For more than 140 years, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has called downtown Atlanta home. Beginning next week, that will no longer be the case.
On Saturday, the paper's staff will start working from their new digs at Perimeter Center in Dunwoody. Some journos will remain behind in the Coverdell Legislative Office Building next to the Gold Dome. Others will occupy some desks at WSB-TV, a fellow member of the Coxtupus. Who knows what will happen to the building, which according to the Fulton County Tax Assessor, is still owned by the paper. (But we all know how outdated those listings are.)
The eighth floor, which formerly housed the reporters, is now empty. Bright orange rent-a-crates are all over. Folks are saying it's a fucked-up time. Staffers are wondering how they'll travel to the new offices, which are located in a severely congested part of metro Atlanta. (Good luck riding MARTA.) There are also concerns about actually writing about the news in the interim phase. The building might be a ghost town by 3 or 4 p.m. on Friday.
Staffers raised glasses of bubbly today to bid farewell to the building. Here's a twitpic that's making the rounds:
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