Thanks, CL, for shedding the light
It is very difficult to begin this letter of thanks to all the staff there. This month marks the third anniversary of the murder of my son "Prince" Rashannibal Drummond. On July 5, Prince would have had his 26th birthday. Creative Loafing and Ms. Shalhoup have done an amazing job of bringing to light the individual [allegedly] responsible for his murder (Fallout, "Alleged BMF member faces murder charges," June 7). Ms. Shalhoup's three-part article on the "gang" this individual was a high-ranking member of, the Black Mafia Family, gave readers an excellent example of investigative reporting at its best (cover story, "Hip-hop's shadowy empire," Dec. 7, 14 and 21). The information Ms. Shalhoup was able to uncover was overwhelming at times. To think that such a criminal organization was able to do "business" in Atlanta and be so bold and nonchalant with their activities for so long was mind-boggling. The citizens of Atlanta need to say a big thanks to the best newspaper in the city, Creative Loafing. There are not enough words to express the peace that you guys have given me. I and many who know and loved Prince know that along with all the federal and local police agencies involved (thanks to ALL the officers) in bringing this [suspect] to justice, Creative Loafing played a big part keeping us informed. Again, THANK YOU Creative Loafing.
– D. Morgan, Atlanta
Give Sembler more credit
Though Scott Henry's article about Sembler's Briarcliff project (Fallout, "DeKalb neighbors make sure Sembler feels their clout," July 19) offered a fairly reasonable and balanced reading of this project, we were puzzled by his assertion that the goal of some neighbors in the area "is not to end up like Brookhaven." Brookhaven Village is going to be a great place; a smart-growth, new-urbanism, mixed-use project that, by the way, was approved by the DeKalb Commission late last year without a dissenting vote (what was curiously described as a "squeak through the rezoning process" in the article). Commissioner Kathy Gannon abstained on that vote.
Additionally, it was frustrating to learn that Commissioner Gannon perceived Sembler's efforts to reach out to the communities surrounding our Brookhaven Village project as nothing more than a "divide and conquer" strategy on our part.
The fact is that Sembler met with so many individual groups in Brookhaven in part at the urging of Commissioner Gannon, Commissioner Elaine Boyer and the staff of DeKalb's Planning Department. A number of those meetings, incidentally, were required in the rezoning process.
Regarding the Briarcliff project, Sembler is an enthusiastic participant in and supporter of the area-wide study being conducted by professor Alex Garvin. At the request of commissioners Gannon and Rader, we are deferring numerous requests for meetings with individual neighborhood groups in the surrounding communities until the Garvin study is completed. All we can hope is that later on in this process the deferral of those individual group meetings will not be mischaracterized as Sembler's reluctance to meet with surrounding neighborhoods.
Sembler is absolutely committed to participate in meetings, answer any questions and take into consideration community concerns as we move forward with the planning process for the Park at Briarcliff project. We trust that our efforts to reach out to the surrounding communities will not be perceived as a cynical "divide and conquer" strategy but rather as what they are: our honest and determined effort to be a good neighbor.
– Angelo Fuster, spokesman
The Sembler Co.
DON'T KILL CHICAGO READER'S EDGE
Congratulations! I just heard about your recent purchase of the Chicago Reader this morning on Chicago Public Radio. I am a regular reader of the Reader, just as I was a regular reader of CL when I lived in Charlotte and Atlanta. Glad to know the Reader market will be in good hands. Just one request though: PLEASE do not lose the edge and cynicism of the Reader's investigative reporting. The Reader was the only major print media outlet in the Chicagoland area that asked hard questions and pulled the rug up to see what had been swept underneath.
– Mark Crisco, Chicago
WHERE WAS NYC VIEW?
Darn good article (cover story, "Bang! You're sued," July 26), although I suspect you weren't able to talk to anyone from the city side of things.
– Eric Proshansky, deputy chief
Division of Affirmative Litigation
New York City Law Department
Editor's note: John Sugg did talk to New York's chief of gun enforcement, John Feinblatt, who was quoted extensively in the story.
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