10-27-17 Buckhead Reporter

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► Local players get a kick out of new sport of FootGolf PAGE 4 ► Book Festival of the MJCCA will bring big-name authors PAGE 20

Tour gives insider’s view of Buckhead projects




Home burglary rate drops with new police tactics BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net


Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District, leads an Oct. 17 walking tour of Buckhead. Participants were given an overview of several major CID projects such as the proposed park over Ga. 400 and the renovation of Charlie Loudermilk Park, which includes the display of a 1943 photograph of the nearby Buckhead Theatre, shown above, which is aligned to overlap the view of today’s building. Read story page 23.►

Residential burglaries in Buckhead have decreased dramatically after a spike in crime last year, with the 2017 number down by a third across Atlanta Police’s Zone 2. The North Buckhead neighborhood experienced a 90 percent spike in residential crime in December 2016, but that trend has reversed. Zone 2 Commander Maj. Barry Shaw cited his shift in focus from traffic citations to patrolling for crime. “At the beginning of the year, we changed the focus of our crime suppression team,” he said. When Shaw was assigned Zone 2 commander in late 2016, he made immediate changes to officers’ duties. Traffic citations were once the focus, because crimes in Buckhead were often committed by people from people coming from outside of the area. The thought was that they could be caught through traffic stops, he said. See HOME on page 23

EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATOR Westminster counselor wins national honor

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OUT & ABOUT Gear up for the holidays at arts and crafts markets Page 18

Music hall proposed for Bobby Jones clubhouse BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

A Buckhead resident is leading an effort to transform the clubhouse at the Bobby Jones Golf Course into a recital hall capable of hosting chamber music concerts and personal music lessons. The concept is receiving positive reactions from residents and the historic preservation community. Underlying the plan is a concern that the historic clubhouse could be demolished as it loses its current golf uses. A Veterans of ForSee MUSIC on page 22

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mour Yards development in Buckhead. The land was purchased for $460,000 and was supported by a loan from The Conservation Fund, which will be paid back with funding from a recently approved transportation special local option sales tax, according to a press release. A construction timeline was not announced, but BeltLine officials said construction would begin once the design is completed and full funding is secured for the project. ABI is still negotiating with Georgia Power to complete some of the work on the trail while it replaces some power infrastructure in the area, according to BeltLine spokesperson Jenny Odom. ABI announced in July that it is negotiating with Georgia Power to have them do some work on the trail, including leveling the ground, removing existing train tracks and possibly paving the trail for the BeltLine, depending on what could be negotiated.


This map shows the northeast section of the BeltLine as it would look when fully completed.

BELTLINE PURCHASES LAND TO EXTEND TRAIL TO BUCKHEAD Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has purchased 13 acres between Rock Springs Road and Mayson Street, a segment that

would bring the Eastside Trail extension to Buckhead. The quarter-mile stretch, which is referred to as the Northeast Trail, crosses over the Buford Spring Connector and under I-85 before connecting with Mayson Street, which is near the Ar-

ATLANTA CITY COUNCIL APPROVES NEW NOISE ORDINANCE The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a new noise ordinance at its Oct. 16 meeting. The ordinance was introduced by District 7 Councilmember Howard

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Shook who said the main problem with the former ordinance was that it allowed police officers to use noise metering devices to record noises exceeding the allowed levels. The new ordinance removes all of the language around noise metering equipment, Shook said. The officers were encouraged to use this method to issue citations, but they were easily disputed because they were not calibrated, officers were not trained or humidity levels interfered with the readings, Shook said. “It was originally considered the sounder option would be to go into court with sound levels,” he said. “The meters were not very reliable and were often thrown out.” The ordinance is mostly copied from the Athens-Clarke County, Ga. noise ordinance, which was upheld in a 2011 state Supreme Court case that challenged its constitutionality. Rebecca King, who is challenging Shook in the Nov. 7 election, said she supports the ordinance and hopes to see more legislation introduced to strengthen penalties and limit car modifications that King said in an email often cause loud noise on Peachtree Road late at night. “It’s great to see the City Council move to strengthen the noise ordinance,” King said. “The key to making the noise ordinance effective is working with state legislators to address the modifications of exotic cars and motorcycles that use after-market parts, whose sole purpose is noise, and giving the police stronger backing to penalize violators.”

HISTORY CENTER PRESIDENT NAMED TO MONUMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE Sheffield Hale, the president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead, is serving as the chairman of the city’s Confederate Streets and SPECIAL Sheffield Hale. Monuments Advisory Committee. Hale was one of Mayor Kasim Reed’s six nominations to the committee and the City Council nominated five. The group had its first meeting Oct. 18 and will take public comment at its future meetings Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13. The committee will make recommendations to the mayor and City Council by Nov. 20. The meetings are held at 6 p.m. in Committee Room 2 at City Hall, located at 55 Trinity Ave. BH

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Congressman John Lewis Supports

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for City Council President

DEAR FRIENDS: “I am honored to endorse my friend, C.T. Martin for Atlanta City Council President. C.T. has been a leader in the fight for equity and equality in Atlanta for decades. He has served Atlanta with integrity, leadership and vision. C.T. Martin has the right experience to lead our City Council - our community needs this leadership now more than ever. I urge you to join me in voting for C.T. Martin for Atlanta City Council President on November 7th.”

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Local players get a kick out of new sport of FootGolf BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net


Cesar Martinez kicks from a tee, while Victor Vazquez looks on, at Steel Canyon Golf Club’s FootGolf course.

A player teed up on a recent Saturday afternoon at Steel Canyon Golf Club in Sandy Springs and nailed a hole in one. His buddies had the usual response. “Gooooooooaaaalllll!” they shouted. If that sounds more like soccer than golf, it’s because the men were playing a combination of both. FootGolf, as it’s known, involves kicking a soccer ball into an oversized golf hole drilled into the fairway of a regular course. The sport was invented in Europe in the 1990s, but only recently came to America, where there’s now a professional American FootGolf League. Steel Canyon appears to be the only course in the immediate metro Atlanta area that offers FootGolf, though farther-flung courses in Blairsville, Rome and Social Circle have it. “The first time I heard it, I was pretty skeptical,” said Scott Busch, the owner and general manager of Steel Canyon, about the newfangled European sport. But when another course operator told him it was a hit, he gave it a try. He configured the Steel Canyon links for FootGolf last year, figuring it might fill in some


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• • • • Victor Vazquez watches a shot go in the hole along with fellow players, from left, Julio Martinez, Cesar Martinez and Rodrigo Garcia.

wintertime business. “It actually sort of exploded,” Busch said, describing it as drawing thousands of players by word of mouth. “We’ll get entire soccer teams coming out,” including the Oglethorpe University squad, he said, adding it’s also popular for kids’ birthday parties and groups of millennials. FootGolf’s rules are much like that of regular golf, and so is the goal: get the ball in the hole with as few tries as possible. The difference is kicking a soccer ball instead of hitting a golf ball with a club, and doing it on an abbreviated course. At Steel Canyon, the 18 FootGolf holes – each 22 inches wide, Busch says – are drilled into the front nine fairways on a shortened course-within-thecourse. The FootGolf course yardages range from 46 to 160 and the holes have golf-style pars of 3 to 5 kicks. Superimposing a FootGolf course onto a regular course can spark some cultural clashes, Busch acknowledged. Especially in the beginning, he said, “golfers were freaked out to have soccer players right in the middle of the them” and vice versa. Steel Canyon has adopted a special time just for FootGolf play-

ers to minimize that mixing. However, some conflicts were still evident during the recent Saturday game. The director of a junior golf competition playing nearby holes twice had to ask the FootGolfers to quiet down, and another group of golfers said that if they had known FootGolf was underway, they would have played at another course. Busch said the junior golfers arrived late for their tournament and would not have shared the course with FootGolfers otherwise. The tradeoff is opening up the pleasures of the golf course to people who wouldn’t play otherwise, Busch said. Aside from the kicking, FootGolf has the similar appeal of spending time talking with friends in a strolling game across the landscape. “It’s a lot easier than golf. That’s the primary appeal,” Busch said, adding that only about 7 to 8 percent of Americans play golf. And it can be appealing even to a golf course owner. “Sometimes I have more fun … playing foot golf,” Busch said, calling FootGolf “all of the fun … with none of the grief.” For more about FootGolf at Steel Canyon, see steelcanyongolfclub.com.

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Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen creates a painting.

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Def Leppard drummer brings his veteran-inspired art to local galleries BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

As the drummer for the legendary rock band Def Leppard, Rick Allen knows that timing is everything. So it’s no coincidence that his upcoming appearances at Buckhead and Dunwoody galleries to showcase his other creative work — mixed-media paintings, decorated drums and jewelry — are set for Veterans Day. The “Drums for Peace” artwork ties into, and helps fund, Project Resiliency, a nonprofit program Allen and wife Lauren Monroe formed to provide therapy and healing to veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. The effort has become therapy for Allen himself, he says, as working with veterans made him aware that he suffers PTSD from the infamous 1984 car crash in which he lost his left arm. In a phone interview from his California home, Allen said his work with veterans “became a healing tool for me. It became a two-way street.” It also attuned him, he says, to the

many different types of trauma that his fans and others cope with. “We wear a convincing mask, but everybody’s suffering,” he said. Those are remarkably vulnerable words from a larger-than-life heavy metal hero known to fans as the “Thunder God.” Allen has one of rock’s great comeback stories, returning from the seemingly careerending injury with a new, more foot-centered drumming technique. He was soon back behind the kit to propel Def Leppard through its 1987 smash hit “Hysteria,” still one of the best-selling hard rock albums. (The band will tour North America and possibly Europe early next year on the new “Hysteria” 30th anniversary box set, Allen said.) But behind the comeback and success, Allen says, he was suffering and self-destructive. After pleading guilty to spousal abuse of his former wife in the mid1990s, Allen began straightening his life out. In 2001, he translated his interest in meditation, art therapy and other heal-



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ing into the Raven Drum Foundation, intended to help other people in “crisis.” In 2006, a visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., led him to make the foundation’s work more veterans-focused. “It was just as simple as, go spend time with people with similar injuries to me,” Allen said of his reason for visiting the military hospital. “I saw how much suffering there was, but I also experienced how much potential healing there was.” Meeting veterans struggling with PTSD awakened him to his own and how “trauma had really upset my balance … my existence.” “I held it together there,” he said, but returned to the hotel, called his wife, and broke down. “It was the realization that I was one of them, in terms of my experience with extreme trauma,” he said. Allen now partners with such organizations as the Wounded Warrior Project to offer a wide variety of therapeutic events, which he often attends. Some are lengthy retreats with drum circles and horseback rides. When Def Leppard is on tour, it might be an informal group therapy session backstage before the show. In those pre-show gatherings, Allen said, “I’ll go into my experience of my car accident and how it affected me … pushing people I loved away from me, self-medication. I’ve experienced a fair amount of tears — people just letting it out … While I’m up there playing drums … I’m thinking about all those people I just talked with.” Painting and photography are Allen’s early artistic loves, which he returned to in recent years after painting with his now 7-year-old daughter. While painting in his garage and joining Def Leppard on a massive tour are different expressions, Allen said they’re similar as therapy and as unifying people in what he called a “disappointing” time of cultural division. “Music and art bring people from all walks of life together, and most importantly, [they] bring people together without words,” he said. “Personal experiences are more powerful than having somebody writing it down and reading it in a textbook.” A blend of pop and abstract styles, Allen’s visual art often uses images of places or objects from his life, such as the London double-decker buses he says he is now painting in his garage. Common motifs are the flags of his native U.K. and his current home, the USA; both appear within a Purple Heart medal in a special piece he created for the local Veterans Day shows, where part of the sales will benefit Project Resiliency. Allen says the flags touch on patriotism. What does patriotism mean to him? “That’s a really good question,” he said. “To me, it’s about loving fellow human beings and giving people that respect, whether it’s people on the planet now” or people who are remembered for their “integrity and truth.” “I don’t relate it to something political or even military … It’s something that

brings people together,” he said. “I want it to be a unifying factor. If we all keep trying to throw a different slant, a different angle, on what it means to be patriotic, maybe that’s what we need to be searching for.” Allen has seen cultural division up close during the 1980s culture wars, when a politically powerful group called the Parents Music Resource Center attempted to restrict or censor metal and rock albums, often by promoting SPECIAL conspiracy theoRick Allen’s painting “Courage After Combat.” ries. Def Leppard made the PMRC’s “Filthy Fifteen” list of seriously, he added of the would-be censongs it claimed were corrupting youths sors, “Hopefully, people went into detail a into sex, drugs, crime, suicide and Satanlittle more and said, ‘These guys aren’t so ism. bad after all.’ … Hopefully, they’re grow“By today’s standards, we’re like the ing into grace and wisdom.” Andrews Sisters,” Allen joked, saying the “I don’t like to see division. We’re so PMRC’s claims seemed ridiculous. More

R I C K A L L EN A P P EA R A NC ES Saturday, Nov. 11

Rick Allen will appear at Wentworth Gallery locations in Perimeter Mall and Phipps Plaza Mall. The public is welcome, but RSVPs are strongly recommended due to limited space. 1-3 p.m. Perimeter Mall 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road Dunwoody RSVP: 770-913-0641 or perimeter@wentworthgallery.com. 5-8 p.m. Phipps Plaza Mall 3500 Peachtree Road Buckhead RSVP: 404-233-0903 or phipps@wentworthgallery.com. Allen’s art will remain on display for public view and purchase. For more about Allen and his nonprofit, see rickallen.com and project-resiliency.org

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Nancy Beane, counselor at Westminster As college application season ramps up, seniors at the Westminster Schools in Buckhead are getting some awardwinning advice from counselor Nancy Beane. years. Beane recently won a national award from the What do you want to Association of College see in students you counCounselors in Independent sel? Schools. The Marty Elkins Award for Excellence in I want to see them develCollege Counseling is given op the confidence to know to one counselor each year that they can succeed, to es“to recognize those among tablish a strong work ethus whose work enriches ic that they will continue SPECIAL Nancy Beane. our profession,” according to develop as they become to the association’s website. Beane said she lifelong learners, to learn to think critical“was totally shocked and deeply honored” ly, to learn to work collaboratively, and to to receive the award. make an effort to establish mutual respect Beane, an educator for 44 years, became between themselves and all around them. a counselor at Westminster in 1992. She I want them to know that the world truly said she initially turned down the job, but needs their time, talents and skills and that now “cannot imagine doing anything else.” they have a responsibility to give their best each and every day.



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Q: What do you do in your counselor position?

A: I meet with and advise students about

possible colleges, possible majors, possible locations, etc. While I do not do school counseling (emotional and counseling dealing with learning issues), much of my work is broader than just the college process. As a college counselor, I start working with individual students when they are juniors and continue working with them through their senior year. I travel to a good many colleges each year, attend conferences of admissions representatives and college counselors, go to meetings at school, consult with teachers about my students’ work in their classes and attend many of my students’ activities.

Q: What keeps you going year after year? A: I truly believe in the work I am doing.

It’s my job to help equip students with the skills to continue their growth, to help them believe in themselves, to develop the determination to work hard and succeed, to learn how to think critically and problem solve and to learn how to work collaboratively. I still enjoy the work and am in awe of my students and all they do. Early on, I became active in professional organizations. Through these groups, I have had numerous opportunities to focus more broadly on students and issues affecting them statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally. I have had tremendous concerns about the need for equity of opportunity and success for all students, whatever age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, learning differences or other aspects of their lives. There is so much work that needs to be done to make sure that that we meet the needs of all students and our work has become so much more complex through the

Q: What is your advice for high school seniors and their families?


The first piece of advice is to take a deep breath and to make sure they don’t allow the college application process to overwhelm them. By taking the process a step at a time, giving their best in and out of the classroom, not expecting that everything will go perfectly and truly putting the process in perspective, I think they will have a good outcome. Where a student goes to college will not determine that person’s life in and of itself. What the students do with where they go is much more important than going to particular schools. I am concerned about much more than just where my students want to go to college and where they end up going. Understanding that the path won’t always be easy will make the journey more meaningful and workable in a lot of ways.


What are you most proud of in your career?


I’m most proud of my students with whom I’ve worked through the years. I truly believe in each and every one, think every student has the potential to learn and to thrive in school, and I’m honored to have hopefully played some small role in their journey through life.


What was your response when you found out you won the award?

A: I was totally shocked and deeply hon-

ored. I’ve had amazing opportunities and tremendous support in every school where I’ve worked, and I’m grateful to the profession and my colleagues in every school where I’ve served and in the professional organizations in which I have been a member.

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North Springs Charter High School’s Future Business Leaders of America club created, planned and executed a fundraiser that raised $1,700 to benefit the AtlanSPECIAL ta/Central Georgia North Springs Charter High School FBLA members March of Dimes. present a check for $1,700 to March of Dimes Senior Development Officer Erika Perry [center]. Over 1,000 students purchased a $1 ticket to march around the Sandy Springs school’s athletic field during the last class of the day, and for an additional dollar participated in the largest water balloon fight in school history, a press release said. The fundraiser benefited the local Atlanta chapter of the March of Dimes, a nationwide nonprofit that works to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. “Your donation will help fund research to understand why too many babies are born too early in Georgia,” Erika Perry, senior development manager for the Atlanta March of Dimes, said in a press release. “You have made a difference and we thank you all.”


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The DeKalb County School District announced Oct. 20 it will revise the schedule for extending the school days to make up for instructional time lost during Hurricane Irma. The school days will now be extended by 20 minutes until Nov. 30. The district originally announced the extended days would go until the end of the semester on Dec. 20. The district then revised that schedule to end Oct. 31, citing community feedback, before moving the end date to Nov. 30. 335 COLEWOOD The extended days will allow the district to recover three of the four days lost to Irma, according to the release. The district will waive the fourth day, the press release said. “This month, we have diligently surveyed a cross section of parents, teachers, principals, teacher organizations, parent-teacher organizations, parent council groups, and school council members. Ex5122 epst SimBuckhead ad 7_17_1.indd 1 tending the school day with this schedule is the least disruptive for all parties,” R. Stephen Green, DeKalb’s superintendent and CEO, said in a press release. The press release also said DeKalb “will continue an aggressive communications campaign to keep students, parents and the community informed about how this temporary schedule change will impact student transportation, afterschool programs and athletics.” Updates will be available on the district’s website at www.dekalbschoolsga.org, its mobile app and on Facebook and Twitter, the release said.

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Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Sandy Springs will host its second annual “STEMsational Saturday,” a math and engineering event for young children, on Nov. 4. The STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — event, which is free and open to the public, invites children ages 3-6 and their parents to spend the morning programming robots, building sail cars and launching straw rockets, a press release said. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Alan A. Lewis Primary School, 805 Mount Vernon Hwy. To RSVP, call 404-303-2150, ext. 276 or email kay.wright@hies.org.


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Community Survey: Halloween can be fun for adults, too Question: What is the best way for an adult to celebrate Halloween in metro Atlanta?

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We metro Atlantans are a party people, and Halloween is no exception. Asked the best way an adult could celebrate Halloween, about half of the 200 respondents to the Reporter Newspapers’ latest 1Q.com cellphone survey voted to get dressed up and head to a costume party. Most of the rest opted for trick-or-treating. Twenty-three percent voted to stay home and hand out candy to costumed kids, while 16 percent wanted to take their costumed kids out for a night of trick-or-treating. So, candy either way. Who — or what — should you expect to see filling those parties or walking the streets come Halloween night? Some are going with fairly traditional Halloween getups: witches, vampires, zombies, pirates. A few plan to embody specific creatures: Dracula, say, or Death, or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, or the Kool-Aid Man, or Curious George, or Grumpy Cat. A 63-year-old Sandy Springs man said he would be an Atlanta Falcons player. Others plan to act like movie characters: Snow White, Cruella De Vil, characters from “Beauty and the Beast,” Harry Potter, “scary Mickey Mouse.” There were a bunch with plans to dress as characters from Cartoon Network shows. One 27-year-old Atlanta woman somehow intends to be both Dory and Nemo. Atlanta’s newest movie antihero is getting some costume attention, as a 35-year-old man will become the title character from the locally filmed thriller “Baby Driver.” Still others plan to don secret identities as superheroes: Spider-Man, Captain America, Batman (or, as one 33-year-old Atlanta woman responded, “Batman!!!”) And the many Batmen will need to watch their backs, because others planned to hit the streets as comic book supervillains Harley Quinn and Bane. One woman said she will be a “superhero so my daughter can see I’m a super mother.” Halloween also has become a time to make some sort of political statement. Joining the political costume parade this year will be several versions of the current U.S. president, including “Sexy Donald Trump” and “Donald Trump deporting you.”

There also will be Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Adams, King George III and a 23-year-old man who said he planned to portray “an uninformed voter – the scariest thing of all.” Then there were the themed couple costumes. One Atlanta couple plans to dress up as TV painter Bob Ross and his canvas. Another intends to go as characters Pam and Jim from the Halloween episode of the TV show “The Office.” A 19-year-old Buckhead man said he will dress up as an ear of corn while his date dresses as a unicorn. Together, he said, “we are both going to be uni(corn)s.” “A PG adult version of My Little Pony – my daughter loves us to match,” said a 36-year-old Dunwoody mom. Other tricksters planned equally creative costumes. One 45-yearold woman says she’ll be an “embarrassing mom.” A 28-year-old man will dress as a “tacky tourist,” while a 30-yearold man said he’ll pose as an “offended millennial.” A 28-year-old Brookhaven woman plans to go as “a cereal killer.” And a 36-year-old Atlanta woman said she will dress as boxed wine. And one 37-yearold woman said her costume this year would be a hospital gown. “I’m scheduled for a Halloween C-section!” she wrote.

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Revenge is best served by Bitmoji To the absolute horror of my children, I now have a Bitmoji. And I finally figured out that a very effective way to get back at the offspring for all the years of toddler tantrums, teen angst and post-graduate anxiety (and let’s not forget the combined 73 hours of labor), is to bombard them with Bitmojis … constant streams of cringe-worthy Bitmojis. Robin Conte is a writer It’s like seeing me in a and mother of four who bathing suit. They hate it. lives in Dunwoody. She A Bitmoji, as you can be contacted at know, is basically an robinjm@earthlink.net. emoji cubed. It’s a smileyface unleashed in its animated form. It’s an iPaper doll with attitude. It’s an app on your smartPhone that creates a cartoon avatar of yourself and comes to life as your alter ego, complete with your face, your hair, your eyes and your wardrobe of choice. It was apparently invented for 12-year-old girls and middle-aged women, but now practically everyone has one. One of the allures of Bitmoji-dom is that you can create your own and ostensibly personalize it to look just like you. But who are we kidding? It will look much better than you do. Faster than you can say “Botox,” you can choose a wrinkle-free complexion; in the time it takes to google “Mediterranean diet,” you can give your cyber-self a flab-free body.

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And then you can revert to your inner child and dress your little bitty Bitmoji. I’ve done all that, and I have produced a Bitmoji that is way hotter than I am. She dresses better than I do, too. I’m actually getting jealous of my Bitmoji because she looks good in everything, even outfits I haven’t worn since I was 21, like a midriff top and cutoff shorts. She’s fab in the Wonder Woman getup, and she totally rocks the Turtleneck & Chain. She even looks good in a broken eggshell. My Bitmoji is also more coordinated than I am, more adventurous than I am, more competent than I am, and wittier than I am. Plus, she has a lot more fun than I do. I don’t know if I can live up to her. But I’m still going to keep her around, because everything is cute in Bitmoji speak. You see, a Bitmoji is like an Irish accent, in that you can say anything with one and get away with it. You want to break up? Say you’re running late? Dis someone? Ask someone to the prom? There’s a Bitmoji for that. And there’s a Bitmoji that says, “There’s a Bitmoji for That.” Which brings me back to annoying the kids. Why just ask them to call me when I can send my Bitmoji with a megaphone to do the dirty work? Or I could opt for a sassy message in the form of my Bitself flopping on the couch, asking the colorful question, “What Up Fam?” If they’re not sending me photos or following through on various tasks, I can admonish them with my Bitself dressed as a carrot top and threaten to send more. Once they see me in Bitform, striking a John Travolta “Saturday Night Fever” pose beneath a disco ball, they’ll Bitmoji Robin may not look beg for mercy. vengeful, but don’t let that fool you. Revenge is sweet.

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Voters Guide: Mayor of Atlanta The free-for-all to replace term-limited Kasim Reed in the Mayor’s Office finally heads to the ballot on Nov. 7 with a bevy of candidates. The Reporter asked the candidates for answers to questions about Buckhead’s significance in the race. Candidates who responded include Peter Aman, Keisha Lance Bottoms, John Eaves, Kwanza Hall and Cathy Woolard. Part of their answers appear below; for their full answers, see ReporterNewspapers.net. Candidates who did not respond include Rohit Ammanamanchi, Vincent Fort, Ceasar Mitchell, Mary Norwood and Glenn S. Wrightson.

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What role do you see Buckhead as playing in the city’s civic life? Buckhead residents are among Atlanta’s most engaged with respect to politics and civic life, and you serve as a model of civic and political involvement for neighborhoods across the city. Your leadership has been crucially important in moving Atlanta forward — and keeping City leadership accountable — on issues from public safety to taxes to infrastructure. I look forward to working closely with Buckhead residents on Atlanta’s most critical issues as mayor.

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KWANZA HALL kwanzahall.com What role do you see Buckhead as playing in the city’s civic life?


I see Buckhead as a center for people, culture and commerce. I think that many of the issues that arise in Buckhead are previews for issues that other areas will face as we continue to grow and develop. I think Buckhead is a living laboratory for how some of our more suburban development patterns become more urban and how we incorporate more diversity — in terms of age, race and socio-economic status — successfully.

CATHY WOOLARD cathforatlanta.com What role do you see Buckhead as playing in the city’s civic life? There’s no reason why we all can’t benefit from this city’s success. My vision for Atlanta emphasizes uplifting every corner of town, Buckhead included. Buckhead is a center for business, has beautiful, walkable neighborhoods, and is home to great schools. As mayor, I’ll work to strengthen and preserve the valuable assets Buckhead already contributes to the city, and work within the community to see that Buckhead’s needs are heard and addressed efficiently.

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At a various forums held by the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods, the Atlanta branch of the American Jewish Committee and one co-hosted by the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students and The Junior League of Atlanta, seven of the 12 mayoral candidates discussed issues such as Buckhead’s role in the city, transportation and Black Lives Matter. The only major candidate who was not invited or did not attend the local forums was Vincent Fort.


Aman said he believes Atlanta is no longer the city “too busy to hate,” and instead it has become a city of indifference, pointing to people’s lack of concern about displacement and poverty. “We are forcing out of Atlanta the people who built Atlanta. Many of our children are born into poverty,” Aman said. “There’s too much wealth here for us to keep getting away with that.” Aman said he would use tax incentives to reduce the Peter Aman “food deserts” in the city, which are areas where healthy, fresh foods are not available. Tax incentives would be used to draw grocery stores to those areas, he said. “We have food deserts and we have job deserts. As mayor I will use the tax incentive tools that we have to put in place a network, of not only grocery stores, but mid-sized and smaller-sized stores that make sure that we don’t have food deserts anymore in Atlanta.


Bottoms said that a making a case for the economic loss may be the best way to get a hate crimes law passed in Georgia.

“The mayor of Atlanta has the responsibility to set the tone for the state of Georgia. There is an economic case to be made as to what happens when we are not inclusive of different groups. I think when we make the economic case we will have people that will listen who otherwise may not be interested in the conversation.” To reduce traffic congestion, Bottoms said the focus needs to be on developing all parts of the city, not only in the northern areas that have been the focus of development. Keisha Lance Bottoms “We have a city that is out of balance,” she said. “People are flocking to Buckhead because there are not viable options in the other parts of the city.” “We need to make each community a destination,” she said.


Eaves said that he would support a senior tax exemption for school taxes, an issue that came up often while Eaves was working to freeze property taxes in Fulton County, where property tax assessments rose dramatically for some residents. “The thing that came up time and time again is it is fair for seniors to be burdened with the school tax, which is half of the tax bill. I’m a proponent of public education, but I am advocating very strongly that Atlanta join John Eaves the other counties in the metropolitan area in terms of exempting seniors from paying the school tax,” he said. When asked if he would give “atl-right” marchers a permit to march on Atlanta streets, Eaves said that he would not, despite any legal fees the city could incur fighting a legal challenge.



ENHANCING PUBLIC SAFETY: improving police and fire fighter pay and hiring more officers - spending $350K for anti-crime cameras and license plate readers in our neighborhoods - steering the relocation of Police Precinct Two’s HQ to Buckhead - raising pensions for officers wounded catastrophically in the line of duty targeting bond money to renovate our neighborhoods’ fire stations - taming the once-infamous “East Buckhead Village Nightclub Scene.” Your safety must be Atlanta’s most important investment. TACKLING THE TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE: securing millions for advanced-tech traffic signal coordination and for new sidewalks, traffic signals, cross walks, traffic-calming streets and speed humps - completing the “missing ramps” connecting I-85 and GA400 - targeting bond money to ease traffic through our worst, clogged-up, most dangerous intersections, update school crossing beacons, and resurface miles of streets - spending transportation impact fees in the area of the fee-paying project, to stop siphoning traffic-fixing money away from Buckhead - mandating a pedestrian focus for our commercial and retail areas - strategically placing pedestrian plazas. We have begun the move away from Manhattan-density-with-Alpharetta-parking development. DOUBLING OUR DISTRICT’S PARKS: adding more city parks, trails and other greenspaces than in all the years since Buckhead joined Atlanta in 1952 - developing the PATH400 Greenway Trail and planning the Blueway Trail to the Blue Heron Preserve - establishing the BeltLine’s funding mechanism. With careful stewardship and targeted investments, we are narrowing District 7’s ‘park deficit’ compared to the rest of the City. DIMINISHING NOISE POLLUTION: giving the city noise ordinance teeth by reinstating ‘naked-ear’ based citations and by purchasing noise meters - successfully opposing a bid to restore late-night drinking in Buckhead’s clubs and another bid to tolerate more noise by adding two hours to ‘daytime’ hours - ending ‘sweetheart’ parking for nightclubs - eliminating all heavy industrial from District 7. We can balance urbanity with comfort. STANDING UP FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS: upholding every neighborhood recommendation on zoning and never losing a Council vote regarding one - requiring City Hall to notify property owners of changes to the Comprehensive Development Plan that would affect them - writing specific neighborhood-recommended protections into law - lengthening NPU review time from 30 to 45 days - creating Atlanta’s first officially designated “vertical neighborhood,” Buckhead Heights - derailing a proposed WalMart in the district - working with neighborhood associations to control erosion and flooding and manage recreation center renovation - restraining development to a previously agreed-upon lower density - easing building permit red tape for homeowners’ small projects - funding our 311 system to track city responsiveness to your needs and to highlight bottlenecks. City Hall works for you, not the other way around. RAISING THE BAR ON ETHICS AND EFFICIENCY: boosting Council oversight of the administration’s pay & personnel actions (enacted with a veto override!) - ending perks lavished by special interests and developers on elected officials and city employees - requiring lobbyists’ registration - setting up an autonomous ethics commission - co-chairing the Committee on Waste and Efficiency, with recommendations already implemented saving the city millions, from reformed purchasing practices to something as simple as motion-activated office lights at City Hall. It’s your money. GROUNDING OUR FINANCES IN COMMON SENSE: serving 14 years on the Finance Committee, 5 years as chair, steering the city from impending insolvency to just one notch shy of AAA bond ratings - never voting to increase property taxes - reforming city pensions so that employees contribute to future investment shortfalls, the “Shook Amendment” - insisting on outside financial expertise and top-to-bottom review in 2008 when the Finance Department couldn’t seem to add 2 + 2 - making Budget Commissioners personally liable for intentional revenue over-anticipation - decreasing City Council members’ ‘discretionary’ spending - requiring restricted reserves for ‘rainy days’ - posting the budget on-line for your review and submitting it earlier to Council for hearings sponsoring tighter, more transparent procedures for emergency procurements - opening up findings of vendor conflicts-of-interest - requiring funding sources be identified for off-budget expenditures - outsourcing worker’s compensation and employee timekeeping - selling off ‘assets’ like Underground, City Hall East, and (soon) the Civic Center - voting against taxpayer subsidies for the new stadium. We have finally turned a corner, demonstrated by 2017’s historic unanimous budget vote that both rolled back the millage and targeted public safety increases. You deserve good value for your taxes.


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“Sometimes there are moral laws that supersede legal laws. If Nazis want to march I would say no, because it goes against my moral compass. There are times you just have to take a stand,” he said.


To bring and retain more police officers in the Atlanta Police Department, Hall said officers need a starting pay raise of $5,000 to $10,000, a new training facility and the ability to take home police cars to stop them from being “poached” by nearby jurisdictions. The department is currently short a few hundred officers. They also need stronger support from the city to improve their morale, he said. “They need to know that the city really does love Kwanza Hall them,” Hall said. On working with President Trump to receive funding for transit and infrastructure improvements, Hall said he would like to meet Trump in person before judging his character. As the councilmember representing Midtown, he often works with Republicans living and working in the area, he said. Infrastructure is not a partisan topic and getting federal funds to improve Atlanta’s infrastructure will rely on creating a strong proposal, Hall said. “Roads, bridges, sidewalks. None of them are Republicans or Democrats. It’s about putting together the right proposal,” he said. “I don’t have a reason to fight our own president.”


Mitchell said he would use every legal power available to the city to support recipients of DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama administration initiative recently threatened by President Trump. “When I’m mayor, I’m going to make sure we remain a welcoming city,” he said. “When there’s a fight to get in about doing the right thing, we will do that.” Asked what his plan would be to reduce traffic congestion, Mitchell suggested the creation of a Buckhead Ceasar Mitchell monorail line. A monorail would work well in Buckhead because of the way the commercial district is set up, he said. He also said metro Atlanta needs to create a unified transit system so more commuters would be able to take transit into Atlanta instead of driving. Providing affordable housing options in Buckhead is also critical so that more people will be able to live near where they work, he said.


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Asked at the AJC forum if Atlanta was still the city “too busy to hate,” a phrase coined during the Civil Rights era, Norwood said she has seen that people of different races of background still can and do work together, but said the political rhetoric is driving people apart “What gets in our way is power and money and who has it and who doesn’t have it and who wants it,” she said. “Our political games are very, very divisive. Race is framing [the election], but it should not. We as Atlantans Mary Norwood are better than this. To ensure there are enough police officers in Atlanta, Norwood said the city should end its goal of trying to reach 2,000 officers and instead use the money allocated for some of those positions to provide raises. “It is actually tragic. There is something very wrong when our officers are resigning because of the pay,” Norwood said, citing a statistic that 82 percent of resigning officers say in their exit interview they left because of the pay.

Woolard said she supports Black Lives Matter the movement and she believes the city should encourage peaceful protests, but not allow them to shut down roads as the group has previously done. “I think it is a group of young people who are leading us to a conversation about race we should have already had. I hope we will do everything we can to continue to nurture this discussion,” she said. “You set your limits on how a protest can unfold, but you encourage



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Nov. 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees Nov. 5 and Nov. 12 at 3 p.m.

An ambivalent Cinderella, a bloodthirsty Little Red Riding Hood and a charming prince with a roving eye all get their wishes in Act3 Productions’ presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” $15-$30. Act3 Playhouse, Sandy Springs Plaza, 6285-R Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. Ticket and schedule info: act3productions.org.


Friday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday. Picnicking and music begins one hour before show time.

Stroll through Dunwoody Park, led by lantern light, in a family-friendly evening of 20-minute stories, plays and reenactments drawn from the “Red Book” history of Dunwoody. Free, with limited tickets. Hosted by the Stage Door Players, the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, the Dunwoody Nature Center and the city of Dunwoody and presented by Country Gardens. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Ticket info: dunwoodynature. org/theater-in-the-park.


Saturday, Nov. 4, 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets include free beginner Zydeco dance lesson at 7 p.m.

The Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association presents a concert and Zydeco dance with Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys. No partner necessary. All ages welcome. Cajun/Creole food for sale from Fusions Catering. Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs. $18, $14 active military, $5 students. An intermediate/advanced Zydeco dance lesson will be held separately at the Benson Center from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. $15. Info: aczadance.org.

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DUNWOODY COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE Sunday, Nov. 5, 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A community ride for all ages and abilities kicks off at Dunwoody’s Village Burger. 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. Ride cancelled in inclement weather. 1426 Dunwoody Village Pkwy., Dunwoody. Info: bikewalkdunwoody.org.

FOOTPRINTS FOR THE FUTURE 5K ROAD RACE Saturday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

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Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This seventh annual event presented by the Sandy Springs Society showcases 85 vendors’ unique jewelry, glass, wood and metal crafts, seasonal decor and gourmet foods. Musical and dance performances, fashion show, “Polar Express Cafe,” and an appearance by Steve Penley, who will sign his book, “Reagan and the American Ideal.” $5; free for children 10 and under. Proceeds support the Sandy Springs Society’s grant program for community nonprofits. Lake Forest Elementary School, 5920 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Info: www. sandyspringssociety.org.

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DUNWOODY UMC HOLIDAY FESTIVAL Saturday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dunwoody United Methodist Church presents its 26th Annual Holiday Festival, an indoor event featuring handmade arts and crafts by 125 artisans. Other activities include an online silent auction, “Attic Treasures” sale, Book Nook, Casseroles-to-Go, pancake breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m., BBQ and Chick-fil-A lunch, children’s activities and photos with Santa. Proceeds benefit Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Free; fee for some children’s activities. 1548 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodyumc.org.


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Saturday, Nov. 4, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Presented by the nonprofit organization We Love BuHi, this event celebrates Día De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and Latin American countries to honor departed family members and ancestors. Community altars, traditional arts and crafts and music, food for sale, and a one-mile round-trip walking procession and bicycle parade on Buford Highway after the sun sets. Free. Northeast Plaza, 3307 Buford Highway N.E., Brookhaven. Info: welovebuhi.com.

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Learn techniques to make rich and flavorful autumn meals including butternut squash, lentil soup, spicy black bean soup, broccoli-cheddar soup and zuppa al cioccolato (chocolate soup) at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Members: $45. Non-members: $55. Advanced registration requested. MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Register: atlantajcc.org. Info: email Howard Schreiber at howard.schreiber@ atlantajcc.org.

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Kathy Manos Penn discusses “The Ink Penn: Celebrating the Magic in the Everyday,” a collection of favorites among her local newspaper columns, and her 2017 release, “Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch,” about a dog who discovers he’s descended from royalty. Free. Garden Room at the Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Info: Melissa Swindell, mswindell@heritagesandysprings.org or 404-851-9111 x2.

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Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

Retired astronaut and natural storyteller Scott Kelly, who spent a year aboard the International Space Station, will share his story in an inspirational talk at the Atlanta History Center. Pre-signed copies of Kelly’s book, “Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery,” are included in the cost of tickets. $35 members; $40 general public. 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com.


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A night of tennis, food and Motown hits benefits the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center and features honorary chairman William A. King Jr., a founding member of The Commodores band and a longtime member of the Friends of Bitsy Grant. Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, 2125 Northside Drive N.W., Buckhead. $100. Ticket info: swingtothebeat.eventbrite.com.

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One of the largest whisky tasting events in the U.S., this affair features more than 200 distilled spirits from around their globe, along with their makers and ambassadors. A benefit for the North Atlanta Rotary Foundation, the event includes whiskey seminars, whiskey and food pairings and whiskey and cigar pairings. Ages 21 and up. $120. VIP admission: $145. Westin Buckhead Atlanta, 3391 Peachtree Rd N.E, Peachtree Road, Buckhead. Info: whiskiesoftheworld.com/atlanta.

LANGUAGE AND LITERACY GALA Sunday, Nov, 12, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Atlanta Speech School Guild holds its 44th annual gala supporting the Speech School’s mission of helping children reach their potential through language and literacy. Cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Capital City Club, 53 West Brookhaven Drive N.E., Brookhaven. $125. Tickets: atlantaspeechschool. org/guild or call the school SUBMIT YOUR EVENT LISTING WITH US AT at 404-233-5332.


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Music hall proposed for Bobby Jones clubhouse Continued from page 1 eign Wars post that recently opened in the clubhouse could remain, and the facility could remain open to community events and meetings, organizers say. Two representatives of the group presented early concepts that call for demolishing walls and building a stage. About 50 people attended an Oct. 16 public meeting held in the clubhouse at 384 Woodward Way and many reacted positively to the idea, clapping at the end of the presentation and thanking the organizers for proposing the idea. The group is being formed by residents, including Alex Simmons, an attorney who is leading the effort, and members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra acting independently from that organiza-

tion. Simmons brought the idea to District 8 Councilmember Yolanda Adrean and the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy. “There is no space like it in the city. It fits a need for the city, but it also will remain a community space,” Simmons said. Simmons is also working with Jun-Ching Lin, a friend of Simmons who is a violinist at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which is not officially involved with the plan. It is not clear who else is a member of the group. The formerly city-owned golf course was transferred to the state in a 2016 land swap, which Adrean voted against, and is undergoing its own renovation. A new clubhouse is being built as part of the renovation, so the state had no use for the existing clubhouse, and it is now leased to the city.

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The golf operator is moving out of the clubhouse next month, so the clubhouse will have no tenant. That led some to fear that the clubhouse could be demolished. “I did not want [the clubhouse] to become a casualty of the state takeover,” Adrean said. Representatives from both the conservancy EVELYN ANDREWS and the Peachtree BatA drawing shows how the Bobby Jones clubhouse tle Alliance attended the could look if an organization moves forward with a plan to transform it into a recital hall. meeting to voice support for the proposal. to the clubhouse.” “The deal isn’t inked, The city of Atlanta did not return a rebut there is a lot of momentum and we’re quest for comment. thrilled to be a part of this,” said Catherine The group proposes to knock out walls Spillman, executive director of the Memoon the main level of the clubhouse to build rial Park Conservancy. a stage and to expand seating. A patio and Spillman said in a later interview that bar would also be built behind the seatthe conservancy’s involvement in the proing area. On the lower level, several rooms posal has not been determined yet, but it would be built to host private music lessupports the plan because the group “alsons. A rehearsal studio that doubles as ways wanted to make sure that the builda community meeting room and lobby ing would not be torn down.” would also be created on the lower level. Mark McDonald, the president and There are no plans to expand the parkCEO of The Georgia Trust for Historic Presing lot and the building’s exterior would reervation, said his organization supports main unchanged. The designs also call for the proposal, especially as it would ensure improving access for disabled people. the building is not demolished. The buildThe designs are being done by ing was once on the group’s “Places in PerPerkins+Will architect Allen Post, who has il” list, which seeks to raise awareness for designed music halls in the past and lives historic buildings the group believes are in across the street from the clubhouse. danger, McDonald said. The building’s architecture, including “We are delighted that it may be reused the domed ceiling, would provide excepas a concert recital hall and believe this is a tional acoustics for a chamber music congood solution to the issue. We stand ready cert, Post said. to assist all stakeholders and to help to The city Department of Parks and Recmake this a reality,” he said. reation currently oversees the clubhouse, James Ottley, president of the Buckhead but does not have the budget to renovate Heritage Society board, said the organiit the way a private partner could, Adrean zation supports “any use which keeps the said. building from being razed.” “I really think this will bring a great The building is historically significant, amenity to the city,” she said. having been built been built in 1941 and The group also would be required to creadorned with unique relief artwork above ate an endowment fund that will be used to the windows, Ottley said. maintain the building. Adrean authored an ordinance that The city has not been approached by passed in September that gave the group any other organization to use the clubpermission to raise $1 million to show it is house, but did not put out a request for procommitted to the idea and has the support posals, Adrean said. Adrean said there are of the public. several other similar projects done on city There are several more steps to go beparks with an outside partner that did not fore the city makes a decision. The group put out an RFP. has to raise $1 million by early 2018 before A formal study on the need and interit can begin negotiating a memorandum of est for a recital hall in Atlanta has not been understanding with the city. Several more done, but Adrean and Simmons have conpublic meetings will also be held, Adrean tacted some in the arts community and said. The city would also have to work with some have been expressed interest in using the state to approve the use. the recital hall, Adrean said. Cindy Presto, director of legal servicThe group is currently submitting paes for the Georgia Building Authority, the perwork to create the still unnamed nondepartment that maintains state-owned profit. The group will not seek donations buildings, said the department does not until the nonprofit is created, Simmons have a comment other than quoting the said. legislation about the lease, which affords the city “the right to make improvements


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Tour gives insider’s view of Buckhead projects BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

Participants in a Buckhead Community Improvement District walking tour on Oct. 17 were shown an aerial view of the proposed park over Ga. 400 site and an overview of several major CID projects. Hosted by Jim Durrett, the executive director of the CID, the tour was part of the “Walktober” program held by PEDS, a local nonprofit that advocates for pedestrian access and safety. The free tour was limited to 25 participants and all spots were reserved. The first stop on the tour was a vacant suite on the 14th floor of the Tower Place 200 building on Peachtree Road, a short walk from the Tower Place 100 building where the tour began. Participants were able to get a look at the site of the proposed park over Ga. 400, which would be built over the highway from Peachtree to Lenox roads. The CID is putting together a steering committee that will make recommendations on building a nonprofit that would ultimately run the park. The park, which was proposed by the CID two years ago, would bring nine acres of park space to Buckhead and would include remaking the entrance to the Buckhead MARTA Station. Construction is estimated to cost about $250 million and the CID plans to rely on a mix of public and private entities to fund the park, although specific sources and contributions have not been determined. Two CID board members — Robin Suggs, the general manager of Lenox Square mall, and District 7 City Councilmember Howard Shook — have expressed concerns about funding the park, but Durrett said he believes their concerns will be addressed and they will be on board by the end of 2017. “I predict by the end of the year we will have 100 percent support,” Durrett said. The tour ended at Charlie Loudermilk Park, where Durrett explained the renovations recently completed by the CID, including a sculpture designed by Atlanta architect John Portman. Skateboarders have damaged the sculpture, Durrett said. Scuffs can be seen along the sculpture and on its base. Skateboarding is allowed in the park, but to deter damage to the sculpture, two new security cameras were installed and aimed at the park, he said. Laura Jackson, a tour participant, asked Durrett why the iconic sculpture, “The Storyteller,” was moved from the park. “People wanted it moved. Art is appreciated and reviled and that is an example,” Durrett said. The sculpture is now installed outside of the Buckhead Library, but Jackson said the placement at the library makes the sculpture hard to see.


Above, Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District, took participants in an Oct. 17 walking tour up to a vacant Tower Place 200 suite that overlooks the site of the proposed park over Ga. 400. Left, Durrett pointed out a shade structure recently installed at Charlie Loudermilk Park to replace umbrellas that were difficult to maintain.

Durrett also noted a sign installed in the park that displays a 1943 photograph of the nearby Buckhead Theatre aligned to overlap the view of today’s building. It was installed in May by the Buckhead Heritage Society in partnership with the Buckhead CID. Most of the tour consisted of walking down Peachtree Road to the park, a corridor the CID has spent the last decade improving. Durrett challenged participants to point out at what point the CID’s improvements on the road end, which was easy for a participant to do as the landscaped medians and wide sidewalks end suddenly. On one section, there is no sidewalk, so Durrett led participants through a nearby business breezeway. The CID is currently obtaining right of way for the third phase of the Peachtree Road improvements, which would run from Maple Drive to Shadowlawn Avenue. However, the improvements will be different than those made on other parts of Peachtree Road. Because right of way will cost more on this section of Peachtree Road, the CID scaled back plans and will now eliminate one northbound lane to create a center turn lane, but a median will not be created. There will still be three southbound lanes, Durrett said. “Traffic will flow better than it does today,” he said.

Home burglary rate drops with new police tactics Continued from page 1


reported a similar decrease in its October 2017 newsletter. It used numbers calcuSince Shaw changed the focus, both lated by analyzing crimes reported on the North Buckhead neighborhood, streets the NBCA considers its “core reswhich is located between Roswell and idential area,” which is not Peachtree-Dunwoody roads, defined in the article, so the and Zone 2 have seen major numbers reported could not decreases in residential burbe verified by the Reporter. glaries. Gordon Certain, presiFrom January to October dent of the North Buckhead 2016, North Buckhead reportCivic Association, could not ed 22 residential burglaries, be reached for comment for according to the Atlanta Pothis article. lice Department’s crime daShaw also said the detabase. In 2017 over the same crease can be attributed to time, the neighborhood rean emphasis on “arresting ported nine, representing Maj. Barry Shaw. the right people at the right a 59 percent decrease. Durtime,” which has led to a 38 ing the same months in 2016, percent increase in burglary arrests be386 residential burglaries were reported tween 2017 and 2016, Shaw said. His team in all of Zone 2. In 2017, 267 were reportmade a key arrest early this year of one ed, representing a 31 percent decrease, acperson, Jaleme Haslett, who police becording to the database. lieve was responsible for 24 to 25 burglarLarcenies from cars reported in North ies. Buckhead dropped from 65 to 40 between “He was one of the main reasons we 2016 and 2017, according to the database. had the spike in December 2016,” Shaw The North Buckhead Civic Association said.

Shaw said Zone 2 R ESID EN TIAL B UR G LAR IES R EP OR TED uses the Operation F R OM J AN UARY TO OC T OB ER 24 Shield public security camera system “conArea and type of crime 2016 2017 Percent Change stantly” to help locate suspects, but the North Buckhead (Beat 209) 22 9 -59% heavy traffic flow in Atlanta Police Zone 2 386 267 -31% Buckhead can make finding a suspect difSource: Atlanta Police Department crime database ficult. The camera proother area to commit crimes,” he said. gram, done in partnership with the AtShaw said he will adjust his methods lanta Police Foundation and the Buckto continue the crime decrease, but is not head Community Improvement District, planning any major changes. has helped police find suspects, but Shaw While the crime rate is down, burglarsaid finding a suspect in Buckhead is difies still occur. In a recent email newsficult unless police are given a limited letter, the NBCA described a report of window of time the suspect could have a burglar who rummaged through the passed a camera and a description of the homeowners’ fridge for a prize to quiet car. their dogs. The NBCA also reported in its newsletNorth Buckhead resident Traci Provester that crimes decreased while I-85 was an said in the report that a burglar fed the closed in April 2017, but Shaw said he family dogs four filet mignon steaks. doesn’t believe the closure was directly “We found the package on floor. Must responsible for the decrease. have been first thing they did. Smart,” “It probably helped us in areas around Provesan wrote the NBCA. the bridge, but they would just go to an-

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