Good news! Travel + Leisure has published another bullshit Top 20 list based on an online survey of its readers' broad generalizations and vague notions about various U.S. cities!
Bad news! A National magazine is telling everyone that you dress like shit!
Good news! As I mentioned above, lists like these are bullshit and basically just serve as link bait for T+L! But, c'mon, let's not kid ourselves. We like complaining about them. And the people who write about them. Go to town in the comments, guys.
So, T+L readers decided that Atlanta is the seventh worst-dressed city in the country. What was this presumption based upon? Did they all visit Anchorage, Alaska — the No. 1 worst dressed city — and notice an especially egregious number of really poorly dress people? Or are they just assuming that people in Anchorage don't dress very fashionably because it's Alaska and everyone wears overalls made of animal pelts? I don't know. Neither does T + L, really. That's actually one of the most fun parts of these exercises, watching a young magazine writer just crawl inside the damp, hollow confines of her readership's collective consciousness only to end up making assumptions about its inner workings. Par exemple:
If the flashy reality-TV stars of The Real Housewives of Atlanta are at all indicative of how the rest of Atlanta dresses, it’s no wonder our readers ranked it as America’s No. 7 least-stylish city. Hotlanta has one of the highest per capita incomes of any southern city, but as the TV show illustrates and the saying goes: money can’t buy taste.
Yes. You're right. An entire city looks, dresses, and behaves exactly like the handful of women on a reality television show. Money can't buy taste. Nor can it make you a hipster. But it CAN buy you a subscription to T+L! Just a dollar a month to find out how much your city sucks dick! Thanks for the offer, guys!
Modern Atlanta is pushing hard to brand Atlanta as the design hub of the South, calling it a "city on the verge of becoming a sought-after design destination." And "Why shouldn't it be Atlanta?" says event co-founder Elayne DeLeo. "We're giving design a public forum because people need to know that there are companies here doing work and therefore opportunities to thrive." To that end, the five-year-old event has jam-packed June 1-10 with lectures, exhibits, cocktail parties, and home tours to highlight talent and innovation from the Old Fourth Ward to the Netherlands and beyond.
1) Gage/Clemenceau Architects helped dress Lady Gaga.
Sort of. Gage/Clemenceau Architects collaborated with Lady Gaga's fashion director and Mulger creative director Nicola Formichetti to create an installation around Formichetti's designs for Gaga during New York Fashion Week last fall. At MA12, Gage/Clemenceau Architects founding partner Marc Clemenceau will give the lecture "Design Liquidity in the Age of Network Economy" on combining ideas of architecture and design, and biology, fashion, robotics, environmental science, software programming, automotive styling and material engineering. June 9, 5:15-6 p.m. Hill Auditorium, High Museum of Art.
2) Kwanza Hall would like you to come party on Edgewood.
The District II councilman worked with MA12 to create the Edgewood Design District and help extend the fest's reach outside of the expected Midtown and Westside neighborhoods with multiple events at the Sound Table's Space2 as well as the Alan Heller and Frank Gehry Furniture Collection debut at Whitespace Gallery, which includes a talk from Heller. June 5, 6-9 p.m.; talk 7:30 p.m. Whitespace Gallery, 814 Edgewood Ave.
Atlanta's sidewalks are a cracked and shameful mess and we're hundreds of millions of dollars away from fixing the situation.
Maria Saporta on Monday examined the nagging problem that city leaders have largely ignored over the years, leaving us with a sizable backlog of needed repairs - more than $200 million dollars, says one estimate - and uneven sidewalks which have cost the city millions of dollars in legal settlements. (The city recently paid out $3 million to settle with a blind man who slipped and fell on a sidewlak he'd complained about for years..)
So aside from local governments' fixation on fixing roads first and dealing with sidewalks later, what's the hold up? One reason might be that, under the law, it's not City Hall's responsibility to fix sidewalks. It's the adjacent property owners. Saporta assumes, as I did, that it's a politically unpopular policy that city officials are afraid to enforce. But David Edwards, who served as a policy adviser under former Mayor Shirley Franklin, posted a comment on Saporta's post suggesting otherwise:
The reason the City does not enforce that law today is a legal one, not a politcal one. Once the city cites a property owner, the city now is legally acknowledging that a hazard exits. If anyone trips and breaks an ankle, the city is liable because they were aware of the hazardous condition. So if the city cites a property owner, it must be be prepared to fix the sidewalk at its own cost and hope that it either the property owner pays up, or that the city can re-capture the revenue through enforcement of a future lien. Messy stuff.
The best way forward would be for Council to appropriate a small amount of "seed" funding (couple of million) that would allow the city to start citing property owners. That money would be used to fix the sidewalks of property owners who ignore the citation, thus eliminating the city's legal issues. The city then would fine non-responding property owners and start placing liens on their properties. Eventually, the city would recover its money, which then would go back and replenish the seed fund.
Edwards says to enforce the current law, as bond issuances won't be enough to cover all the needed repairs. Or we could consider changing the policy so the city would share the cost with property owners, as Saporta suggests.
It is only right that the Atlanta Contemporary's Painters Panting exhibit—inspired by the Emilio de Antonio’s 1972 documentary Painters Painting chronicling the evolution of two distinctly American art movements from 1940-1970: Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art— should include a screening of the film itself.
Originally released in 1973 but never before available on DVD, Painters Painting is the definitive documentary on the New York School of painters, from 1940-1970. Director Emile de Antonio (Point of Order and Millhouse) interviews artists in their studios about their art from the period of Abstract Expressionism, through Hard Edge and Color Field painting to Pop Art. Among the featured painters are Robert Rauschenberg, William de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, Barnett Newman, Hans Hoffman, Jules Olitski, Philip Pavia, Larry Poons, Robert Motherwell, and Kenneth Noland.
Painters Painting is newly digitally remastered and restored by the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the University of Wisconsin Film Department.
The film screens FREE on Thursday, May 31 from 6:30–8:00 pm.
For complete information, visit: www.thecontemporary.org
The planning agency is hosting 12 telephone conferences throughout June to educate voters about the 1-percent sales tax that would build billions of dollars in new roads and transit throughout the 10-county metro region.
Residents who sign up for the so-called "wireside chat" will receive an email several days before the event that will include information about the tax's proposed projects in their area. On the night of the chat, they'll receive a phone call and be treated to a brief overview of the referendum by local elected officials. Participants will then have the opportunity to ask questions. Questions not answered during the one-hour event will later be answered in writing.
Atlanta's wireside chat will be held on June 4 at 6:15 p.m. and will include Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis. DeKalb County's conversation will take place on June 13 at 7:30 p.m. and will include CEO Burrell Ellis and Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd. View a full list of wireside chats dates and times - and sign up - here. You can also register by calling 404-463-3227. Note to transportation fanatics: You can sign up for as many chats as you want.
Sure, it's not the same thing as a panel discussion, where you're guaranteed at least one mention of Nancy Pelosi, Obamacare, "Marxist railroads and Kremlin apartments," and other entertaining outbursts. But it is a good way to help you decide whether you will or won't approve the sales tax. Take advantage of it.
1. Um, the jurors deciding the fate of former vice presidential candidate and senator John Edwards have begun coordinating the colors of the outfits they wear to court each day, which is absolutely a thing my friends and I did in middle and high school. Also, they're taking a long time to deliberate - maybe because they're sitting in the room playing MASH and talking about boys all day?
2. A tropical storm with a peculiar name (like I should talk) moved through North Georgia last night, dumping rain and reportedly downing trees in places outside the city. Non-Beryl-related rain on the way.
3. You know, just because some kids wear black, listen to metal, and have piercings competing with acne for real estate on their greasy little faces, it doesn't mean they're bad. (Have the West Memphis Three taught us nothing?) Alright, but sometimes they're little suburban turds who (apparently) huff air duster and start fires that destroy historic mills.
4. Anyone else think that maybe this zombie-face-eater incident is just an insipid attempt by bath salt manufacturers to unload some product? (Kidding, kidding.)
1. John T. Edge signs copies of his new book, The Truck Food Cookbook, at the Stove Works
2. The N.E.C., Holy Wave, and more at 529
3. The Waffle Palace continues at Horizon Theatre
4. Church of Misery at the Earl
5. The Electromatics at Blind Willie's
At a press conference back in February, attorney Jay Abt expressed great confidence that his client Dorian Moragne wouldn't be charged with committing a Federal hate crime for his role in the brutal beating of Brandon White outside a convenience store in Atlanta's Pittsburgh neighborhood. Video three suspects carrying out the attack - replete with homosexual slurs - was subsequently posted on the Internet. At the time Abt said, "Dorian did not utter any epithets or slurs or say anything to indicate that this would be a Federal hate crime." He added, "If, in fact, he's in the video."
Alas, it appears Abt's confidence was unjustified. In court today, Moragne
and the other suspects another of the suspects - Dareal Williams - reached deals and pleaded guilty today to aggravated assault and participating in gang activity. And Abt says he's been informed that the U.S. Attorney's office will pursue Federal hate crimes charges against the men.
The GA Voice's Dyana Bagby was in the courtroom for the hearing this morning (sorry, I was on an airplane); here's what she observed:
During the hearing today before Fulton Superior Court Judge Bedford Jackson, Assistant District Attorney J. Gabriel Banks said the assault was instigated by another suspect, Christopher Cain, who alleged that the victim, White, 20, made a sexual advance toward him. Another suspect, Javaris Williams, was also allegedly involved in the attack that was videotaped and uploaded to a hip hop website.
"If this case were to go to trial the court would prove that the victim was walking to 'The Pink Store' with a friends to get something to eat. They passed these defendants [Moragne and Williams] and the codefendants. At some point ... Mr. Cain believed Mr. white made a sexual advance against him. Mr. white has firmly said no he did not," Banks said.
"The sexual advance toward Cain led to Cain being offended. Cain got upset as Mr. White exited the store and struck him from behind. These two defendants [Moragne and Williams] began to hit stomp and kick Mr. White," Banks added.
"It is important to note that was all being videotaped as they all said, 'No faggots in Jack City," Banks said. "Clearly in the state's view this is a hate crime."
The U.S. Attorney's Office hasn't confirmed its intentions to prosecute the men under the Matthew Shepherd Act, but Abt told the AJC, They flew a lawyer down here personally to inform us."
But I'm always interested in serious proposals to convert any of Midtown and downtown's one-way streets to two-way. (Doing the same with Juniper Street and Piedmont Avenue has also been discussed in the past.) These conversions, which on paper might seem small, can sometimes drastically change the way people move about the city. Whether this proposal falls into that category remains to be seen.
The Atlanta City Council Transportation Committee tomorrow is expected to consider converting the segment of Ponce de Leon Avenue between Peachtree Street and Spring Street, which is currently a one-way road, to a two-way. The city says the change, which is part of Connect Atlanta, the city's transportation plan, would provide better connectivity for motorists and bicyclists.
Currently, if you're driving or peddling down Spring Street and want to access Ponce, you either have to turn left early on 3rd Street or at North Avenue. In my opinion, the move could save drivers some time, ease traffic near North Avenue, and slow down vehicular traffic along the street, which borders the MARTA station. (Maybe I'm wrong. Savage me in the comments.)
Federal funding will pay for the project with the Midtown Alliance covering any shortfalls. According to the legislation, 170 feet of curb space would remain as a loading area (we're betting near the Fox Theatre, where production buses and trucks park). Parking would be prohibited between Spring Street and West Peachtree Street. The legislation doesn't say whether new bike facilities would be part of the conversion.
On Saturday, May 19, we set up a camera at 8:20 a.m. on a tripod on one of the storage shelves at Your Dekalb Farmers Market and took a photo every 10 seconds until 10 p.m. We then came back on May 24 and collected audio by walking around the market and recording some of the ambient sounds. We then compiled them all into this 1:14 video, which I suggest you watch in full-screen. Dustin Chambers edited the video.
Check out our photo gallery of 24 hours (almost) at Your Dekalb Farmers Market. And be sure to read Thomas Wheatley's excellent cover story "This is Your Dekalb Farmers Market."
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