Inside Perk up
School coffee shop teaches skills COMMUNITY 3
OCT. 3 — OCT. 16, 2014 • VOL. 8 — NO. 20
North Buckhead residents like plans COMMUNITY 5
Looking ahead to fall
Ofﬁcials want more Buckhead projects on bond list BY JOE EARLE
Buckhead elected officials are asking their constituents to weigh in on the list of infrastructure projects to be financed through a proposed city bond issue. They say they want to make sure Buckhead will get its fair share of the work. “The list is not hardened yet,” City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean told members of the Chastain Park Civic Association on Sept. 22. “If you don’t like the list [when it’s done] and we don’t get the bond, we’ll just have to do this all over again.” City officials are considering asking voters on March 17 to approve a $250 million bond issue to start work on an estimated $1 billion backlog in needed infrastructure repairs and improvements such as bridge replacements, street paving and new sidewalks. City Council is scheduled to vote Dec. 1 on whether to put the proposed bond issue on the ballot. SEE OFFICIALS WANT, PAGE 6
Abigail Frank, 2, awaits her turn at a popsicle stand while attending the annual Little Nancy Creek Park Fall Festival on Sept. 26. Attendees enjoyed a food truck and live music.
City Councilman Shook discusses bond Page 7
A ‘comfortable’ enclave in the city BY JOE EARLE
Neale Fisher describes Brookwood Hills simply: “It’s a comfortable place.” After finishing his schooling, Fisher, an investment banker, found work in Chicago and New York. When he decided to move home to Atlanta four years ago, he and his family settled into the neighborhood of tree-lined streets where he’d grown up. “I now live on the same street I grew up on,” the 41-year-old said. “Most of our neighbors are the same.” He serves this year as president of the 650-member Brookwood Hills Community Club, which operates a park in the center of the
neighborhood that includes a pool, tennis courts and playground, and maintains the Clear Creek Nature Preserve that buffers the neighborhood. The club celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and plans to throw itself Where a birthday party Oct. 18, Fisher said. You What lured Fisher back to BrookLive wood Hills? “There’s an interesting mix of urban and small town,” he said. “We’re close to Peachtree [Street] and close to Midtown, and close to MARTA. At the same time, there’s a little enclave where people know their neighbors.” “Enclave” is a word that comes up often when SEE A ‘COMFORTABLE’, PAGE 2
Left to right, Neale Fisher, with daughters Caroline, 5, Virginia, 7, Janie, 10 months, and wife Robin, relax at the Brookwood Hills Community Club’s playground.