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Construction cranes: Who keeps them safe? BY JOHN RUCH

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Several times each workday, the long blue arm of a construction crane at One City Walk swings a hundred feet above busy Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. It’s one of dozens of cranes dotting the skyline—and often working above busy streets and buildings—in this north metro Atlanta construction boom. It’s easy to imagine the destruction if one of those cranes collapsed because it happens sometimes. Two “tower,” or fixed in place, cranes like those sprouting around the Perimeter Center area fell in New York City in 2008, killing nine people. Mobile cranes on wheels or

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tracks tip over more frequently, including at a Buckhead construction site last fall and in a Manhattan accident in February that took a pedestrian’s life. Neither the state of Georgia nor any of its cities require crane operators to be licensed, and federal efforts to establish a national certification system are stalled until at least next year. But federal and private inspectors and trainers say that’s no cause to worry. Any crane operator on a major construction site almost certainly has training from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, an industry nonprofit whose work is the basis for the national standards underway. And the crane equip-

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ment undergoes several federally mandated inspections, ranging from daily to annual ones. In collaboration with an independent training company, Heede Southeast, the North Carolina company that operates that One City Walk tower crane, trains its own operators with written and practical tests for NCCCO certification and at least three weeks of “seat time” in a working crane with a certified operator. “We’re not just throwing any Tom, Dick or Harry into the crane as operator,” said Jason Kenna, Heede Southeast general manager. See CONSTRUCTION on page 15

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BCID moves forward on Wieuca/ Phipps roundabout BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

A roundabout planned as a replacement for the intersection of Wieuca Road and Phipps Boulevard is heading into the design stage. The Buckhead Community Improvement District board on March 2 approved the selection of Pond & Company to do the work. Meanwhile, the CID is close to a decision about moving forward with a proposed 10-acre park capping Ga. 400 between Lenox and Peachtree roads. Board members are vetting proposals from six design firms and are slated to vote on a top selection at their April 6 meeting. “We had six outstanding teams [submit]…They absolutely understand the project,” said CID Executive Director Jim Durrett. The roundabout emerged in a CID study last fall as the best alternative design to improve traffic at See BCID on page 2

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Senior tax exemption plan meets opposition from school supporters BY JOE EARLE joeearle@reporternewspapers.net

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After a Buckhead lawmaker described to a group of north Atlanta parents her proposal to give senior citizens a break on their school taxes, she found herself confronting strong, vocal opposition. “I’ve heard loud and clear that I don’t think anyone in this room thinks senior citizens tax exemption is a good idea, except me,” Rep. Beth Beskin (R-Buckhead) said after describing her plan to about 16 people attending the Feb. 23 meeting of the North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools. Beskin said that in order to compete with surrounding communities that already offer such a tax break, Atlanta should eliminate school property taxes

for residents older than 65. She said she thought the proposal would be good for the city because it would allow some older Atlantans to stay in their homes rather than be forced to sell and move to the suburbs to avoid school property taxes. “I think it would benefit the city by allowing our seniors to age in place,” she said. Beskin said that so far she has not found enough co-sponsors for her bill to be introduced in the General Assembly. Various school officials have opposed the idea, saying it could cost the district from $23 million a year to $115 million to $118 million over five years, she said. Parent Lisa Dwyer saw the plan “as another hit in the stomach of the public school kids in Atlanta.”

BCID moves forward on Wieuca/ Phipps roundabout said building such a park is possible. But since then, the CID board has sometimes the busy Wieuca/Phipps intersection. Esbalked on moving forward. Some board timated to cost more than $2 million to members have questioned whether park build, the five-legged roundabout would building is appropriate for the CID, a selfrelieve traffic jams 23 hours a day— taxing business district typically focused leaving the evening rush-hour peak still on transportation-oriented projects. clogged, a consultant previously told the But in January, the board decided to CID board. issue a request for proposals for park deThe CID chose to move ahead with signs and cost estimates. At the March the roundabout plan and received sev2 meeting, Durrett and board members en responses to did not reveal a request for prothe names of any posals from debidders. sign firms, DurWhile Durrett said. The rett praised all board selected six proposals reNorcross-based ceived, board Pond & Compamember Thad Elny, whose large lis, a senior vice portfolio of projpresident at the ects includes real estate firm streetscape imCousins, voiced provements in a mixed view. A Perimeter Cencouple of the proter and Georgia posals are just a Tech’s North Av“fancy regurgitaA roundabout for the intersection of Wieuca Road enue area. tion” of items in and Phipps Boulevard is in the design stage. For “Pond & Comthe CID request, a larger version, go to ReporterNewspapers.net. pany had one of Ellis said, while the best technical another stood proposals and also the best cost proposout as “fantastic.” al,” said Durrett, adding that the design Durrett said a group of board membudget is $225,000. bers is vetting the park proposals on CID staff now will enter contract netechnical merits, then will look at each gotiations with Pond & Company. The bidder’s cost. The top selection on both design timeline will depend on when the counts will go to the board in April, deal is signed. where a designer could be selected, or The Ga. 400 park idea is moving more the whole park idea could be tabled. “I slowly. The CID board first raised the condon’t want to have a discussion of costs cept of capping the open highway with a influence anybody’s decision [on whethgiant park a year ago. The CID then comer], ‘Is this a great team and do they unmissioned a basic feasibility study that derstand the project?’” Durrett said. Continued from page 1

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City voters approve one cent extension of sales tax BY COLLIN KELLEY Atlanta voters approved a 1 cent sales tax extension for water and sewer infrastructure projects. About 74 percent of the 94,854 who cast votes on the sales tax favored the extension, according to unofficial totals reported on the Georgia Secretary of State’s election website. “I am very pleased that the voters of the city of Atlanta today approved the reauthorization of the Municipal Option Sales Tax (MOST) for another four years,” Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement released by the city. “This ‘yes’ vote will ensure dedicated funding to maintain the city’s critical water and sewer infrastructure. I am grateful that the residents of our city have once again chosen to protect Atlanta’s future.” The municipal option sales tax (MOST) money is used to upgrade the city’s water and sewer infrastructure. If it had not passed, Reed said, residents and businesses could have seen an increase in their water and sewer bills by as much as 30 percent to cover needed projects. The city says money collected from the MOST will go toward upgrades to reduce the number of sewer spills, rain-induced overflows into rivers and streams, and help upgrade both the two-acre stormwater detention pond How Atlantans voted on the sales tax extension in the Old Fourth Fulton precincts DeKalb precincts Total Ward and the 7,950 81 Percent 70,180 74 percent Peachtree Creek Yes 62,230 74 percent Basin Storage Tank No 21,816 26 percent 2,858 19 percent 24,674 26 percent and Pump Station Source: Georgia Secretary of State project.

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ipal vanity to have your own ZIP code, but it horrifies me that this may be creating serious problems,” Shook said. Some residents who live in Sandy Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst is Springs and Buckhead are now receiving open to working with Shook and the mail designating them as Brookhaven resU.S. Postal Service to work out a remidents, leading an Atlanta City Counciledy, said city spokesperson Ann Marie man to ask that they conQuill. tact him for assistance. “This postal change Atlanta City Counoccurred under the precilman Howard Shook vious administration, said he is receiving and we were under the numerous calls and impression that it meant emails from his constitthe use of ‘Brookhaven’ uents telling him that in mailings was meretheir mail is coming to ly an option for those in them labeled as being our city limits,” she said. in the city of Brookhav“We certainly did not inen. They live within the tend to cause any harm 30319 ZIP code, he said. for any Atlanta resiThat ZIP code mostly dents.” covers Brookhaven. Brookhaven, which Atlanta City Councilman “Several people are Howard Shook borders the eastern edge complaining to my ofof Buckhead, incorpofice, and they are startled and somerated in December 2012. what offended,” Shook said. The city then began the process of More significantly, he said, his conhaving the postal service recognize stituents are telling him they are be30319 and 30329 in Brookhaven as a ing summoned to serve on jury duty in deliverable address; the status was DeKalb rather than Fulton County, they achieved in October 2014 with help are having problems renewing their from U.S. Rep. Tom Price. driver’s licenses and are also having Shook urges Atlantans who have problems with credit card transactions. been “victimized by the change” to con“I understand it’s a matter of munictact him at hshook@atlantaga.gov. dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

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On Our Borders Editor’s note: News knows few boundaries. Here are some of the local news stories from neighboring communi�ies that may be of interest to Buckhead residents. Sandy Springs has won a decade-old federal lawsuit that alleged its code restrictions on adult businesses are unconstitutional. That means an adult bookstore and two strip clubs must move or shut down unless they file and win an appeal, city officials said. “Ten long years we had to litigate the case,” said City Attorney Wendell Willard, announcing the verdict at the March 1 Sandy Springs City Council meeting just hours after a judge delivered the “105page decision upholding the city’s posi-

tion on every point.” The plaintiffs—the bookstore Inserection and the strip clubs Flashers and Mardi Gras—have 20 days to appeal the verdict, Willard said, adding, “I’d be very surprised if they didn’t.” Cary Wiggins, an attorney for the businesses, suggested they weren’t giving up. “We know the court put tremendous effort into the case, but, respectfully, we just view the law differently. So we’ll press on.” Also in Sandy Springs, the city plans to spend almost $840,000 to buy two more Hammond Drive properties as placeholders for a long-planned street widening. The burst of land purchases for a road project that is years away, if it

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Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst announced the decision at a Feb. 22 town hall meeting at Lynwood Park that was attended by more than 80 residents. “I’ve heard residents’ concerns, and there are many unanswered questions regarding these plans,” Ernst said in a city press release the next day. “Any development at this site will have a big impact on our community for decades, and this process cannot be rushed. I’m pleased that all parties agree that we must plan smarter in order for this property to meet the needs of our city.” And in Dunwoody, drama surrounding what to do with the theater in Brook Run Park continues to roil Dunwoody City Council and residents divided over renovating or tearing down the building, which was closed nearly two decades ago. Supporters of renovating the theater in city-owned Brook Run Park showed up in force at the Feb. 22 Dunwoody City Council meeting to urge the council to back a plan to renovate the shuttered building into a new community theater and meeting center. But some council members continued to make clear they have doubts such a theater should be located in the park. Before the meeting ended, one councilman asked city staff members to bring cost estimates to demolish the building to the council’s next meeting.

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completely controlled technique where everything is planned before sitting down to the loom and requires great patience to a craft with immediate results and magical serendipity,” she said. Serendipity plays a key role in her indigo landscapes, but there are also careful measures taken to ensure a piece is worthy to be sold. “While I have control of many aspects of this work, one small slip can ruin an entire piece,” Pollard said. For example, dropping a piece while hanging it up to dry or having two pieces clap together and mar one another “or a

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Lynn Pollard has woven textiles most of her creative life. The craft requires a keen sense of aesthetics but also a high level of technical knowledge. “And infinite patience,” she said. For years, she said, she accepted and needed the challenges of weaving. But a few years ago she realized she needed to rid her dye studio of unsafe chemicals and switch to natural dyes.

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“I also began more mindful weaving with paper, making tapestry-like pieces,” she said. During a class in Japanese papermaking, she turned to indigo dyes and to the natural indigo vat in her studio. “When I dipped my first piece of paper into the vat, it was magical and I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to explore,” Pollard said. She knew of no one else who was dyeing paper with indigo to make landscapes and so began a new path. “I went from a

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dip just goes awry because the dip was the wrong scale,” she said. “And then there are the moments when I’ve made a number of dips which have had to dry in between over several days and the piece is good. I can take the good or I can make one more dip that takes it over-thetop wonderful or can completely ruin it,” she said. “I try to be brave.”

American Craft Council Show Pollard, of Buckhead, is just one of numerous artists showcasing their work at the American Craft Council Show March 11 through 13 at Cobb Galleria Centre. More than 225 artists will feature their handmade creations in everything from clothing, jewelry, furniture and home décor, said Susan Summers, spokesperson for the show. Also appearing at this year American Craft Council Show is Kathleen Plate of Brookhaven, the founder of Smart Glass Art. Recycled glass is her medium, and obContinued on page 6

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Above, Kathleen Plate’s glass in an interior. Plate, a Brookhaven resident, is founder of Smart Glass Art. Recycled glass is her medium, using thousands of bottles from bars, restaurants and friends to create her pieces.

taining the thousands of glass bottles she needs means asking bars, restaurants and friends to save their throwaways. “I’ve also been known to do a little dumpster diving,” she said with a laugh. Plate’s use of recycled glass to create works of beauty is part of a lifestyle where preserving and conserving the environment were instilled in her as a child growing up in a solar-powered home in a small fishing and logging village in Washington state. She has been commissioned by Coca-Cola and the Guggenheim Museum and many others to create pieces such as glass chandeliers and glass curtains. Chick-fil-A also commissioned her to handcraft chandeliers of Coca-Cola bottles for select restaurants. Of course, glass doesn’t arrive at Plate’s studio ready to be cut and shaped. “The bottles are dirty, gross, used bottles – like a frat party blew up,” she said.

So hours of scraping off labels and soaking the bottles until clean and shiny are the first steps before the arduous process of cutting the glass into circles and other shapes begins. Then the glass is put into kilns “and that’s where the magic happens,” she said. The pieces become smooth and stronger. “I just think glass is a magical thing. The way it feels, looks – it’s a fun medium,” she said.

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Embroidery center brings a touch of Japan to Sandy Springs BY JOE EARLE joeearle@reporternewspapers.net

Surrounded by forest, the house shows little more than a driveway to the cars rolling past on Spalding Drive. But inside, this house feels different from the suburban homes around it. This Sandy Springs home offers a little piece of Japan. Since 1989, it has housed the Japanese Embroidery Center, a nonprofit that preserves and teaches Japanese embroidery. “We have about three acres of land,” said Kazumi Fujisawa, an officer of the Japanese Embroidery Center, a school housed in the home at 2727 Spalding Drive, and daughter of the center’s founder and master, Shuji Tamura, who lives at the house. “You can see the seasons change from the classroom. When spring comes, you can see all the dogwoods bloom. It’s like snow. We call it ‘spring snow.’” Visitors to the center remove their shoes in the entryway before entering the living area, just as they would at a home in Japan. The first room visitors enter is a sparely decorated space serving as a sort of gallery and meditation area. “You step into their house, which is also their workshop, and it’s a completely Japanese world,” said Elizabeth Peterson, director of the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, which mounted an exhibition of works from the center in February. The exhibit, which lasts through March 6, features pieces covered with small stitches made with silk thread that create brightly colored images of plants, abstract designs and scenes. The show ties into an exhibit the center mounted at the Oglethorpe gallery in 1990, shortly after the center opened. “There’s a longstanding relationship and they’re our neighbors,” Peterson said. Tamura established the U.S. center more than a quarter century ago. The Japanese-style house is part of what attracted him to metro Atlanta after he decided to move to the U.S. to open a branch of the Japanese center where he took up the craft of embroidery, Fujisawa said. Fujisawa said the center now has about 500 members. Tamura said he looked at locations in New York and California, but didn’t feel at home there. “In the beginning, the choice was New York or San Francisco,” Tamura said. “I knew it was not my place. When I got off the airport in New York, I felt [it was] dangerous. In L.A., I felt no nature. In San Francisco, I felt it was more a sightseeing city.” A student from Atlanta had sent him a videotape showing the Spalding Drive house, which was for sale, Fujisawa said. “This house was already Japanese style,” she said. But it wasn’t really Japanese enough. They felt the house mixed in oth-

er Asian styles. “We had to remodel a lot,” she said. They added a classroom on the rear of the house, where students come to learn embroidery skills. One of the first modifications to the house, Tamura said, was to build a new entrance. He had seen that Americans who came to his classes, which he then offered in hotels, wouldn’t stop talking. Even once class started, they would keep talking. That, he said, would never happen in Japan. “I was asking, ‘How can we make them quiet?’” So he built a Japanese-style entryway and required students and visitors to remove their shoes. It was a way to calm them. “The entrance was very important,” he said. “To take shoes off is very common in Japan. I have to ask them to take shoes off. The first step was to build a typical Japanese entrance.” Tamura, who’s now 75, said he took up embroidery when he was about 30. He grew up in Tokyo and had trained to work in the computer industry, he said, but didn’t like his job. He visited the embroidery center, located in the nearby town of Chiba, and “immediately, I realized this is my life’s work.” He was drawn to the craft’s history, which stretches back more than a millennium. And he found the craft satisfying spiritually, he said. “It was a different

world,” he said. Fujisawa, who said she coordinates about 100 embroidery teachers scattered around the world, said the work is technically difficult and requires patience. Learning the craft has taught her about herself. “For me, growing up, I was not the type of person who would do embroidery,” she said. “I would rather go outside and climb a tree. I was a tomboy. The state of your mind shows in embroidery. ... I learned how to calm myself. It shows in your embroidery. “I had to grow myself to be a good stitcher. That’s what amazed me. Embroidery is not the ultimate goal, but how much you grow inside, how much you change inside. A person becomes more patient.”

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VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS Saturday, March 12, 8-11 p.m. Zydeco dance with accordionist Lil’ Malcolm & the Zydeco House Rockers. Free dance lesson 7:15-8 p.m. No partner necessary. All ages welcome. Cajun food for sale. $18; $5 students; $14 ACZA members and active military. Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. Questions? Go to: aczadance. org or call 877-338-2420.

CHORAL GUILD Sunday, March 13, 4 p.m. The Choral Guild of Atlanta presents Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem” and Louis Vierne’s “Solemn Mass.” $15 per person; $12 seniors; $5 students. Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Dr., Atlanta, 30305. For additional information, email: info@ cgatl.org, call 404-223-6362 or visit: cgatl.org.

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY” Thursday, March 17, 7 p.m. Riverwood International Charter School’s Performing Arts Department presents, “The Addams Family,” about creepy kooks in their super-spooky Central Park mansion. Tickets, $10 students; $15 adults. Additional shows: March 18 and 19, 7 p.m.; March 20, 3 p.m. 5900 Raider Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. Find out more: http:// school.fultonschools.org/hs/riverwood.

VOICES OF NOTE Friday, March 18, 8 p.m. The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and the Atlanta Women’s Chorus, collectively known as Voices of Note, perform together in “And Justice For All,” featuring music known for uniting people of different backgrounds and cultures. Tickets: $10-$35. Additional shows: Saturday, March 19, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, 30305. Buy tickets and get details: voicesofnote.org.

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Saturday, March 19, 7 p.m. The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs invites all to its 21st annual Spring Gala. Highlights include: international food tastings, a bazaar, fine scotch and wine/spirit pulls, raffle prizes, music and entertainment. $125/ person. Black-tie optional. Traditional dress encouraged. Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, 7

Saturday, March 19, 12 p.m. Opening for “The Art of Public Health” exhibition, where Yale public health and art students merged talents to create posters designed to provoke awareness and change behavior on issues such as obesity, breast cancer screening, self-respect, concussions, child abuse, early signs of autism and skin cancer. $5. Oglethorpe University Museum of


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“FANCY NANCY” Sunday, March 20, 1 p.m. Nancy’s eager to steal the spotlight in her first dance recital. But she’s not picked to be the prima ballerina, so she’s stuck playing a tree. Nancy must become a hero by finding the flair in her new role. For all ages. Tickets, $10-$20. Additional shows: March 20, 3 and 5 p.m. Marcus Jewish Community Center, Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 678-812-4002 or visit: atlantajcc.org/boxoffice to purchase tickets.

LET’S LEARN! FAMILY RECIPES Saturday, March 12, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Family recipes can be nostalgic and a way to learn more about your heritage, but they can also be problematic. Recipes may be faded, sketchy or even unwritten. How can you ensure recipes, stories and photos last as long as possible? This program helps preserve your family’s food traditions. Tickets, $10 for Atlanta History Center members; $15 for non-members. Reservations recommended. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. For information, call 404-8144042 or visit: atlantahistorycenter.com.

HIGH SCHOOL PREP Wednesday, March 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Begin preparing for high school during the middle school years. Proactively think and move toward high school readiness well before your student actually begins high school. Free. Open to the community. For middle school students and parents. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Email: amy.alexander@fultoncountyga.gov or call 404-8143500 for further information.

WINE AND CHEESE Wednesday, March 16, 7-9 p.m. In this class you‘ll taste five different wines, paired with artisanal cheeses. Learn how each varietal underscores and complements each cheese; which wine to drink with goat cheese, which goes with cow milk cheese; and how to accompany these selections with other breads, fruits or nuts. $40 for members of the Dunwoody Nature Center; $45 non-member. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-3322 or go to: dunwoodynature.org with questions.

HONEYBEE DAY Saturday, March 19, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Honey is sweet, and so is the Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s Honeybee Day! Join a beekeeper for a peek into the lives of honeybees. See the preserve’s apiaries and learn what it takes to be a beekeeper. $10, adult; $5, child; under 3 free. RSVP to 678-315-0836. 4055 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, 30342. Get more details and register: bhnp.org.

VISION BOARD Saturday, March 19, 2-5 p.m. Join others for a vision board party! A vision board is a representation of your dreams, goals and desires. Bring magazines, decorations and keepsakes. Posterboard, markers, scissors, glue and tape provided. Free. Open to the first 25 participants. For adults. Call 770-512-4640 or visit the Dunwoody Branch Library to register. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

“THE MESSENGER” Saturday, March 19, 5:30 p.m. “The Messenger” explores our connection to birds, and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Winner of the Jackson Hole Conservation Film Festival’s Best Conservation Film award. General admission tickets, $10. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. Questions? Go to: chattnaturecenter.org.

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Editor’s note: Spring soon will bloom, so for the first of our periodic Road Trips ar�icles for 2016, we’re spotligh�ing a few special places you can watch �lowers burst into color to bring in the new season. Our Road Trips focus on unusual places and spaces within about a two-hour drive of Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Brookhaven and Dunwoody.

As nature shrugs off winter, it’s time to get out of the house, load the family into the SUV and hit the road. We thought the change of seasons marked a good time to visit

places where flowers really strut their stuff. Here are five Georgia gardens where you can stop and smell the roses ... or the irises ... or the daffodils.


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Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta

Efforts to create an Atlanta garden began in 1973, and the garden opened in 1976. It occupies about 30 acres and five main buildings, and operates as a nonprofit charged with developing and maintaining plant collections for display, education, research and conservation. The garden’s website promises “a tidal wave of color” as tulips, daffodils and crocus bloom in March and April.

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Address:1345 Piedmont Avenue NE | Atlanta, GA 30309 Directions: The garden is next to Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Take I-85 south to Exit 84 and follow signs to 14th Street. Turn left on 14th and continue to Piedmont Avenue. Turn left on Piedmont. The garden is on the right. Hours: Tuesdays through Sundays – 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. November through March; 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. April through October; Thursdays – 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. May through October; closed Mondays, except holidays. Cost: $18.95 for adults; $12.95 for children aged 3 to 12; free for children younger than 3. Parking costs $2 an hour up to $15. What it’s known for: Orchids, roses, hydrangeas, a Japanese garden, desert plants, high elevation plants. For more information: 404-876-5859 or atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

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Barnsley Gardens, Adairsville

In the 1840s, Englishman Godfrey Barnsley bought acreage in northwest Georgia and began building a mansion and formal garden for his wife, Julia. She died before the project was completed. Work stopped until Barnsley dreamed that Julia appeared in the garden and told him to finish the project. Barnsley’s descendants lived at the property until 1942. In 1989, Prince Hubertus Fugger Babenhause of Germany bought the land and restored the garden. The property now is home to the Barnsley Resort, which includes cottages, restaurants, a spa and golf course.

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Address: 597 Barnsley Gardens Road | Adairsville, GA 30103 Directions: Take I-75 north to Exit 306. Turn left and drive about 2.2 miles on Ga. 140. Turn left at Hall Station Road and travel south approximately 5.5 miles. Take a right at Barnsley Gardens Road (just past Mount Carmel Church). Travel 2.5 miles to the main entrance of the resort on the left. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call first on Saturdays to see if a private event is booked in the gardens. Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors 55 and older; $5 for students and children aged 4 to 11; free for children younger than 4. What it’s known for: 19th century boxwood gardens, wildflower meadow, woodlands gardens. For more information: 1-877-773-2447 or 770-773-7480 or www.barnsleyresort.com.

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Cason J. Callaway, a textile magnate from LaGrange, and his wife, Virginia, conceived of these gardens in the 1930s and began working on them in the 1940s, according to the garden’s website. Open to the public since 1952 and now operated by a foundation, this 2,500-acre resort complex offers golf, water sports and restaurants. The garden features a butterfly house, and claims to be home to one of the world’s largest azalea displays. Peak azalea blooms are expected in late March and early April.

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Address: 17800 U.S. Hwy. 27 | Pine Mountain, GA 31822 Directions: I-85 south to I-185 south (Exit 21). Exit at U. S. 27 (Exit 42), turn left and proceed to Pine Mountain, then turn right onto Ga. 354 west and proceed to intersection with Ga. 18. Callaway Gardens’ main entrance is on the opposite side of this intersection. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $20 to $25 (depending on type of ticket) for adults; $15 to $25 for senior citizens 65 and older; $10 to $15 for children 6 to 12; 5 and younger, free. What it’s known for: Azaleas, butterflies, cycling, seasonal special events. For more information: 1-800-4636990 or www.callawaygardens.com

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The 16-acre gardens grew up around the historic Hiram Butler House, which was built in 1880. Robert Gilbert purchased the property in 1970 and over the next 35 years, Gilbert and Richard Smith added the gardens and sculpture collection. The house and gardens, owned by the city of Kennesaw, now feature more than 3,000 species of plants. Address: 2382 Pine Mountain Road | Kennesaw, GA 30152 Directions: Take I-75 north to Exit 269. Head left on Barrett Parkway and go about 1.5 miles to Cobb Parkway. Turn right on Cobb Parkway and go about 3 miles to Pine Mountain Road. Follow Pine Mountain Road and go about a mile to the garden. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Cost: $7 for adults; $6 for senior citizens and active duty military; $5 for children aged 6 to 12. What it’s known for: The garden features 31 sculptures. For more information: 770-919-0248 or www. smithgilbertgardens.com.

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tween the two, as well. You know that the new Robin Conte is a writer jeans will and mother of four who never fit like lives in Dunwoody. She the old ones; can be contacted at you know robinjm@earthlink.net. there will be that breaking-in period; and that something about the rise or the length or the back pockets will be “updated.” And you might be excited about a brand new home, but there’s the hassle with the move, and you know that all of your furniture won’t fit and you’ll have to replace some of it, and that there’s always the risk of something getting lost in the move. And there are some things about that old house that you’re just going to miss, like your wallpaper. I like my fields-of-lavender wallpaper. And I’m wondering if it’s been discontinued and will I ever be able to see it again? So currently I’m typing on an old ASUS notebook that I unearthed. It’s about 84 in human years. It is exactly as functional as an actual spiral-bound notebook, but not as responsive and with less storage capacity. Now if you are like me, you manage your home, your business, your finances, your social life, your children’s lives and your distractions from your personal computer. When I sit down to mine each morning, I feel like I’m in the captain’s seat of the Starship Enterprise, and it’s fitted with a cup holder. Equipped now with only my feeble notebook and my smartphone, I feel like I’m running my world from the bottom of a La Brea tar pit, armed with a walkie-talkie and a slide rule. There’s nothing left to do but put on my favorite pair of jeans and wait for moving day.

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Opinion/It’s city vs. state over utility transparency quires precisely such information to reImagine this scenario: You go to duce commercial energy use. your local car dealership and ask about Brokered after an eight-month the miles per gallon rating of the vehistakeholder process, the city ordinance cles that they are selling. The salesman requires owners of private and citysays: “Sorry, that’s private information owned buildings (more than 25,000 that the auto manufacturers don’t want square feet) to benchmark and report to give you or anyone else in the generannual energy use and conduct an enal public. ergy audit every 10 “The manufacturyears. Waivers and exers whose cars aren’t emptions are readivery efficient say that Local o�ficials elected ly available, accorddata transparency will ing to Mayor Kasim hurt their businesses by Atlanta residents Reed’s Office of Susand result in a competi- unanimously voted to tainability, which autive disadvantage. They lobbied elected officials support the disclosure of thored the measure. In February, Sen. to pass a law that pro- u�ility data as a smart Hunter Hill (R-Smyrhibits making the data na), introduced state available to anyone policy for a progressive legislation (SB 321) without their express city. The state Legislathat would have disconsent.” abled the city’s ordiThis sort of silliness ture needs to stay out nance by enactment could never happen, of this city business. of a Property Usage right? Protection Act. (The Wrong. first version of the bill If the Building Ownclaimed that utility information was a ers and Managers Association of Geor“trade secret,” but that argument was gia (BOMA) has its way at the State Capnot persuasive.) Hill’s proposal didn’t itol, utility data (energy and water use) make it out of the Senate and over to for large commercial buildings in Atthe House of Representatives in time to lanta will be off-limits to prospective be voted on in this year’s session. tenants and the general public. This is But should this BOMA-inspired bill in response to last year’s unanimous pass in the future, it will stop a propassage of a city ordinance that regram that is expected to: drive a 20 percent reduction in commercial energy consumption by 2030; spur the creation of a thousand jobs; and, most importantly, reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030 (from 2013 levSPECIAL els). Ponce City Market building owner Jamestown supports a city Scott Selig with ordinance making commercial utility data transparent.

Selig Enterprises, a BOMA member, testified in favor of SB 321, saying that he was against making “private data” available to the public and that the city ordiSally Bethea nance “is not Re�ired execu�ive fair” to some director of property ownChattahoochee Riverkeeper ers. Most of this “private data” is recorded on utility meters that anyone can read outside many buildings at any time. Major building owners and other stakeholders that support the city ordinance include Jamestown (Ponce City Market), CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, JLL, Transwestern, Atlanta Gas and Light, Southwire and Acuity Brands. Along with other industry representatives, they forged a compromise during more than 150 stakeholder meetings. Transparency is essential to help consumers and tenants make informed decisions in the open market and encourage building owners to reduce energy consumption through investments that will save money and reduce pollution. Local officials elected by Atlanta residents unanimously voted to support the disclosure of utility data as a smart policy for a progressive city. The state Legislature needs to stay out of this city business. Sally Bethea is the retired executive director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (chattahoochee.org), a nonprofit environmental organization whose mission is to protect and restore the drinking water supply for nearly 4 million people.

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“If we are interested in a theater being part of our community, this is the most economical way to do that. We think this is a worthwhile project. But it is up to you.” Danny Ross, president of the Brook Run Conservancy, addressing Dunwoody City Council on the conservancy’s proposal to preserve the theater at Brook Run Park. City o�ficials es�imate it would require spending $10 million to $12 million to renovate the now-closed theater.

“If we plan for cars and traffic, we get cars and traffic. If we plan for people and places, we get people and places.” Robert Ping, execu�ive director of the Washington state-based Walkable and Livable Communi�ies Ins�itute, on the “complete streets” concept, which means streets that accommodate all sorts of users, not just motor vehicles. The ins�itute is proposing narrowing Glenridge Drive in Sandy Springs and adding pedestrian-friendly medians, protected bike lanes, le�t-turn lanes and several roundabouts.

“I think Peggy would have been absolutely delighted…I think this is exactly what she wanted, exactly what she planned for.” Resident Trisha Thompson, on her friend Peggy Miles, whose 24-acre home, known as Lost Corner, o�ficially becomes Sandy Springs’ newest park on March 17.


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Phoenix Flies will offer tours, lectures at historic sites BY COLLIN KELLEY The 13th annual celebration of Atlanta historic sites known as Phoenix Flies is scheduled to kick off March 5 and last two weeks. This year, the program, presented by the Atlanta Preservation Center, offers events and tours of Atlanta’s historic buildings, sites and spaces. More than 80 events are scheduled at locations around the city. They are spread from Buckhead to Castleberry Hill.

Some of this year’s highlights include: A tour of the Cathedral of St. Philip A tour of The Temple synagogue A tour of the Goodrum House in Buckhead Atlanta History Center tours Walking tour of Standing Peachtree Park A look inside historic Burns Cottage, a replica of the poet’s Scottish home A glimpse inside the Piedmont Driving Club Castleberry Hill walking tour

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Behind the scenes tour at the Center for Puppetry Arts A look inside the restored Daily World building A tour of East Lake Golf Club Guided tours of the historic Trolley Barn in Inman Park Bus tours of the entire Atlanta BeltLine project Guided tour of the Fox Theatre Exploring historic Westview Cemetery Tours of Peachtree Street’s castle,

Rhodes Hall Tours of Oakland Cemetery A walk and ride tour of all of the city’s MARTA stations • Interactive tours of Auburn Avenue • A bicycle tour of the Old Fourth Ward • Check out the restoration process on the Rufus Rose House For a complete list of tours and to find out about all the events on this year’s Phoenix Flies, visit PreserveAtlanta.com. • •

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The Wylde Center and the Atlanta History Center team up for the first time to present the fifth annual “Chicks in the City” symposium. The program is designed for people who own or wish to keep a backyard flock. From novice to expert and even for those who are just thinking about the benefits of adding fresh eggs to their diet, the symposium provides a mixture of classSPECIAL es, exhibitors and social functions. Atlanta History Center employees Sara Roberts Attendees will choose from a and Brett Bannor show off some of the chickens who live on campus at the Smith Family Farm. variety of interactive sessions led by local chicken experts, and will profit that seeks to inspire environmental have the opportunity to see a flock stewards and is named for the founder of of Rhode Island Reds and Plymouth Rock the Oakhurst Community Garden in Decahens at the Smith Family Farm located on tur. the center’s Buckhead campus. “The dual benefits of farm fresh eggs The event is scheduled for March 26 and reclaiming ownership of the local food from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the History Cenchain have inspired hundreds of people in ter, 130 West Paces Ferry Road. and around Atlanta to give chicken raising The day includes a lunch break to ena try. Plus, the chickens eat insects as well joy an outdoor picnic or to purchase items as some kitchen scraps, providing an enfrom onsite food trucks, as well as a late afvironmental benefit, along with the fresh ternoon reception and silent auction at the eggs.” Smith Family Farm. Tickets are $65 for the symposium ($50 “As our experience organizing the Atfor Wylde Center or history center memlanta Urban Coop has taught us, more and bers), or $30 to only attend the afternoon more city-dwellers are discovering that it is reception ($20 for Wylde Center or history possible, and enjoyable, to raise their own center members), and may be purchased at chickens,” said Stephanie Van Parys, execwyldecenter.org. utive director of the Wylde Center, a non-

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Construction cranes: Who keeps them safe?

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At Crane Safety Associates of America, a crane inspection and operator training business in McDonough, Ga., president and CEO Shane Adams has seen it all. He displays one scary inspection souvenir used in training— a crane’s pulley wheel, or sheave, with the pattern of a steel rope imprinted into the metal by the massive pressure of an improperly handled load. But Adams said that giant construction cranes don’t make him nervous. It’s the truck cranes operated by small, local businesses that give him worries, he said. “I have more concern with a guy going out there pulling a tree off your house,” Adams said. Benjamin Ross, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s deputy regional administrator for Enforcement Programs in the Southeast, agrees. “I see a lot of things that should not happen,” Ross said, but most of those violations are on small home-delivery truck cranes, he said. In his 38 years on the job, Ross said, he has not seen a fatal tower crane accident in the Southeast. But he also knows the stakes are high, because he did see a fatal crane accident early in his career in Cincinnati, Ohio. He said an overloaded crane’s arm collapsed onto a street, crushing cars and killing four, including a 5-year-old child. “Any failure in a crane itself— there’s no return,” Ross said. “It’s kind of like an airplane.”

‘You inspect every nook and cranny’

The airplane comparison comes up often in industry talk about cranes. Both are complex machines under enormous stresses and with high stakes for failure. And like airplanes, cranes undergo regular and complex inspections for structural or mechanical problems. There’s a daily spot inspection for any obvious problems, usually performed by the crane’s operator. “That’s their butt up in the seat,” said Kenna. “They want to go over it top to bottom and make sure it’s safe.” Then there are formal inspections done roughly once a month, usually by in-house inspectors who keep a file of their findings. Heede does theirs every six weeks. “We go over our crane with a very fine-tooth comb,” Kenna said. OSHA requires a formal inspection at least annually, sometimes more often if a crane is heavily used, and that is often performed by an NCCCO-accredited independent company like BH

Crane Safety Associnis balls mounted on them. ates. OSHA may perOperators must maneuver form its own inspeca chain and a heavy weight tion, too, but usually through the course, losing only arrives if there’s points for knocking a ball a complaint or accidown or bumping a pole. dent. Adams notes that, much “You inspect every like with a regular driver’s linook and cranny of cense, testing is not the same the crane,” said Adas training or experience. ams, whose compaThe industry prizes “seat ny currently focustime”— the hours of reales on mobile cranes. world experience operators Any issues are writget over the years. But, Adten up and given to ams said, “no employer in his the crane owner to right mind is going to give return with a signed PHIL MOSIER you a million-dollar crane” A crane in action at the Three Alliance Center Development at note about whether based on a certification card Pharr Road and Maple Drive in Buckhead on Feb. 26. repairs were made, alone; they’ll require a disAdams said. play of the operator’s skills NCCCO requires both classroom Sometimes a crane owner tries to on-site, too. and practical tests, as well as physibully the inspectors into getting a re“We think certification has proved cals. It has a substance abuse policy sult he or she wants, Adams said. On a itself,” said Graham Brent, the CEO and code of ethics, and operators must recent inspection in Tennessee, Adams of NCCCO. “It’s been demonstrated to recertify every five years. The written said, the owner “ended up running [the save lives.” EXPECTjargon and test MEMBERSHIP includes math, crane SOMETHING inspector] off because the list of defiIt works for Heede, according to MORE calculation of how much loads a crane ciencies was too long.” Kenna, who said his company has nevcan carry. But when a crane does fail, it’s usuer had a significant crane accident, a At his McDonough facility, Adams ally not a pure equipment failure, the claim partly backed by recent OSHA explained the practicalEXPECT test—a zigzag experts said. “The majority of the time, INSURANCE SOMETHING records. “Knock on wood,” he added course between poles MORE that have tenit’s human error,” Adams said. with a rap on his desk. Kenna said a tower crane is designed to withstand hurricane-force EXPECT winds and is anchored to the ground TRAVEL AAA TRAVEL SOMETHING with a concrete cube so massive it ofMORE ten is left there as a permanent part of the building’s foundation. But it could come down if someone overloaded it EXPECT AUTOMOTIVE SOMETHING or made a mistake while erecting it. MORE “We feel a tower crane is probably the Book at the show and save! most over-engineered piece of equipFree Admission ment on a construction site,” he said. “But the human element…that’s the Saturday, March 12, 2016 wild card.” 11:00 am- 2:00 pm Georgia Aquarium Location ‘A driver’s license for crane TM

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BBA honors local businesses, History Center CEO at awards luncheon BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

The local outlet of Mountain High Outfitters was named the Buckhead Business of the Year for 2015 at the Buckhead Business Association’s annual luncheon on Feb. 25. Christopher Groom, founder and CEO of the Alabama-based outdoor gear and clothing chain, accepted the award, given to a growing and charitable business, at the event held at the Flourish event hall on Maple Drive. Mountain High operates another Atlanta location in Ponce City Market. Other Business of the Year nominees included Keri Gold Salon, the King & Duke restaurant, Sally B’s Skin Yummies and the Seven Lamps restaurant. The Entrepreneurs of the Year award went to Justin Amick and William Stallworth of the Painted Pin bowling and bar facility. The Buckhead Beautification award was given to the Garden Hills Pool. The Sam Massell Bullish on Buckhead award—newly named for the former Atlanta mayor and Buckhead Coalition founder—went to Sheffield Hale, president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center.

Hale spoke about coming attractions, including the historic Cyclorama painting of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta, a “citywide treasure” that will move to the History Center later this year. The keynote speaker was Georgia State University President Mark Becker, who noted that “we’re right here in Buckhead as well” as downtown Atlanta with GSU’s Robinson College of Business’s graduate programs on Peachtree Road. He spoke about Georgia Perimeter College’s recent merger with GSU, which he said came about due to GSU’s success in boosting graduation rates for all students. Becker also outlined GSU’s plans to redevelop the Turner Field site downtown, explaining that he first heard the Atlanta Braves were leaving from Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, who suggested that GSU consider purchasing the site. New BBA president David Coxon of Georgia Primary Bank took the gavel at the luncheon. Outgoing president Greg Davis of Metcalf Davis CPAs said that in the past year, the BBA added nearly 100 new members, of whom about half are 35 or younger.

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Battling in Buckhead PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

The second annual Adidas West Stride Buckhead Invitational took place on Feb. 27 at North Atlanta High School, with over 600 athletes from 14 local high schools competing in track and field events.

Top right, Riverwood International Charter High School students Elizabeth Graves, left, and Anna Hayden prepare before the second heat of the 1-mile race.

Above, Riverwood junior Jada Dunn takes on the high jump, winning a gold medal in the event.

North Atlanta High School senior Tanashia Trice sets out on her leg of the 4 x 100 meter relay.

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Cross Keys High School students plan Buford Highway’s future BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

On a recent Friday at Cross Keys High School, students in Rebekah Morris’s ninth-grade English class were studying something unusual: their own community along Buford Highway. In the “Buford Highway Project,” 90 students are drafting their own visions for improving the rapidly redeveloping corridor’s safety, accessibility and quality of life. The top reports will be delivered to city governments that have official Buford Highway plans—most developed with little or no such input from residents of the famously diverse community along the road. “I just wanted to make a real-world connection to [answer the questions], ‘Why do we need to read?’ ‘Why do we need to write?’ ‘Why do we need to make presentations?’” said Morris. “This is a real-world way to make them see, ‘My thoughts matter today.’” Several students said the class project is eye-opening. They’re excited about some government ideas, like pedestrian safety fixes and the proposed Peachtree Creek Greenway park. Other ideas aren’t going over as well, such as Brookhaven’s 2014 study that called for rebranding the corridor as “Buford Boulevard” and replacing affordable apartments with “mixed-income” housing. “Why are they going to change the name? We’ve been Buford Highway for so long,” said Lisa Sims, whose family lives on Clairmont Road. “Imagine your name is Jim and you change it to Tom. Everybody’s still going to call you Jim.” “I live in Brookhaven…Every little chance they get, they tear something down” and replace it with houses her family couldn’t afford, Sims added.

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“When I was younger, I used to live in those apartments. We didn’t have much money,” said Johnathan Vargas, summing up his concern: “How these people are making changes to our community and most of them don’t even live here.” The Buford Highway Project assignment came out of Morris’s conversations with Marian Liou of We Love BuHi, a new program aiming to promote and preserve the corridor’s cultural diversity. Liou praised the class for improving community engagement in an immigrant community with “language and cultural barriers and perhaps a lack of a strong civic tradition.” “I think empowering students to become active stakeholders in their own lives is especially important in areas like Buford Highway because they often mediate the world for their parents,” Liou said. “These students can take what they’ve learned home and share that enthusiasm and sense of ownership with their parents.” Several students said language barriers are an issue for their parents, who

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speak Spanish or, for one student’s family, the Ethiopian language Amharic. With no translators available at most government meetings, that keeps their families home. “Maybe they think no one would pay attention to their opinion because they don’t speak the language,” said Zujey Ramirez. “But I think they should [be included] because they’re the ones who live here.” Cross Keys students Lisa Sims, left, and Johnathan Vargas discuss the Buford Highway Project in their classroom. The students have no hesitation about sharing their opinions. As part of afraid to. Cindy Ramirez said she goes to the project, some of them attended a reChamblee’s Dresden Park to ride her bike cent Doraville City Council meeting to safely. hear the city’s development plans and to The students agreed that cultural dishare their own. versity is their favorite thing about BuAnd the student visions, while still ford Highway—and that their biggest in rough draft form, are brimming with worry is losing it to displacement and ideas. gentrification. Architecture and the environment are “Diversity, culture—I guess that’s focuses of one presentation, created by a what makes a community,” said Zujey team of students, including Leticia ArciRamirez, raising Brookhaven’s proposal la, Faysal Ando, Dinamis Roblero-Lopez, to redevelop apartment buildings. “I have Cindy Ramirez and Zujey Ramirez. They questions, because what would happen call for a mix of modern architecture and to the people in the buildings right now? antique stores, along with a local art muWould they be kicked out of their homes seum. or placed in another city?” More green space, trails and trees with “We need a plan to also keep people decorative lighting are other ideas. Ando here,” said Roblero-Lopez. noted that many Buford Highway apartAs the students work on their proposments are “like a forest” in the back, but als, Morris is arranging opportunities for have barren front yards. The students ofthem to share their ideas with elected fer some ideas for fundraisers to pay for officials, the Atlanta Regional Commisit all and solar panels to power it. sion and activist groups like the MARAndo also joined students Vladimir TA Army. She also aims to hold an open Castillo and Osmany Gaitan in a street house for parents, officials and the genersafety plan. It’s personal for Ando, who al public to view the final presentations. lives on a stretch of Buford that has a dirt Meanwhile, the students said that trail instead of a sidewalk. “I’ve almost studying their changing community is gotten run over a couple times,” he said. already changing them. “It feels like doMost of the students said they would ing something that will alter our lives,” like to ride bikes on Buford, but are Ando said.


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Deadly crashes convince some police agencies in the area to take a new look at their vehicle pursuit policies BY DYANA BAGBY

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Two people died in a head-on crash after they fled a Georgia State Patrol officer on patrol on Buford Highway in Brookhaven. Their deaths were among several recent metro Atlanta collisions that have some local law enforcement agencies rethinking their vehicle pursuit policies. At about 10 p.m. on Feb. 25, a Georgia State Patrol officer attempted to pull over a 2002 Saturn SL on Buford Highway for speeding. The Saturn driver did not stop and the trooper initiated a chase. The Saturn ended up attempting to elude the trooper by speeding away north on I-85 South at Clairmont Road. The trooper monitored the speeding Saturn from I-85 north when he witnessed the Saturn crash head-on into an Infiniti. “The trooper continued north, turned around, and located the crashed Saturn. The Saturn struck a black 2012 Infiniti G37 head-on. The driver of the Infiniti, Lisa Jackson, 52, of Alpharetta, was transported to Grady Hospital with minor injuries,” GSP reported. A woman in the back seat of the Saturn was seriously injured and transported to Grady Hospital. The male driver and front seat passenger of the Saturn were killed. Although Brookhaven Police did not take part in the Feb. 25 chase, according to a spokesperson, the department is reviewing its policies following recent metro Atlanta high-profile law enforcement pursuits that led to crashes and deaths of innocent people, including a grandmother and her two grandchildren. “Our chief asked us to update our policy. We’re not cutting it altogether, but it will likely be a little more restrictive,” said Brookhaven Major Brandon Gurley. The department’s current police allows for police to chase felony suspects and serious misdemeanors as well as hitand-run suspects where serious injury or deaths have occurred, Gurley said. Other caveats come into play when deciding to chase a suspect, Gurley said, such as the time of day, traffic conditions, weather conditions and the pursuing officer’s training. When a chase begins, it is constantly monitored by the officer and his or her monitoring supervisor to weigh the necessity of apprehension, Gurley said. Dunwoody Police only allow police chases in instances of forcible felonies, such as rape, murder, robbery, assaults and shootings, said Chief Billy Grogan. Sandy Springs Police Department’s policy, developed using standards established by the Georgia Chiefs of Police and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, states “vehi-

cle pursuits may be initiated only when want to make sure no innocent lives are danger to the public created by the purlost. We are trying to make sure they do suit is less than the imminent or potennot endanger the lives of the public.” tial danger to the public should the susBut her bill did not pass out of the pect remain at large.” SSPD officers are Public Safety Committee this year. The instructed that “the more serious or danlaw would have made it standard pracgerous the crime, the greater the considtice that state, county and city law eneration to pursue.” forcement could only pursue those susFor the Atlanta pected of murder, Police Department, aggravated battery, vehicle pursuit is kidnapping, false only allowed when imprisonment “or one of three stanany offense that credards are met by Our chief asked us to update ates an immediate the fleeing suspect: of death or our policy. We’re not cut�ing threat the suspect possessserious bodily injues a deadly weapon it altogether, but it will likely ry to another peror device that can son or substantial be a little more restric�ive. cause serious bodithreat to the safety ly injury; the officer MAJOR BRANDON GURLEY of another person.” reasonably believes BROOKHAVEN POLICE “Things have rethe suspect poses an cently gotten out of immediate violent hand,” Davenport threat to the officer said. “We are not or others; or there is probable cause to trying to run the police departments. But believe the suspect has threatened to or if the chase involves something frivolous, seriously injured another. call off the chase.” Many factors come into play when deciding to pursue a vehicle, said Brookhav‘Most chases over quickly’ en’s Gurley. “It’s a constant balancing Dunwoody chief Grogan acknowledgact,” he said. “Is the risk worth the need es most chases do not end up in captures. to apprehend?” “Most chases are pretty short and are

‘Public wants something done’

That risk is on many people’s minds after two police chases – one beginning in College Park and another in Johns Creek – resulted in five deaths within a few days span in January. On Jan. 31, College Park Police pursued an SUV believed to have been stolen from a hotel near the Hartsfield-Jackson airport. The chase ended when the SUV crashed into another vehicle, killing a 76-year-old grandmother and her grandchildren, ages 12 and 6. An elderly couple died Jan. 28 after their vehicle was struck by a car being chased by Johns Creek Police. Police arrested the father and son who were in the car that struck the couple. They now face drug charges as well as vehicular homicide and DUI charges. These deaths and others catalyzed State Sen. Gail Davenport (DJonesboro) to introduce legislation Feb. 22 to provide a standard for state, county and city agencies that authorize police pursuits. “The public wants something done,” Davenport said. “We support the police, but we

over pretty quickly,” he said. “We’ve initiated a few in the past. The majority of them have been terminated by the officer or the supervisor. We take into account many factors such as traffic, weather, time of day,” he said. In 2015, Brookhaven police were involved in 17 pursuits. Most were canceled either by the supervisor or the officer. One involved an intoxicated juvenile driving without a license who refused to stop for police until he pulled into the driveway of his parent’s home and surrendered. “We stayed at the speed limit or below in this case; we never got over 35 miles per hour,” Gurley said. But anytime an officer flips on their blue lights to go after another car, it’s counted as a pursuit. Officers pursued several erratic and

reckless drivers who refused to stop for blue lights, but those chases were typically called off after just a few minutes. In another instance, an officer ran a tag number to a car that came back as stolen. The officer sped after the car and ended up in a 100-mile-per-hour chase on I-85 before the police supervisor called off the chase due to icy rain conditions. Another incident ended when the suspect vehicle being chased crashed into a utility pole. The passenger was arrested at the scene, but the driver fled on foot; he was later identified and arrested. Only one chase ended in the apprehension of the suspect – officers were able to use a “rolling roadblock,” a move in which several police cars surround the suspect to stop him. The driver was charged with DUI and was driving on sidewalks, posing a serious risk, Gurley said.

Rules changed over years

The recent incidents in metro Atlanta are “very tragic for everyone involved,” Grogan said. Grogan said he had been in “tons” of police chases himself, dating back to the 1980s. Although none of Dunwoody’s police chases have ever ended with an arrest, Grogan said, arrests have happened when an officer later recognized a suspect or gets the license plate number leading to the identification of a suspect. Over time, he said, law enforcement leaders looked at the outcomes and the rewards versus the risks of high speed chases and made the decision that more restrictions were necessary. “The rules now were not present then,” Grogan said. “Previously, all law enforcement chased everyone for any reason.” The times Grogan was involved in chases were “pretty stressful,” he said. “You don’t want to wreck, don’t want to get hurt and you don’t want to hurt anyone else,” he said. “But you don’t want to let the bad guy get away either.”


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Where does a 30-something go for food and music now? I’ve been on the lookout for a place that can cover all my bases: above average bar, food that I would eat even if there were no music, and good music. Venkman’s is going to be a huge success for the Old Fourth Ward and Atlanta at large, if it can keep its heads on straight. One head is Chef Nick Melvin, who did great things at Serenbe, then Parish, then Empire State South, then Rosebud all in the blink of an eye. Another head belongs to Nick Niaspodziani and Peter Olson, better known as the bandleader and bassist of Yacht Rock Revue, the Venkman’s house band and unquestionably Atlanta’s reigning cover band. The triumvirate rounds out with Rhian-

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With music and food, Venkman’s rocks off to a strong start Continued from page 21 and Venkman’s is consequently doing it better with a fishier fish and a fearlessly creamy center. The star of the dish is an apple ketchup. It’s not apple butter; it’s got some cider vinegar in there for a smoother sauce and a polite little kick at the end. For entrees, we had the chili shrimp and burger with fries. Both showcased Melvin’s refined, precise sense of sours: one of his overall best assets. The chili shrimp was a Chinese-Southern fusion that displayed surprising balance, while the burger’s fancy combo of pickle slaw, dill mustard and tomato jam added loads of flavor and variety without a palate burnout. When a manager stopped by to see how we were doing, I asked him to cough up the secret to getting a table. If walking in 30 minutes before doors open with tickets purchased 30 days beforehand doesn’t get me to the front row, what does it take? He checked for cancellations and immediately moved us to a table, notably skirting my question. As it turns out, the tables aren’t front row anyway because there will be a gaggle of 30-somethings danc-

ing in front of the stage as soon as the band gets going. The crowd here is more classy than at Andrews Upstairs and less attentive than at Eddie’s Attic. On this night, the band was doing the Beatles. If you shut your eyes, the fidelity of sound is incredible. Yacht Rock Revue has several extra players beyond the Fab Four and several extra instruments (theremin, surprise!), but they replicate the original work thoroughly enough that a sing-along quickly ensues. There was a definite good time vibe floating over the crowd. Venkman’s, located at 740 Ralph McGill Blvd., reallly does seem poised to be the best of all possible worlds, though they need some time to work out the ticketing and service kinks. That’s not a reason to stay home, however. The place has gotten a strong start and I’m going back momentarily myself, to drill down into their extensive wine list while seeing the world’s greatest Fleetwood Mac cover band for $8. For more information on Venkman’s: 470-2256162 or venkmans.com.

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block of Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE – A man said he unlocked his vehicle in a parking deck and sat in the driver’s seat. He said he heard the back doors open and that two men entered the vehicle and put a gun to his neck. He said the men began assaulting him and demanded his wallet and keys. The victim said he fled the vehicle and ran in the direction of a business screaming for help. He was unable to say where the suspects fled, or in which direction. The victim did not give the suspects his wallet. His keys were located on scene, so no items were taken during the exchange. The victim received a visible laceration to his forehead, but refused medical attention.

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woman was at work at a mall when she was attacked by four women she knew.  2100 block of Monroe Drive – A man

told police he was leaving a restaurant when he began arguing with the bouncer. The man said he “blacked out” and had a visible injury to his left eye. He was helped off the ground by strangers.

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 2200 block of Cheshire Bridge Road

NE – A man said he asked an “unruly patron” to leave a tattoo shop and attempted to escort him out of the store. The patron pointed a black semi-automatic gun at him.

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– The back door to an apartment was found pried open. No items were taken but the apartment was rummaged through.  2600 block of Church Street NW – A

resident’s alarm was activated. When he went to his house he found someone had broken the glass of the back door and gained entry. A rock was found lying in the middle of the kitchen. A Sam-

sung plasma TV was stolen.  2600 block of Forrest Avenue NW –

A rock was thrown through the double-paned window of the side door of a house. A TV and blue recycling bin were taken. 

1700 block of Commerce Drive – Residents of an apartment returned home to find their deadbolt had been pried off. A flat screen TV, two iPads, a Michael Kors watch, two purses and a Social Security card were taken.

 3100 block of East Shadowlawn Avenue NE – During the day, an apartment and office was broken into after the front window was shattered. A Capital Grill bag was found on the scene at the location with miscellaneous items that appeared to be a homeless person’s bedding. The resident said no items were taken but that there is man who carries a Capital Grill bag frequently seen lingering around the property. The crime scene unit responded to the scene and collected blood samples and fingerprints.  1400 block of Peachtree Park Drive

NE – A no-force entry through an unlocked back door was made into an apartment on Feb. 13. A silver MacBook Pro was taken  200 block of Deering Road NW – A

deadbolt was pried from an apartment front door. A Canon Rebel digital camera was taken.  3900 block of Sheldon Drive NE –

The front window of a house was broken. Two rifles, a revolver, a flat-screen TV, Callaway golf clubs and a pellet gun were taken. Two gloves found at the location were turned in as evidence.  1300 block of N. Highland Avenue NE

– The back door of a house was pried open. The main circuit breaker was turned off. No items were missing. The suspects may have been frightened away by the victim’s large dog. Latent fingerprints were recovered and turned in for processing.  900 block of Plymouth Road NE – The

basement door of a house was kicked in. The cleaning crew was on the scene and heard a loud bang, but thought nothing of it and continued working. No items were taken from the residence. The suspects may have made entry while the

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 2400 block of Cheshire Bridge Road

NE – A man told police his girlfriend frequently leaves their apartment without locking the door. He woke up and found the front door open and $700 in cash and his car keys were missing. He also said someone took his 2001 Acura CL.  2100 block of Piedmont Road NE – A

woman said she left her apartment unlocked and was gone for five minutes to pick up her child from the father who was in the parking deck. When she got back to her apartment, her PS4 and Dell laptop were gone.

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through the ceiling. Items taken included shoes, a tablet, suitcases and gaming systems. A pair of gloves not belonging to the victim was found on the scene.  1400 block of N. Highland Ave. NE

– Someone threw a brick through the glass window and $150 in cash was taken from the register. Surveillance footage showed a suspect entered the location at 5:39 a.m.  2400 block of Bolton Road NW – A

woman reported her storage unit was broken into and three laptops, one iPad, one desktop computer, three iPhones, pillows, pots, pans, skates, a hoverboard, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, PS4, microwave, kitchen appliances, four sets

 800 block of Collier Road – The front

glass door was shattered by a thrown brick and $10 in cash was taken from the register. Surveillance cameras were installed and show a male wearing a gray hoodie break the glass and take the drawer.

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– On a Wednesday morning, the glass window of a fitness business was shattered by a thrown rock. Roughly $5,000 worth of fitness clothing was taken from the location.

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 Between Feb. 7-13, there were 46 thefts

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back window of a house was pried open. When the resident returned, he found a newer gray Dodge or Chevy pickup in his driveway and told police he thought someone was there doing plumbing work. When the man entered his home and deactivated the alarm he saw the back window was pried open. When he went outside the truck was gone.

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