In late September, CL will say farewell to Atlantic Station's trees that play music and move into new offices located at the M. Rich Building, a historic and architecturally significant structure located just blocks away from Five Points and the government offices where we often pester elected officials. Local arts aficionados might be familiar with the offices; Dashboard Co-Op transformed them into an arts space for its Boom City presentation earlier this year.Tyler Perry also apparently shot office scenes for his film "Temptation" in the space.
The building is the former home of M. Rich and Bros Co., the predecessor of the Rich's department store empire. According to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, the original 1882 building was overhauled and expanded in 1906 by Morgan & Dillon, a notable Atlanta architecture firm. The firm also designed the Healey Building and All Saints Episcopal Church, among many other notable Atlanta structures. More history, courtesy of the AUDC:
According to a newspaper article that appeared on the front page of the Sunday, June 17, 1907 edition of The Atlanta Constitution, general merchandise was located in the new Main Store section of the building while furniture and carpets occupied the Furniture Annex. The Hunter Ell contained an employee restaurant, offices and several departments including crockery, shoes and pianos.
By 1924, M. Rich & Bros. Co. has outgrown the building and moved into a new location at Broad and Alabama Street. The following year, the building was occupied by W. T. Grant Company, a national department store. W. T. Grant Company remained in the building until 1974 when it closed its doors after declaring bankruptcy.
There's much more, including details about the building's architecture, where that came from. Land developer (and later congressman) Pat Swindall purchased the building in the late 1970s, later sold it, and regained control in 1990. After that, the portion of the building facing Peachtree Street hosted a flea market, vendors, and shops. At least one CL-er bought his first "novelty ID" as a high schooler at the building. In 2010, the Creations Group acquired the property and started re-imagining the spaces as homes for creative organizations and businesses.
We're excited to join such creative groups as C4 Atlanta, a nonprofit aimed at helping local artists excel in their fields, and Eyedrum, the arts collective. We're also excited to be near the Five Points MARTA station and Broad Street's myriad lunch options. And, most of all, find ourselves smack dab in the middle of a historic neighborhood that we love and want to help become even better.
After the jump, a sneak peek at the new office. Expect plenty of photos of our new space once we get the keys. If you're in the neighborhood, be sure to drop by. But until late September, you can still find us at Atlantic Station.
Note: Jeff Clemmons, the author of a book about the Rich's company, notes in an email to CL that the city's information about the building's architects is not accurate. The building was actually designed by Morgan and Dillon. The post has been altered to reflect the change.
The Nashville City Paper, a sister publication of Creative Loafing Atlanta, will shut down on Aug. 9 after nearly 13 years of covering the vibrant city.
Chris Ferrell, the CEO of SouthComm, the Nashville-based owner of the City Paper, CL, and more than 10 other titles, cited dwindling advertising dollars and the difficulty of publishing multiple news publications in a single market in a meeting with staff this morning, according to a story about the closing. The City Paper was one of several newspapers published by SouthComm in Nashville.
"In the last few days, we made the difficult decision to stop publishing The City Paper," a City Paper article quotes him as saying. "After years of being subsidized by our investors and other Southcomm publications, we finally determined that there was not enough advertiser support for the free newsweekly model we were trying to sustain. The model proved very popular with readers, but in publishing the revenue doesn't necessarily follow the readership."
A portion of the staff will lose their jobs. Others will take positions at other SouthComm publications in Nashville, the article says. Those include the Nashville Scene, the award-winning altweekly, and Nashville Post. Both those publications will reportedly expand their news coverage to "fill the gap" left by closing the City Paper.
"I cannot say enough about the job this staff has done in covering Nashville," City Paper Steve Cavendish told the paper, which was founded in 2000 as a Monday through Friday publication but shifted to weekly distribution after 2008. "We punched above our weight, told a lot of interesting stories, and held officials and institutions accountable. This city is a better place when you have more professional journalists covering it and I'm sorry we won't continue as a publication."
The decision to close the City Paper is not expected to affect CL's operations. In a meeting with staffers about the closure, CL Publisher Sharry Smith told staffers that the publication is "healthy" and outlined the various initiatives in the works to tap new revenue sources.
CL staff writer Rodney Carmichael has been nominated in the Columnist (Circulation over 50,000) category for his print and online columns about the portrayal of African-Americans in the media, going shopping for guns with his mom, and visiting New Birth Baptist Church in the wake of President Barack Obama's about-face on gay marriage - and Pastor Eddie Long's scandal. Carmichael was part of the team that produced the AAN Award-winning 2010 Music Issue, which featured his oral history about the making of Outkast's "Aquemini."
CL's photo team of Joeff Davis, Dustin Chambers, and Brandon English were named finalists in the Photography (Circulation over 50,000) category for a wide range of photos, including images from our election coverage, photo essay about homeless people living under bridges along the Downtown Connector, and CL's Favorite Places special issue. Here's a gallery of the images we submitted for consideration. Today's announcement marks the fourth year in a row that Davis and CL have been recognized for its photography. (The photo desk won the award two of those years.)
It was a good day for the entire Southcomm family, actually. The Nashville Scene received
four five nominations for its arts features, music blog, staff blog, music criticism, and editorial layout. Davis' photos helped earn CL's sister paper in Tampa a nomination in the Photography (Circulation under 50,000) category. The paper was also recognized for its coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. CL Charlotte's John Grooms is a finalist in the Column-Political (Circulation under 50,000) category. Washington City Paper earned a nomination for its cover designs by Jandos Rothstein. And the Kansas City Pitch is vying for awards in the beat reporting and arts criticism categories.
And we'd be remiss for not applauding the Chicago Reader, a former sister paper led by former CL editor Mara Shalhoup which is now owned by the Chicago Sun-Times' parent Wrapports, for its three nominations.
The winners will be announced on July 13 in Miami.
What's the best way to show readers a fenced-off, awe-inspiring place? Words work. Still photographs can easily do the trick. But if you can give people the option of touring a space themselves from the comfort of their laptops, tablets, and other doohickeys, then why not use it? For this week's cover story about the future of Pullman Yard, CL partnered with Dan Smigrod, an Atlanta-based freelance photographer who specializes in spherical panoramas and the chief marketing officer of TourWrist, a website where people can record, view, and share 360-degree spherical panoramas, or "panos." In the Pullman Yard photos, viewers are placed in their surroundings and can "explore" the area. We chatted with CL Photo Editor Joeff Davis and Smigrod about the experience. To view larger versions of the images, check out "The future of Pullman Yard."
Why this approach?
Davis: We were in the cover meeting and thinking about creative ways to show people this tremendous space. It's tremendous in terms of size, texture, and its environment. And we hit on this original idea. I was trying to think of a new and fresh approach to this story. We've seen these 360-degree images and you had this contact... All credit goes to Dan, who worked tirelessly on this project, and Thomas, who helped with the vision and provided the connections.
I've been to Pullman Yard and it's an impressive space. Nature and rust have combined into one gigantic canvas. And then you have this gritty artist element of people going in there for years and creating powerful and intense murals. One thing that separates this space from almost any one that I've been in is the light. It filters through the buildings in so many ways. You can have a black hole next to the most intense, saturated colors you've ever seen. This was the opportunity to allow people the feeling of walking through there and walking around.
We all have questions about the city we live in. They're sparked by the curious people we meet, the intriguing places we visit, and the interesting events we hear about.
Well, Atlanta, CL is here to answer some of those burning questions. All you have to do is fill out this quick and simple form. We'll respond to our favorite inquiries in CL's first-ever Answers Issue on June 6.
A few examples to get those creative juices flowing:
- Does balancing a suitcase on top of one's head in Midtown cause long-term neck damage?
- How fast does the Sun Dial bar rotate?
- Who proposed 'Resurgens' as Atlanta's motto?
- Why does Atlanta need a new stadium?
- What ever happened to the awkward-looking baby in the woefully outdated Olympics mural at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport?
You get the idea: You ask, we'll answer and publish. It's that simple - just make sure to turn your queries in by May 8.
It's 2013! Everyone has a hangover and wants to watch movies! Or just look at all the Flickr photos of people writing "2013" in the air with sparklers! CL's corporate overlords have given the serfs 24 hours to build our strength for the coming year, so expect light posting unless major news breaks. Have a great day.
Wyatt's writing has also appeared in the Literary Review, HTMLGiant, Fanzine, Nylon, and elsewhere, and has worked on two oral history volumes, Underground America and Out of Exile, published by McSweeney's. He returns to CL after a stint at Atlanta Magazine as its deputy food editor.
"Simply put, Creative Loafing is the most essential publication in Atlanta and I'll be happy to argue with you if you disagree with me," he says. "The culture of Atlanta is a big, complicated organism, like a multi-headed dragon with Tyler Perry, Natasha Trethewey, Lauri Stallings, Arthur Blank, Don Lemon, Grant Henry, Young Jeezy, Radcliffe Bailey, and Susan Booth working together and sometimes against one another. What I'm trying to say is that cultural production is a messy, beautiful story in Atlanta. I'm hoping that we can keep trying to make sense of it. And, considering the fact that the New York Times can't write a story about the South without making us sound like a deprived cultural wasteland of yokels, I figure it's up to us to get the story right and tell it to the rest of world."
And there you have it.
Well, we are sorry to announce that, unless major news breaks, posting on Fresh Loaf today and Friday will be light. We do recommend you take this time to reflect on all the Atlanta people, places and things CL staffers are thankful for this year. (You're also welcome to send us an email if you really wanna chat.)
Thanks for reading. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We'll be back on Monday.
Somewhere between the haunting thrill of devouring inhuman amounts of candy in October and bracing for a retail blitz worthy of the Super Bowl come December, we do our best to put aside the holiday stress and reflect on the things in our life — both big and small — that make it all worth doing.
This year, as CL pauses to ponder the things around the city (and beyond) we’re most thankful for, we want to know your thoughts. What and who are on your 'thank you’ list, and why? It could be anything from that new sandwich shop down the block to those tattered bedrooms slippers you’ve had since college (yeah, they really do stink). Maybe you’re excited about getting all pregos and starting a family, or perhaps you’re just happy to have a job that pays the bills?
Whatever these things are, and the possibilities are many, we’d like to hear about them. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below (or on CL’s Facebook page or Twitter stream) before Tuesday, November 13, 2012 for a chance at being featured in CL’s upcoming print issue and right here on CLATL.com.
To get the ball rolling, we’ll start things off. One of the biggest thing we’re thankful for is you. Yes, you. It’s loyal readers like yourself, and you in particular, that makes the work we do everyday worth all the hassle. Yeah, we know it's a pretty cheesy thing to say, but it’s the damn truth. Without you, we’re nothing.
Now, take some time and let us know about the things in your life that deserve a big nod of approval. Odds are you’ll be thinking about these things anyways, so why not gain a little ATL fame in the process?
A big round of applause everyone!
We’re happy to announce great news about two long-time Loafers: Debbie Michaud has been named Creative Loafing's new Editor-in-Chief and Thomas Wheatley has been promoted to News Editor.
“I am confident in the leadership Debbie and Thomas have proven in their time here at Creative Loafing,” Publisher Sharry Smith said in a memo announcing the promotions this morning. “The different perspectives they have on Atlanta, in culture and news, and the commitment Debbie and Thomas have given CL reflects what they have in store for the paper.”
Both Michaud and Wheatley have a stellar history here at CL. Michaud joined the team as Events Editor in 2006, and since rose through the ranks to Arts and Culture Editor, Senior Editor, and finally EiC.
Since joining CL in 2007, Wheatley’s hound-like nose for news has landed him multiple awards and a watchdog reputation for his coverage of transportation, the environment, and urban development.
"I'm terrible at soundbites, so I will say only this: I'm incredibly honored to be named News Editor of CL, which I started reading when I was a wee lad.” Wheatley said. “I've always believed that CL can play a key role in how Atlantans stay informed and become involved in the issues that affect their lives. Any way I can help that process, I'm happy to do so, and I can't wait to help Debbie carry out her plans."
In fact, we're all pretty excited.
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