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Ga. 400 trail could connect Buckhead to the suburbs BY ANN MARIE QUILL

From left, Thomas Ervin, Rob Klingler, Mack Kirchner and Henry Edmunds, members of the Phillies TBall 5 team, await Opening Day ceremonies for Buckhead Baseball at Frankie Allen Park on March 21. See additional photos on page 7.

With help from PATH400 and the Georgia Department of Transportation, the cities of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody could one day be connected via multiuse trails to Atlanta’s BeltLine. “Good stuff is happening with [PATH400],” Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead, said at a recent North Buckhead Civic Association meeting. With Phase 1 of the trail that runs along Ga. 400 complete from Lenox Road to Old Ivy Road, the organization is now working on Old Ivy to Wieuca, with future phases including Sidney Marcus to Miami Circle; Wieuca Road to Mountain Way Common; and Lenox Road to Peachtree Road via Tower Place Drive, and will eventually connect to the Atlanta BeltLine. Additionally, work is under way in Brookhaven on a trail along the north fork


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‘Buckhead Fight Club’ to host Olympic women boxers for tourney BY JOE EARLE

Terri Moss says she sort of stumbled into boxing. “A friend of mine wanted to learn how to do it,” she said, so Moss, who had studied to be a teacher and ended up working in law enforcement, went along for a visit to a local boxing gym. “I just went in and worked out and maybe three months later, I was still there and she was gone.” What was the appeal? “There’s something badass about being able to fight and being a girl,” Moss said with a laugh. Fifteen or so years after her introduction to boxing, Moss still hangs out at the gym. In fact, she owns the place now. The former pro champion boxer, known as “The Boss” in the ring, is boss of her own place, the Buckhead Fight Club, which is actually located in the basement of a shopping center on Buford Highway in Brookhaven.

Now a 49-year-old grandmother, she trains other, younger fighters these days. But she keeps an assortment of padded gloves in a ringside gym bag and she says she only officially retired from boxing about a year ago. “I gave my headgear to one of the boys,” she said. “This signifies my retirement.” Next month, Moss’ gym will host an international boxing event she says will attract Olympic-caliber women boxers from around the world. USA Boxing’s Women’s International Clash of Champions, scheduled April 20 through April 25, is set to bring teams of boxers from China, Bulgaria, the U.S. and other countries to compete in a round-robin tournament. About 40 athletes, including Americans Claressa Shields and MarSEE FIGHT, PAGE 5



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Alan Patricio recalls the days when the intersection of Peachtree and Roswell roads was bar central. “It seems just the other day that Aunt Charley’s [tavern] was right there. I used to hang out here,” he said. Things look different now. On March 31, Patricio was among more than 100 people who gathered at the triangle where Peachtree and Roswell meet to celebrate the opening of a newly renovated park, complete with a clock tower, water feature and statue of Buckhead businessman Charlie Loudermilk, the man the park is named for. “I love it,” Loudermilk said as he greeted well-wishers before the ceremony to open the $2.8 million park. “It turned out better than I thought it might. … I think they did pretty well.” Loudermilk called the new park “an asset for Buckhead.” During the opening ceremony, city officials, including Mayor Kasim Reed, praised the Buckhead busi-

ness owner for his involvement in the community. Reed said Loudermilk played “an essential role in shaping the Atlanta we know today.” The new park, paid for by the Buckhead Community Improvement District and Loudermilk, will provide a new gathering place for Buckhead office workers, residents and visitors, said Jim Durrett, executive director of the BCID. “I think it’s stunning,” Durrett said. “I think it will attract people. The people who live and work around here have the fabulous gathering place they deserve.” Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook called the new park “a great leap forward” in park space in Buckhead. “We all know this is the heart of Buckhead. This space right here,” Shook said. “For a long time, this was sort of a traffic island. You didn’t realize how grand and how large this space could be.”

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Left, the newly renovated park, paid for by the Buckhead Community Improvement District and Loudermilk, has a clock tower, and right, a water feature.



E. Rivers community celebrates new $22 million school building BY JOE EARLE

John Maltby was quick to say he Maltby spoke as part of a ribbon“liberated” that flag. He didn’t swipe it; cutting celebration during which hunhe “rescued it.” dreds of students, parents, teachers and After all, the original, wood-andalumni gathered to hear city and school stone E. Rivers Elementary — his officials, including new Atlanta School school at the time — had been deSuperintendent Meria Carstarphen, stroyed. praise the school and its new, $22 mil“Everything was consumed. It lion building. burned to the ground,” he recalled. “It’s fantastic. It’s beautiful,” Elise “Everything burned, with one excepLowry, parent of an E. Rivers third tion.” grader and a sixth grader who attendMaltby, then just 11 years old, ed the school, said as officials gathered checked out what remained the day to cut blue and yellow ribbons set up after the fire. He found a big Georgia in the school courtyard. state flag that had flown at the school, “They put a lot of thought into takcomplete with burn marks, left neating advantage of the natural light, and ly folded in the ashes. Maltby took the they kept a lot of attributes of our old flag home for safekeeping. school.” That was in 1948. E. Rivers, named Parent Laura O’Neill, who has three for Atlanta developer Eretus Rivers, children at E. Rivers, said the school was rebuilt to house classrooms for stands at the heart of the local commuanother generation of Buckhead stunity. dents. “For me, it’s such Now, nearly a cena community-based tury after that first school,” she said. “In See related Commentary two-room schoolour neighborhood, I page 8 house, originalthink maybe 90 perly called Peachtree cent of the kids go to Heights School, was raised in 1917, this school. Everybody knows everyE. Rivers Elementary has been rebuilt body and the kids all play together." again to modernize and expand its Rogers said the construction of the building to house new generations of new building took a year and a half. students. School officials say it is AtlanDuring that time, students attended a ta’s oldest public school. school at a temporary location more Maltby, who returned the flag in than five miles from E. River’s site on 2007, was back at E. Rivers March 27 Peachtree Battle Avenue. to tell the story behind the big Georgia “My favorite memory of E. Rivers is flag that now hangs in a frame outside the first time I heard children’s voices in Principal Matthew Rogers’ office. this building,” Rogers said. “The loop is closed,” Maltby said. “It didn’t have life. They returned “The journey is over. The flag now is the first time I heard laughter and your where it should be.” voices inside the building.”


Students, parents, teachers and alumni were on hand for the new $22 million school’s ribbon-cutting on March 27.

E. Rivers Principal Matthew Rogers stands in front of a Georgia state flag that was “rescued” by 11-year-old John Maltby when the school burned to the ground in 1948.



First-grade teacher Jeff Smith, left, and his students.


Amy Kuykendall, right, accompanied by daughter Vivian, were on hand to support another daughter, Sophia, a first grader. BH


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Apartment plan draws opposition despite negotiations BY JOE EARLE

The developers who want to build a mixed-use project on Peachtree Road say they’ve labored to accommodate the wishes of residential neighbors. “We’ve worked hard. We’ve had several meetings with concerned neighbors. We’ve tried hard to listen, to react,” Hudson Hooks of JLB Partners told members of the Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association during a communiJOE EARLE ty meeting March 26. “We’ve Hudson Hooks, with JLB Partners, tells attempted to do everything we were asked.” residents at a March 26 meeting that his But a number of the resi- company has worked hard to accommodate dents who attended the March concerns over a proposed 272-unit 26 meeting seemed unhappy apartment complex on Peachtree Road. with the proposal despite the developer’s modifications to its plans. ects planned for the MARTA property on “It doesn’t fit the neighborhood at all,” Peachtree were adding hundreds of apartresident Teresa Gipson said. ments already. JLB wants to build 272 high-end “Brookhaven is becoming a city of apartments on 4.6 acres at 3920 and 3930 apartments,” said Paul Sherlag, whose Peachtree Road, a site generally known as home backs up to the proposed JLB dethe “Hastings Property” because the nursvelopment. “What’s happening is people ery and garden center company operatwould be living there and not working in ed a facility there. The project would back the community, but driving to Atlanta.” up to the Historic Brookhaven neighborOthers voiced similar thoughts, and arhood. gued the number in the proposed projBrookhaven City Council on March ect should be reduced. “I think the issue 24 delayed until May a vote on whether to here is 272 apartments,” one resident said. rezone the property from commercial use “If you take the whole neighborhood ..., to allow a mix of apartments and shops. there’re probably not 200 houses or 200 The delay, council members said, would cars in the whole Historic Brookhaven allow time for the developer to continue neighborhood.” talks with surrounding neighbors to try to John Gipson, who is developing a comwin their support. mercial project on Peachtree, presented a Council members praised JLB’s willrendering of an office building and shops ingness to negotiate with neighbors and he said could be developed at the site as efforts to modify its plans to win commuan alternative to the apartments. “It can be nity support. “You have done an amazdone without rezoning,” he said. ing job,” Councilman Bates Mattison told Both projects meet requirements of lawyer Carl Westmoreland, who reprethe zoning overlay, developed by DeKalb sents JLB on the project. “I commend you County and continued by the city, that reand your developer on your willingness to quires “urban” development for properties meet with [residents after] what at the bealong Peachtree, their proponents say. ginning seemed complete opposition.” Hooks told the residents the apartMore than 60 residents filled a meetments JLB plans for the project would be ing room at St. James United Methodist “probably as nice an apartment complex as Church on March 26 to hear from the deyou’ll see in Atlanta.” velopers and from residents who opposed He said the developers had already elements of the plan. agreed to reduce the height of the rear por“[The neighbors] want the best thing tion of the building, to leave undisturbed for the property,” resident Tim Morria portion of the property that would serve son said a few days after the meeting. “It’s as a buffer to neighboring homes and to the gateway [to Brookhaven]. What do place all the parking for the units beneath we want that image to be?” A multi-story the building. apartment building with dozens of balco“A lot of this stuff is expensive,” he said. nies would not create an inviting entrance “We’ve probably tripled the cost of our to the city, he said. “A lot of people don’t parking. These are big changes we’re makwant 36 gas grills hanging over Peachtree ing to bring down the height and accomto be that image,” he said. “What can you modate the neighborhood.” do to make something really special?” But some residents argue the developer At the meeting, some residents queshasn’t yet gone far enough. tioned the overall number of apartments “We’ve still got a lot of work to do with being developed in the city, claiming two JLB to fine tune it,” Morrison told his projects on Dresden Drive, another at neighbors attending the meeting. “We’re Oglethorpe University and future projnot there yet.”




‘Fight club’ gym plans tourney of Olympic-level women boxers CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

len Espinoza, both medalists in the 2012 Olympics, are scheduled to take part, Moss said. “It’s a big deal,” said Moss, who also puts together local “Corporate Fight Nights.” “Some of these boxers are going to be seen in the Olympics on television. We know that. We just can’t say which ones.” Moss said she intends to give the visiting fighters a taste of American boxing, “an all-American sports experience.” “American sports are huge,” Moss said. “[Sports] are large in other countries, too, but American sports have a certain level of excitement and noise and chaos.” She thinks her gym will show visiting boxers something different than what they’re used to. The atmosphere in her gym is different, she said, from the quiet, dignified boxing gyms she’s seen when traveling overseas. Her 15,000-square-foot facility is decorated with graffiti and bright streetart-style murals. Moss calls the décor “an urban American theme.” One recent morning, Sam and Dave’s “Hold On I’m Coming” and other rhythm-andblues tunes blared from the PA. “There’s a lot in this little bitty basement,” Moss

said. “They’ll come down to this underground fight club in a parking lot on Buford Highway, the melting pot of Atlanta,” she said. “I hope to let them see what it feels like to be in America and an American boxer.” And while they’re there, she said, she plans to feed them home-cooked Mexican food, Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches and breakfast from the International House of Pancakes. Moss came to boxing late. She was 36 years old when she made her pro debut, she said. Although some folks told her she was too old to box, she fought for five more years. “Some of us just love the sport,” she said. She named her gym after a cult movie and has decorated parts of it with quotes from the film, but she sees the Buckhead Fight Club as a family place. “Whole families spend every evening here,” she said. “A lot of it is because of the community that comes to this gym. I really think that because it’s run by women, it gives it a different vibe.” “I love being in the gym,” she said. And it shows. “I’m almost 50 years old,” she said, “and I skip around the gym like a little kid.”


Above, the club, located in the basement of a shopping center in Brookhaven, will host the USA Boxing’s Women’s International Clash of Champions in late April. Right, Moss earned the nickname “The Boss,” as a champion boxer. Her gym is decorated with graffiti and street-art-style murals.

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Ga. 400 trail could be suburbs’ path to the BeltLine CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

of Peachtree Creek which will eventually stretch as far south as the place the BeltLine and PATH400 will converge, and as far north as Duluth. But with pressure from cities like Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, where residents want to connect to PATH400, that trail could also go north. “There’s a lot of pressure now coming from Sandy Springs and Dunwoody to connect into [the trail],” Starling said. “They are loving the idea of being able to access PATH400 and get to the BeltLine.” City officials in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Brookhaven as well as local nonprofits and chambers have recently signed resolutions urging GDOT to allow expansion of the trail network through the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange. To extend north into the suburban cities, PATH400 will need to cross I-285, which requires the cooperation of the Georgia Department of Transportation, which is planning a major revamping of the Ga. 400 and I-285 interchange.

Ed McBrayer, executive director of the PATH Foundation, which is working on PATH400 with Livable Buckhead, said that his group met with GDOT several weeks ago, and the transportation agency said it would not preclude provisions for trails in its plans. He said his group plans to meet with GDOT again soon. McBrayer wrote in a recent column for “Reporter Newspapers,” “This interchange divides Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Brookhaven into four islands with virtually no safe connection for pedestrians and cyclists. This is a perfect place to start knitting the region back together on a human scale.” He said he’s hopeful that as the interchange is being built, trails can be constructed along Ga. 400, extending PATH400 and also east-west along I-285. “I think there’s been a lot of interest from all different organizations and cities,” McBrayer said. “I haven’t heard anybody that thinks it’s a bad idea, and I don’t think GDOT thought it was a bad idea.”


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‘Love’ and ‘caring’ attracted my family to E. Rivers Elementary School Liz Jacobs teaches second grade at E. Rivers Elementary School. While her children attended E. Rivers, she volunteered at the school and served as president of its PTA. Jacobs was among a group of speakers during a ribbon-cutting ceremony opening the newly remodeled school building March 27. Here is an edited version of her remarks. My love for E. Rivers began almost 16 years ago, in 1999. My name is Liz Jacobs and I am a second grade teacher here at E. Rivers. I have taught here for the past seven years, but my journey with E. Rivers began more than a decade before. My son, Joseph, began kindergarten in 1999. He was in Mrs. Sears’ class and I was also mom to a baby girl. I had just taken a sabbatical from my teaching career in DeKalb County in order to stay home and raise our children. At that time, not many families in the neighborhood supported E. Rivers, and our decision to send Joseph here was met with questioning looks. Most families either moved to the suburbs after preschool, or enrolled in private school. But my husband Bert and I made a conscious decision to stay in town and support our public school. I felt confident that with a decade of teaching experience under my belt, I would be able to recognize a quality school when I saw it. And I’m so glad that we took that chance. Joseph’s first friends encompassed many nationalities and socio-economic groups. Not everyone was just

like him. When our daughter, Annie, started kindergarten four years later, she had a similar experience. I have to think those early experiences in acceptance and tolerance have shaped my children’s lives and have made them into the open-minded and respectful young adult and teenager they are today. Those experiences could not be taught, but instead were lived – and we have E. Rivers to thank for that. Many things have changed at E. Rivers over the years. When my children started school, there were just under 400 children enrolled. We had a very small core group of PTA volunteers and an even smaller PTA budget. I was drawn to volunteer at E. Rivers right off the bat. I helped out in the library with Sandy Wagner, and go to know all the kids from different grades. I was soon chairing committees, some of which are still in existence today. During my time on the PTA, we started Movie Afternoons and also had Family Movie Nights. The Field of Dreams became a reality, and the partnership between Northside United Methodist and Peachtree Road United Methodist Sports Teams was begun. We ran the concession stand out of the backs of our minivans and a beach tent. We had an anonymous donor offer to give us a large sum of money for a light and sound system for the auditorium if we could get the parents to match it – it seemed insurmountable back then, but we did it. The Talent Show began as a way to use our new lights and sound!


GUEST COLUMN Though we were striving at our little school, we still were not fully enrolled. We worked tirelessly to spread the word about our treasure of a school. And slowly, but surely, families started to come. Now, we have almost double the number of students we had when Joseph was in kindergarten. Lots more families in the surrounding neighborhoods have discovered our little school and are supporting it. Great things are happening here at E. Rivers. Way back in 1990, it would have been impossible to imagine what E. Rivers would turn out to be. We are not such a little school any longer, but I know that the love and caring that attracted my family to this school are still here. I can’t imagine my family’s life without E. Rivers, and I know that we are better people because of our journey with this special school.

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At left, kindergarten teachers Rachel Lightfoot, right, and Nancy Sears keep an eye on their students at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly remodeled E. Rivers Elementary School. At right, first-grade teacher Jeff Smith and his students listen to the program. |



‘Yay! It’s spring!’ Let’s sing a gay little spring song (tra la la) This is the season to sing So I’d like to suggest That we all do our best And warble a song about spring. I lifted those lyrics from the movie “Bambi,” of course. I know you’ve watched the scene—it’s the one where all the woodland songbirds couple up and flutter among the sumptuously painted backdrop of a blossoming forest, singing so loudly and cheerfully that they awaken the sleeping owl. And doesn’t that scene capture exactly how we feel in our glorious Atlanta springtime? If we could flit along on the wing and alight on the branch of a budding cherry tree, and then perhaps, chirp out a happy little tune on behalf of the season, wouldn’t we? Or given the restraints of our wingless bodies, wouldn’t we like to step outside, stretch our legs, and at least clap our hands together and shout, “Yay! It’s spring!” and then maybe punctuate that emotion with a wee pirouette…? I think we would. Yet, having grown into adult sensibilities, we settle for walking with a spring in our step. Yes, I think that idiom is less about a wound-up piece of wire and more about a new season of budding colors and blossoming flowers. Because when springtime rolls around, we walk with the bounce of a fresh beginning. It’s the jubilance of warm breezes and Easter bunnies, of greening grass and nodding daffodils. It’s sort of a controlled inebriation. So I think Disney got that right— all creatures, whether walking on four legs or two, whether endowed with the gift of flight or not—celebrate spring in some way. And we humans, as the relatively inhibited species, find a way to greet the new season with joy, by soak-

ing in the ROBIN JEAN sun or cuddling up with MARIE CONTE an attractive companion, ROBIN’S NEST by reveling with composed exuberance. Here in metro Atlanta, we’ve had our dustings of snow, our pre-emptive closings, our few days of cold snaps. We haven’t been pummeled like those in Boston and the rest of the Northeast. No one in our fair city has dived from a second story balcony into 8-foot-deep snow drifts or skied down a powder-packed main thoroughfare…but that doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate spring when it gets here. Our civil Southern climate is why we live here, after all. So take a look around and you’ll see it: the spring of spring. It’s there when we walk our dogs and drive our kids to soccer practice. It’s beneath the lights that are strung cunningly across the outdoor patio of a neighborhood restaurant, where we laugh and dine and clink wine glasses together. It’s in the jogs around Piedmont Park and the tills in the backyard garden. That spring is there even when we’re lounging at an outdoor concert or standing in the yard with a cold beer, greeting the neighbors. When the dogwoods bloom and the azaleas burst and the entire city is filled with fluffs of color, that’s when we smile broadly and sing our own little spring song. Robin Conte is a writer and mother of four who lives in Dunwoody. She can be contacted at

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While Mercedes has plans to bring and employ hundreds in Sandy Springs, those employees may not be able to afford to live in the area, and have been scouting locations like Alpharetta and Crabapple. “In Sandy Springs we have an abundance of housing for upper income, and an abundance for lower rental income,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. “We’ve heard from Mercedes families that they can’t afford to live in Sandy Springs.” Paul said that points to a larger problem for the city and its workers overall, and that the lack of affordable workforce housing contributes to traffic congestion. “What’s missing is owner-occupied housing in Sandy Springs that police, firefighters, teachers, nurses and medical personal can afford to live in,” he said. “This is a major issue; our congestion issues are built around the fact that an overwhelming number of people who work here live elsewhere. Our population of 100,000 grows to 200,000 during the day. If we could create an environment where employees could live in Sandy Springs, that would have an enormous impact on traffic congestion.” A look at Atlanta Regional Commission housing statistics shows Sandy Springs dominating metro-area ZIP codes for three-year average home prices from 2012 to 2014. In the 30327 ZIP code area, which includes Sandy Springs, the average home price was $691,467. In the 30342 area, it was $401,971. ARC’s Executive Director Doug Hooker echoed the need for affordable housing during a recent Perimeter Business Alliance luncheon. He said that areas like Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Dunwoody that are striving to become more walkable and mixed-use friendly need to have folks who work in the communities living there as well. “Our charge is how do we get more af-

fordable housing in those communities, so the retail workers that work at Perimeter can afford to live close,” he said. Paul said that while there’s no firm plan in Sandy Springs yet, he and other members of the council are exploring solutions. “Part of it is how we work with developers,” he said. “What kind of incentives can we offer to get them to sell at lower price points.” He explained that the problem can be complex because the goal to not drive down real estate also exists. Hooker pointed to MARTA’s transitoriented development program as another solution. The transit agency is looking at created mixed-use developments around its stations, and is requiring that 20 percent of the residential units on a property qualify as workforce/affordable housing. A study for development at the Brookhaven MARTA station said the 2013 median income for the Atlanta region is $66,300, which means a family of four with a $53,000 income per year qualifies for workforce housing. The study claimed that income was comparable to the average starting salary of a Brookhaven police officer. Jack Honderd, a member of the Brookhaven Peachtree Community Alliance, a group whose goal is to guide development, said that striving toward more workforce housing is going to be a challenge in Brookhaven, where apartments and small houses are being torn down to make way for high-end rental units and larger homes. He said a variety of housing “creates vibrant, stable neighborhoods," and that the community benefits when, for example, its police are living in its neighborhoods. Paul added, “Not only is [providing affordable housing] a matter of doing what I think is the right thing, it makes sure folks who work here can live here.”


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BY COLLIN KELLEY From single-family homes to townthe community and its unwavering rephomes and condos, Buckhead real esutation,” Robinson said. tate continues to hold its own, even as George Heery, who with his brother the community gets an injection of new Neal, make up The Heery Brothers team luxury residences, shops and within Atlanta Fine Homes restaurants at the Buckhead Sotheby’s International ReAtlanta project, according alty, said he’s seen the bar for to local real estate agents. a luxury home move to the Lisa Robinson, a broker $1.2 or $1.3 million mark if with Engel &Volkers Buckit’s a resale, and $1.5 to $1.6 head Atlanta, said the avermillion if it’s a new home. age price for a single-famHe recently sold a condo for ily home in Buckhead is $900,000. $1 million, with an aver“There has been a shift age price of $585,000 for in what buyers are looking a townhome. The average for in a home,” Heery said. number of days a home is “Kitchens with big, square on the market is about 70. counter islands, a dedicated “I've noticed that luxury space for an office, laundry Travis Reed homes listed under $2 milrooms connected to master lion are selling extremely closets and more energy-effast,” Robinson said. “Once you hit $2 ficient homes are on many buyers’ wish million, the average days on the market lists.” increases to 90 days. But Heery said a decade the story remains the same. ago, most Buckhead buyIf a house is priced well and ers would have placed walkshows well, it will sell.” ability to shops and restauShe said homebuyers rants near the bottom of moving to Buckhead are their “must-have” list, but looking to capitalize on the that has inverted with the proximity to the best private opening of PATH400, the and public schools, and the Atlanta BeltLine and Buckconvenience to both Midhead Atlanta. town and downtown AtlanTravis Reed of Harry ta. And the new Buckhead Norman Realtors said “luxAtlanta development at the ury” is a relative term. intersection of Peachtree “There are luxury conand Roswell roads is a madominiums in Buckhead Lisa Robinson jor draw. that sell for $400,000 and “Home prices are on the rise around luxury townhomes in the $500,000 to Atlanta, but what keeps drawing home$600,000 range,” Reed said. “You can buyers to Buckhead is the consistency of CONTINUED ON PAGE 13

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Snapshot: Recent single-family home sales Sandy Springs: 30350 Avg Sold Price $260,756 Sandy Springs: 30328 Avg Sold Price $314,404 Sandy Springs: 30342 Avg Sold Price $527,400 Buckhead: 30305 Avg Sold Price $572,578 Buckhead: 30327 Avg Sold Price $1,016,132 Brookhaven: 30319 Avg Sold Price $434,394 Dunwoody: 30338 Avg Sold Price $375,562

Avg List Price $273,154

Units Sold 48

Avg. Days on Market 103

Avg List Price $324,770

Units Sold 107

Avg. Days on Market 109

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Units Sold 59

Avg. Days on Market 96

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Units Sold 83

Avg. Days on Market 100

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Avg. Days on Market 171

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Avg. Days on Market 110

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Avg. Days on Market 83

This information is compiled from First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) from February 2015. This information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed, and is not a complete list of activity. Data provided by Judy Soden, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Sandy Springs office.

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Buckhead’s strong reputation means quick, easy home sales CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 home” as one priced at over $1 million, but the median price of the 918 transacbuy a beautifully renovated ranch in tions in Buckhead over the 12 months north Buckhead for $1 million, but I ending in February was $1,667,961. think the price point where the upper “In the last 12 months, bracket begins now is $2.2 290 homes have sold for to $2.4 million. Homes at over $1 million, in conthis price point will be in trast to 255 homes over $1 the most desirable neighmillion selling in the preborhoods, with nice lots, ceding 12 months,” Rogtop-of-the-line amenities ers said. and large square footage.” Rogers said the progress Reed said upper brackat Buckhead Atlanta has reet condos are selling at reinforced homeowner conficord prices per foot, with a dence in Buckhead. three-bedroom penthouse “As rents increase in at Terminus selling for $2 commercial space, Buckmillion. head residential property Another change from also continues to increase 10 years ago that Reed has in value, and the increased noticed is that buyers are Michael Rogers number of retail and dinlooking for high quality. ing establishments brought “Really high-finish levels, by Buckhead Atlanta and surrounding custom-imported hardware, luxe bath commercial developments increase the fixtures, commercial- grade systems are rich array of amenities offered to Buckall more important than during our last head homeowners boom,” Reed said. in close proximity “Named archito their residences,” tects are a big draw, Rogers said. pools, steam showHe said Buckers, and wine celhead would remain lars are in higher a draw for home demand than ever, buyers because it while theaters are has larger lot sizes less popular. Buyers than many neighare also more energy borhoods inside and environmentalthe city of Atlanly conscious. Buyers ta, access to excelwould rather have a lent restaurants and whole house generaworld-class shoptor than a sixth bedThe Heery Brothers ping opportunities, room.” high-testing public Michael Rogelementary schools and nationally recers, president of Dorsey Alston Realtors, ognized private schools. said most people still define a “luxury

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“Stories by the Springs” Thursday, April 16, 3:30-7 p.m. – Heritage Sandy Springs presents an inaugural Storytelling Festival, featuring performances, workshops and activites. Open to all ages. Free. Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Go to:, call 404-851-9111 ext. 4 or email for additional details.

Homeschool Enrichment Program Monday, April 20, 5 p.m. – The Sandy Springs Homeschool Enrichment Program holds a meeting open to the public at the Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, visit:


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“The Civil War & the Forging of Character” Wednesday, April 15, 6-8 p.m. – On the 150th anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln, The Lovett School presents the final lecture in “The Civil War and the Forging of Character,” a four-year lecture series presented by Lovett to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the Battle of Atlanta. Reservations required. Go to: or call 404-262-3032, ext. 1717 to learn more and to register.

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Artsapalooza Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., – Celebrate the arts with the annual Sandy Springs Artsapalooza art sale. The event features the artwork of 150 artists and will have food trucks, children’s activities and live music. Continues April 19, 11 a.m.6 p.m. 6100 Lake Forrest Dr., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. Go online to or call 404-873-1222 to learn more.

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Sunday, April 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. – The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) invites the entire community to come together and remember the victims of the Holocaust with a special program commemorating Yom HaShoah (or Day of Holocaust Remembrance) at the MJCCA’s Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden. Free. Rain or shine. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, visit www.atlantajcc. org, or call 678-812-4161.

Saturday, April 18, 7 p.m. – Garden Hills Elementary School holds its 26th annual Evening in the Garden fundraiser at MercedesBenz of Buckhead. Includes both silent and live auctions, dancing, and food catered by local Buckhead restaurants. Tickets: $60 in advance; $75 at the door. Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, 2799 Piedmont Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30305. For tickets or sponsorship information, visit: www.


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Curtains, the Musical Friday, April 17, 8 p.m. – Act3 Productions closes its 2014-2015 season by presenting Cur-

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Available for children ages 6-12, Camp Chamblee offers a variety of activities including sports, games, arts & crafts, swimming, field trips, and more.


Camp hours are as follows: Drop off 7:30-9:00am Scheduled activities 9:00am-3:30pm Pick up 3:30-6:00pm. Camp fees are $75 per week for City of Chamblee residents and $100 for nonresidents. Parents will be charged $5 for each 15 minutes they are late picking up their child starting at 6:01pm. Space is limited to 60 campers per week and reservations must be made in advance.

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DINING OUT: Farm Burger



BY ART HUCKABEE Spring has sprung. It’s time to get back in tune with nature. It’s time to get healthy. What say we do both by having a burger and fries? Never has the classic all-American combo made one feel so environmentally friendly and downright healthy, than does the one at Farm Burger, the local chain that combines the everlasting gourmet burger craze with the ever trendy farm-totable craze. This place is craze-ee popular. Who knew that there were so many health nuts eating burgers? There’s usually a line. You’ll need the time to scan the five or six menus that adorn the walls. Paper menus are available which make it easier to navigate the array of choices. The basic premise is to build a burger. Choose from 100 percent grass-fed beef or chicken or veggie quinoa, and top it with over 30 condiments ranging from roasted garlic to oxtail marmalade. If that’s too many choices there are six pre-decided “Blackboard Burgers” as well. Order at the bar, get a number, and

find a table. The food arrives quickly. Our burger purist ordered a plain cheeseburger. He pronounced it as awesome. He’s 12. The grass-fed beef is very lean, so if you’re a medium-well- to well -done carnivore, you might want to dial the level of doneness back a notch to avoid arid burger syndrome. We tried the “Blackboard Burgers.” The No.1 Farm Burger had aged Vermont white cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and FB sauce, a riff on Thousand Island dressing. The beef held up surprisingly well under the flavor bomb of cheese and sweet. Dry-aged beef has a beefier, slightly funky note. The No. 6 was another beef patty adorned with bacon, a sunny side up egg, pepper jack cheese and Salsa Verde. The egg and the green sauce made the burger, adding moisture and flavor. The No. 4 chicken burger was the hit of the meal. A juicy chicken patty was dressed with smoked Gouda, kale coleslaw, crispy onions and a sherry-date barbecue sauce.

No. 1 The Farm Burger

The flavors from the cheese and barbecue sauce, and the textures from the slaw and onions made this a memorable dish. The No. 2, the veggie quinoa burger, was a slightly dry patty, soft in texture and lacking that satisfying chew that one associates with a burger. The mixed greens, marinated beets, balsamic onions and garlic aioli helped both texture and flavor, but the letdown was palpable from the burger lover in our crowd who had gone veggie for the cause. There are a myriad of sides, salads and soup. The fries had good crunch and the right amount of seasoning. The onion rings were more breading than onion; only three came in an order of fries ‘n rings.

Thank goodness they weren’t a hit. The sweet potato fries were limp, begging for texture. The Farm Burger Soup was an amalgam of lentils, carrots, potato, sweet potato, squash, onion and Swiss chard, with a dollop of sour cream. It had a nice homey taste and would be a good choice on a cool spring day. The Superfood Salad was lacinato kale, also known as black kale, beets, pecans, roasted carrots, caramelized onions, dried cranberries, tahini dressing and nutritional yeast, which is often used as a cheese substitute. You know this dish is good for you from the first bite, and it was surprisingly tasty as well needing perhaps a little more tahini dressing and a dash more acidity. There’s an interesting beer selection and a handful of wines. Milkshakes and floats made with Morelli’s gourmet ice cream are also available. We didn’t order any as we were there for only the healthy stuff. Farm Burger has locations in Decatur, Dunwoody and Buckhead. For more information, visit Art Huckabee is one of Yelp’s Elite Reviewers, as well as a pilot, gourmet cook and food lover. Send feedback to

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Quick Bites: News you can eat Buckhead Restaurant Week will be held April 18-26. Brunch, lunch and dinner cuisine from participating restaurants will be available on $15, $25 or $35 prix fixe menus. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity. Visit to see a full list of participating restaurants. Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub in Brookhaven was chosen as Irish Pub of the Year by the Irish Pubs Global Federation based in Dublin. “The Irish Pub of the Year award is given to the inspirational pub which has reached benchmark standards that should inspire others,” said John Byrne, CEO of Irish Pubs Global Federation. “Olde Blind Dog meets those standards.” SweetWater Brewery and United Distributors recently presented a check for $55,547 to The Giving Kitchen. The brewery’s partnership with The Giving Kitchen dates back to 2013 when the two organizations came together to brew Second Helping, a juniper IPA to raise funds for the organization. The Giving Kitchen is a nonprofit dedicated to assisting restaurant industry workers who have experienced some sort of unanticipated emergency or hardship. For more, visit Brookhaven’s The Cook’s Warehouse will close in mid-April after a slump in sales. CEO Mary Moore said, “We opened our second store in Brookhaven in 2002. This location has not kept up with the growth of our other stores – Midtown, Decatur and East Cobb. With a growing need for additional retail and teaching space, as well as increased demand for parking with better ingress/egress, I determined it best to not resign our lease.” Moore said she was seeking another location, possibly in Brookhaven.

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New Japanese restaurant Doraku Sushi is open at Buckhead Atlanta offering a “refined twist” on traditional Japanese fare, drawing inspiration from Asian and Latin flavor profiles. For more, visit Glaze, a “doughnuts, bacon and barista shop,” will open in Brookleigh Market in Brookhaven this June, according to Atlanta Magazine. Fifth Group Restaurants plans to open new locations of South City Kitchen and La Tavola Trattoria. South City Kitchen will occupy 6,000 square feet on the first floor of the 3350 Peachtree building in Buckhead. The company is also looking to open a new 4,500 to 6,500-squarefoot La Tavola Trattoria location in a yet-to-be-decided “metro-Atlanta neighborhood.” Sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne have opened Georgetown Cupcake Buckhead at 267 East Paces Ferry Road. For more, visit

Buckhead restaurants take top spots on new Zagat list On March 10, Zagat, the restaurant review website, released its new list of Atlanta’s 50 best eateries for 2015. Buckhead restaurants claimed six of the top 10 spots. Here’s Zagat’s new top 10. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Bone’s Restaurant (Buckhead) Aria (Buckhead) Antico Pizza Napoletana (Home Park) Umi Buckhead (Buckhead) Chops Lobster Bar (Buckhead) Pampas Steakhouse (Johns Creek) Tomo Japanese Restaurant (Buckhead) Fogo de Chao Churrascaria (Buckhead) 9. Rathbun’s (Inman Park) 10. Bacchanalia (West Midtown) Source:










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Yelpers have some suggestions when you crave Thai food Editor’s note: Yelp is a website and a mobile app – free to use – that connects you with local businesses, organizations and events. Reporter Newspapers has partnered with Yelp for a monthly feature on Yelper’s favorite eats, treats and more in Reporter Newspapers communities. Yelp Associate Regional Marketing Director Colleen Burns compiled this list. When you're craving Thai food, nothing else will do. Spicy and creamy curries, oodles of noodles, and fried rice with pineapple and raisins. If you're not familiar, the complexity of the cuisine will amaze you.

Buckhead Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft - 1745 Peachtree St. NE, 30309.

Boasting a wide variety of Thai cuisine, the menu offers a selection to please just about every palate, but not so many items that you're overwhelmed. Don't miss their Mieng Kum, a popular item. Annie’s Thai Castle - 3195 Roswell Road NE, 30305. Serving ATL for 25 years, and yes, you can actually meet Annie! Go for the coconut soup, stay for curries.

Brookhaven The One Sushi + - 2523 Caldwell Rd. NE, 30319. The + equals so much more than just sushi, including various Thai flavors. Everything is made fresh daily in house, using seasonal ingredients sourced lo-

cally when possible. They rotate menu items frequently, so stop in various occasions to experience unending options. Bua - 705 Town Boulevard, 30319. "Bua" which means "lotus" in Thai language, has Yelpers crazy about the drunken noodles - "they are a must if you are a Thai noodle fan."

Dunwoody Singha Thai - 5554 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., 30338. Extensive Thai cuisine with sushi on the side. Looking for a spicy treat? Check out the basil duck or spicy catfish. Simply Thai - 4639 N. Shallowford Rd., 30338.

With lunch specials for under $10, this place is sure to curb your cravings. Buy any three beers and get the fourth one free, but don't forget to enjoy the Thai tea.

Sandy Springs Erawan Organic Thai - 7537 Roswell Rd., 30350. The crew at Erawan have been cooking original Thai cuisine spanning 15 years. You like it hot? Ask for Thai hot, and indeed, they will make it spicy! Bangkok Thyme - 4969 Roswell Rd. NE, 30342. Perfect setting for a girls’ night out or even a getaway with your significant other, enjoy the Happy Hour Specials from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.


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block of Peachtree Road, NE – A sexual assault was reported on March 17. A woman said she went to a party with the suspect and consumed two “Long Island drinks.” After the suspect drove her back to a friend’s residence, the two sat on the couch were they kissed and eventually engaged in sexual intercourse. She reported initially telling the suspect “no,” and attempting to fight him off; she stopped fighting and engaged in sex. Afterward, the two sat on the couch. While sitting, she thought to herself she wanted him to like her and didn’t want him to leave her since he was younger. After about 20 minutes, she performed consensual oral sex on the suspect before he stopped her and said he had to go to work. The two continued talking on the phone and texting one another. She and the suspect have spoken five times since March 11. She only disclosed the sexual assault to her boyfriend. She said she wants to prosecute and believes the suspect needs counseling.

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block of Peachtree Road, NE – An aggravated assault was reported on March 9. A woman was inside the apartment with a group of people when the suspect got mad at her son for spilling juice on the floor. He said “You need to clean up after your son.” A verbal dispute ensued, and the man took her cellphone and threw it to the ground, causing it to break. He grabbed a broom stick and struck her on the hand, causing injuries. When police arrived, the suspect would not come out of the residence. block of Roswell Road, NE – An aggravated assault in the street was reported on March 14. The victim and friends were inside a pizza place when the suspect, who appeared intoxicated, began hugging and placing his hands around people inside the store. A verbal argument ensued between the two, and the victim and friends left. While the group was attempting to hail a cab, the suspect bumped the victim and kept running. The victim looked down and noticed he was stabbed in the stomach by the suspect. The man refused an off-duty officer’s attempt to render aid and decided against being transported. He was treated at St. Joseph’s the next day. ID responded to photograph the man’s injuries and bloody clothes.


block of Cheshire Bridge Road, NE – An aggravated assault at a nightclub was reported on March 15. A woman and her ex-boyfriend were engaged in a verbal altercation that turned physical when he grabbed her hair and kicked her in the face. As he was being escorted out, he damaged a money counter and cigar humidor in the lobby area. Once outside, he went to a vehicle, retrieved a gun, pointed it at a security officer. He fled before police arrived.

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block of Cheshire Bridge Road, NE – A commercial robbery was reported on March 10. A man between 45 and 50 years of age entered the bank and passed a note to the teller stating "I have a gun, give me all $100.50 now." The teller complied and handed him $100.10. He was last seen fleeing the bank in an unknown direction. No weapon ever was presented. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28


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block of Peachtree Road, NE – A pedestrian robbery was reported on March 11. A woman was attempting to enter her vehicle when suspect No. 1 grabbed her purse and began striking her, saying “Let the purse go,” while suspect No. 2 was saying “Let her go.” The suspect was successful in taking her vehicle, and fled southbound on Peachtree Road. Cameras captured a white vehicle, possibly a Nissan Murano, traveling on

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block of Peachtree Road, NE – A residential robbery was reported on March 11. A woman heard a knock at the door and opened it. When she saw three men in hoodies, she attempted to close the door. One of the men stuck a knife between the door and frame which allowed the suspects to gain entry. Once inside, a suspect said “If you scream, I will kill you.” Her residence was ran-

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block of Oak Valley Road, NE – A pedestrian robbery in the street was reported on March 12. A woman was walking from the store when she saw the suspect sitting at the bus stop. When the suspect started following her, she attempted to run. When she stopped, the suspect demanded her purse, and pulled a black handgun when she pleaded with him not to take it. He took her purse, cellphone and groceries, and ran into a wooded area. Units canvassed the area, but found nothing useful.

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commercial robbery was reported on March 13. Three men, armed with handguns, entered and yelled “Where the money?” demanding money from the registers and safe. When they were told the business had no safe or registers, the clients and stylists were robbed of their cellphones, purses, wallets and iPads. One man placed a handgun to the head of one of the victims and demanded the password to her cellphone; she said it was not password protected. A victim attempted to track her cellphone; it showed it was currently offline.

lected. Video footage revealed one of the suspects dropped it when he entered the business and cocked the weapon. „ 3300

block of Peachtree Road, NE – A commercial robbery was reported on March 15. A man was seen placing underwear into a plastic bag. Upon approach, the man slapped the victim with an open hand and attempted to strike him with his bag. The victim caught the bag, ripped it, and spilled most of the contents to the ground. The suspect made verbal threats to shoot the victim.

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block of Peachtree Road, NE – A commercial robbery was reported on March 19. The victim was standing at the teller making a deposit when the suspect walked up and snatched a bank envelope, then attempted to flee. The victim ran after the suspect, and the two engaged in a physical altercation as the suspect attempted to exit the door, causing damage to the lock. The suspect eventually broke free and ran south on Piedmont Road. A responding unit saw the suspect and told him to lie down. He complied. Employees recovered $4,227 of the money and returned it to the victim. The suspect later admitted, under Miranda Warning, to committing the act. The suspect and victim were treated for injuries sustained during the struggle.

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block of Howell Mill Road, NW B U R G L A RY – A commercial robbery was reported on „ 900 block of Canterbury Road – A resMarch 13. Two men armed with handidential burglary was reported at the loguns entered and attempted to rob the cation. Units responded to an alarm and patrons and the business. A patron essaw the door was caped out the front unlocked. The vicdoor after a susRead more of the tim later discovpect tried to dePolice Blotter online at ered a Dell laptop tain her. The men computer missthen fled the busiing. A key, left unness, not getting derneath the mat, any money or property from the patrons. may have been used to gain entry. A shell casing was later recovered and col-

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Crunching numbers helps officers prevent crimes BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Amanda Head turns numbers into narratives. She’s a crime analyst with the Dunwoody Police Department. In her job, she collects and analyzes crime data and prepares statistical crime reports for other officers to pinpoint areas where crimes are likely to occur. “I look at what [crimes] occurred the day before and look at trends like entering autos or burglaries, and connect with other local analysts to compare across the board,” she said. She recalled one incident where officers caught two burglars she helped link to many other open burglary cases in Dunwoody and surrounding cities. “Big win for me after only being on the job for about eight months,” Head said. In Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Atlanta, analysts such as Head help police departments predict and try to stop future crimes using data from past crimes. “Analyses of trends, patterns, and hot spots provide law enforcement officials with the who, what, when, where, how and why of emerging crime in the community,” Brookhaven crime analyst Kathy Esque said in an email. “Data analyzed can be used to develop effective tactics and strategies, interceding as soon as possible, preventing victimization and reducing crime.”

Sandy Springs Crime Analyst Pat Graham provided this example of how analysts work to prevent crime: “We see a suspect likes to break into cars every Wednesday at lunch time in the 5000 block of Roswell Road,” Graham said. “Patrols actually look for this suspect during this time frame and location.” Atlanta police Lt. Peter Ries said officers can check crime data from their patrol cars. A computer program called PredPol provides up-to-date information and predicts crime on an ongoing basis, he said. “It’s an additional tool that helps us,” Ries said, noting the program doesn’t replace the need for the tactical crime analysis unit he leads, which includes eight sworn officers, a sworn supervisor and three civilian analysts. Head said she’s been interested in criminals’ mindsets and their activities since she was about 10 years old. She’s a civilian employee who wants to help officers from her desk inside the department. She jokes that she doesn’t have the “guts” needed to hit the streets and police the community as a sworn officer. Crime analysts describe their statisticsbased jobs as exciting. Esque said she likes her role in investigations because she gets to see an entire case through from lead to conclusion. “As an officer, you don’t often get to see what happens after the arrest,” said Esque,

who switched careers from accounting to law enforcement. “The entire case develops right in front of me and I do love doing it.” Esque said that her accounting background led her to the data side of law enforcement. In her first law enforcement job, as a jailer in Newton County from 2007 to 2009, other officers would ask her to “pull numbers.” She moved from working in the jail to earning her crime anaAPD lyst and intelligence certification. An Atlanta police officer uses She joined Brookhaven police PredPol on location. in January as the department’s first crime analyst. Ries said. And she’s already seen crimes solved. One Atlanta analyst transferred his ex“Two serial armed robbery suspects perience in working with the federal govhave been identified, one has been arrested ernment to analyzing crime data for Atlanand charged and warrants have been obta, Ries said. tained on the other,” Esque said. “A seriRies said over the course of his career, al burglary suspect has been identified, arwhich started in Atlanta in 2003, he has rested and charged.” grown to appreciate the benefit to seeing Sandy Springs’ crime analyst unit inhow crime affects the entire city. He said cludes a civilian crime analyst manager when working with narcotics units in just and two crime analysts (one sworn officer one of the six zones patrolled by Atlanta and one civilian), department spokesman police, he stayed focused on that particuSgt. Ron Momon said. lar area. Atlanta’s team also includes a mix of ci“It’s really opened my eyes to different vilians and sworn officers. issues across the city,” Ries said. “It’s a largRies said applications for crime analysis er challenge than just the zone. I like tryjobs often come from people with backing to help the zone commanders and the grounds in statistics. chiefs see where the crime is and as a team “They could have worked in private inre-evaluate and fight crime to make the dustry, but they applied with the APD,” community safer.”

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