After having read Cliff Bostock's food column in CL for many, many years, I was profoundly disappointed with some of the remarks about the Edgewood corridor in his review of the Bureau ("First look: The Bureau," Grazing, Nov. 5). The comments were uninformed, smug, and uncalled for. They added nothing of value to the review. As one of the "original" recent migrants to Edgewood, I readily attest to the mixed bag of denizens to be found here. In addition to Café 458, there is a population of formerly homeless mentally ill served by a very worthy group, Project Interconnections Inc. Some of us remember how the ongoing disaster that our country has become originated with Ronald Reagan in 1980, whose administration gutted the social safety net, turning thousands of mentally ill onto the streets. Even as it makes strides toward revitalization, Edgewood is doing its part to serve those less well-off who are every bit as much citizens of this land as the more affluent you or I. Ditto with the comparison to Buford Highway. The historic and social/cultural experience of "inner city" denizens is very different from that of every group that voluntarily immigrated to this country, a fact we triumphantly acknowledged through our courageous choice in the recent presidential election. Such snarky put-downs are not cute – they just reinforce and encourage ignorant attitudes. This is not intended to beat Cliff down. I have read enough of his stuff to know that he is a better person than this column suggests. Many if not most Americans have had their moral sights lowered by our collective experience during the past eight years. Now may be a good time to reflect on the values of humility, modesty, and sympathy for those struggling with misfortune. And the people who could benefit from such reflection do not all live in the exurbs.
– Harold M. Barnette, Atlanta
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Jamming closer to home
In regards to the article about the local music stores, we need them ("Arrested development," Vibes, Oct. 29). I know during our difficult and new wave technology times it is hard for a lot of folks. There are people who love to visit music stores like Moods Music and Criminal Records because they offer a little sumtin' sumtin' more than Best Buy or Target. We need them. When you are a newcomer to another world of music and Earwax was the birthing place, it's hard not being able to go by and pick up something new. I was sad and crushed when they never opened up on Peters Street. I was excited because we were about to get a music store closer to home. But that should not be the end to [Earwax founder Jasz] Smith's vision. There are other safe and at home places he could have chosen. Places like College Park or East Point, which are booming in growth and need a cool spot to hang out and listen to the latest jams.
– Selena Tucker
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