As I hope is always clear, please know you can always, definitely approach any of us with any issues or concerns you have about people or things that happen at CoLab. You can do it privately. You can do it via phone or email or by grabbing us at a cookout or whatever. We will schedule meetings with people who have concerns.
We want the place to be safe too. Obviously this is a top priority. While I understand that crap happens everywhere, I want to minimize that at CoLab.
Yes, the community polices itself, and should definitely feel free to continue to do so. This is a pretty standard burner approach, and I would love to see CoLab participants "police" themselves and each other, kindly and peacefully. With that said, we definitely will handle any issues that people feel like we should. If you don't feel like we have heard you, please try again. We have a lot going on, so gentle reminders help us get everything done and keep everyone happy.
Thanks for your patience. We're in this together.
@prtygrl05: You haven't talked with ME about what happened with your drink. Please do so. Email me at rebecca(dot)cobb(at)gmail.com. I may arrange a face to face meeting to discuss what happened, b/c clearly that's not cool.
This is, for the record, the first I've heard of this.
Now, let's drop this particular thing from this forum, please.
@jaymeltdown: We absolutely, 100% DO have sound baffles and a decibel reader. Troy and I personally check this approximately once per hour during the entirely of every single sound event that happens. We are absolutely, all the time, within the legal bounds, as set out in the code for the City of Atlanta. You are welcome to stop by at any time to see for yourself - we are happy to show you. In fact, we walk down in to the neighborhoods to see what we can hear, every single event. At the stop sign, we can hear NOTHING. How then is the sound somehow rattling people's windows and walls?! It's an amazing, mysterious thing. However, if you say it is bothering you, then it is, and we would be more than happy to work with you to make sure that doesn't happen again. You can be proactive and actually approach us about it, rather than involving police.
If you have an issue with the level of sound that is allowed by the City, you should petition the City to have that changed. If we are within that level, and you still have an issue with it, you (and all other neighbors) are encouraged to stop by and talk with us about it, and we are happy to try to make it even less offensive. But honestly, considering you can barely even hear sound at our fence, I'm not entirely sure how you can hear it at your house. Regardless, if you feel we are a nuisance, you are welcome to come over and we'll work with you on making sure that no longer happens.
How do you know that it took 4 hours from the time people started calling the police to "break it up"?
I'm really just not sure on why you think we have a lack of respect for the neighborhood, or what yard you think people that are related to events at CoLab are walking through. Everyone that was there on Saturday was parked within a block of CoLab, and only used the sidewalks to get to the event. They were nowhere near people's yards, we made sure of that.
Are we perfect? No. We need to work on the traffic that is generated by the bigger events. I agree with you - I actually prefer our smaller events as well. However, just because you don't like something doesn't mean you get the right to shut it down.
You actually live right next to an entire area that is zoned industrial. At any given time, the entire area where CoLab is located could be taken over by a giant, noisy, stinky mill, and you could do nothing about it. At least we are willing to work with you if you have complaints.
Long live Colaboratory!
It continues to be ridiculous to me that the phrase "adult dance hall" is being used in connection with CoLab. To be clear, the statute that this refers to is found here: http://library.municode.com/HTML/10376/lev…
The phrase "adult dance hall" refers to any place that a) you pay to get in, and b) then you dance. It has nothing to do with strippers or "adult dancing." Check out the definition section on the link above.
I wish everyone would read the full text of this law. In essence, no "night club" in the city of Atlanta can even legally have alcohol that is being consumed by anyone, regardless of whether the facility is serving the alcohol or if it is brought by patrons. Additionally, this license allows for city officials to enter into any facility with this license whenever they want, w/out a warrant or probable cause.
I am doing some research to figure out how many of the clubs in Atlanta actually HAVE this license. I can't imagine how it is possible that ANYONE does, given the alcohol restrictions.
As an aside, CoLab absolutely does NOT serve alcohol, and we never will, because we refuse to go through the process required to obtain a liquor license, nor the yearly maintenance to maintain a liquor license.
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