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Re: “City Hall East tower gets tagged — again

This is art? WTF. I guess all the gang tags on every single fricking metal pole and utility pole and sign in Intown is also art? It's like a dog peeing on the pole to mark his territory.
This is people who have zero respect for property or anything else. It makes nice areas of Atlanta look like a ghetto. Maybe that's the point. Re-create up here what they have in their own area. Cause it's so damn pretty to see gang tags as you drive down the road.
Where are the cops? This couldn't have been done in a couple of minutes - no one saw anything on Ponce? Come on.
These jerks need to be caught and given hundreds of hours scrubbing their artwork off as their punishment. Then they can work off the cost to replace all the damn signs that you can't read because they are so covered in graffiti. How nice is it that people coming to the Atlanta to see the Carter Center can't even read the sign pointing the direction of the center. Disgusting is what it is.

Posted by smallbizowner on 02/14/2011 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Atlantic Station, prepare for your spellbinding transformation into the 'anti-mall!'

Here is a great article about the problem with teens at malls and what other places are doing about it. No discussion about race - just teens in general. Every conversation in Atlanta ultimately ends up about race. This board is here to give ideas on how to improve AS. One of the top suggestions happens to be curbing the problem that the unruly teens are causing there. Because we are in Atlanta in this case the teens happen to be black. Doesn't make it any better or worse - just is what it is.

For all their disposable income and penchant for spending money on things they don’t need, ABC News found that teenagers do more harm than good when they assemble in large groups and swarm around local malls. There’s the increased likelihood of horseplay to worry about, and the general unruliness that goes in tandem with having a big bunch of unsupervised kids running around.

So, at many shopping centers across the country, teens have been restricted: they can peruse malls only in limited groups, or have to be accompanied by some kind of guardian on weekends or after hours.

But aside from some griping and complaints from parents and teens alike, the widespread policy has actually been really good for business:

The Mid Rivers Mall in St. Louis, Mo., started sending away teens at the end of May, and it has resulted in both more customers and sales. After a month, overall mall traffic was up 5 percent on Friday and Saturday nights, and sales were up 3 to 10 percent in all categories, including teen-oriented retailers, according to the property’s management.

Slightly different policies at malls elsewhere have produced similar effects. The Atlantic Terminal Mall in Brooklyn, for example, only allows teens to travel in groups of four or less. At the massive Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., teens can’t come to the mall at all if there’s no one to supervise them.

We would argue that teens should have a little more freedom to roam around than that, but no mall has the responsibility to be a training ground for young adutlhood. What they do have the responsibility to do is to preserve their bottom lines, and in banning teens, that’s exactly what they’re doing.

Howard Davidowitz, a retail consultant, said that shutting out teens is good for business. Even though many of the mall’s specialty stores, like the clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch or the costume jewelry store Claire’s, send out siren songs for teens’ to spend there, the department stores, which generally attract older customers, are more important to the mall. They bring in more business because they advertise and promote the center.

“There has to be a balance,” Davidowitz said. “The problem a developer has is if it becomes a hangout, it becomes scary for older customer. That’s the department store customer, and that’s the anchor of the center.”

Forcing teens to come in with their parents brings in more money, too — instead of the chump change parents dole out to their kids for spending money, the guardian policy brings the parents directly to the register.

It also makes teens spend more time with their parents. Maybe if parents and their kids did that to begin with, teens would have already learned by example how to act in public.

Posted by smallbizowner on 02/14/2011 at 2:46 PM

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