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West Village stores consider joining forces
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Mims Bledsoe, owner of Pie Shop in Buckhead’s West Village area, said the retail district contains a high concentration of independently owned businesses like hers. That independence also means that the businesses there aren’t speaking with a unified voice, Bledsoe said. Bledsoe and other business owners are exploring the possibility of a West Village Merchants Association that would better represent the interests of the 40-acre block of shops. On Oct. 22, about 30 people interested in the idea gathered at the Buckhead Theatre. Buckhead Community Improvement District Executive Director Jim Durrett attend-
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adrean says although she’s unopposed, she’s still accountable BY DAN WHISENHUNT
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alex chung gives his daughter emmie, 1, a gentle push at the playground while they enjoy pace academy’s 50th annual fall fair on oct. 19.
Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean is one of four council members running unopposed in the Nov. 5 municipal elections and the only Buckhead representative on the council without opposition. Adrean said even though she doesn’t have to worry about winning a second term now, she didn’t take her re-election for granted. “I’m like every other council member. I was watching every single day [during qualifying] to see what would develop,” Adrean said. “I was honored that my constituents had see adReaN, page 5
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