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Inside Ladder up Some fire facilities to see upgrades COMMUNITY 3

Mixed bag Opinions differ on Altanta public schools COMMENTARY 8

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The times of your life

Wither winter? Searching for spring along Chattahoochee River AROUND TOWN 9

Crafting calm Creative therapy helps trauma victims

Happy birthday, Buckhead! BY DAN WHISEHUNT


Drink up, Buckhead: it’s your birthday. Buckhead officially celebrated its 175th birthday on March 1 at a fundraiser sponsored by the Buckhead Heritage Society. The venue was the Buckhead Theatre, in keeping with the tradition that everything in Buckhead should have “Buckhead” somewhere in its name. Attendees came to the event dressed to the nines, dining on sushi, steak and chocolate-covered strawberries, stopping to pose for pictures in front of a mockup of Irby’s general store, the original Buckhead tavern. In 1838, entrepreneur Hen-

Rifles, riots Experience home life, battle lines during Civil War OUT & ABOUT 14

Business boom Brookhaven considering self-taxing business district COMMUNITY 27

Summer Camps


A special advertising section PAGES 18-22

Community forged by Ga. 400 fight BY DAN WHISENHUNT

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Don Rifenberg, front, left, and fiancée Mary Masi, right, intently scrutinize the “Looking at Buckhead: Our Story” exhibit, part of the community’s 175th anniversary celebration held on March 1 at the Buckhead Theatre. More photos on pages 4 and 5.

The Buckhead Reporter offers this look at the North Buckhead neighborhood as part of a series of articles on where residents live. More than 100,000 drivers on Ga. 400 pass through one of Atlanta’s biggest neighborhoods every day. The North Buckhead Civic Association formed in 1972 to keep the Georgia Department of Transportation from building the toll road. Buckhead Neighborhood Association President Gordon SEE NORTH BUCKHEAD, PAGE 6

03-08-2013 Buckhead Reporter