I support the pool. Perhaps I'm biased, being an O4W resident. But one of the attractions of the O4W when I purchased in 2005 was the Natatorium! When it was closed, We lost an under-rated and key piece of the community. Even though the old pool was dark and dingy, it was still a positive walkable/ridable destination in O4W that wasn't just Yet Another Bar(tm). Now, with the northeast portion of the Beltline in place and with its connections to the Freedom trail, the rebuilt Natatorium would be a pedestrian-friendly destination for not only O4W residents, but also people in nearby neighborhoods.
Another positive is that the pool sits right next to Hope-Hill elementary school, which doesn't get nearly the community support it deserves. I'm for anything which might raise awareness among O4W residents about what's happening inside that brick building on the corner. And who knows, maybe the city could find it in the budget to build a respectable playground on the land that the kids of Hope-Hill could use. Although I’m sure people would bitch about that, too.
I live right off of Glen Iris (since 2005) and drive by that building multiple times a day. I've never given one sh*t about it. I'm all for keeping cool, old buildings with interesting architecture. But to preserve stuff just because it's "old"...I don't see the point.
First of all, has anyone at APS officially said anything about racism? Has Davis made the accusation of racism? If so, I must have missed it. As I understand it, the whole idea that this was because of supposed racism was started by the principal and a teacher who was accused of racism. I don't know if any of it's true or not, but it sounds like someone has a guilty conscience about it.
Mygrant wants a meeting to fight a charge that hasn't been levied?! Go pound sand, man. Georgia is a right to work state; you can be fired if your boss doesn't like the tie you wore to work. Stuff happens. Get over it and go back into retirement.
I'll tell you what's bullshit: getting drop-kicked by a monkey.
Man, I've seen that dude at the skatepark. He's obviously a homeless guy who's been displaced by all the work along the beltline. So he's not a model citizen but I don't think that warrants being taken to jail. Come one. Go catch a real criminal.
Shit done got real in the O Fo' Dub!
I have mixed feelings. As a property owner in nearby Old 4th Ward, this is welcome news, to be sure. At the same time, I can't help but feel for the homeless people who have grown to depend on this place. I really do feel that in the long run, this place closing is likely to be a good thing for most of them, however.
I was homeless once and lived out of a backpack for 3 months (after the VW van I had been living in burned up on the freeway). I never sought refuge in a shelter. I slept in the courtyard of a suburban office park which provided me shelter both from the wind and the eyes of passersby (aka: cops). It was a lonely existance but it was close to my minimum wage warehouse job and the community college I was attending. I shudder to think where I'd be now if I'd gone instead to an isolated pocket of poverty like Peachtree-Pine.
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