browsing top clothing brands like Patagonia and Reef for her. 261 19th St. Information:

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Each week, one of Atlanta’s best curators of giftware, stationery and vintage goods adds more and more merchandise to the shop. The Howell Mill Merchant ATL was so successful the store opened a second location at Krog Street Market to bring greeting cards and stationary, books, bedding candles and more to Atlanta shoppers. 99 Krog Street. Information: At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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612 WINDSOR PARKWAY Offered for $1,100,000

3915 CLUB DRIVE Listed for $1,999,000


4020 STOVALL TERRACE Listed for $1,795,000

1761 S PONCE DE LEON Offered for $3,600,000


3058 PLYMSTOCK L ANE Listed for $1,399,000

3641 PACES VALLEY ROAD Offered for $4,695,000

1210 W GARMON ROAD Offered for $4,200,000

981 DAVIS DRIVE Offered for $10,000,000



3045 PACES L AKE COURT Offered for $1,495,000

1124 BERK SHIRE ROAD Listed for $1,195,000



1762 JOHNSON ROAD Listed for $799,000

1206 MCLYNN AVENUE Offered for $1,275,000


59 THE PRADO Offered for $1,795,000

8200 JETT FERRY ROAD Offered for $3,900,000

1273 UNIVERSIT Y DRIVE Listed for $749,000

979 CREST VALLE Y DRIVE Offered for $3,395,000

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Short trips for serious holiday shopping and saving By Kathy Dean During the year-end holidays, shopping becomes much more than a pastime or the simple laying in of necessities for home and family. For many people, this is the time to hunt for killer deals on everything from tools and clothing to diamond jewelry and luxury cars. The sales frenzy begins with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and it continues through New Year’s Day weekend. Atlanta area residents enjoy the benefits of some nearby retail outlets, where highend labels are available at discounted prices throughout the year. The outlets make a perfect day trip. There are upscale shops for browsing—and saving on—name brand merchandise and a variety of restaurants for relaxing and recharging. Several outlets offer senior discounts on specific days at participating stores, as well as special deals for military families. Visit the websites to get details and to keep up on the latest information, such as special deals and extended holiday hours.

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North: 800 Steven B. Tanger Boulevard, Commerce, GA 30529 South: 1000 Tanger Drive, Locust Grove, GA 30248 There are two Tanger Outlets in the Atlanta area. At each, shoppers can visit over 60 retailers; about 20 of the shops include shoes, either exclusively or among other high-end items. The Commerce Tanger Outlet is roughly 70 miles from Atlanta, north on I-85. Its directory lists Book Warehouse, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Coach, Gap Factory, Levi’s Outlet, Kirkland’s, OshKosh B’gosh, Timberland Factory Store, Toys R Us Express and Wilsons Leather among many others. There’s not much in the way of dining in Commerce, but experienced

day-trippers schedule in a 30-minute drive to Athens. The college town is a dining paradise that features one-ofa-kind eateries that range from quirky Southern cafes and gastropubs to authentic ethnic restaurants. The Locust Grove Tanger Outlet is about 40 miles south of Atlanta on I-75. Shops there include College Collectibles, Corningware Corell & More, Jared Vault, Lane Bryant Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Olive in a Bottle, Papaya Clothing and Sanibel Sunglass Company. Hungry shoppers can fill up at Denny’s, HoneyBaked Ham & Café and Maui Wowie. Information:

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The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta

915 Ridgewalk Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30188 Atlanta’s newest and closest outlet shopping center, the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, is a mere 30 miles north of the city on I-575. Bargains can be found at the 100 name brand designer shops, such as Bose, Banana Republic Factory Store, Chico’s Outlet, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Famous Footwear Outlet, Jos. A. Bank Factory Store, Kay Jewelers Outlet, The Limited Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Talbots Outlet, VanHeusen and White House Black Market. Stop by the Ghirardelli Chocolate Outlet & Ice Cream or the Great American Cookie Factory to savor a sweet treat. Or settle in for a delicious meal at full-service restaurants like Johnny Rockets and Taqueria Tsunami. Information:

Sugarloaf Mills

5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 More than 180 stores are set in Sugarloaf Mills, Georgia’s largest outlet mall and the only indoor outlet mall in the state, located less than 40 miles north of Atlanta on I-85. The list of shops is impressive, with Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Burlington Coat Factory, Carter’s, Forever 21, GUESS, Hot Topic, Kenneth Cole, LEGO Outlet, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Old Navy Outlet, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Samsonite among them. Take a break from shopping at one of the 20-plus eateries, and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi to find out about the surprising family entertainment choices there. Some of the most popular are the AMC Theater, Dave & Buster’s, Mystery Room and Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Information:

800 Highway 400 South Dawsonville, GA 30524

Calhoun Premium Outlets

With 140 outlet stores, North Georgia Premium Outlets is the second largest collection of outlet mall shopping centers. It’s situated 50 miles north of Atlanta on US 19, just northwest of Lake Lanier. There are exceptional brands at extraordinary savings of 25 to 65 percent every day. The many retailers include Bass Factory Outlet, Disney Outlet, Eddie Bauer Outlet, J. Crew Factory, Nine West Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Williams Sonoma Outlet and Zales Outlet. Information:

Just 60 miles north of Atlanta, straight up I-75, Calhoun Premium Outlets is home to 50 stores, like Ann Taylor Factory Store, Coach, Direct Tools Factory Outlet, Loft Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Old Navy Outlet and Tommy Hilfiger. While it may not be very large, it’s definitely worth the trek. Information:

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A partnership between Banyan Street Capital and Oaktree Capital Management has acquired the 50-story office tower 191 Peachtree in Downtown from Cousins Properties. The building is home to the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Deloitte, Cooper Carry, Hall Booth Smith and The Commerce Club. The Metro Atlanta Chamber is also relocating to the building this year.

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After Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe shuttered at the Fox Theatre in Midtown, patrons were left wondering where the 20-year-old music venue would land. The location has been revealed: the new mixed-use retail development in Grant Park called The Beacon, which is slated to be complete by fall 2017. The Beacon, a group of industrial and warehouse spaces at 1039 Grant Street, will be transformed into the retail and dining destination. Tenants already announced include Third Street Goods, The Grant Park Public House, Balanced Fit Life and Salon Vagabond. Downtown Atlanta’s Peachtree Center has unveiled Peachtree Marketplace, a pop-up retail concept in the mall area of the mixed-use property. The marketplace features four retailers – Baker Dude Cupcakes, Southern Candy Company, Qwik 2 Fix Smartphone Repair & Accessories and aromatherapy retailer Flame of Life. The Masquerade has finally departed its iconic home in the old Excelsior Mill on North Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward for Undergound Atlanta. The new address is 50 Lower Alabama St. in Kenny’s Alley. The mill complex, which was home to the Masquerade since 1989, is being transformed into a mixed-use residential and food hall. ATLiER Props & Design, owned and founded by Eric Bomba-Ire and Phoebe Brown, features a curated collection of luxury and designer contemporary furniture, mid-century furniture, cleared art from local artists, rustic décor and collectibles, rugs, lighting and accessories. In addition to working with Hollywood productions, ATLiER plans to mentor young filmmakers, host workshops and give deep discounts to indie productions shooting in the area. The warehouse is located 5475 Tulane Drive. For more information, visit






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A new smartphone app created at Atlanta Tech Village has launched to help motorists who receive traffic tickets get legal help. Atticus connects drivers with lawyers who can help, even if they’re already at the courthouse awaiting their turn before a judge. Atticus charges a flat fee of $249 to hire an attorney. The app is available in Georgia via the Apple Store or Google Play and will roll out to the southeast next year. The parent company of health insurance provider Georgia Blue Cross Blue Shield will create 1,800 new technology-related jobs in Midtown when it establishes a new IT hub in the Bank of America building. Anthem, Inc. will invest more than $20 million in the community throughout the next six years. WeWork, the collaborative workspace, has leased three floors in the 100 Colony Square building in Midtown and is expected to open in mid 2017.



Co-working club concept Room to Work is the first tenant at The Willoughby office building under construction in the Old Fourth Ward. The 15,000-square-foot space will feature private conference and collaboration areas, food and beverage facilities, fitness and shower facilities, a staff of concierges, and other key amenities. Y




Leather & Luggage Depot, 1150 Chattahoochee Ave., is going out of business after nearly 25 years. A going out of business sale will continue through December. For more information, visit



Gamma Real Estate has purchased the historic Hurt Building in Downtown Atlanta for $33.5 million from Boxer Properties. Designed in 1913 by architect Joel Hurt, the 18-story, 436,340-square-foot building is located at 50 Hurt Plaza and is one of Atlanta’s earliest skyscrapers. Jamestown, L.P. and Clarion Partners, LLC have formed a joint venture partnership to own and manage the Westside Provisions District in West Midtown. Cardlytics, an Atlanta-based purchase intelligence platform, has been named to the Entrepreneur 360 List, a ranking of the best entrepreneurial companies in America. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Branching Out Trees Atlanta completes fundraising campaign for projects Nonprofit Trees Atlanta has announced the completion of its Branching Out Campaign. Launched in late 2014, the campaign raised a total of $5,004,361 with the support of generous foundations, corporations and individuals. The campaign prioritized four areas of growth including: ■ Extending the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum ■ Enhancing Educational Programs ■ Accelerating tree planting efforts ■ Expanding conservation initiatives Ed Dobbs, Trees Atlanta board member and Branching Out Campaign chair, said, “We are humbled by the support of the donor community. They have showed great confidence in us to invest in Atlanta’s tree

canopy.” The successful campaign allowed for the opening of a new education center, the TreeHouse, in September 2015. Since then, The Youth Tree Team, a summer job training and leadership program for high school students, works on the Atlanta BeltLine Aboretum on the Eastside Trail. Trees Atlanta has dramatically expanded its reach including new programs like the Youth Tree Team, a youth summer job training a continuation of the tree and plant Co-Executive Director and Chief Program and leadership development program collections that are enjoyed by millions of Officer. aimed at high school students. As a result, people annually on the Eastside Trail. In addition to the work on the over the last year, the organization served Connie Veates, Trees Atlanta’s Cocampaign, Trees Atlanta’s staff and board over 13,350 youth and adults through its Executive Director and Chief Operating completed a new five-year strategic plan various programs, representing a nearly 20 Officer, said, “Because of this campaign, (2016-2020) that outlines annual plans percent increase over last year. we are on track to double our rate of tree for achieving its objectives and longer Additionally, the campaign will planting across the city of Atlanta.” term goals for maintaining and expanding provide funding toward the installation “We are drastically expanding the growth and momentum realized from of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum restoration efforts in forests, with projects Branching Out work. on the Westside Trail and the Eastside underway in 15 greenspaces across To review the plan, visit treesatlanta. Trail extension. This project will be Atlanta.” added Greg Levine, Trees Atlanta’s org/strategicplan.

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Practicing resilience in the 21th Century Resilience is my new favorite word. I feel energy, strength and toughness whenever I hear it or read it. I want to stand up straight and do something to make my community, my family and myself stronger, more adaptable to face the inevitable challenges ahead. I want to teach adult literacy, volunteer at a homeless shelter, march for human rights, work at a community garden, support visionary leaders, By Sally Bethea be kinder and Sally Bethea is the take more long retired executive walks by the river. director of ChatWebster’s tahoochee Riverkeeper dictionary says (, that resilience a nonprofit environmeans the ability mental organization to become strong, whose mission is to healthy, or protect and restore the successful again drinking water supply after something for nearly four million bad happens – people. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. In our personal lives, our communities and our nation, I believe that an active commitment to the principles of resilience is needed now more than ever, especially in the face of climate change. We cannot simply hope with wishful thinking that we’ll be able to adapt to changing circumstances in the future, once social, environmental and economic crises have become intolerable; we must embrace change with resilient plans now to ensure healthy and prosperous communities for everyone tomorrow. While meaningful policy related to climate change may be dead for the next four years under the new administration in Washington, there is cause for some hope given the role that cities, individual businesses and even a few states are beginning to take. Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed is helping lead the way. He recently said: “There are so many things that cities can do that don’t have anything to do with state governments or federal governments. I really don’t think, as tough as the politics are nationally, that folks are going to stop cities from doing what we can do on climate. The weather is going to make the decision, not politics.” Earlier this year, the city of Atlanta was chosen to be a member of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) from more than a thousand applications submitted to the Rockefeller Foundation, which pioneered the initiative three years ago. The foundation’s goal: to help urban


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areas around the world become more resilient to growing challenges of the 21st Century. 100RC views resilience as the ability to overcome stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a daily basis, such as high unemployment, a poor public transportation system and chronic food and water shortages – not just shocks such as earthquakes, fires and floods. In November, Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, the city’s director of sustainability, was promoted to the new position of chief resilience officer. In announcing Benefield’s new role, Reed said: “The idea is that you have someone who wakes up every day thinking about the short-, medium- and long-term response to stressers that impact cities.” The Rockefeller Foundation provides selected cities with financial and expert resources necessary to develop a roadmap to urban resilience and a global practice of resilience in four key areas: health and wellbeing; economy and society; infrastructure and environment; and leadership and strategy. We are fortunate to live in a city where leaders like Mayor Reed, Stephanie Benfield and others are working hard to help us all get ready for change. While they are busy with the big stuff, I’ll be in my back yard, replacing non-native plants with more tolerant native species and repairing the rock stream channel I built to handle the flooding when the rains return.

The city’s new chief resilence officer, Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

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Ansley PArk 132 Westminster Drive • $1,249,000 5/3 • Erin Yabroudy


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t’s hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us! This is not only a time of cheer and merriment, but also a time to reflect and give thanks to all that life has brought us over the year. As the year draws to a close, we at Harry Norman, REALTORS® Intown Office are so humbled by the support that our clients and community have shown us. In an ever changing world, we know that you have lots of choices before you. We are honored that you continue to choose us! We are reminded each and every day that we have a huge responsibility to our clients and community. Houses are more than a simple place of shelter, or 4 walls. A house is a home, and home can mean many things to many people. The home is a reflection of who we are – it is a place of protection for those we love, and it is a gathering spot for friends and family. A home is a destination we all long to return to. It is our safe haven from the storms of life. It is our place of solitude. No matter how large or small, those 4 walls can make us smile and bring warmth to our hearts. Home creates the space for love, laughter, and memories to grow. Homes collectively create the communities we live, work, and play in. A home is more than just a house, you see, it is the foundation of the lives we live. So this holiday season as you gather in your homes, reminisce about past memories, and live in laughter of the current moments, as you celebrate the customs and traditions of this great community we call home – please know that we at the Intown Office of Harry Norman, REALTORS® look forward to continuing to be a part of your home and community! Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours, The INTOWN Office of Harry Norman REALTORS®

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EDMUND PARK/MORNINGSIDE 1502 Markan Drive, $759,000 4BR/4fb/1hb. FMLS: 5770794 Boynton & Myrick 404-323-2012

660 Kimberly Lane, $1,249,000 6BR/5fb. FMLS: 5771686 Boynton & Myrick 404-323-2012

1431 Emory Road, $624,900 4BR/4fb. FMLS: 5750317 Boynton & Myrick 404-323-2012





44 Peachtree Place NW #621, $274,900 1BR/1fb/1hb. FMLS: 5768113 Rhonda Creekmore 404-422-6303


1206 Monroe , COMING SOON 3BR/3fb. FMLS: COMING SOON Boynton & Myrick 404-323-2012


1837 Windemere Drive, $1,395,000 4BR/4fb/2hb. FMLS: 5695297 Boynton & Myrick 404-323-2012





1330 Edmund Park Drive, $579,000 3BR/2fb/1hb. FMLS: 5742472 Boynton & Myrick 404 -323-2012

136 Peacthree Memorial Drive #PA2, $210,000 2BR/1fb/1hb. FMLS: COMING SOON Dream Homes by Jenny 404-394-0934



1820 Peachtree Street NW #1007, $647,000 3BR/3fb. FMLS: 5744153 Rodney Hinote 404-786-9562


20 10th Street NW #903, $975,000 3BR/3fb. FMLS: 5744177 Rodney Hinote 404-786-9562



910 Highland Terrace 5BR/5fb. Rodney Hinote 404-786-9562

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905 Juniper Street NE #406, $279,000 1BR/1fb. FMLS: 5724241 Rodney Hinote 404-786-9562


785 Vedado Way NE, $665,000 4BR/2fb. FMLS: 5668713 Rodney Hinote 404-786-9562



1000 Springdale Road, $2,850,000 6BR/5fb/2hb. FMLS: 5601027 Hilson Hudson 404-217-6004

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3201 Lenox Road, #19, COMING SOON 2BR/2fb. FMLS: COMING SOON Leslie Body 678-570-7412

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DOWNTOWN/THE WILLIAM OLIVER 32 Peachtree Street, #1303 , $149,900 2BR/2fb. FMLS: 5774737 Sybil Scott 678-778-6503

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Bond, left, and a city employee collect scrap tires. “THE RETREAT” - CHASTAIN


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Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond in partnership with the Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission completed a successful scrap tire collection drive in November that removed more than 1,500 tires from overgrown lots, rivers and streams throughout the city. The campaign was also co-sponsored by the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM), the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Department of Public Works and Liberty Tires.

The City of Atlanta has announced the launch of Clean Streets, a recycling program created by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Department of Public Works and Keep Atlanta Beautiful to properly dispose of cigarette waste in Downtown and promote the city’s zero waste goals. In partnership with the Atlanta Downtown City officials gathered downtown for the installation of a new cigarette ash Improvement receptacle. District (ADID) and TerraCycle – an organization which partners with municipalities to bring recycling solutions, the city is installing 50 cigarette butt and ash receptacles in highly-traveled sidewalk areas throughout Downtown. All cigarette waste collected in the Clean Streets program will be sent to TerraCycle, which will then donate $1 for every pound of cigarette butts recycled to Keep America Beautiful to fund and administer litter prevention programs. EcoHome Atlanta, featuring home furnishings and fine gifts with a focus on sustainable and healthy luxury products, is now open in Buckhead at 3261 Roswell Road. The shop occupies 1,250 square feet in the same building as SuperGreen Solutions. Customers can find creative hostess gifts such as wine pearls, coasters and whiskey rocks, soaps and lotions, candles and diffusers as well as a full complement of baby products including rattles and teethers, books, booties, receiving blankets, puzzles and games. For more information, visit CBRE Group has released its annual Green Building Adoption Index and once again, Atlanta claims a top spot. According to the report Atlanta achieved more than 50 percent green certification in its office space. San Francisco claimed the number one spot. Overall, Atlanta ranked number five in the study. Inside EcoHome in Buckhead.

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Visitors get a tour of the Browns Mill Food Forest in southeast Atlanta.

Food Forest

Donated land to become food, education source By Mario Cambardella Urban Agriculture Director for the City of Atlanta Recently, the city announced the acquisition of 7.1 acres of land in Southeast Atlanta to become a Community Food Forest. The Browns Mill Food Forest will be the pilot program for the concept of a food forest, a first for the City of Atlanta. Food forests, in addition to providing a food source, develop ecological literacy by teaching people how plants grow and by helping foster a connection to the cultural and social history of a community through its plants. The pilot program is funded by the U.S. Forest Service’s Community Forest Program grants to support communities across the U.S. to secure community forests. The Community Forest Program provides financial assistance grants to local governments, tribes and qualified nonprofit organizations working to establish community forests with a focus on economic and environmental benefits, education, forest stewardship, and recreation opportunities. We applied for the grant with the goal of providing a community gathering outdoor space that would help improve access to fresh produce. Under Mayor Reed, Atlanta intends to reduce “food deserts” in the city by 75 percent by 2020. The Browns Mill Food Forest will be an example of agroforestry, a form of agriculture that combines trees and shrubs with agricultural land uses to create more diverse, sustainable, healthy and productive land. The food forest would incorporate the existing historical and culturally relevant crops that would have grown in Atlanta’s recent agrarian past. In fact, the site of the Browns Mill Food Forest was a working farm as recently as 2000. Neighbors still talk about Ruby and Willie Morgan’s farm and how the family would leave bags of their local produce on their fence posts for their neighbors to enjoy. We’ve continued that neighborly focus by engaging with the community throughout the planning, acquisition and continued growth of our food forest. We went door to door to hear stories and thoughts about the project so that no one would be left out. Our kickoff in November was well attended, and we provided tours of what’s currently growing on site and what other native food producing plants we could also add. Michael Murphy, community forest manager for the U.S. Forest Service’ Southeast region, tells us that “the food forest is a very interesting concept and because the land is in the middle of a neighborhood, it’s a really good fit for what [is] in mind.” We want to continue to have that neighbor-oriented focus throughout the implementation of this concept and life of the food forest. We will have additional opportunities for community engagement. Should you have any questions regarding our Browns Mill Food Forest or on Atlanta’s urban agriculture as a whole, please reach out to me at

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Intown for the Holidays Lights, sights, shows and sounds for the season

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By Kathy Dean and Collin Kelley


he holiday season is about family, friends, food and fun. Trees, wreaths and decorations appear all along the streets, and Christmas carols blast continually in shops and on the radio. All around Intown, holiday events are bringing everyone together. Make a plan to celebrate with the whole family.

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Candlelight Nights

The Atlanta History Center invites visitors to stroll through the decorated gardens and grounds on during Candlelight Nights, held on two successive Fridays, Dec. 9 and 16, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Guests enjoy a lively Christmas Market, then visit historic homes where they can experience how Southerners celebrated Christmas in three eras—pioneer days at the Wood Family Cabin, the Civil War era at Smith Family Farm, and the Jazz Age at Swan House. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members and $8 for children. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road. (404) 8144000 or, click on Programs.

Christmas at Callanwolde

Now until Dec. 29, the grounds and gardens of the historic Candler Estate are a spectacular festival of lights from 6 to 10 p.m., thanks to Callanwolde Center’s partnering with Illuminating Design Inc. Marvel at the 23-foot tall LED tree with 37 billion color combinations choreographed to holiday music. This year’s Christmas at Callanwolde tour’s final day is Dec. 13, so hurry. The 27,000-square-foot, Candler Mansion is professionally decorated by interior and floral designers. Light show and tour tickets are $20, adults and children, for each event. Combination Tour Tickets of $35 are available for both events. Callanwolde Fine Art Center, 980 Briarcliff Road. (404) 872-5338 or

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Fernbank Winter Wonderland

More than 30 twinkling, decorated Christmas trees create a Winter Wonderland at Fernbank Museum of Natural History until Jan. 8. The trees each display the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events from around the world. Museum admission is $18 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and up, $16 for children 3-12, and free for Fernbank members. There are additional costs for IMAX theater shows and special exhibits. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road. (404) 929-6300 or

Stone Mountain Christmas

More than 2 million lights light up Stone Mountain Park on select dates in December to Jan. 4. Live performances, holiday characters and music add to the magical experience. Don’t miss the Skylights Spectacular or Wonderland Walkway, a lightfilled tunnel that leads to the Snow Angel Palace. The evening wraps up with a snowfall and fireworks

A tradition for Atlanta families, the concert includes favorite Christmas carols and hymns sung by the Chorus and special guests, the Gwinnett Young Singers. The Morehouse College Glee Club perform their holiday signature piece, Betelehemu. Concerts scheduled on Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $20. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 1280 Peachtree St. (404) 733-4900 or

Atlanta Boy Choir Holiday Spectacular

Sounds of the season fill the air on Friday, Dec. 16, starting at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $25. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St. (404) 378-0064 or

Square’s parking deck, as Macy’s Pink Pig spreads holiday cheer to families this winter. Guests are invited to ride along with Priscilla and her friends as they embark on a fairy-tale adventure. Tickets are available at the Pink Pig kiosk located between Abercrombie & Fitch and Godiva on the Buckhead mall’s upper level. The Pink Pig will be operating until Jan. 1.

Visit Santa at Rhodes Hall

Historic Rhodes Hall on Peachtree Street in Midtown will be hosting visits with Santa Dec. 3 - 18. There will be holiday entertainment, refreshments from area caterers, music, art activities and personal appointments with Santa. The cost is $40. 1516 Peachtree St.

Atlanta Santa Speedo Run

Strip down to your Speedos or undies for the 7th annual event on Dec. 10. The starting line will be at Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave., at 2 p.m. (registration and merry-making begins at noon). The year’s beneficiary is Chris 180, a nonprofit that helps to heal children, strengthen families and build community. To register, visit

Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker

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The Nutcracker returns to the Fox Theatre Dec. 9-24 for its annual production. The Atlanta Ballet professional company stages the extravagant production live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and the Georgia Youth Choir. For tickets and information, visit At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Downtown. Entertainment will be provided by musician and singer Sheila E, who will perform a tribute to the late music icon Prince. Comedian and actor J. Anthony Brown will serve as master of ceremonies. For tickets, visit uncf. org/atlantammb.

Family Fun Day at MJCCA

The Santaland Diaries

The outrageous holiday comedy written by David Sedaris returns to Horizon Theatre now through Dec. 31. Harold Leaver stars as Crumpet, who recounts the true-life tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint as a Macy’s Department Store elf. This is a night out for the adults, so leave the kids with the babysitter. 1083 Austin Ave. (404) 5847450 or

Mayor’s Masked Ball

This formal affair is UNCF’s signature fundraising gala and premier social event of the holiday season. Hosted by Mayor Kasim Reed, the ball will be held on Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis in

All are invited to the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta on Dec. 25 for a day of family entertainment and fun. The JCC fitness center, indoor pool and Marcus gym will be open and available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 11 a.m., Family Fun Day begins with several family-friendly movies in the Morris & Rae Frank Theatre. Children can also enjoy inflatables, ride-on toys, the Sophie Hirsh Srochi Discovery Center, basketball, indoor pool and The Weinstein School Playground. Food is available for purchase at a Healthy Touch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 5342 Tilly Mill Road. (678) 812-4000 or

Downtown Countdown The annual New Year’s Eve party returns to the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Dec. 31 featuring bands, DJs, open bar, food and more. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the party keeps going until 2 a.m. General admission tickets start at $119. Visit for tickets and more information.

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The Secret Spot

Abandoned building in EAV becomes art space By Isadora Pennington This is the story of an odd little building. More than that, it’s the story of the man inside – an artist by the name of Carl Janes. Tucked away on a mostly vacant lot in East Atlanta sits The Secret Spot, a charming and inconspicuous building that seems a little out of place among the bars and neighborhoods nearby. The building at 538 Flat Shoals Ave. has had an interesting evolution throughout the years. It was originally built to be a barbecue joint in the 1950s, before being converted to a locksmith shop. The building still has remnants from those prior establishments, like the barbecue pit and counter, but the space now has a new life as an art space. These days, The Secret Spot, as it’s been dubbed, is known for housing the work of Janes as well as providing an outlet for the artistic expression of others. “We were hanging out at The Earl, and came around this corner when I saw the for sale sign,” Janes recalled. At the time, the space had seen better days. Trash strewn about the property, graffiti and potholes in the parking lot were evidence the building’s untended past. Indeed, it had been all but forgotten for more than five years, and left to the elements and vagrants without much hope for revitalization. That was until Janes saw it. “I’ve got to figure out how to do something with it,” he decided. Today, Janes has coordinated art that covers the long wall stretching alongside the property, contributed by local artists such as Squishiepuss and Catlanta. The building is painted gold, and adorned with artwork both inside and out. Local bands like Hello Ocho and Cousin Dan have performed on the roof, pleasing eager crowds gathered in the grass surrounding the building. Events are posted on The Secret Spot’s Facebook page. For Janes, even the building itself is a work of art. The property has served as a haven for his never-ending personal projects, and has provided him an outlet for connecting more with other artists who call Atlanta home. “As an artist, it’s important to stay as free as possible,” he ruminated, noting that he wanted to “create a context where other people can set themselves free.” Originally hailing from Charleston, S.C., Janes’ young life was marked by a steady stream of transition. His father was in the Navy, and as such he lived in many places around the world, from places as exotic as the Philippines, Europe and Yugoslavia to major metropolitan cities in the US such as New York and Los Angeles. It was a chance meeting with an eclectic art enthusiast, someone who embodied a sort of Willy Wonkaesque love for artistic expression, who convinced a young Janes to give Atlanta a chance nearly 10 years ago. Walking into The Secret Spot is like stepping into a time capsule, or maybe some kind of feverish dream. Artwork hangs on the walls of the front room, some still in various stages of progress. Tins of paint and spraypaint cans are stacked haphazardly just out of the way of the front door, easily accessible but not in the way. A shrine to President John F. Kennedy welcomes every visitor, its silver dollar eyes staring down each newcomer as they enter. There are oddities everywhere, from the pile of school globes resting in the corner, to the clippings from old magazines pressed under glass on top of the desk. As an artist, Janes has an affinity for mixing nostalgia, modes of currency, and pop culture with sociopolitical issues. There are several works in addition to the shrine that touches on the death of JFK, for example, and an illustration of Martin Luther King Jr. sitting on an easel adjacent to the desk. A projector sits in the space that used to be a walk-up counter, the faces of Abraham Lincoln and Sitting Bull shining onto the front door and windows. You may have also seen Janes’ moniker, Future Ancestors, predominantly associated with murals or art exhibits in local galleries. This concept came to him when waking from a dream, and it touches on a lot of his personal opinions about existence as framed within a timeline that spans the past and future. The phrase encourages the viewer to consider the fact that they themselves might be someone’s and maybe many peoples’ ancestor one day, and how does that make you consider how you engage with the world today? How are you affected by your own family history and ancestry? Those questions run like a vein through Janes’ work, and act as a backbone to his mission as an artist. As for the secrecy surrounding his art space, it’s something that happened naturally and has since served to keep things interesting. “The mystery is here for me, too. It’s totally a dream,” he said.

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Photos by Isadora Pennington Carl Janes, above, among his own artwork and that of guest artists at The Secret Spot in East Atlanta.

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Woodruff Arts Center surpasses transformation campaign goal The Woodruff Arts Center’s Transformation Campaign has finished with a flourish, surpassing its original $100 million goal by $10 million. The Woodruff is home to The Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art. The Coca-Cola Company made a multi-million dollar donation to support the renovation of The Alliance Theatre, one of the primary goals of the campaign. In recognition, the Alliance’s main stage will be named The Coca-Cola Stage at The Alliance Theatre when the renovated theater opens in the fall of 2018. The City of Atlanta made a $1 million contribution, as well as the Delta Air Lines Foundation pledging $2.5 million to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Musicians’ Endowment Fund to help the orchestra reach a $25 million goal to permanently endow 11 musician positions. The Woodruff campaign focused on three areas: endowment funding, capital improvements – primarily for the Alliance Theatre renovation – and funding for expanded family-oriented programming and greater activation of the Arts Center’s campus. “The success of our Campaign speaks volumes about the generosity of our donors and the importance of the arts to our community,” said Doug Hertz, chairman of the Woodruff Arts Center Board of Trustees. “On behalf of everyone who worked on this campaign, I want to say ‘Thank You’ to our donors for everything they have done.” Anne Cox Chambers served as honorary chair of the Transformation Campaign and Mr. Hertz as the Campaign chair. Leading donors (over $1 million) included the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, Anne Cox Chambers, the James M. Cox Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, the Kendeda Fund, the Zeist Foundation, the UPS Foundation, the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation, The Marcus Foundation, the City of Atlanta, Connie and Merrell Calhoun, Sally and Carl Gable, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Joy and Tony Greene, Lila and Doug Hertz, Sarah and Jim Kennedy, Lucy and Gary Lee, Marianna and Solon Patterson, Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, Carla and Leonard Wood and the estate of Betty Holland.


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A rendering of the exterior revamp of the Woodruff.

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VISUAL ARTS Maybe I Can Paint Over That: Visit Sandler Hudson Gallery to see this exhibit of works focusing on the art of communication by Memphis sculptor Greely Myatt. Closes Dec. 10. Admission is free. Our Sister’s Keeper: Photography by Marie Plakos: These photographs show the strength and beauty of women around the world in support of The Carter Center’s Forum on Women. Closes Dec. 13. Free to $8. Christmas at Callanwolde Light Show: Bring the whole family to experience the magic of the Callanwolde historic estate as an interactive outdoor light show. Closes Dec. 29. $20. Little Things Mean A Lot: The Swan Coach House Gallery’s annual exhibit features hundreds of small, collectible works by a wide range of emerging and established artists from the community. Closes Dec. 30. Admission is free. Atlanta in 50 Objects: This exhibit is filled with prized Atlanta-rooted treasures from Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech manuscript to Georgia Tech’s Ramblin’ Wreck. Closes Dec.

31. Free to $16.50. A Lens on CDC: Photographs of Jim Gathany: Jim Gathany’s photographs document insects, parasites and other vectors taken during his time following the CDC. Monday through Friday. Free. Dard Hunter: A Life in Paper: This exhibit at the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum features artifacts gathered on Dard Hunter’s travels, providing insight into the history of hand papermaking. Monday through Friday. $2 to $3 donation requested. Garden Lights, Holiday Nights: Celebrate the holidays with this contemporary light show that turns the Atlanta Botanical Gardens into a wonderland featuring giant stars, towering candles and a tunnel of light. Daily. $17 to $36. Law and Grace: Martin Luther, Lucas Cranach and the Promise of Salvation: Visit Emory’s Candler School of Theology’s Pitts Theology Library to see this exhibit about Lucas Cranach’s 1536 painting that illustrates Luther’s reform. Daily. Free. Winter Wonderland: See trees and other displays that recognize Christmas, Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights, as well as traditions and practices like origami, indigenous art and national symbols. Daily. Free to $18.


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Atlanta Celtic Christmas: The Celtic Company celebrates the season with fiddlers, Highland pipers, harpers, singers and dancers from the Irish, Scottish, Welch and Appalachian traditions. Dec. 17 and 18. $12.50 to $65.

Courtenay’s Cabaret: Home for the Holidays: Atlanta favorite Courtenay Collins brings her popular holiday cabaret show to the Hertz Stage for an exclusive engagement. Dec. 2 to 24. $20 to $42. Madeline’s Christmas: Horizon Theatre’s production, based on the popular children’s book, follows Madeline and friends as they figure out a way to make it home for Christmas after they’ve come down with the flu. Dec. 3 through 31. $12 to $15. Krampus Xmas: One part naughty list nightmare and one part Japanese horror flick, this year’s “Krampus Xmas” at 7 Stages is unlike any other. Dec. 8 through 10. $22.50.


Urban Nutcracker Wonderland Act II: Ballethnic Dance Company’s rendition of the holiday classic story performed takes place in the 1940s on Atlanta’s own Sweet Auburn Avenue. Dec. 17 and 18. $15 to $20. Baroque Candlelight Christmas: New Trinity Baroque’s annual Christmas concert at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church features holiday-themed baroque concertos in a candlelight setting. Dec. 18. $9 to $49. Invasion: Christmas Carol: Visited by a different character every evening (that is a complete surprise to the cast), audiences can see Scrooge’s story unfold in a new way as Dad’s Garage skewers the quintessential Christmas play. Closes Dec. 23. $15 to $35. Dancing With The Stars: Live!: This allnew production showcases ballroom and modern dance seen on ABC’s hit show, including group performances and original pieces created for the tour. Dec. 31. $59.50 to $125.

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Big Fish: Inspired by the novel and hit Tim Burton film, “Big Fish” spotlights Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman whose biggest hope is to live life to its fullest. Dec. 1 through 18. $20 to $50. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A Holiday Tradition at The Shakespeare Tavern, this classic transports you to Scrooge’s London counting house as he meets three ghosts and a little boy named Tiny Tim. Dec. 1 through 23.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins: Mr. Popper, a humble house painter, gets a cool surprise when Antarctic explorer Admiral Drake ships him a penguin in this musical for all ages. Opens Dec. 9. $15 to $22. Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir: All five levels of boys and a full orchestra perform and lead the popular “Twelve Days of Christmas” audience sing-along. Dec. 16 and 17. $12 to $40.


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Sweet Holiday Treats ’Tis the season for cupcakes, fudge and more By Isadora Pennington


his holiday season always brings back memories of my grandparents’ house. Without fail each year my grandmother, Ouida, would break out her holiday plates and serving dishes for our family meals, and her living room would transform into a winter wonderland of miniature proportions. She had an extensive collection of porcelain snow-capped buildings that lit up with a soft glow when plugged in, all clustered together atop fluffy fake snow on side tables. I can recall a few that moved, tiny figurines dancing gracefully across a mirrored frozen lake, their tiny world so pure and jovial, while my uncle’s train set wound lazily around the base of the tree and my grandfather’s Christmas albums played in the background. For me, one of the things that brings me back to the innocence of my youth is sweets. Luckily, Intown has an abundance of local shops that offer everything from candy and cupcakes to pastries and even a pie in a jar! In other words, treat yourself. ’Tis the season, after all!

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Tea of Immortality Local kombucha maker launches business Golda Kombucha founder Melanie Wade.

By Isadora Pennington Kombucha, a sweetened and fermented tea beverage, has a long and rather mysterious history. The ancient Chinese used to refer to it as the “Tea of Immortality,” and it was for a time regarded as a sacred elixir that was available only to royalty. Though the exact origin of kombucha is hotly contested and quite vague, evidence suggests that it was being consumed in Russia as far back as 1900, and soon after it became popular in Europe. It wasn’t until the 1990s that this ancient recipe became commercially available in America, and only in recent years has kombucha become a familiar household name. The process to make kombucha consists of fermenting teas using a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, more commonly referred to as a SCOBY or a “mother.” This living colony is introduced to the tea and allowed to ferment over time, which it does by consuming the sugars in the tea. It’s this process that produces the fizzy, tangy flavor that kombucha is known for. Brewers can then add flavors and tweak their recipes in order to affect the taste of their drinks. “I was making it at home for a long time,” explained Melanie Wade, founder of Atlanta’s first local kombucha company, Golda Kombucha. “My grandma started making it a long time ago, like 40 years ago, and I grew up around it but I never knew exactly what it was.” Intrigued by the recipe, it was during a visit to her grandmother’s house in Virginia that Wade found herself considering the beverage with renewed interest. Pulling books from the shelves and asking her grandmother about her process, she quickly learned everything she could about the drink. “The first time I ever had it, I drank a little bit and I was up all night,” she laughed, noting that the natural processes produce Vitamin B12, which is known to be a natural, and potent, energy boost. When heading back home again, she brought one of her grandmother’s mother cultures with her and put it in a small, 2-gallon oak barrel on her kitchen counter, and soon she was experimenting with flavors. Wade gave some away to her friends, used

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some to barter, and started providing it at her booths when she was selling handmade jewelry at farmer’s markets and festivals. The drink was instantly popular, and it wasn’t long before Wade realized she was onto something, and she set out to start her own company, Golda Kombucha. “Golda is my grandma, she’s 95 and doing awesome. She still drives her own car, she still mows her own grass, she plants veggies in her backyard and cans them, she’s just like this wonder woman and I think it’s because she drinks Kombucha every day,” Wade said. There are many purported health benefits associated with the tonic, and Wade is a firm believer in its healing properties. The drink is most known for being a probiotic, which introduces good bacteria to your gut, and helps with energy consumption from the food you eat. “A lot of people, because they drink kombucha every day, they actually feel this sense of euphoria, happiness, and mental clarity,” said Wade. Now in it’s third year, Golda Kombucha is growing by leaps and bounds, not only in popularity, but also in the scale of its production and distribution. The tonic had been available in only three core flavors; Strawberry Mint, Peach Ginger and Lavender Lemon. Recently, Wade has introduced several more new flavors, including Blackberry Basil, Elderberry Thyme, Hibiscus Blood Orange and Coffee. The drink is also being picked up left and right throughout the Southeast, and can be found in not only small shops, but also increasingly in major players of the grocery industry. In November, Golda Kombucha will be available in 70 to 90 Kroger stores across Georgia. Their existing account with Whole Foods is also growing to include more locations, and they are in many holistic and general stores throughout the Southeast. From Pensacola to Mississippi, Golda Kombucha is quickly expanding and staking its claim in the industry. “It’s good, it’s a really great feeling,” Wade said, with a laugh. “It’s a hard dream to live, but it’s a good one.” To learn more, visit goldakombucha. com. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


Tasting Intown

By Megan Volpert

Megan Volpert lives in Decatur, teaches in Roswell and writes books about popular culture.

Tasting Intown: Double Zero


n the past two years, the Castellucci Hospitality Group has opened Cooks & Soldiers in West Midtown, shuttered Double Zero Napolitana in Sandy Springs, opened a revised Double Zero concept in Emory Village, and announced plans to fill the Cockentrice vacancy in Krog Street Market. The original Double Zero location was meant for families,

business lunches and lovers of authentic Neapolitan pizza. They ran bocce ball tournaments on the patio out back, and while the place may have been salvation for suburbanites seeking great wine and lovely plates while stuck with kids in tow, C there was something about the cavernous gray space that never felt quite like home for a family as warm and colorful as the Castelluccis. So they decamped for the more boisterous and crowded environs of campus life at Emory Village, occupying the old Ink & Elm space. After knocking down a bunch of walls to properly let in the sun, CHG also knocked down some of its own sense of refined traditionalism and chose instead to offer a more eclectic menu of small plates. You can still get really excellent pizza at Double Zero, and with Slice & Pint next door, the kitchen has been ramping up its creativity to offer pies that go D beyond the usual. We ordered a sausage and pear pizza where the pork sausage was local, the pears were lightly pickled, and the basil was super bright. If you want a plate all to yourself, DZ continues to do fresh pastas that suit the seasons. We tried the mafalde pasta, with mushrooms, peas and fennel, and well as the tortelli with butternut squash, apple butter, walnuts and pickled apples. Pickling is really having a moment in Atlanta, and the kitchen here is on top of it. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

The small plates are reasonably priced for the neighborhood, ranging from $6 to $17 and including a variety of vegetarian options. Standout plates are the burrata and the oxtail. Every Italian place requires some

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B version of the burrata, and DZ’s goes all-in on the wintry delights of plum slices and scallion pesto. It’s a sweet but sassy interpretation with a nice sourdough bread and a fluffy cheese, a classic dish with unfussy modern updating. For the more adventurous, there’s the oxtail. Finely cut and not at all tough, the protein luxuriates in a bed of celery root puree, layered under frisee greenery and shredded Greek kataifi dough, then garnished with grapefruit. A finely textured and thoroughly playful vision of a shepherd’s pie, this dish that truly shows the forward thinking going on in the kitchen. As for dessert, look beyond the flourless chocolate cake to the butterscotch budino and the pine nut tart, each $7. Budino is basically pudding in a jar, but it’s so thick and richly creamy that two people can share it and be full before reaching the bottom of the jar. The pine nut tart is an utterly more palatable adaptation of pecan pie, all the texture with a mercifully reduced sweetness. Did I mention the cocktails? Bless the bar manager, Nicholas Dolby, for hilarious names like the Stregasaurus, delicious riffs like the Architect’s old fashioned, and surreal new seasonals like El Pistolero. The Castellucci Hospitality Group has already proven that its brand of high-quality service translates from the family crowd at Sugo in John’s Creek to the close-knit community of Decatur at Iberian Pig. Double Zero, like Emory Village, boasts a firm sense of self alongside a laudable desire to innovate. How nice to see a restaurant group moving between all of Atlanta’s neighborhoods with ease – without ever losing its core. Double Zero is located at 1577 N. Decatur Road. For more information, visit A. Double Zero’s pizza oven B. Burrata C. Ox Tail D. Pizza


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Chef Evan Cordes (formerly of Atlanta restaurants Cakes & Ale, Serpas True Food and H. Harper Station) has opened his first restaurant, Cast Iron, at 701-5 Highland Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward. The restaurant is open Tuesday’s through Sundays for dinner starting at 5 p.m., with brunch coming soon. The menu includes simple starters, entrees, sides, desserts and signature cocktails inspired by the jazz music of Charles Mingus. Check out the menu at Jackmont Hospitality in partnership with rap star and restaurateur Chris “Ludacris” Bridges have opened Chicken+Beer, named for Ludacris’s third album, at Concourse D of Atlanta’s HartsfieldJackson International Airport. Suzy Siu’s Baos is now open at Krog Street Market, 99 Krog Street, in Inman Park. The 420- square-foot stall offers steamed buns, seasonal sides and soft drinks. The signature Pork Belly Bun is on the menu along with a number of new seafood and vegetarian bun options. For more information, visit Bob Amick, owner and founder of Concentrics Restaurants, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Restaurant Association last month at their 10th annual GRACE Awards Gala held at The Delta Flight Museum.

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The Pinewood in Decatur is expanding into the space previously occupied by Decatur Bikes at 248 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. The updated concept will bring a brand new façade, full service lounge area, various private dining options, extended weekend hours and refreshed menus. Chile-base La Fête Chocolat is now open in a 350-square-foot space at Lenox Square on the main level next to Bloomingdale’s.


Foxtrot Liquor Bar is now open at 45 13th Street in the former Cosmo Lava Lounge space. The menu features a big selection of craft coctails and bites. For more, visit FoxtrotLiquorBar. Varuni Napoli will open a second location at Krog Street Market in winter 2017. Like its Morningside location, the restaurant will offer authentic Italian cuisine and Neapolitan pizzas. The Lindbergh/Piedmont Kroger at 2542 Morosgo Way is now open, and offering up quite a selection of in-store eatable options, including a Starbucks, deli, sushi bar, salad bar, juice bar, beer and wine bar, cheese shop and a bistro with prepared hot and cold meals. Stephen Ochs and his business partner, former Falcons player Garrett Reynolds, have unveiled plans for Fetch Ice House in the Old Fourth Ward. Billed as the city’s first restaurant and dog park bar concept, Fetch will be located at 520 Daniel St. and is expected to open next summer. Fetch will feature an outdoor shipping container bar with rooftop seating, while an Airstream trailer will be transformed into a full-service bar serving beer and cocktails. Amenities will include a dog wash station, Wi-Fi, on-site parking and a membership feature for Fetch Park.

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The annul home tour began in mid-November and continues through Dec. 11, benefitting the Southeastern Horticultural Society’s Children’s Learning Garden and Farms. This year’s show house is at 2490 Woodward Way, which has been decorated by some of the city’s most noted interior designers. The home is open for tours Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit,

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f you’re looking for decorating inspiration or just like the idea of wandering through some beautifully decked out homes, Intown has an array of tours on tap this month.

Avondale Estates Tour of Homes & Holiday Market

The Avondale Estates Tour of Homes and Holiday Market will be held on Dec. 11 from 3 to 8 p.m. (the market is open noon to 6 p.m. at 58 Lakeshore Drive). This year’s tour spans almost 90 years beginning with two Avondale “originals” built when the city was established in 1926, a recently renovated ’50s bungalow, and a ’60s era home that has been completely renovated. For more information, visit

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

Tour the beautiful neighborhood of Virginia-Highland during their 22nd annual Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be eight homes on this year’s tour, ranging in style from traditional bungalows to modern arcitecture. The event will include food tastings from local restaurants including Atkins Park, Apres Diem, DBA Barbecue, Highland Bakery, Fontaine’s Oyster House and many more. Tickets are $25. Visit for more information.

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Peachtree Garden Club Christmas Home Tour

The 2016 tour will feature four distinctive Buckhead homes on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance at peachtreegardenclub. org or $30 the day of the event.

Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes

The 36th annual tour will feature eight homes in this historic neighborhood on Dec. 10-11 from 6 to 10 p.m. There will also be other events happening that weekend in conjunction with the tour, including the annual Winter Wonderland, which includes activities and games for kids and the chance to meet Santa, and the Artist’s Market at St. Paul United Methodist Church featuring unique, handcrafted gifts. A candlelight Christmas concert will also be held at the church on Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance $25 at the door. Visit for more information. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Award-Winning Architecture AIA Atlanta honors architects for home designs AIA Atlanta, the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects has handed out its 2016 Residential Design Awards. Projects are judged based on their individual merits with respect to innovative materiality, sustainability and efficiency, creative response to the context, and responsiveness to changing political challenges. To be considered, all projects must have been the work of a registered architect who lives in the state of Georgia. The competition is open to projects of any size and location, but must have been completed between January 2013 and October 2016. David Southerland, executive director of AIA Atlanta and AIA Georgia, said, “Atlanta has become a magnet for great design – attracting talented designers from around the state to do work here, and exporting our best architects to do great work around the country. This year’s Residential Design Awards really captures the amazing impact that our design community is having in so many places. The RDA Awards will continue to recognize and capture the very best of the work of the design genius of this great city.”

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Yonson Residence – Milton Brightwater Homes | Single Family (Traditional Design) A bright modern farmhouse in the pastoral town of Milton, Ga., the 4,652-square-foot residence’s varied material palette provides an established feeling that respects the traditional vernacular. The collaborative design-build process resulted in a home that honors the owner’s aesthetic and the architectural traditions of the idyllic setting.

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367 Evans Creek - Scaly Mountain, NC Michael Neiswander, AIA | Single Family (Non-Traditional Design) The 1,000-square-foot modern retreat extends out from the sloping site and creates an engaging relationship with the bordering Nantahala National Forest. Inspired by Japanese bungalow houses, the home blurs the space between interior and exterior while embracing the landscape and capitalizing on the adjacent mountain views.


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This year’s jury included Joel Barkley, co-founder of renowned New York-based architecture firm Ike Kligerman Barkley; AIA North Carolina President-elect Erin Sterling Lewis, AIA of Insitu Design; and AIA Honor Award recipient Christopher Rose, AIA. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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depress civic spirit. As civic organizations work together to revitalize these communities, the preservation of historic buildings in the district should also be implemented as part of their revitalization plans. Fountain Hall at Morris Brown College represents one of these numerous landmarks. Founded in 1881, Morris Brown College is recognized as one of the few HBCU’s, or Historically Black Colleges & Universities, founded by African-Americans. The three-story Fountain Hall, designed by architect Gottfried Leonard Norrman, was completed in 1882 as an administrative building for the college. Norrman served in 1892 as a founder of the Southern Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He also helped to establish the Atlanta Chapter of this professional organization By Melody Harclerode in 1906. His design talents can also be seen at Ivy Hall, the SCAD building constructed in 1885 as the Edward Peters residence. Melody L. Harclerode, In the AIA, promotes significant future, historical, cultural, Morris and natural sites as an Brown organizational leader, College architect and writer. will start a capital campaign to restore buildings on its campus. The school’s red brick, Queen Anne-style Fountain Hall rises assuredly on one of the highest points in the City of Atlanta. A monumental clock tower with meticulous brick detailing and a grand arched opening adds distinction to this structure. Since its construction, the exterior and the original floor plan of Fountain Hall has remained essentially unchanged. Jeffrey L. Robinson, AIA, NOMA of J. W. Robinson & Associates, Inc. describes the building as “one of the nation’s oldest remaining structures symbolizing our African-American collegiate heritage.” A full-service assessment will take place on Fountain

Hall to assess the architectural and engineering costs for renovating this structure. Morris Brown College President Stanley J. Pritchett Sr. sees great benefits for Westside organizations in renovating Fountain Hall and other campus buildings. “The design of Fountain Hall not only adds to the beauty of our campus, but immediately evokes a nostalgic reaction when anyone views it.” Considering the historical mission of Morris Brown College “for the moral, spiritual, and intellectual growth of Negro boys and girls,” renovations to Fountain Hall can renew this tradition, reinforce the educational goals of philanthropic groups, and reinvigorate an iconic building and National Historic Landmark in the city.

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Atlantic House, the 32-story luxury high rise apartment tower on the corner of 14th and West Peachtree streets in Midtown, welcomed its first residents in November. The 407 apartment homes range in size from studio to two-bedrooms. Amenities include two roof-top pools, fitness center, clubroom, outdoor kitchen, business center and outdoor patio space as well as a grilling area, tennis court and dog park on top of the attached parking garage. The project also features more than 13,000 square feet of retail along 14th and West Peachtree streets, with Einstein’s Bagels, Caribou and McCray’s Tavern scheduled to open in early 2017. For more information, visit atlantichousemidtown. com.

Perennial Properties is transforming an old nurse dormitory at 549 Peachtree St. in Downtown into The Byron, featuring 65 lofts and 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail.

A proposed 74-story residential building in Midtown, which would become Atlanta’s second tallest building behind Bank of America Tower, has a name: Opus Place. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties’ condo division, City Haus, will handle sales and marketing for the project. The tower is being developed by Olympia Heights Management, with strategic advisors Paul and Louise Sunshine. Architect Richard Meier is working with Perkins + Will on design. The first phase of the development at 98 14th Street would feature the main tower comprised of 382 luxury residential units, 180 corporate suites, 60,370-square-feet of retail, and 825 structured parking spaces. A second, smaller tower in the future would contain a hotel. For more information, visit A high-rise student housing building on Boulevard in the Old Fourth Ward is about to get new neighbors – a hotel and a condo tower. According to Bisnow, Nazar Holdings has applied for a special permit with the city to allow a mix of uses at 274 Boulevard Ave, a parcel that connects to 444 Highland, the student housing tower next door to Atlanta Medical Center. The project would feature 300 condo units and 200 hotel rooms.


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BUCKHEAD - Crisp clean upgraded in Mandarin Oriental. Sweeping views Stone Mountain to downtown. Designer finishes. 2 guest bedrooms w/private bath. Covered terrace w/fireplace, 11’ ceilings & hardwood floors. 3Bed/3.5Bath $2,387,500 FMLS: 5719742 Michael Kondalski 404-234-9379

BUCKHEAD - Spectacular living top of Sovereign. Three separate private covered balconies, upgraded counters, appliances, flooring, custom lighting, custom closets, front and rear entry, open floorplan, grand entrance. 2Bed/2.5Bath $1,990,000 FMLS: 5756028 Bru Krebs 404-984-0243

DECATUR - New construction! Finish choices still available! New Stoney River Home offers great floorplan, huge lot with finished basement to include additional family room, bedroom and full bath! 5Bed/4.5Bath $949,900 FMLS: 5762240 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234

COTTAGES AT COLLIER - Open floorpan includes kitchen w/granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Overlooks living room w/fireplace. Separate dining room. Heart of Pine floors throughout home. 4Bed/4.5Bath $764,000 FMLS: 5745286 Mike Kondalski 404-234-9379

DECATUR - Gorgeous home built in 2015 w/coveted 4 bedrooms up and guest/full bath on main! Beautiful interior features include 10ft ceilings, quartz counter tops, and Thermidor appliances. 5Bed/4Bath $762,900 FMLS: 5770214 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234

DURAND MILL - Brick Executive home, 2 story foyer, separate formal living and dining rooms, updated kitchen w/granite countertops, s/s appliances, 5 burner gas cooktop, 2 story great room with stacked stone fireplace. 5Bed/4.5Bath $740,000 FMLS: 5771867 Nicole Davis 404-358-6252

OLD FOURTH WARD - Custom built gem! Steps to the Beltline. 4 Side Brick, 2 Car Gar, Bright Open Floorplan, extensive molding and hardwoods throughout. 11 ft+ ceils on main, 3 fireplaces. Move in ready! 4Bed/4Bath $749,000 FMLS: 5768829 Ed Woods 404-759-9680

DRUID HILLS - Classic 1926 bungalow. Fully renovated and expanded with today’s luxuries. Bright open floorplan. Huge kitchen overlooks family room & so much more. 3 bedrooms up with amazing master suite, and 2 bedrooms with Jack and Jill bath. 4Bed/3Bath $750,000 FMLS: 5762195 Ed Woods 404-759-9680

MORNINGSIDE - Morningside charmer on corner lot. 3BR/2BA up with a huge 1BR/1BA inlaw suite below. Huge .635 acre lot. Taxes not homesteaded. 4Bed/3Bath $499,000 FMLS: 5759395 Ed Woods 404-759-9680

MORNINGSIDE - Craftsman/Traditional style features 10 ft clngs, 9 ft doors, coveted open floor plan, incredible kitchen with cook’s range, breakfast room and covered rear porch. Enormous Master Suite up w/fp. 5Bed/5Bath $1,199,000 FMLS: 5774669 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845

LULLWATER PARK - Open soft contemporary townhouse with numerous upgrades. Brazilian walnut floors, Georgia Quartz countertops, and designer lighting add to sleek look. Walk to VA-HI shops/restaurants. 3Bed/3.5Bath $574,900 FMLS: 5758218 Michael Kondalski 404-234-9379

WILDCLIFF ESTATES - Minutes to Emory, CDC & VA! Multi levels of gracious living space features 3br/2ba up, family room w/fireplace & balcony, dining room, large chef’s kitchen. 4Bed/3.5Bath $514,900 FMLS: 5772849 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234

DURAND MILL - 4 sides brick newer construction situated on a cul-de-sac, minutes from Emory/CDC. Hardwood floors & guest suite on main. Two-story family room, SS appliances & marble countertops in kitchen. 6Bed/5 Bath $849,000 FMLS: 5761525 Nicole Davis 404-358-6252

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND - New Price. Amazing home w/ views. Stepless entry off rear alley access 2 Car Gar! Flowing floor plan. Timeless design. Gracious room sizes. Feels like newer construction. 5Bed/4.5 Bath $969,000 FMLS: 5761142 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845

MIDTOWN- Spectacular 28th floor NW corner unit with panoramic views. Floor to ceiling windows create dramatic skyline views from every room. Open floorplan with large closets. Resort style amenities. 2Bed/2Bath $499,000 FMLS: 5769750 Ed Woods 404-759-9680

BROOKHAVEN - Lovely community of higher end townhomes. Open plan for easy entertaining plus deck, just re-carpeted in the BRs and freshly painted for immediate move-in, short stroll to the MARTA station. 4Bed/4.5 Bath $499,000 FMLS: 5768821 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845


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