Way to price out the truly neighborhood businesses. Sopo bicycle co-op was priced out quickly.. And now Stone Soup? So sad.
Have improvements to the building actually been done since Paces took ownership? I certainly don't buy that as reason for much rent increase. And taxes have gone up - but only very marginally, so far.
Revitalization and development can be done like a tide - raising the businesses along with the neighborhood, tempering the pace and increases enough to allow time for the locals to see profit from fresh traffic and keep up with increasing expenses.
Or it can be done like a tidal wave - drowning out the things that gave the neighborhood its character, and killing off the businesses that brought profit to the community members that ran them.
Two businesses will remain in what had been built up as a bit of critical mass in neighborhood commerce: Wright Style Hair Salon, and Cabbagetown Clay and Glassworks Co-op.. Both longtime members of the community. They will need to see a good deal of traffic in order to hang in there with the impending spike in rent; with the much loved Stone Soup getting the boot, the tide doesn't appear to be working in their favor.
What this "type mentioned in the article" wants is a neighborhood safe enough to walk my dog in, space large and safe enough to actually work in (these are not desk jobs but space hungry, messy and borderline toxic materials jobs) and livable enough to eat my dinner in. "Cool" is the curse which often blooms as the result of having a community of creative people together, creating a desirable and thriving neighborhood, which then rewards the transitional pioneers by pricing them out.
Mind you, this is NOT what's happened in the T Factory - I have nothing but gratitude for the opportunity extended thus far.. but it IS the overwhelming conundrum facing someone following their talents and passion in the arts. (And what several exiting residents will face.. please do tell about those SW Atlanta spaces)
People seem to want art and it's inspirations, but they sure baulk and squawk about paying one cent for it, and have little patience in understanding and accommodating it's unique needs.
I must add that many artists DO find it nearly impossible to scrape together an even an ounce of extra savings in spite of juggling several jobs to stay afloat; most artists and craftsmen I know truly work their tail off (only to compete in a "marketplace" that is swamped with cheap knock offs from China.. I'll admit amusement with a Sister Louisa velveteen rolling down an assembly line.. but I do digress.)
I do find that a sad commentary on our society;
Perhaps others will too when they let the market ultimately paint it all grey.
Sembler is certainly off on an unfortunate path. Considering what 5 Seasons brings to an otherwise bland development, you would think Sembler would bend over backwards to accommodate this gem of an establishment.
5 Seasons is a one of a kind jewel to an otherwise stark Sandy Springs foodscape; why on earth would anyone otherwise bother with this new collection of big box stores they can find in any corner of the greater Atlanta area?
I have to add - I'd swim the Chatahoochee to eat here. Naked.
Whatever it takes; go now. This is the original gastro pub of Atlanta.
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