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Far left and top, construction around Buckhead’s “West Village” stretches from the 3100 block of Roswell Road near the Buckhead Theatre to the corner of Irby Avenue. Left, Shana Pope, manager of the Five Paces Inn on Irby Avenue, hopes the tavern has an opportunity to stay.

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The most important issues at hand encompass many sectors: affordable housing, prevention of gentrification, affordable healthcare access and gun control. 29-year-old Buckhead woman on the top issues presidential candidates should address See COMMENTARY Page 10

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They can see change is coming. Giant cranes already tower above one end of Irby Avenue. Developers are making plans to build other new apartments and shops nearby, and vacant storefronts dot the area some call Buckhead’s “West Village.” “I’m sure something is going to happen,” said Shana Pope, manager of the Five Paces Inn, a tavern she says has operated on Irby Avenue since 1955. But she and some of the regulars at Five Paces hope their spot will re-

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Construction on the massive I-285/Ga. 400 interchange project now is expected to begin in mid-October, state Department of Transportation project manager Butch Welch said at the June 14 meeting of the Buckhead 50 Club. Welch and GDOT communications manager Jill Goldberg gave an update on the I-285/ Ga. 400 project, slated to wrap up in mid2020, at American Legion Post 140 in Chastain Park. The project remains the same, but See WORK on page 12

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now—the coalition even sent the city a Buckhead flag—though he couldn’t resist a little dig. Buford Highway hotels listed online “They’ve got a little general store that as “located in Buckhead” are the latest sells fish worms and bologna sandwichbattleground in Buckhead’s seemingly es—next to each other,” he said dryly. never-ending effort to brand itself as At“I don’t think you can buy gasoline out lanta’s most prestigious neighborhood. there. I think you can buy kerosene.” Sam Massell, the former Atlanta mayThe current hotel issue is focused on or and current Buckhead Coalition, an online booking service ident, said it’s “misleading advertising” that labels several Buford Highway hoto say hotels outside the city limits are tels as “located in Buckhead.” It’s apparin Buckhead. He said that’s “unfair” to ently boilerplate language Expedia decidguests who might “stay at a hotel thinked to use. The hotels have names that are ing they’re in Buckhead and wake up the long mouthfuls, citing locations like I-85 next morning and see a cow pasture inand Emory University, but in their own stead of a skyscraper.” listings most do not claim to be in BuckOne of those hotels is the Red Roof head. Inn PLUS+ AtThe issue came lanta-Buckhead, up in May at a meetwhich is actualing of the Buckly in Brookhaven. head Hotel CounRed Roof spokespercil—a group of local son Andrea Thomphotel managers— son said the hotel where Expedia ofdoesn’t think it’s ficials happened to a big deal to stick be making a prea nearby neighsentation. Repreborhood into the sentatives from the BUCKHEAD COALITION lengthy name. “Our coalition and the Back in the 1980s and ‘90s, the Buckhead Buckhead properAtlanta Convention Coalition ordered a demographic ty…wanted to prostudy to draw up a map of the area. It & Visitors Bureau recently commissioned a flag, above. vide a great ecocomplained of the nomic lodging “Buckhead” misuse, option in this market as they are no more and the Expedia officials reportedly said than five miles away from the neighborthey will take some sort of action. Expehood,” she said. dia did not respond to emails. The Buckhead Coalition, however, has Heather Kirksey, a spokesperson for long fought what might be called Buckthe Convention & Visitors Bureau, said head creep—adjacent areas taking on its representatives “expressed our comthe name associated with fine houses, pany opinion that listing hotels, restauwealthy residents and high-end shops. rants and attractions in their known geoIn the 1980s and ’90s, the coalition graphic areas helps customers make the commissioned a demographic study to most informed decision about the locadraw up a map of Buckhead and got estion.” sentially officially-unofficial boundaries The southern part of Buford Highway approved by the Georgia House of Repreis in Buckhead, and before Brookhavsentatives and the Atlanta Regional Comen incorporated in 2012, its section was mission. More recently, it even commislong known as “East Buckhead,” accordsioned a Buckhead flag. ing to Terri Moss, who runs a BrookhavThe lines have mostly stuck, though en boxing business called the Buckhead the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods Fight Club. “The name Brookhaven feels has admitted a few outside neighbormore like a suburb, whereas Buckhead hoods into its fold. feels more like a trendy part of Atlanta,” “The brand name, of course, is very she said. important to Buckhead,” said Massell. Massell acknowledges there is no Back in the era of telephone books, measurable damage done to Buckhead Massell said, “I looked up businesses that hotels by the loose use of the name, and had Buckhead in the name that were nohe says he didn’t realize the controversial where near Buckhead. We wrote them all Expedia entries were all along Buford letters saying it was misleading advertisHighway. “I don’t want to paint a negative ing.” Some changed their names, he said. picture about Buford Highway,” he said, Then there was the 1990s Olympics adding it’s all about the Buckhead brand. tourism grudge match with Buckhead, “We have to be honest with ourGa., a city that is a dot on the map about selves—that’s an odd name, ‘Buckhead,’” 60 miles east of Atlanta on I-20. Massell he said. “We work very hard branding said Buckhead and the city get along well that word ‘Buckhead.’”

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Atlanta City Council votes to put MARTA sales tax on November ballot BY COLLIN KELLEY AND JOHN RUCH Atlanta City Council has voted to call for a public vote in November to decide whether MARTA should collect an extra half-cent in sales taxes to pay for expansion projects. The list of projects to be financed through the tax includes light rail and bus plans for Buckhead, including: • A new Armour Yard rail station on the Gold and Red Lines. Armour Yard, at Piedmont Road and I-85, currently has a MARTA maintenance facility. • BeltLine light rail. Buckhead’s segment of the BeltLine would run between Armour Yard and I-75 along Peachtree Creek, the Shepherd Center and Piedmont Hospital. • Clifton Corridor light rail. This new line would run from Buckhead’s Lindbergh Center Gold/Red Line station to the Blue Line’s Avondale station through the Emory University area. • Arterial rapid transit buses on Peachtree Street and Peachtree Road. “Arterial rapid transit” means a bus that runs especially frequently and with priority at signals and in lines. The Peachtree route

would run through Buckhead between the Five Points station and the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe Gold/Red Line station in Brookhaven. MARTA proposes pedestrian improvements on that corridor as well. • Bus rapid transit on Northside Drive. “Bus rapid transit” means the bus would travel mostly in a dedicated lane. The Northside route would run between southwest Atlanta and I-75 on the Buckhead border. • A light rail plan to link BeltLine light rail to the new Armour Yard station, the streetcar and other intown transit facilities. • Improved signage, pedestrian access and other amenities at all existing rail stations; additional cars on rail lines; and better bus timing on some routes. In July, the council will take up a potential second referendum for a transportation sales tax – or TSPLOST – to fund bike trails, sidewalk and road projects for five years. If voters approve another half-penny for the TSPLOST along with approving the MARTA tax, that would increase the city’s sales tax to 9 percent – the highest in the state.

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‘Guerrilla’ gardeners aim to beautify areas along Buford highway BY JOHN RUCH Walk down Buford Highway and you’ll see more concrete and asphalt than trees and flowers. It’s a corridor with heavy pedestrian traffic, but lots of dirt paths, parking lots and featureless bus stops. Now a “guerrilla gardening” project aims to beautify the street with flowers, paving stones and other amenities installed without permission on spots that seem neglected. It’s the work of Cross Keys High School teacher Rebekah Morris and some of her students who took part in the “Buford Highway Project” assignment this year, an effort to produce youth-created visions for the corridor. “Our class is continuing the efforts we began with the ‘BuHi Project’ during the summer,” Morris said in an email. “This isn’t officially a school assignment, but I wanted to figure out a way to keep the momentum going.” She discovered the idea of “guerrilla gardening” and “the students immediately gravitated toward the idea,” she said. The guerrilla gardening movement began more than a decade ago in London, where its ongoing efforts are documented at The general BH

idea is to add life and usefulness to ugly or car-dominated areas. Even with sidewalks and signalized crosswalks recently installed on the Brookhaven end, Buford Highway remains notoriously dangerous for pedestrians, and its bus stops often lack shelters or benches. A fundraising website for Morris’s project said the students are using the tactic “to provoke change by using guerrilla gardening as a form of protest/direct action.” “These areas have been needing some love and attention for years,” Morris said. “In many places, there are piles of dirt lining the streets of Buford Highway, and we want to improve the overall appearance of the corridor by planting small flowers and plants in areas that currently are devoid of vegetation.” Their first experiment in guerrilla gardening was carried out June 1 at a MARTA bus stop at the corner of Buford Highway and Bragg Street in Chamblee. It included two large flower pots set on pavers and gravel, along with a trash can. Morris said she isn’t concerned about possible legal effects of beautifying public land without permission. “These aren’t trees or anything that is permanently going to change the properties,” she said. “It’s simply re-vegetating bare areas along BuHi,” Morris said.


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Company cooks up new meaning for ‘hospital food’ BY JOHN RUCH

Would you like a handmade burger of locally sourced beef on herb focaccia bread with spicy Korean mayo and sweet potato fries? Feel free to swap the red meat for free-range chicken or a portabello mushroom. It sounds like the menu at a trendy new restaurant or food truck. In fact, it’s the cafeteria at Northside Hospital on Pill Hill, where Sandy Springs-based Morrison Healthcare cooks up meals for everyone from patients to the public. Welcome to a new era where the oncedreaded term “hospital food” now means higher quality and more choices. “Food’s an ever-evolving journey,” said Jeremy Rhodes, Morrison’s regional director of operations. “It’s not just about nourishing the body anymore.” Morrison is trying to stay ahead of trends driven by TV cooking shows, food trucks and better awareness of the role of the dining experience in patient health, he said. Or as Bryan Penland, Morrison’s senior director food and nutrition at Northside, put it more simply, it’s getting away from expectations of “red Jell-O, blue JellO.” All Northside cooking is done on-site

under Executive Chef Tim Wade, who previously ran the kitchens at Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency hotel and the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Ga. As a company, Morrison has transformed in response to dining trends. It began life in 1920 as Morrison’s Cafeteria, an Alabama-based restaurant chain that was highly popular for decades across the Southeast. The Ruby Tuesday restaurants joined the company in the 1980s. In the 1990s, Morrison shifted out of the restaurant business into three divisions—all based in Sandy Springs— providing food service to hospitals and senior living facilities and housekeeping-type services to both. Morrison now is owned by U.K.-based Compass Group, which provides food services in such places as military outposts and oil rigs, and locally to such facilities as the Georgia Aquarium, the Georgia Dome and the new Falcons stadium. Morrison Healthcare serves hospitals around the country and locally, including Northside’s neighbor, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite. The company’s philosophy is “the power of choice,” said Penland, and that choice includes customized contracts to serve a hospital’s unique demands.

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Morrison Healthcare cooks meals for everyone from patients to the public at Northside Hospital. The company says food is an “everevolving journey,” and tries to stay ahead of food trends.

At Scottish Rite, that includes hotelstyle room service available anytime—a feature young patients and their families praised during the new Ronald McDonald House opening earlier this year. At Northside, Morrison provides all food service except a standalone McDonald’s franchise, and that means running several mini-businesses to keep different sorts of customers happy. On a given day, Morrison serves about 1,500 patient meals; serves 500 to 800 staff and visitors in the cafeteria; and cooks more than 175 meals in the doctor’s lounge. The compa-

ny also operates a coffee stand called the Lotus Blossom Café and caters such inhouse events as board meetings. On the retail side, Morrison has a semi-captive audience of busy staff who need fast meals—but who also can get bored eating at the same place every day. Those handcrafted burgers are part of a new “micro-concept” menu, inspired by food trucks. Three days a week, the cafeteria offers fancier, handmade menu items—a little more pricey, but more customized—and has the staff wear a Continued on page 7

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Knox, a DJ and station manager at Radio 105.7, says radio now works on the “paper plate theory” - people consume content really fast and throw it away.

Changes on the dial: Locally-based radio tuning in to the digital age BY JOHN RUCH

Radio has changed dramatically in the 12 years since Sandy Springs resident Reed Haggard co-founded the pioneering liberal talk network Air America. “The thing that threw everything up [in the air] was this,” Haggard said in a recent interview, holding up a cellphone. “People have so many choices now.” Now Haggard and his old Air America partner Jon Sinton are trying to turn the digital tide to their advantage with a liberal talk app called Progressive Voices. He’s just one of many in the local radio business— which often operates in under-the-radar offices—who are coping with what “radio” means in the new multimedia landscape. Some are huge companies like Cumulus Media, which operates several stations— like Rock 100.5 and OG 97.9—from offices near the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Some are local small businesses, like America’s Web Radio, an online conservative talk and educational station based in a Sandy Springs office park. Knox, the one-named DJ and promotions manager at Buckhead-based alternative rock station Radio 105.7, says the radio world now works on the “paper plate theory—people consume [content] really fast and throw it away.” Social media is now a big part of the job, Knox said as he sat at his desk clicking a new post to the station’s Facebook page. “You can find music pretty easily” anywhere these days, he said, so radio’s task is to tie it into a “lifestyle” via social media and DJ personalities. Haggard has been in radio for over 35 years on the sales and fundraising side of the business, at both commercial stations—he started at Atlanta’s old 94Q rock station—and such public broadcasting outlets as WABE. Even 10 years into the inter-

net era, Haggard said, it was a business that “printed money” with big profit margins. “When I left [alternative rock station] 99X in 2003, we billed $23 million [to advertisers]. Half of that was profit,” he said. “And we weren’t the top biller in the marketplace.” In the wake of satellite radio, the iPod, online music services like Pandora and phone radio apps, the pie is sliced way thinner, Haggard said. And while companies like Cumulus and iHeartMedia have built huge multi-station empires, he said, they also built up debt. Radio 105.7 is owned by iHeart, which operates five other stations in the same building at 1819 Peachtree Road. Stations as diverse as 94.9 The Bull, El Patron 105.3 and 640 WGST AM share studios next to each other, like apartment building neighbors. Knox got his start in radio at 99X the same year Haggard left the station and recalls the long-gone days when stations had 20 to 30 staffers. “Radio 105.7 is essentially run by two people at this point,” Knox said. “Everyone wears nine hats.” But that’s still enough to pack a punch, he said, noting the station sponsored a concert by the band Weezer the previous night that drew 18,000 fans. And the digital revolution has many upsides, he said, including iHeart’s online radio platform that aggregates its stations for about 60 million registered users. Haggard is also trying to get the doubleedged sword of multimedia to cut his way. Air America had a famously meteoric life as a liberal counterpoint to conservative talk radio, launching the career of MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow and boosting comedian Al Franken to a U.S. Senate seat. But it rapidly collapsed financially. Haggard said the expense of paying talk Continued on page 6

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Continued from page 5 talent is one reason why. Progressive Voices, founded in 2010, uses a lower-cost model of creating a virtual syndicated talk network. Liberal talkers around the country record shows in their homes or local radio stations. The San Francisco-created app integrates those shows through the Westwood One network in Denver with specialty content on servers in Connecticut. For the user, it’s a simple slate of shows they can listen to on a phone or computer. The company also has a nonprofit arm that develops local talent to add into the mix, such as Mike Malloy, the former WSB Radio personality. “We triangulate all that stuff to make everything work,” Haggard said. “This technology just blows me away, that it’s just so advanced.” He said business is good, with 600,000 listeners, which he expects to hit 1 million by the presidential election. Whatever form it takes, radio still has some magic for its personality-driven practitioners. “I am much more conservative than the [Progressive Voices] hosts. But that’s not saying a lot. You make your money and your name by being somewhat extreme,” Haggard said. But overall, he added, “selling ideas” is more satisfying than “selling entertainment.” And amid all the changes, Knox still runs one of rock radio’s most basic services: a local-music show. “It’s not a ratings driver, but it connects us to a local audience,” he said. “I root for the underdog.”

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Former cafeteria company gives new meaning to ‘hospital food’ Continued from page 4 different style of uniform to add to the atmosphere. Morrison commissions restaurant-style demographic research to come up with the concepts. “We’re not winging this,” said Rhodes. “It’s not a bunch of old guys sitting around saying, ‘Let’s do a burger concept.’” But Morrison’s main job is acting as the hospital’s food department. Penland works on-site and supervises 125 hospital employees. “We’re here for the patients,” Rhodes said, and Morrison aims to offer them a similar menu of choices within the bounds doctors and nursing staff set. Penland said patients always have hot and cold meal options, and if the patient doesn’t like either one, “we can accommodate most patient requests.” “If you get a turkey sandwich with flatbread and hummus…it makes them want to eat, makes them stronger,” Rhodes said of the health benefits of better menu choices. “Our food and nutrition service is an integral part of the care that Northside provides,” said Lee Echols, Northside’s

vice president of marketing and communications. “We are proud of the exceptional quality of the cuisine, food selections and service that our staff provide.” Morrison also pre-plans for disasters that bring in mass casualties or damage the hospital. It’s not abstract to Penland, who led a DeKalb Medical Center kitchen staff trapped by the 2014 “snowpocalypse,” or to Rhodes, who was running a New Orleans hospital’s food service when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 and stayed through flooding and looting. “[If] we can boil water, we can make food,” said Penland. More typical is Morrison’s planning for patients’ special events. Penland said one young patient recently missed his prom when bone marrow treatment went longer than expected. Morrison cooked up a “five-star meal” and nursing staff threw an in-room party. “We had a prom for him in his room,” Penland said. “The smile he had made even the hard days you have in food service worth it.” “Other than births, it’s not a great experience” to be in a hospital, said Rhodes. “The highlight of your day, typically it’s a meal…We hope to be the highlight of someone’s day.”

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It’s still the stupid economy. At least that’s what respondents to Reporter Newspapers’ most recent community survey think. Asked to pick two of 10 issues that candidates running for president should address, more than half the respondents pointed to the economy. “The most important issue to me is getting our economy on track,” a 34-year-old Buckhead man said. “We need to fix our country before helping others.” Responding to questions posed days after the shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, substantial portions of the 200 people surveyed also said the candidates should address ways to deal with terrorism and to control guns. More than a quarter of the respondents listed those issues among their top two. Others cited healthcare (21 percent) or education (20 percent) as top issues. “Health. It’s so expensive to be healthy and if something happens, insurance covers only so much,” a 29-year-old Atlanta woman said. A 30-year-old Atlanta woman called for more financial support for students: “Education should be free. Student loans need to be forgiven, so we can live in a debt-free society.” During the cellphone survey of adults across communities served by Reporter Newspapers, many respondents voiced anger about the choice they’ll find on the ballot in November. Although some respondents voiced support for one of the presumptive nominees of the two major parties, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, more expressed disillusion. “It’s a complete circus,” a 40-year-old DeKalb County man commented. “Trump is a disaster and Hillary is just as bad.” Others were just turned off. “We are one nation, and we all want what we think is best for it and ourselves,” a 33-year-old Buckhead man said. “The combative nature of both parties driven by sensational media has completely turned me off, and I don’t plan on voting.”

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“Local rules differ on cranes hoisting loads over streets” [Reporter Newspapers, May 13-May 26], was a very good story with great research. All cities should adopt the Occupational Health and Safety Administra-

tion concept for public protection when cranes are used, especially because it is a bigger disaster if things go wrong. It’s hard to believe that Sandy Springs has no ordinance, and maybe, too, in my city of Brookhaven. Imagine a carload of kids … Robert Branson

“Donald Trump would be a complete disaster for the United States domestically, but, more importantly, internationally. Hillary Clinton is crooked and will say anything to get elected, but she’s better than Trump.” --32-year-old Atlanta man “Trump scares me. [He] might get us in a war. However, I like him for all domestic issues, except gay rights.” --31-year-old Atlanta man “The most important issues at hand encompass many sectors: affordable housing, prevention of gentrification, affordable healthcare access and gun control.” --29-year-old Buckhead woman “I think race relations are crucial; the shooting of African American men by law enforcement and by other African Americans (due to poverty) has become so normalized that it is expected. Students are graduating with so much debt that it almost makes the education retrogressive rather than progressive.” --23-year-old Atlanta woman “Terrorism/defense and the economy are the only things that really matter on the federal level.” --34-year-old Brookhaven man “Terrorism is important, but pales in comparison to our healthcare and economic concerns.” --45-year-old Atlanta man “Everything is polarized to a point where there is no middle ground, but in reality the solutions are not black or white. I think the most important issue is whether the next president can bring the people together over differences.” --27-year-old Dunwoody man “I think both of our current candidates are a joke and I’m highly disappointed in my country for allowing such absurdities to happen.” --30-year-old Brookhaven woman BH

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Atlanta councilmembers launch government transparency survey BY JAMES BEAMAN

ulated cities publish online databases with recipient-specific “checkbook-level” government expenditures, and most of Two members of Atlanta City Council them are searchable, PIRG reports. have launched an online survey to meaAtlanta’s website provides its annual sure public interest in the city’s financial budgets, monthly financial reports and transparency. five-year plans. The website does not inThe survey, launched by Councilclude checkbook-level detail, nor does it women Felicia Moore and Mary Norinclude lists of companies wood, asks residents if and nonprofits that rethey think all government ceive taxpayer money. expenditures should be The level of financial inmade available to the pubformation provided online lic and published online. by other local cities varies. “It started as me wantBrookhaven publishing access as a city official. es Comprehensive AnnuIt was met with strong al Financial Reports, anpushback from the maynual budgets and monthly or,” said Moore. “I did financial reports. The more research, then I saw monthly financial reports where Atlanta stands in comparison to other citinclude purchasing card Felicia Moore ies.” transactions and checks Moore said a 2013 reto vendors. Sandy Springs <Branch name> <Location> port from the United publishes the city’s annual <Phone> States Public Interest Rebudgets and Comprehensearch Group ranked 30 sive Annual Financial Reof the most populated citports. ies in the United States Dunwoody publishes in terms of their governits Comprehensive Annual ment’s financial transparFinancial Reports, annuency. The top three cital budgets, monthly finanies from first to third are cial reports, performance Chicago, New York City reports and a link to a fiand San Francisco. Atlannancial data website that ta found itself in the botprovides checkbook-level Mary Norwood tom five and was tied for detail of government exthe third worst with Dependitures. troit and St. Louis. Bob Mullen, the director of commuMoore says she wants to see greater nications for Dunwoody, said it’s imporfinancial transparency and checkbooktant for the citizens of Dunwoody to be level spending information available to able to easily find the information they Atlanta residents. want about city government. “That’s the “If it’s something the public cares ultimate goal,” said Mullen. “We try to about, then we’ll move forward,” said get tools in the hands of the citizens.” Moore. “If it’s not something the public The councilwomen’s survey can be cares about, it’s not worth putting the found at into it.” Unlike Atlanta, 17 of the 30 most popency-survey/.

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Continued from page 1 there were some new details on anticipated traffic impacts and the contractor team’s surprisingly low bid. The I-285/Ga. 400 project and other GDOT plans got a skeptical response from members of the civic and social club. “In general, you build more roads, you get more traffic,” one audience member said. But Goldberg said GDOT is no longer adding regular lanes to highways. Instead, it will add “managed lanes”—express lanes where drivers pay a toll that changes based on traffic volume. Managed lanes on I-75 in Cobb County are under construction now, and more are coming, eventually including I-285. “Someday, the whole Perimeter will be connected by managed lanes,” Goldberg said. Welch noted safety is another reason for the project, as the interchange currently forces drivers to change lanes rapidly to enter or exit. He said he’s surprised there aren’t more accidents, adding, “I was involved in one [accident] two months ago.” Besides rebuilding the interchange, the project also adds “collector-distributor lanes”—physically separated exit and entrance lanes—to Ga. 400 north to Sandy Springs’ Spalding Drive and to I-285 between Roswell Road in Sandy Springs and Ashford-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody and Brookhaven. The Ga. 400/Abernathy Road interchange in Sandy Springs will be rebuilt as a “diverging diamond,” where traffic flow directions change in time with traffic lights to move cars through faster. Other details revealed during the meeting: --GDOT and the contracting team, North Perimeter Contractors, will soon open field offices within walking distance of the project, on Carpenter Drive in Sandy Springs. That street is just north of the I-285/Roswell Road interchange. --Welch said the project will have “minimal traffic disruptions”—a relative term— with most of the work taking place at night. He also said traffic should improve during construction because various ramps and lanes will open as they are finished, instead of shutting the whole interchange down and reopening it all at once. “I think as the project progresses, you’re

going to be seeing just more freedom of movement through the corridor,” Welch said of the phased-opening plan. As for impacts on nearby Buckhead, Welch said it’s “hard to say.” Goldberg said some cut-through traffic is likely as drivers “get scared” by the project, but most of the work will be at night. --GDOT is planning a system of regular, real-time construction and detour updates for the project. --The project requires a lot of material. Welch gave some construction supply numbers: 33 bridges will be built or rehabbed; more than 1 million square feet of noiseblocking walls will be built, and a similar amount of retaining walls; the project requires 400,000 tons of asphalt to pave the I-285 section and 2 million square feet of concrete paving on Ga. 400; and 125,000 linear feet of storm drains will be installed. Why was the bid for the project lower than originally expected? GDOT had estimated the project budget at $803 million, but North Perimeter’s winning bid was only $460 million. Less expensive is good, but the bid was so surprisingly lower that GDOT staff spent two days reviewing it in detail for flaws, Goldberg said after the meeting. She said the contractors actually improved the plan and found “efficiences” in design and right of way use, and especially “saved tremendously on financing” because GDOT is using a method where the contractor finances most of the project. (The actual final price tag will be higher when previous right of way acquisition and other work is factored in.) “We feel very confident and secure with that bid” and that it won’t go up significantly later, Goldberg said. Still, the Buckhead 50 Club audience was skeptical. With the population booming, a Braves stadium coming soon to nearby Cobb County and public transit expansion lagging, club members were skeptical that road work will decongest anything for long. Managed lanes will make things “worse for the masses” who can’t afford the tolls, one man said, while others talked about the lack of MARTA expansion and the unbuilt Outer Perimeter highway to handle truck traffic. BH

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The Pool Hall, at 30 Irby Avenue, has been around since 1946, and is surrounded by cranes and other signs of new development on Irby Avenue.

Continued from page 1 main unchanged for a while longer. “I’d like to think that after 60 years we’ve got an opportunity to stay,” Pope said. “I’d like to keep a little bit of his-

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side of Peachtree and cropping up in the old shopping area there. Texas-based apartment developer Hanover Co. is building a high-rise expected to hold more than 350 apartments and ground-floor shops at the corner of Irby and Roswell Road. South Carolina-based Edens, which develops shopping centers, reportedly has bought property in the West Village area, too. And the Buckhead Community Improvement District board recently voted to add a chunk of the West Village to the area in which the CID provides street improvements. Meanwhile, the owners of Irby Avneue landmark Henri’s Bakery and Cafe anPHIL MOSIER nounced last November they would sell the The owners of Henri’s Bakery and Cafe sold their property at 61 Irby Avenue to a real estate developer, who plans a mixed61 Irby Avenue properuse project on the site, with a new Henri’s in the building. ty to a real estate developer. The developer plans to build a mixeda new business he plans to open in a use project on the site, and intends to building that long housed an Irby Aveinclude space for a new Henri’s café in nue barbecue joint. “I kind of miss the the new building, Henri’s said when old Buckhead. I think we’re losing that announcing the sale. Buckhead charm, but I’m all for it [the At Northside Tool Rental, branch redevelopment of the area]. I think it’s manager Frank Davis hears a lot going to be great for business.” about construction projects coming Changes are obvious. Since Calion and around Irby Avenue. Much of fornia-based developers OliverMcMilwhat he hears is just rumors, he said. lan bought up the former Streets of At“We hear all kinds of things,” he said. lanta property in 2011 and brought its But for Northside Tool Rental, conhigh-end Buckhead Atlanta redevelstruction bring business. Construction opment project to the Buckhead Vilrequires tools, so he believes the ownlage east of Peachtree Street, Buckers of the tool rental business will stay head has begun bursting with new put. What’s the construction mean to office and apartment towers. Now, him? “I think traffic might get worse,” development is crossing to the west

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Jack Russell has been frequenting the Five Paces Inn since the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Russell says he sees good and bad with the changes underway.

Davis said. “Other than that, it’s Buckhead. Something’s always changing.” But construction proved too daunting for Desiree Osmon, owner of Sabot, a clothing store. A couple of shops next door to Sabot are empty now and Osman is moving from the storefront she’s occupied for 13 years to one in a shopping center up Roswell Road. She worried her customers, faced with construction and traffic delays, will stop coming to Irby Avenue. She’s moving “mostly because of what our street looks like and all the hype about what’s going to happening in this neighborhood,” she said. “[It’s] really affected people’s perception of this neighborhood.” She started her business in the West Village, she said, because of the feel of the place. “I think change can be good,” she said. “But I love this neighborhood and the character it has. It houses a lot of small, local, individual businesses. I think with development that’s probably going to go away.” At the Five Paces Inn, they’re not giving up yet. It’s the kind of place where old times are not forgotten. Regular customers grin from group photos on the walls. Ten regulars have their names engraved on brass plates marking their seats at the wooden bar. Pope, the bartender, seems to call just about everybody by name. Hayden Smith, a 33-year-old who stopped by one afternoon with his dog, said he grew up around Buckhead and has watched the place change through the years. “It’s changed a lot ...,” he said. “A lot of local culture definitely left – well, I shouldn’t say left, maybe relocated.” A few seats away, Jack Russell said he’s been coming to Five Paces since the late 1960s or early 1970s. He’s one of the 10 with his name on a brass plate on the bar. He sees both good and bad in the changes underway outside. The good is that the noisy bars that once attracted a late-night party crowd to BuckBH

head are gone. The bad news? Some of the older, less pretentious businesses are following. At Five Paces, “everybody knows everybody,” he said. “If you got money, you got money, but if you don’t, you don’t.” Nobody cares, he said. Pope said she’s worked at the tavern at 41 Irby Avenue for 19 years. New buildings may replace all of the old ones up and down the little street at some point, but for now, the six-decade-old tavern holds on. “It’ll be nice to stay here as long as we possibly can,” she said.

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FIDDLIN’ DAN Wednesday, June 29, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Music and stories with a north Georgia flair! Fiddle, mandolin and spoon playin’ too! For ages 3 & up. Free. No registration required. Open to the public. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: or call 404-303-6130 for information. Check out Fiddlin’ Dan at the Northside Branch Library on Thursday, July 7, from 1111:45 a.m. Also free. 3295 Northside Parkway, 30327. Call 770-512-4640 to learn more.

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Wednesday, June 29, 1-2 p.m. Create an original journal out of discarded library books. Use the journal to track your fitness, your dreams or favorite books. For middle and high school audiences. Free. Open to the public. Registration requested by emailing: Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, 30305. For more information, call 404-814-3500.

LIFE-SIZED MONOPOLY Wednesday, June 29, 2-4 p.m. In this gigantic version of the classic game, you are the playing piece. Open to the first 16 participants. Free. All are invited. For kids, 10-17 years of age. Brookhaven Branch Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-8487140 to register or with questions.

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FAMOUS ARTIST Friday, July 1, 4-4:45 p.m. Join a discussion about the artist of the month. Then, get inspired to create a masterpiece of your own! Free. For ages 7-12. No early registration; sign in upon arrival. Open to the first 10 participants. The community is welcome. Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-512-4640 for additional details.

Thursday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Book Festival welcomes author Emily Giffin, who discusses her book, “First Comes Love.” Q&A, book signing follows program. Event includes wine, door prizes, gift bags, a photo booth and treats. Tickets, $28-$33. 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For information, visit: or call 678-812-4002.

CUPCAKE DECORATING Tuesday, July 5, 4-5:30 p.m. We encourage playing with your food! Use cupcakes as your canvas and icings as your paint. Free. Open to the first 15 participants. All are invited to attend. Suitable for those age 7-13. Call the Dunwoody Branch Library at 770-512-4640 or visit 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338 to register.

“INSIDE OUT” Tuesday, July 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. All are encouraged to come to the Brookhaven Branch Library and see the movie “Inside Out,“ about a young girl who has to relocate, and how her five personified emotions guide her through this time. Rated PG. Free. For the community. Snacks provided. Open to the first 30 participants. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-848-7140 to sign up and find out more.

SATURDAY SPORTS Saturday, July 9, 3 p.m. Ms. Leah leads a storytime and related activities for the entire family. Wear your favorite sports costume! Suitable for ages 3-7. Free and open to all. Registration required by emailing: Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-3036130 for further information.

FAMILY MOVIE Saturday, July 9, 4-5:30 p.m. Come relax and enjoy a Saturday movie with the family. Refreshments provided. Suitable for all ages. Open to the community. Registration required by emailing: leah.germon@fultoncountyga. gov. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 with questions.

LEARN SOMETHING! TITLES @ TWILIGHT Tuesday, June 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs’ adult program, “Titles @ Twilight,” promoting local authors with stories of history and the South, continues. Ed Putnam presents, “Baseball and Life as Experienced through Yogi Berra’s Most Famous Quote: ‘It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.’” Free and open to the public. In the Garden Room,

iPHONE & iPAD BASICS Friday, July 1, 10-11 a.m. Let a certified Apple trainer guide you through the basics of your iPhone or iPad. Learn tips and tricks for a more efficient experience. Free and open to all. For adults. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: to learn more.

MOVIES, MUSIC & SPIRIT Wednesday, July 6, 10 a.m. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church and Temple Sinai present, “Movies, Music and Spirit - The Southern Roots of an American Revolution 1945 – 1960,” a program on the influence of film, popular music and American religious thought in the years following World War II. Classes on July 13 and July 20 at the church, 805 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs, 30327; classes on July 27, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10 at Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Dr., Sandy Springs, 30327. $49 for six sessions. Register and learn more by going to: or Call 404-2523073 or 404-255-4023 for details.




ELECTRIC AVENUE Sunday, July 10, 7 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs continues its Concerts by the Springs by welcoming Electric Avenue, an ‘80s pop tribute band. Outdoor concert is free and open to the public. Gates open at 5 p.m. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers welcome; no outside tables. No smoking or pets. Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. To learn more, visit:, email: or call 404-851-9111 x1.

SUMMER SOUNDS Sunday, July 10, 7 p.m. Sing along to sounds from the ‘60s and ‘70s with Bob Bakert and Friends. Tickets, $22.50; first-come, first-served pavilion table seating. $17.50 for lawn seating. Students, 11 years and older, $15; children 10 and under, free with paid adult lawn seating. Purchase tickets: Call 770-992-2055 x224 or email: for details. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30076.


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Food donors are happy to do a good thing for the community at no or very Diana Silverman parked on the loadlow cost, he said. “They just need to packing dock of the Buckhead Fresh Market, age it up for us to pick up,” he said. “Evpoised to execute her Second Helpings erywhere I go, I get hugs.” Atlanta “food rescue” mission. Second Helpings Atlanta was modeled The store’s assistant manager, John after a program in Hilton Head founded Doss, stood at the ready inside with three by Alpharetta area resident Guenther shopping carts brimming with excess Hecht. boxed and bagged delectables — specialHecht wanted to start a similar proty salads, artisan breads, some Quiche gram at Sandy Springs’ Temple Sinai Lorraine, caramel apple pies, and turkey, at about the same time Alli Allen was Havarti cheese looking to start a and cranberry huge communisandwiches. ty service project Within 15 there. After years minutes, the of steady growth, pair had finSecond Helpings ished filling the Atlanta became a trunk and back 501(c)(3) nonprofseat of Silverit in 2013. man’s midsize Sandy Springs’ car with 171 Community Aspounds of food. sistance Center Then, she was has been a partoff in a flash DONNA WILLIAMS LEWIS ner agency since to deliver the Second Helpings Atlanta volunteer Diana Second Helpings Silverman picks up excess bread, sandwiches, bounty to My began. The orsalads and desserts from the Fresh Market Sister’s House, ganization is deat Roswell Wieuca Shopping Center. a 264-bed shellivering about ter for women 30,000 pounds of and children in Atlanta on Howell Mill food a month to the nearly 30-year-old Road. CAC, according to Tamara Carrera, its Since its 2004 founding, Second HelpCEO and executive director. ings Atlanta has picked up and delivered Families can now select these foods more than 5 million pounds of fresh and in a mini-market setting created a couprepared food that would have otherwise ple of months ago. “The food is so much become food waste. better than what we distributed before,” Alli Allen, a board member and a said Carrera, referring to the years that founder of the group, called that milethe center was limited to canned and dry stone, reached May 21, “pretty amazing.” goods. “It makes me just so proud of how far In Dunwoody, Second Helpings enwe’ve come,” she said. ables Malachi’s Storehouse to offer free With 474 volunteers using their own food once a week to about 765 people in vehicles and one refrigerated truck, a market setting and through a hot meal about 118 pickups and deliveries of food served to about 200, said Kathy Malcolm are made by Second Helpings every week, Hall, executive director. said Joe Labriola, the group’s director. A few years ago, the nonprofit housed Joining Fresh Market on a roster of at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church began nearly 60 food donors are Whole Foods, getting flash-frozen Whole Foods hot bar Target, Costco, Publix, Cox Enterprises, extras among its grocery deliveries. Trader Joe’s and Sprouts, as well as loThose items weren’t too popular at cal restaurants, caterers, bakeries and school cafeterias. The organization also picks up one-time donations of leftovers, S EC O ND HEL P I NG S such as four trays of meatballs from a ATL A NTA : HO W Y O U Taste of Atlanta event. C A N HEL P Donations are delivered at no charge Visit www.secondhelpingsatto nearly 30 partner agencies serving the to find email links to infood insecure. formation about volunteering, doIn Georgia, one in five people and 30 nating and receiving food, making percent of children live in homes with financial contributions and the orlimited or uncertain access to adequate ganization’s youth program. food, according to government statistics. To learn more about corpo“We know that we produce enough rate sponsorships and the Corfood in the United States to feed every porate Kitchen Food Rescue man, woman and child,” Labriola said. program, send an email to direc“The challenge is in getting food from those who have it to those who need it.”

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first because they didn’t look very appealing in their freezer bags, Hall said. “So we decided to serve them, and the hot meal was born,” she said. “On Wednesdays, the church is turned into a cafe and market for the food marginalized.” Hecht said he is thankful for everyone responsible for Second Helpings Atlanta’s success. “Without our volunteers,” he said, “we would be nothing.” The organization has a “90-minute model” for volunteer drivers who are asked to make just one run a month. Routes are assigned so they can pick up and deliver food and get back to their homes within about 90 minutes. They’re placed in small teams so they can fill in for each other when necessary. Silverman, a Buckhead retiree, began volunteering for Second Helpings Atlanta about five years ago.

“I’ve never had to go hungry, and you take that for granted,” she said. “For a very little time and a little driving and a little elbow grease lifting stuff you get a better feeling than you deserve.”


The Community Assistance Center in Sandy Springs has opened a “client choice pantry,” a mini-market that offers fresh and prepared food rescued by Second Helpings Atlanta.


Second Helpings Atlanta celebrates the rescue of its 5-millionthpound of food with Pace Academy students and representatives of partner organizations at a local Costco Wholesale.

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Johnna said. “They remind me of what’s important and not to take life too seriously. Becoming an active part of their community and having the opportunity to positively influence these students’ lives has been the most rewarding experience of my high school career.” Johnna said her volJohnna Gadomunteer work ski made a mark has helped in high school her take less through working about her life with organizations for granted. that helped othAfter expeers, both locally riencing the and globally. situations At Holy Inthat these nocents’ Episcostudents deal pal School, Johnwith daina founded the ly, she and school’s UNICEF fellow club Club and also volmembers unteered with the have a new school’s Changeappreciation A-Life Club, which for their own paired high circumstancschool student es. mentors with at“It nevrisk students at er ceases to Ridgeview Charamaze us to ter School, a SanJohnna Gadomski see Johnna’s dy Springs midpassion and dle school. dedication to better the lives of our Johnna’s first endeavor in helpat-risk children in our community,” ing others came through the UNICEF said Felix Lora, director of the Sandy Club, a group of Holy Innocents’ stuSprings Mission, another group Johndents who work to support the Unitna has worked with as a volunteer. “She ed Nations-founded organization that would do anything possible to see these helps children in developing countries children succeed academically. She is around the world. She was the club’s an amazing young leader!” founder and president. She moved from California to AtJohnna joined the Change-A-Life Club lanta in the summer of 2012, just beduring her junior year. Last year, she fore her freshman year. She was used took over as its president. Her goal was to the West Coast active lifestyle and to bring awareness to the state of the chilcontinued that through membership in dren’s lives and help others understand her school’s cross-country and soccer what the students needed to succeed. teams. She also said she takes at least Club members tutor Ridgeview stutwo hikes every week. dents to help them with their school Johnna says she plans to follow her huwork. They hold bake sales, host school manitarian work after she finishes college. supplies drives and tutor the students.

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Johnna said the club “is highly committed to ensuring the success of local lowincome students.” Since the club’s creation, it has contributed to a higher graduation rate at Riverwood International Charter School, Johnna said. This fall, the Change-A-Life Club will have its first college attendee who was helped by the program in middle school, she said. “I’ve become so close with my students, and their success is my success,”

What’s Next? Johnna will be attending Emory University. She plans to pursue a major in global health and eventually a graduate degree in public health. This article was reported and written by Sam Wimpfheimer, a rising senior at The Galloway School.

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MARTA changes mixed-use project plans to appease residents’ concerns BY DYANA BAGBY

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The plan eventually would need approval from Brookhaven City Council. The new plans have reduced the number of apartments from 580 to 340, although the number of senior affordable housing units remain the same at 100. By reducing the number of rental units, MARTA has added 107 for-sale condos and townhomes at the southern portion of the site. A hotel with 125 rooms is planned on the west side of the project. The office space square-footage of the proposed development has been reduced from 400,000 square feet to 200,000 square feet. Retail space is about the same, at nearly 56,000 square feet. A parking deck had been designed to go at the northern portion of the site, at the corner of Dresden Drive and Peachtree Road. However, after community input from residents who didn’t want the deck to be visible from Peachtree Road, that structure was moved to the eastern portion of the site, Rhein said, and will be “wrapped in apartment units.” The parking deck is expected to be no taller than five floors. A food hall with a rooftop bar and restaurant also is planned, to be locat-

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ed at the site once being considered for the Brookhaven branch of the DeKalb County Library. It would be similar to a food hall at Ponce City Market in Midtown. Outside the food hall is a park that could hold up to 1,000 people for movie nights or intimate concerts, Rhein said. The tallest building proposed for the site would stand 8 stories. The office building is one of the main visuals for the development, at the corner of Peachtree Road and Dresden Drive, Art Lomenick, president of development for Integral said. Residential towers are expected to be 6 stories, he said, that would include 5 stories over 1 story of retail spaces. There is still room for a City Hall or other city buildings, including the city’s library, in a building located next to the transit station. The desire for a public gathering

space as well as connectivity and pedestrian accessibility are also major components of the proposed development. Brookhaven City Center Partners, a joint venture of Integral and Transwestern, are the developers of the project. Working with them are architects from Cooper Carry and traffic analysts from Kimley-Horn. The core of the development is to be a 0.75-acre park — the Town Green — where residents can gather for picnics, yoga, Frisbee or other activities such as concerts and movies. Another major issue is traffic and how to deal with the congestion on Peachtree Road, specifically at North Druid Hills Road and Dresden Drive. Rob Ross, project manager with Kimley-Horn, said his company has been focusing on these two intersections as part of its work on the MARTA development. BH

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Police Blotter / Buckhead FAM ILY C A R J A C KED AT OK CA F E IN B UC KH EA D

A family was carjacked outside the OK Cafe in Buckhead and an arrest has been made in the case. Carlos Twine, 18, of Atlanta, was arrested by the Atlanta Police Department for allegedly stealing on June 13 a Mercedes-Benz from a family who had dined at the OK Cafe. Twine faces charges of: armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and hijacking a motor vehicle, according to records with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.

From police reports dated June 5 through June 11 The following information was provided by the Zone 2 Precinct of the Atlanta Police Department and is presumed to be accurate.

R O B B E RY „„1900 block of Piedmont Circle NE – On

June 6, in the morning, a man was parked in the back parking lot of a fast-food restaurant when a man approached his vehicle. The suspect asked the victim if he had any money. The victim said he told the suspect “no,” and that the suspect then pointed a gun at him and said, “Get out of the way and give me your keys.” The victim said he surrendered his keys and that the suspect drove off from the location traveling south on Piedmont.

„„3400 block of Kings-

boro Road – On June 10, in the evening, a man said he was walking in a grocery store parking lot when he was approached from behind by two men. He said they asked if he had a lighter and as he was about to answer them they placed a gun on his right temple and demanded his possessions. They took his iPod, wallet and $150 in cash. The suspects fled toward the MARTA station.

AG G R AVAT E D A S S AU LT „„2000 block of Peachtree Road NE – On

June 10, in the evening, a man told police he and another man got into an argument when the man came at him with a box cutter. The suspect also hit the man with a cane. The suspect left the apartment in the victim’s vehicle. The victim had visible injuries to his face and head.

„„3300 block of Peachtree Road NE –


On June 7, in the morning, in the Lenox Mall parking lot, a man was approached by three men. One pointed a gun at him and they all demanded the man open the trunk of his vehicle. The suspects then took the victim’s red Eddie Bauer bag, Apple laptop, Audio Technica microphone and black Apple iPhone 6.

„„400 block of Northside Circle NW –

„„3300 block of Peachtree Road – On

June 9, in the evening, a man met another in a parking lot to sell an iPhone. The victim was beaten, robbed and carjacked. Police later recovered the car on Buckhead Avenue. „„3300 block of Peachtree Road NE – On

On June 6, in the evening, the deadbolt to a residence was damaged to gain entry. A black 40-inch HTC TV and two silver Michael Kors watches were stolen. „„1000 block of Peachtree Park Drive NE

– On June 7, during the day, two MacBook Pros were taken from an apartment. The victim said that the door is unusually easy to unlock. „„2000 block of Peachtree Road NE – On

June 7, during the day, someone reported damage to the door frame of their apartment.

June 9, in the evening, at Lenox Mall, a woman was sitting in her car when she was approached by two men. She told police they pointed a gun at her and told her to get out of the car and to leave her purse. Once the woman got out of the car, the men drove off down Peachtree Road. The victim’s wallet, iPhone, purse and debit/credit cards were taken.

„„6200 block of Ivy Chase Way NE – On

„„3400 block of Lenox Road NE – On

June 7, in the evening, a man told police he returned home to find his bedroom window open. A Microsoft Surface tab-

June 10, in the evening, a woman was robbed in her hotel room. She told poBH

lice that she was waiting for a friend to arrive. She said that she heard a knock at the door and she opened it, believing it to be her friend. She said that when she opened the door a man rushed inside and placed a gun to her head. He told her to lie on the ground. The suspect then took the woman’s purse, $400 in cash, two $400 gift cards, an Android phone and debit/credit cards. The suspect then fled.

June 7, during the day, the front door to an apartment was kicked in. A PS3, MacBook, MacBook laptop, $2,000 in cash, a 12-gauge single shot firearm and medication were taken. The victim said that he knows someone who has recently been arrested and needed money. „„3600 block of Roxboro Road NE – On

let, computer mouse and a Hershel backpack were missing from the location. „„ 1100 block of Lavista Road NE – On

June 7 during the day, someone drilled into the deadbolt of an apartment. A 55-inch Vizio TV, Jansport headphones, Dell laptop, 55inch TV, Toshiba laptop, iPad and a white PS4 were stolen. „„2300 block of Parkland Drive NE – On June 9, during the day, someone gained entry into an apartment by damaging the front door lock. A black Asus laptop was taken.

told him that his apartment residence had been broken into while he was out of town. A 55-inch LG TV, 40-inch Samsung TV, Citizens watch and a David Arden bracelet with a broken clasp were stolen. „„400 block of Armour Drive NE – On

June 9 during the day, the front door lock of an apartment was damaged. A MacBook Pro, four gold Michael Kors watches, MJ watch, LV purse and checks were taken. Surveillance cameras observed on the scene that may have captured the incident. „„1700 block of W. Wesley Road NW –

On June 10, in the evening, the glass side door of a house was broken. A Rolex and $1,000 in cash were stolen.

„„2300 block of Parkland Drive NE – On

„„3000 block of Habersham Way NW

June 9 during the day, the front door lock of an apartment was damaged to gain entry. Miscellaneous jewelry, a Visio TV and two laptops were taken.

– On June 10, in the morning, a man told police his tools were stolen from a house. He said he left his tools there and that when he returned the next day, they had been taken.

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