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Perimeter Business ► Children’s Healthcare announces new $1 billion hospital PAGE 4 ► MARTA helps attract another Fortune 500 company PAGE 5


Cyclorama painting moves to History Center

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The gigantic, 130-year-old cyclorama painting of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta moved Feb. 10 in dramatic, crane-dangling fashion from its longtime Grant Park home to Buckhead’s Atlanta History Center. The 359-foot-long painting, ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER

See CYCLORAMA on page 10

Part of the “Battle of Atlanta” cyclorama painting and related diorama as they appeared in 2014 at the Grant Park building.

EDUCATION STAR Students, Teachers named Page 13

Retrofitting transportation solutions over mature communities carries some disruptive pain, but if we don’t deal with it now, the pain simply gets worse into the future. RUSTY PAUL Mayor, Sandy Springs

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OUT & ABOUT American Girl Club celebrates Black History Month Page 9

Peachtree Road lanes design released BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

After more than a year of work, the final design for rearranging the lanes on Buckhead’s Peachtree Road has been released by the Georgia Department of Transportation. The re-striping now covers 3 miles between Pharr Road and the Buford Spring Connector, a bit farther south than originally planned. It would include three southbound lanes, two northbound lanes and a two-way left-turn lane running down the middle. All lanes would be 10 See PEACHTREE on page 12

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Tuskegee Airmen Rev. Thomas Bristow, left, and Hillard Warren Pouncy Jr. pose before speaking at the Feb. 14 meeting of the Buckhead 50 Club at American Legion Post 140.

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Two Tuskegee Airmen shared memories of their roles, seven decades past, in the U.S. military’s first desegregated combat aviation units during a Feb. 14 appearance at the Buckhead 50 Club. “Who ever heard of black people flying?” Hillard Warren Pouncy Jr. recalled about the pioneering program to train African American combat pilots and ground crews. He trained to be a pilot himself, eventually becoming a bombardier. Joining Pouncy in speaking to the club at American Legion Post 140 in

Chastain Park was Rev. Thomas Bristow, who enlisted in 1946 at age 17 and became supervisor of a shop for aircraft sheet metal. A program to train the U.S. military’s first African-American pilots began in 1941 in Tuskegee, Ala., where there was an airfield and where pilot candidates studied at the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University). The program began just before U.S. involvement in World War II and continued through and shortly after the war. The units were members of the U.S. Army Air Forces, a precursor of today’s separate Air Force branch. The U.S. military remained racially

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segregated throughout the war, but the Tuskegee Airmen are considered historic pioneers whose example helped to end discrimination. Bristow and Pouncy’s appearance was arranged through the Atlanta chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., an educational nonprofit based in Tuskegee that, among other activities, confirms the identity of those claiming Airmen status. In the Buckhead appearance, the two Airmen did not directly discuss their experiences with racial discrimination, instead speaking more generally about their lives. The story of the Tuskegee Airmen is now widely known, but it wasn’t always that way. Audience member Mel Dowdell said he grew up in the Tuskegee area, but didn’t hear about the Airmen until years later. One of the recent popularizers of the story was the 2012 film “Red Tails.” Asked about the film’s historical accuracy, Pouncy said, “Now, you must remember, Hollywood is Hollywood,” and cited its main rules as, “Make it lovely and make it make money.” Still, the movie was OK, he allowed. Pouncy, 95, has seen a lot of real history, including “a time when an airplane [would] fly over, everybody would stop and look up.” That went double for the first Tuskegee pilots, whom Pouncy recalled seeing as he studied at the Institute. “I used to see those guys flying — oooh-wheee!” he said, adding he admired their “spic and span uniforms.” At age 22, Pouncy was accepted into the program as a pilot. He recalled buzzing his family house in his Vultee BT-13 Valiant training plane and being disappointed when his mother and sister didn’t wave at him. They later told him, “We knew that was you, all right,

but we didn’t wave because we thought that thing was going to crash.” Pouncy said he wasn’t good enough to be a combat pilot and left the training to become a bombardier in B-25 planes. He eventually retired from the military as a major in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He shared stories from other eras of his eventful life. His parents couldn’t read, he said, but he was determined to get an education and earned a doctorate in chemistry, working for Union Carbide for decades. Later, he worked in Saudi Arabia for years in the oil industry and shared tales of his surprise about the segregation of women there. Bristow indicated that he wanted to speak only briefly, and he did not take audience questions. He mentioned that he once served as a caddy for legendary pro golfer Sam Snead, and spoke about his various military postings prior to his retirement as a sergeant. Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall, a candidate for mayor, was among those in attendance. “It’s always impressive to see legacy organizations like the Buckhead 50 Club holding their own and continuing to be a critical part of Atlanta’s fabric,” Hall said in an interview after the meeting. The Airmen in particular “need to be on the regular circuit,” Hall said, adding that their stories were important to him personally, as his family is from Alabama and includes members who served in the military. The Buckhead 50 Club is a social and civic organization celebrating its 85th year. It’s an invitation-only and men-only group, though the Feb. 14 meeting was open to couples for Valentine’s Day. The group is seeking member candidates. For more information, call 404667-4762 or email buckhead50club@ gmail.com.



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Children’s Healthcare announces new $1 billion hospital A new, billion-dollar hospital is the centerpiece of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s plan for its Brookhaven campus and will likely contribute to the evolution of Buford Highway, according to city officials. CHOA revealed its plans for the $1 billion to $1.3 billion project on Feb. 9. Along with other developments in the works by CHOA and Emory University, including an Atlanta Hawks training and medical facility, it means the area of North Druid Hills Road and I-85 is set to become metro Atlanta’s latest major medical center. The massive development also will contribute to redevelopment along Buford Highway as clinics and other health care businesses seek to build near CHOA and will likely locate along the corridor, said City Councilmember Joe Gebbia, who represents District 4 where CHOA is located. “This will be part of the evolution of Buford Highway,” he said. The new Brookhaven pediatric hospital eventually will replace CHOA’s 255-bed Egleston Hospital at Emory University, according to the announcement. That site’s future use has not been determined, according to the announcement. Other details of the

new hospital are scant, with the announcement launching an estimated 18 months of planning. CHOA already has a 45-acre office complex at the intersection and for more than a year has hinted at massive redevelopment. It recently broke ground on the first phase, an eight-story medical building called the Center for Advanced Pediatrics. The new hospital has been discussed privately with state officials, as Gov. Nathan Deal was DYANA BAGBY quoted in CHOA’s Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Office Park is located on Tullie Circle in Brookhaven near the location of its planned $1 billion hospital. announcement press release. state, and its plans for a new hospital the largest in Georgia.” “The health of Georgia’s children and continued statewide growth will “They are saying the cost is between has consistently been one of my top help ensure that Georgia’s kids have a $1 billion to $1.3 billion, but it will probpriorities,” Deal said in the press rehealthy future.” lease. “Children’s Healthcare provides Continued on page 7 Gebbia praised the project as “one of vital care for children from across the

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MARTA helps attract another Fortune 500 company BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Perimeter Center’s MARTA train service has helped attract another Fortune 500 company. WestRock, a multinational paper and packaging corporation, this month announced the relocation of its headquarters from Norcross to the Northpark Town Center towers in Sandy Springs, citing transit as among the reasons to place 800 employees there. Northpark sits atop the Sandy Springs MARTA Station, while Norcross is in Gwinnett County, which has long rejected joining the MARTA system. “This office will provide additional space for growth for our team and will enable us to enhance collaboration by colocating key functions,” WestRock CEO Steve Voorhees said in a press release. “Access to MARTA and key transportation hubs will also benefit our employees in the region.” WestRock joins a trend of large corporations moving their headquarters from suburban office parks to urbanized areas served by mass transit. The intent usually involves attracting and retaining millennials as white-collar employees. While the headquarters moves get a lot of publicity, most such moves affect a relatively small number of executives and management staff, with other offices remaining in the suburbs or other areas. WestRock has 39,000 employees around the world and will keep another office in Norcross. WestRock, whose products include pizza boxes, was No. 251 on the latest Fortune 500 list, with about $11.4 billion in revenue. It formed in 2015 from the merger of RockTenn and MeadWestvaco. The company will make its Perimeter Center move in phases spread from fall of this year to spring of 2018, said spokesperson Chris Augustine. The three-tower Northpark Town Center complex at Abernathy and Peachtree-Dunwoody roads, owned and managed by Atlanta-based Cousins Properties, is already home to another Fortune 500 company, Veritiv.

In recent months, Northpark has attracted civic-minded business organizations as well. The Perimeter Center Community Improvement Districts moved its headquarters there last year, and the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce’s new Technology and Innovation Center will open there this year. In a press release, Larry Gellerstedt, Cousins’ president and CEO, called WestRock’s relocation a “strong endorsement to the attractiveness of our office building and its prime location near public transit.” Leaders of Perimeter Center cities and business groups are talking about expanding the transit options. The PCIDs and the cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are the midst of a “last-mile connectivity” plan for a transit circulator system in Perimeter Center— likely dedicated lanes for public and private buses that connect commuters with MARTA stations. Bigger projects are long-proposed MARTA expansions northward along I-285 to Alpharetta. North Fulton mayors are discussing a possible transitfunding sales tax to go on the 2018 ballot, whether for MARTA or for other forms of transit. In January, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul joined a large group of Fulton and state officials who traveled to Dallas to view the metro area’s transit system. At the Jan. 17 City Council meeting, Paul said that seeing light rail trains in Plano, Texas, made him start leaning in favor of that transit form over “bus rapid transit,” meaning buses running in dedicated lanes. “The rail system has ignited a total redevelopment of downtown,” Paul said of Plano. “They were ecstatic about what the train had done for their downtown area,” he said, adding that other cities that had opted out of the rail system were now seeking connections to it. “It changed my mind about light rail a little bit,” said the mayor, adding he is now “much more willing” to support it locally.

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The Sandy Springs and Cobb County Chambers of Commerce have teamed up to tackle Braves stadium traffic with a new task force. The new “Transportation Task Force” has participation from the Fulton County School System and Kennesaw State University; industry organizations such as the Georgia Motor Trucking Association; major corporations such as Home Depot and Arby’s Restaurant Group; and local businesses such as Sandy Springs’ Wyndham Atlanta Galleria hotel. The task force is in the early stages of a coordinated traffic response as SunTrust Park’s Opening Day looms on April 14. “We are thrilled to be involved in this work,” said Tom Mahaffey, president of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, in a written statement. As we all know, what happens in [Cobb’s] I-75 and I-285 intersection affects all of us. Essentially, traffic concerns don’t stop at the county lines.” Gary Bottoms, chairman of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, said the group is considering such options as flexible work schedules and ride-sharing programs. “I formed this task force to look carefully at what kinds of actions could be undertaken by the hundreds of businesses in Cobb and Sandy Springs to improve the Braves’ game day experience and help the traffic situation for everyone,” Bottoms said in a written statement. Traffic impacts have been a huge concern since the Atlanta Braves baseball team in 2014 announced a surprise, secret move to Cobb’s Cumberland area, which surrounds a highway interchange that lacks mass transit connections. Stadium-goers

may bring economic opportunity for local businesses, but they also fear the costs of making the area’s already notorious traffic even worse. SunTrust Park will host its first exhibition game, with fewer ticket sales than a full game, on March 31 and then hold Opening Day in April. Many games will be held in the evenings in the hopes of avoiding peak rush hour. The stadium also will host major concerts, with two already announced: Billy Joel on April 28 and Metallica on July 9. The governments of Cobb and Sandy Springs had a rough relationship for months with little or no communication about stadium traffic planning. That relationship has improved, but few actual infrastructure improvements are in the works weeks before the stadium opens. The Chambers of Commerce met about two weeks ago to kick off the task force’s work. “Everyone has a stake in minimizing the time we are stuck in traffic and so we are asking for a lot of input before we craft our recommendations,” Bottoms said. According to Mahaffey, the first meeting included briefings from a long list of agencies: the Atlanta Regional Commission; the Georgia Department of Transportation; Cobb and Sandy Springs government staff members; four area Community Improvement Districts, which are self-taxing business districts; Kennesaw State; and “several consulting groups.” Fulton County schools spokesperson Susan Hale was among those in attendance. While few Braves games are expected to occur during school hours, some will, and the school district’s headquarters is in the traffic zone on Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs.

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At left, a rendering of the new Center for Advanced Pediatricts. Below, construction has already begun on the 8-story, 260,000 square-foot center near the intersection of I-85 and North Druid Hills Road in Brookhaven. A new $1 billion hospital is also planned near the site as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta expands its reach in the area.

Continued from page 4 ably be close to $2 billion,” he said. “This will be a 10-year project.” Gebbia said the development will “redefine” the North Druid Hills Road and I-85 interchange and will spur development, specifically Class A office space, in the Corporate Square, north of I-85, and Executive Park areas in the city. “Our objective is to bring Class A office space to the city,” he said. Mitigating traffic in the area will be a top concern for City Council, Gebbia added, and preliminary talks include the possibility of building a flyover bridge from I-85 directly to the hospital. He also said he expects more development from Emory University in response to CHOA’s plans. “It’s not only a privilege but we’re honored CHOA has selected Brookhaven for this significant project,” he said. City spokesperson Ann Marie Quill echoed Gebbia’s sentiment. “As we like to say, we’re glad Children’s is growing with us,” Quill said in an email. “That hospital will be a great benefit to the community as far as serving children and for the local economy. The CHOA/Emory/Hawks area is promising to be a southern gateway to the city that we will be proud of.” The announcement indicates that other existing major CHOA facilities around metro Atlanta will remain in place and several expansions are underway. That includes CHOA’s Scottish Rite hospital on “Pill Hill,” the medical center in Sandy Springs, near the Brookhaven border, where Emory Saint Joseph’s and Northside hospitals also stand. An expansion of Scottish Rite to add beds is underway. Another CHOA project, coming this year, is an urgent care center “in the Chamblee/Brookhaven area,” according to the announcement. CHOA has a long relationship with Emory, as Egleston Hospital is a teaching affiliate of the university’s medical school. Emory is also expanding its medical presence at North Druid Hills and I-85, where the $50 million facility in partnership with the Atlanta Hawks basketball team is under construction. “Specific transportation, site and building plans for the North Druid Hills Campus will be developed over the next 18 months,” the announcement press release says. Dyana Bagby contributed to this report.

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Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Parents can learn to identify dyslexia and empower themselves to help their children in a workshop led by Elaine LaCour, a 19-year veteran of the Atlanta Speech School. The event includes dinner and a panel of parents sharing their own journeys with dyslexia. $25 individual; $50 for family. Church of the Redeemer, 5185 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs. Info: redeemeratlanta.org or 740-298-1930.


John Nixon, author of “Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein,” appears at the Atlanta History Center as part of the center’s Livingston Lectures series. A leadership analyst with the CIA for 13 years, Nixon was the first primary interrogator of Saddam for the U.S. government. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Admission $5 members; $10 nonmembers; free to AHC Insiders. Reservations required. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com or 404-814-4150.

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The exhibit includes images of 35 women who volunteered to have their torsos painted and photographed to raise money for breast cancer and genetic research programs at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem and for breast cancer education, advocacy and prevention in the U.S. Cost: $85; patron level tickets $218. The Stave Room at American Spirit Works, 199 Armour Drive N.E., Buckhead. Info: hadassah.org/atlanta or 678-443-2961.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Heritage Sandy Springs continues its monthly American Girl Club programming with the story of Melody Ellison, a girl from Detroit during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. Learn about Atlanta’s own civil rights movement, and then celebrate Black History Month with the help of Melody’s story. RSVPs requested and recommended. Best suited for ages 5-12, and girls can bring their favorite doll. $8 members; $10 non-members; $15 at the door. Info: heritagesandysprings.org or 404-851-9111, ext. 2.

DR. SEUSS BIRTHDAY BASH Thursday, March 2, 10:30 a.m.

Join the world in celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with stories, fun and games at the Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave. N.E., Buckhead. Info: afpls.org or 404-814-3500.


The Junior League of Atlanta offers kids an interactive reading event with related activities and a copy of the book to keep. Immediately afterward, the Junior League will host Kids in the Kitchen, a program that promotes a hands-on, healthy foods kitchen environment for kids and parents. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs. Info: afpls.org or 404-303-6130.

STRIDES FOR SURVIVORS Saturday, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

A 2.7-mile walk around Chastain Park’s PATH benefits Turning Point Breast Cancer Rehabilitation. The first annual event is hosted by Galloway School students Lauren, Samantha, and Emilie Scalise, three sisters whose mother and grandmother fought breast cancer within the same year. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m.; ceremonies start at 11:15 a.m.; and the walk starts at 11:45 a.m. Opening/closing ceremonies are at The Galloway School, 215 West Wieuca Road N.W., Buckhead. Fee: $30 in advance, $35 on walk day. Registration: scal012.wixsite.com/stridesforsurvivors.

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Adults, kids of all ages, strollers and dogs are all welcome in this second annual nearly 1-mile event in the Garden Hills neighborhood of Buckhead benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The race begins at 335 Pine Tree Drive N.E. After the run, there’s a pizza celebration at the Garden Hills Recreation Center. The event is organized by Garden Hills/ Peachtree Park Friends group volunteers. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 on walk day. Families can register as a Family Sponsor for $150, with race day recognition and up to six shirts and entries. Info: giving.choa.org/flashlightfunrun.

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A ProShred mobile shredding truck will be at Chastain Park until noon or when its capacity is reached in an event hosted by the Matt Brown Group of Keller Williams Peachtree Road and co-sponsored by Fidelity Mortgage, Duluth Friendly Painting & Contracting and Smart Home Solutions. Residential use only requested; no need to remove staples, paperclips, fasteners or rubber bands. Free. Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive, Buckhead. Go to the Red Lot on Powers Ferry Road, in front of the Horse Park. Info: MatthewBrown@KW.com.


Ongoing The Community Assistance Center offers free help with tax returns. CAC’s team of trained and certified VITA [Volunteer Income Tax Assistance] volunteers can help filers earning up to $55,000 in 2016. Appointments are available now. CAC is one of many metro area VITA sites, an initiative of the IRS and the United Way. 1130 Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs. Info: 770-552-4889, ext. 221 or contact VITA@ourcac.org.

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Ultimately, it’s your experience that matters. To be sure, we’re proud of our 29 years of experience in senior living. But, to us, what really matters is your experience at our communities. We do everything with that idea clearly in mind. So, go ahead, enjoy yourself with great social opportunities and amenities. Savor fine dining every day. And feel assured that assisted living services are always available if needed. We invite you to experience The Piedmont for yourself at a complimentary lunch and tour. Please call 404.381.1743 to schedule.

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C Continued from page 1 separated into two pieces wound onto 11,000-pound, 45-foot-tall spools, was hauled through a hole in the Grant Park building’s roof and carried on flatbed trucks to Buckhead, where a reverse crane operation inserted it into the History Center’s new Cyclorama Building. The move kicked off about 18 months

of restoration work before the painting goes back on display, likely in fall 2018. An entertainment fad of the late 1800s, cycloramas were huge, circular paintings of dramatic scenes intended to give the viewer an immersive experience — “the virtual reality of its time,” said Gordon Jones, the History Center’s senior military historian and curator.

The “Battle of Atlanta” cyclorama was first displayed in Minnesota in 1886 and toured various states before ending up in Atlanta. The Grant Park Cyclorama building, custom-built to display the painting, opened in 1921. Over time, the painting’s popularity faded and the building aged, endangering the artwork. In 2014,

Mayor Kasim Reed called for selling the building and relocating the painting to a new facility. The History Center, at 130 West Paces Ferry Road, won the prize with its $30 million new Cyclorama building that was kick-started by a $10 million gift from residents Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker. The “Battle of Atlanta” will be restored, including replacing or re-creating large pieces hacked off by previous promoters years ago. It will be longer and higher — 371 feet around and 49 feet high. The old Grant Park Cyclorama building included a rotating platform that showed the audience various sections at different times. The new, larger His-


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tory Center Cyclorama building — a huge, round, tank-like room sunk into the ground — will allow audiences to stand on a platform and view it at their own pace, giving the immersive experience that painters originally intended. The cyclorama painting was created as entertainment, not a historical document, and has been altered at various times to favor both Northern and Southern biases about the war, Jones said. One famous change was repainting Confederate prisoners of war to transform them into fleeing Yankee troops. A main reason the painting survived —

one of only 17 from its era remaining worldwide — is because it appealed to the “Lost Cause” myth that the war was a noble effort rather than a defense of slavery, Jones said, adding that a large new exhibit around the new Cyclorama will explain that context. For the History Center, the painting is another way to examine interpretations of the Civil War through an entertainment device that has now has its own long history. The History Center’s mission now, Jones said, is to tell the painting’s story “from attraction to artifact.”

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A - The viewing platform in the middle of the Atlanta History Center’s new cyclorama building will be surrounded by exhibits and parts of a battle diorama that also is being relocated from Grant Park. B - One of the cyclorama painting spools towers toward a 7-foot-wide hole in the roof through which the painting will be extracted by crane. C - Inside the Atlanta History Center’s new Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker Cyclorama Building, which is still under construction. D - Gordon Jones, the Atlanta History Center’s senior military historian and curator, with one of the “Battle of Atlanta” painting spools. E - The cyclorama painting spools at Grant Park. F - Atlanta History Center spokesperson Howard Pousner stands in the center’s 28,000-square-foot new cyclorama building, pointing out where the 371-footlong painting will hang on a rail around the circular room’s wall.


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Peachtree Road lanes design released Continued from page 1 feet wide. The main change from the current configuration on most of the road is transforming one northbound travel lane into the left-turn lane. A previous version of the restriping plan, presented in late 2015, had different numbers of southbound and northbound lanes on two different sections of the corridor. That has been simplified into the same three southbound, two northbound lane arrangement on the entire corridor. Bicycle lanes remain off the table. They were included in earlier plans about 18 months ago and were killed by community opposition. The re-striping would be done along with repaving. The work will take about a year, according to a GDOT press release that did not include a date for starting the work. GDOT did not respond to questions about when the work might start.

GDOT held a 10-day public comment period through Feb. 16 via mailed letters. GDOT also did not respond to questions about that public comment method.


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very year, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation, known as the PAGE Foundation, identifies top students at public and private high schools across Georgia. The foundation says its Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program, or STAR student and teacher honors, has highlighted the achievements of more than 25,000 students since it started in 1958. The program identifies high school seniors who post the highest SAT scores for their schools and rank among the top 10 percent or top 10 students in their class in grade-point average. Each STAR student then chooses her or his STAR teacher. Once school winners are selected, regional STAR students and teachers are chosen to compete for the state title.

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Opinion/ Traffic solutions: Looking to Dallas, which once looked to us In 1996, a delegation from Dallas came to Atlanta in search of transportation solutions. After all, metro Atlanta was the transportation hub of the South. Founded RUSTY PAUL as a railroad cenMayor, Sandy Spings ter, we had the region’s first urban limited access freeway, the nation’s busiest airport and the South’s first subway. Twenty years later, a delegation from Fulton County, of which I was a part, visited Dallas to witness what our metro area could have looked like, if we had executed the plans that Dallas borrowed. But from 1996 until the Legislature approved HB 170 and our voters approved last November’s TSPLOST, policymakers had woefully neglected our transportation infrastructure during a period when the regional population almost doubled. Churchill called the time between World War I and World Ware II as “the years the locusts ate,” referring to the victorious Allies failure to maintain military readiness.

That phrase could apply to Georgia’s Two, there is no solution that eradiinfrastructure investment over the past cates congestion, but mobility can be imtwo decades. The stifling traffic we enproved. dure today is largely a function of enorThree, 20 years later, retrofitting transmous population growth unaccompanied portation solutions over mature commuby new transportation solutions to absorb nities carries some disruptive pain, but if it. we don’t deal with it now, the pain simply Make no mistake, Dallas is no trafgets worse into the future. fic panacea. When we arrived, we sat Four, fortunately, we can capitalize on in a construction zone near Love Field Dallas’ experience and craft even better for quite a while as drivers maneuvered solutions going forward. themselves around the work. Like the Allies in WWII, we have a lot But Dallas has implemented a true reof catching up to do, but we can win in the gional light rail transit network, tolled end. managed lanes that offer commuters guaranteed 50-mph speeds and a smart blend of publicly and privately funded roads which bought significant new infrastructure improvements. So, what did we learn? One, we are paying a price for DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT our 20-year neglect Downtown Plano, Texas light rail station. of infrastructure.

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Readers respond to commentary ‘Why Trump order inspired my first political protest’ In his commentary “Why Trump order inspired my first political protest” (Reporter Newspapers, Feb. 3), Conor Sen wrote that “you never know where the next great business opportunity will come from, but there’s a good chance it’ll come from abroad.” This is the very reason Trump was elected. Americans have given up on themselves. American companies continue to command the largest market caps in the world. Here in Atlanta we have our very own global brands: Coca-Cola, UPS, Home Depot, Delta, Lockheed Martin, Aflac, just to name a few. Great business started in America! While I understand that this is an immigrant nation as well, let’s not forget the Americans who have called this land home for decades and generations, a.k.a., The Forgotten Middle. Johnny Simpkins President and CEO Organnon Clothing LLC In response to “Why Trump order inspired my first political protest” (Reporter Newspapers, Feb. 3): These travelers and immigrants have

been much more thoroughly vetted than Trump has allowed himself to be. Why did we let him get away with it? I suggest a new law requiring specific disclosures by presidential candidates, including (at a minimum) five

years of federal income tax returns. That’s simple, straightforward and necessary to avoid the questions and turmoil that have arisen from our current president’s intransigence. Karen Steanson

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Marching to my own holiday drum I feel like I’ve spent half my life sitting in traffic and the other half waiting for something to download. And that’s a bad thing, because I’m not a patient person. But I find ways to make use Robin Conte is a writer of my time; and mother of four who in fact, I’m a lives in Dunwoody. She master at uscan be contacted at ing my time robinjm@earthlink.net. wisely. While I’m waiting for something to download, I’ll file my nails, fold laundry, make a pot of coffee and burn dinner. I can’t do any of those things while I’m in my car except for burning dinner, so in traffic, I sit and talk. But while I’m sitting and waiting and making good use of my time, the world around me is pushing and pushing. There is a force out there, a force to be reckoned with. It’s as if some giant hand is turning pages on the calendar, flipping ahead and skipping entire months. Like January. You notice this force in August. You’re sunned and sandy and your skin is peeling; October is the last thing on your mind, because you haven’t even bought school supplies yet, but you’re staring at orangeand-black Halloween displays at every grocery store. You’re pushed through Labor Day straight toward Christmas, with Thanksgiving sort of smushed in there, too. You’re rushed to put it all up and then pressured to take it all down. Then suddenly you’re shopping for heart-shaped cards and you look up and wonder, “What in the world happened to January?” January is a rest stop in the Celestial Wheel of Holidays, and somehow I miss it every time. We go from Christmas and Hanukkah straight to Valentine’s Day, and I’m shouting, “Hang on! I’m still in December!” This pushing force is a kid dragging his parents through a holiday-splattered theme park, and once again, he has dragged me straight past the rest stop of January. Well I’ll do the dragging, if you don’t mind. I’m not straggling, I’m not procrastinating — I’m savoring. I like the decorations. I’ll keep the pumpkins till they’ve rotted. I’ll keep the poinsettias until they’re dead. I’ll keep the little Fourth of July flag at the mailbox until the first whiff of autumn. And I like it that way. I want to take it one celebration at a time, and I want to make it last.

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In one of the top movie moments of all time (No. 39, on somebody’s list), Dustin Hoffman famously banged his hand on top of a cab and yelled, “Hey! I’m walking here! I’m walking here!” Well, I’m living here. Stop pushing me, giant hand flipping pages of the calendar and skipping entire months! I’m living here. And I’m doing it on my own terms. Now, if you don’t mind, I still have two weeks left in February, and I am going to sit down with a box of Valentine candy and eat it and enjoy it, while I wait for something to download.

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With trails, a creek, a hands-on educational center and even some beehives, it’s a great place for wilderness-loving kids to have a birthday party. Information: dunwoodynature.org.


Heritage Green is home to the spring that gave the city its name and just one of this historic and cultural society’s event offerings. There’s also the modern event facility Heritage Hall, the Entertainment Lawn and the historic Williams-Payne House museum and grounds. Information: heritagesandysprings.org.

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The restored 1930s movie house in the heart of Buckhead Village has an updated state-ofthe-art lighting and sound system, modern catering kitchen, event space, and other amenities. The venue can host performances and events, including lectures, comedy, Broadway plays, rock-and-roll acts, and private and public events. For more information, visit thebuckheadtheatre.com.

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If you want a little wildlife at your celebration, Zoo Atlanta offers year-round daytime and evening events for 20 to 5,000 people. Birthday parties, weddings, family reunions and company picnics are just some of the events the zoo can handle. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.



The Midtown icon not only hosts big concerts, Broadway shows and films, but it’s also available for private events in the elegant Egyptian Ballroom, Grand Salon, main auditorium and the soon-to-open Marquee Club. For more information, visit foxtheatre.org.


If you’re looking for some pigskin flavor at your event, the College Football Hall of Fame in Downtown has 50,000 square feet of event space that can house up to 3,500 people for conventions, receptions, weddings, presentations and other special occasions. For more information, visit cfbhall.org.

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The Downtown museum provides a range of unique spaces to accommodate your next event. Whether you are planning a corporate meeting or training, a holiday gathering, wedding reception or dinner party, The Center offers a one-of-a-kind experience in the midst of history. For more information, visit civilandhumanrights.org.

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The Downtown interactive museum and play place offers parties for children ages 2 to 8. Not only will kids get to explore the museum, but also “make-and-take” science or art project and more. For more information, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org.


The historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech in Midtown is one of the city’s premier venues for weddings, receptions, conferences, and other special events. The 230-seat theater has six breakout rooms for conferences, while wedding parties will enjoy the private bridal suite. For more information, visit academy.gatech.edu.


The 21-acre legacy from the 1996 Summer Olympics is available for fundraisers, festivals, corporate receptions and more on the lawns, in the pavilions or amphitheater. For more information, visit gwcca.org/park.

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The Midtown park has venues and areas perfect for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, corporate meetings and charitable events. Whether you want to be on the dock at Lake Clara Meer or inside Magnolia Hall, the park might just be the place for a unique celebration. For more information, visit piedmontpark.org.

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