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Park Villa residents forced out for new townhomes BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net Pearl Wilkerson has lived at Park Villa Apartment Homes in Brookhaven for more than 30 years. In late June, she got a notice tacked to her door telling her the complex had been sold and she must move out within weeks. “They done us bad,” the 88-year-old said from the living room of her muggy apartment, where cardboard boxes stuffed with items were stacked. See PARK on page 12

Pearl Wilkerson, 88, has lived in the Park Villa apartments for 30 years and said she was shocked when she learned she had 30 days to move out.

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City cracks down on Buford Highway nightclubs BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspaper.net

A recent gun battle behind the Medusa nightclub in Northeast Plaza on Buford Highway led city officials to revoke the club’s alcohol license. The shootout is just once instance police cite in a crackdown on increasing violence and incidents at many of the city’s late-night venues. According to a May 13 Brookhaven police report, gunfire was exchanged See CITY on page 14

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Lack of master plan delays Children’s Healthcare rezoning BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Members of the Brookhaven Planning Commission say they want to see Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s master plan for its North Druid Hills Road campus before voting on its request to rezone property as part of a planned expansion. The Planning Commission voted July 5 to delay a vote on a rezoning request for 60 days and will reconsider the request at its Sept. 6 meeting. The City Council is expected to defer the annexation at its July 25 meeting. “I’m a little bit concerned … that we don’t have an idea of what the whole thing is going to look like,” Commissioner Michael Diaz said at the July 5 meeting. CHOA wants Brookhaven to annex some 11 acres along the Northeast Expressway and to rezone that property to make way for a new 8-story office building and 7-story parking deck as part of a massive redevelopment of its 45-acre campus at North Druid Hills Road and I-85. CHOA officials have stated at public meetings with residents living near its North Druid Hills Road campus that they need the 11 acres so they can build the office tower and parking deck. After the new “sup-

port building” is completed, the approximately 1,100 employees working in the CHOA office complex on Tullie Road and Tullie Circle would move to that building. Plans would then be to raze the Tullie Road and Tullie Circle office park buildings and then build a $1.3 billion hospital on that land to replace CHOA’s Egleston Hospital on Clifton Road near Emory University. Residents living in the area have complained about the expansion only adding to an already notorious traffic problem in the area. CHOA officials argue that because they are only relocating employees to a new building, the density of the area is not seriously affected. CHOA attorney Woody Galloway said at the July 5 meeting that the healthcare giant is asking the city to only consider now the annexation and rezoning along the Northeast Expressway and that a master plan for the overall development of the campus will be ready “sometime in the fall.” CHOA’s Board of Trustees meets in September and will be reviewing the master plan at that time, Galloway said. When CHOA submits its master plan to the city, a Development of Regional Impact (DRI) is triggered. A DRI involves a traffic impact and mitigation study through the Atlanta Regional Commission.

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Candidates are lining up for the City Council’s District 2 and District 4 seats, which are up for election this November. Both incumbents have announced plans to run for re-election and a challenger has declared in District 4. John Park, who represents District 2 — which takes in Ashford Park, Skyland Park and Briarwood Park — already has held his first campaign fundraiser. Joe Gebbia is seeking re-election in District 4, which covers Buford Highway and the area south of I-85, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Executive Park. Dale Boone, a formal mayoral candidate who competes as a competitive eater and has worked in Indian television production, also has filed his declaration of intent to run for the District 4 seat. The DOI allows Boone to raise funds for his campaign. Qualifying for the City Council election is scheduled for Aug. 23 through Aug. 25. The election is scheduled for Nov. 7. In an announcement made recently on Facebook, Park said he wants to “protect parks and green space, achieve balanced growth and provide efficient city services.” “Due to our efforts, Brookhaven has acquired, or is in the process of acquiring, over 50 acres of green space. We’ve balanced the distribution of capital projects to all districts whether they be storm water management, parks or sidewalks,” he said. Park also spearheaded the movement to bring a controversial “comfort women” memorial to the city after the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta rejected the statue. The memorial honors the sex-trafficking victims of the Japanese military during World War II and, according to city officials, shines a light on the issue of human trafficking in contemporary society. Gebbia has served on City Council since the city was founded. In his announcement for re-election, Gebbia said he wants to work on the redevelopment of Buford Highway, the building and completion of the Peachtree Creek Greenway and the building of a new and permanent City Hall. BK

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‘Comfort women’ memorial to be relocated to Blackburn Park BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The City Council’s decision to relocate a controversial memorial to Blackburn Park is being made without public input, despite it not being part of a parks master plan approved last year. City officials say the parks master plan, that included months of public meetings with consultant GreenbergFarrow before it was approved by the council in February 2016, is a “guiding document” and the city can add features later. “The master plans are a guiding document; however, the city has an obligation to remain flexible and add amenities as warranted,” Burke Brennan, city spokesperson, said. “Furthermore, the placement of the statue should not interfere with any future long-term park plans.” The city announced July 5 it was relocating the “comfort women” memorial from the 3-acre Blackburn Park II on Blair Circle to the 45-acre Blackburn Park on AshfordDunwoody Road, just days after the statue’s June 30 unveiling. Hundreds of cheering people and national and international media attended the unveiling. The statue, depicting a girl seated next to an empty chair, is intended to honor the so-called comfort women who were sexually trafficked by the Japanese military

during World War II. It is identical to several similar statues installed around the world as part of a cultural and political dispute between South Korea and Japan over “comfort women” history and responsibility. The city has not stated when the memorial will be moved other than “within the next few weeks,” according to the release. Brian Borden, director of Parks and Recreation, included three photographs in a July 5 email to City Manager Christian Sigman, obtained through an open records request, of sites he is recommending in Blackburn Park for the statue. Borden stated the best choice to him is a site between Ashford-Dunwoody Road and the ballfields, near the playground, where there is shade and access to parking. The council voted May 23 to accept the memorial from the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force and Sigman said at the meeting that a site for the statue had not been chosen then. But emails between city officials also show the Blackburn Park II site was selected as far back as April when council members were meeting with members of the task force, which commissioned the statue. “There were several discussions prior to the acceptance of the memorial, but nothing was finalized prior to the City Council

vote,” Brennan said when asked about the apparent discrepancy. When some residents living near Blackburn Park II learned in May that the statue would be installed in the park they paid to maintain, they threatened to sue the city. The residents, members of The Reserve at Brookleigh Community Association, had been paying about $20,000 a year for the park’s maintenance for the past several years, something city officials did not realize. The city is taking over maintenance of the park, Brennan said. City officials already had decided to move the memorial before its June 30 unveiling. A June 27 email from Mayor John Ernst to Brad Sapir, board member for The Reserve at Brookleigh association, which represents 95 homeowners along Blair Circle, said the announcement would be made after the Fourth of July holiday and asked Sapir to keep the information private. “If the relocation is announced prior to the unveiling it will mute the impact of the city’s message that human and sex trafficking is a serious issue. It will also embolden the detractors at the international level to eliminate the statute entirely,” Ernst said. The city paid for the cement base the statue sits on in Blackburn Park II and estimates it will cost less than $2,000 to relocate the statue, including $1,100 for the

cement base, Brennan said. The task force will cover costs associated with landscaping around the memorial, he said. While there appears to be no specific policy in place for accepting public art, Brennan said the city charter outlines how the city is to conduct business. “A resolution was placed on a public agenda in advance, and voted on in an advertised public meeting. Public comment on the topic preceded the council vote, which was covered extensively by the news media, and the Reporter Newspapers was first to report,” Brennan said. The agenda item did not, however, specify the kind of public art that was being accepted and from whom. Most of those who spoke during public comment were members of the memorial’s task force. An Atlanta version of the memorial began in controversy earlier this year, when the National Center for Civil and Human Rights backed out of a previous acceptance of the statue, which was to be placed on its grounds near Centennial Olympic Park. Brookhaven then agreed to take the statue, citing its relationship to the city’s battle against contemporary sex trafficking. The city also has a significant Korean American population and City Councilmember John Park, an advocate of the memorial, was born in South Korea.



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Russell Honderd stays busy on a recent day at the Brookhaven Farmers Market selling produce from King of Crops, a farm owned by the popular frozen treat company, King of Pops.

A local ‘King’ of fresh food and frozen treats BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Russell Honderd pinched off a piece of red pepper and popped it into his mouth. “These are some of the sweetest peppers we have,” he said, standing behind a box of the red peppers mixed with plump pimento peppers and another box filled with baby carrots with lush green stems. A scale was hanging over his shoulder. Honderd, the 31-year-old son of wellknown Brookhaven residents Betsy Eggers and Jack Honderd, was at a recent Brookhaven Farmers Market selling the veggies, some wildflowers, and likely the most popular product on his menu — King of Pops frozen treats. He kept them stored in a refrigerated cart and topped with a signature rainbow umbrella.

The vegetables are grown at the King of Crops farm located in Winston, a city in Douglas County about 30 miles west of Atlanta. Honderd manages the farm, which produces produce for sale and for use in the pops, which now are sold throughout the Southeast. At the farm, King of Pops founders Nick and Steve Carse are undertaking a large-scale effort to grow local, organic produce to use in the making of their frozen pops, Honderd said. The 68-acre farm, purchased in 2014 by King of Pops, is undergoing some major infrastructure work under Honderd’s direction in order to grow a variety of organic fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a business plan to expand to “new projects creating an example of

how business and environmental stewardship can benefit from one another.” Seasonal crops at King of Crops include lettuce; arugula; slicer- and cherrysized tomatoes; sweet and hot peppers; eggplant; sugar snap peas; strawberries; blueberries; blackberries; melons; assorted herbs; ginger; lemongrass; kale; collard greens and cucumbers. “We grow fruits for pops,” Honderd said when asked what he tells people what he does for a living. Cucumbers grown on the farm are used to create Honderd’s favorite pop, the cucumber-lime pop. “I love it. It is so refreshing,” he said. “It’s definitely my favorite right now.” King of Crops also has a salad club and grows produce people can buy specifically

for salads. Customers can pick up the produce at the Brookhaven Farmers Market, the Ponce City Farmers Market or Decatur Farmers Market (although on this recent Saturday in Brookhaven there were no pickings because recent heavy rain had washed away the salad options). Selling at local farmer markets is one way for the King of Crops to create some revenue as it creates the infrastructure needed for the large-scale farm effort, Honderd said, and gives him and others a chance to tell people about what they are doing. “I really enjoy going to farmers markets and talking about what we are doing, meeting people ... it’s a great feeling,” he said. “Farming is filled with long days Continued on page 6

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Bike share momentum growing in Perimeter area BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

Bicycle share stations, which allow users to rent a bike for a fee from an automated kiosk or from a smartphone app, are gaining momentum in Atlanta and the Perimeter area. The Relay Bike Share system opened two new stations in Buckhead in midJuly, a partnership with MARTA was launched July 14 and the system was expanded by 500 bikes in April. Private bike shares have also opened in the Perimeter area, including ones at the Perimeter Summit office complex in Brookhaven and the Concourse Corporate Center in Sandy Springs. They operate on private property and are unavailable to the public. Atlanta’s Chief Bicycle Officer Becky Katz oversaw the Relay Bike Share 100bike launch in May 2016. Since then, the program has been expanded to 500 bikes at 65 stations throughout Atlanta, but none were installed in Buckhead until July 2017. Within the next five years, Katz expects the number of bikes to balloon to 1,000 at 130 stations throughout the city. To determine where the bikes will go, Katz and the other city officials rely on public input about where residents

want bikes and what routes they want to take. Katz also takes into account the number of residential and commercial buildings around the area and what transit options are close by. One goal of the bike share system is to provide what’s called “last-mile connectivity,” which is getting a transit rider from a station or stop to his or her destination. To help accomplish last-mile connectivity, the Relay Bike Share program has partnered with MARTA to provide bike maintenance stations and bike racks at all MARTA stations. Actual bike share stations are open only at seven MARTA stations so far. A Relay Bike Share station will open in the coming weeks at the Lenox MARTA station. Bike racks have been placed inside MARTA stations because people feel safer locking bikes within the MARTA gates, but it is important for the bike rental stations be outside of MARTA stations so that people not riding the train can also rent the bikes, Katz said. Providing bike shares at Perimeter-area MARTA stations is also on the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts’ radar. Ann Hanlon, the executive director of the PCIDs, said the organization wants to help make the area more bike friendly. “We are very fortunate to have three

rail stations in our area, and making er Place and the Lenox MARTA stations them easier to get to is definitely one of to improve last-mile connectivity. The our priorities,” Hanlon said. two office buildings are off Piedmont Getting bike share stations to Buckhead Road and close to the MARTA station, took longer because it required signing liso adding bike share stations to them censing agreements with private properwill allow people to get from the train ty owners, Katz said. But placing them on Continued on page 7 private property is important in Buckhead because there is limited public right of way on which to place them, she said. The support of Buckhead residents’ helped encourage Atlanta to get bike shares in Buckhead and Denise Starling, the executive director of Livable Buckhead, was an integral force in getting the private businesses on board and bringing the bike share stations to the neighborhood, Katz said. Starling said Livable Buckhead has been working on attracting the bike share stations ZAGSTER to the neighborhood Zagster bike share stations similar to this one in for several months, and Indiana have been installed around the Perimeter choose the locations at Summit office, residential and hotel complex in Brookhaven for use by tenants and hotel guests. Piedmont Center, Tow-

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Russell Honderd, a Brookhaven native, sells produce and pops at the Brookhaven Farmers Market.

tally sustainable mission of King of Pops, and hard work and it’s Honderd said. It grows rejuvenating to feel and sells only plants support from people.” native to Georgia, with One of the biggest the edible varieties inshortcomings to farmtended for people to ers markets, Honderd plant as what he called said, is the idea that “food landscapes.” they are only accessi“For the last 50 to 60 ble to “certain people.” years, it’s been about “They are seen as trying to make foods a being for a niche cheap at the expense Russell Honderd. crowd, wealthy peoof farm workers ... and ple, a fad,” he said. “We consumers are suffering more,” he said. really need to get more involvement “There are a lot of different ways we and support from all people.” can change food systems,” he added. “It is Living and working on a farm is a nata lot of work in order to affect change ... ural career move for Honderd, whose but you got to take the first steps.” parents are both advocates for protectAnd some of those steps are taking ing the environment. Eggers is chair of place on a pop farm. the Peachtree Creek Greenway, a planned For more information about King of new city park and trail system, and HonCrops, visit kingofcrops.com. derd is an architect and developer. “When I was a boy [in Brookhaven] I spent a lot of time playing with my brother on a creek that ran through our back yard, and that’s where I really fell in love with being outside,” Honderd said. “I developed a passion for environmental sustainability — it was really wonderful.” The small creek ran next to the Brookhaven Library in what’s now known as Fernwood Park and drained by Apple Valley Road and then to Tugaloo Drive, he remembered. “We could trudge through it ... it was a fun place to explore and we were given access to all our neighbors,” he said. Now, living and working on a farm fulfills what he sees as being important in life: environmental sustainability, social justice and access to food. A nursery at the farm is also keeping with the environmen-

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Bike share momentum growing in Perimeter area how to use them, and will also publish route suggestions to give people an idea of how they could improve their commute. Officials with the Atlanta program also aim to make the bike share system equitable and available to a wide variety of people by placing bikes throughout the city. They also introduced in April reduced membership pricing for ISADORA PENNINGTON Atlanta’s chief bicycle officer, Becky Katz, at the April community members that event to kick off the Relay Bike Share expansion. receive Supplemental Nutritional Assistance ProContinued from page 5 gram benefits, so lower-income people could more easily rent bikes. station to work much easier, she said. “We want the bikes to be accessible PATH400, especially after it eventually to everyone,” Katz said. connects to the Atlanta BeltLine, makes a SNAP recipients receive a discounted Buckhead “a great place to ride,” Katz said. rate of a $5 monthly membership, comStarling said Buckhead residents she pared to the $15 regular monthly fee. An has heard from have been excited, but she annual membership is also available for and others involved with the program have $10 a month, and individual rides are to evaluate the program’s success and us$3.50 for 30 minutes. Riders can pay by age data before deciding to add more. credit card at the bike station or on the “Buckhead is not as bike-friendly as othSocial Bicycles smartphone app. To find a er communities in Atlanta,” Starling said. bike, visit relaybikeshare.com/map. Starling said Livable Buckhead will Starling said Livable Buckhead dedo awareness and education campaigns liberately waited to be a part of the so people know where the bikes are and



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city’s system instead of trying to implement other bike share stations. “You get more out of it in a bigger system,” she said. In recent months, “rogue” bike shares, or bicycle rental companies not operated in conjunction with the city but are placed on public property, have popped up in Midtown. “We think competition is good, but all operators need to be held to the same level of service,” Katz said. They need to be equitably distributed and properly insured, she said. The companies often require hefty deposits, making them not available to everyone, she said. If people have trouble with using them or if, for example, they are left on public property blocking sidewalks, they “could give bike share a bad name,” she said. If private bike share companies are only on private property, it is up to the property owner to enforce the rules and regulate the companies, she said. Hanlon said the PCIDs have every option on the table for improving residents’ and employees’ commutes, including bike share. There are a couple of private bike share stations for tenants of the complexes at Perimeter Summit in Brookhaven and at Concourse Corporate Center in Sandy Springs, home to the iconic pair of skyscrapers often

called the “King and Queen,” Hanlon said. She believes a blend of these private and public bike shares would probably be the best way to get people riding bikes. A spokesperson for Perimeter Summit’s management company, Seven Oaks, said the office, residential and hotel complex uses a company called Zagster, which has partnered with city governments and several universities. The bike share at Perimeter Summit is only available to hotel guests, residents and office building tenants who must use a special access code. The bike share systems at Concourse are also only accessible to tenants and operate in a similar way. They are located outside of several of the complex’s buildings. Zagster, a Massachusetts-based company, said in 2016 it has sent a proposal to Sandy Springs to partner with Zagster to install public bike share stations around the city. Zagster has already has partnered with Smyrna, Alpharetta and Kennesaw’s Town Center Community Improvement District to install systems. If the Perimeter area was able to get bike share stations, Hanlon said it could bring business and workers to the area. “It would be hugely important in bringing business here and in getting employees to want to come here,” she said.


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Book honors endangered houses of Historic Brookhaven BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

A new coffee-table book honors the houses of Historic Brookhaven — and immortalizes them before more are lost to redevelopment.

“The Storied Houses of Historic Brookhaven” features more than 90 houses in the historic neighborhood that straddles Brookhaven and Buckhead, centered on the Capital City Club golf course. The limited-edition book is the product of several years of work by

a committee of the Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association. “There are definitely houses that are gone or were significantly remodeled — so remodeled that they’re no longer recognizable as historical — in those three or four years,” said Richard Diedrich, a Historic Brookhaven resident and author of coffee-table books about golf courses, who penned the book. The book project is focused on a smaller area within Historic Brookhaven

— the official Historic District that has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. It’s roughly bounded by East Brookhaven Drive and Peachtree, Vermont and Winall Down roads. That core neighborhood dates back to a 1910 plan for the Capital City Club — then called the Brookhaven Country Club — in an area of summer cottages. A community called Brookhaven Estates was plotted around the club’s borders, soon followed by two other subdivisions.


Author Richard Diedrich’s own house at 8 Brookhaven Drive, above, dates to 1925 and is featured in his book. Below, a watercolor of the front door.

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Houses dating from 1910 to 1942 are now part of the Historic District. The National Register designation offers recognition and eligibility for preservation-related grants and tax credits, but does not protect buildings from demolition. About 150 historic homes remain in Historic Brookhaven, but at least 50 others have been demolished or heavily altered since the Historic District designation, Diedrich and the neighborhood association estimate. Raising awareness of the houses’ historic value was a main inspiration for the book when resident Mike Elliot approached Diedrich several years ago about writing it.

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Above, the house at 10 Brookhaven Drive in Historic Brookhaven. Right, a watercolor of the front door.

Writing, photographing and producing the book was a challenge taking years of devoted effort by the committee. Members have previously said they had to raise over $25,000 in business sponsorships and book subscriptions from homeowners to make the project happen. “At the time, we were selling a vision,” said Diedrich, declining to reveal the book project’s final cost. The result is a 146-page, oversized book packed with profiles of houses, describing the history and architecture of many, along with some personal memories. Photos of the houses are in many cases accompanied by watercolors painted by Diedrich that highlight the front doors or entryways – among the unique parts of the houses, he writes. Among the particularly notable houses is 3970 East Brookhaven Drive, whose architect was Phillip Trammell Shutze, the designer of the Atlanta History Center’s famous Swan House and many other prominent Atlanta buildings. The Capital City Club gets its own section, and the book includes context about the area’s history and diverse architecture, as well as some notes on today’s new housing in the neighborhood. Diedrich said other historic neighbor-

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Kitchens. Baths. Porches & Decks. Basements. Patios. Additions. hoods in metro Atlanta could consider creating such a book. He noted Druid Hills as a very similar community, with its golf club, historic houses and varied architecture. “They all have the problem of historic houses being razed and being replaced,” Diedrich said of metro Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods. “It’s really a more pervasive problem than [only in] Brookhaven.” “The Storied Houses of Historic Brookhaven” was delivered to subscribers in June. Anyone can buy a copy, while supplies last, for $85 via brookhavenlibretto.com and soon at the UPS Store at 4062 Peachtree Road in Brookhaven. Diedrich said he will attend three book-signings in September, including at the Decatur Book Festival.

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Commentary / For great public art, craft a great public policy Editor’s Note: Public art is a rising priority in local cities, but sometimes comes with disputes about lack of transparency in how the art is selected and placed. The city of Brookhaven is about to relocate its new “Young Girl’s Statue for Peace,” a memorial to Korean women sexually trafficked by the Japanese military in World War II, from one park to another following a threatened lawsuit over the lack of public input in its placement. The partial disassembly of Buckhead’s iconic sculpture “The Storyteller” and its relocation from a city park to the local library have drawn criticisms from the artist and civic leaders. Meanwhile, the city of Sandy Springs recently created detailed policies on how it will solicit, accept and display public art as it prepares to open its arts-oriented City Springs civic center next year. The nonprofit Art Sandy Springs plays a key role in that process. Reporter Newspapers asked Cheri Morris of Art Sandy Springs to explain the goals and strategies in crafting a municipal public art policy. The Atlanta metro area has, in recent years, begun to energetically embrace public art as a means of creating community and enhancing quality of life. Much of the work is being done by nonprofit organizations. Living Walls has facilitated over 100 public murals throughout the region. The Atlanta BeltLine hosts the annual Art on the BeltLine, with more than 100 fine and performing arts components. Art Sandy Springs has for the last 10 years donated sculptures and murals to the city of DYANA BAGBY Jeff Beal and Cindy “Rodeo” Steedle Sandy Springs through its take a look at the “comfort women” program known as “ArtSS memorial in its soon to be former home at in the Open.” The most Brookhaven’s Blackburn Park II in July. noteworthy of these is the iconic Playable Art Park created in concert with be a very good thing. Sandy Springs Conservancy. But some controversy is unnecessary Local governments are beginning to and counterproductive, and can be avoidadd their power to the burgeoning pubed with forethought and planning. Atlanta lic art scene, with an eye to creating their has seen mural art removed by neighbors own unique sense of place and supportwho felt it was just too biologically explicing economic development. Cities such as it. Some art purchased for parks has been Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Duluth, Roswell, disassembled and split into different ownSandy Springs and Suwannee have creatership, surprising and disappointing the ed public art programs, each with a distinct artist. mission appropriate to its geography. Many good souls are working to fill Art does not come without controverour city with beauty and to do so with as sy. Indeed, Michelangelo, the great Italian few stumbles as possible. The city of Sansculptor and painter, was quite controverdy Springs can be held up as a great examsial in his day for celebrating the musculaple of thoughtfully approaching its public ture of the human form at a time when virart program with carefully crafted goals, tually all art was liturgical and created in strategies, criteria and policy. The program celebration of the divine. is embedded in city policy and is being imSome art is intended to be controverplemented through a memorandum of unsial, to create public discourse about a subderstanding with Art Sandy Springs. ject the artist believes should be explored. A The first step was to incorporate pubrecent example is the “Fearless Girl,” a statlic art into the city’s Comprehensive Plan ue of a girl staring down the famous snortand to include discussion in the extensive ing bronze bull on Wall Street, sponsored public meetings around that planning proby a large financial institution to make a cess. The Comp Plan calls for creation of a statement in support of gender equity in more detailed Public Art Plan to establish the financial industry. everything from criteria for what is judged On the local front, the “comfort womas art, to potential locations of art pieces in en” statue in Brookhaven makes a strong city-owned open spaces, to a plan of action social commentary that is creating some to procure and place those pieces in the discomfort. Controversy that promotes the coming years. progress of humanity, as did Michelangelo, The public art plan will be fulfilled in or spurs thought and public discourse, can part by an annual sculpture competition,

Cheri Morris

is past president of Art Sandy Springs and chairs the organization’s “ArtSS in the Open” public art program. She also develops, leases, owns, manages and consults on mixed-use communities, with a focus on downtown revitalizations.

managed by Art Sandy Springs. Annual finalists will be displayed in the park at City Springs, with public comment invited. And each year’s winners will be transported to their permanent homes in the city’s parks and open spaces. The city also has established a Public Art Policy, including the criteria and procedures for acceptance, conservancy and divestiture of gifts in parks and open spaces. Art Sandy Springs will assist the city in evaluating potential donations of public art and will work with the donors to tie their ideas into the city’s Public Art Plan. On its part, Art Sandy Springs brings 10 years of learning to the process of procuring public art. The Playable Art Park took almost two years to bring to fruition from a well-structured call for entries, to community participation in the screening process, to review of the entries by art conservators for maintenance issues and playground experts for safety. We conducted several focus groups of children who went through the entries to comment on playability. And then we brought in highly credentialed art experts for the final judging. This group included the objects conservator of the High Museum, the head of the sculpture department at the Savannah College for Art and Design-Atlanta, the sculpture conservator of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and others. One of my greatest joys is that, of the six winners selected by the judges, five were also in the top picks of the children. Whereas Art Sandy Springs functioned independently in its first 10 years, the city and the organization found it wise to creBK

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OFF Grand Opening Special No Coupon Needed, Walk in or Pre-Appointment “The Storyteller” sculpture in its new home at the Buckhead Branch Library. It was moved — minus several of its sculptures — earlier this year from its former spot in Charlie Loudermilk Park.

ate a partnership in which the city embraces and fortifies the awareness of art, sets clear expectations and procedures within which to work, and empowers the subject matter experts at Art Sandy Springs to bring its volunteer resources to perform the painstaking work that is not within the reality of government. The tools that have been put in place do not assure that there will be no controver-


sy. Surely someone won’t think a certain sculpture is pretty or a mosaic is wonderful. And it is not out of the question that the city may someday choose to own a piece of art that is intended to provoke thought or create dialogue. However, we can be assured that controversy won’t come from hurt feelings, or art content that is simply outside societal norms.

Letter to the Editor CIT Y S H OUL D B E P ROUD OF ‘C OMF ORT WO M EN’ M EM O R IAL I am a scholar in Washington, D.C., who advises members of Congress and others about World War II history. In my 2014 New York Times op-ed “The Comfort Women and Japan’s War on Truth,” I tried to make clear that the comfort women (and boys) used as sex slaves for Imperial Japan were emblematic of the larger crime of sex trafficking and sexual violence in warfare. The memorial unveiled in Brookhaven is a timeless symbol of this unending wartime tragedy. The fact is that Imperial Japan during WWII had a unique state-sanctioned and -managed system of sexual slavery in wartime maintained outside of legal prostitution. Nearly all the opposition you hear is from people coordinated by Japanese right-wing, anti-Korean groups. They are fueled by a toxic combination of racism and delusions of Japan’s wartime glory. These groups and their funders are also the political base of Japan’s prime minister and his party. This is why you have Japanese diplomats humiliating themselves by denying history as cravenly as Holocaust deniers. And this is why the focus is only on Korea and not on the Dutch mothers, the German missionaries, the Filipino farm girls, the Taiwanese Aboriginals, the Indonesian villagers, the Vietnamese schoolgirls, the wives of Tamil laborers, the Australian shipwreck survivors, and even the French and British prostitutes in brothels requisitioned in Shanghai. No one knows how many people were swept up in the comfort women system. None were willing, whether they were handed over by a village elder for protection, were trading their body to feed their children or grabbed off the street. The number, if you count the thousands of “opportunities” through the Pacific Islands, China and the internment camps for Westerners, is far in excess of 200,000. The majority of the women “trafficked” to war zones were likely Korean. But the basic fact remains that young officers in the Japan’s Imperial Navy and Army were trained to establish “comfort stations” and requisition “supplies.” It should be with pride that Brookhaven is willing to host a memorial to WWII crimes that not only happened in Asia (and not just to Asians), but also mostly to girls and women. This is rare. And the community should not succumb to the racism of Japanese rightwing groups any more than it would to an organization objecting to a Holocaust memorial. This is not racist; it is American to honor and learn from the past of all its citizens. -- Mindy Kotler, Director of Asia Policy Point, Washington, D.C. BK


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Continued from page 1 Speaking over the roar of a box fan because the air conditioner hasn’t worked for four months, she said, Wilkerson wished she had at least been given several months’ notice to move. “They could have told us at Christmas,” she said. “Now I’m trying to find a place.” Wilkerson and dozens of others who live in the 54-year-old complex at the intersection of Cliff Valley Way and Coosawattee Drive near Buford Highway are being forced out as developer Taylor Morrison prepares to demolish the complex and build a luxury 73-townhome development. Taylor Morrison already has a development under construction within yards of the Park Villa complex and another just down the street that is selling townhomes priced in the $400,000 range. Mayor John Ernst worked with Taylor Morrison to extend the lease for Park Villa residents to Aug. 21, giving them an additional three weeks to find a new home. “There was no legal obligation on their part, per the term of the existing leases, but they chose to cooperate as good community partners,” Ernst said in a July 14 statement on the lease extension. Michelle Campbell, president of Atlanta’s division of Taylor Morrison, thanked the city for working with them to give residents more time to move out. “We thank the city of Brookhaven for working with us to find ways

The Park Villa complex, dating back to the 1960s, includes 12 three-story buildings with 92 rental apartments on approximately six acres.

to help the Park Villa community, and we’re glad to offer some solutions that will help with this transitional period,” she said in a prepared statement. Wilkerson lives on a fixed income and pays $800 a month. The average rent at the complex is about $800 a month. Many of those living in the complex are older and many are Latino, including some who are undocumented. Apartment complexes being torn down to make way for more expensive housing while displacing residents has been on the city’s radar for some time. The city formed an Affordable Housing Task Force last year to address the issue and the task force is slated to make recommendations to the City Council at its July 25 meeting. Zach Bradley, a minister at Brookhaven Presbyterian Church, urged the city last year to address affordable housing, which led to the Task Force formation. He praised Ernst and the city for negotiating a lease agreement for Park Villa residents. “But more must be done to prevent largescale displacement like this in the future,” he said. “Even if the city mandates a percentage of affordable housing for new buildings, sales such as this one will still mean social disruption for those who can afford it least.” At a hastily called July 11 meeting un-

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L-R, Carrie Cox and Joe Monahan, who have lived at the Park Villa apartments for several years, were angered when management told them they faced hundreds of dollars in legal fees if they did not pay July’s full rent, despite the lease stating they only had to pay half. Laurie Haynes, niece of 30-year Park Villa resident Pearl Wilkerson, asks for help to find her aunt a new home at the July 11 meeting.

der a pavilion at Briarwood Park, representatives from the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Latin American Association, Center For Pan Asian Community Services, Los Vecinos de Buford Highway, Cross Keys Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative and Immigrant Hope-Atlanta were on hand to answer Park Villa residents’ questions and offer resources on finding a new home. “I think a lot of them are facing homelessness,” said Lindsey Siegel, attorney with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. What is happening at Park Villa is new, she said. “I haven’t seen a situation like this where an entire complex is given 30 days’ notice,” she said. Although it is a “highly unusual situation,” Siegel said the management company was not breaking the law. “The lease provides for the management to do exactly what they did. In Georgia, there are few things prohibited in residential leases, so most of what the parties

agree to is enforceable,” she said. Strategic Management Partners, which manages the complex for Taylor Morrison, on June 20 posted notices on residents’ doors letting them know the complex had been sold. The notice also stated a $399 move-in offer was being offered to move into SMP’s “sister property” at Avenues Eightyfive Apartments located on Northeast Expressway. On June 23, residents received another notice letting them know the complex had been sold to Taylor Morrison Homes of Georgia LLC. Then, on June 26, they received another notice letting them know they needed to move out by the end of July. A provision of the lease states if the complex is sold, residents will be given 30 days to move out. Besides the short notice to move out, several residents complained that the apartment management was telling them they had to pay a full month of rent

for July while their leases state that if the apartment is sold and leases are terminated, residents are required to only pay half of the final month’s rent. The management company was also passing out notices telling residents if they did not pay their full July bill, they would have to pay a $100 late fee and would be charged an additional $200 fee to cover eviciton legal costs. “They’re trying to intimidate people, especially because they know some people are undocumented,” said Carrie Cox, who has lived in the apartments for five years. “This is not a humane way to treat people.” Taylor Morrison was set to hold a “housing fair” July 19 for Park Villa residents to view options available at other complexes with move-in specials. Stephanie McCarty, vice president of Taylor Morrison corporate communication, said after speaking with the mayor the company was requiring tenants only

Atlanta Legal Aid Society attorneys Lindsey Siegel, left, and Mara Block, with resident Melinda Ward (seated) answer questions from Park Villa residents at a July 11 meeting organized by activists in Briarwood Park.

pay 50 percent of July’s rent and was refunding those who paid full July rent while also waiving late fees. Tenants will also only have to pay 50 percet of August rent if paid by Aug. 5, she said. In May, the Brookhaven Zoning Board of Appeals approved a variance to Ardent Companies, a real estate firm, giving them the go-ahead to tear down the complex to make way for a 73-townhome development. Ardent has since sold to Taylor Morrison. The Park Villa Apartments are located on approximately six acres of property located at 2069 Coosawattee Drive. The complex is made up of 12 three-story buildings with 92 rental apartments.

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City cracks down on Buford Highway nightclubs Continued from page 1 shortly after 3 a.m. at Medusa between some people belonging to a group kicked out of the club for disorderly behavior and two of the club’s security guards. Three people were injured and more than 20 shell casings were gathered, according to the report. During the investigation of the shooting, police say, they discovered that the two security guards — Thaddeus Tigner and Shayquan “Quan” Gooding — did not have the required state license to work as armed security guards. “It is in the interest of the public’s safety and well-being that Medusa’s alcohol license is revoked,” said City Manager Christian Sigman in a July 12 press release. “Clear violations of city and state law that pose a danger to the residents and businesses of Brookhaven have occurred at this establishment.” An owner of Medusa who declined to give his name said he had no comment when reached by phone. Medusa has the right to appeal the revocation to the city’s Alcohol Board. That appeal must be exercised within 15 days of the notice to avoid closing the business, and the appeal hearing must happen with 30 days of the appeal, according to the city.

This is believed to be the first time the city has revoked an alcohol license, according to city spokesperson Ann Marie Quill. The city is also considering an overhaul of its alcohol ordinance, including rolling back hours, and City Council is expected to discuss the recommended changes at its July 25 meeting. Currently, last call for late-night venues is 2:55 a.m. with closing at 3:30 a.m. Restaurants may also stay open until 3:30 a.m., but are supposed to stop serving alcohol at 12:30 a.m. Brookhaven’s proposed ordinance rewrite would set the city’s


The city is revoking the alcohol license of the Medusa nightclub in Northeast Plaza after numerous incidents at the club, including a shooting in May.

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last call for all venues serving booze at ford Highway and in Northeast Plaza. 2 a.m., with a closing time of 3 a.m., to The other is the Pink Pony on Corpobe in line with surrounding cities. Porate Boulevard, visible from Buford lice officials say earlier last calls could Highway. also help curtail violence as well as Of those 291 incidents, 202 of them, DUIs, especially on Buford Highway. or 69 percent, occurred between midThe 2 a.m. last call night and 6 a.m., acwould put Brookhavcording to the police en in line with bar presentation. Of those closing hours in San202 incidents, 63 hapdy Springs and Dunpened between 3 a.m. woody, according to and 4 a.m., police said. Brookhaven Police There were 235 DUI Chief Gary Yandura. incident reports beThe Medusa shoottween Jan. 1, 2016 and ing is one of many viMay 15, 2017, with 153 olent incidents that reports, or 65 percent, have occurred in reof those occurring becent months at nighttween midnight and 6 clubs, many located a.m., according to poin Northeast Plaza on lice. Of the 153 reports, Buford Highway, ac47 of them happened cording to a presentabetween 3 a.m. and 4 tion made by police at a.m. the June 29 City Coun“Of the DUI incicil meeting. dents between 3 a.m. A stabbing that ocCHRISTIAN SIGMAN and 4 a.m., 72 percent curred in the Rush CITY MANAGER of the offenders lived Lounge parking lot as outside the city of the club was closing Brookhaven,” the poabout 3:15 a.m. in July 2016 resulted in lice presentation states. one victim being taken to the hospital The presentation added, “This analand the arrest of two suspects, accordysis demonstrates that police presence ing to the presentation. increases dramatically the longer each Police say aggravated assaults are alcohol serving establishment remains occurring at locations after clubs have open and spikes between 2 a.m. and 4 closed, including a stabbing on May 21 a.m.” at a McDonald’s on North Druid Hills City officials are also looking at othRoad at 2:30 a.m. A shooting at the Wafer ways to crack down on nightlife and fle House on Buford Highway on Feb. police incidents. The Brookhaven Plan27 at 4:20 a.m. happened after a crowd ning Commission on July 5 voted to not went there after leaving Rush Lounge, recommend approval of a special land police stated. use permit for a new late night club at According to police, between Jan. 1, 3303 Buford Highway in Northeast Pla2016, and May 15, 2017, there were 291 za due to the proliferation of such venincidents reported at 10 late-night venues, nine of which are located on Buues.

It is in the interest of the public’s safety and well-being that Medusa’s alcohol license is revoked.

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Hear 15 singers from the Capitol City Opera Company perform selections from “The Golden Age of Broadway” at the Company’s 25th annual “On the Light Side,” a musical “indoor picnic” and silent auction fundraiser. Highpoint Episcopal Community Church (formerly Church of the Atonement). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to browse the silent auction and to enjoy a “Bring Your Own Picnic.” $40; $300 for tables of eight. 4945 High Point Road, Sandy Springs. Info: ccityopera.org.

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT Sunday, July 30, 3 p.m.

Franklin Pond Chamber Music, a music program for talented string students, presents its annual Summer Finale Concert featuring works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Glazunov, Brahms, and Dvorak. Faculty members and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians Jun-Ching Lin and Carolyn Hancock will perform with the students in the final piece. Free. Kellett Chapel of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road, Buckhead. Info: franklinpond.org or 404-252-3479.


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“Gentle Yoga with Michael” offers a relaxing way to improve physical health and mental outlook. Yoga mat is required. Free. Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway N.E., Sandy Springs. Info: 404-303-6130.

LEARN SOMETHING “THE TERROR YEARS” Wednesday, July 26, 8 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright appears at the Atlanta History Center and will discuss his book, “The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State.” $10 public; $5 History Center members. 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com.


Tuesday, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Stephen Davis, author of more than 100 articles on the Civil War in scholarly and popular journals, will discuss his new book, “All the Fighting They Want: The Atlanta Campaign,” in the Titles @ Twilight program at Heritage Sandy Springs. Free. Garden Room at the Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy

DUNWOODY COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE Sunday, Aug. 6, 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A community ride for all ages and abilities kicks off at Dunwoody’s Village Burger on first Sundays monthly through November. Helmets are required and bikes with gears are recommended to handle hills on a 4.5-mile loop around Dunwoody. Riders age 10 and under must be with an adult. Rides cancelled in inclement weather. 1426 Dunwoody Village Pkwy., Dunwoody. Info: bikewalkdunwoody.org.

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“PROHIBITION IN THE PARK” Saturday, July 29, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Slip into some Roaring ’20s attire for Heritage Sandy Springs’ “Prohibition in the Park,” an elegant evening in the garden at Heritage Green featuring a cigar lounge, jazz music, a speakeasy and complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktail tastings. The history of speakeasies in Sandy Springs and throughout Georgia will be presented. A silent auction benefits the Heritage Society’s Farmers Market and its Historic Resources Program. $50 Heritage Society members; $75 non-members. 6110 Blue Stone Road, Sandy Springs. Info and tickets: heritagesandysprings.org.


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Mary Bryce Brannen and Harrison Hall The Westminster Schools, recent graduates Mary Bryce Brannen and Harrison Hall made a mark on their school community through debate. In the spring, the two students took first place at the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) National Championship in Ogden, Utah. Facing 166 students from 16 states, the pair won 10 of 11 90-minute policy debates, eventually defeating numberone ranked Montgomery Bell Academy of Nashville, Tenn., in the finals on a 3-0 decision, said Justin Abraham, digital and media strategies manager of The Westminster Schools. Mary Bryce said she is only the second female in history to win this national championship. “Every win is like a recognition of how much work, time and energy we put into the activity,” Harrison said. Mary Bryce and Harrison were heavily involved in debate at Westminster, working with the school’s Director of Debate, Jordana Sternberg. Harrison described “countless sleepless nights preparing to beat the best opponents in the nation.” Debate became a passion for both students. Mary Bryce describes how debate has taught her the necessary skills to defend both sides of a topic, “no matter where [her] personal beliefs may lie.” In addition, she found debate skills helped her in the classroom by developing her

Every win is like a recognition of how much work, time and energy we put into the activity. HARRISON HALL THE WESTMINSTER SCHOOLS critical thinking skills. For Harrison, the passion for debate has been heavily influenced by his two older brothers, both former Westminster debaters. Since eighth grade, Harrison has competed at the high school level of debate. He wanted, he said, to “skip the middle school program” and “jump into the big leagues.” This year, the topic of debate at the NDCA National Championship concerned diplomatic and/or economic engagement with China. Throughout the

Standout Students debate, the two students relied on “raw talent, years of experience and knowledge of the topic from countless hours of reading books, journals, and news reports” in addition to weeks of preparation, Harrison said. In the final round, the two argued the affirmative position that the U.S. should engage China over cybersecurity. That, they proposed, would allow the countries “to form a compliance framework for both countries to follow, establishing a norm that neither country should steal the other’s intellectual property or attack critical infrastructure,” Mary Bryce said.

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miles from the current location. “We weighed many factors in making our decision, but top on the list is the abiliThe Boys & Girls Club of Brookhaven ty to serve more kids better,” Rice said. “The on North Druid Hill Road is for sale and new location offers more than double the developers are hoping to build 74 townbuilding space of our old site including a homes on the site. huge gym where families can take part in Ashton Atlanta Residential LLC, a events. We will be able to serve 250 kids subsidiary of welleach day — a big inknown homebuildcrease over our curer Ashton Woods, rent space by more wants to buy the than 50 percent. approximately 6 The move to acres of land at Chamblee is sched1130 North Druid uled to take place in Hills so it can build January 2018. Suma townhome develmer programming opment, according at the Brookhaven to documents on club is continuing. file with the city. “As we transiThe developer is tion, we will do evseeking to rezone erything we can to the property for the continue serving NATASHA RICE townhome develop- VICE PRESIDENT OF BOYS & GIRLS the kids and famiment with vehicu- CLUBS OF METRO ATLANTA lies who attend the lar access from Sylclub now,” she said. van Circle. The property is currently zoned “Our organization has been a memR-75 (single-family residential) and Ashton ber of the Brookhaven community for Woods wants to have it rezoned to RM-100 more than 40 years. We’ve met thou(multi-family residential). Each townhome sands of amazing kids and families over is proposed to be 3,000 square feet and the years, and been blown away by the have a maximum of four stories. level of support we’ve received,” Rice Natasha Rice, vice president of Boys & added. “From partners to volunteers to Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, which overthe residents near our club, so many sees the Brookhaven club, said in a statepeople have given their time, talent, and ment the club is relocating to Chamblee. treasure to our cause. We are now and “We have decided to sell the current will continue to be committed to being Brookhaven location and relocate to a strong partner and community hub.” better serve the families and kids who The developers will hold a public meetneed us most,” she said. ing Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club The new club will be located at 2880 at 1330 North Druid Hills Road. The case is Dresden Drive in Chamblee, the former site slated to go before the Planning Commisof Sophia Academy, approximately four sion Sept. 6 and to the City Council Sept. 26. dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

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Police Blotter / Brookhaven From Brookhaven police reports dated July 9 through July 16. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website.

POSSESSION AND DUI 2700 block of Buford Highway — On

July 9, in the early morning, an incident regarding cocaine possession was reported. 3700 block of Buford Highway— On July

9, in the early morning, a woman was arrested and accused of public intoxication. 2400 block of Colonial Drive — On

July 10, a female was arrested for marijuana possession. 3200 block of Buford Highway — On

July 15, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of public intoxication.

1000 block of Club Trace — On July

12, in the evening, items were stolen from a vehicle. 1100 block of Haven Brook Way — On

July 12, at night, items were stolen from a vehicle. 1000 block of Capital Club Circle —

On July 12, at night, items were stolen from a vehicle.

200 block of Glen Way — On July 9, after

2800 block of Buford Highway — On

2000 block of North Druid Hills Road

— On July 9, in the morning, items were stolen from a car. 2600 block of Osborne Road — On

July 9, in the morning, a battery incident was reported. 2500 block of Camille Drive — On July 9,

in the evening, a verbal dispute took place. 1000 block of Hunters Brook Court —

On July 10, in the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of simple battery. 3700 block of Buford Highway — On

July 10, in the afternoon, a simple battery incident took place.

July 10, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of theft by receiving stolen property.

1300 block of Cliff Valley Way — On

2400 block of E Club Drive — On July 10,

3000 block of Clairmont Road — On

in the morning, mail theft was reported. 3600 block of Ashford- Dunwoody Road

— On July 10, at noon, a car was stolen.

July 11, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of battery. July 11, in the evening, a simple battery took place. 3600 block of Clairmont Road — On

3700 block of Peachtree Road — On

July 11, at night, an aggravated assault involving a gun took place.

July 10, in the evening, items were stolen from a car.

3800 block of Peachtree Road — On

2500 block of Briarcliff Road — On

July 13, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of battery.

July 11, in the early morning, a forcedentry burglary took place.

3500 block of Buford Highway — On

700 block of Brookhaven Avenue —

July 14, in the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of simple battery.

On July 11, at night, items were stolen from a car.


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