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

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Year of Boulevard������������������������������������������������������������������ 4 GA 400 Tolls�������������������������������������������������������������������������� 7 Atlanta Streets Alive�������������������������������������������������������������� 9

CONTACT US Editorial Collin Kelley INtown Editor collin@atlantaintownpaper.com (404) 917-2200, ext. 102 Contributors Cameron Adams, Ann Taylor Boutwell, Bethany Clark, Kathy Dean, Art Huckabee, Phil Mosier, Annie Kinnett Nichols, Clare S. Richie, Michael Santini, Tim Sullivan, Han Vance, Melissa Weinman Submissions Article queries and calendar submissions should be emailed to collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

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Author Charles McNair������������������������������������������������������� 28 Art on the BeltLine��������������������������������������������������������������� 29 Atlanta PlanIt����������������������������������������������������������������������� 30 Festival Guide��������������������������������������������������������������������� 31

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EDITOR’S LETTER Collin Kelley collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

INtown’s new look You might have already noticed that this month’s Atlanta INtown looks and feels a little different. We have switched to a heavier, bright-white paper stock, which makes photographs and advertisements pop. Every page is in color, and the size of the paper has also grown a wee bit: it’s now an inch and a half taller. These are the kinds of growing pains we like! These changes will give INtown and our sister publications, the Reporter Newspapers, the same format and production standards. I think you’ll agree that INtown has a cleaner, more polished look. I’d love to hear your feedback about our new duds, so feel free to drop me a line at my email above. For September, we’re also rolling out new features that I’m excited for you to read. INtown hasn’t had a dedicated food writer in years, but this month Art Huckabee – an elite reviewer for Yelp, not to mention a gourmet cook and dedicated foodie – makes his debut. First up in his new review column, Tasting Intown, is the literary-themed Buckhead restaurant, King + Duke. Art’s writing is accessible, straight-forward and humorous. We think he’s a great addition to our News You Can

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Eat section. In August, we had a soft launch for a new regular feature, Public Safety Briefs. We’ve been covering breaking crime and public safety stories extensively on our website at AtlantaINtownPaper.com, but the goal of Public Safety Briefs is to highlight trends, safety tips and the work of our dedicated police and rescue personnel. I’ve also been added to a number of neighborhood associations and watch group email lists, so I’ll be keeping track of issues inside Intown’s coverage area. By the time you read this, INtown’s Twitter followers should be at or very close to 25,000. Out of all our social media endeavors, Twitter seems to be the one that has struck a chord with users. I’m astounded at how quickly it’s grown just this year alone. We strive to bring you breaking news, events and share links from other media around town. Be sure to follow us at @ATLINtownPaper. The new and improved INtown website is also going gangbusters. Who knew that a brief about the Fulton County Animal Shelter giving away cats to relieve overcrowding would go viral? We had thousands of hits at our website and 6,000 shares on Facebook in just two days time. Since that posting (and regular links back to us from folks at news aggregate site Reddit), our online home has suddenly found a whole new audience. We’re updating the site multiple times a day with breaking news, features and events. Drop by AtlantaINtownPaper.com and stay awhile.

ABOUT THE COVER This month’s main cover photo was snapped on Boulevard during the recent Back to School event. Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, who conceived the Year of Boulevard project, is on the horse and is surrounded by residents and volunteers. From left along the bottom of the cover: A gorgeous view from 2233 Peachtree, which is featured in this month’s article on luxury condo sales; Jessica Green browses the art at last month’s Piedmont Park Arts Festival, and helps us preview all the upcoming September festivals; revelers prepare for the Lantern Parade and Art on The BeltLine, which returns this month.

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Year of Boulevard By Collin Kelley INtown Editor The Old Fourth Ward’s main thoroughfare is simply known as Boulevard. It used to be known as “one of the most desirable residence streets” in the city, but after the devastating Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 destroyed most of the beautiful homes, Boulevard began transforming into something else. Brick apartment buildings, which devolved into crime-ridden section 8 housing, replaced the stately homes, and the street’s decline continued when a planned freeway, which eventually became Freedom Parkway, destroyed more homes and businesses. Although the Old Fourth Ward has undergone a startling transformation over the last decade, with new homes and thriving businesses, not to mention the tourism brought by the Martin Luther King Historic District, Boulevard’s reputation for crime, drugs and prostitution remained. However, a project launched by Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall in 2012 has begun to show a turnaround not only in perception but given hope to the residents who call Boulevard home. The Year of Boulevard program has

Youth from Boulevard visited the Hyatt Regency Atlanta to learn about careers in the hotel industry, including working as a chef in one of the restaurants. The Teen Career Day events also took Boulevard young people to the Federal Reserve Bank and to see how the Atlanta Hawks work behind the scenes.

worked steadily to make its presence felt along Boulevard, Hall said over breakfast at Condesa Coffee, located on the ground floor of the Tribute Lofts. The coffee shop and the lofts are just two of the success stories Hall hopes will continue to spur

the renaissance of Boulevard. Hall said tackling the myriad issues facing the street seemed, in the beginning, almost insurmountable. “We didn’t know what the solutions were, but we knew that addressing

poverty and building trust were the keys,” he said. “I knew we at least had to try and do something. You won’t make a basket unless you shoot the ball.” The trust factor has been crucial, especially to the residents who live in the Section 8 housing known as BedfordPines. “The folks who live here have been made promises that were never kept, so why would they trust anyone?” Hall said. “The opportunities that were coming this way never happened.” Year of Boulevard, or YoBoulevard as it’s become known, began simply by cleaning up the street of trash and debris. This past spring, more than 200 volunteers turned out for the “MoBoulevard!” cleanup, and another one is planned for Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon north of Freedom Parkway. But the clean-up days were just an opening volley. Reaching out to the youth who live along Boulevard has been one of YoBoulevard’s top priorities, Hall said. Over the summer, more than 600 children (up from 450 last year) attended summer camps sponsored by the project in partnership with Operation Peace, Truly Living Well, Beacon of Hope and the MLK Recreation Center Freedom School. Hall said he was also pleased that


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The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) held a skateboard-making workshop as part of a Back to School Block Party held along Boulevard in August. Encouraging kids to interact with the community, create art and learn new skills is part of the Year of Boulevard initiative.

more than 100 senior citizens attended their own adult summer camp at Selena Solan Butler Recreation Center. The summer camp components included Operation Peace Entrepreneurship Saturdays, with visits by celebrity entrepreneurs such as Delia Champion of Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand and Kashi Sehgal of Gigabark. Boulevard teens were awarded $1,300 in prize money for creating the best plan for their own small businesses. There were also teen career day visits to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Atlanta Hawks, Federal Reserve Bank and successful local restaurant and music venue, The SoundTable. “Showing the kids on Boulevard that they can be successful and that there are opportunities gives them hope and helps build a stronger community,” Hall said. Another success was a Back to School Block Party, which shut down Boulevard for an afternoon of fun. Hall said 600 backpacks with supplies were given to Boulevard kids and nine pallets

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worth of donated clothing and personal care items came from nonprofit Caring for Others. There were also interactive booths, a reading tent, bingo for seniors, a skateboard painting class sponsored by Museum of Design Atlanta, the ZooAtlanta mobile zoo and lunch for 1,000 provided by Panda Express. So, what’s coming for the second Year of Boulevard? One hurdle that has faced Boulevard for decades is that the owners of the Section 8 housing, a Boston-based company called Wingate, has shown no interest in selling the Bedford-Pines complex to make way for new development or even a redevelopment, such as those that helped clean up notorious Capital Homes and Techwood Homes in the ‘90s. However, Hall said YoBoulevard and neighborhood leaders are now in talks with Wingate about a new building for low-income seniors. “It’s something we’ve wanted to address since we came up with the concept of Year of Boulevard, and now it’s happening,” Hall said.

Also in the works is Year Up Atlanta, which will offer housing and recruitment for one-year workforce development training, and new engagement with businesses and stakeholders on the northern end of Boulevard to talk about public safety and quality of life issues. There will also be afterschool and Saturday school offerings at Hope-Hill Elementary School and Big Bethel AME Church, including a Discover Architecture program for kids that will be led by AIA Atlanta. The Old Fourth Ward will also get its first dog park when the Renaissance Park Dog Park opens later this fall. Hall said there will also be a fundraiser to build a playground at Hope-Hill, the only public elementary school in the city without one.

Hall said there is excitement about next year’s opening of the Atlanta Streetcar, which will connect the MLK Historic District to Downtown. “There will be an upswing in the economy of the Old Fourth Ward when the streetcar comes online,” Hall said. “We just want to be ready to take advantage of it.” The councilman concedes there is still a lot of work to be done, but he sees “only blue skies” for the future of Boulevard. “I’m in this for the long haul,” he commented. “We quickly discovered that it wasn’t just going to be the Year of Boulevard, but the Years of Boulevard. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.” For more about the Year of Boulevard project, visit yoboulevard.com.

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THE FUTURE OF TOLLS With Ga. 400 tolls ending, what comes next? Christopher Tomlinson has been the executive director of the State Road and Tollway Authority since April. He sat down with our sister publications, Reporter Newspapers, to discuss the removal of the tolls on Ga. 400, which are expected to be removed on Nov. 21.

How did the defeat of Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) in metro Atlanta affect your office? I think that not passing it continues to bring to the forefront of the discussion, “How are we going to fund our transportation needs?” The defeat of TSPLOST eliminated that potential revenue. We look at ourselves as a facilitator for the overall [transportation] programs, because we, unlike the Department of Transportation, also have the ability to sell toll revenue bonds as a potential financing option.

Are there other tolls you’ll oversee as well, in addition to Ga. 400? We’re responsible for the I-85 express lanes, and we’re working with (the Georgia Department of Transportation) on two upcoming projects. Both have been recently awarded. One will be the Northwest Corridor, a 22-mile reversible express lane running from Cobb County all the way up to Cherokee County. On I-75 south, in Henry County, they’re doing a 12-mile reversible toll facility there, and that’s going to open in 2016. The Northwest Corridor is scheduled for 2018.

I think it’s a possibility for two reasons. All the projects that were slated in the future … have two key factors that make a difference. One: They’re all additional capacity. We’re not looking at any conversion projects. Two: Where we can use dynamically priced, congestion-based tolling to help ensure those lanes continue to flow, that’s key. We’re not just doing it for the sake of generating revenue.


How does the closing of the toll road on Ga. 400 affect your office? Currently we have 150 positions. When the toll goes away later this year, about 50 of those positions will be eliminated, essentially 47 to 50 people who are dedicated to working at the Ga. 400 toll plaza.




Do you think we’re going to see more toll roads around Georgia?

What do you think the closing of the Ga. 400 toll will do to traffic patterns in Atlanta? That remains to be seen. We have seen some studies that have predicted an increase in traffic. There are others that say without having that stop and go caused by the toll, it will get better. I think, overall, there will probably be an increase. The only reason it’s so hard to get a prediction is you have to remember, we’re taking down these tolls in November, and between December and January, the new I-85-Ga. 400 connecter ramps are going to come open. There are a lot of changes happening out there at the same time.


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STREETS ALIVE… AGAIN Beer garden, bike parade part of street closures By Collin Kelley INtown Editor After a highly successful takeover in May, Atlanta Streets Alive will return to Peachtree Street on Sept. 8 with an even more expansive and interactive route. The route will extend more than two miles from 17th Street to Mitchell Street. Organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Photo by Cameron Adams the September Amy Ingles, Cullen Boudreaux and Oliver Boudreaux peddled down event will include Peachtree Street this past spring despite the rainy conditions. Atlanta three beer gardens Streets Alive is returning to Peachtreee Street on Sept. 8 and to Highland courtesy of New Avenue on Oct. 6. Belgium Brewing, Highland to the Old Fourth Ward. a bike parade, rock-climbing wall, ‘Pimp “We’re looking to expand our Your Bike’ at MODA, Park Pride pop-up presence even further through Atlanta park and much more. Streets Alive in the coming years,” said More than 15,000 people turned out Serna. “We want every Atlantan to have for the spring Streets Alive, despite the an opportunity to experience the city inclement weather, according to ABC’s from the point-of-view of a bicycle. We’re executive director Rebecca Serna. working hard to bring Atlanta Streets But Peachtree Street won’t be the Alive to a street near you!” end of this year’s party in the streets. A For more about the upcoming events, third Atlanta Streets Alive is set for Oct. visit atlantastreetsalive.com. 6 along Highland Avenue fromVirginia



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PHOTOS BY MICHAEL SANTINI The Gordon C. Bynum Jr. Pedestrian Bridge connects the Peachtree Park neighborhood to Lenox Square with a colorful walk over Georgia 400.

HIDDEN GEM Bynum Bridge connects Buckhead neighborhoods By Han Vance

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Atlanta still struggles to shine in national rankings of public parks and greenspace but is collectively pursuing more pedestrian opportunities, including the Atlanta BeltLine. This 22-mile green loop continues to get most of the publicity due to its popularity and large scope, while smaller pedestrian pathways are often hidden in plain sight. Named after the victim of a senseless high-profile murder, scenic Gordon C. Bynum Jr. Pedestrian Bridge connects the Peachtree Park neighborhood to Lenox Square via a walkway across Georgia 400. The 223-foot-long bridge was dedicated in 1999. John Muzzy with the Peachtree Park Neighborhood Association passed by saying, “I moved here before the bridge was here. This was built when 400 was built. The neighborhood more or less went along with the state building 400, if they’d agree to close East Paces Ferry and build this footpath.” There are two entrances to the footpath that lead to the bridge on the south side of 400 – one from Martina Drive and another in the sharp turn where East Paces Ferry Road now feeds into Peachtree Drive. A yellow and red floral display offsets artfully against wellmaintained green grass and mature trees along the path. Once on the bridge, curving, wrought

iron banisters protect raised flower and planting beds. The view of Buckhead’s skyscrapers from this vantage point is also quite impressive. From the washed brick homes of the neighborhood over 400, the footpath exits onto the loop road just behind Lenox Square – a pleasant walk for anyone wanting to go shopping or grab a bite for lunch. Han Vance is regular contributor to Atlanta INtown and other local and national publications. Visit his website at hanvance.com. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m




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using advanced technology like a GPS tracking enabled collar. • Never leave your pet unattended outside. • Keep current photographs of your pet. • Utilize your local veterinary community and sites like Craigslist to try to find your pet.

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Public Safety Briefs The final phase of the Ansley Park Traffic Calming Project was set to begin as the September issue of INtown went to press. The measures include longawaited roundabouts along Peachtree Circle at The Prado and 15th Street. Funded in part by a Georgia Department of Transportation Grant, the Ansley Park Civic Association (APCA) is working with the City of Atlanta to build the two roundabouts. Tunnell and Tunnell Landscape Architects (TTLA), the company hired by the APCA to oversee the newly completed four entrances along Piedmont, along with the Polo Drive sidewalk, has worked closely with GDOT engineers and plan reviewers to create intersections which respect the historic nature of Ansley Park’s existing, islands, parks and roadways. The new roundabouts include granite curbs, cobblestone pavers, and concrete sidewalks and ramps. The project is expected to be finished in six to eight months. The Atlanta Police Department Class #229 attended a graduation ceremony at Atlanta City Hall after 21 weeks of rigorous training at the Atlanta Police Academy, along with 12 weeks of field training with veteran officers. The training includes classroom courses in constitutional law, APD policy and procedure, hands-on defensive tactics, arrest techniques and daily physical

fitness. Class 229 consists of 24 men and 11 women, including a 39-year-old single mother and nine military veterans. The Atlanta Police Department has promoted Maj. Timothy Peek to commander of the Zone 6 precinct. He replaces Maj. Keith Meadows, who is now in charge of the APD’s School Detectives Section, the public safety arm of the Atlanta Public Schools system. Peek, who has been with APD for almost 20 years, served previously as the department’s liaison as Deputy Director to the regional High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has also been a sergeant in the Homicide Unit, an investigator and patrol officer. The Atlanta Fire Department has acquired $10 million worth of apparatus including nine new engines, three ladder trucks and three battalion

command vehicles. They will be housed at Stations 1, 6, 16, 17, 28, 24, 32, 35 and 40. The department has also purchased a Rapid Deployment Craft, a 16-foot inflatable rescue craft for the Special Operations Unit, an ambulance bus that can accommodate 16 patients and a decontamination unit.

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The Atlanta Police Department is seeking participants for the Citizens Police Academy. Sgt. Greg Lyon said the Citizens Police Academy will provide a hands-on opportunity to educate Atlantans on the operations of the department, which will allow APD to obtain valuable feedback to enhance police and community relations. The Citizens Police Academy will include more than 30 hours of instruction taught in three-hour sessions. Participation requires a commitment of three hours, one night a week, for seven weeks. The training includes classroom courses in crime scenes, a department overview and a zone ride-a-long. Classes are held every Wednesday evening from 6 to to 9 p.m., beginning Wednesday, Oct. 2. Classes are held at the Herbert T. Jenkins Atlanta Police Academy, 180 Southside Industrial Parkway, Atlanta, 30354.Interested citizens can apply by contacting Lt. J. Durant at the Atlanta Police Academy at (404) 209-5250 or jdurant@atlantaga.gov. The deadline for application is Monday, Sept. 23. Participants must be a resident

At press time, the Decatur Police Department reported a drastic cut in the number of burglaries in the city – from 33 in May/June to 14 in July/August so far. Sgt. Jennifer Ross said there had been an increase in calls from the community reporting suspicious persons, vehicles and activity. “We know credit for this decrease does not belong to the officers alone,” Ross said. “Thank you and keep looking out and keep calling.” City of Atlanta residents and businesses are now required to register their security and burglar alarm systems by Feb. 1, 2014. Registration opens Sept. 15. The move is to reduce the number of false alarm calls in the city. The Atlanta Police Department responded to 65,000 alarms in 2012 and 95 percent of them were false alarms. Residents can register their alarm system for free online at crywolf.us/atlantaga/ or by calling 1-855-725-7102. There is a $150 fine for not registering an alarm. If an alarm is activated and it turns out to be false there is no fine, just a warning. The second false alarm will result in a $50 fine to the homeowner. Fines will escalate for each false call thereafter.


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The Atlanta BeltLine Running Series will host the first annual Southeast 8K starting and ending in the Atlanta BeltLine’s Boulevard Crossing Park in Chosewood Park, and through D.H. Stanton Park. The race will take place Sept. 28 at 9 a.m. Also included in this event is the Atlanta BeltLine’s third Youth 1K Fun Run, designed to get children 12 and under excited and involved in running early, which takes place shortly after the 8K. Registration is $30 for 8K and $10 for the 1K at Run.BeltLine.org.

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The inaugural Ansley Park 5K Fun Run-Walk in the Park will be held Sept. 28. Registration is $25 and more information is available at ansleypark.org. The event is a family (and stroller) friendly race for all ages and abilities. The ALS Association Georgia Chapter has named Sarah Embro as their new executive director. Embro will be responsible for team leadership, driving revenue, care services and advocacy. Prior to joining The ALS Association, Embro was the chief development officer for Families First in Atlanta, She also spent more than 10 years as a Regional Development Manager for the Muscular Dystrophy Association covering territory in Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky where she managed fundraising and care services teams serving patient families with neuromuscular diseases, including ALS (Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. HomeAid Atlanta partnered with Bank of America, the Atlanta Remodelers Council of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, and Pace Drywall to provide Genesis – A New Life Shelter and Community Advanced Practice Nurses (CAPN) with much needed upgrades at their facilities serving the homeless. Over the summer, the building at 173 Boulevard NE, which houses both Genesis Shelter and CAPN, was overrun with volunteers as they worked to complete an extensive list of jobs for the three groups. Bank of America donated $4,000 to assist with materials for the event and 10 employees from the bank assisted with painting and other tasks on Thursday. The Atlanta Remodelers Council was represented by 15 members and offered additional material donations for the work completed. Pace Drywall, LLC made an enormous donation of professional painter labor for CAPN clinic. Additional volunteers from Aycock Properties assisted as well.


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HeaLtHY LunCHeS A few basics for back to school meals By Collin Kelley INtown Editor As the new 2013-14 school year began last month, we reached out to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for some survival tips as students headed back to class. This month, CHOA has some other necessary survival tips: eating healthy before, during and after school. Veggies and Fruits Make half your plate veggies and fruits. Veggies and fruits contain vitamins, minerals and fiber-stuff your body needs to work like it should. Serve a variety of colors, especially red, orange and dark green because they are full of nutrients. To add variety, pick a new fruit or vegetable for daily menus on a regular basis. Whole Grains Make at least half your grains whole grains. Whole grains contain fiber and other nutrients to help digestion and overall health. If a grain is brown, it doesn’t guarantee it is a whole grain. Look for the word “whole” before the name of the first ingredient to get the full benefit of grains.

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Go Lean With Protein Protein is a source of energy that helps your body build and repair itself. You can find it in both animal and plant foods. Varying your protein sources is a good way to balance potential nutrients. Choose lean proteins when possible with foods like lean beef, fish, chicken, turkey, eggs, low-fat dairy, beans, peas, lentils and soy/meat alternatives. drink and Eat calcium-Rich Foods Dairy products are an important source of calcium and Vitamin D that keep bones strong. Serving low-fat milk and dairy products such as yogurt and cheese is an easy way to add dairy to children’s meals. Children older than 2 years of age should be given 1% milk or skim milk. More Water. Less Juice. Our bodies are made of water so it is important to drink water regularly. Offer water with snacks and have it readily available. Keep in mind, we need more water when exercising vigorously and in warm temperatures. Also, limit daily juice intake to 4 to 6 oz. or less of 100 percent fruit juice. While 100 percent fruit juice can count as a serving of fruit, drinking multiple servings every day is not encouraged. Fruit juice lacks the fiber and other nutrients found in whole fruit. Sweetened beverages increase your body’s need for water and can crowd out the fluids your body really needs. Limit the amount of sweetened beverages they drink. Although water can be found in all of these drinks, your family should still drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day to keep hydrated.

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Standout Student Justin Cucchi, a sophomore at Grady High School, was one of 15 students from the United States selected to participate in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Ocean for Life program at the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary over the summer. He was one of 30 students, including 15 from the Greater Middle East, to be selected out of nearly 400 applications for the program. He completed the highly competitive application process in the spring by writing a series of essays on the importance of the ocean, the interconnectedness of the world’s ocean, how local actions impact the ocean, and his ideas for promoting ocean conservation. Justin is a rising sophomore honors student at Grady High School where he pursues his conservation interests through the school’s Earth Club, an environmentally themed servicelearning club. He spends his free time at the Atlanta Zoo where he participates

in the volunteer program educating the public about animal conservation topics and providing information about zoo animals. He is also a competitive swimmer with the DeKalb Aquatics swim team and the Grady High School swim team. About the Channel Islands, Justin said, “It’s a place for wild things to call home. A safe place for thousands of plants and animals.” The Ocean for Life program is designed around three main themes: a sense of place, interconnectedness, and ocean conservation and stewardship. Activities focus on ocean science and exploration, cultural exchanges, stewardship activities, and the development of youth media projects. Justin and his fellow students documented their experiences through video and photography, as well as being mentored by staff from Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society Media Camp and American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking.

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VOX Teen Communications, the nonprofit youth newspaper and website, recently hosted a group of young people ages 16-22, at its Downtown location for an international and interactive dialogue about the similarities and differences young people face in our two cities of Atlanta and Nuremberg, Germany (one of Atlanta’s sister cities). The teens had a lively cross-cultural exchange, largely focused on education and racism, comparing and contrasting how the two intersect or don’t in their respective countries. In a 2012-2013 reader survey, 96 percent of teens reported that by reading VOX they felt more appreciative of teens with different life experiences than them, including people from different cultures and/or countries. Georgia Tech student Niniola Mark gave tours of the campus over the summer to high school student interns taking park in The Nature Conservancy’s LEAF (Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future) program. An alumna of the program herself, Mark talked about Tech’s dedication to engineering and environmental stewardship. This year’s interns also spent time clearing invasive species, maintaining trails and assisting in collection of scientific data from forests and sea shores along coastal Georgia.

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Fourteen rising seniors from The Lovett School completed a 10-day medical program/internship in August. Each student was able to shadow doctors in different locations and fields including Emory Medical School, Grady Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, and Good Samaritan Medical Front row (L to R): Alina Guiterrez, Lindsey Barnes, Ashley Taylor, Frances Salmon, Anna White, Tori Cole, Clara Easterlin. Clinic. The students who Back row (L to R): Lovett’s Director of Service Learning Angela participated are strong in Morris-Long, James Foster, Koren Lewis, Charlie Ingram, Suzanscience and are interested in careers in medicine. This nah Mayer, Caroline Edwards, Linzy Scott, and Dr. David Apple. program gave the students the opportunity to meet and assist doctors, ask questions, and experience the medical field first-hand.

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Volunteer nonprofit encourages children to get active By Clare S. Richie Nationally, nearly one in five children are obese. In Georgia, “four out of five school children cannot perform basic physical tasks that indicate a healthy level of fitness,” per the Georgia Department of Education. Insufficient play space, lack of physical activity, and poor eating habits are at the root of this epidemic. Atlanta ContactPoint (ACP), an all-volunteer nonprofit established in 2012, is fighting back with “good, old-fashioned play” and a focus on nutrition, social responsibility and environmental stewardship. According to Steve Soto, an ACP founder, “we were playing roller hockey and noticed neighborhood children watching us. We stopped to show the kids how to play.” And the seed for ACP was planted. From different neighborhoods and professions, ACP’s leadership team brings together Atlantans of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds to play and learn. “Our immediate focus is on our three fall Play Days – the next one is Sept. 21 in Candler Park kicked off by a 5k,” said Shannon Goines, another ACP founder. A Play Day is a free, fair-style event held at city parks to introduce kids and adults to the benefits of sports, fitness, nutrition, art, and sustainable initiatives. Local coaches and organizations lead the activities and provide gear. “We are thrilled to be endorsed by Piedmont Park Conservancy, Park Pride, City of Atlanta Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, and the Atlanta BeltLine,” Goines added. They join a long list of partners who have donated their time, equipment, and expertise, such as Atlanta Sport & Social Club, Blaze Sports, Soccer in the Streets, Nex Atlanta, ETIKA, Abbadabas, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and 100 more organizations. The best praise comes from attendees. “At a Play Day, my son tried baseball for the first time with the guidance and support of volunteers. He loved it and I saw a huge boost in his confidence. He can’t wait to attend the next one,” said

Upcoming 2013 ACP Play Days Each is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21: candler Park (kicked off with 5K) oct. 5: atlanta BeltLine East Side trail, Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park oct. 19: Piedmont Park’s active oval For more details, visit atlcp.org. Lake Claire parent Laurie Whitehead. What’s next? “We want a home,” Goines said. ACP is developing its proposal to the Georgia Building Authority and the governor to acquire Pullman Yard, the 25-acre abandoned industrial site on DeKalb Avenue in Kirkwood. ACP’s plans include outdoor playfields; repurposing historic buildings into indoor athletics, arts, and nutritional venues; a café with local produce; sporting goods retail/ rental; physical therapy; event space for performing arts, parties, and fundraisers; classrooms for home scholars and afterschool activities; and more. “For years, I thought Pullman Yard was the perfect location for bridging north and south Atlanta neighborhoods,” Soto explained. ACP’s vision is inline with the neighborhood’s desire to preserve historic buildings and have an inclusive community hub. It’s easily accessed from MARTA, the BeltLine, and the PATH. “Plus, it’s a manifestation of the Governor’s own Georgia SHAPE initiative and aligns well with Mayor Reed’s Centers of Hope initiative” Goines added. This idea could be replicated across Georgia and the country. As ACP works toward acquiring a permanent home, they will continue to raise awareness through Play Days. Join them this fall to reconnect to the power of play. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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The O’Douls Incident Football season calls for making plans with my Boston College buddies in Atlanta. We all migrated here seeking a reprieve from the weather in the northeast. When I graduated, the Olympics were on the horizon in Atlanta so it seemed like a good destination. My brother Bill graduated from BC two years after me and brought his own crew of transplants. Collectively, we extended our college fun well into our twenties (thirties?) and Atlanta became home. Boston College moved from the Big East conference to the ACC bringing Eagle action to the Southeast and BC quarterback Matt Ryan was drafted by the Falcons so it was game on! Then Kristen got pregnant. We were the first of the BC crew to have a child on the way, and in some ways it was akin to the flickering of the lights at closing time. We signaled the end of the party days and ushered in the era of procreation, so a seismic shift in our group dynamic was afoot. It was the 2006 season when we all road tripped to a game at Florida State to root on our Eagles. Kristen wasn’t past the magical three-month marker to start spreading our big news so there was going to be a need for non-alcoholic beer at the tailgate party to fend off any suspicion. In a covert effort to pour an O’Douls into a plastic cup for my newly pregnant wife I was busted by my friend Ted, who was like, “Heh heh. O’Douls, huh? Heh heh.” That Ted. He knew. We hadn’t even told our families yet, but Ted knew that we were going to have a

baby. Since it was our first child and really, the group’s first child, the O’Douls incident seemed a remarkable transgression of privacy, like unintended nudity in a shared vacation house (also a hallmark of this crowd). All was well though. BC won the game and Ted kept his lip zipped save for a couple of jabs throughout the day: “I guess you’ll have to see as many games as you can this year…heh heh.” And then that night, “I see you guys are heading off to bed a little early…heh heh.” Fast forward to 2013 and so many more future Eagles have been born. When we get together now, it’s more often for a birthday party or Easter egg hunt instead of a game. The highlight reel is a series of feedings and diaper changes and temper tantrums that make actually watching a game impossible. Those of us with kids know all too well the forearm Brian Lynch and Betsy Riehman are ready for some football. cramps from gingerly supporting the fragile head/neck apparatus our new additions come with but we have no idea what the score is. is let’s circle up the minivans and tailgate family style! Those who do not have kids see the bags under Certainly no one needs to pretend to drink a beer in parents’ eyes and the spit up on their shoulders and offer front of us. We all know each other too well now and tentative congratulatory statements like, “good, umm… believe me mamas, once you graduate from the nausea good…baby.” you will be gorgeous. And perhaps the only thing more So yes, we went to bed early after that Florida State beautiful than a pregnant woman is the end result, game and seven years later we’re waking up some from swaddled in a Boston College onesie. the fog of raising two small children. Now we’re really ready for some football. Our son Elliott is a football Tim Sullivan grew up in a large family in the Northeast nut and our daughter Margo likes any excuse to wear a and now lives with his small family in Oakhurst. He can be cheerleader outfit. Our friends’ kids are a little younger reached at tim@sullivanfinerugs.com. and I’m sure there are more to come but what I’m saying

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Chevra kadishas provide “the ultimate kindness” to the deceased By Melissa Weinman and Collin Kelley It may not be the most popular committee at the synagogue, but rabbis say volunteering for a chevra kadisha is one of the most important and selfless things one can do. A chevra kadisha is a group of people who perform the ritual blessing and cleansing of a body before a Jewish funeral. Typically composed of three to five volunteers, there are two chevra kadisha groups at each synagogue because they are separated by gender. Men tend to men, while women tend to women. Literally translated, “Chevra means this collegial group. Kadisha means this holy collegial group – those two words are Aramaic, actually – a collegial group of holiness,” said Rabbi Hayyim Kassorly of Congregation Or Ve Shalom in Brookhaven. To be part of a chevra kadisha, one must have a flexible schedule that can defer to death. When volunteers are called, they have to be ready to show up within 24 hours to prepare a body for burial. “I have a lot of respect for the people who take this on. It’s not always an easy job and one where there’s not a lot of glory or recognition. But it’s a very meaningful act of service,” said Rabbi Joshua Heller

of Congregation B’nai Torah in Sandy chevra kadisha at Shearith Israel in Springs. Morningside, a position she has held for According to Jewish tradition, a body 40 years. “There was no organized chevra must be buried as quickly as possible kadisha, and I didn’t want to do it at after death. The chevra kadisha performs first,” Easton recalled. “But then the rabbi a ritual cleansing and blessing of the reminded me that there were no women body before dressing the deceased in to help my mother when she died. That the simple, white shrouds that Jews are empowered me to do it.” traditionally buried in. Easton said working “They have a great with the chevra kadisha responsibility because “grounds you and “I didn’t want to do it at they are literally makes you realize what first. But then the rabbi preparing us for life the world is about.” after life,” Kassorly said. “It makes me reminded me that there Rabbis say Judaism happy that I can help were no women to help my somebody,” she said. holds chevra kadishas mother when she died. That “It’s an honor to be the in high regard. “It’s the ultimate empowered me to do it.” last person who takes kindness because care of a person in – Annette Easton it’s a kindness that death. It’s made my life Shearith Israel in Morningside person can never richer.” repay,” Heller said. “I Easton said in 1973 know they are never there were only two going to return the favor to me, so it’s or three women involved, but now the doing a kindness for the sake of doing a women’s chevra kadisha group numbers kindness.” almost 20. She also praised Dressler’s Rabbis and volunteers emphasize that Jewish Funeral Care in Chamblee for there is a great sense of respect and dignity improving conditions and modernizing that goes into the burial preparations. the chevra kadisha for the deceased and And the people who volunteer for chevra those in the group. kadisha say they take comfort knowing Steve Schaikewitz, who volunteers they can help the dead find peace. for the chevra kadisha at Congregation Annette Easton leads the women’s Ariel in Dunwoody, said he likes feeling

connected to tradition. “As a Jew, you know this is the way it’s been done for thousands of years,” Schaikewitz said. “You’re part of a tradition. You’re one of a long line.” And he hopes that when his own death comes, there will be people who will volunteer their time for him. “I would like for someone to treat my body this way, with kindness and with respect. So I’m going to do it for others along the way,” Schaikewitz said. Once a year, volunteers from Atlantaarea chevra kadishas are honored for their service at a citywide dinner. Fred Glusman, the chaplain at The Carlton Assisted Living and Memory Care in Sandy Springs, said he organized the first chevra kadisha dinner in 1983. Glusman said it is common in many Jewish communities to have an annual dinner to thank chevra kadisha volunteers; but he said Atlanta is the only city he knows of that brings together volunteers from all the synagogues in the area. “Too many times when we are divided in certain areas of worship, this is one area where everybody is on same wavelength,” Glusman said. “I think it’s important for reform, orthodox, and conservative (Jews) to meet each other and see that everybody is doing this same act of kindness.”

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NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2014 Each January, we select students from Intown’s public schools, private schools and colleges who have given back to their community in a significant way. Over the last five years , we’ve featured students that have created their own nonprofits, have given up summer vacation and spring break to work domestically and abroad to help the less fortunate and even a pair of tweens who created a line of food to raise money for charity. The 6th annual 20 Under 20 will appear in our January 2014 issue and we are now seeking nominations of students 19 years old and younger who have committed themselves to service to the community. Nominations are welcome from teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, siblings, fellow students or community leaders. Here’s the information we need: •

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Ann Taylor Boutwell Sept. 1, 1939: Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell and husband John Robert Marsh said goodbye to the Russell Apartment on 17th at West Peachtree streets and moved into a second floor unit at the Della Manta apartments, right, on Piedmont Avenue in Ansley Park. The three-story, red brick building, designed in 1917 by architect Neel Reid, was renamed One South Prado after a condominium conversion in 1986. The condo made news in August when it was sold to a new owner. Sept. 8, 1913: The tuition-free Girl’s Night School opened its academic 19131914 evening sessions at the Steiner-Emery Building, which was located at 1½ Viaduct Place on the corner of North Broad Street. Principal Laura M. White’s salary was $1,000 per year, provided she worked full-time. Each of her three faculty members earned $400 per year. With a monthly budget of $85 she paid the rent and janitorial service. The board of education paid for light and heat. Sept. 20, 1923: The young matrons of St. Mark’s Methodist Church met in the 10th Street shopping district’s Piggly Wiggly at 827 Peachtree. They busied themselves fundraising by selling homemade goodies to Thursday shoppers. The Piggly Wiggly between 10th and 11th streets was officially the company’s second store in Atlanta. It opened in 1919 on the old site of the Barnett Brothers grocery store. By 1931, the Winn & Lovett Company of Georgia had purchased Atlanta’s 36 Piggly Wiggly stores and the address had changed to 1005 Peachtree Street. Sept. 24, 1864: U.S. Gen. William T. Sherman attended a musical entertainment at the little Athenaeum on Decatur Street. It was Atlanta’s first official theater. The Sunny South described the theater “as a plain looking building with parquet and a gallery. There were no boxes and the seats were ordinary benches with no cushions. The Brass Band of the 33d Massachusetts Volunteers opened the concert with the “Soldiers Chorus” from Gounod’s Faust, a special favorite of President Abraham Lincoln. Atlanta had surrendered to Union forces just a few weeks earlier. Sherman would depart Atlanta on his March to the Sea on Nov. 15, leaving behind the smoldering ruins of the city. Sept. 29, 1907: Eighty-five train cars rolled into town with the famous Hagenbeck & Wallace Circus. The smell of sawdust, sweat, and animals permeated the old show grounds at Jackson Street and Auburn Avenue in the Fourth Ward. On the following Monday morning, the traveling amusement, nearly two miles long, paraded through the city’s streets with chariots, wagons, cages, animals and clowns. The Atlanta Georgian described final performance audience as “sweltering humanity jammed into the tent.” In 1907, Benjamin Wallace bought the animal trainer Carl Hagenbeck’s Circus and merged it with his E. B. Wallace Circus. The Atlanta show was one of the first after the merger. Ann Taylor Boutwell is an Atlanta historian, tour guide and docent at the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum. Email her at annboutwell@bellsouth.net

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FMLS Areas 2 21,22,23 & 132. The information is Lot believed accurate but is2not warranted and is subject to errors. Equal Housing Opportunity. Ginger Scott, 404.406.1811 Stewart Hammond, Elise Lowe Baumann, 404.566.2477 Rachel Farmer, 404.216.4569 $239,000 847 St. Charles Ave., #2 OneSycamore Buckhead Plaza • 3060 P eachtree R oad, Suit e 100, Atlanta, GA 30305 • P:40 4.261.6300 • Dac Car ver, Manag ing Road, Broker #B3 878 Briarcliff (Buyers Agent) 912 Drive 2217 Willow Ave. Kyle Baumann, 404.242.0994 36 Wiltshire Drive 404.451.4602 Jim Warwick, 404.216.9450 *Based on dollar volume of listings sold, single family detatched only. FMLS Areas 21,22,23 & 132. The information is believed accurate but is not warranted and is subject to errors. Equal Housing Opportunity. $225,000 $209,000 2 BR/2 BA• $395,000 $449,000 2 BR/2 BA/Oversized Lot Ginger 404.406.1811 Stewart 847 St.Scott, Charles Ave., #2 Baumann, Rachel Farmer, $239,000 878 Briarcliff Road, #B3 Elise Lowe 912 Sycamore 2217 Willow 404.566.2477 Ave. One Buckhead404.216.4569 PlazaDrive • 3060 P eachtree R oad, Suit36 e 100, Atlanta, GA Drive 30305 • P:40 4.261.6300 • Dac Car ver, ManagHammond, ing Broker Wiltshire (Buyers Agent) Kyle Baumann, 404.242.0994 *Based on dollar volume of listings sold, single family detatched only. FMLS Areas 21,22,23 & 132. The information is believed accurate but is not warranted and is subject to errors. Equal Housing Opportunity. 404.451.4602 Jim Warwick, 404.216.9450 2 BR/2 BA• $395,000 $449,000 2 BR/2 BA/Oversized Lot Ginger Scott, 404.406.1811 Stewart Hammond, Elise Lowe Baumann, 404.566.2477 Rachel Farmer, 404.216.4569 $239,000 (Buyers Agent) One Buckhead Plaza • 3060 P eachtree R oad, e 100, Atlanta, GA 30305 • P:40 4.261.6300 • Dac Car ver, Manag ing Broker Kyle Baumann, 404.242.0994 404.451.4602 JimSuit Warwick, 404.216.9450

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*Based on dollar volume of listings sold, single family detatched only. FMLS Areas 21,22,23 & 132. The information is believed accurate but is not warranted and is subject to errors. Equal Housing Opportunity. One Buckhead Plaza • 3060 P eachtree R oad, Suit e 100, Atlanta, GA 30305 • P:40 4.261.6300 • Dac Car ver, Manag ing Broker *Based on dollar volume of listings sold, single family detatched only. FMLS Areas 21,22,23 & 132. The information is believed accurate but is not warranted and is subject to errors. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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Atlantic Station. $124,500 361 17th Street 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5163139 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595

Buckhead. $1,495,000 4795 Lafayette Court 5BR/5.5BA FMLS: 5142679 Neal Heery 404.974.4388 George Heery 404.974.4378

Buckhead. $169,000 3530 Piedmont Road NE 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5171392 Neal Heery 404.974.4388 George Heery 404.974.4378

Buckhead. $2,750,000 67 Blackland Road 5BR/7Full 2half BA FMLS: 5141708 Erika Eaton 404.246.9330

Buckhead. $559,000 715 Mill Walk NW 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5174686 Krista Keeney 404.934.3011

Buckhead. $7,500,000 3611 Tuxedo Court 6BR/8Full 3half BA FMLS: 5179541 Deane Johnson 404.202.3522

Chamblee. $87,900 5300 Peachtree Road 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5171145 Missy Koefod 912.220.1878

Edgewood. $269,000 1347 Arkwright Place SE 4BR/3BA FMLS: 5180291 Chrissie Kallio 404.295.2068

Chattahoochee Hills. $1,200,000 12000 Hutcheson Ferry Road 6BR/3BA FMLS: 5177818 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558

Glenwood Park. $494,900 942 Glenwood Avenue SE 4BR/3Full 2half BA FMLS: 5125469 Scott Barnett 404.583.3313

Midtown. $179,900 960 Taft Avenue NE 2BR/1BA FMLS: 5180931 Adam Ellis 770.355.0549 Patti Ellis 770.366.4658

Midtown. $142,900 172 Carroll Street 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5159760 Alison Douglas 404.386.5260

Midtown. $169,900 950 West Peachtree Street 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5180210 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595

Midtown. $289,000 75 14th Street 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5169898 Kevin McBride 404.626.6884 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595

Midtown. $825,000 805 Peachtree Street 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5174613 Alison Douglas 404.386.5260

Underwood Hills. $415,000 1756 Defoor Avenue 4BR/3BA FMLS: 5180951 Dorothy Walker 404.242.0224 Ashley Parker 404.245.2555

Virginia Highland. $969,000 1089 Rosedale Road NE 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5172398 Adam Ellis 770.355.0549 Patti Ellis 770.366.4658

Reynoldstown. $279,000 190 Flat Shoals Avenue SE 3BR/2BA FMLS: 5180506 Chrissie Kallio 404.295.2068

Virginia Highland. $165,000 608 Seminole Avenue NE 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5174574 Jere Metcalf 770.337.7122

Hickory Creek, Texas. $1,000,000 25 Shorehaven Lane Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

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WEEDS TO FLOWERS Trees Atlanta plants Eastside Trail Arboretum By Bethany Clark Trees Atlanta Trees Atlanta has spent the last four months planting a native grass and wildflower prairie on the Eastside Trail as part of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. This major undertaking has resulted in more than 109,000 grass plugs and wildflowers planted with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Choosing a native plant selection means that the prairie, once it’s established, with take care of itself a lot better than other lawn-type groundcovers, requiring less fuel, water and pesticides. It will also bring a beautiful aesthetic to the area, create a unique sense of place, and become a much-needed source of nesting sites, food, and protection for birds, butterflies, bees, and more. Brian Williams, Trees Atlanta’s forest restoration coordinator, managed the installation of the native grass prairie and wants to help everyone understand the project, from the site to the weeds. Here are some of his thoughts on the project: • This project is a restoration project, similar to the forest restoration projects Trees Atlanta does when planting trees. The area along the Eastside Trail was a damaged urban ecosystem, with lots of manmade disturbance, invasive plants, and poor or nonexistent topsoils. This means that ecological recovery will be a gradual process, and each growing season will look better than the last. So in terms of how the prairie is developing, patience is key. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

• The native grasses and wildflowers are in place and, most importantly, they are growing root systems. These root systems will build the soil, prevent erosion, absorb stormwater and bolster the natives during times of drought; and while these ecosystem functions may not be flashy and visible right now, the ornamental aspect of the plantings will improve and become more visible as time goes on. • The native grasses and wildflowers are producing seed this year, which will result in seedlings next year, which will go a long way in tipping the balance of “weeds vs. natives” more toward natives. Our weed control efforts this year have been weighted toward reduction in weed seed vectors for next growing season – mowing high to reduce flowering, controlling weeds outside the construction perimeter to reduce external pressure, and specifically targeting the most pernicious weeds like johnsongrass, kudzu and ragweed. It helps to remember that this prairie project is an organic process, not a manmade construct like a building or a road; the process is a living thing. We want the public to understand and become engaged in the progression toward a healthy grassland along the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. The result will be very, very beautiful. For more about Trees Atlanta and its projects around the city, visit treesatlanta. org.

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Intown sisters build thriving local businesses By Collin Kelley INtown Editor The Davis sisters have built their businesses beadby-bead and strand-by-strand. A close twosome, Andrea Goldklang is the owner of Belle de Jour Salon in Sandy Springs and Sabrina Davis is the owner of both Brina Beads and Range Boutique in Buckhead. The Miami natives come from a family of entrepreneurs and business owners, so running their own small businesses is almost second nature. “We like the idea of not having to answer to anyone else and being our own bosses,” Sabrina laughed. Brina Beads is celebrating 10 years in business, having successfully weathered the economic downturn, while Belle de Jour has been a hit since it opened two years ago. “I actually started working part-time with Sabrina at the bead shop,” Andrea recalled. “Then I was working in a salon, but I knew I always wanted to open my own.” A trust like no other was formed at an early age when then 12-year-old Andrea cut 6-year-old Sabrina’s hair into a Dorothy Hamill bob. From that moment on, and several years of formal training later in New York and Paris, Sabrina was always asking Andrea to make her look like the top supermodel of the moment. Sabrina said she decided to open Brina Beads after stints working sales in Los Angeles and found herself coming back and forth to Atlanta to visit her sister. It was

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describes it. Sabrina said adding the clothing section to her shop helped the store survive the recession. “Instead of paying $40 or $50 for jewelry, they could come here and make it for $8. The clothing line actually helped increase the jewelry sales.” Both sisters love having successful and unique businesses near each other and are regularly amazed at the crossover of their establishments. Andrea and Sabrina regularly refer their customers to each other’s businesses. The sisters are also huge supporters of giving back, especially after Andrea’s 8-year-old son, Nolan, battled leukemia. Local schools to CURE Childhood Cancer, Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, The Sisters Andrea Goldklang, left, is the owner of Belle de Jour Salon Shepherd Center and Bert’s Big Adventure are some of the organizations the duo has in Sandy Springs and Sabrina Davis owns Brina Beads and Range. supported over the years. And even all these years later, Sabrina still loves getting styled by her older sis and actually Andrea’s idea to open a bead store. Andrea can be found now and again teaching a beading “There was a big trend 10 years ago of people making class or two at Brina Beads. their own jewelry and you saw celebrities with all this great beaded jewelry,” Sabrina said. “And people still love Brina Beads and Range (brinabeads.com, to make their own jewelry.” rangeboutique.com) are located at 3231 Cains Hill Place, In 2007 Sabrina added clothing to the shop calling while Belle du Jour Salon (bdjsalon.com) is at 5290 the new retail portion Range, offering pieces inspired Roswell Road. by her time in California, or “West Coast cool” as she


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Business & Retail Briefs PulteGroup, which is moving its corporate offices from Michigan to Buckhead next summer, has announced it will need to fill more than 200 positions at its new location. PulteGroup, a homebuilding company, will move into101,000 square-feet of office space in the Capital City Plaza building on Peachtree Road. Those interested in employment should visit pultegroupatlanta.com. A variety of opportunities will become available in the fields of accounting, finance, purchasing, information technology, human resources and administration. The Ardent Companies has announced the purchase of 37,853 square feet of retail and restaurant space at the 1010 Midtown building, right, on Peachtree Street. Ardent bought the space for $15 million from its previous owner, a joint venture between Daniel Corporation, Selig Enterprises and Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds. According to a media release, the Ardent Companies formed TAC Midtown, LLC to purchase the property at 1010 Midtown and are currently negotiating a lease for the remaining 2,021 square feet of retail space with an undisclosed restaurateur who owns several restaurants throughout the city. Once signed, this lease will be representative of 100 percent retail tenant occupancy. The 35-story 1010 Midtown building has more than 400 condos and is home to Ri Ra Irish Pub, Panera Bread, RA Sushi, Mi Cocina, Piola, CB2 and Bank of America. Koch Business Solutions has announced it will move into 90,000 square-feet of space in the Equitable Building in Downtown. The Equitable is currently undergoing a $15 million renovation project after its purchase by America’s Capital Partners in 2011. Architecture firm Lord Aeck & Sargent has signed a long-term lease for the top two floors of the 100 Colony Square tower in Midtown. The firm will have 30,000 square feet on floors 23 and 24. Mayor Kasim Reed joined Google and representatives from Atlanta’s business community on Aug. 14 to accept the 2013 Google eCity Award. The award recognizes the strongest online business community in each state. To analyze the online strength of local small businesses in cities in all 50 states, Google worked with independent research firm, IPSOS. Its findings ranked Atlanta among America’s leading cities in the digital economy. “Our ‘e-City Awards’ recognize the new ‘digital capitals’ of America,” said Scott Levitan, Google’s director of small-business engagement. “We’re proud to recognize this growing entrepreneurial spirit – and the role that it plays in both creating jobs and sustaining local economies. With 97 percent of Internet-users looking for products and services online, it’s clear that success is about being connected.” For more about the initiative, visit google.com/ecities. Trina Turk (trinaturk.com) has opened a new concept boutique in Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. Turk opened her first retail boutique offering fashion and home collections in Palm Springs in 2002 and has since expanded to Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Dallas.


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Celebrated author returns with first new novel in two decades By Collin Kelley INtown Editor Charles McNair made a splash with his debut novel, Land O’ Goshen, a futuristic tale set in his native Alabama after the country falls under the tyrannical rule of fundamentalist Christians. It received a raft of good reviews and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. That was 19 years ago. Over lunch at McNair’s favorite watering hole, Manuel’s Tavern, which is just a short walk from his home in Poncey-Highland, the author tells me what’s been happening in the intervening two decades and why he’s excited that his second novel, Pickett’s Charge, is already receiving early rave reviews. To be honest, it doesn’t seem like McNair has been away. He’s been a constant presence on the Atlanta literary scene, he’s the book editor for Paste magazine and you can hear him talking books on AM 1690. So, what took him so long to write Pickett’s Charge? “Writing is not my favorite thing to do,” McNair says candidly. “It’s not that I dislike it, but writing is a solitary thing and I always feel the need to be with other people and be sociable.” It will come as no surprise, then, that writing Pickett’s Charge took him 12 of those 19 years since his first book appeared. “There are thousands of pages in a box of chapters that went the wrong way or subplots that just didn’t quite fit,” McNair says. “The finished book was 529 pages, but I’ve cut it down to 360.” Pickett’s Charge, which will be published this month by the University of

West Alabama’s Livingston Press, is a “tall tale” about the last living Confederate soldier who, at 114-years-old, embarks on an epic road trip North to kill the last remaining Union soldier. Along the way, Threadgill Pickett has run-ins with ghosts, two coal truck drivers building a time machine and discovers that he must reexamine his desire for valor and revenge. Tom Junod at Esquire has lauded the book for its “indelible visions,” while award-winning author Charles Frazier, of Cold Mountain fame, said McNair’s book is a “genuine delight.” McNair says he is humbled and grateful for the words, and hopes it will help him ease back into author life. The idea for Pickett’s Charge came from McNair’s late father, who often told a story about meeting an embittered Confederate soldier. Growing up in Alabama, McNair said it was hard to escape the feeling that the South had romanticized the “lost cause” of the Civil War. “You still see trucks with Confederate flags and slogans like

‘Forget Hell,’” he says. “Threadgill Pickett embodies a lot of that. He’s been nursing a great vengeance for an entire century.” Threadgill is surely an anti-hero, but McNair sees him more in the vein of Don Quixote, who wanted to bring back a by-gone era and had a penchant for attacking windmills he believed were giant monsters. McNair’s “day job” is in corporate communications, which meant most of the writing on Pickett’s Charge happened late at night. “I’d finish my work, go to dinner with friends or walk somewhere for a drink, and then come back and write from about 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. He’s keeping that same schedule as he works on his third novel, The Epicureans, about

a billionaire “eating club” where the members meet once a year for an unusual feast. McNair will be back at Manuel’s Tavern on Sept. 25 starting at 7 p.m. for a public launch party of Pickett’s Charge. After that, he’ll embark on a 15-stop regional book tour that will take him to Athens, Dallas, Austin, Charleston and back home to Alabama. While McNair is justifiably excited about Pickett’s Charge, there’s also a postscript that he isn’t happy about: Land O’ Goshen is out of print. St. Martin’s Press returned the rights to McNair and he’s hoping that Pickett’s Charge will spur new interest in getting his celebrated debut back into the hands of readers.

Former bookstore owner creates Children Read This past spring, Marlene Zeiler sold Tall Tales Book Shop, which she had owned for more than 30 years. The book shop is still open with a new owner, but Zeiler hasn’t gotten out of the book business. She’s created a non-profit called Children Read modeled on the Children’s Book Bank in Portland, Oregon. “I am planning to distribute books to preschool-kindergarten age children mainly through Head Start preschools,” Zeiler said. “I am hoping to collect new and gently used books from families whose children have graduated into the elementary age books and whose rooms, attic, basements are crammed with terrific picture books, board books, hardback and soft back books that might need a bit of repair.” Zeiler wants to fill book bags with

15 books for each preschool child to take home and have forever. She is currently taking book donations and storing them at her home, but she hopes that someone will donate a space to store and sort books in the future. The book lover was moved to act after reading an MIT study that reported middle-income children are read aloud on average of 1,200 hours by the time they reach kindergarten. Lower-income children are read to about 25 hours. Middle-income children have owned 300 books by kindergarten and lower-income children, on average, one book. “These statistics made my jaw drop,” Zeiler said. To donate books, volunteer or find out more information, call (404) 2372017 or email psymdz@emory.edu.

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Night Lights Lantern Parade kicks off Art on the BeltLine By Annie Kinnett Nichols I love Atlanta, but y’all know that. There’s always so much going on I can barely keep up, but there is one event that has become a permanent tradition for my family – Art on the BeltLine. Art on the BeltLine opens Sept. 7 with the phenomenally gorgeous Lantern Parade along the Eastside Trail from Irwin Street to Piedmont Park. Bring a creative lantern or light and dress up in a costume. Tailgating begins at 7:30 p.m. at Irwin and Krog, and part of the fun watching everyone line up and get their costumes on and lanterns lit. The parade steps off at 8:30 p.m. The Lantern Parade is organized by New Orleans transplant Chantelle Rytter’s Krewe of Grateful Gluttons, modeled on her love of the Mardi Gras parades in the Big Easy. Even if you don’t want to participate in the parade, line the trail or watch from one of the trail bridges. It’s like an evening in the French Quarter meets Alice in Wonderland by way of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The Art on the BeltLine exhibition continues through Nov. 11 along eight miles of the BeltLine featuring work by 70 artists. There will also be two months of live art performances with art, dance, theater, poetry and song. Last year there were a lot of interactive art pieces and some became permanent. Bring a blanket, picnic basket, your bike, your dogs and spend an afternoon wandering up and down the BeltLine. So many wonderful people are passionate about making the 22-miles of trail a safe, beautiful part of Atlanta. The BeltLine is game changer for Intowners. I, along with thousands of others, now use the BeltLine to get to work, exercise, bike or just enjoy the urban spaces outdoors. An estimated17,655 bikers and pedestrians used the BeltLine this past Mother’s Day alone. Very impressive. I hope to see you out on the trail in the coming months. I will most definitely be there – with lights on – on Sept. 7. For more about Art on the BeltLine and the Lantern Parade, visit art.beltline. org.

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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family Visual Arts The Women of Southeast Asia: Decatur Arts Alliance presents images from Lorrie Dallek’s book “The Women of Southeast Asia,” providing a glimpse into the colorful lives and traditions of these women. Closes September 6. Free. decaturartsalliance.org Lina Tharsing: Making a New Forest: Installed like a filmstrip at Poem 88, Lina Tharsing’s most recent paintings are modeled after archival images at the American Museum of Natural History and use only ivory black and titanium white to mimic black-and-white film. Opens September 7. Free. poem88.net Space Aged: Atlanta artists Mike Germon and Chelsea Raflo combine collage, video and installation in this Beep Beep Gallery exhibit to explore how technology can isolate people in physical spaces and social interactions. Closes September 7. Free. beepbeepgallery.com Yellow Daisy Festival: With more than 400 artists and crafters from 38 states and two countries, this festival at Stone

Mountain Park is consistently voted one of the top arts and crafts shows in the nation. September 5 through September 8. Free with $10 Park Admission. stonemountainpark.com Ready for My Close-up: Hagedorn Foundation Gallery explores the feminism and performativity that have influenced contemporary photography in the last half century at this group exhibit. Opens September 12. Free. hagedornfoundationgallery.org Robert Sagerman: Openings: Robert Sagerman’s colorful, abstract paintings are comprised of thousands of layers of paint that can reach up to 3 inches deep. He documents and tallies each mark in the process, and the title of each work represents the total number of marks. Opens September 12. Free. marciawoodgallery.com Atlanta Arts Festival: Piedmont Park welcomes local and national artists, live entertainment and hands-on art activities at this annual juried festival. See the work of a variety of artists, from painters and photographers to sculptors and glass

blowers. September 14 and September 15. Free. atlantaartsfestival.com Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis: This High Museum exhibition is your first opportunity to see Johannes Vermeer’s iconic painting on display in the Southeast. Other Dutch Golden Age painters featured include Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. Closes September 29. $12 to $19.50. high. org

Performing Arts Venus in Fur: One of Broadway’s biggest hits, this deliciously sexy comedy explodes onto the Actor’s Express stage dripping with erotic, kinky fun as a talented young actress who, despite arriving late for her audition, is determined to land the lead role. Opens September 4. $15 to $40. actorsexpress.com

Steely Dan: Legendary jazz-rock icons Walter Becker and Donald Fagen hit the road as Steely Dan this year, bringing their four-decade catalog to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. September 7. $39.50 to $99.50. vzwamp.com

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Peter Rabbit: This children’s puppet show captures the beloved world of Beatrix Potter by combining “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” with “The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.” September 11 through September 22. $16.50. puppet.org Scratching: In this world premiere play at Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre, washed out arts school graduate Christian struggles to find a way of life while illegally tattooing out of his girlfriend’s dirty apartment. Closes September 14. $20. pnotheatre. org

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Harmony: Barry Manilow and theatre veteran Bruce Sussman’s new musical with an original score follows six young men who rose to fame with their music in 1920s Germany and took the world by storm until the world they knew forever changed. Opens September 6. $30 to $75. alliancetheatre.org

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The 10th Annual Black Box Comedy Festival: This 10th annual comedy festival at Georgia Tech’s DramaTech Theater celebrates Atlanta’s improvisational theatre community and some of the country’s best nationally touring acts. September 11 through September 14. blackboxcomedy. com

Trash: In this new play at by Johnny Drago and directed by Topher Payne, a former D-list movie star and minor beauty looks for her chance for a big comeback after spending the last 18 years popping pills and hiding out in her mother’s garbage-filled trailer. September 7 through September 28. $12 to $23. theprocesstheatre.org

Third Country: This world premiere play at Horizon Theatre Company follows the story of a young refugee who relocates to a small Southern town. The play is inspired by real-life events in Clarkston, Ga., where thousands of refugees from around the world have resettled over the last decade. Opens September 19. $22. horizontheatre. com Diavolo: Dynamic dance company Diavolo returns to the Ferst Center for the Arts with a kinetic new piece inspired by the movement of skateboarding and that uses ramps and half-pipes as set pieces. September 20. $22 to $49. ferstcenter.org Four Days of Fury: Atlanta 1906: Atlanta History Center transports audiences to 1906 Atlanta in an immersive theatrical experience throughout the galleries, exploring the headlines from the city’s seminal moment of race and memory. September 20 through September 23. $20. atlantahistorycenter.com Ani DiFranco: After 20 years in the music biz, Ani DiFranco proudly still identifies as a folksinger but also reaches into the genres of spoken word, jazz and soul. Ari Hest joins DiFranco for this Variety Playhouse concert. September 25. $35 to $37.50. variety-playhouse.com

Gigue in the Gallery: The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra musicians infuse the High Museum’s galleries with music by Dutch composers popular during artist Johannes Vermeer’s time and that of “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” September 8. Free with Museum Admission: $12 to $19.50. high.org

Jazz Roots: A Tribute to Ella, Joe and Basie: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre’s “Jazz Roots” series opens with a concert honoring jazz artist Ella Fitzgerald and blues legend Joe Williams capped off with a performance by the Count Basie Orchestra. September 25. $29 to $89. cobbenergycentre.com

Oakhurst Late Summer Jazz Nights: Bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy this outdoor concert series every Thursday at Historic Scottish Rite in Oakhurst. Musicians include The Mar Tans (September 5), Faith Carmichael (September 12), Mace Hibbard Trio (September 19) and The Kermit Walker

An Evening of Chamber Music with Philip Glass and Tim Fain, Violin: Contemporary composer Philip Glass performs with violinist Tim Fain (heard on the soundtrack of the film “Black Swan”) for the conclusion of his fall residency at Emory’s Schwartz Center. September 27. $65. arts.emory.edu A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

September Festival Guide





Wheelbarrow Festival

The 18th annual Reynoldstown celebration is set for Sept. 14 at Lang-Carson Park on Flat Shoals Avenue. There will be a 5K run, an artist market, health fair, food vendors and live music from Living Space Trio, Frets on Fire, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Norman Frank and the Ghost Dance, Groove Neighbors, Wasted Potential Brass Band and Space Truck. For more information, visit wheelbarrowfestival.com.


Atlanta Arts Festival

Returning to Piedmont Park for its seventh year on Sept. 14-15, the event features a juried show of 200 of the country’s finest painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craftsman, glass blowers and more. This year’s festival also boasts live music, food and beverages, kids activities and much more. For more information, visit atlantaartsfestival.com.

East Atlanta Strut

Come on out and strut your stuff at the annual music and arts festival held in the heart of East Atlanta Village. This one-day extravaganza will take place on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Attractions include five stages of live music, a comedy stage, kids village, artist market, food and beverages, and the famous Strut Parade. All funds raised will benefit community projects and organizations. For more information or to volunteer, please visit eastatlantastrut.com.

Music Midtown

Music Midtown will rock Piedmont Park on Sept. 20-21 with two days of acts including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Journey, Queens of the Stone Age, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Imagine Dragon, Phoenix, Jane’s Addiction, Weezer, 2 Chains, Kendrick Lamar, Cake, Tegan and Sara, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Lips, North Mississippi Allstars, The Neighbourhood, Capital City, ZZ Ward, Drivin N Cryin, The Mowgli’s, Mona and Reignwolf. For tickets and details, visit musicmidtown.com.

Sandy Springs Arts Festival


The 2013 Sandy Springs Festival is Sept. 21-21 on Heritage Green featuring a children’s area, artists market, 10K and 5K races and a pet parade. For more information, visit sandyspringsfestival.com.

Candler Park Fall Fest

The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization presents the 13th annual festival on Sept. 28-29 with live music, local food vendors, 5K race, kids area, and more than 150 artist booths. Musical acts will include Queens of the Blues (featuring Francine Reed, Sandra Hall and Lola Gulley), Will Scruggs, Kingsized and more. More information at candlerparkfallfest.com.


Photo by Phil Mosier The Piedmont Park Arts Festival was held in August, with hundreds of artists, food vendors and live entertainment lining the pathways. Artist Sergey Cherep, whose artwork and booth is pictured at right, won First Place in the judging held by festival organizers, the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces.

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Upcoming events will have foodies salivating Midtown Restaurant Week

By Collin Kelley INtown Editor If you’re a foodie, September is the perfect month to be Intown. Three big events are happening, including neighborhood specific restaurant weeks and a barbecue festival in Atlantic Station. Grab your eatin’ bib, pull up a chair and dig in.

The annual showcase of Midtown’s eclectic restaurant scene will be Sept. 7-15. Diners will find specials for brunch, lunch and dinner. Prices will range from $15 to $25 or $35 for prix-fixe menus. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity. At press time, participating restaurants included Article 14, Flip Burger, Ormsby’s, La Tagliatella, Escorpion, Villains, Zocalo, Pasta da Pulcinella, The Nook, Cypress Street Pint and Plate, 4th & Swift, 10th & Piedmont, Abattoir, Apres Diem, Atmosphere, Cardamom Hill, Bantam + Biddy, Campagnolo, Chick-a-Biddy, Cowtippers, Cucina Asellina, Do, ecco, Einstein’s, eleven, Gilbert’s, Goin’ Coastal, Hobnob, The Lawrence, Livingston, Lure, Meehan’s, Melting Pot, Mi Cocina, Nakato, The Oceanaire, One Midtown Kitchen, Park 75, Ri Ra, Rosa Mexicano, Senor Patron, Shout, Serpas, South City Kitchen, The Spence, Spice Market, Steel, STK and West Mill. For more, visit atlrestaurantweek.com.

Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival

The fifth annual festival returns Sept. 13-14 to Atlantic Station. Whether you enjoy Georgia Chicken, Texas Brisket, Memphis Ribs or Carolina Pulled Pork, this event will have you licking sauce off your fingers. More than 50 barbecue restaurants and amateur teams from around the country will compete in a cook-off and visitors will be able to try barbecue for $1 per sample. There will also be a cooking demo stage, kids activities, a marketplace and live music. Admission is $6 in advance and $10 day of show. Kids ages 12 and under receive free admission when accompanied by an adult. Tickets for this year’s event go on sale July 15th. For more information or to buy advanced tickets, visit atlbbqfest.com.

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Inman Park Restaurant Week

The fall edition of Inman Park Restaurant Week will be Sept. 23-29 featuring 13 popular eateries in the neighborhood. Each restaurant will offer a three-course, prix fixe menu, which will cost $15, $25 or $35. Restaurants taking part include Fritti, Il Localino, Kevin Rathbun Steak, North Highland Pub, Parish Foods & Goods, Park’s Edge, Pure Taqueria, Rathbun’s, Sotto Sotto, The Albert, Wrecking Bar, Barcelona Wine Bar, and Wisteria. In support of Hunger Action Month, which happens throughout the month of September, Inman Park Restaurant Week will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). Restaurants will sell raffle tickets for $1 each with proceeds benefiting ACFB. Tickets will be sold online at ACFB.org and at the participating restaurants. One winner will be drawn to receive a $50 gift card from each of the participating restaurants. For more information, visit inmanparkrestaurantweek.com.

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TASTING INTOWN King + Duke offers whimsy, wood-fired meals By Art Huckabee Restaurants are a lot like books. They can take us to faraway places and teach us a lot about other peoples and their cultures. They can entertain us and give us a welcome respite in our otherwise hectic lives. They can make us feel better about ourselves and encourage us to be healthier. And sometimes, they can just make us laugh and wonder, “What the heck was the author trying to say?” King + Duke, chef and restaurateur Ford Fry’s latest addition to the Atlanta food scene, is a little of all of the above. The eatery takes its name from two fictional characters in Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It’s not clear whether or not the restaurant knew the nefarious nature of these two characters or not, more likely it’s just the first of many whimsical nods to American literature. You can smell the wood-fired open kitchen as you valet park. King + Duke occupies the space that was once Nava right in the heart of Buckhead at the corner of Peachtree and West Paces Ferry roads. We recently visited on an early weeknight. Online reservation site Open Table indicated that there were no tables available within a two-and-ahalf-hour window, definitely the sign of a popular place, but a phone call to the restaurant resulted in a table exactly at our requested time proving that the automated system may have been having a few hiccups. When our party arrived, we were quickly greeted at the hostess stand and ushered to a table in the bar. The restaurant is an eye-pleasing open space that lacks the typical lines of demarcation between bar, restaurant and even kitchen. Our table was squarely placed in front of two double doors that opened out onto the spacious and inviting patio. As we stood there assessing our “table situation,” three patrons made their way from the patio into the bar through these doors. We asked to be re-seated somewhere more off the beaten path and were quickly accommodated. We settled into a nice table and our server immediately greeted us with menus and a drink “novel,” in our case it was in a Moby Dick binding. As with the restaurant name, the literary references continued. There are pictures of famous American authors on the walls and literary quotations accompany both food and drink choices. It appears that in an effort to be stylish, the food and drink menus leave out words about what the drinks and dishes really are and leave in lots of words that had us doing Google searches on our smartphones to find out what the heck “that” is. Even a seasoned chef would be hard-pressed to know how a A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

fish is prepared “boy scout style,” and it’s doubtful that even a horticulturalist at Pike’s Nursery would know what a pluot shrub is much less how to use it in a cocktail. It’s a must to ask the wait staff about each drink and dish, and we were lucky to have a server who was more than up to the task, patiently answering all of our questions. We ordered several of the signature cocktails. “The Yearling” was a refreshing bourbon-based drink garnished with a ripe strawberry. While we didn’t order any wine, the list is quite extensive, both by the glass and bottle, and has some helpful tasting notes for each selection. The restaurant also allows diners to bring their own wine for a corkage fee. Each table is served warm Yorkshire puddings. While slightly overdone, these popovers were quite good with just a hint of Gruyere cheese inside. We were offered – and could have eaten – another order of these but opted not to as they were quite filling. We ordered three appetizers: roasted carrots and beets, onion soup and roasted bone marrow. The carrots and beets were excellent; perhaps the best dish of the meal; light, fresh, perfectly roasted and expertly complimented with the sheep’s milk feta cheese and spicy Harissa paste. The onion soup was also good. The Spanish Mahon cheese was a perfect pairing to the creamy “coal roasted” onion soup. A good-sized portion of roasted bone marrow also accompanied the soup. Had toasted bread been served with it, one would have had two appetizers in one. The roasted bone marrow was good but not great; it was the first sign that the chefs wrestle with smoke versus heat in their wood-fired kitchen. The marrow lacked that unctuous doneness that occurs just before it renders into a liquid state. The side of berries and mushrooms was an afterthought and un-needed. The appetizers were $9, $12 and $15 respectively. For entrees we ordered the “fish of the moment” which was Tile, the wood-roasted Maine lobster and the lamb saddle chops. The Tile was firm and flakey with a crisp skin. The accompanying peppers and corn didn’t seem to be friends with the fish only sharing the same large plate. The size of the plate made the dish look somewhat meager to one of our hungry diners. The lobster, while roasted whole, was served cut up into pieces. The presentation would have been much more appealing had the split lobster body been placed in the bottom of the bowl and the claws, tail, etc. been placed on top. Much of the lobster meat was perfectly done while a few pieces hinted again at the challenge of cooking everything with a wood fire. The lamb saddle chops were one chop and it was small at that. Again, it was CONTINUED ON PAGE 34

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smoked and done on the outside with the meat next to the bone still needing a minute or two more. The accompanying crispy torn potato and herb salad was good but not memorable and the roasted olives were too few to even matter. The entrees were $29, $45 and $28 respectively. While we did not order any of the “Shares,” several sounded good including a pot of soft polenta with hearth roasted mushrooms and duck jus and stewed Art Huckabee lady peas with pepper The main lobster was tasty, but needed a better presentation. relish and crème fraiche. Previous page: the roasted carrots & beets were a favorite. We also passed on the “For Two” items that included a Their casual dress covered with matching whole roasted “grass roots” chicken and aprons downplayed the level of expert a 1 kilo 28-day dry-aged, bone-in ribeye, service they provided. although at $55 and $80 respectively both Judging by the diverse clientele and better be pretty remarkable. the crowd that grew over the course Everyone at our table was of the early weeknight, Atlantans are comfortably full at this point but we felt embracing King + Duke and its homage obliged to try one dessert. Based upon to American heritage in food and the menu alone, one would have no literature. idea that the “Date and Ale,” described For more information or to make simply as warm sticky toffee pudding and reservations, visit kinganddukeatl.com. Sweetwater I.P.A. cream, would contain a moist cake infused with dates and Art Huckabee is one of Yelp’s Elite covered in a delicious toffee sauce. It was Reviewers, as well as a pilot and food a very sweet endnote to the meal. lover. His restaurants reviews will be Throughout our meal the wait staff appearing regularly in print and online at was attentive without being intrusive. AtlantaINtownPaper.com.

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Real estate analysts are predicting 2013 to be a strong year for luxury condominium sales, and Atlanta has already seen a big jump in sales of upscale, Intown condos. With the Wall Street Journal reporting last month on Atlanta’s upswing in condo sales, confidence is returning to the market and increased interest is likely to reignite development. The reason is obvious, as Anne Schwall, Vice President/ SkyRise Group at Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, explained. “The luxury condo market is seeing so much activity because the single family housing market has rebounded strongly. In most cases, buyers looking for luxury condos $600,000 and up are empty nesters who want a maintenance-free lifestyle. The rebound of the housing market has allowed them to sell their houses and buy condos.” Collin Ellingson, Managing Broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Midtown Office added that many would-be luxury condo buyers were willing and able to sit on the sidelines for the past several years, but those discretionary buyers have now returned to the market. The new construction luxury properties which delivered in 2008-2010, such as The Ritz-Carlton Residences, 1010 Midtown, Sovereign and the W Downtown, are at or nearing sellout. “Buyers have realized this and are jumping into the market before the new inventory is gone,” Ellingson said. The Residences at W Atlanta – Downtown, has seen a huge sales surge; it’s already over 50 percent sold, although select two- and three-bedroom homes and penthouses are available. Likewise, Sovereign has 25 residences still available, and 1010 Midtown is 95 percent sold – just 12 homes remain. The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Buckhead are nearly sold out, with some

floor plans no longer available, and The Astoria at the Aramore has closed out. According to Bonneau Ansley III with Harry Norman Realtors, Intown is a big draw for empty nesters because it’s a wonderful place to live and a growing city. While he expects the market to continue to be strong and buyers to be able to get great interest rates for some time, he also noted that projects that sat stagnant for years are now sold out or nearly sold out. Ansley used Regents Park at Peachtree as a prime example. “This property was the Southern Accents development of the year when it was completed in 2008. It used the who’s who of architects, designers and contractors, and no penny was spared in its design and construction. Most of the homes sold before the crash and before the project was completed,” he said. “When the folks who were signed up to buy could not sell their existing homes, it left this remarkable project in limbo for a few years. In 2012, there were over 10 residences sold there, out of the 23 available, leaving only one home left at the current time.” Other condos that are close to selling out include The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, with just 17 available homes, the Aberdeen on Paces Ferry, with 10 residences left, and White Provision Residences also with only 10 homes available. Schwall pointed out that there are approximately 80 luxury new construction homes remaining in the $600,000-plus range, and said that the highest tier luxury properties, $3 million and up, such as The Residences at the St. Regis Atlanta, may take longer to sell based on the limited number of affluent buyers looking in that price range. All through Intown, luxury condos are getting scarce. At the beginning of the recession in 2008, there was a nine-year inventory. The logjam has broken and now there’s an inventory of only six months. Atlanta real estate consultants Haddow & Company and other analysts are reporting that the Intown condo market has approximately a five month supply of unsold inventory. The deals that are out there are not likely to last long, according to David Tufts, president and principal of the Marketing Directors. “We are in a moment in time that won’t ever come back – a time of inventory at below replacement cost and wildly low interest rates. Available inventory is dwindling but demand is on the rise. According to the White Provision

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Haddow Report, for-sale homes have evaporated by 90 percent over the past five years. Development can’t keep up.” Dac Carver, Vice President and Managing Broker of Beacham & Company, Realtors, agreed, saying that Realtors would expect the trend to continue, and maybe even accelerate, if there were more luxury condos being delivered, but there are not. Carver does expect, however, that many of the luxury apartment projects underway will be converted to condos, possibly even before the projects are finished, so the potential to keep it going is there. “There are still opportunities because average home prices right now are below the 2007 peak and interest rates are at historic lows,” he said. Everyone offered the same advice: don’t wait. The time to buy is now. Tufts added that while there are great deals to be had at The Residences at W Atlanta– Downtown and other luxury condos, buyers have to act quickly as the remaining inventory is selling fast. Ellingson explained that since the replacement costs for existing luxury properties exceed current sales prices, the next round of delivered luxury condominiums will most definitely be priced significantly higher. And he said, “My advice to potential buyers is this: Don’t try to time the market perfectly. Perfect timing involves luck. Instead, choose a Realtor who possesses a thorough understanding of the condo market, and who can help you to make an educated decision and negotiate a sound agreement.” A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Work on the 975 Piedmont (975piedmont.com) is underway, featuring only four “villa-style” townhomes. Located on Piedmont Avenue, the development offers gourmet kitchens, home office space, guest suites, balconies, rooftop decks and more.

Cousins Properties has commissioned the work of six artists, four from Atlanta, to display their work in the Promenade building in Midtown. One of the commissioned pieces is a sculpture called “Stealth,” which will face 15th Street and the Woodruff Arts Center. The piece is by Georgia Tech grad Tristan Al-Haddad. Cousins has created an “artist in residence” program, in which an artist takes a studio space in Promenade, and at the end of his/her time there, will create a work for the building. The first artist to take up the residency is Atlantan Maxey Andress.

Simon Property Group plans to build an Aloft Hotel on 1.7 acres at Wieuca and Peachtree roads in Buckhead, just next door to Phipps Plaza. At press time, the developers were in the process of securing a construction loan for the project. Florida-based developer Crocker Partners plans to build two residential towers on 6.5 acres next door to the Prominence building near the intersection of Peachtree and Lenox roads in Buckhead. The towers would stand 26 and 19 stories high, containing more than 700 units.

Novare Group, Batson-Cook Development Company and Ackerman & Co. are planning to build a second SkyHouse apartment building in Atlanta, this one in Buckhead. The 26-story building, to be located near Peachtree and Stratford roads, follows on the heels of the underconstruction SkyHouse in Midtown. The building, shown in the rendering at right, would feature one to three bedroom apartment homes, outdoor amenities and easy connectivity to MARTA and the new pedestrian bridge over Georgia 400 connecting Stratford and Tower Place Drive. Walton Communities has announced its new apartment complex, Walton Riverwood (waltonriverwood.com) in Vinings will open this fall. The development will feature 314 one, two and three bedroom apartment homes with more than 10 unique floor plans to choose from. Other amenities will include a rooftop terrace, built-in USB outlets in each apartment, pet grooming station, outdoor dog runs and more. Atlanta-based architectural firm Spitzmiller & Norris have won the Single Family Renovation Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art for their work on the Longview estate in South Georgia and the Excellence in Rehabilitation Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for their work on Woodlawn Plantation, the ancestral home of Buckhead residents Ed and Judy Garland in West Point.


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25’ ceilings, concrete floors, industrial windows w/courtyard views, upgraded kit & bath. Pool w/tanning area & modern fitness center. 2Bed/2Bath $279,900 FMLS: 5173244 Sales Office 404-588-2728

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Read the entire September issue online now. We are debuting a new look and features this month.