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Remembering ‘comfort women’

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Members of the Brookhaven City Council, Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force, elected officials and others with the Young Girl’s Peace Monument and its new butterfly garden at a June 28 ceremony at Blackburn Park. The statue commemorates the ‘comfort women,’ mostly Korean, who were sexually trafficked during World War II by the Japanese military. It also to raise awareness about sex trafficking taking place in today’s society.

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Mixed-use districts, backyard cottages and a new Buford Highway Overlay District are some of the major items in the city’s proposed zoning rewrite that could go before the council in September as city officials try to chart a course for the city’s foundation and character for decades to come. Two more public meetings for residents to hear more about the zoning rewrite are set for the July 19. The Planning Commission will also dedicate its July 11 work session solely to going over the draft, according to Chair Stan Segal. At a June 28 meeting, consultant Kirk Bishop of Duncan and Associates, the consultants for the zoning rewrite, explained the city’s current zoning is based on old DeKalb County ordinances. Since the city formed, new comprehensive and character plans have been created and need to be included in a new zoning code. See BIG on page 13

Parks bond of $30-$50M could be on Nov. ballot

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Brookhaven voters heading to the polls in November may have a chance to vote on a $30 million to $50 million parks bond referendum that city officials say they need to finish the 2014 parks master plans “in our lifetimes.” If approved, this would be the first general bond vote in the city’s five-year history. The mayor and City Council are slated to take up the proposed parks referendum at their July 24 meeting. Before a vote can be taken, though, park projects lists need to be finalized by July 9. See PARKS on page 12


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The city is moving forward on using eminent domain to acquire a permanent easement behind the Villas at Druid Hills apartments on Buford Highway for the planned Peachtree Creek Greenway. This is the second time the city has had to go this route to acquire land for the linear park. The City Council at its June 28 meeting

gave the go ahead to City Attorney Chris Balch to begin the legal work to acquire the easement at 3183 and 3247 Buford Highway to be used as part of the first mile of the Greenway between North Druid Hills Road and Briarwood Road. The city has appraised the property at nearly $1.23 million. On June 20, Balch communicated the $1.23 million offer to the Atlanta-based apartment complex owner Sabra Property Management but said he received no response.

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Balch told the council this was a rightof-way acquisition that is necessary if the city wants to break ground on the Greenway this fall. City Manager Christian Sigman said filing for eminent domain will get the attention of the property owners and the desire is to resolve the issue in the “coming weeks.” The city also attempted to use eminent domain to acquire 19 acres on Briarwood Road for a trailhead for the Greenway. A DeKalb judge ruled the city acted in “bad faith” and eventually the city settled with the property owner to purchase the land for approximately $2 million. The City Council also recently decided to build a new public safety building on the Briarwood property, behind Northeast Plaza. The Peachtree Creek Greenway master plan outlines a series of nature trails, paved multi-purpose trails and paved promenade trails which will connect Brookhaven’s nearly 3-mile portion into the entire 12.3mile Peachtree Creek trail project from Mercer University in unincorporated DeKalb County to the PATH400 trail in Buckhead, the South Fork Conservancy Trails and the Atlanta BeltLine. The Greenway will also provide connectivity to areas beyond as part of a larger network of multi-use trails to residences, offices, restaurants, bike rental stands, coffee shops and picnic areas.

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A newly created Brookhaven Public Facilities Authority and the City Council have approved a resolution to issue up to $15 million in revenue bonds for the construction of the Peachtree Creek Greenway. The debt will be paid by revenue created from the city’s hotel-motel tax. Last year the General Assembly approved the city’s request to raise the hotel-motel tax from 5 percent to 8 percent specifically to create a revenue stream for funding the Greenway, a linear park planned to eventually extend to the Atlanta BeltLine. The revenue bonds will have the full faith and credit of the city behind them, meaning should revenue from hotel-motel taxes not be able to pay off the debt, the money will come out of the city’s coffers. The bond debt is expected to be for 24 years. Bond payments are expected to be $675,000 a year. CFO Steve Chapman told the council, who make up the Public Facilities Authority, at its June 28 meeting it is not likely the revenues of the hotels in the city would fall below a point that their taxes would not be able to cover debt payment. The Public Facilities Authority was created so the city could issue debt to pay for construction of the Greenway at one time rather than to wait each year for hotel-mo-

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tel tax money to come in, according to city officials. Mayor John Ernst was named chair of the Public Facilities Authority, Councilmember Joe Gebbia is the vice-chair, City Clerk Susan Hiott is secretary and CFO Chapman is treasurer. The city is hoping to break ground on the first mile of its 3-mile section of the Greenway this fall. The first mile falls between North Druid Hills Road and Briarwood Road.

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta filed June 25 a certificate of need (CON) application for additional beds at its planned 70-acre and $1.5 billion hospital at the I-85 and North Druid Hills Road interchange in Brookhaven. This is the most expensive hospital construction plan in the state’s CON program, according to experts. The campus will be anchored by the new $1.3 billion hospital with 446 beds in two patient towers, an attached medical office building and a consolidated AFLAC Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. The height of the hospital will be between 16-19 stories. A 19-story hotel was at the site and demolished in 2014 after CHOA bought it. The Georgia Department of Community Health is expected to make a decision on the CON by the end of 2018, according to CHOA officials. The new hospital will replace CHOA’s Egleston Hospital on Clifton Road near Emory University. Hospital officials say Egleston is running out of bed space and is landlocked in an area where they say traffic is worse than the traffic at North Druid Hills and I-85 that spills onto arterial streets and into residential areas. When completed, the North Druid Hills campus will ultimately include the relocated hospital, support staff buildings, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics and more than 20 acres of green space and miles of walking trails and paths on and around the site. The paths within the medical complex will only be available for patients and staff. Children’s has also promised the city of Brookhaven to invest in the surrounding area by investing more than $40 million in traffic and infrastructure improvements. A total cost of $1.5 billion is noted, which includes the cost of the hospital as well as the attached clinic and office building, central utility plant, hospital- and campus-related infrastructure and associated contingencies. The cost of the hospital itself remains $1.3 billion CHOA’s Center for Advanced Pediatrics, also on the North Druid Hills campus, is scheduled to open in July, and two support buildings are currently under construction. Completion of the support buildings in 2020 will allow Children’s employees to vacate current offices on the site of the planned hospital, allowing construc-

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BUF ORD HIG HWAY VENU E WI N S APPEAL TO KEEP A LCO HO L LICENSE

Arif Lounge at 2847 Buford Highway successfully appealed the city’s decision to suspend its alcohol license after determining the popular hookah lounge was an “entertainment venue” subject to a $100,000 alcohol license fee. The Alcohol Board on June 26 overturned the city’s suspension of the venue’s alcohol license Arif Lounge was one of several Buford Highway businesses targeted by the fire marshal and police in April for life safety checks. During the check, city officials said a police officer’s body camera footage showed Arif Lounge had a disc jockey booth and dancefloor. Under the city’s new alcohol ordinance, venues with such amenities are now considered entertainment venues and subject to a $100,000 alcohol license fee. Fees in the past have been approximately $5,000. However, members of the Alcohol Board said in their ruling they did not see any evidence of a dance floor in the body cam footage and based their decision on

the fire marshal’s testimony that he did not see a disc jockey or dancefloor. Several other nightlife venues are suing the city in federal court claiming the new alcohol ordinance is unfairly targeting black-owned businesses. The city denies it is discriminating. This is the second time in the past several months the Alcohol Board has ruled against the city’s decision to revoke or suspend a business’ alcohol license. In November, the board overturned the city’s decision to revoke Medusa Restaurant & Lounge’s alcohol license after members said the city failed to prove gang and criminal activity were taking place at the club

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Ashton Woods, developer of a proposed townhome and single-home project at the former Boys & Girls Club property on North Druid Hills, is appealing the city’s recent Zoning Board of Appeals decision to deny variances for the project. The appeal was filed in May in DeKalb Superior Court. The developers say they cannot build the project approved in a rezoning request by the City Council without the variances.

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A nonprofit brings students like Alejandro Rico from Grant Park and other parts of the city to The Westminster Schools for a free program aimed at helping low-income students perform better in school and ultimately attend college. “It helps me meet new people and understand new concepts in school and in life,” said Rico, who is in seventh grade at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School. “It’s nice to be in the presence of people who want to help students.” The program, called Odyssey, is its 17th year operating out of The Westminster Schools, an expensive private school with one of the largest endowments in the nation. Odyssey isn’t for remedial or gifted students, but rather the students in the middle that may slip through the cracks, said Jeff Cohen, the executive director, on a recent tour. “We’re looking for that average student who has potential,” he said. “They just need the same chance as the kid who gets to go to Westminster.” The program accepts low-income students, measured through qualifying for free lunch at their public schools. About 80 percent come from Atlanta Public Schools, with the others coming from surrounding districts. And Odyssey has proven results, Cohen said. All the students who attend graduate high school, and 100 percent of students who apply to college are accepted to at least one, he said. “If there’s not equity, then the future is bleak,” Cohen said. Odyssey recently started an alumni program to ensure students who attend college are supported and have mentoring available, he said. The program gives each grade special

projects to engage them over the summer, such as sixth grade’s task of determining how to make Atlanta more livable. The students walked the BeltLine to study gentrification and pedestrian access, he said. Through these projects, the instructors can teach math, writing and reading concepts “sneakily,” he said. Some grade levels tackle tough topics, such as school shootings, bullying, suicide

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and how those problems affect minorities, in “town halls." The program was started by Westminster, located in Buckhead on West Paces Ferry Road, in 2001, Cohen said. “Westminster wanted to give back and to be part of the community,” he said. The program runs during normal school hours, meaning many students are leaving their homes before 7 a.m. to take MARTA or ride Odyssey-provided shut-


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tles, he said. But the program has enough popularity that hundreds of students apply for the spots to be essentially in school for four to six weeks over the summer, depending on their grade level. Over 900 students applied for the 370 spots Odyssey had this year, Cohen said. The students have strict attendance requirements and are only allowed to miss three days, he said. Michael Hambrick, who was a guest teaching at Odyssey, said the commitment from the students to show up each day is “amazing.” Odyssey absorbs most of the $2,500 cost to teach and feed each student for the entire summer of programs, lessons and field trips. It only requires families pay a $35 fee to show their committed to the staying in the program, Cohen said.

Odyssey also pays for its students to take the SAT, the standard test for college applications, he said. Odyssey is a nonprofit funded through year-round fundraising efforts. Contributions come from foundations, individuals and corporations, with in-kind donations from Westminster through the free office and classroom space it provides. It also relies on volunteers who assist instructors and help students. Many, like Micah Daly, are from nearby schools and return to volunteer for several years, Cohen said. Daly, who attends Woodward Academy in Johns Creek, has volunteered at Odyssey for three years, he said. “The kids are incredible,” he said. “They remember me every year. You realize you have such an impact on them and their future.”

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The DeKalb, Fulton and Atlanta public school districts each approved their budgets for the 2018-2019 school year in June, which all include pay increases for employees. The DeKalb Board of Education approved the district’s $1.8 billion budget at its June 26 meeting. The budget includes a 2.5 percent pay increase for employees, according to a press release. Following protests by bus drivers over low salaries and benefits, the budget includes a $772,418 increase in the transportation budget, the release said. Funding for 10 new school resource officers and one new sergeant was also approved at a cost of $860,000, according to the release. DeKalb lowered its millage rate to 23.18 mills from last year’s 23.28 to offset property tax revenue increases, the release said. The Fulton board approved its $1.7 billion budget at its June 28 meeting. With the new budget, most employees will see a 2 percent pay increase beginning in January 2019, according to the release. The budget also includes funding for school safety advisory committee, the release said. Atlanta Public Schools adopted its $1.1 billion budget at its June 4 meeting, according to the system’s website. The budget included a 1 percent pay increase for employees, according to the website.

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Saturday, July 21, 7-9 p.m. Honeyboy and Boots, a husband-wife guitar and cello duo, bring their blend of Americana, traditional folk, alt-country and blues to the Dunwoody Nature Center. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis in the meadow or on the back porch. Outside food and drink welcome. Craft beers, sodas and water available. $5 adults; $3 students; free for members and for children 3 and under. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodynature. org/2018-summer-concert-series.

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Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Purchase garden products and plants ranging from old-time favorites to specialty and native varieties at this marketplace held in conjunction with the 2018 Georgia Master Gardeners Association Conference. Free. The Galloway School, 215 West Wieuca Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: facebook.com/GeorgiaMasterGardenerAssociation.

SUMMER BLOCK PARTY AND WAITERS’ RACE

Sunday, July 15, 3-7 p.m. The Shops Buckhead Atlanta will host a Summer Block Party at Center Plaza featuring live entertainment, outdoor cocktail bars, food tasting pop-ups from all restaurants on the property, children’s games and a bocce ball court. The second annual Waiters’ Race takes place at 5 p.m., when metro Atlanta food preparers and servers will navigate obstacles with a loaded server’s tray in one hand. All proceeds benefit the Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance Continued on page 8

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Thursday, July 19, 6-10 p.m. Watch the movie “Grease” under the stars with Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Young Adults. The movie starts at dusk. Ages 21 and up. Free; complimentary snacks. Town Brookhaven, 4330 Peachtree Road N.E., Brookhaven. Info: atlantajcc.org/grease.

Friday, July 13, 9 p.m. Dive into Briarwood Pool and watch the movie “Coco” in a splashy event sponsored by the city of Brookhaven. Free. Concessions available. 2235 Briarwood Way N.E., Brookhaven. Info: 404-637-0542.

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Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m. to noon. Learn about organic insect control in this month’s Dunwoody Community Garden & Orchard Master Gardener Session. Free. Refreshments served. DCGO greenhouse complex in Brook Run Park, opposite the skate park. 4770 Georgia Way South, Dunwoody. Info: dcgo.org.

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AUTHOR LECTURE: SANDRA GUTIERREZ

Tuesday, July 17, 7 p.m. Food personality Sandra Gutierrez will discuss her book “The New Southern Latino Table” at the Atlanta History Center. Gutierrez creatively marries the diverse cuisines of more than 20 Latin American countries with the food of the American South. Her talk is presented in conjunction with the Atlanta History Center exhibition “¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South,” which continues through Dec. 31. $10, $5 for members. Reservations suggested. Info: 404-814-4150 or reserve tickets online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Lectures.

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Community Survey / Will The importance new distracted of women drivingonlawthework? ballot Hands off that cellphone when you’re behind the wheel. Now it’s the law. And a large majority of the respondents to our most recent community survey think it will help cut down on wrecks. More than twice as many respondents believe the new state law prohibiting drivers from holding cellphones or similar electronic devices while driving. will help reduce the number of car crashes, compared to the number who thought it wouldn't. The new law took effect July 1. “There are far too many distractions and temptations to use your phone if you are holding it,” a 51-year-old Buckhead man commented. And a 59-year-old Sandy Springs man noted that “it’s obvious that some accidents happen because people are texting or paying attention to their phone. I think it will reduce [accidents], so I’m in favor of it.” But others thought the new rules just won’t work. They argue the new law will be too hard to enforce. “People will still do it. Just like people speed even though there are posted speed limits,” a 43-year-old Sandy Springs man noted. “While I think it will help in some cases, I think it could also lead to some crazier driving with people trying to hide that they’re using their phones,” a 37-year-old Brookhaven woman said. The survey was conducted by 1Q.com via cellphones to 200 residents in Reporter Newspapers communities. The results are not scientific.

When asked which of five possible answers they thought would be the most effective way of reducing traffic accidents, nearly a quarter of the 200 respondents chose requiring more training for a driver’s license. Almost as many chose setting tougher penalties on DUIs or installing more traffic calming devices. Fewer supported hiring more police to enforce traffic laws or restricting built-in video screens or similar devices in new vehicles. Car crashes are drawing new attention in Perimeter communities. Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone has said publicly that traffic fatalities are “the thing that concerns me, as far as policing here in Sandy Springs.” The city recorded 7,529 car crashes last year, or more than 20 a day. Although Sandy Springs recorded no non-vehicular homicides in 2017, traffic related deaths run about 10 a year, DeSimone said. And the main causes of fatal accidents, the chief said, are speeding, drunk driving and driving while distracted by activities such as texting. “I think distracted driving is almost a bigger threat than drunk driving was years ago,” DeSimone told Sandy Springs City Council in January. In response to similar concerns, state lawmakers this year imposed new restrictions on the use of cellphones. According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the new rules say a driver cannot have a phone in his or hand or use any part of his or her body to support a phone. In-

WHAT PRACTICE DO YOU THINK WOULD OFFER THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

Hiring more police officers to enforce traffic laws 33 (16.5%) Restricting video screens and similar devices built into new vehicles 31 (15.5%) Requiring more training for a driver's license 48 (24.0%) Setting tougher penalties for driving under the influence 45 (22.5%) Installing traffic calming devices such as speed humps 43 (21.5%)

stead, drivers must use “handfree” devices to make or receive calls. The new law also prohibits drivers from watching videos, except for navigation or sending or reading texts unless using voice-based technology that converts spoken words to text, according to the highway safety office. Violators face fines and points against their drivers' licenses. Some respondents to the survey pointed out that the effectiveness of the new “handsfree” law may depend on how well it is enforced. Others argued it will take time to determine whether the new law actually cuts down accidents. But many thought the restrictions

are worth the effort to change drivers’ behavior. A 59-year-old Sandy Springs woman, for instance, pointed to the damage traffic accidents can do. “My daughter was hit by a woman who did not stop at a stop sign,” she wrote. “My daughter’s vehicle flipped three to four times and slid about 150 feet down the road on its roof. While we are grateful she is alive, her quality of life is greatly diminished as a result. Was the woman texting? Was she talking on the phone? Was she glancing down to read a text? These answers, we don’t know, but we do know the devastating outcome.”

The ‘Hands-Free Georgia Act’ The new statewide “Hands-Free Georgia Act” prohibits drivers from holding cellphones in an effort to reduce distracted driving. Under the new law, drivers cannot have a phone in their hand or use any part of their body to support their phone. Texts, emails, social media and internet data content may not be written or read unless using voice-to-text technology. Drivers are allowed to talk on the phone or watch GPS navigation as long as they are using hands-free technology. There are exceptions for reporting an emergency and for vehi-

cles that are fully parked. Penalties include a $50 fine for the first offense, $100 for the second and $150 for the third and after, according to the law. Some other points of the law: Headsets and earpieces can only be worn for communication purposes and not for listening to music or other entertainment. A driver may not record a video or watch a video unless it is for navigation. For more information, see headsupgeorgia.com.

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Joe Earle is editor-at-large at Reporter Newspapers and has lived in metro Atlanta for over 30 years. He can be reached at joeearle@reporternewspapers.net

An Uber-seat view on Atlanta life About two years ago, I broke my leg and ankle in a fall. Recovering required repeated surgeries, which knocked me off my feet for months. When I finally could leave the house, I couldn’t drive. I still can’t. And metro Atlanta, it turns out, is not a good place not to be able to drive. Then I discovered Uber. Uber, for anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to social media (or unsocial media, for that matter) is a product of the smartphone era. You press a black-and-white button on the little computer in your pocket and a stranger soon appears wherever you are and gives you a ride in his or her car to wherever you want to go. A few hours later, money magically disappears from your bank account to pay for the ride. There is a competing service called Lyft, which I’m told operates pretty much the same way. Deprived of the use of my car, I have become a repeat Uber customer, what you might call a regular ride sharer. I take Uber just about every place I need to go. I’ve Uber-ed to the office, to various doctor’s offices, to story interviews spread from Duluth to West Cobb and Sandy Sprints to Peachtree City. I’ve taken about 20 Uber rides in the last three months alone, according to the email receipts I’ve saved. I enjoy sharing rides. Not because the cars are fancy – most certainly aren’t, although I have had ridden occasionally in limos, Mercedes-Benzes and at least one Cadillac – but because I find the drivers to be fascinating. Meeting Uber drivers has given me a new, and totally unexpected, view of metro Atlanta and the people who live here. I’m a ride-share talker, a chatty passenger. Some people tell me they keep to themselves during shared rides, but I don’t see how that’s possible. I like to hear the drivers and other passengers tell their stories. And what stories they tell during our 30 minutes to an hour together. One, for instance, said he’d started a career in community work and moved to Atlanta in the late 1970s to work with families involved in the Atlanta Child Murders cases. The work was so distressing, he said, that he quit and became a long-haul truck driver for the rest of his career. Some drivers say they work for Uber (and many drive both Uber and

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Lyft) to pick up a little extra cash while they try to launch new businesses. Others have lost jobs and are looking to pay bills while they look for new ones. Still others see Uber as a full-time job. Some use their time in the car as a sales opportunity. One driver was a real estate agent looking for new clients who gave me a 20-minute sales pitch. Another was a proud papa who played his 20-something daughter’s newly recorded CD in the car to show how talented she was. Many of my drivers have been immigrants who are steering their way through a new country and culture. I’ve met new Atlantans from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean and who somehow ended up maneuvering a Toyota Camry or a Honda Civic through bumper-to-bumper traffic. Sometimes they tell me stories of the old country. Many left their homes because they wanted to try living in a new, freer and richer place where they and their families could prosper. They talk of how their parents or brothers and sisters emigrated, often one at a time, and gradually reunited in Atlanta or some other American city. Once, I was in a car driven by an immigrant who said she had come here from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We stopped in Brookhaven to pick up a second passenger, who said he, too, came from the Congo. That set off an argument about which of them really called Congo home because neither could believe there could be another Congolese immigrant in Atlanta he or she didn’t already know. Not every Uber ride is a treat, of course. Mostly, it’s just a way to get around town. And during one ride, I found myself a witness to a family’s private horror story when the driver’s grown son kept calling her to say another of her sons, who had been drinking, was angry and was trashing her apartment, which was a good hour’s drive from our location. She finally said someone would have to call the cops. I hope I’ll be able to drive again someday, so I don’t know how long I’ll be a regular Uber user. But I know now, after months of pressing the little black-and-white button on my phone, that when that next driver comes, I’ll be in for ride.

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VOTERS GUIDE

Key races in the July 24 runoff election

6TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Democrats Kevin Abel and Lucy McBath are competing on the July 24 runoff ballot for the right to challenge Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Karen Handel in the 6th Congressional District, which includes parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Cobb County and other north Fulton communities. McBath did not submit a response.

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What makes you the better candidate to challenge incumbent Karen Handel in the general election? I’ve lived in the 6th District for 26 years, raising a family, building a business and helping to resettle refugee families through my work with New American Pathways. To beat Karen Handel, we don’t just need a Democrat, we need the right Democrat. We need someone with deep ties to the community, someone who’s created jobs and can speak to independent-minded voters who might not always vote for the Democrat but are disgusted with the Trump administration and Karen Handel’s support for its hateful agenda. I am that Democrat who can win those votes and beat Karen Handel in November.

Who is a significant person who helped to shape your worldview and philosophy, and how did they do so? It wasn’t until I read the book “Long Walk to Freedom” that I truly understood Nelson Mandela’s story. In South Africa, the apartheid regime had purposefully spread misinformation to hide the injustices that he had suffered. In Nelson Mandela, I saw a leader who recognized the dignity of all human beings and strove to represent everyone in his country, despite the unconscionable indignities that he had suffered under the government that had imprisoned him. His perseverance and dedication to freedom for all people should always serve as a reminder to never stop fighting for what is just.

Parks bond of $30-$50M could be on Nov. ballot Continued from page 1 The city has been working since October with residents making up the Park and Recreation Commission (PARC) to develop project lists at $30 million, $40 million and $50 million increments. The lists are expected to be submitted on or before July 9 and will be posted on the city’s website for public feedback. “Our master plans, which were resident-driven, call for $75 million in parks capital improvements, and we presently have no dedicated funding source,” City Manager Christian Sigman said. “We are recommending a millage-backed park bond referendum in the $30 million to $50 million range, which would not increase Brookhaven property taxes. “As it stands now, a parks bond is the most viable means of completing the redevelopment of park facilities and construction of new facilities in our lifetimes,” Sigman said. Sue Binkert, chair of PARC, said a Parks Funding Task Force was created to meet regularly with with Parks and Rec-

reation Director Brian Borden, City Manager Christian Sigman and CFO Steve Chapman. Mayor John Ernst sometimes joined the meetings, she said. Binkert chairs PARC and is on the Task Force with Steve Peters of the Murphey Candler Park Conservancy, Greg Trinkle and Terrell Carstens of the Briarwood Park Conservancy and Mary Ann Kelly of Brookhaven Park. “PARC has been requesting and analyzing and researching information ... and plan to present our projects list on July 9,” she said. A position statement on the parks bond referendum from PARC will also be issued July 9, she said. Information gathered and learned has been distributed to other conservancy members as the Task Force has served as a “conduit” between the city and conservancies, she said. The process has not always been easy, but has been collaborative, she added. “We are pleased we’ve been brought to the table this time ... and a citizen-based

group has been involved in this process,” Binkert said. The $30 million to $50 million range is much smaller than the nearly $70 million city officials originally proposed at the City Council’s February retreat that would have included a net tax increase. Sigman said a millage rate to support a parks bond would be offset by the reduction in the city’s property tax rate due to DeKalb County Park Bonds maturing in 2020 as well as the increased EHOST property tax credit resulting from the voter approval of the SPLOST in November 2017. An update of the Parks Master Plan presented to the council at the February retreat shows costs for Ashford Park, Blackburn Park, Briarwood Park, Fernwood Park, Georgian Hills Park, Lynwood Park, Murphey Candler Park and Murphey Candler Park II (an extension of the park) is about $60 million. That number is significantly higher than the $28 million Parks site specific parks plan ap-

proved by the City Council in 2016. At $50 million, the parks bond would cover the lion’s share of the projects but does not result in an overall increase in property taxes, city spokesperson Burke Brennan said. If the city were go above $50 million, residents would see a net tax increase. At a June 21 town hall, Parks and Recreation Director Borden presented the results of a city parks survey sent out to residents in May. More than 24,000 surveys were sent out with 853 residents responding. According to the survey, 63 percent of the respondents indicated they strongly or somewhat support paying higher property taxes to support the city’s parks; 37 percent of those who took the survey said they did not support paying higher property taxes. For more information on the proposed parks bond, visit brookhavenga.gov. The email for feedback on parks projects by July 9 is ParksFeedback@ BrookhavenGA.gov.

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Big ideas in new zoning code to get public input Continued from page 1

MI X ED - US E D I S TRIC TS/ BU F O R D H I G H WAY OVERL AY One way, Bishop said, to modernize the city’s code is to create four new mixed-use district designations: neighborhood, community, corridor and employment. The general idea behind the mixed-use districts is to create, maintain and promote walkable areas. The mixed-use districts do not affect current zoning, but if developers wants to, for example, raze an apartment complex on Buford Highway, they will have to meet the new zoning requirements of a mix of retail and residential as well as other requirements such as storefronts closer to the road. The mayor and City Council have expressed publicly many times their desire for mixed-use developments on Buford Highway as redevelopment of the international corridor known for its immigrant populations and businesses continues to ramp up. Much of the current redevelopment taking place along Buford Highway consists of tearing down older apartment complexes and building luxury townhomes in their place, which has raised the issue of affordable housing and what that means in Brookhaven. The draft rewrite includes a definition of workforce housing as: “Forsale housing that is afford-able to those households earning no more than 80 percent of the median household income for the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area, as determined by the current fiscal year HUD income limit table.” The Atlanta MSA area includes 28 counties surrounding Atlanta and some 140 cities, including Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, Stonecrest, Tucker, Peachtree Corners, Milton and South Fulton. A coalition of Buford Highway affordable housing activists recently noted the area median income (AMI) for the Cross Keys cluster including Buford Highway is $24,159. Using HUD’s definition, affordable housing costs would not need to exceed $604 a month in this area. Currently, average rent now for a 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment along the Buford Highway corridor is estimated at $950 to $1,200 a month, according to Census figures studied by the Center for Pan Asian Community Services in Chamblee. No real specifics from the city’s Affordable Housing Task Force’s recommendations, such as inclusionary zoning to require an affordability component in high-density developments,

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P UB LIC M EETING S July 11 at 5 p.m. – The Planning Commission and Steering Committee of the rezoning rewrite will be going over the draft. Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road. July 19 at 9 a.m. – Public meeting with Community Development staff and consultants at City Hall. July 19 at 6 p.m. – Meeting at Briarwood Park Community Center, 2235 Briarwood Way. duncan.civicomment.org/ brookhaven-zoning-ordinance www.brookhavenzoning.com

are highlighted in the draft rewrite. Community Development Director Patrice Ruffin said the city is still working to incorporate the Task Force’s recommendations that are expected to be completed by July 19. The zoning rewrite draft also includes a section for increased hospital, office and hotel building heights on Buford Highway up to 20 stories. Parking decks for these buildings are not to be taller than eight stories. Ruffin said at the June 28 meeting that the taller buildings are planned to be closer to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta massive development at the I-85 and North Druid Hills Road interchange as well as Executive Park, now owned by Emory University. The scope of the Buford Highway Overlay now only specifically deals with streetscape features and connectivity to the Peachtree Creek Greenway.

“The response by many communities is to assign variances to the City Council to consider when they hear a rezoning,” Bishop said. This is what is currently happening with the Boys & Girls property on North Druid Hills Road. Developer Ashton Woods worked with adjacent neighborhoods and city officials to find a project they could agree that is a combination of town homes and single-family homes. The council approved the rezoning request, but when Ashton went before the ZBA, their variances were denied. Ashton is now appealing the ZBA’s decision in DeKalb Superior Court.

BA C KYA R D C O TTAG ES To address the “missing middle” of higher density residential districts, the draft rewrite includes a new provision for “bungalow courts,” where detached houses are built around open space. There are also provisions for backyard cottages and secondary suites. Secondary suites are small accessory dwelling units located within the same building as the principal dwelling unit. Backyard cottages are small detached accessory dwelling units located in the rear yard. Both would require SLUP approval and only one backyard cottage or secondary suite would be permitted on a lot.

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Pine Mountain Panorama Callaway Gardens, Little White House, Warm Springs perfect for historic weekend getaway in the southern hills BY KATHY DEAN AND COLLIN KELLEY A mountain getaway usually means heading to North Georgia, but why not head south instead? Pine Mountain and nearby attractions like Callaway Gardens, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Little White House, the historic towns of Warm Springs and Manchester are perfect for a weekend away from the city. Located about 80 miles south of Atlanta, Pine Mountain is both scenic and activity-filled whether you’re an outdoor or history enthusiast. There’s also plenty in the way of accommodations, from resorts to campgrounds.

Warm Springs

The town of Warm Springs takes its name from the nearby springs – 88 degrees Fahrenheit and full of minerals – that edge Pine Mountain. Creek and Iroquois Indians used the springs to heal their sick and wounded, and in 1832, David Rose built the area’s first resort around them. The town’s original name was Bullochville, and today, tight alleys lead visitors to Old Bullochville, a reconstructed homage to Warm Spring’s past, found behind Bulloch House and the many shops on Broad Street. Warm Springs gained national recognition in 1924 when President Roosevelt vis-

ited the area to treat his polio-related paralysis. The springs are no longer open for public use, but they are used therapeutically by the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, founded by FDR. Since the invention of the polio vaccine, the institute provides Vocational Rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities. The pools were recently refurbished by Georgia State Parks and a touch pool allows visitors to feel the warm spring waters and learn about its history. Also be sure to check out the Warm Spring National Fish Hatchery, which was established in 1899 to restore and manages fish such as striped bass, alligator gar and lake sturgeon. It’s also used to recover species that are listed under the Endangered Species Act and restore freshwater fish habitats. The hatchery includes a public aquarium and visitors’ area with walkways amid a beautiful, natural environment.

Little White House

Built in 1932 by then-Governor of New York Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Little White House became FDR’s home while he visited the area to take advantage of the springs. The people he met and experiences he had in Warm Springs prompted some of his programs once he became president, such as the Rural Electrification Administration.

In 1945, while posing for a portrait, FDR suffered a stroke and died shortly afterwards. The “Unfinished Portrait” is one of the many exhibits in the museum, as is his 1938 Ford convertible with hand controls. The Little White House has been carefully preserved much as FDR left it. Visitors are welcome to visit the home, museum and pools.

F.D. Roosevelt State Park and Manchester

Georgia’s largest state park is set among the Pine Mountain Range. The 9,000-plus acre park offers more than 40 miles of trails, winding through pines and hardwood trees, over creeks and past small waterfalls. Dowdell’s Knob offers a breath-taking view. It’s a spot that FDR was known to sometimes picnic and ponder national and international issues. He was so fond of the spot, he had a brick oven installed for barbecues. The overlook now features a lifesize sculpture of the president gazing out over the mountains. Dowdell’s Knob is located just off Ga. 190, a winding and scenic roadway that begins just south of Manchester and takes you all the way to Callaway Gardens. There are plenty of places to stop and stretch your legs as well as snap more of those fantastic views from atop Pine Mountain. Speaking of Manchester, it’s a fine ex-

ample of a mountain town with a delightful main street full of shops and the historic President Theatre, originally built in 1935 as movie house. It was recently restored with the help of a grant from the Fox Theatre Institute and is now home to regular community events, theater productions, films and more. A fun fact for the literary-minded: Manchester is the hometown of bestselling author Stuart Woods, who fictionalized the city as Delano for his novel “Chiefs.” CALLAWAY RESORT & GARDENS Founded in 1952 and set on nearly 7,000 acres, Callaway Gardens has become a favored weekend getaway spot, especially for golf lovers and nature enthusiasts. One of the main attractions is the giant Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, which has the distinction of being the largest enclosed tropical conservatory in North America. Thousand of butterflies from 50 different species flutter over a vast array of flowers and plants. There are also 10 miles of walking and biking paths, the white sand Robin Lake Beach and two 18-hole golf courses. Regular events are held, such as the annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival and Fantasy Lights, which see the gardens decked out in millions of twinkling bulbs for the holiday Continued on page 16 BK


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The Bulloch House has a well-earned reputation of delicious, down-home cooking that draws people to Warm Springs. The current owners, since 2009, are Peter and Sandy Lampert, and they’ve not only kept the business going strong, they’ve built upon it — or rather, the ashes of it. The original Bulloch House was built in 1893 by Benjamin F. Bulloch, co-founder of the town of Bullochville. After the town changed its name to Warm Springs, the building held onto its original name and in 1990, it was renovated and turned into a restaurant. Unfortunately, in June 2015, lightning stuck the original building, smoldered in the wiring and burnt the structure to the ground during the night. “When it erupted, thankfully, no one was in the building,” Sandy said. “It was so old, that it was like fat lighter [kindling]. The fire department tried to enter but had to rush out because the fire was taking hold so quickly and completely. It took less than 10 minutes for the old part of the building to burn down completely. The sky was glowing, and the flames were higher than the trees.” The Lamperts had planned to rebuild on the same spot but found that the cost was prohibitive. They thought about moving the restaurant to another town. “After the fire, we considered a move to Hampton or Columbus,” Peter said. “But in the end, we felt that Bulloch House belongs to Warm Springs.” They located a building on Broad Street that could be renovated, and after some negotiation, the owner agreed to lease it to the Lamperts while the insurance claim was being processed. Renovations got underway and the Bulloch House reopened on Dec. 1, 2015.

The spacious two-story restaurant has an elegant feel with high windows and white chandeliers. The walls are decorated with black-and-white photos of local history, and the menu, which changes weekly, features favorites like fried chicken, baked ham and catfish. There are also fried green tomatoes, collards, homemade biscuits and cornbread. Dessert includes six-layer chocolate cake, old fashioned pecan pie and banana pudding. “A lot of people like this location better,” Peter said. “The parking can be a bit of a challenge, but it’s easier to find and it’s surrounded by shops.” One of those shops is the Lampert’s own Fireflies Gift Boutique, just a few doors down. Shoppers delight in a wide selection of women’s jewelry and baby gifts as well as collegiate gear and must-have housewares. The name of the shop has special meaning for Sandy and goes back to the fateful night of the fire. “We got the phone call in the middle of the night, and my husband rushed right over. He called me crying, ‘It’s gone…it’s all gone!’” When she got there, Sandy watched the embers burning and floating up into the trees. “To me, they looked fireflies, what we call lightning bugs,” she said. The original restaurant had a gift shop attached to it, and the shop also suffered from the fire. “When we reopened our gift shop in this new location, it just made sense to name it Fireflies,” Sandy said. Recently, the Lamperts have added a bakery/cafe behind the gift boutique, offering coffee, fudge and cookies as well as specialty cakes and pies, all baked on premises. And they’ve named it Lightnin’ Bugs. For more about the Bulloch House, 70 Broad Street in Warm Springs, visit bullochhouse.com.


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You don’t have to head north to get a view of the hills BY COLLIN KELLEY If you want to go visit the mountains, you don’t have to go far from metro Atlanta. You don’t even have to go north. Check out these state parks and heritage areas that lie to the south, east and west. For more, be sure to visit gastateparks.org.

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Only minutes west of Atlanta in Douglas County, the hills, outcrops and rolling rapids of Sweetwater Creek make for a great afternoon hike. The centerpiece of the park is the ruin of the New Manchester Textile Mill, which was burned during the Civil War. Park rangers lead informative hikes through the park and to the old mill. There’s also plenty of fishing opportunities in the 215-acre George Sparks Reservoir. The park is located at 1750 Mount Vernon Road in Lithia Springs.

PANOLA MOUNTAIN

Just 15 minutes south of Atlanta, Panola Mountain is a100-acre granite outcrop similar to Stone Mountain, but smaller and much more pristine. Park visitors will see the outcrop and its rare ecosystem just as Native Americans did centuries ago. Reservations are required for ranger-led hikes that teach about the rare plants and animals found at the park. There’s plenty of activities in the park, too, including a playground, archery, birding and tree-climbing programs. A paved trail is open for biking, roller blading, jogging and dog-walking, while forested fitness trails are open for hiking and running. 2620 Ga. 155 SW in Stockbridge.

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Located near Lithonia in southern DeKalb County, this national heritage area is also a granite outcrop similar to nearby Stone Mountain and Panola Mountain. The best way to see the park is on foot or by bike, and you can even get there using the PATH system of trails. The area is also dotted with historic homes and cultural buildings that have been preserved. For more information, visit arabiaalliance.org.

PROVIDENCE CANYON

Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon” was created by combination of erosion and poor farming practices during the 1800s. There are now gullies 150 feet deep and the soil’s pink, orange, red and purples hues make for stunning photographs. Visitors can enjoy views of the canyons from the rim trail and also admire the beauty of the rare Plumleaf Azalea, which only grows in this region, and blooms in July and August. 8930 Canyon Road in Lumpkin.


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Balloons, beaches, trains and much more on tap If you’re heading down to the Pine Mountain region for a weekend – or longer – getaway, you might want to time your trip around some of these fun festivals and events. SKY HIGH HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL Set for Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, dozens of hot hair balloons take part in the event – including the spectacular Friday Night Balloon Glow – along with music, food and more at Callaway Gardens. Info: callawaygardens.com. OLD CHIPLEY TOWN FAIR Head to Pine Mountain on Sept. 29 for local crafts, pottery, metalwork, woodwork, food and entertainment. Spend the day strolling down Pine Mountain’s picturesque streets or shopping in downtown Pine Mountain’s and Chipley Village’s shopping centers, each filled with unique shops and boutiques. Information: pinemountain.org. WARM SPRINGS HARVEST HOE DOWN Enjoy the changing of the fall colors with the Annual Harvest Hoe Down Festival on Oct. 13 in downtown Warm Springs. Arts, crafts, food vendors, kids’ activities, entertainment throughout the day, kiddie train rides, fruit and vegetable stand, hands-on crafts for children, and more are planned. The parade will be held at 11 a.m. Information: exploregeorgia.org. MANCHESTER RAILROAD DAYS Calling all railroad fans! Come out and see the personal collection displays, model layouts, outdoor display, and view trains from Railfan Observation Deck. The event will take place Oct. 19-20. Information: exploregeorgia.org.


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