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History + Attractions = ATL Airport District A History of Local Attractions The ATL Airport District and surrounding areas boast a rich history. Visitors and locals alike will find that the area’s history is interwoven in the local attractions and museums many frequent today. Read on to take a trip through time and learn more about what makes the District a true classic! Historic Cities College Park–the fourth largest urban historic district in Georgia–originated in 1846. College Park has an impressive 867 structures on the Historic Register and is one of the only cities in the country that had a female architect actively involved in the city’s planning during the 1890s.

By Kristel Rodriguez Peacock cal went on to become the first mayor of Union City. Hapeville was chartered on September 16, 1891 by Dr. Samuel Hape, Hapeville’s first Mayor. Arguably, the most significant impact on Hapeville’s future occurred when Asa G. Candler, Jr.’s oval race track was used as a landing field for aircraft. In 1929, the City of Atlanta bought the land and founded its municipal airport, now known as the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

East Point was granted its charter on August 10, 1887. East Point marks the eastern terminus (end) of the Atlanta & West Point Railroad which begins in West Point, Georgia. A bronze disk set in a concrete post commemorates the spot and can be found at the foot of the James L. Jackson pedestrian bridge.

Delta Flight Museum Hapeville is also home to Delta Air Lines, Inc. Corporate Headquarters and the Delta Flight Museum. Since 1995, the Delta Flight Museum has opened its doors to visitors from around the world. The museum is located in Delta’s original 1940s-era aircraft hangar. Flight enthusiasts and historians alike will enjoy learning about aviation history and celebrating Delta’s story within the 68,000-square-foot hangar. In 2011, the attraction was designated a Historic Aerospace Site.

Union City was established on August 17, 1908. Two individuals are credited for its establishment: Drewry Arthur Carmical and Charles Simon Barrett, president of the National Farmers Union at that time. Union City was officially named when it became the site of the National Farmers Union headquarters. Drewry Carmi-

Hapeville Depot Museum For history of trains, highways & planes, the Hapeville Depot Museum is just a short ride away. Located in what used to be an 1890 train depot, it stores much of Hapeville’s history & showcases the effects of transportation on small town America. In

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1980, the city held a dedication ceremony for the Museum. Mayor Coggin said, “Acquiring the Depot to be used as a museum…is one of the best things the City could do as a permanent reminder of our country’s great heritage.” The Depot Museum has a number of exhibits showcasing photographs, railroad memorabilia, antiques, classic cars and a current special exhibit on the origins and evolution of Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Porsche Heritage Gallery Speaking of cars, since opening in 2015, the Porsche Experience Center has welcomed more than 250,000 visitors and invited them to take a self-guided tour of Porsche’s history via its Heritage Gallery. The Heritage Gallery consists of two levels of vehicle displays and changing exhibits. The main floor of the Gallery showcases vehicles from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart and from private owners throughout the United States. The Porsche brand has a long history dating back to 1948 when the first Porsche vehicle was registered. The Wren’s Nest The Wren’s Nest is the home of Joel Chandler Harris, an American journalist, fiction writer, and folklorist. Nowadays The Wren’s Nest, a cultural center, promotes literacy and celebrates the heritage of African and Indigenous folklore through the art of storytelling in all of its contemporary forms, including student publishing, concerts, events, tours, and a free children’s book program. The King Center A mere 20 years after the first Porsche was

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registered, Mrs. Coretta Scott King established The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change also known as the King Center. Since 1968, the King Center has been a global destination, resource center, and community institution. Close to a million people visit the Center every year to learn about and pay homage to Dr. King’s legacy. The King Center is both a traditional memorial and a nonprofit that emphasizes six principles of nonviolence. Ebenezer Baptist Church With its ties to Dr. King, Ebenezer Baptist Church attracts many to its doors. Martin Luther King, Jr. was co-pastor at Ebenezer Baptist until his death in 1968. His funeral was also held at the church. However, the Church’s history precedes Dr. King. Since its founding in 1886, Ebenezer Baptist Church has served as a “spiritual home” to many. A faithful thirteen people were the first congregation to worship under Rev. John A. Parker–Ebenezer’s first pastor–from 1886 to 1894. Despite struggling for a few years and moving locations a handful of times, the church flourished to a congregation of more than 6,000 church-goers today. Continued on page 16

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History + Attractions Continued from page 11 rently closed to the public, the Library and Museum The Madam C.J. Walker Museum offers virtual tours and events and is responding to Madam C.J. Walker was a pioneer entrepreneur research requests as much as possible. and propelled the Civil Rights Movement by contributing to black businesses. Yet, the history of the The National Center for Civil and Madam Museum itself is fascinating. Ricci de Forest Human Rights drove by a retail space bearing the name “Mme. C. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, J. Walker’s Beauty Shoppe” on the window. Soon located in Atlanta, is a museum dedicated to the after, he found himself occupying the store which achievements of the US Civil Rights movements still held several beauty tools belonging to Madam and to worldwide human rights movements. C.J. Walker herself. By happenstance, Ricci found Opening in 2014, it offers in-person and virtual out two years later that WERD radio station–the tours of their permanent galleries and temporary first black owned radio station–had been in a and rotating exhibits plus events and education/ nearby location. Since these discoveries, Ricci has training programs for all ages. Visit their websitededicated himself to preserving and honoring the civilandhumanrights.org for more information. legacy of Madam C.J. Walker and WERD by creating The ATL Airport District and the surrounding area the Madam Museum in his beauty shop. are teeming with historical sites, attractions, and The Carter Presidential Library more-like Woodward Academy, The Margaret The Carter Presidential Library and Museum Mitchell House, The Old Campbell County Courtprovides a glimpse into the life and presidency of house and Museum, Atlanta History Center, Spivey Jimmy Carter, the 39th of the United States, conHall, The Carter Presidential Library, etc.- that taining approximately 27 million pages of Carter’s preserve the District’s history. Next time you feel White House material, ½ million photos and hunlike going on a tour through living history, just head dreds of hours of film, audio and video tape. Curon over to the ATL Airport District!

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Fairburn...A World Away Fairburn is an emerging community for Arts and Entertainment. Livable spaces are developing throughout the city with an ongoing Creative Placemaking Strategy, public art, design, and streetscape project. Strategic placemaking has had a significant impact on shaping a city’s brand, appeal, and in many cases, garnered substantial investment. In the town of Fairburn, strategic placemaking has a central role in conjunction with coordination and implementation of the 2015-2035 Comprehensive Plan. Through the city’s Comprehensive Plan, feedback from residents helps establish the overall priorities for the town. Citizens reveal a desire for a thriving downtown, transportation connectivity, more pedestrian-friendly developments, a better grocery store, and mixed-use developments. They are addressing citizen concerns for enhanced quality of life and more sustainable results informed by comprehensive planning. The city of Fairburn worked with the metropolitan planning organization, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), to develop a creative placemaking strategy in 2017. The goal was to focus economic development approaches on arts and entertainment as catalysts for activating and enhancing public space. Historically, developments and events were identified in isolation. However, with the implementation of Fairburn’s Creative Placemaking Strategy, there is a shift from ad-hoc events and actions to a holistic approach to incorporate a ‘competitive identity’. Historic Growth A place settled as early as 1830, the town was founded as Cartersville in 1833 and thrived as a banking town located along the CSX railway,

changing its name one year later to Berryville. In 1854, the Georgia State Legislature enacted a town charter named Fairburn, and by 1925 Fairburn changed its status from a “town” to a “city.” Since its founding, Fairburn has experienced tremendous growth. For many, the attraction is the small-town charm. According to Fairburn’s Mayor, Elizabeth Carr-Hurst, “Fairburn is a place that has something for everyone.” Fairburn’s heart of downtown showcases 20 commercial buildings, the Campbell County Courthouse, and two train depots. Fairburn is looking to the future with a vibrant downtown courtyard and stage for concerts, special events, annual Farmer’s Market, and numerous opportunities for small businesses. Restaurants like award-winning Slider’s Burger Joint, Armando’s Mexican food, Casablanca’s Southern cuisine, and Oz Pizza are among the downtown varieties that offer guests a relaxed atmosphere and exceptional food. Cochran Mill Brewing Company’s craft beer, casual setting, and open-food policy (you can bring your own food) allows guests of all ages to enjoy. Since their

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soft opening in late March 2020, they have been on the forefront in taking COVID-19 precautions such as 90% percent of the brewery is open-air seating, indoor social distancing policy, online ordering, and curbside service promote customer safety and trust. Whether you’re tasting a Blonde Moment, a light bodied ale with subtle aroma that is reminiscent of a walk along the hot springs enjoying a summer afternoon, or a more traditional Scottish ale made in the traditional style, Cochran Mill Brewing Company has the flavor to fit your fancy. Other popular blends include English IPA, Snow Swan Saison, Professor Ted’s Irish Red, Muller Hund Molasses Porter, and the newest addition Depot Street Amber Ale. Moving Forward with Vision Awarded a grant by the Livable Cities Initiative Program, Fairburn has developed strategies to link residents to area shopping, arts and entertainment, and walkable trails and vistas. Fairburn’s downtown Historic Commercial District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It offers visitors and residents local entertainment, access to craft beer at Cochran Mill Brewhouse, classical theatrical plays at historic Southside Theatre Guild, and various restaurants and shops like Cigar Studio Lounge, an

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authorized Davidoff distributor, where celebrities such as Academy Award winners Jamie Foxx and Louis Gossett Jr. visit while in town-drawing visitors from around the country. The city of Fairburn has actively engaged in development opportunities to increase the city’s amenities with investments in infrastructure and community engagement. Some of the projects include: • Broad Street Streetscape Project • I-85 @ State Route 74/ Senoia Road Interchange Project

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• Fairburn Festival – proposed 7,700 square foot multi-tenant commercial development located along Hwy 74/Senoia Road at the Intersection of Meadow Glen Parkway, which is currently underway. • Fern Dale Project – Virlyn B. Smith Road adjacent to the Renaissance Festival Property (171-lot subdivision) • Livable Cities Initiative (LCI) Downtown Development Study Update • Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Community Assistance Program/ Fairburn Community Garden Plan – Assists with addressing challenges of food insecurity, food deserts, and equity in health and wellness living. • Creative Placemaking – Activation of downtown to enhance character spaces, encourage public art, and catalytic projects (includes Streetscape Project, Southside Theatre Guild enhancements, and Underpass) Home to the Georgia Renaissance Festival, hotels, public & private schools and universities, an eclectic array of retail businesses, and more, Fairburn is moving forward to provide jobs, education, housing, entertainment, and services. Fairburn has a thriving network of retail establishments with the proposed Fairburn Festival, a 7,700 square foot multi-tenant commercial development located along Hwy 74/ Senoia Road at the Intersection of Meadow Glen Parkway, which is currently underway. With a growing industrial park, Fairburn’s strategic location is home to several national brand companies, including Nestle Purina, US Foods, S.C. Johnson, Clorox, Electrolux, Aaron Rents, and Smuckers Google. Fairburn is a city with places to go, see and do in the ATL, a city Situated to Succeed. Scan code for more info GoSeeDoATL.com

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Maceo Rogers, born in Edison, GA, is skilled in all artistic mediums, from acrylic, oil and watercolor to pastels, pen and ink, charcoal and graphite. “It is my desire to be creative, which is a common spirit artists share,” Rogers said. “However, the way that we reveal that desire to create is unique to each artist.”

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The Green Manor The Green Manor Restaurant in Union City, founded in 1990, has grown in popularity, drawing patrons not only from throughout the metro Atlanta area but from many other cities in and outside of Georgia. Built as a Victorian style home over the foundation of the original house owned by Drewry Carmical, the structure is named for Dr. A.J. Green, who was one of the first doctors in Union City. The home also served as an office for Dr. Green with a patient’s waiting room on the large front porch. It is now operated by Green’s grandchildren as the Green Manor Restaurant.

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“One time, a lady patron who was dining with us but knew nothing about Florence, came out of the ladies’ room and asked me who the old lady in the restroom was but no one else was there,” Johnson said. In fact, such reported sightings and other paranormal phenomena associated with the restaurant caused the Georgia Ghost Society group, which investigates reputed haunted structures, to visit the Green Manor in 2007 to conduct an investigation. A framed certificate the group gave to Green Manor officials, which still hangs in the restaurant, verifies that paranormal activity does exist there, according to the group’s founder & director, Robert Hunnicutt. With regard to Florence, DeWitt said the story she has heard is that Westbrook was ill and came to the structure to recuperate as, at that time, it was in the country. “What I heard is that one day, some men were working to burn off the fields on the property and Florence had gone out to where the men were working to bring them water,” she said.

Dr. and Mrs Green on their 25th anniversary.

One “visitor” to the restaurant is thought to be Florence Westbrook, a relative of the city’s first mayor Drewry Carmical. Florence seemly has “returned” to the home in spirit, as she died tragically while residing there more than a hundred years ago. According to Green Manor general manager Rebecca DeWitt and employee Linda Johnson, Florence’s spirit, ghost, or paranormal activity attributed to her, have occurred in different areas of the structure.

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Green Manor Continued from p 42 “Somehow her dress caught fire and she ran and burned to death.” Although this incident can’t be documented in city or county records or publications, DeWitt said Florence is buried in a nearby church cemetery. Hunnicutt’s group, said he had heard stories about Florence and reports of police officers responding to the restaurant’s burglar alarms going off at night after it had closed, but found no one. “However, there were reports that several police officers responding to these calls reported seeing what looked like a woman peering down at them from an upstairs window in the building when no one was supposed to be inside,” he said. In its investigations, Hunnicutt’s group uses what he described as environmental sensors, which measure temperature readings at different locations in the structure they are investigating as well as taking magnetic frequency readings and using motion detectors. “These instruments are used not so much to catch ghostly paranormal activity but more to alert us to any possible fraud attempts or fake sightings in a structure,” he said.

Florence Westbrook’s room.

After collecting data from these instruments and carefully going over reports of such paranormal activity, Hunnicutt said he had little doubt that the Green Manor was indeed haunted. “One of the most interesting things we found at the Green Manor that intrigued us were some pictures on the second floor which had hard plastic buttons attached to keep the pictures from swinging back and forth,” he said. “What was really interesting was that these buttons had actually melted and were running down onto the wallpaper.”

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Although such paranormal occurrences may exist, it is the Green Manor’s great Southern buffet cuisine, friendly family service and atmosphere that has made the restaurant what Union City Mayor Vince Williams called “a type of landmark in our city that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.” “It is a part of what makes our city, and certainly this region, a place where people want to go and see for themselves and see the other treasures we have in Union City,” he said. Williams added the Green Manor has been an “amazing asset to the Union City community with its delicious menu that is loved by everyone, and its amazing fried chicken. “The items they have on the menu every day, fried chicken, green beans and mac & cheese, are all award winning,” Williams said. According to Johnson, eating at the Green Manor is “habit forming.” “People love the food and want to come back and the only dress code we have is our diners can’t come naked,” she said with a laugh. DeWitt said the restaurant wants patrons to feel as though they are walking into their grandmother’s kitchen. “We welcome everyone and, many times, you can see someone in jeans sitting next to someone in a suit and tie.” The Green Manor offers both dining in and takeout. Hours are Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm (last seating at 2 pm). Sunday times are 11:30 am until 5 pmshuttered (last seating 4 pm). They are Before being byatFord in 2006, the alsoAtlanta available for catering and special Assembly operated forevents. 59 years on Hapeville Porsche’s HQ and Forthe reservations or site morewhere information, call (770) test track now stands. 964-4343.

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Time to Tango By Wayne Whitesides It takes more than two to tango The Thursday Tango, not unlike the eponymous dance, is a fusion of cultures and rhythmic motion. Brought to you by the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club, this group bike ride attracts dozens of people from all walks of life and can be a grand spectacle to see in motion—but like its namesake, it’s better experienced firsthand. Unlike the forbidden dance, however, the Thursday Tango has never been banned and is open to all. Every rider who knows the moves (balance...pedal...steer...brake) is welcome to join in. At 6:30 p.m. every Thursday throughout the summer, the ride leaves from the East Point Regions Bank parking lot and ends with a sprint past Oz Pizza. Can’t make Thursdays? Check out the Tuesday Tap-Out leaving from the same place at the same time. History on the Southside Cycling has not always been as popular on Atlanta’s Southside as it is today. Riding through East Point and College Park was once viewed as a burden of necessity to get from the congested northern suburbs down to Silk Sheets, the cycling world’s nickname for the rural roads 20 miles south. Rides like the Airport Ride blazed through the area without a second glance for well over 30 years. Today, cycling in Metro Atlanta’s Southside, a culturally diverse community known best as the ATL Airport District, is rich, robust, and full of twowheeled life. The growth is thanks in part to newly-paved bike paths, handcrafted mountain bike

trails, a resurgence of the Dick Lane Velodrome, and three years (so far) of a successful cycling race series called Spin the District. However, the most significant catalyst for change has been an effort by the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club (MACC for short) to bring cycling to Black communities. It’s a MACC attack For the most part, cycling culture has been most popular in Europe, gaining a rebirth amongst - prominently white, upper-middle-class males in the States during the mid-’80s. Around the same time, MACC was formed from a now-closed shop in South DeKalb, aiming to promote and debunk cultural bias’ in the sport. During the years that followed, MACC has become one of Atlanta’s most prominent clubs and one of the most respected clubs in the country. In large part through

Major Taylor fought bans, restrictions, and even other riders working against him to become the first, and still the only, Black cyclist to win a World Championship.

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the promotion of their “One Love Century,” a Labor Day weekend experience of fish fries, bike rides, and camaraderie attracting 1,400 riders including 1,000+ locals and over 20 Major Taylor affiliate clubs - Black clubs from as far away as LA, New York, Ohio, Houston and more. Their success can also be traced to all their weekly social rides for all abilities, including beginner rides on the first Saturday of each month and the “You do you” ride on the fourth Sunday. Today, rallying behind its motto of “One Love,” MACC is joined by other local groups like Velo Atlanta, Bonafide, Dope Pedalers, MOBB, and Red Bike & Green in continuing to push the boundaries of inclusivity not only for Black riders, but for women and other groups that have historically been marginalized in the sport. 1890s to the 1980s to today About ten years ago, Hennessy Cognac gave voice to a forgotten legend through a series of Super Bowl ads featuring Marshall “Major” Taylor. In 1899, Taylor became the first Black World Champion in cycling—and the second Black World Champion in any sport, ever. (Canadian boxer George Dixon was the first, just seven years prior.) Taylor was known and respected worldwide, winning his first race at age 13, amassing seven world records, and becoming the highest-paid athlete of his time. Despite his high profile and tremendous achievement, he had been largely overlooked by history until Hennessy’s commercial homage.

Around the same time, Lebron James was spotted riding a road bike to and from his games in Miami. Asked about it in post-game interviews, he revealed that although he’d been an avid rider since childhood, he’d continued as an adult mainly for the fitness benefits (and he didn’t seem to mind beating the traffic). Soon, Reggie Miller followed suit. Now stars like Bo Jackson, Emmitt Smith, and JuJu Smith-Jackson can all be regularly seen atop their two-wheeled steeds. Thanks to influences like these, cycling continues to gain momentum among Black riders. Following in the footsteps of Taylor and more recent legends like Nelson Vails and Rahsaan Bahati, rising stars like Justin Williams (L39ION Cycling Team) and Ayesha McGowan (Liv Cycling) have taken the torch to inspire Black cyclists and to hold open doors that were once closed. Spin the District You can see MACC’s race team compete against the L39ION and Liv Cycling teams August 28 and 29th at Spin the District, along with many of the country’s best and fastest riders. The Southside cycling event series will return to Hapeville and College Park that weekend with two full days of criterium races, characterized by short, highspeed circuits set in a block party atmosphere. On September 16, the series continues with a disco party at the East Point Velodrome, a steep banked concrete track where racers compete on bikes with no brakes at over 40 miles per hour.

Four time US Champion, Tina Mayolo Pic, has a laugh with Ayesha McGowan, first Black female pro rider, at the 2019 Spin the District Hapeville Criterium

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Celebrating 100 Years of Service By Bill Baldowski Bill Gates once said,“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning” he said. As true as his statement is, employees of Chapman Drugs at 615 North Central Ave. would have a difficult time to find an unhappy customer as evidenced by its 100 years of service to Hapeville’s residents and visitors alike. Not only does Chapman Drug Company offer excellent pharmaceutical services, they also offer home deliveries, medication management, vitamins and more. Another element that sets Chapman Drug Company apart is something few other drug stores have on site: a soda fountain which not only offers sodas but other treats to customers. Derek Chapman, a third generation Chapman pharmacist and now the fourth Chapman to actually own the store, said the continued popularity of the store is simple. “We have always looked at our customers as part of our family…treating them honestly, fairly and with great respect.” Chapman Drug Company began a century ago in 1921 when its founder, 19-year-old Raburn Rufus Chapman, Sr., said farewell to a life of farming and convinced his father, J.W. Chapman, and his uncle, A.H. “Guss” Chapman, to purchase an existing pharmacy-at that time called “Citizen’s Pharmacy”. As quickly as the pharmacy had been sold, the young Chapman renamed it “Chapman Drug

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Company,” with its first employee hired for the new establishment: Dr. Arnall, who became the druggist with the young Raburn as his apprentice, a position Raburn held for five years before passing the state’s apothecary exam to become a pharmacist. Chapman’s was incorporated in 1932 and became Chapman Drug Company. In 2001, Derek Chapman and his wife, Marcia, also a pharmacist, began to take over the day to day operations of the pharmacy and to purchase the business from Derek’s father, Donald L., son of Rabun, Sr. The Chapman Family has been blessed to have five pharmacists in the family, 4 generations of owners, 3 generations of pharmacist owners, and 100 years of service to the profession and community. As Derek says we look forward to the next 100 years.

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In his book, “The Little Black Book of Economic Development,” author Don Allen Holbrook said local leadership remains the key element to such progress within their communities.

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“World class communities come in all shapes and sizes,” he said. “They are not determined by geography or natural resources so much as by the mindset of local leadership.”

East Point Economic Development Director Maceo Rogers said the reason that economic development is so important is that it re-enforces the quality of living by creating jobs and investments in that community, “which enhances the community’s tax base and allows a community to develop sidewalks, parks, lighting, water and sewer improvements plus other amenities.”

Municipalities within the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport area are continuing to lead the way in their communities’ quest for economic development with such projects as single-family residential homes, large scale apartment complexes and small and large business expansion. In College Park, Economic Development Program Manager Tasha Hall-Garrison said economic development allows what she described as a liaison between the city and businesses or corporations, a liasion which will help the city grow. The city’s Six West development continues to be the main project as it has sold out its first and second phases, Hall-Garrison said. In addition, the city and the project developer are working to complete the infrastructure for entrance to Six West. College Park First United Methodist Church, in partnership with the city and the Industrial Development Authority, is redeveloping its property to create “Diamond at College Park,” a project which will include art studios and art spaces as well as owneroccupied housing located behind the College Park

In addition, College Park, through an EPA Brownfield grant, is acquiring property at the head waters of the Flint River to develop as a nature preserve.

East Point is working on a $7 million investment, scheduled for completion this fall-a Home Depot fulfillment center in the Camp Creek business center that will create 348 jobs, Rogers said.

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Time To Grow Continued from p 38 Point would be the power source for the center but it would also bring worldwide recognition to the city due to Microsoft’s worldwide notoriety, Rogers said. The city has also developed an agricultural plan that, according to Rogers, will allow residents to not only grow their own fruits and vegetables but would

Union City’s economic development department deems the city as one of Atlanta’s fastest growing business communities and the department aspires to do its part in continuing this trend. In the past three years, a total of $800 million in new valuation was permitted and approximately 2,300 commercial and residential permits were issued in Union City. Some of the residential developments taking place include three subdivisions: Stonewall Station, Chatteron Place and Bentley Ridge. Other residential developments include Parks at Pine Valley, Enclave Parkway Villages, Union Station and more.

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create an ecosystem, bringing people together while providing greater nutrition for city residents. Hapeville is likely best known as the home of the Hapeville Dwarf House which was opened in 1946 by the late Truett Cathy. The restaurant closed this past April to undergo a complete remodeling with plans to reopen later this year under the same name-with a look and design that not only honors its past but elevates it into the future. David Burt, economic development consultant with Hapeville, said two other developments are also on the horizon. One is a planned town-home development

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Commercial development activity includes ASOS, Atlanta Metro Studios, Amazon, Coca Cola, DHL, Kraft, Proctor & Gamble, Walmart E-Commerce and other major corporations, bringing an estimated $600 million dollars in investment and approximately 7,000-8,000 jobs to the local economy. New automotive dealerships such as Audi and Jaguar and the addition of Aldi’s, a new grocery store, also enhance the city’s economy.

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with plenty of greenspace along Willingham Drive. The second project is being done in conjunction with the company South City Partners, who are looking to build a luxury apartment complex on North Central Ave. with domed retail space in the development near the I-75 corridor.

Outside the ATL Airport District, the City of South Fulton has several developments-the opening of a Publix grocery store, a city town center located in an 800-acre location off Camp Creek Parkway and a planned “Avalon type” project, encompassing a 200-acre alongshuttered the Chattahoochee which Beforesite being by Ford River in 2006, the includes residential housing and 100,000 Atlanta Assembly operated for 59square years on feetthe of commercial space with restaurants Hapeville site where Porsche’sand HQother and businesses along thestands. river. test track now

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The ATL Airport District (AAD) is committed to the arts. From murals to installations, the AAD is brimming with eye-catching works of art. Read on to learn why for locals and visitors alike, the artwork in the ATL Airport District is definitely a sight for soar eyes! Hapeville For the past decade, Hapeville has been amassing public art projects in an effort to “bridge” the gap between the past and the future. The well-known Butterfly Public Art Project popped out of its cocoon in 2008 and the Bench Project sprang up in 2007. So it comes as no surprise that Hapeville’s latest project is a literal bridge–its prominent pedestrian bridge. Local artists, Whitney and Micah Stansell, were selected from a number of artists to paint and transform the bridge. The Stansells reside in College Park, but their artwork has travelled the world and been exhibited everywhere from Beijing to Vienna. Their body of work ranges from sculpture, painting, video–to now–bridges. The couple was excited to be selected and turn the bridge into a “beacon” to entice those who visit to climb up and see the city from a new vantage point.

Speaking of vantage point, when looking at downtown Hapeville, silhouettes of climbing children are sure to catch one’s eye. This sculpture arches its way between two historic Hapeville buildings and stands near where a children’s home used to be. This sculpture is one of several in the “Sharing Our Stories” project which celebrates Hapeville’s rich history spanning more than 125 years. In addition, Hapeville also boasts a number of striking murals. One of the newest murals is titled Tuskegee Airgirl painted by Muhammad Yungai. Yungai had this to say about his mural, “This mural is about the ambition vs. opportunity for girls and women. Our girls in America should be dreaming as high as our boys; and our women should be afforded the same opportunities as our men!” Yungai

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dedicated his mural to a number of strong, influential women like the two black, female aviators that trained the Tuskegee Airmen. He hopes that his mural serves as a reminder and push for his daughters to be ambitious in the pursuit of their dreams. The tallest mural in Hapeville titled We Give Each Other World was painted by Yehimi Cambrón who is an artist, activist, and public speaker born in Michoacán, México and raised in Atlanta. Cambrón’s artwork highlights the humanity, resilience, and contributions of immigrants. This is apparent in her mural which is centered on the portraits of five Hapeville children who embody the diversity of the city. The children reach for the sky and are elevated by the hands of adults. Like the Tuskeegee Airgirl, this mural also encourages youth to reach for the sky–a coincidentally fitting goal for a city by the airport.

College Park aesthetic today. Ashley Bella, founder and CEO of ArtzyBella, knows the healing power of art. When she was commissioned to do an outdoor mural for College Park, she kicked it off with a community event, where the residents participated in the design that would be installed with a paint-by-numbers event. This led to the mural titled Life in Color. Bella had this to say about her art, “I had this idea to use art making to help people find balance and wellness after using it to help trafficking survivors find a healthy distraction and way to express themselves creatively. I knew it would help them because art has literally saved my own life, in many ways, many times.”

College Park Brazilian born artist turned ATLien, Yoyo Ferro knows all about reaching for the sky and going after what he wants. His colorful, abstract art features bright primary colors united by a continuous black line. Yoyo Ferro’s public art can be found in murals and building façades all over Atlanta. However, his first and largest mural to date was painted in College Park. This is what he had to say about the experience, “I’m a firm believer that things just don’t get hand[ed] out to you for free and that you need to prove yourself if you want opportunities coming your way. So there I went, with almost zero experience, to paint one of my largest murals to this day, in College Park, GA.” College Park welcomed him with open arms and his murals are very much a part of the Continued on page 18

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Maceo Rogers, the City of East Point’s Economic Development Director since 2015, is a man of many talents. Not only is the 60-year-old professional a devoted husband, father of a son in college and a skilled artist, but he is also a fourth-degree black belt and martial arts instructor. Rogers, a Cuthbert, Georgia native, is passionate about the arts which allow him to showcase his creative side. He is skilled in all artistic mediums, including acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink, charcoal and graphite. However, perhaps his most intriguing or unusual painting medium is dirt artistry, where he uses regular garden-type soil as the painting’s primary or secondary medium. Rogers says he enjoys working with dirt because he is able to utilize its array of natural colors to create impressive works of art without using paint. He also utilizes dirt as an actual painting surface. He mixes gesso with dirt which bonds to create dramatic, textured and striking painting effects. Rogers recognizes dirt as a sustainable medium because it is a plentiful resource for creating art. “Actually, I enjoy all the media I use, but my favorites are watercolor and acrylic painting,” he said. “However, I like to use combinations of all of the different mediums together.”

His interest in art dates back to his elementary school days where, as a fourth grader, “I discovered I could draw and my interest grew from there as I would use almost anything I could find to draw on,” he said. “My mother would get mad at me as I often used notebook paper, which she had purchased for my brothers and I to use for actual school lessons, and I drew on it,” Rogers said. As to his motivation for becoming an artist,

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Rogers has always enjoyed doing creative things, which began with him drawing stick figures. “I became so excited about being able to draw, I never stopped, and it became more than just enjoyable for me, it became my passion,” Rogers said. After graduating from the Atlanta College of Art (now the Savannah College of Art and Design), he went on to teach art classes at Fort Valley State University and conducted numerous private artistic workshops throughout the metro Atlanta area. Some of his artwork endeavors have led to his creations being recognized in national publications such as True Imaging and Upscale Magazine(s). Rogers is also able to utilize his creative skills in his position with the City of East Point, where he collaborates with community members and innovative partner agencies to develop proposals for exciting projects like the City Agriculture Plan (CAP) and the East Point Exchange Project.

According to Rogers, the proposed CAP plan came about in part through a grant the City was awarded by the Food Well Alliance. The plan focuses on a wholistic approach to urban agriculture opportunities and the way they can

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help to address things like food insecurity, food deserts, healthier eating/living initiatives, job creation, and business attraction as well as the education of citizens on how to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables. “We have been working with the Food Well Alliance, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), and a dynamic steering committee made up of local growers, residents and food-oriented organizations like the East Point Farmers Market to develop this draft plan,” Rogers said. “The community engagement phase in 2019 was well attended and the team has been working steadily since then to develop a plan that addresses the community’s needs and desires.” Another City project in which Rogers has been involved is the “Path Project,” a 26.2-mile path that Rogers says will meander thru the City and provide connectivity while promoting healthier living initiatives. “This project will give users a safer way to enjoy outdoor activities while improving the overall walkability for citizens of East Point and visitors alike,” he said of the project, which has already had its first “Model Mile” completed.

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It’s Happening Outdoors! The late Nat King Cole recorded the song, “Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” in 1963. If he recorded that song today, it might be titled “Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of COVID”. Although the recreation facilities of several airport area municipalities are temporarily closed or limited in their activities, happier days are ahead as leaders are rapidly adapting and planning for future events.

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“Our outdoor pavilions & tennis courts are open as well as our walking trails & the city’s outdoor track. Youth baseball & soccer are ongoing. We are also looking at options regarding our day camps and, in addition…planning (on) having athletic camps open for basketball, volleyball and gymnastics.”

Each municipality is encouraging residents and visitors to call their recreation department or visit the city website for the most current event and activity information. Recreation departments are trying to plan programs like day camps, athletic camps, adult & youth sporting league events, outdoor concerts, festivals and more while keeping the health and safety of residents and visitors as a top priority. In College Park, recreation department director Michelle Johnson said the department is trying to maintain College Park a sense of normalcy while including some limitations due to the pandemic.

Golf is available at the Historic College Park Golf Course in College Park. One of the goals this year is to increase the interest of youngsters in what one of the city’s golf instructors, Kent Buckner, called “the world of golf” by having a golf instruction tournament. Course officials will also offer a golf instructional program for residents and visitors who may want to play a round of golf with an instructor. Call (404) 763-0721 for details.

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Outdoors! Continued from p 40 East Point Recreation Department has reopened its tennis facilities and plans to revitalize its tennis program. Shellord Pinkett and his staff are also East Point working with different organizations to develop new trails and revitalize new ones plus developing new programs like “Walkaholics”, an outdoor walking program and “Pickleball”, an outdoor game which is a cross between tennis and badminton.

Cycling enthusiasts can contact Dick Lane Velodrome, MTB Atlanta (the Metro Atlanta chapter of Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) and their local cities (many have specially designated bike lanes and trails-check out the Phoenix Trail) about times and locations to get outdoors and ride. Hapeville special events coordinator, Holli Stephens, said the city is considering modifying the way it has Hapeville conducted recreation programs in the past, especially with regard to large groups gathering outside. The city is moving forward with its outdoor concert series, the annual La Fiesta en Hapeville (music and other attractions) in May and Movie Nights Under the Stars. Outdoor parks for skating, volleyball, walking/jogging and dog walking are also available. Come out and enjoy the weather while taking a look at classic, vintage or customized cars at the Coffee

and Chrome Car & Motorcycle Show. A morning show, it is held the second Saturday of the month April thru September at Jess Lucas Y-Teen Park in Hapeville. Admission is free and you can spend a morning looking at cars and talking with fellow enthusiasts about their cars and motorcycles, both old and new.

Other cities are planning outdoor sports programs like the “Tails and Tents” youth fishing initiative in Forest Union City Park, youth baseball and kickball in Union City, bouldering in City of South Fulton or the Rock Wall at Tracy Wyatt Rec Center, outdoor concerts and festivals (like Happy Days Weekend in September at Hapeville, Forest Park spring festival in May and a car show in June) plus keeping municipal parks and nature preserves open for the pubic to enjoy.

We is dev pro cra Cities are also looking at plans for holiday events later in the year so once again, keep checking with your local municipal departments for more details. There is lots to do in the ATL Airport District so let’s get out, enjoy the sunshine and get moving-have a great time outdoors!

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Forget Disney, Southside Atlanta is actually where dreams come true. Atlanta’s beloved WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream (yes, we’re referring to them as the Dream Team), made a huge announcement this past October—they had found a new home on Atlanta’s Southside at College Park’s Gateway Center Arena. “We are so excited about our brand-new-state-ofthe-art facility. It is an amazing venue with so many opportunities and experiences for our fans,” beamed Mary Brock, Co-Owner of the Dream. “This will be an opportunity for us to establish ourselves in the Greater Atlanta community.” And the Southside is rhapsodic, to say the least. “This partnership with the Dream confirms our validity as a major economic influencer for the Atlanta Metropolitan Area,” commented Mercedes Miller, Executive Director of the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) and the Gateway Center Arena. “I salute the Atlanta Dream for the foresight to recognize

the value of this new relationship. This is a historical moment for the City of College Park and a dream come true for me! We are looking forward to the Dream’s loyal fans making the Gateway Center Arena @ College Park their new home.”

One City. One Dream. New Brand. New Home. Same Winning Dream Team. (Okay, that was the last time, promise.) The Atlanta Dream, 3-time WNBA Eastern Conference Champions, are headed into the 2020 season with all new everything; the only thing that’s untouched is their unwavering grit and attitude. During that same press conference back in October, the franchise unveiled a whole new look featuring a new logo, new colors, and a brand-new brand story—representing Atlanta’s storied and resolute history. Notice the Phoenix, symbolizing Atlanta’s rise from the ashes following the Civil War—now a worldclass winning city. The shooting star connects the Dream to its roots, and the basketball represents the game we all know and love.

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With darker, more “grown-up” colors, the Dream’s new brand situates the team as an established, revered member of the sports world. A part of the Atlanta scene since 2008, the Dream has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in nine of its 12 seasons as a franchise, reaching the WNBA Finals three times. Even more impressive, the Dream has had seven All-WNBA Team selections and 14 WNBA All-Star selections. And now that winning spirit is headed to Atlanta’s Southside. A New Start in College Park The Atlanta Dream is the first women-owned professional sports team in Georgia; Co-Owners, Mary Brock and Kelly Loeffler have owned the Dream for 10 years, one of only twelve WNBA teams in the country. They’re excited to finally lay down roots at the Arena. “We will not only play all of our season games here, but we will play pre-season games here, all of them, and we will play post-season, which we enter into if we are in the playoffs,” said Brock. “For the first time in our experience, we will be playing all of our games [at the same venue], in this wonderful arena.” Fans traveling to games by car will have access to ample parking right outside of the arena, and around the Gateway Center campus, which now comprises of the arena, the GICC, restaurants, and four full-service hotels. Additionally, there are a plethora of shopping and dining options at Camp Creek Marketplace in East Point, just 3.5 miles west of campus. “The Atlanta Dream are excited to call the Gateway Center Arena @ College Park home,” remarked Chris Sienko, President and General Manager of the Dream. “We know that the intimacy of the facility will create an atmosphere that is second-to-none and a home court advantage without a single bad seat in the house. Between our new location and our new logos and branding, the future is very bright for the Dream as we begin a new chapter in our quest to bring a championship to the state of Georgia and to our loyal supporters on the Southside. We hope you will join us starting in May 2020 and experience the energy and enthusiasm of WNBA basketball firsthand.” Continued on page 18

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Year-Round Basketball Gateway Center Arena will have hoop-action year-round with the Atlanta Dream’s season stretching from May September and the College Park Skyhawks, the Atlanta Hawks’ G-League Team, playing from November-March. The 100,000 square-foot arena seats 3,500 for games, and 5,000 for concerts. Sitting adjacent to the GICC, the venue will also host events and conventions. And it’s uber convenient. Hop on MARTA to the end of the line and then grab a ride to the Gateway Center Arena on the Skytrain—a free shuttle from the airport. Season tickets are on sale now. For more information on the Atlanta Dream and the Gateway Center Arena, visit AtlantaDream.net and arenagatewaycenter.com.

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week of the year—Restaurant Week! With over 130 restaurants and bars in the District, participating patrons will enjoy signature menus at exclusively discounted prices at the best College Park, East Point, Hapeville, and Union City restaurants. The seventh annual event will highlight the area’s outstanding dining experiences and some of our favorite culinary crushes at impressive prices—$9, $19, and $29 lunch and dinner prix fixe menus or a 20% discount—your stomach and your wallet will be happy! Contributing restaurants will be announced soon, but here are some of the places we love, so start scouring their selections (or go ahead and visit them) now! Downtown College Park’s newest restaurant, Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar, celebrates the preserved heritage of the Gullah Geechee people through delicious, mouth-watering Creole cuisine. And don’t forget the drinks! The bartenders serve up some of the tastiest craft cocktails this side of the bayou. Next door, The Real Milk & Honey has delighted the District with its all-day 10-item brunch menu from Chopped Redemption winner

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Chef Sammy Davis and partner Monique Rose Simms. Both restaurants are giving Main Street a whole new welcomed vibe. A neighborhood staple, Corner Tavern in downtown Hapeville is the place to go for delicious pub fare and good libations (and good vibrations!). With plentiful menu options, a large selection of craft beers and craft cocktails, plus darts, pool and bocce ball, you’ll never want to leave. And with a beautiful covered outdoor patio and plenty of room inside, you’ll never have to! Another favorite watering hole is Chairs in downtown East Point, directly across from the East Point MARTA train station. There’s always a great selection of draft brews to complement the not-so-typical bar food—their famous brisket is usually smoking on the back patio, so just let your nose do the walking. While you’re hanging out, play a competitive game of darts or pool and meet (or beat!) some of the locals. We’ll see you in the ATL Airport District on March 21-29, 2020. Visit ATLdistrict.com/restaurantweek for more information.

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The Academy Theatre: First-Class Entertainment The City of Hapeville is the smallest city in the ATL Airport District at just 2.4 square-miles. However, its art programs are as big as those found in a large metropolis. The city is rightfully touted as a “Home for the Arts,” and the newly renovated Academy Theatre, situated on the main thoroughfare through town, solidifies this moniker. “It’s a whole new realm; it opens up the door for Hapeville,” gleamed Cookie Smoak, ATL Airport District President. “They are truly the epicenter for the arts with a comedy club down the street, murals all over town, and the Academy Theatre that can now host an assortment of events, for both families and adults alike.”

New Construction The Academy Theatre is now in a fully renovated building that began life as a hardware store. During construction, the old Trustworthy Hardware sign was found in storage and now hangs behind the bar, a nod to Hapeville’s charming main street history. The new theatre space is jaw-dropping, with luscious velvet seats reclaimed from another theatre, and historic chandeliers sourced from none other than Lord & Taylor in New York City. “It’s a beautiful theatre,” boasts Smoak. “The Academy Theatre is such a cool venue, and it brings a whole new culture of arts and entertainment to the ATL Airport District.”

Upon walking into the theatre’s lobby, patrons are greeted by a stunning mural painted by acclaimed Atlanta mural artist Yoyo Ferro. Aptly titled “Break A Leg,” the mural “depicts an abstract representation of theater curtains with the spotlight on the characters in the center.” This is the first painting by Yoyo in the city of Hapeville, but he’s no stranger to the ATL Airport District—his work covers the building that stands at the corner of Main Street and Harvard Avenue in downtown College Park.

Big City Night. Small Town Price. With a renovated space, Atlanta’s oldest theatre company is now the center of an urban oasis. No need to leave the quaint small town to travel up the road to Atlanta; big city lights now light up downtown Hapeville. Central Avenue is the

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The Academy Theatre Continued from page 38 ultimate walkable date destination, with plenty of delicious restaurants, watering holes, a coffee shop, and bakery—and now a theatre featuring top-notch entertainment. Academy Theatre’s resident companies span several genres, so there’s never a shortage of good shows. Impact Theatre Atlanta features thought-provoking productions, Laughing Matters hosts Improv Comedy every month, and Lynna Schmidt Productions produces popular and entertaining works. See the full calendar of events and upcoming productions at academytheatre.org. In addition to the 130-seat theatre, the adjoining cabaret space hosts small comedy shows, music and everything in between. Local artists’ work also hangs in the space, displayed for theatre goers to purchase. And the concessions area also received a makeover, so you can comfortably sip and shop while you wait for the show to begin.

Hapeville Development Founded by Frank Wittow in 1956, the Academy Theatre has been slinging shows in the ATL Airport District since 2013, when they moved to the Hapeville Performing Arts Center from Avondale Estates. Unfortunately, the front side of the building collapsed in 2015, leaving the Theatre company to perform strictly out of the

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smaller cabaret space. The city of Hapeville quickly stepped in to begin work on the larger theatre space. “Reconstruction of what I referred to as the ‘plywood palace’ was a top priority of previous councils and the current council in Hapeville,” remarked Travis Horsley, Hapeville City Councilman. “By collaborating with our legislative delegation, we changed the hotel motel tax from 7% to 8%. This key decision helped provide tourism product development monies for the construction and completion of the Hapeville Performing Arts facility. In partnership with the theatrical company the Academy Theatre, Hapeville is happy to continue to raise the bar for supporting local and regional arts initiatives.” The Academy Theatre is invested in the Hapeville community, giving back through outreach programs that are focused on empowering at-risk and underserved youth, and partnering with the City, local businesses, and other organizations to bring quality entertainment to the area. Interested in hosting your own event at the astounding Academy Theatre? Each event space is available to rent, for both theatrical and nontheatrical occasions. Visit academytheatre.org for more information.

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An Iconic Restaurant Takes Wing By Erin Lannen Not only is Chick-fil-A home to the original chicken sandwich, but the ATL Airport District is home to the original Chick-fil-A. Back in 1946, S. Truett Cathy and his brother opened a diner named The Dwarf Grill (which, fun fact, is now Hapeville’s Dwarf House, the only Chick-fil-A in the country open continuously from Monday 6 a.m. to Saturday 10 p.m.). The Dwarf Grill served all kinds of diner fare – even meats that weren’t chicken! – for 18 years before Cathy ever tried his hand at a chicken sandwich recipe, unaware of the phenomenon it would eventually become. And as someone who has lived in Georgia most of her life, I have witnessed first-hand Chickfil-A’s rise to kingdom (and let’s be honest, I’ve definitely eaten a waffle fry or two). With his secret recipe in hand, Cathy opened the first Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant three years later in 1967 in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Shopping Center, right down the street from the Dwarf Grill. (According to Cathy, the “A” in Chick-fil-A stands for “grade A top quality,” and not “Atlanta” as I always believed growing up.) The now-famous Chick-fil-A Original Chicken Sandwich – the breaded, boneless chicken breast between two toasted buttered buns with two pickles – has bolstered Chick-fil-A as the number one chicken chain, bypassing KFC years ago. But if you’re looking to get your hands on that secret recipe, don’t bother. It’s locked up in a vault at Headquarters. Today, there are more than 2,400 restaurants spanning 47 states and the District of Columbia – and that number is growing. According to QSR

Magazine, Chick-fil-A is on track to become the third largest fast food chain in the next couple of years, surpassing fast food giants like Wendy’s, Burger King, and Taco Bell. Franchisees are helping to make this happen. Surprisingly, Chickfil-A receives over 20,000 applications a year from folks hoping to own one of their very own storefronts, but only about 75-80 lucky operators are crowned.

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Chick-fil-A 2.0 Hooked on Chick-fil-A? Can’t get enough? Give the Dwarf House a try! Patterned after the original Dwarf Grill, twelve Dwarf Houses exist today, all here in the state of Georgia. On one side of the restaurant, guests can order traditional Chick-fil-A menu items from the fast food counter. The other side of the restaurant is a full-service diner where guests can order breakfast all day – except for the famous biscuits, which are available until 10:30 a.m.

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– and all kinds of diner specialties, including burgers and steak. (Please don’t tell the cows). I personally recommend the chicken and waffles. And the Hot Brown, a mix of chicken, gravy, mashed potatoes, cheese, and bacon – basically heaven in a casserole dish. And a made-in-house-daily slice of icebox pie. And… the rest of the menu, please and thank you. If the Dwarf House isn’t enough to make you jealous of us Georgia residents (or smug to be one), enter two other restaurant concepts: Truett’s Grill and Truett’s Luau. The first Truett’s Grill opened in Morrow, GA in 1996 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Cathy’s first restaurant. The full Chick-fil-A menu is offered, along with signature dishes from the original Dwarf Grill restaurant, set in a ‘50s themed diner. Two more Truett’s Grills are located in McDonough and Griffin.

As a Chick-fil-A spokesperson explains, “The work that happens at the Chick-fil-A Support Center is innovative and collaborative, and we wanted the office environment to reflect and foster that thinking. We surveyed our staff in 2015 and it became clear that they wanted a more creative and flexible space, so we designed a workspace with an open floor plan, with less assigned seating and more ‘huddle spaces’ and common areas.” Modern converted warehouse spaces were incorporated to foster creativity and innovation – and those renovation ideas have spilled out into the restaurants, including the super-efficient drive-thru experience.

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The second concept, Truett’s Luau, is located in Fayetteville. As one of his life’s final projects, Cathy wanted to create a restaurant with a fun, family-friendly vibe, so he developed this Chick-fil-A Hawaiian infusion with signature menu items that include BBQ Kalua Pork Nachos, Pineapple Chicken Tacos, Mahi Mahi, and Calamari. Don your favorite Hawaiian shirt and venture just south of the airport for this special treat.

Since 2012, the Backstage Tour is the place for loyal fans to get an inside scoop on their favorite restaurant. According to the Chickfil-A website, “The Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour is a walking, guided tour held at Chick-fil-A Support Center that focuses on Founder Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A history and the future of the company. Throughout the tour, visitors can learn about and experience our most valued company assets: our hospitable people, delicious food, the infectious ‘Eat Mor Chikin’ cows and our unique story.” Tour-goers even get to wander through Cathy’s office and marvel at his impressive car collection, including the Batmobile. Yes. The actual 1992 Batmobile.

Corporate Speak Chick-fil-A’s Corporate Headquarters, aka the Chick-fil-A Support Center, also calls Georgia home. Located in the ATL Airport District, the College Park campus sits on 73 wooded acres and houses roughly 1,700 employees.

Visitors on the Backstage Tour will also experience “The Kitchen,” a 30,000-square-foot space devoted to culinary development, as well as “Hatch,” the Innovation Center. “Hatch is the name of a building we have on our campus that is dedicated to the innovation process. Guests on the Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour

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An Iconic Restaurant Takes Wing (continued from page 11) Teams can use Hatch to ideate on a project, and it allows them to have a dedicated environment to bring that idea to life. We typically have several projects occurring at one time,” a spokesperson told us. The Backstage Tour receives between 20,000–23,000 visitors per year. You can join the CFA faithful by visiting tours.chick-fil-a. com to purchase tickets.

After the tour, continue your Chick-fil-A immersion by stopping by the Dwarf House located at 461 N. Central Ave, Hapeville, GA. Sample items from the first menu, sit at the diner counter, and selfie it up with Mr. Cathy (a life-sized statue sits on a bench outside the front door, greeting customers and posing for pictures). And don’t forget to experience the Hot Brown. I’m serious about this.

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Summertime and the Learnin’ is Easy Who says you can’t teach an old dog new karate moves, or fancy sword fighting, or a bunch of other new tricks? It’s never too late for adults of any age to get out and acquire new athletic skills, and the ATL Airport District has several intriguing options to get your heart rate going and new muscles flexing. Roll up your sleeves, check the air in your tires, and en garde!

Track Cycling

Anyone can learn velodrome cycling at the Dick Lane Velodrome (DLV). It’s the only velodrome in the state of Georgia, and one of only 22 active velodromes in the country – and it’s right here in our backyard.

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70s, attend our certification classes each season to experience the thrill of riding on the velodrome banking,” said Brian Sullivan, who teaches the adult classes. If you’re concerned about your lack of experience, don’t be. “Anyone interested in learning to ride at the velodrome need only bring their interest and sense of adventure. The classes focus on technique and safety and accommodate a wide range of fitness levels and prior cycling experience.” Plus, according to Sullivan, they “maintain a fleet of track bikes in a wide range of sizes

Velodrome, velodrome, velodrome. If you’re scratching your head, a velodrome is a special concrete oval cycling track. The banked curves, or bends, at each end are extremely steep, so cyclists are almost parallel to the ground as they turn. And they can’t stop pedaling, because velodrome bikes have no brakes and only one fixed gear – so they zoom around the track at incredible speeds. (Insert astonished face emoji.) Of course, you won’t go quite so fast when you’re first starting out, but fun is still guaranteed. Every year, an average of 100 cyclists come out to learn to ride the track. “Many older cyclists, from young adults to those in their 38 ATL - Your Guide to the Atlanta Airport Area

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During the cycling season, the DLV hosts race nights at the tracks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so you can put your skills to the test once you feel comfortable – or just come out to cheer from the stands. See what you’ve been missing at dicklanevelodrome.com.

Fencing

As with most sports, fencing is more than physical. There’s strategy in every match (or “bout,” if you’re down with the lingo). Participants build increased balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, cardiovascular endurance, and agility – mental and physical – in this unexpected, impress-your-friends-incasual-conversation sport. The Atlanta Fencers’ Club is right here in East Point, serving the Atlanta community since 1977 and producing regional and national finalists and champions, not to mention a two-time Olympian. (Insert second astonished face emoji.) Fencers ages five to 85 train at the Atlanta Fencers’ Club, and they eagerly welcome new folks just starting out, even offering access to club equipment. Visit atlantafencersclub.com or call 404-7627666 for more information.

Golf

Fore! Work on your golf game at the Historic College Park Golf Course, only a mile from the Atlanta airport. Adult classes aren’t offered, but you can improve your swing by taking advantage of the driving range, open every day from 7:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Located in the middle of the picturesque course, the driving range has two views to choose from, the elevated view or the level view. When you’re ready to put your skills to use, challenge yourself to nine solid holes on this course with plenty of features, including water hazards and sand traps. Check out cph9golf.com before teeing off.

Tennis

Another swing you’ll want to perfect is your tennis swing – all eight of the basic ones. The South Fulton Tennis Center (SFTC) offers classes to adults who are motivated to master the forehand, backhand, overhead, volley, half-volley, drop shot, lob, and the serve. Adult

Novice classes are offered year-round, ideal for beginners looking to learn a new sport – and perfect for the next Serena Williams looking to enhance their skillset. In addition to honing your swings, students can also expect to learn basic footwork and shot selection. SFTC also offers all-skill-levels match play, available year-round, where you can practice your newly acquired skills against other players. Prepare for your U.S. Open debut at southfultontennis.com. After you ace the basics, join other tennis enthusiasts in Atlanta out on the courts. The Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association (ALTA) is a local organization that schedules league play for adult and junior teams. Affiliated with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), ALTA abides by their rules of tennis and code of play. This organization is great for adults who want to work on their match play and put newly learned skills to the test. The East Point league conveniently meets at Sykes Park. Visit www.altatennis.org for more information on joining a league and www.eastpointcity.org/parks-recreation/ for information about Sykes Park.

Martial Arts

Get in the beginner-sport-game by learning karate, kickboxing, or Tae-Bo at the Tony Young All-Star Karate Academy in Union City. First, karate develops the mind and body as a weapon for self-defense. At the Tony Young Academy, male and female students between the ages of 4-75 are taught to respect and use their skills wisely. Kickboxing is a full-contact sport and high-energy aerobic workout. The Tony Young Academy offers classes for women and men. Learn a few moves while also getting into shape. Or enjoy a martial arts and self-defense cocktail by learning Tae-Bo, a total body workout that combines the competitive sports of karate and kickboxing with aerobics and dancing. You’ll learn a new sport and work on your fitness. Win-win! All levels of physical conditioning are welcome, and classes are tailored to ability. Head over to tonyyoungkarate.com to sign up today.

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Southside Beats Atlanta’s Hip-Hop history is deeply rooted on the Southside, where some of our favorite hits first appeared on national charts in the 1990’s. Today, the music scene continues to thrive.

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Southside Beats It’s 1998 and your favorite song comes on the radio. You immediately start singing along, maybe even throwing in a few dance moves. Chances are, your favorite 90’s hit was born and bred right here in the ATL Airport District. Does OutKast ring a bell? Ludacris? Goodie Mob? They all frequently mention(ed) the cities East Point and College Park in their lyrics, and that’s because they hail from right here, proudly repping the District. You’re currently in the place where Atlanta’s Hip-Hop scene was first introduced to the world, undeniably launching the Southern Hip-Hop movement.

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showcased this area like never before and gave rise to some of our favorite artists.

The ATLiens Have Landed

Before OutKast landed on the scene, TLC started making a name for themselves with their first album, Oooooooohh…On the TLC Tip, debuting in 1992. (TLC members T-Boz and Chilli grew up near the ATL Airport District, and T-Boz worked at a beauty supply store in the famous Headland and Delowe shopping center with Rico Wade from Organized Noize.) The world instantly fell in love ith the “R group ith a ip op image.”

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The 90’s were big for Atlanta. The Centennial Olympic Games were held here in the summer of 1996, showcasing Atlanta to the entire world. In 1995, one year before the greatest athletes on the planet ascended upon our city, the Braves won their last World Series title at Fulton County Stadium (that’s two Braves stadiums ago, for reference . That same year ut ast on “ est Ne Rap Group” at the Source A ards. Atlanta was cheering for the home team, but the crowd wasn’t exactly thrilled, booing the duo as they accepted their award. Andre 3000 stepped to the mic and said “ the South got something to say that’s all got to say.” And although he as refer ring to the entire southern region of the United States where, until that time, Southern Hip-Hop artists had only started to reach the charts, I think he was also referring specifically to the city of Atlanta, and more pointedly, Atlanta’s Southside. The talent was (and still is) prolific here. The 90’s 10 ATL - Your Guide to the Atlanta Airport Area

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Around the same time he was working with TLC on their first album, Jermaine Dupri, a young producer in the College Park/Atlanta area, discovered the teenage duo Kris Kross at Greenbriar Mall located on the Atlanta East Point border. Their hit song “Jump” reached the charts in 1992, with “Alright” following in 1993, the same year Jermaine Dupri started So So Def Recordings. In 1993, Jermaine also discovered the R&B group Xscape at a festival in Atlanta. All four members of the group attended Tri-Cities High School in East Point, which has boasted a VPA (Visual & Performing Arts) Magnet Program since 1990. Kandi Burress, former member of Xscape, is the co-owner of a successful southern food restaurant in Atlanta, named Old Lady Gang. Staying true to her East Point roots one of the locations is on Camp Creek Parkway, just minutes from the airport.

The Dirty South

You’ve heard it before. Maybe when you land at ATL and the flight attendant says “Welcome to Atlanta…” you start singing the lyrics from Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris’ notorious song from 2001 about our beloved hometown. (“… where the players play, and we ride on them things like every day.” – I can’t be the only person that does this.) And then you quickly remember you are indeed in the Dirty South. This phrase has been used to describe Atlanta for almost 25 years and we have Southside’s o n Goodie Mob to thank for that. The term as coined in the song by the same name from their 1995 debut album, Soul Food. Those first sounds of the southern Hip-Hop movement were gritty, kind of like the adored national food of the South. Goodie Mob’s first two albums incorporated thought provoking and politically charged lyrics with songs like “Cell Therapy” and “Thought Process”. TLC aimed to empower women with their provocative lyrics and clothing statements. As Hip-Hop started to blur the lines with popular music in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, the Atlanta scene was leading the way.

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OutKast also attended Tri-Cities High School, where members Big Boi and Andre 3000 met in the tenth grade. Signing to LaFace Records in 1992 as the label’s first Hip-Hop act, they first made an appearance on TLC’s remix of “What About your Friends” in 1992. OutKast’s next single was on the LaFace Christmas Album in 1993. Produced by Organized Noize, “Player’s Ball” showcased the Dungeon Family’s funky style and live instrumentation signature, topping the charts and solidifying OutKast as a force to be reckoned with. Their first single and subsequent debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, was produced by Organized Noize, famed Dungeon Family founders and East Point natives.

The foundation was laid in the early 90’s for Atlanta to rule the Southern Hip-Hop scene with acts like ut ast Goodie Mob and Ludacris. The scene quickly expanded beyond the ATL Airport District into other areas of Atlanta, including Southwest Atlanta and the Eastside where artists have been coming out of the woodwork since the early 2 ’s. ap G and Gunna are ust a couple of the younger performers from College Park who have recently been making a name for themselves due in part to the artists who came before them. And not to mention, some artists are also moving to the ATL Airport District, like famed Kentucky rap group Nappy Roots, who have also entered the beer brewing game. They recently teamed up with Hapeville’s backyard brewery, Arches Brewing, to create a delicious brew.

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Generally speaking, East Point and College Park, either separately or together, are frequently mentioned in lyrics from our favorite hometown artists. So, you could channel your beloved local Hip-Hop legend just by being in East Point and College Park, preferably enjoying one of the many amenities each city has to offer (restaurants, night life, shopping, parks, trails, etc.).

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Though not as wildly popular as it was back in the early 20th Century, having been overshadowed by rock music in the late 1960’s, Jazz music is still alive and well today, so be careful not to eulogize it just yet. Named one of America’s original artforms and hailing from the Southern United States, Jazz is a type of music created by African Americans and is characterized by improvisation and syncopated rhythms. It derived from musical styles such as the Blues, Spirituals, Folk, Rag Hartsfield-Jackson Time, and West African. And from Jazz, other styles of music evolved as many popular Atlanta International music genres can be traced back to Jazz. And you don’t have to look that far to find it. Luckily, you can hear some smooth stylings by talented musicians right here in the ATL Airport District and neighboring communities.

One local Atlanta non-profit organization, aptly named Jazz Matters, Inc., is making sure Jazz music is preserved as a “musical culture, tradition, and art form.” Founded by Edwin Williams, a talented bass player and musician, Edwin has produced Jazz events in the Atlanta area since 2015 and has performed in ensembles here in Atlanta, and at the national and international level. His desire to “keep Jazz alive led him to establish Jazz Matters, Inc.,” according to Edwin’s wife, Janice Williams.

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Jazz Matters, Inc. is earnestly invested in the music and in their surrounding community. “We produce events throughout the metro area to help develop a new audience and promote the art of Jazz,” says Janice Williams. “Our goal is to give our audiences the various styles of Jazz and the genres that it has influenced.” Concerned with the elimination of music programs in the public school system, they partner with performing arts schools in the metro Atlanta and Perry, GA area to provide opportunities for students to perform with emerging and seasoned artists. “We believe it is important to inspire, encourage, and provide a forum for emerging Jazz artists and music students, especially African American students, to learn the creation of Jazz, to learn the influence of Jazz in all genres of music, including rap, and to understand that Jazz is fluid and ever-changing,” avows Williams. “We believe it was important that we provide a forum for young artists to perform and perfect their craft.” You can support local musicians, Jazz music, and Jazz Matters, Inc. by attending one of their upcoming shows: • Living Room Concert Series at The Wren’s Nest – April 14th & May 12th • Jazz in the Gallery at Abernathy Arts Center – April 19th • Sunday Live! A Jazz Experience at the West End Performing Arts Center – May 19th • Jazz Matters at the Wren’s Nest – June 21st (Jazz, Blues & BBQ), July 19th (Jazz Smooth, Cool & Soulful), & August 16th (Jazz Harlem Renaissance Style) Visit yesjazzmatters.org for more information on Jazz Matters, Inc., their spring/summer concert series, and ways you can support their organization. More Music in the District Wednesday Wind Down, hosted by the city of East Point, made an impressive debut in 2018 with a summer concert series. Local DJs, artists,

and well known acts like Angie Stone, Bobby V, and Q Parker & Daron Jones of Atlanta based group 112 graced the stage with over 6,000 people in attendance. This year, concert goers can expect more starstudded performances when Wednesday Wind Down kicks off on May 22nd from 5-8pm in the Downtown Commons, located at 2757 East Point Street. The Wednesday night tunes will continue through the summer on June 26th, July 24th, and August 28th. Enjoy a relaxing time with your community with good music, food trucks, and if dancing winds you down, feel free to get your groove on! Visit eastpointcity.org for updated information on this year’s line-up. Wolf Creek Amphitheater in College Park, touted as “South Fulton’s Entertainment Jewel,” is an outdoor venue with reserved and lawn seating on a 435-acre wooded site. Shows begin in late April and run through early October. Last season, performances at Wolf Creek Amphitheater included Jazz concerts aplenty, Blues Festival, Funk Fest (featuring Nas, Lil Kim, and Atlanta’s own Goodie Mob and Youngbloodz), Smokey Robinson, an All ATL Show (featuring Jagged Edge, Dru Hill, Silk, Ying Yang Twins, and Fabo), a Legends of Hip-Hop Show (featuring Juvenile, Scarface, etc.), and an Old School Hip-Hop Fest (including performances by Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, Kool Moe Dee, etc.). If last year was any indication of the artists you can expect this year, there won’t be a shortage of exciting shows to attend during the warmer months. Visit their website at wolfcreekamphitheater.com to access an up-to-date event calendar and be the first to know when new shows are announced.

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Also check out Urban Foodie Feed Store in College Park for “Friday Night Live!” every first and third Friday, featuring Jazz music and half price select bottles of wine. And East Point’s favorite watering hole, Chairs, has live Jazz music every Sunday night. Whether you’re in town for a quick visit, or you’re a resident of the area, don’t miss your chance to enjoy live music in the ATL Airport District this spring and summer.

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Finding the Flint The Flint River, one of the longest freeflowing rivers in the U.S., begins just north of the world’s busiest airport. See what’s being done to preserve this resource and enhance quality of life in the area. Photo by Stacy Funderburke

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Finding the Flint A vision to restore the river flowing beneath Atlanta’s airport

Landing at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (HJAIA) – just another airport? It is the world’s busiest, but even more interesting is this nugget of information – Georgia’s second largest river flows UNDER the airport. Even more surprising, if you were to drive around the north end of the airport, you would never even know the headwaters of the Flint River begin in a field in an industrial area, or that it winds along roads, under parking lots, and the hotel you are probably staying in during your time here. Many Southside residents are still unaware that the river flows in their own backyard. Finding the Flint aims to change that. A River Runs Under It For 1.5 miles to be exact. In culverts and intermittent moments of daylight inside airport security fences, the Flint River then emerges on the southern edge of HJAIA and flows southward through Clayton County, making its way down to Florida for a total of 344 miles. The Flint River is an important river in Georgia; it provides water to farms, is home to animals and wildlife, and is the source of drinking water for many Georgians. Keeping the river healthy starts at the Flint’s headwaters, just north of the airport. Through urban development, airport expansion, and drought, the Upper Flint River has been threatened for years. In 2017, building off years of research and planning, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, and the Atlanta Regional Commission founded Finding the Flint. “Finding the Flint is a string of creek restoration projects

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that create connections between neighborhoods and connect people to nature in an area that has been fragmented by parking lots and transportation infrastructure,” says Hannah Palmer, Finding the Flint’s Project Coordinator and author of Flight Path: A Search for Roots beneath the World’s Busiest Airport. Since the project’s inception, Finding the Flint has taken curious community members, urban explorers, and budding scientists on tours of the headwaters of the Flint River, which are a series of urban streams that wind through the communities north of the airport, including East Point, College Park, Hapeville, and Atlanta. Finding the Upper Flint on a map is currently virtually impossible. Urban Exploration I went on my own Finding the Flint excursion where I spent some time with Hannah. She took me around to several spots along the headwaters and updated me on promising plans for the river. Like Hannah, I grew up in Clayton County alongside the ever-growing airport and now reside near the headwaters. Also, like Hannah, I had no idea that the source of the river begins north of the airport, or that the river flows under parking lots, behind warehouses, or under airport runways. We began our tour by an empty plot of land along one of the busiest roads in the area, where the Kafenio lines are blurred between the cities of College Park and East Point; the first daylighted piece of the Flint shines through. We followed the water as it flowed next to and under the busy road, in concrete pipes

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and roadside ditches. We followed it as it crossed underneath Interstate 85 and under parking lots near Delta’s campus. The water then flows under security fences belonging to the airport where we admired the river from afar. From there the river makes its way under the airport for a mile and a half, where it is contained in culverts, seeing few moments of sunshine. We ended our tour under Forest Parkway, south of the airport in unincorporated Clayton County. We ventured down under the bridge where sand and rocks have built up the banks of the river. Looking down, you can see signs of life imprinted in the wet sand. Hannah says she has seen all kinds of animal prints there, including coyote. It’s peaceful and serene despite the cars and airplanes overhead. Looking up, however, you can see the evidence of what happens when a storm rolls through. The water reaches to the underbelly of the bridge, and the nearby trees have been ripped through and torn apart from the violent surge of the river. Sustainable measures to restore the river would combat this and the flooding that occurs downstream. The Future of the Flint Currently, the headwaters are contained by concrete structures, surrounded by tree roots and overgrown vegetation. When it rains, the waters swell in its enclosures and rush southward. Although it’s impressive to see the waters so robust, due to the improper development, the river flows aggressively, causing erosion

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and destruction in its path. It sometimes even swells so large that it floods parts of Riverdale Road. One of the goals of Finding the Flint is to develop parts of the river with more sustainable green measures that will make the river, and its surroundings, a healthy, viable asset for the airport and surrounding neighborhoods. During our time together, Hannah also showed me several renderings of roadside parks, trails, and airport viewing areas that could incorporate the river using green infrastructure. “The vision [of Finding the Flint] is a restored river that helps restore communities,” boasts Hannah. Of course, that’s no easy task. The headwaters flow in at least five different cities and two different counties, including the highly secured areas owned by the airport. This means each mini project proposed by Finding the Flint requires involvement from different stakeholders and community members. Cont. page 18

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Finding the Flint (continued from page 11) Right now, Finding the Flint is working toward finding one of those stakeholders to begin a project that could restore parts of the river and provide a destination for the community, hopefully sparking more development as a result. And they’re close to making that a reality. “We hope the long-term impact will be many parks and trails that are beloved by the communities where they are located, that create an inviting and beautiful interface with the airport and a new attraction for visitors, that raise awareness about our shared watershed and water resources, and that contribute to quality of life on the southside.” Visit findingtheflint.org to learn more about the project, download a map of the headwaters to conduct your own tour, and find out ways you can help. For ATL past articles, go to GoSeeDoATL.com and click on the ATL Past Articles tab.

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About East Point The City of East Point, Fulton County’s sixth largest city, is a diverse urban community on the edge of Atlanta. Due to its name, many assume East Point dwells on Atlanta’s Eastside; however, this charming city can be found in the Southwest corridor of Atlanta. East Point’s name was derived from its location at the opposite end of the former Atlanta & West Point Railroad from West Point, Georgia – it was the easternmost point on the rail line, hence the name East Point. The railroad terminus of East Point was formed in 1870 by 16 families and was officially chartered in 1887. Due to its location and proximity to the railroad, East Point quickly became an industry haven. Today, East Point continues to thrive as an industry leader with its juxtaposition to the world’s busiest airport. The charming, historic neighborhoods that make up East Point comprise over 38,000 residents and more than 17,000 households that represent people of all ages, races, and cultures. Continued on page 44

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Downtown Streetscape Project A vision 16 years in the making, East Point’s Downtown Streetscape Project is finally underway as of Fall 2018. Back in 2002, the City of East Point applied for a Transportation Enhancement Grant through the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to aid in transforming parts of Main Street through downtown. Almost two decades later, in April 2018, the city was awarded funds from the Federal Highway Administration through GDOT for construction of the highly anticipated project. The Downtown Streetscape Project includes plans to beautify the sidewalk area along the western side of Main Street from Vesta Ave at the College Park city line to West Cleveland Ave across from the East Point MARTA station. The project will also make the area safer for pedestrians and drivers by widening the sidewalk, improving intersections and walking lanes, and installing parallel parking. Other features include new traffic and street lights, landscaping, street furniture, and improved irrigation and gutter systems. During construction, the farthest right lane (when heading south on Main Street) may be blocked while crews work to get the project completed. Construction should wrap up by May 2019. New & Improved City Hall The second project reshaping downtown East Point is the new City Hall; the hard-to-miss angles of the main corridor align with the traffic lights at the intersection of W. Cleveland Ave and East Point Street. The breathtaking structure is also adjacent to several historic East Point landmarks including the current City Hall building, the auditorium, and the original library. The new space will include city offices, a multipurpose city council chamber, and additional space earmarked for future expansion. Surrounding the new city hall, 30,000 sq. ft. of green space will add to the new framework of

downtown East Point, offering a place for community members to gather. This green space will replace what is currently known as the “downtown commons”. A New East Point on the Horizon East Point’s new look will not only change the landscape of downtown, but it will act as a stimulus for future development and progress. “We are so excited about transforming our downtown district,” said East Point Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham. “Through these projects our downtown will become a more accessible and pedestrian friendly, beautiful destination for all to enjoy. Together as a community, we make things happen because in East Point dreams do come true. A new City Hall has been a dream of ours for a while, and now we are actually able to see the reality of this dream manifest and come to life. I’m looking forward to being in the new City Hall and celebrating the construction’s completion with all of the City of East Point because there’s no point like East Point.”

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Layover at ATL Here’s Your Guide for What to See and Do in the ATL Airport District By Erin Lannen You’ve landed at the world’s busiest airport. You have some time to kill before your next flight, so now what? If you only have a couple of hours in between flights, it’s probably best to hang out at ATL to do some shopping, eating, get a massage, or even catch a few z’s. There’s plenty to see and do, which might feel overwhelming at first, but trust me, it’s easy to navigate your way through terminals (The Plane Train is a game-changer). However, if you’ve got multiple hours to spare or maybe even an entire day, then you’ve picked up the right magazine. We’ve done the planning for you; enjoy the complete list for a day’s worth of fun or take bits and pieces that match your schedule and your personality. In desperate need of coffee? Our go to is Drip Coffee Shop (601 N. Central Ave) in downtown Hapeville. Locally roasted Batdorf and Bronson coffee is served daily, along with breakfast and lunch options if you need more energy than what coffee alone can sustain.

For breakfast, we recommend Thumb’s Up Diner (1617 White Way). An early morning staple in East Point for years, Thumbs Up is more than just your run-of-the-mill diner. The sassy scramble is my jam (make sure you add spinach), and speaking of jam, it’s all homemade and downright delicious! Other favorites include the French toast, fried fish and grits, and the chicken and waffle. FYI, it’s cash only so make sure you’re already stacking or hop to the ATM across the street beforehand. Also, on Saturday and Sunday morning, it’s busy y’all. Waiting for a table is par for the course but be patient. Order a Lou’s coffee (a mixture of hot chocolate and coffee topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup) from the counter. It’ll be worth the wait. Also: Kafenio (3387 Main St, College Park) serves up Greek breakfast all day. Plus, they have the best chai in the entire city of Atlanta, unequivocally. And yes, I’ve done the extensive research to make that claim.

Other: Rosie’s Coffee Café (2330 Sylvan Rd, East Point) and Café at the Corner (636 S. Central Ave, Hapeville) for coffee and quick, tasty food.

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active like play nine holes of golf at the College Park Golf Course (3711 Fairway Dr). Nestled in between Camp Creek Parkway and Historic College Park, it’s a tranquil and relaxing way to spend the rest of your morning, plus no tee time is required and they are open seven days a week.

College Park Golf Course Other: Not the golfing type? Enjoy some pampering at newly opened Bliss Nail Spa (627 N. Central Ave) in downtown Hapeville. Maybe take a snooze in one of the luxurious leather massage chairs while you get a pedicure and wake up relaxed and even more beautiful! All that “me” time requires lunch. We recommend heading over to Union City to the historic Green Manor Restaurant (6400 Westbrook Ave) where you’ll find all the southern fixings your heart desires. While you wait for your lunch, peek around to admire all the features and adornments that are original to the house, carefully restored over the years. And do not leave without trying the strawberry shortcake. The Corner Grille

More: Keep it local to Main Street in College Park and try out Lunch on Main (3569 Main St) for a classic, no fuss meat and three; Noodle (3693 Main St) for Pan-Asian; Brake Pad (3403 Main St) for traditional pub fare; Atlanta Barbecue

Company (3807 Main St) for southern BBQ; or J.R. Crickets (3529 Main St) for tasty wings. Walk off your delightful lunch at Camp Creek Marketplace (3480 Marketplace Blvd, East Point) while you do a little shopping from all the name brand stores you know and love. Other: Shopping not your thing? Visit the Hapeville Depot Museum (620 S. Central Ave) or the Delta Flight Museum (1060 Delta Blvd B-914, Atlanta) for an educational experience. Want to learn more about Atlanta’s own chicken superstar? Head over to the History Museum at the Chick-fil-A Headquarters for the Backstage Tour, operating Tuesday-Friday (www.tours. chick-fil-a.com). If speed is more your thing, go for a spin at the Porsche Driving Experience (One Porsche Drive, Atlanta) or get a craft cocktail with panoramic views of the race track and the airport at Solis Hotel’s Overdrive Lounge (Two Porsche Drive, Atlanta).

Solis Hotel Overdrive Lounge Hungry again? That must mean it’s dinner time. We suggest checking out Urban Foodie Feed Store (3841 Main St) in College Park. The menu boasts southern cuisine re-imagined with a Cajun flare and is worthy of praise from self-identified “foodies.” The drink and dessert menus don’t disappoint either. Or: Check out these community staples: The Corner Grille (3823 Main St, College Park), Volare Wine & Bistro (603 N. Central Ave, Hapeville), and Barbecue Kitchen (1437 Virginia Ave, College Park). Now, it’s time to let loose after your long day. Visit the arts alley in downtown Hapeville; it’s more than just a shipping container art gallery parked Cont. page 18

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Layover at ATL (continued from page 11) alongside a neatly paved brick walkway, it’s an open container district! Grab a drink from Beer Girl, Growlers & Bottleshop (587 N. Central Ave; don’t forget to ask for a wrist band and plastic cup for your beverage) and mosey along the backside of North Central Avenue’s storefronts to admire the city’s collection of murals and art installations. Finish your beverage as you head over to Corner Tavern (573 N. Central Ave) for a game of Bocce Ball or to play some pool. And don’t forget about Arches (3361 Dogwood Dr), the award-winning brewery just blocks from the arts alley. (Leave behind your drinks before your walk to Arches, though, open containers are only legal in the arts alley.)

If you’re still going strong and are up for some late-night fun, swing by The Crab Spot (1155 Virginia Ave, 2nd level) for live music, Uptown Comedy Corner (397 N. Central Ave, Hapeville) for belly laughs, or Hammer’s Good Time Emporium (898 Virginia Ave) for some drinks, pool, and beach volleyball. Yep, there’s a beach volleyball court right on Virginia Avenue, conveniently located in walking distance to several airport area hotels, and a quick hop, skip, and jump away from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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Break a Leg, Southside: In the shadow of the world’s busiest airport, two arts centers are making names for themselves. To be entertained or not to be entertained, that is the question. To be entertained is the obvious answer, but where to be entertained in the ATL Airport District might not be so obvious…yet, anyway. The soon-to-be-renovated Hapeville Performing Arts Center (HPAC) in downtown Hapeville and Windmill Arts Center in the Main Street district of East Point are both contributing to the growing arts scene on Atlanta’s Southside, and making professional live theatre both accessible and affordable for the community at large.

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arts in Atlanta, and so much of the artistic content in metro Atlanta has been north of I-20… when we left Avondale Estates five years ago, we were looking for the opportunity to make a community impact,” explained Robert Drake, Artistic Director for the Academy Theatre. And an impact they have made. The community they now call home has undergone a transformation, where visual and performing arts have become integral to its framework. Art is also good for economic development, as demonstrated in the area. “People who have come to our shows have become familiar with Hapeville. We’ve brought in tens of thousands of visitors from outside of Hapeville who never even knew Hapeville existed.” Drake continues, “You’re seeing housing values rise all over the Tri-Cities, and I think our presence and the presence of Windmill helps make that possible. In addition, having live entertainment is a real quality of life booster.” Especially for those who have never seen a live theatrical performance. “That’s completely changed our programming approach,” explains Drake. The Academy Theatre produces 40-45 weekends a year and tickets to a play are usually around $20, which is inexpensive compared to other professional theatres in Atlanta. “We have so many people who’ve never seen a theatre show before [and] we want to be a good entrance point for them.”

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The Path Forward The Southside is Trailing Ahead By Erin Lannen In just a few short years from now, the ATL Airport District will be an urban outdoor oasis like no other. Three new projects are underway or in the works that, once completed, will result in one of the largest natural surface urban mountain biking trail systems in the country that will connect to hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking paved paths. And with access to the world’s busiest airport, travelers from across the globe can get to the trails within minutes of their plane’s wheels touching the tarmac. Ride & Fly MTB Experience – The ATL Gateway Trails Tucked away in an East Point neighborhood a mile from the airport, surrounded by large mid-century ranches and homogenous new builds, sits Sykes Park. The 33-acre pocket park is unassuming, mostly unused due to its hilly, rocky topography. Considering the park more as a diamond in the rough thanks to its massive old growth canopy,

MTB Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chapter of SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) wants to change the perception and make better use of the park. They envision Sykes Park, and neighboring parks in College Park, Atlanta, and Forest Park, to be places for local residents and travelers to escape the hustle and bustle of the city without traveling OTP (that’s “outside the perimeter” of I-285 for all you non-ATLiens). To accomplish this, they have started partnering with local municipalities to infuse new life into these parks through the development of low-cost natural surface trails for mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners to enjoy. The idea started when the city of Atlanta invited the volunteer-based non-profit, MTB Atlanta, to use disregarded land in Southside Park, according to Brett Davidson, MTB Atlanta President. And so, after extensive planning, the Ride & Fly MTB Experience (RFME) was born. To date, Southside Park, Atlanta’s third largest park, is the first

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mountain bike system on Atlanta city park land and the first purpose-built trails inside the perimeter (ITP). When completed, the 8-mile trail system will be in a traditional stacked loop arrangement with beginner, intermediate, and expert trails. Currently, the beginner trail is completed with the remaining trails opening spring 2019. Sykes Park is the vision that came next. It will give a reason for tourists to stay in the ATL Airport District, Davidson explains, “The idea is for people to fly into Atlanta, rent a bike, and hit a series of trails and greenways in the tri-cities.” Prior to RFME, riders looking for trails in the Atlanta Metro had to spend a fair amount of time sitting in a car. “If you draw a circle around Atlanta that is three hours out, there are some great, destination quality mountain biking trails, but nothing really ITP where people can stay and ride here,” Davidson expounds. “If you’re on a mountain bike vacation, you can hit these trails before or after your week-long trip.” The local community also benefits, most importantly, children. The entire trail system will be within two miles of nineteen different area schools. Mountain biking is a great sport for kids; it promotes health and wellness, teaches an appreciation for the outdoors, and builds friendships. However, many children living in the city would normally not be exposed to the sport or trails in general. The RFME trails will change that. “It’s pretty inexpensive to turn [underutilized areas of a park] into trails. It’s a recreational asset…the goal would be to turn people on to using the parks more and getting them more in tune with nature,” Davidson says. In the future, MTB Atlanta hopes to have a bike rental location near the airport, allowing more people access to the trails. There is also a plan in the works for a state of the art purpose-built bike park where kids, families, and beginners can learn to ride a bike and expert bike riders can learn new high-flying tricks. Other parks will be added to the RFME system in the near future, but for now local residents, travelers, and adventure seekers can enjoy the trails at Southside Park and Sykes Park.

Visit sorbaatlanta.org for more information, see maps of the entire trail system, and keep track of progress. East Point PATH and the Aerotropolis Greenway Plan Today’s young people are looking for a lifestyle that adopts a live-work-play environment as proved by the substantial growth of the Atlanta Beltline project. Recognizing the need and wanting to capture on that momentum, the city of East Point, in collaboration with the PATH Foundation, approved in late 2016 a 25-mile system of bicycle and pedestrian trails that will stretch from one end of the city to the other. The 16-segment project will repurpose public spaces and rights-of-way, connecting them to neighborhoods, parks, schools, employment centers, and to downtown East Point. With its location on the fringes of Atlanta, a MARTA station in the heart of the city, stock of quality housing, and the new PATH trail system, East Point will attract newly educated millennials and the employers who want to hire them. Soon after the East Point PATH announcement, the Aerotropolis Atlanta CID (Community Improvement District) proposed a similar, but much larger plan to turn the airport area into a walkable and ridable utopia. Named the Aerotropolis Greenway, the plan joins together the Sizemore Group, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Cont. page 18

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International Airport, and the cities of College Park, East Point, Forest Park, Hapeville, and South Fulton. After numerous active public meetings and rigorous planning with stakeholders, the plan for 300+ miles of winding trails through the airport area is starting to take shape. Each city recently selected a “Model Mile” to kick off the project and with the East Point PATH plan already approved and now part of the Aerotropolis Greenway, an RFP (Request for Proposal) was released in May 2018 to connect Sumner Park and the Dick Lane Velodrome to Harris Park and Tri-Cities High School. (By the

publication of this article, the full details of the plan had not yet been announced.) The Aerotropolis Greenway will eventually connect to the southern crescent of the Atlanta Beltline, the Ride & Fly trail system, the area surrounding the airport, and will connect the cities in South Fulton County to Clayton County and beyond. Together, these transformative projects will turn the Southside into a unique outdoor sanctuary for residents and travelers, and ultimately link trail and path users to Atlanta and the rest of the world.

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The District is Spinning with Summer Excitement Come September, cyclists will take to the historic streets of the ATL Airport District for the inaugural Spin the District event. A 3-day extravaganza, Spin the District will transform the quiet streets of East Point, Hapeville, and College Park into cycling mania on September 21st-23rd, with a bonus event taking place in Union City on Sunday, October 21st. With proximity to the world’s busiest airport and to Georgia’s only Velodrome, the ATL Airport District is the ideal location for a cycling revolution. Spin the District will have a regional reach, attracting riders and cycling enthusiasts from across the Southeast. More visitors flocking to the area means more people patronizing local businesses and restaurants, generating revenue and positively impacting the economy. Tourists coming into town for this year’s races will also get to enjoy the new Ride & Fly trails (as outlined in the first article of this publication). Plus, with enough hype, Spin the District could attract cycling organizations to Atlanta’s Southside who are looking for a location to host their next big event.

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A Spintastic Weekend On Friday, the 3-day weekend commences in East Point with an action-packed evening of track cycling at the Dick Lane Velodrome. Just a short walk from the East Point MARTA Station, Sumner Park will come alive as the charming neighborhood park converts into an exciting, heart-pulsing scene. For those new to the sport, a velodrome is a track for cycle racing with steeply banked curves. Imagine walking on the edge of a roof top or on a steep mountain cliff – that’s how it feels to take the curves in a velodrome race, except your bike doesn’t have brakes nor the ability to coast while also going 40 mph. Pretty thrilling, right? As a spectator, you get to experience the exhilaration in the stands as the entire race unfolds before you. The excitement zips into the rest of the weekend with two downtown criteriums; Saturday in Hapeville and Sunday in College Park. Also referred to as a crit, a criterium is a bike race that follows a closed-circuit course along city streets. Racers complete several laps in a set time frame, typically 30 minutes to an hour, while fans sit on the sidelines cheering them on each time they fly past. If you’ve never Continued on page 40

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Continued from p. 24 and food trucks will be on hand, as well as a beer garden, kids’ area, art demonstrations, and live music throughout the day. At 8pm, the festival transforms into a concert as the headlining band takes the stage. Visit localmotionfest.com for more information and to get the most recent updates. Summer Fun Having to wait all summer long for Spin the District and LocalMotion Arts Festival got you down? Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of fun, family-friendly things to do around the ATL Airport District that leads up to festival weekend (and a few events taking place afterwards):

experienced a criterium, with bikes whizzing past you at dizzying speeds, it’s one of the most electrifying spectator sports you can attend, whether you’re a cycling fan or not.

The Dick Lane Velodrome has races taking place throughout the summer, along with classes and other programs for adults and children of all ages. (dicklanevelodrome.com) The Metro Atlanta Cycling Club has weekly social rides in the area that start and/or end at local businesses.

Spin the District concludes in October with a gravel Gran Fondo, a long-distance bicycle ride/ race ranging between 25-100 miles, that will take riders from Union City through scenic South Fulton as they travel along paved roads and gravel paths. You don’t typically find bystanders along the route, but once the course circles back to Union City, participants and fans will enjoy closing festivities that will include a southern BBQ, games, and live music.

Coffee & Chrome Car and Motorcycle show at Jess Lucas Park in Hapeville takes place the second Saturday of the month from now until November. (coffeeandchrome.com)

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East Point’s annual 4th of July event is an all-day festival with food, music, a carnival, and one of the largest fireworks shows in the area.

In conjunction with Spin the District, Hapeville is hosting the 2nd annual LocalMotion Arts Festival on Saturday, September 22nd. Festival planners anticipate LocalMotion growing year after year, which will bring exposure to the Southside and the arts district of Hapeville, while also promoting local businesses and restaurants. After you take in all the action from the criterium, you can walk over to Jess Lucas Park and spend the rest of the day communing with festival goers and shopping for one-of-akind pieces from local artists. Local restaurants

Wednesday Wind Down in East Point takes place on the downtown commons the third Wednesday of the month May through August. Movies Under the Stars at Jess Lucas Park in Hapeville is on the third Friday in June and July.

Union City Music & Arts Festival takes place on August 18th. (unioncityga.org) ATL Mayor’s 5K on the 5th Runway takes place on September 22nd. College Park Kids Fest takes place in September 2018 at the GICC. (collegeparkga.com) Destination East Point is on October 6th and includes a tasty chili cook-off. (eastpointcity.org)

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By Erin Lannen As a traveler, you might know it as the world’s busiest airport, a title Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has earned since 1998. As residents in the ATL Airport District, we know it as the heartbeat of Atlanta’s Southside. What grew from a tiny seed of land initially used for a dirt racetrack in 1909 is now a living, breathing force that directly impacts Metro Atlanta’s economy to the tune of $34.8 billion and over $70 billion for the state of Georgia. The airport is also the single largest job provider for Georgia with over 63,000 total employees and approximately 400,000 additional workers across Metro Atlanta.

The history surrounding the airport and Atlanta’s mark on aviation is palpable, largely due to a set of Atlanta mayors who had the vision to make aviation a dynamic part of the city. The foundation they built supports continued improvement, including a 20-year development program, ATLNext, which began work in 2016. ATLNext includes six projects designed to enhance capacity, create more jobs, foster economic growth, and bring ATL into a new era of innovation. Big Dreams. Bigger Reality. Above: Rendering of Airport Terminal by ATLNext

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involved over the years, two key players used their influence to advance ATL during crucial periods of development. William B. Hartsfield served as Atlanta’s mayor for six terms. With the foresight to launch his ideas into flight, Hartsfield made several moves to advance ATL as the site for a regional air terminal, first as a city council member and then later as mayor, to winning him the reputation as Atlanta’s “father of aviation.” A few years later, Atlanta’s first African American mayor, Maynard Jackson, continued Hartsfield’s work to make the city a hub for air travel and distribution. One of his many accomplishments included building the colossal new “midfield” terminal that opened in 1980, and is still in operation today. At the time, it was the world’s largest air passenger terminal covering an estimated 2.5 million square feet. To honor Mayors Hartsfield and Jackson’s efforts to expand the airport, subsequently launching it onto the world’s stage, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is named after both leaders. The work they did early in Atlanta’s history helped create jobs, advance the area surrounding the airport, bring businesses to the Southside, and boost Georgia’s economy, all while setting an example for efficiency and modernization in the aviation industry. Atlanta’s Hometown Airline Delta Air Lines also realized the potential for the city of Atlanta to lead the way in air travel. Delta’s headquarters officially moved from Monroe, Louisiana to Atlanta, Georgia in 1941; an undeniably wise move. C. E. Woolman, Delta’s principal founder, transitioned the company from the first commercial crop dusting operation in the 1920’s to a major airline recognized across the globe, collecting many “firsts” along the way. Today, 88 years after its inception, Delta Air Lines services more than 300 destinations on six continents, serves more than 180 million passengers annually, and is consistently looked to as the standard for commercial aviation. Further solidifying their interdependent relationship, Delta and ATL entered into a new lease agreement with the City of Atlanta in 2016 keeping Delta’s

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headquarters and the world’s largest airline hub in Atlanta through 2036 – a definite win-win all around. History Takes Flight If you’re interested in learning more about Delta’s far-reaching history, take some time to explore Delta’s Flight Museum. I recently spent the afternoon there working my way through each fascinating display. Housed in Delta’s original hangars from the 1940s, museum-goers get to soar through two separate exhibits – The Prop Era and The Jet Age, both periods integral to Delta’s evolution. Once you’ve walked through the historic hangars, jet across the parking lot to explore the first ever 747-400 built by the Boeing Aircraft Company. Ship 6301 began its journey with Northwest Airlines in 1989, then joined Delta’s fleet in 2008 after Northwest merged with Delta. The volunteer guide on board will tell you stories about the celebrated aircraft while you explore the massive ship. Before you exit, walk outside onto the right wing where you have an impressive view of the airport – ideal for watching planes ascend into the clouds. Need an event or meeting space in the ATL Airport District? The Delta Flight Museum offers several event packages to fit your needs. Your next occasion could be steeped in Atlanta aviation history. Cont. page 18

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The Hub of the Southeast also home to major distribution hubs for some of the nation’s leading brands who value the close proximity to the airport.

Indisputably, Atlanta is the transportation hub of the Southeast, with the convergence of three major interstate highways and the accessibility of the world’s busiest airport. ATL hosts one of the largest air cargo centers in North America, with plans for expansion outlined through the development program, ATLNext. Air cargo is a critical economic generator for ATL and the state, creating more than 27,000 jobs in Georgia and producing more than $6.7 million in revenue for metro Atlanta. Trucking companies, custom brokers, and roughly 200 domestic and international freight forwarders call this area home. And they’re not the only ones. Atlanta is

Today, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport continues to expand, setting new goals at each milestone and ensuring those dreams are realized through strategic planning. Future growth allows for the employment of thousands of more workers and a larger economic impact on Atlanta and the State of Georgia. What once was a patch of land in a small town just a few miles south of downtown Atlanta, is now the epicenter for travelers and businesses from around the world.

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Bakers Gonna Bake How Sweet it is on the Southside By: Erin Lannen If you need sweets like you need air to breathe, you’ve landed in the right place. In addition to the hotbed of southern and international cuisine that the Southside is known for, the thriving airport area also offers bakeries, restaurants with in-house bakers, and even a candy shop that will make you believe you’ve died and gone to heaven. Have a seat, relax, and follow along for a tour of our favorite treats. What started as an online business over three years ago, Kupcakerie (2781 Main St) is now a staple in downtown East Point. Area native, Henry Adeleye, and wife, Kascha, fell in love with the classic Main Street store-front and the up-and-coming Tri-Cities area. Cupcakes are baked fresh first thing each morning and Octane coffee flows all day. Buy just one cupcake or, if your heart desires, dive into a dozen, and be sure to put in a special order for your next celebration. You’ll get a surprise message written on the inside of every box - which only makes us love them more. When you stop in, don’t forget to check out the event space. The exposed brick and East Point mural create the perfect scene for your next get-together. Even Hollywood has taken notice with recent features in several television productions, including “Saints & Sinners” and “Tales.” In addition to the acclaimed cupcakes, Kupcakerie also offers traditional cakes and cake pops as part of their catering service. 24 ATL - Your Guide to the Atlanta Airport Area

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From Main Street, take Willingham Drive to the city of Hapeville where Buttersweet Bakery (625 N. Central Ave) awaits your arrival. Touted as the “sweetest resident in Historic Downtown Hapeville,” I doubt anyone would challenge the well-deserved title. The bakery is bright and colorful and Ms. Charlita, pastry chef and owner, is just as cheerful as she wishes you a “Buttersweet day.” Kick back and enjoy the lovely conversation with a cupcake or one of the many other pastries offered daily. Wash it all down with sweet tea from local favorite, The Sweet Tea Factory. If you live in town, they also offer custom cakes, wedding cakes, baking and decorating classes, and a catering menu that includes individual desserts and appetizing hors d’oeuvres. Just passing through? Good news: you can order online from both Buttersweet Bakery and Kupcakerie to have treats delivered straight to your front door. Be assured, there aren’t any cupcake wars around here; we love both bakeries and the flavor they bring to the Southside. Across the railroad tracks from Buttersweet Bakery, at the foot of the pedestrian bridge, sits Café at the Corner (636 S. Central Ave). The revered French Bistro is owned by Paris-trained chef Eileen Randman, and usually has a line out the door during the lunch-time rush, where patrons eagerly wait for the Soupe or Plat du Jour. However, the prized showcase of desserts sitting at the ordering counter are most certainly Continued on page 42

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the crème de la crème of the café. The French pastries are handmade daily, and will definitely sell out, so be sure to add one to your order because supply is limited! After you fill up on delectable desserts from Café at the Corner, travel west on South Central Avenue, then turn left on Virginia Avenue where you’ll find the charming candy shop Treat Love (755 Virginia Ave). Who needs Willy Wonka when we have sugar nirvana so close to the airport? I’ll warn you though, you may feel like a kid again after some time in the shop. Childhood favorites line the walls and fill old school glass jars as far as the eye can see; grab a pack of candy cigarettes and relive the days when you tricked your mom into believing you adopted a bad habit. Treat Love’s motto, “salted, bubbly, sticky, sweet,” is spot on. From fizzy soda to chocolate-covered peanuts to every flavor of gummy bear you can imagine, I assure you your hankering will be satisfied time and time again.

in for lunch on your way to or from the airport is a breeze. At Ronaldo’s try the sopapillas, delightfully fried pastries dusted with cinnamon sugar and drizzled with honey, as the charming ending to a warm carnitas taco and frosty margarita. Coffee and freshly baked pastries are also served all day. Stroll next door to Radial Café, and you’ll find the Southside installation of Atlanta’s only farm-to-table restaurant certified by the Green Restaurant Association. The vintage windows embellishing the picturesque bakery adjacent to the bar make the cakes sitting on the ledge look like a scene straight from grandpa’s farm. The desserts Radial offers are abundant, especially on the catering menu, including customized whole cakes of your choosing. If you try anything though, you must taste the famous cinnamon rolls typically found on the breakfast menu. Nevertheless, whatever you decide to sample, you won’t be disappointed.

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What comes to mind when you imagine soaring planes overhead or tractor trailers whirring down the highway, all converging on the airport? A bustling city? An urbanized area painted with tarmac and pavement? I would bet on my Nana’s Santa Claus collection that raw vegetables and fresh fruit are not high on your list. But, those of us who know and love the neighborhoods surrounding Atlanta’s Airport are privy to this Southside secret: we have more than just street cred and swagger, we really are fresh to def.

ARDEN’S GARDEN Word’s getting out though. Arden’s Garden is headquartered right here on Main Street just south of downtown East Point, but their presence has spread throughout Metro Atlanta. You can pop into one of their 16 retail locations around town to craft your own smoothie (my go-to is a menu staple, Carlito’s Way) or grab a bottle of fresh pressed juice from your local coffee shop. And lucky for us, their repertoire has recently expanded to include foods like salads and alternative desserts. Arden’s Garden may still be growing, but don’t let their relatively small size fool you; they can match up to national brands any day – and win every time. Yes, it’s that good and that good for you. 8

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PEACH DISH Competing on the national level (ranked #1 by Forbes and The New York Observer) is locally based PeachDish, a meal-kit delivery service offering delicious Southern recipes from renowned chefs using fresh produce sourced mostly from Georgia farms. Situated alongside an all too familiar industrialized road is the PeachDish headquarters. It doesn’t look like a typical warehouse – southern charm abounds with a brightly colored giant peach adorning the front of the building and friendly faces inside. Famed Atlanta folk artist, BlackCatTips, has also left his mark on the company box truck sitting in the parking lot. His work highlights the charisma and whimsy PeachDish represents: food should be fun and enjoyed, not taken too seriously. What they do take seriously, however, is their role in bringing farmers and eaters together in this growing e-commerce culture. “Georgia is the third largest [agriculture] state in the country,” explains PeachDish President, Judith Winfrey. “So, it’s so logical that we would be helping sell food to the rest of the country.” Their proximity to the airport supports this mission. “We chose to be here because we utilize the world’s busiest airport with distribution…we put pallets on planes every day to go to the west coast.” Knowing exactly who grew your food is also part of this farmer-eater relationship. “We want the food to have an identity, a sense of place, and we want that transparency to be there,” says Winfrey, who grew up in College Park and feels a sense of pride for the Tri-Cities. “I feel a real connection to this area and an investment… I want this area to thrive,” Winfrey boasts. To contribute, she employs Southside residents as well as partners each week with Hapeville’s Beer Girl Growlers & Bottleshop to pair beer with featured PeachDish recipes. “We don’t have a ton of venture capital to make this happen,” says Winfrey. “What we have is a ton of heart, passion, and energy.”

TRULY LIVING WELL That same heart and soul grows by the bushel at Truly Living Well (TLW), an urban farm with headquarters in East Point. They are directly changing the food landscape on the Southside and across Atlanta, specifically in areas that are considered “food deserts.” Defined by the USDA as low-income areas where a substantial number of residents have limited access to supermarkets, food deserts comprise much of Atlanta’s Southside. And, considering 82% of the nation’s food deserts are in urban areas, this comes as no surprise. Establishing TLW in East Point back in 2007 was paramount to changing how Southside residents access affordable, healthier food options. Located off Washington Road on 1.5 acres, TLW picked the site because of the area’s limited access. “We grow a tremendous amount of food that we’re able to feed our community,” says Carol Hunter, Chief Administration Officer for TLW. “We wanted to help our community [return] to [the] concept of growing food near where you live.” TLW’s impact has been significant. In addition to their seasonal crops, they offer outreach and educational programs that not only teach people how to cook organically grown food to optimize its nutritional value, but also impart farming skills that have led to job opportunities. “It was Cont. page 14

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coffee, baked goods, granola, and more! You can also buy hand-made goods that make perfect gifts; all offered year-round, rain or shine.

You can find TLW’s fresh produce at weekly farmers markets around town, including our very own East Point Farmers Market – open every Wednesday from 4-7pm and conveniently located in the downtown commons area near the East Point Marta Station.

The best thing about the East Point Farmers Market? They’ve partnered with Wholesome Wave Georgia, co-founded by PeachDish’s Judith Winfrey, to double EBT/SNAP benefits – giving more families access to nutritious foods and connecting more customers to local farmers.

Hosting vendors from the Tri-Cities and across metropolitan Atlanta, most of what you need for weekly meals can be found at the market, including: farm fresh eggs, seasonal produce, jams/jellies, honey, spices, meat, fair trade

So, whether you’re a beloved resident of the ATL Airport District or are just passing through, enjoy the fruits of the Southside’s labor. Local, fresh and nutritious food is just one Marta stop, or mouse click, away.

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Artists are taking notice of the airport area for its affordable space, access to transit, and walkable downtown districts. But this movement south was catalyzed by Hapeville’s vision to grow into an arts destination. PLANTING THE SEEDS A decade ago, the Hapeville Main Street board made the strategic investments for this arts explosion with the launch of their public art program. Like most Main Street programs, they were focused on promoting “quality growth and development while preserving the City’s historic character.” But instead of reaching out to developers, they issued a broad and meaningful “Call to artists.” They started

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Beyond Hapeville, new dance studios, arts centers, theaters, maker spaces and rehearsal spaces have popped up across the Tri-Cities, adding to anchors that have been nurturing the arts for decades. The recently opened Windmill Arts Center in East Point houses a black box theatre and a “white box” studio space. Also in East Point, the Work Room transforms a cavernous 1895 mill into a modern dance studio for choreographers.

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and alleys featuring the iconic faces of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Botticcelli’s Venus, and Roy Lichtenstein’s comic book heroine, and Rene Magritte’s man in a bowler hat. With this mural, the arts are literally etched into the urban fabric of Hapeville. With its ideal location and ready supply of studio space and affordable housing, the area has all the ingredients of a viable arts village. David Burt, Economic Development consultant for the City of Hapeville and Executive Director of the Hapeville Arts Alliance, predicts that the area’s appeal to artists will only grow, and he hopes the city will grow with it in terms of affordable housing. “We will soon have additional studio space and hopefully artist housing also.” Hapeville’s butterflies were originally intended to be a temporary beautification. When it came time to auction them off as a fundraiser for more public art, residents didn’t want to see them removed. The city cleaned and restored the first set of butterflies and commissioned a second phase which was recently installed. The arts, like the butterflies, have proven to be more than an ephemeral phenomenon, but an enduring part of Hapeville’s identity.

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What’s in a name? If you’re reading this magazine, chances are you’re in the Atlanta Aerotropolis —a new name for the area surrounding Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. But what is an “aerotropolis,” exactly? And why does the name matter? Let’s start with the word (it’s a mouthful). Break it down and you get the Greek words for air or flight (aero) and city (polis). While “air city” brings to mind a mountaintop utopia ringed with clouds, what’s on the ground next to the world’s busiest airport is much more complicated. Where we currently have a diverse collection of neighborhoods, hotels, office parks and warehouses that grew up over time alongside the airport, an aerotropolis is a master-planned, airport-focused development with a distinct identity and appeal. In other words—a true city. From Denver to Istanbul, aerotropolis developments are being designed as new urban power centers with office space, transit infrastructure, and even housing. But beyond physical design, the aerotropolis mindset means coordinating efforts on workforce training, economic development, and community revitalization. Pioneering airports, like Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, have adopted this concept as a way to rally diverse stakeholders and rethink the vicinity around their mega-airports. The term “aerotropolis” was made famous by academic John D. Kasarda in his 2011 book, Aerotropolis: How We’ll Live Next. His premise is that in a global economy, airports are fundamentally driving the form of cities. “Airports will shape business location and urban development in the 21st century,” he writes, 8

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“as much as highways did in the 20th century, railroads in the 19th and seaports in the 18th century.” Atlanta is a perfect example. While it may not be a coastal city, Atlanta is the quintessential port city—a booming hub of ambitious transplants and entrepreneurs. Our port, however, is an airport. Mayor William B. Hartsfield (who, along with Mayor Maynard Jackson, the airport is named after) used to say that Atlanta was a city built “on an ocean of air.” Since the 1960s, the airport has defined the size, shape, and location of Atlanta’s growth. By adopting the aerotropolis approach, the southside is starting to get organized and think like a city.

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If you have lunch in any of the area restaurants on a weekday, you’ll overhear the conversations of German Porsche executives and white- and bluecollar Delta employees, mixed with international tourists and local residents. You get the sense that this is a company town, with an enormous daytime population employed directly or indirectly by the airport. This “company town” includes a major convention center, corporate headquarters like Chick-fil-A, Porsche, and Delta, and all manner of businesses that depend on global air transport. Add to that the growing population who choose to live in the area because they are either frequent flyers or airport employees and you have the makings of a rather large city. Hartsfield-Jackson is so powerful, it has spawned a mini-city with all the elements of a city, but without a unified vision or identity. Why not? Historically, airports were built on the outskirts of cities, where there was plenty of room for landing aircraft. Over decades of expansion, Atlanta’s airport spilled over into multiple cities and counties. The broader “airport area,” which spreads out for miles in every direction, is a puzzle of jurisdictions with competing interests. How do you get all these airport stakeholders on the same page?

In 2014, the Atlanta Regional Commission convened a group of local mayors, county commissioners, airport execs, CEOs and business leaders to form the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, an organization focused on the revitalization of the airport area. They drew a jagged loop around the airport, including everything within a 20-minute drive to ATL, and dubbed it the Atlanta Aerotropolis. Over the last two years this group, with the support of the airport, completed a master plan for this study area— “The Blueprint”—which was adopted by the board of directors. Finally, all these disparate airport-area players have agreed upon a vision for land use, transportation, and economic development. Like any world-class city, the Atlanta Aerotropolis now has a coordinated plan for retrofitting airport area sprawl and guiding new development to improve the lives of those who live and work there. All this is happening at a time when, according to the Department of City Planning, Atlanta is actually growing faster than the suburbs. Rising demand is driving investors and home buyers south, making airport area neighborhoods— walkable, leafy, affordable, and only Cont. page 14

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Istanbul Airport City - Images courtesy of Perkins+Will a short train ride from downtown—look more and more attractive. Along with a revived real estate market, new hotels, offices and even residences are sprouting up around the airport. And it’s working. BMW is planning to build a training facility in College Park. ASOS, a British fashion merchant, is coming to Union City. When the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance vision

becomes a reality, these new developments will not only create jobs, they’ll also create a unique destination alongside the airport. In the future, when you hear someone say, “We’re located near the airport,” it will be considered a benefit, whether it’s a Fortune 500 Company, a mom and pop shop, or a family with kids who love to watch the planes.

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Queues for candy begin early, but the major crowds come after dark. His neighbor’s counter routinely ticks past 3,000 participants ambling down their historic street by night’s end. Most come in costume, and children, many of whom are bussed in for the occasion, are always encouraged to recite the time-honored

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“trick or treat” before they receive their sugary reward. “It’s hard to comprehend until you experience it… A wall of kids as far as the eye can see in all directions.” With the help from city police to keep the chaos at bay, it’s neighbors coming together, to create an experience for the entire community they cherish. “It’s Halloween in College Park. Kids of all ages love it, and we want to keep the tradition going.” Bryan Avenue Halloween Extravaganza - East Point

“The name’s unofficial,” says East Point resident Sheila Merritt of the extravaganza, where neighbors come together every year and put their whole hearts into offering the community an extraordinary event. “We try to make it so there’s a little something for everyone,” she adds, her pride palpable.

The roots began to take form in 2000, the year after Sheila and her fiancé, Andria (A.T.) Towns moved to Bryan Avenue. However, attendance experienced significant growth beginning in 2010 – thanks to added enthusiasm from a group of recent settlers to the area, and with help from the Jefferson Park Neighbors Association. The JPNA has “helped us tremendously by providing some insurance coverage and by hosting a community candy drive,” Merritt says. “Neighbors from all over East Point and beyond donate thousands and thousands of pieces of candy to help in the effort. It is really a community event.” Over 2,000 people will show up to Bryan Avenue on Halloween night, rain or shine. The event, always held from 6-9 and always on October 31st, has grown

so much in recent years that neighbors agreed it best to close the entire street down. They also are happy to provide amenities that go along with events of this caliber; portable toilets, street barricades, as well as an off-duty Police presence to help direct traffic and promote a safe environment. For the past several years there’s been a specific theme, decided on collectively by Bryan Ave. neighbors. They promote the event via various neighborhood Facebook pages, an email blast from the JPNA, and, of course, through word of mouth. More recently, working themes have focused on zombies, a la The Walking Dead - filmed just down the road - and Halloween horror movies. Expect to see your share of Jasons and Freddies roaming about, alongside the usual cavalcade of characters – scary witches watching over baby bumblebees, ancient mummies toting tiny hot dogs (that cover even tinier dogs) and even a truck or two crashed into a full-size sanitarium replica for that “special added effect.” Isn’t that what makes this holiday truly special – a sense of normalcy and nostalgia amidst the unknown and otherworldly? A place in time where superheroes and supervillains unite to feast on sacred treats, where a panda greets its old friend lion, where Peter Pan and Captain Hook hold hands as they wander from house to house, in a gesture of profound peace. And at the end of the night, a sense of pride and accomplishment that such a world was built in a day. As Merritt exclaims, “Guests from other Southside neighborhoods and all over Atlanta… Everyone is welcome!” GoSeeDoATL.com

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The Art and Science of Hapeville’s Arches Brewery By Hannah Palmer When you picture the brewmaster of a small, local brewery, what comes to mind? A bearded bon vivant passing out samples of some handmade elixir from a wooden barrel? Or maybe a mad scientist type, experimenting wildly in search of the perfect potion (concoction)? Either way, one imagines the antithesis of large scale factory beer production, where anonymous workers gaze over a whizzing assembly line of bottles. Craft brews are all about personality, not precision, right? I didn’t realize I had these assumptions until I visited Arches Brewing in downtown Hapeville and sat down with brewmaster and co-founder Jamey Adams. A clean cut and unassuming bio-chemist, he was there early on a Friday morning to oversee a series of start up brewery issues: kegging the Hefeweizen, recommending beers to a drop-in guest, troubleshooting repairs to a CO2 line, and otherwise preparing for a busy weekend of events. I caught up with Adams at a pivotal time for Arches—their one-year anniversary marked a moment of major growth. That day they were in the process of installing a new, 20-barrell “brewhouse” that will increase their production volume six fold, with the goal of getting Arches beer into cans by the time “on premise sales and to-go beer” becomes legal this September. This ambitious timeline requires both business risk and precision, and a rigorous attention to product quality. The Brewers Association defines a craft brewery broadly as a “small, independent, and traditional” brewery, with “small” meaning less than 6 million barrels a year. Arches may have started out as “chemistry-driven homebrewing,” but the brewery has matured into a modern and professional operation that defies any romantic notion of “craft” as amateur homebrews. 10 ATL - Your Guide to the Atlanta Airport Area

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ER Only minutes from the airport and surrounding hotels, you can catch a brewery tour to learn first hand the dramatic effects that water has in the brewing process and be back to your conference a little smarter and before anyone misses you. | archesbrewing.com Appreciating the Classics Adams’ job as a chemist collided with Georgia’s emerging beer scene when he moved to the airport area over 14 years ago. “Chemistry led me to forensics, forensics led me to Atlanta. And Atlanta is where I started making beer because there weren’t very many choices.” As Georgia has relaxed its brewery regulations over the last decade, the emerging landscape of beer styles has been defined by bold experimentation. “It’s fantastic,” says Adams, “You can do anything. Let’s put peanut butter in beer, let’s put cocoa in beer. It’s great, but it’s not necessarily our path. We’re trying to recreate the styles that have been in existence for centuries. Because I think that after the peanut butter beers, you’re gonna get this natural transition to… I just want a beer. A really good beer that’s seasonally appropriate” This sounds refreshing. For a new generation of Georgia beer drinkers like me, that have sampled fruity IPA’s and mocha stouts, but have never really appreciated a fine, traditional Lager whether it be a Pilsner, a Bock, or Oktoberfest, this approach is truly distinctive. In addition to recreating Old World styles, Arches is also committed to the traditional European brewing calendar. Centuries before refrigeration, brewing revolved around not just the local harvest, but the climate for storage. The result: summer is peak season for a crisp German Pilsner, and an imperial stout should be enjoyed fireside during the holidays. This rhythm is already ingrained at Arches. “I’ve been doing this for so long that I just

know, it’s November, I need to be making the Bock which comes out at Mardi Gras. It’s May, I need to be doing the Oktoberfest.” Adams honors this tradition by reminding us of the agricultural connection to our pint. “If we’re going to offer a peach pale ale, it’ll only be around while the fresh peaches are around.” Something in the Water Five or six years into homebrewing, Adams ,“started playing around with water.” As he worked to recreate all these traditional European styles, it became a matter of authenticity. “I decided if we’re going to continue down this path, we should consider our water.” That’s where Adams’ background in chemistry comes in. Every region in the world has a signature water profile based on many variables, including the mineral content of the surrounding landscape. The Austrian water that makes up a Vienna lager has a specific mineral content which is vastly different from Atlanta’s water profile. Arches withdraws its water from Atlanta municipal sources. And the Chattahoochee River is relatively pure, it “doesn’t make excellent beer of all styles. It especially doesn’t make regionally appropriate beer. So we take it to the next level. We make Vienna water first.” It’s not uncommon for breweries to treat their water, but Adams explained that most don’t go beyond the basics: Ph level, overall softness or hardness, removing chlorine and fluoride. Adams uses brewing salts—common minerals such as baking soda, sodium chloride (salt), Cont. page 20

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Tasting Room is open for public tastings Tuesday through Thursday 4-8pm and Saturday calcium carbonate (limestone), calcium chloride, calcium sulfate, and magnesium sulfate—to adjust the ionic content of the water and match the regional profile for specific beers. “Beer is the ultimate bio-chemical medium,” he says. “Chemistry is the water, the grains, and all those interactions. Biology is the yeast, the billions of living cells at work. You need to know both. I love to use both.”

The perfect example, he says, is his favorite, Arches’ Unseasonal Lager. A deceptively simple and easy to drink “gateway beer,” Adams says it’s the most difficult and dangerous to brew. Listening to him describe the joy of “decoction,” an old world technique of mashing 212 degree grain by hand, I got a glimpse of the mad scientist / bon vivant character there underneath the well-spoken entrepreneur.

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How is it possible that a day at the airport spent almost entirely sitting, waiting, and standing in lines can be so draining? While you can get your recommended 10,000 steps a day by pounding the 2+ miles between concourses at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the surrounding neighborhoods are full of interesting ways to elevate your heartrate and take the pulse of Atlanta’s active community.

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With an airplane as their logo, CrossFit College Park (crossfitcollegepark.com) recognizes their role as the go-to “box” for both the ATL hotel population and a solid base of local crossfitters. Their 10,000 square foot gym includes a nursery and yoga-esque “Kinstretch” studio. Pick up a t-shirt as a souvenir of your drop-in WOD next door to the world’s busiest airport. Urban Greens Adventurous golfers can find a handful of places to tee off inside the city limits. The Historic College Park Golf Course (www.cph9golf.com) is located one mile from the airport in a charming historic district. This nine-hole course welcomes travelers with a relaxed dress code and no tee times required, plus a driving range that’s open seven days a week. An even bigger public course within putting distance of the airport is the 18-hole Brown’s Mill Golf Course. The City of Atlanta owns and operates this fairway which was designed by the architect of the par three course at Augusta National.

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Walk off your dinner on the Phoenix Trail in College Park. Minutes from the convention center and next to the Westin, Marriot, Hilton Garden and Holiday Inn Express.

Airport Area Cycling A truly unique southside destination for cyclists is the Dick Lane Velodrome (dicklanevelodrome.com). Inspired by the Munich Olympics, the city of East Point built this oval-shaped, steep banked concrete track in 1972 and it stands as the only velodrome in the state. The track was fully restored in 2004 and consistently attracts some of the best riders in the country to its Pro Race Series. Casual spectators can catch one of the weekly race events and ambitious track cyclists can buy a $5 one day training pass online.

features waterfalls and extensive trails, including an easy 2-mile hike along the mossy banks of Utoy Creek. History buffs will appreciate the Civil War era earth mounds and a mysterious stone springhouse. The 300-year old “Connally Oaks” are worth the trip to Connally Nature Park in East Point. A mile of hiking trails wind through this 27-acre park, leading to a stand of massive white oaks that predate the original 1800’s Connally plantation.

While the epic 60-mile Sunday “Airport Ride” is a winter tradition among Atlanta cyclists, your best bet from spring to fall is to join the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club (maccattack. com) on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. Their Thursty Thursday Tango is a fast, 28-mile ride through rolling backroads with minimal traffic. They start at 6 PM near Oz Pizza in Downtown East Point and return to the site to quench the acquired “thurst.” The Tuesday Tap-Out / Oz to Oz is a 28-mile moderately paced ride, starting at Oz Pizza in East Point, traveling down Highway 29, and ending at Oz Pizza in Fairburn. Trails and Trees If you believe in the healing power of “forest bathing,” take your hiking boots to one of Atlanta’s old growth forests at Cascade Springs Nature Preserve. This 120-acre urban oasis

On the western edge of the airport, the Phoenix Trail is an award-winning rails-totrails project that will soon connect to Downtown College Park, the Georgia International Convention Center and beyond. The current 2-mile trail slices through a former industrial area, directly under the flight path, and through a supremely instagrammable skylit tunnel under Interstate 85. Only at ATL Finally, the most unique of all airport-area workouts—the Mayor’s 5K on the Fifth Runway—happens in late September. The inaugural event in 2015 attracted over 2,000 runners from all over the country who showed up before dawn to earn bragging rights of running this extraordinary, temporary course. If you’re looking for something a little less generic than your standard hotel gym, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set foot on one of the busiest runways in the world. GoSeeDoATL.com

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How the Yallywood Phenomenon is Boosting the Airport Area By Hannah Slagle-Palmer Welcome to the “Hollywood of the South.” The state of Georgia hosted 124 film and television productions last year, including reality shows like The Real Housewives of Atlanta and American Ninja Warrior, critical darlings like Netflix’s Stranger Things and FX’s Atlanta, and box office blockbusters like Sully and Ant Man. Here in Atlanta, glimpses of the film and television industry are everywhere you look, from celebrity sightings to pop-up film shoots blocking traffic to those cryptic yellow markers directing crews to their location du jour. Less visible are the productions happening on brand-spanking-new sound stages across the metro-area, many of them in close proximity to the airport. While Hollywood is sprinkling its stardust across the state broadly, the impact on Atlanta’s southside, the airport area in particular, has been uniquely beneficial.

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WHY GEORGIA? Georgia boasts a diverse range of charming locations and mild weather, but without a doubt, the film industry has taken root here as a direct result of our aggressive tax incentives, which took effect in 2008. Qualifying productions can receive up to 30% in tax credits by shooting here and adding a promotional logo—the Georgia peach, of course—to the film credits. Filmmakers have learned that it’s far cheaper to turn Peachtree Street into Broadway for a day than to stage a shoot on location in Manhattan. Georgia now hosts the world’s third-largest movie industry behind Los Angeles and the United Kingdom. In fact, Moviemaker Magazine named Atlanta #1 on their 2016 list of “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker,” a ranking that considers our low cost of living, sunny climate, and supportive arts community, among other criteria. As rents in cities like LA and New York continue to skyrocket, to emerging artists and creatives, Atlanta starts looking peachy indeed. 8

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That means the growth of this $6 billion-per-year industry is having a ripple effect, bringing investment and talent into small towns and areas of Atlanta that haven’t seen development in decades. In the process, it’s revitalizing neighborhoods, making creative careers viable in the south, and changing perceptions about the airport area. THE ATL ADVANTAGE. Georgia’s tax benefits are generous, but not unique. The film industry is known to follow incentives to whatever state (or country) will save them the most on production costs. So what sets Georgia apart from say, Louisiana or New Mexico, which offer rival tax breaks? IT’S ATL, THE WORLD’S BUSIEST AIRPORT. The reach and convenience of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with direct flights to 200 cities, and 26 daily flights to Los Angeles, is a serious competitive advantage in luring productions to the state. Location manager for FX’s Atlanta and East Point resident Jason Underwood suggests that having an international, best-in-class airport in Atlanta makes it possible to import talent and work seamlessly with studios nationwide. “Everything is within an hour of the airport,” he said. “We can fly in an actor from New York for an 8 A.M. crew call. It makes the travel in and out of the production so much nicer than say, Knoxville.”

Atlanta - American comedy-drama television series created by and starring Donald Glover. Winner of two Golden Globes and Best Cable TV Comedy by the People’s Choice Awards. Thanks to ATL, state-of-the-art production facilities are popping up all over Georgia, and the leading studios are concentrated on the southside. For decades, being close to the airport has been a disadvantage for development. But for the nomadic, incentive-driven film industry, this global connectivity is a perk. For Hollywood exiles and investors, the southside offers an abundance of cheap, available land, ripe for large scale (re)development. Pinewood Studios, a mammoth 700-acre campus in Fayetteville, opened in 2014 and quickly became the uncontested heavyweight in Atlanta’s film scene. Captain America: Civil War, the top-grossing feature film of 2016, was filmed not in Hollywood, but a quiet southside suburb. SOUTHSIDE RENAISSANCE. The film industry boom is bringing new life to some of the southside’s iconic, but aging assets and also providing a solution to tricky redevelopment projects like dead malls. Continued on page 20

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Southside residents cheered when EUE Screen Gems opened at the former Lakewood Fairgrounds and resurrected Lakewood’s iconicbut-crumbling 1916 Spanish Colonial exhibition halls as sound stages. Last spring, Atlanta Metro Studios, the successful redevelopment of Shannon Mall in Union City, opened to shoot a remake of Jumanji on “two of the largest purpose-built sound stages in North America.” And this year Tyler Perry plans to open his new production wonderland at the shuttered Fort McPherson. At 330-acres, it’s one of the most significant redevelopment projects in the City of Atlanta, and it promises to be one of the biggest production studios in the country. Beyond the studios, airport-area communities have taken on a supporting role in many productions. While scouting locations in Hapeville, College Park, and East Point, Underwood discovered the rich diversity of architectural styles from Craftsman to Tudor to mid-century ranches, which “translate as free production design.”

Historic downtowns like Jackson, Senoia, and Palmetto, which star in Stranger Things and The Walking Dead, are getting a free, if temporary, facelift courtesy of film productions, followed by the economic benefits of increased tourism. HERE TO STAY? So the big question remains, is the film industry here to stay? Or will it pick up and move as soon as better tax incentives appear in another state? While filmmakers will always be chasing the next tax break, Atlanta’s airport and new roster of purpose-built studios aren’t going anywhere. And while the explosive growth of the film industry in Georgia will certainly level off at some point, the positive effects of neighborhood revitalization and historic preservation are only beginning.

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But once you’ve satisfied your craving for sweet tea and biscuits, don’t overlook the abundance of ethnic cuisines clustered around Atlanta’s global hub. As a major employment center, Hartsfield-Jackson is ringed by communities of immigrants from around the world, so there are small but authentic international eateries tucked into unexpected places throughout the airport area. The adventurous foodie will be rewarded to find the flavors of Cuba, Jamaica, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Ethiopia, Greece and more, all within minutes of the airport. On the northside of the airport, College Park’s Main Street is home to many Mexican restaurants, but Taqueria Don Sige (1720 Vesta Ave), an authentic, nofrills taco stand tucked in the back of an Hispanic grocery store is a local favorite. Follow the smell of warmed corn tortillas to a basic whiteboard with the day’s specials. Aside from the slow-braised tacos de lengua, most items are cooked to order and topped with a few fresh slices of avocado. Also on Main Street, Greek café and coffee house Kafenio (3387 Main St) is a cheery spot for brunch or a latte, but don’t miss the fresh falafel, lamb and gyros. Based on the black SUVs filling the parking lot, you might think Bole Ethiopian (1650 Virginia Ave) is a limo dispatch center, and maybe it is. Ethiopian taxi and limo drivers hang out at Bole between calls, sipping tea and dipping fresh injera bread into savory Continued on page 33

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stews. Across the street, neighborhood hangout The Manchester Arms (1705 Virginia Ave) is a homage to a British pub, complete with shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and taxidermy on the walls.

1996. Busiest at lunch and on Sundays after church, their small but sunny dining room is a tribute to the islands, with a fridge full of Ting and coconut water and a bakery case full of beef patties to complete the effect.

Drive down Virginia Avenue (past three different Waffle Houses) to Hapeville’s Central Avenue, where Mami’s La Cubana (579 N Central Ave) offers a different kind of comfort carbs. Their perfectly crispy-onthe-outside but soft on the inside Cuban bread is the secret to their generous Cuban or Medianoche sandwiches. Just try to save the second half for later.

Cruise along the southern edge of the airport to Genesis Bar & Grill (5100 W Fayetteville Rd) which is hidden like a speakeasy in the pool clubhouse of a Country Inn & Suites. Flight attendants and pilots head here not for the philly cheesesteaks and burgers, but the Korean BBQ specialties like beef bulgogi and short ribs (Gal-Bi) with made-from-scratch pot stickers and kimchi.

Like the celebrated Buford Highway on the north side of Atlanta, Old National Highway in College Park is a string of aging strip malls populated by well established ethnic eateries and mom-andpop businesses. For example, Zab-E-Lee Thai and Sushi (4837 Old National Hwy) is tucked between two West African restaurants in a strip mall that long ago lost its anchor. The owners recently added sushi to traditional menu of Pad Thai and Pad See Ew. Like most of these spots, the lunch crowd is a mix of nearby office workers and airport employees, while the evening business is mostly takeout for the hotels clustered around I-285.

Another Asian treasure is Hot Café (5286 Riverdale Rd), dishing out family style portions of hard-to-find Laotian cuisine for over 20 years, which means it was here long before the fifth runway. Order the spicy house specialties: Lao sausage, papaya salad, sticky rice, and fried chicken wings with a glass of fresh-pressed sugarcane juice to cool your palate.

Around the corner is Jamaica Jamaica Luxe (4801 Old National Hwy), where owner Mary Cameron has been serving up fallingoff-the-bone oxtail and jerk chicken since

The secret is out about Pho Dai Loi (4061 Jonesboro Rd) Forest Park’s Vietnamese diner, which has grown so popular they opened a second location on Buford Highway. Throughout the day, a steady stream of airport-area workers, local families, and culinary tourists pack the dining room for steaming bowls of Vietnamese noodle soup, further proof that the airport area is becoming a foodie destination in its own right. GoSeeDoATL.com

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