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Streetcar expansion plan ruffles city development committee BY COLLIN KELLEY


From left, actors Kate Kovach, Marvin-Alonzo Greer and Jasmine Waters demonstrate how slaves helped shape Southern food traditions during a Juneteenth program at the Atlanta History Center June 21.

A proposal to spend $3.6 billion to expand the Atlanta streetcar system to connect it with the Atlanta BeltLine was met with opposition not only by residents, but members of the Atlanta City Council’s Community Development Committee during a June 23 public hearing. Officials from the Atlanta BeltLine were on hand to discuss the plan to add 50 miles of streetcar lines around the city to connect with MARTA and the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine loop. One of those streetcar lines would run from Buckhead to Fort McPherson on the south side of the city. However, it wasn’t the north-south line or any of the crosstown lines that were on the minds of the City Council members at the SEE STREETCAR, PAGE 19

‘Cycle of life’ keeps Argonne Forest neighborhood strong BY JOE EARLE

Street signs keep disappearing from Marsha Sims’ neighborhood. “The Verdun and Marne sign always get taken,” she said with a laugh. “I think people are fascinated with the World War.” That’s the Great War, the one generally known as World War I. Argonne Forest, the Buckhead neighborhood where Sims and her family have lived for the past eight years, takes its name from a battle fought in that war. And major streets in the neighborhood also were named for World War I battles, including Verdun and the Marne.

Sims doesn’t know why her neighborhood, which was developed mostly in the 1950s, memorializes battles of the First World War. She and several of her neighbors describe their community as more or less the Where opposite of a place of conflict: an offYou the-beaten-track enclave in the heart Live of Buckhead that’s a kid-friendly place with a mix of young and old residents, a community social life all its own and yards big enough to hold pickup ball games. The neighborhood association throws an annual Christmas party and has a big communiSEE CYCLE, PAGE 4

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Moores Mill Road project still faces challenge BY COLLIN KELLEY A decade-long effort by residents and city officials to get funding for an extension of Moores Mill Road still hangs in the balance even after a “yes” vote by the Atlanta City Council at its June 16 meeting. The road extension is needed for a mixed-used project that would bring a Publix supermarket to the corner of Moores Mill and Bolton roads on the site of an abandoned shopping center. Residents have declared the northwest Atlanta community a “food desert” since the closest grocery store is a Kroger in Smyrna. The Atlanta City Council voted to provide $800,000 to help complete the project since federal dollars for the extension are being held up in Congress, which has not reauthorized a transportation bill. Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm, has already committed $500,000 to the project. But Mayor Kasim Reed could veto the City Council’s funding authorization.

City Councilmember Felicia Moore had ushered through the ordinance to use money from the city’s transportation impact fee fund before the developer walked away, but wound up voting against her own legislation when an amendment was added by Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms. Bottoms’ amendment allows all the City Council members to dip into the transportation impact fee fund account for projects in their own districts. The council was warned that spreading the unallocated impact fee funding to all the districts was not allowed under current city guidelines and could face a legal challenge. While the $800,000 was ultimately approved in a 10-5 vote, Moore voted nay because she did not want to open the city up to lawsuits. Edens, a South Carolina-based development company, is ready to move forward with the $40 million Moores Mill project, which would include a 45,000-square-foot Publix.

North Buckhead master plan gets city development committee approval The Atlanta City Council’s Community Development Committee signed off on the North Buckhead Neighborhood Master Plan at its June 23 meeting, forwarding it on to the City Council for consideration at its July 6 meeting. The approval by the committee comes after more than six months of work spearheaded by the North Buckhead Civic Association (NBCA), which held four public meetings and sent out surveys to the 9,000 residents of the district. NBCA board member Gordon Certain, a 40-year resident of the community, said the master plan was necessary to preserve the single-family homes of the neighborhood and to see mixed-use developments built in areas such as Roswell and Lenox roads. Preserving and creating green space and road improvements are also top priorities in the master plan. Certain said he believed North Buckhead would have 12,000 residents by the end of the decade. BH

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 me. And over there is a girl who’s a year ty blow-out on Halloween, said Walker older.” Sullivan, a 57-year-old financial plan“I like the backyard,” Jack added. ner who’s lived on Verdun for a quar“Me and my brother like to go out there ter century, so long some of his neighand play football.” bors jokingly call “We can all him “The Mayor” play together beIs there something special about of Argonne Forest. cause everybody your neighborhood? Let us know at At one time, the knows everybody,” 180-home comadded the third of munity even had the triplets, Nichits own Fourth olas Schramkowsof July parade, he ki. said. Kids on decorated bikes and trikes Parents get to know one another, too. marched down the street behind a city The Argonne Forest Association was crefire truck. ated about four years ago amid fears that “What’s great about [this neighborhood] is a sense of what I grew up with in Atlanta,” Sullivan said. “We used to have street parties. We used to have cakewalks. ... Kids knew kids. There were no cellphones. There were no texts. You picked up the phone and said, ‘There’s a baseball game in my yard.’ You could hang out and parents wouldn’t worry about you.” Sims’ 11-year-old triplets describe the neighborhood they’re growing up in much the same way. “We can go to a friend’s house without it being a 20-minute walk,” said Jack Schramkowski, one of Sims’ two sons. “It’s fun. I have a lot of friends in the neighborhood,” said Olivia Schramkowski, Sims’ daughter. She pointed one direction up the street, then another. Front row, from left, Nicholas, Olivia “I have a friend over there and Jack Schramkowski. Back, Tom who’s a year younger than Schramkowski and Marsha Sims. BH

WHERE YOU LIVE Atlanta Public Schools would redraw its attendance zones so Argonne Forest students would go somewhere other than Morris Brandon Elementary, Sullivan said. It also provides added security by hiring off-duty police officers to patrol the area, puts out a neighborhood newsletter and hosts community get-togethers, he said. “There is a closeness because people actually know people,” Sullivan said. “We’ve got ties that bind. ... People genuinely know each other and care about each other and rally when we need to, both for social occasions and causes, when it’s needed. I don’t think you get that in a lot of places anymore.” Many houses remain the single-level brick ranches popular the time Argonne Forest was developed. Some had been expanded. Sullivan, for instance, added a second floor to his home. Real estate websites show houses in Argonne Forest listed for sale at prices ranging from about $800,000 to several times that. One seller asks nearly $16 million for a mansion on West Paces Ferry Road. “We truly have a mix of people,” said Sims, who has represented Argonne For-

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est on the board of the Buckhead Coalition of Neighborhoods for four years and who helped start the neighborhood association. Some of her neighbors, she said, have called Argonne Forest home for 40 years. Others are young families

attracted by the reputation of Morris Brandon Elementary. “What’s interesting to me is the turnover,” Sullivan said. When his nowgrown children were young, he said, “at one time, I counted 25 kids on my

street alone. It’s still that way today. It just keeps turning over. It’s this cycle of life that continues in the same vein. The continuation of the neighborhood is just terrific. ... The neighborhood is still very strong.”

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The Price of Progress

With redevelopment looming, long-time tenants of one Sandy Springs shopping center face the wrecking ball BY JOE EARLE

Charles Cuthbert knows moving day will come soon for his business. It’s the price of progress. He’s not sure when he’s moving, exactly, but he knows the dance studio he owns and operates in downtown Sandy Springs can’t stay put. He’s already looking for a new home. “We are looking for another place, however we haven’t found one yet,” he said. “It’s hard to find a place. It’s hard to find a place like we’ve had. We’re just trying to balance the realities between our wishes and our budget.” Cuthbert operates the Atlanta Ballroom Dance Centre, a 7,500-square-foot, mirror-walled dance studio in the Hilderbrand Court Shopping Center. His studio provides lessons in tango, swing, rhumba, cha-cha and a variety of other dance styles. The business, he says, has operated for more than half a century. Cuthbert bought it in 2005 and has operated in the same location the entire time. Now, Cuthbert and the owners of other businesses located at Hilderbrand Court suddenly find themselves looking for new locations. Hilderbrand Court stands at the intersection of Roswell Road and Hilderbrand Drive. That’s just a few hundred yards from Sandy Springs’ planned new City Center, a $200 million project city officials say will create a performing arts center, a city office building, parks, and places to live and eat. Developments such as the City Center spin off more development. Hilderbrand Court recently was rezoned for a new complex that will create more than 300 apartments and 40,000 to 50,000 square feet of new shops in place of the aging, single-story shopping center. The planned mixed-use complex, being developed by Mill Creek, is one of several projects proposed around the City Center project. “It’s like this whole Ro-

Charles Cuthbert has operated the 7,500-square-foot Atlanta Ballroom Dance Centre in the Hilderbrand Court Shopping Center since 2005, but will have to find a new location. A planned mixeduse project with shops and apartments is slated for the area.

swell Road [area] is a giant Etch-A-Sketch and Sandy Springs is going shake, shake, shake...,” said Ian McPherson, owner of Ruin, a skateboard shop he started in 17 years ago in “this exact space” in Hilderbrand Court. His narrow shop, crowded with skateboards and clothes, is the only place his business ever has been located, he said. The coming change angers some affiliated


with current businesses. “It is heartbreaking that this development is forcing this [Atlanta Ballroom Centre] business to close,” Cindy Johnson, an instructor at the dance center, said in an email. “Atlanta Ballroom is a legend in the dance community. ... Most of the other businesses in the center have been in this location many years CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

Dunwoody company shoots for the moon...and Mars John Olds, a former Georgia Tech professor, is CEO of SpaceWorks Enterprises Inc., a private aerospace engineering company. JOE EARLE


John Olds remembers watching the moon landing. He says he was about 5 years old then. He and his dad, a college physics professor in South Carolina, watched the landing on TV and then went outside to look at the moon and marvel. “I kind of got the bug for aerospace early on, watching the Apollo landing and the Apollo 13 rescue,” he said. “I set my sights on that.” He still sets his sights on space travel and the moon, but now he and others at his 15-year-old company also think about Mars, or asteroids, or high-altitude flight. Olds, a former Georgia Tech

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Georgia’s transportation commission says each commuter using the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange will save eight hours of road time a year once a $1 billion project to ease congestion is completed. After 20 years, drivers could save 13 hours a year, which translates into money saved, he said. “Even though traffic will continue to grow, in the long haul, you’ll save more time,” Russell McMurry said to the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce at a June 23 luncheon. McMurry was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation by the State Transportation Board in January. The department’s biggest project is the $1 billion dollar remake of I-285/Ga. 400 that is intended to help alleviate congestion by adding access lanes. McMurry said a crowd of drivers equal to the population of Wyoming passes through the interchange every day. “That’s 500,000 cars a day, but you guys know that,” he said. “You live it.” Traffic congestion is made worse by crashes, McMurry said. But he predicts the number of traffic tie-ups will fall once the project segregates through traffic from local traffic. “We’re going to markedly im-

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Ian McPherson, owner of Ruin, a skateboard shop he started 17 years ago, will have to relocate.

become a Sandy Springs landmark, says he’s looking at a bigger location elsewhere in the city. He said he and his wife, Sally, are also seeking an operating partner interested in getting involved with the business. “Over the next several months, The Brickery will no longer be operating at its current location,” he said. Other business owners also expect to have to find new locations by the end of the year. “We’ve got to just move,” said David Besay, who said he’s managed the Paint Unlimited store in the shopping center for nearly 18 years. “I’ve never had to move before. I know that’s a lot of work. ...It’s sad to see business leaving Sandy Springs.” Kwang Lee W. Yi, owner of Sushi Mio, says he plans to take his time before deciding what to do after closing his restaurant, which has been in operation at the center since 1999 and which he’s owned since 2003. “I don’t have any plan,” he said. “I need to take a break. Since I came to this country 25 years ago, I have never taken a break, taken a vacation.” Still, he thinks he’s too young to retire, so he plans to take several months off and then he’ll figure out what to do next. Several of Hilderbrand Court’s business owners worry they will face higher rents after moving. They also expect rents for space in the new development will be higher than those in Hilderbrand Court. In fact, McPherson said it was the shopping center’s low rents that helped him get his business up and running when he started the shop as a 22-year-old skater being financed by his mother. He opened his shop in Sandy Springs originally, he said, because it lay at the center of the area where metro Atlanta skateboarders lived. “No one would lease to me – because it was a skate shop – except this mall,” he said one recent afternoon as he assembled a skateboard for a customer. “Can we find someone to lease to us [now]? Well, now we’ve been around 17 years, paying rent.” So he believes he’ll find a new landlord. Several other business owners believe they will, too. They just know they have to move quickly. “The wrecking ball is coming sometime this year,” Cuthbert said.


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The Dunwoody 4th of July Parade is the largest in the metro area. It steps off at 9 a.m. July 4 at the corner of Mount Vernon and Jett Ferry roads. There will be floats, marching bands and after-parade activities.

Christie didn’t expect to find such luxurious living in a one-bedroom apartment, which she says “is plenty big” and comes with full services and amenities. She was also delighted to discover an abundance of activities designed for resident interests, including outings to local events. As a retired music teacher, she’s especially fond of going to the Atlanta Symphony and the opera.

The Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration is actually on July 5, with music from Shiloh at 7:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m. at the King and Queen buildings. The official viewing area will be located on the lawn at the Concourse Corporate Center, located at Five Concourse Parkway. Visitors are encouraged to pack a snack, bring a blanket, and enjoy an evening under the stars. For more information, visit

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The 46th annual Peachtree Road Race kicks off the holiday with 60,000 people taking part in the massive morning jog from Buckhead to Midtown. As usual the race starts at Lenox Square and makes its way down Peachtree Street to 10th Street and Piedmont Park. The wheelchair race begins at 6:43 a.m. and the foot race at 7:30 a.m. Spectators are strongly encouraged to take MARTA, which will begin running at 5 a.m. on race day. Many restaurants and bars will be open along the route to watch the race, so check with your favorite wa-

tering hole. For more information, visit The Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square features live music and one of the biggest fireworks displays in the country. Lenox Square shops and restaurants will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with Gump Fiction and Party on the Moon. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 9:40 p.m. Parking will be almost impossible, so visitors are encouraged to take MARTA. Pets are not allowed. For more information, visit The Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with fireworks scheduled around 9:40 p.m. There will be entertainment and live music, too. Visitors are encouraged to take MARTA to Philips Arena/ GWCC or Peachtree Center stations, and don’t forget the Atlanta Streetcar stops at Centennial Park. For more information: Decatur’s July 4th Pied Piper Parade will wind through downtown Decatur on July 4 and the community is invited to join in by decorating your wagon, riding a bike, skating or walking in the event. Line-up is at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Decatur; the parade begins at 6 p.m. and ends at the Community Bandstand on the courthouse square. The Callanwolde Concert Band will play at 7 p.m. and fireworks will follow at dark. For more information, visit The Georgia Aquarium Red White & Brew is July 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. with beer, food and live music in the Oceans Ballroom. Guests will move to the aquarium’s parking deck rooftop to watch the fireworks at Centennial Park around 9:40 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $55, and proceeds go to the aquarium’s educational and summer camp programs for kids. For more information, visit


Local pastors, rabbis respond to Charleston killings BY JOHN RUCH AND MARY HELEN KELLY Church, Rev. Dan Brown tossed out his planned sermon to tackle the horrific killing. He pointed to a remarkable moment after the murders—victims’ family members telling suspect Dylann Roof at a court hearing that they forgive him. “I thought, ‘Yes! This is how Christians respond in the darkness of deep hurt,’” Brown said in a video posted on YouTube. “They allow the light of Christ to shine at its brightest.” Dock Hollingsworth, senior pastor at Buckhead’s Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, said he was already committed to preaching from Job, the Bible’s classic tale of suffering. “I didn’t deal head-on with the racial implications” or other aspects of the shooting because of the pre-planned sermon, Hollingsworth said. But he did use Job to shed light on the response to the crime. “When I got to the part about Job’s anger at God for what seemed to be senseless suffering, I did reach over and touch that shooting to say Job’s questions are our questions,” Hollingsworth said. “Job gives us permission to be angry.” Temple Emanu-El in Sandy Springs, like many Jewish synagogues, already


Rev. Marthame Sanders, pastor at Brookhaven’s Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church, delivered a sermon after the Charleston shootings calling for communion with people who are different from ourselves.

was keenly aware of the type of hatedriven violence inflicted on the Charleston church, and provides on-site security, said Executive Director Mark Flaxer, a member of a group of Atlantaarea temple executive directors that will make a donation to Emanuel AME. “The Jewish community is very attuned with the incident that happened in Charleston,” Flaxer said, adding that Senior Rabbi Scott Colbert, who is cur-

rently on a trip to Israel, “did a sermon about dealing with tragedy and dealing with peace in the community.” At Dunwoody United Methodist, Brown said, “Make no mistake about it, dear friends: hurt and heartache, tragedy and grief, violence and sorrow are not the final word. The final word belongs to God…,” Brown said. “There will come a day when there will be no more racial division.”

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Good will overcoming hatred. Hope beating despair. Good triumphing over evil. Those were messages local pastors and rabbis delivered in their first sermons following last week’s mass murder at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. “People come to worship looking for some word about the moment that gives them something to do and gives them hope,” said Rev. Marthame Sanders, pastor at Brookhaven’s Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church. Over the weekend, churches across Reporter Newspapers communities addressed the Charleston slayings and the young racist accused of killing nine churchgoers after attending a prayer meeting at the historic black church. Buckhead Church joined in a national commemoration, said Billy Phenix, the congregation’s lead pastor, by opening its service with a chime of nine bells. “We also prayed for the city and specifically for Emanuel AME Church as they gathered with heavy hearts that morning.” The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King in Buckhead held Masses for the victims, the families and Emanuel AME in the days following the shooting. Rev. Msg. Francis McNamee, the church pastor, preached his Sunday sermon on the theme of Jesus’s disciples in a boat with him during a storm. “In the storm of life, who do we look to?” McNamee said he asked. “I said, ‘Nine people went to be with the Lord… The senseless act occurred, and it would be very easy to look away from the Lord. But we have to look toward him.” At Oglethorpe Presbyterian, Sanders’ sermon was a call for communion with people who are different from ourselves. “My refrain this morning comes from Paul: ‘When one part of the body suffers, all suffer with it,’” Sanders said in a text of his sermon, which he posted online. “There is no asterisk next to the statement, listing exceptions based on race, or nationality, or gender, or age, or sexuality, or denomination.” In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, Oglethorpe Presbyterian began building a relationship with Atlanta’s historic black church First Congregational, Sanders said. Last Sunday, some of Sanders’ church members chose to worship at First Congregational, which he referred to in the sermon. “In the grand scheme of things, it’s a symbolic gesture—but it is something,” Sanders wrote. “Here at Oglethorpe, we can, and will, pray for the victims and the perpetrator in Charleston. We can, and will, pray for the church on Earth to look a little bit more like the kingdom of heaven. And yet, when we can still talk about black churches and majority white churches, it is clear that we still have a long way to go.” At Dunwoody United Methodist

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Turn that earth Above, on June 12, the Chastain Park Conservancy celebrated the launching of construction on its 40,000-square-foot outdoor natural learning environment, Play Chastain. Attendees included CPC Executive Director Rosa McHugh, former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, Atlanta City Council Member Yolanda Adrean, Jay Smith, Cynthia Gentry, Bill Caldwell, Michael Halicki and Andrew Lindsay. Construction is scheduled to be completed December 2015. At left, Leland Jones, 12, addresses the crowd. Leland sent a letter back in 2013 requesting more space to play. Play Chastain will serve 85,000 children within a 5-mile radius of Chastain Park.

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Hold those shiny objects The Sandy Springs Storm 12U softball team defeated West Cobb 3-0 to win the Murphey Candler All-Star Showdown Championship. Proudly holding their trophies, front row, from left, Caroline Chitlik, Averie Bielski, Virginia Fuss, Bella Dishman. Middle row, Katharine Linnihan, Ella Cannon, Amanda Foy, Jessica Hopper, Olivia Torri, Kendall Slayden. Back row, Coaches Mike Hopper, Jonathan Worrell and Brian Linnihan.

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Trophies for all A team of 11-year-old Sandy Springs boys won the Silver Bracket Championship, beating the Druid Hills Blue Claws 9-6. Above, the Eagles, seeded #7, went on a tear, winning three games in a row, knocking off the #1 Blue Claws.

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Student Profile:  Bonnie Watkins  Atlanta International School, rising senior When Bonnie Watkins isn’t on the soccer field, or living in France, or studying French culture, she turns her attention to human rights issues. In the coming school year, she will spearhead Atlanta International School Against Human Trafficking. Bonnie has been studying French since pre-school. Her parents enrolled her in the AIS French program, immersing her in a learning environment taught half in French and half in English. For the past two summers, she’s spent time in France. Last year, she studied at the Saint-Denis International School. This year, she is an au pair to an English-speaking American family in Aix-en-Provence. “You do notice more cultural differences, especially working for Americans that don’t speak French,” she said. After spending so much time in France, she said she couldn’t decide whether her favorite aspect was the food or the people’s attitudes. “They remind you to slow down and enjoy the moment,” she said. Soccer also plays a large role in Bonnie’s life. She plays club soccer, and the AIS school team she captains made history by winning its region championship.


She says her favorite part of the past season was a trip the team took to Savannah to play. It made her happy to see all of the team drawing together on the bus rides down and back. “The bonds we created over that trip made us more successful as a team,” she said. Bonnie’s coach, Veronica McDaniel, describes her as “a community leader in the classroom, on the soccer field, or doing service for anti-human trafficking.”

What’s Next: While her college search is not complete, she is interested in George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and McGill University in Montréal. This article was prepared by Sam Wimpfheimer, a rising junior at The Galloway School.


meeting. Instead, it was the streetcar expansion’s failure to include the southwest corner of the city – including the Greenbriar, Cascade Road and Campbellton Road areas – that drew heated criticism. Rather than sending the proposal on to the full City Council, the issue was tabled, and additional review and community meetings were called for to address what Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms, who represents Southwest Atlanta’s District 11, called the “inequity” of the plan. “It’s disturbing to me that Southwest Atlanta is left out of this plan,” Bottoms said. “We don’t have a rail station and only a portion of the BeltLine touches a small portion of District 11, which is growing.” Bottoms said the streetcar expansion planned as presented isolates many communities around the city. “If you can run a streetcar from Peachtree Road in Buckhead and then on to Lee Street to connect with Fort McPherson, why can’t one be run on Campbellton Road?” BeltLine officials didn’t have a clear answer, but indicated that MARTA was currently completing a study about the possibility of running a rail line to the area and increasing the number of buses. There was also mention that the streetcar could eventually be run there after the completion of the 50 miles already on the table. Bottoms wasn’t buying it. “I’m ticked off that the streetcar isn’t a consideration now,” she said. “We’re trying to get businesses to invest in the community and telling them to wait for 30 or 40 years and we might get some transit won’t work.” Bottoms said she would vote no on the current streetcar expansion plan, and she was joined by fellow councilors who shared her sentiment. Councilman Ivory Lee Young said any expansion of the streetcar and BeltLine should come with a workforce initiative to train residents to become “transit specialists.” Councilmember Kwanza Hall said he was alarmed by the “glaringly obvious” omission of Southwest Atlanta from the expansion plan.

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al things from the suspect’s vehicle. The woman met the suspect on Instagram and he later flew her to Atlanta from California with arrangements for her to live with him. When she discovered that he already had a live-in girlfriend, she was not happy with the arrangements. Shell casings were found at the scene where two vehicles were damaged during the incident. A black 9-millimeter handgun was recovered inside the victim’s vehicle on the floorboard. A warrant was taken out and flagged after the victim picked the suspect out of a line-up.

From police reports dated May 31 through June 13 The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.


block of West Wieuca Road—On June 10, a man was sitting in his vehicle when three men armed with handguns took his iPhone, wallet and keys. The suspects were last seen entering a red Nissan or Toyota four-door sedan. Police attempted to track the phone, but it was turned off.

 4500

block of Harris Trail--An Uber driver was blocked in by a dark-colored sedan as she pulled into a driveway to turn around. Two men emerged from the rear of the sedan and approached both sides of her vehicle, demanding money. She said she had no money and offered her cellphone instead. The suspects took a Galaxy 6 phone and her white Volvo XC90. The victim injured her ankle as she ran across the street for help.

 1000

block of Chattahoochee Avenue—On June 9, a man approached another man from behind as he was using an ATM. The robber displayed a handgun and threatened to shoot if the man at the ATM did not withdraw all of his money. A second gunman yelled, “Shoot him. Just shoot him.” The first robber patted the victim down, taking his wallet and blue Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Both suspects left in the victim’s grey 2010 Honda Accord. They also took $350 from the victim’s account.

 1900

block of Monroe Drive—On

June 12, a woman reported she was carjacked by four men in a white Chevy Tracker as she was parking outside a  4000 block of Paces Ferry Road— parking deck. Two men armed with small On June 9, a construction worker was black handguns exited the Chevy; one punched in the face during an argument approached and demanded the woman’s after telling someone that the entrance to vehicle while the other pressed a handgun the construction site was closed. to her ribs. One of the suspects took the woman’s gold 2005 Toyota Prius, while  2300 block of Bolton Road—A womthe other returned to the Chevy. An iPad an was pumping gas when a man pulled a mini, an iPhone 5S, black/silver handan LG cellphone, a gun from his back pack full of Read more of the waistband and Police Blotter online at clothing, $1000 in pointed it at her. cash and a ring of She ran inside the keys also were takstore. The gunen. The suspects man made no dewere last seen driving away in the wommands and did not say anything. an’s Toyota, followed by the Chevy. Patrol units attempted to track the victim’s iPad.



block of Peachtree Road NE— On May 31, police responded to a shots fired call and discovered a man with a towel wrapped around his right leg. The victim was shot by a male acquaintance of a female he met on Instagram. The female called the victim after she came to the mall with the suspect, but she did not want to return home with him. The victim and suspect got into a verbal argument over the phone when they discussed arrangements to get the woman’s person-

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block of West Paces Ferry Road— Rear doors to a house were discovered damaged, possibly by a drill. The resident believes contractors damaged her doors; no items were taken.

 1000

block of Seaboard Avenue— Clothing and seven bottles of wine belonging to the resident’s ex-boyfriend were taken from a house.

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block of Colonial Homes Drive— A Victor Knox silver/gold watch, a sterling silver plate, a wooden humidor that contained several cigars, a Tumi briefcase that contained a silver Apple 64GB iPad, a silver Michael Kors watch, three silver rings, a gold medallion with “04/21/2011” inscribed on it, a gold and silver rosary, a black Canon Rebal T31 camera and a Lenovo ThinkPad were taken from an apartment.

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block of Peachtree Valley Road— A white Apple MacBook laptop, two HP touch laptops, a 3T camera, a pair of Beats by Dre headphones, assorted jewelry, 10 pairs of sunglasses, a make-up bag, a Guess purse and a Michael Kors purse were taken from an apartment where the resident had not been since April.

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block of Brookwood Valley Circle—The front-door deadbolt lock had been drilled after the lock was changed to secure the front door by management while the victim was out of town. Approximately $3 in change was taken.

 3100

block of Alexander Circle—

An Apple MacBook Air laptop, an Apple MacBook Pro, a Louis Vuitton bag, and $500 in currency were taken from an apartment.  4200

block of Alexander Circle—The front door to an apartment was pried or forced open and a safe with 10 $2 bills and change inside, a Dyson handheld vacuum, a jewelry box with multiple items, an iPad mini, a Cannon SD630 camera and an iPod Nano were taken; A second apartment resident reported stolen a Lenovo ThinkPad, a black Coach purse, two pairs of David Yurman earrings, a Gucci purse, two Michael Kors purses, a pair of black Prada sunglasses a Kindle and various heirloom earrings were taken from an apartment; a third apartment reported missing a Toshiba laptop, a Social Security card and various coins. A witness told police two men in a car tailgated him inside the gate when he arrived to the location.

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block of Alexander Circle—An Xbox, an Apple TV, a 32-inch flatscreen TV, a Samsung Galaxy 10 tablet and unknown amount of change was taken from an apartment.

 400

block of Lindbergh Place—A safe that contained checkbooks, a Social Security card and a spare key was taken from the closet of a house.

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block of Armour Drive—The victim’s brother lost the key to the apartment a few days prior. A Samsung 55inch Curve TV, a Burberry shirt, a pair of Balman jeans, True Religion jeans, several pair of sneakers, a PlayStation 4, a Louis Vuitton Doctor bag, a Louis Vuitton keep all bag, a rose gold necklace, two pairs of Jimmy Choo pumps, two pairs of RS Louboutins shoes, a pink face Movado watch, a Tacori green and diamond drop earrings and a Tiffany silver bead bracelet were taken.

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block of Monroe Place—The resident arrived home and thought a person was inside holding the door knob closed because the latch continued to turn when he attempted to open it. Police forced open the door, but found no signs of anyone inside the location. No items were disturbed or taken.

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block of Peachtree Battle Circle— A 1994 Ford 2-door Econo Van was reported stolen from a construction site. The owner said he left the keys in the vehicle along with a wallet containing his driver’s license, green card, $230 in cash, a check worth about $1,800, two SunTrust Bank cards, a Bank Of America card, two SunTrust checkbooks, multiple power and hand tools worth approximately $1,000, and multiple pieces of CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 BH



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block of Defoors Ferry Road— A 2004 Jeep Liberty was reported stolen from an apartment complex parking lot. A woman heard loud noises and saw a man inside her vehicle and yelled at him. He got out of her car and entered the Jeep Liberty that belonged to the neighbor.

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block of Spink Street—A 1998 Jeep Cherokee was reported stolen from the driveway of a residence. The owner heard loud noises and observed a man in the passenger seat of his vehicle. He also saw a white or beige SUV running in front of his house. He tried to follow the suspects, but lost sight of them in the area of James Jackson Parkway and Browntown Road.

 1500

block of Carroll Drive—A 2012 Ford F650 Coca Cola Delivery Truck was reported stolen from a parking lot. The truck contained several tools, straps, a Garmin GPS, signs, a Honda generator,

lockers and other equipment.  1900

block of Main Street—An attempt to steal a silver 2002 Jeep Liberty from a residential driveway was reported when the owner discovered the right rear passenger window broken. block of Chattahoochee Avenue—A GMC Yukon was reported stolen from a trailer park parking lot. The driver left her vehicle running while she was inside the location. The suspect was seen entering the vehicle and driving off. An arrest has been made.

was reported when the owner discovered the rear glass window broken and steering column stripped; A 1996 Jeep Cherokee was reported stolen when the owner discovered glass on the ground and her vehicle missing. 1700 block of Ridgeway Ave—An attempt to steal a cream 2006 Jeep Liberty from a residential driveway was reported after the owner discovered the right rear passenger window broken. 

 1500

block of Howell Mill Road— A green 1999 Infiniti I30 was reported stolen from a tire store parking lot. The owner dropped his vehicle off for service and asked them to leave the keys under the mat so he could pick up the vehicle.

 3300 block of Peachtree RoadA 2006 BMW 530I was reported stolen from the parking lot at a mall; A 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee was reported stolen from a hotel. Valet work pulled the vehicle up and left the keys inside the vehicle. A young man was seen jumping into the vehicle and driving off. A second man was seen running toward the vehicle.

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block of Noble Creek Drive— An attempt to steal a 2006 Jeep Liberty

block of Macaw Street—A 2002 Jeep Liberty was reported stolen after

the owner discovered her vehicle missing from in front of her residence.  2000

block of Marietta Boulevard—A yellow 2004 Jeep Wrangler was reported stolen from the parking lot at an auto parts store. A Galaxy CB radio and a Voodoo 4x12 guitar cabinet were also taken.

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block of Roswell Road—A gray 2011 Volkswagen Jetta was reported stolen from a parking lot at a restaurant.

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block of Piedmont Road—A green 2012 Moped and black Kona Racing Bicycle were reported stolen from a condo parking deck.


May 31 and June 6, a total of 37 thefts from automobiles were reported and an additional 32 reports of other larcenies, including shoplifting, were made. Between June 7 and 13, a total of 54 thefts from automobiles were reported and 38 additional larcenies were reported.

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