Friday, July 31, 2009

Re-Visioning of Midtown has strong opposition

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 9:01 PM

After a three-year run as Atlanta's nightclub of choice for ballers, b-boys and high-rollers, Vision served its last Red Bull and vodka on Aug. 5, 2006. The fabled VIP haven for everyone from P. Diddy to Britney Spears to many of the now-jailed principals behind the BMF drug-trafficking empire, the glitzy club effectively shifted operations to the sprawing (and now-shuttered) Compound, on the city's Westside, then moved the party up to the Velvet Room on the northern Perimeter.

Since then, the only noise on that stretch of Peachtree Street, between 10th and 12th streets, has been the sound of construction equipment.

But the Gidewon brothers — the four press-shy siblings from Eritrea who rule Atlanta's hip-hop nightlife — plan to change all that.

After months of community speculation, brother Michael has embarked on the application process to reopen Vision in the strip of buildings on Peachtree that once housed the old Cotton Club and Pasta Da Pulcinella locations. From the outside, the windowless buildings appear vacant and dilapidated. But, according to sources, the club interior is enormous and was built out nearly a year ago to the Gidewon's trademark spare-no-expense standards.

Now that the Gidewons have finally filed for their permits, at least one civic group is determined to see they don't get them.

"We don't want the loud music, cruising, litter and shootings that go with this type of club," says Peggy Denby, president of the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance. "We're going to oppose this very loudly."

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The Blotter

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 9:00 PM

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CATNAP? On Pharr Road, a woman called police to report her cat missing. An officer arrived. The woman said she “has not seen her cat in several days and believes that one of her neighbors inside her apartment complex has kidnapped the cat,” the officer wrote. Also, the woman said the same neighbor confronted her and said she knew the woman has “herperies,” the officer wrote. The woman said she didn’t know how her neighbor could know that information about her. The woman “stated that she previous left her personal phone books outside her apartment on her patio, which is an open area next to a bus stop near [her] apartment,” the officer wrote. “[She] stated she found a small knife laying on her patio table when she returned to pickup her telephone book. When I inquired about the knife, [the woman] got the knife from her kitchen drawer and showed the knife to me.” The woman said she thinks her neighbor has it out for her. The officer couldn’t locate the suspected neighbor. The woman insisted on filing a police report.

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(Illustration by Tray Butler)

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Horse rapist article follows tale of man-dog lovin'

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Apparently, not enough people are having sex with animals in Atlanta, so the AJC had to go with a wire story out of South Carolina.

I don't usually read "The Vent," but this reader offering caught my eye:

Yeah they replaced the 'man having sex with a dog' with 'man having sex with a horse'. Something is very wrong...

I can't tell if the reader is complaining about people's F'ed up sexually proclivities or the AJC's coverage choices, but sure enough, following its staff-written piece about a Jonesboro man who's a little too fond of his dog, the AJC picked up a lovely wire story about a 50-year-old South Carolinian charged with — I kid you not — "buggery" after horse owner Barbara Kenley caught him molesting her mare. Here's the kicker: The perp had pleaded guilty to the same charge last year after being caught forcing himself on the same damn horse!

Here are more details than you need:

"Police kept telling me it couldn't be the same guy," Kenley said. "I couldn't believe that there were two guys going around doing this to the same horse."

She spent several nights at the stables, which are about four miles from her home, but didn't find anything. So she installed surveillance cameras, and when she reviewed the footage from July 19, she couldn't believe she was seeing the same man doing the same thing to her horse.

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UGA dumps company connected to parking deck collapse

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Hardin construction — the big-name firm that has come under scrutiny for having been involved with the construction of both the Atlanta botanical garden walkway that collapsed in December 2008 and the partially-collapsed Centergy parking deck in midtown — has had two lucrative contracts cancelled by the University of Georgia.

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In April of this year Hardin received a contract to work on two new parking decks planned by UGA, for a grand total of $18.6 million. Since then, however, Hardin has been fined $6,300 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for inadequately installing scaffolding towers to support the Botanical Garden walkway.

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Mayor Franklin's strategy to reduce Atlanta crime

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Mayor Shirley Franklin and Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington's press conference yesterday was a long and quizzical event filled mostly with testy questions about the chief's recent whereabouts.

But in addition to those questions about Atlanta's Houdini, the mayor said she wanted to talk about "solutions" and the city's strategy to improve its piss-poor public safety. That strategy involves more cops on the street, a crackdown on gang activity, and an engaged community.

In the interest of public engagement and transparency, we've decided to post Franklin's statement in full.

After the jump, what Franklin's administration plans to do in her remaining months in office to prevent the killings, carjackings, burglaries and other ills.

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Photo of the day - Check your trees

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 2:31 PM

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My neighbors in northeast Atlanta heard a loud noise this morning around 1:45 a.m. They went outside to find this huge tree had fallen and just missed the front of their house. They said it wasn't storming at the time that the tree fell. The tree, a Bradford Pear, is very common in Atlanta and has a reputation as being susceptible to falling in high winds.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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Perception of Crime Watch®: All About Meme

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Perception of Crime Watch® has gone bipartisan!

Look what just showed up in Jim Wooten's Thinking Right blog:

Oh, car hijackee and Atlanta City Councilman Ceasar Mitchell, was not the victim of crime; he was the victim of perception of crime.

How about that!

Perception of Crime Watch® is on the brink of becoming the most popular Atlanta Internet crime watch meme since mid-2007's wildly popular I Can Has Crime Wave.

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(Thank you @mattgove finding the Wooten link and the bipartisanship)

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5 things to do: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 4:15 AM

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1) The Center for Puppetry Arts hosts a screening of In Xanadu.

2) Grupo Fantasma performs at Variety Playhouse.

3) Harvey Milk and Torche play the Earl.

4) Humpday opens at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

5) Simone performs at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

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(Photo © Shadowlight Productions)

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