I think you've gotten enough of what you might have done wrong w this story, I won't do that to you but I will share w you something that maybe might help you and others that like me assumed from the exterior that I knew what PeachtreePine was before I went in. I've been a journalist for 18 years and even w that I am willing to admit I was wrong about what I saw from across the street.
My assumptions and opinions came from others that saw the people outside and the trash flowing around and I learned to avoid it. This year I was asked to go inside and see what it was about and meet the people involved. I was hired to, so I was willing. I am comfortable in saying I stand corrected and was an asshole before.
Anita, who runs the center, says she is in the business of bringing men back to life through communication, art and the willingness to believe in the power of humanity.
I met men who left this place to buy homes, work as IT professionals and even people who have made it their own mission to stay and work for the center.
I met individuals who were once broken who now give back because they see what the center is about.
The center had the funds to look and feel like a part of the community but have been cheated out of it by the power of a few just for the value of the location.
This place shouldn't be shipped off into an area where no one sees it, it needs to be a part and in the center of where the issue is for our city.
Below is a 2 part video of what I saw and what I believe and hope may change your opinion or at least cause you to walk in and see for yourself.
Good luck to you man, I know you're taking some heat for this but isn't that the beauty of our job? To know that words still matter and can get people excited about an issue.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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