Thursday, October 3, 2013

Why not convert South Downtown's blank windows into art galleries?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 10:09 AM

After this lets get some dessert at Travoltas.
  • GMA/Carl Vinson Institute of Government
  • 'After this let's get some dessert at Travolta's.'
Last week, I wrote about CL's recent move to historic South Downtown. In the piece, I said there are things that could be done to spark some activity in the area. Some portions of the neighborhood are seas of parking lots or filled with vacant or underused buildings. There has to be better ways to put that property to use.

At the very least, those buildings could be made more inviting to residents, workers, and visitors. And those don't have to be massive, costly projects.

In recent years, the Georgia Municipal Association, which has been headquartered in the area since 1983, has purchased nearby properties. There aren't any current plans to expand its Trinity Avenue offices. But the GMA, which represents cities under the Gold Dome, does have a stake in the neighborhood. Earlier this year, the organization partnered with the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government to brainstorm ways the community could be improved with creative design.

Some of the ideas are no brainers (planting trees and flowers) while others are pretty creative (hanging curtains at vacant building's entrances where homeless people sleep). Also, note that these are simply ideas, not actual projects. It's one thing to propose changes and another to actually get the permission from property owners to make progress.

We've embedded the full presentation after the jump.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Epic 1980s promo videos of Atlanta are everything you wanted and more

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Atlantic Cities did all Atlantans, and arguably the world, a favor yesterday by uncovering a pair of YouTube clips titled "Atlanta in the 80s." As you might expect, the videos are epic, awesome, and weird.

The first clip, which looks like something commissioned by a tourism board, offers all sorts of tidbits about the city's history, architecture, hotels, and shopping malls. It's more straightforward, but has a quintessential '80s soundtrack that's both inspirational and eerie:

In this second promo, we're taken on a tour through Atlanta's attractions, neighborhoods, arts, and culture in heroic fashion:

If you don't have the patience to watch these full cinematic works of art, we've transcribed some phrases the producers used to describe Georgia's capital. They're after the jump.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

City wants your input on homelessness

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Atlanta residents and area homeless care providers with 20 minutes to spare should direct their attention to this here online survey.

As recently announced by Mayor Kasim Reed, the City of Atlanta is undertaking an effort to significantly reduce street homelessness, in partnership with our broader community of agencies, providers, community leaders and citizens. As a first step, with the help of Emory University, Georgia Tech University, Clark Atlanta University and Georgia State University we are gathering information on the current services for the homeless in Atlanta. To get an accurate, comprehensive view, we need your help and participation in completing the following survey.

This survey asks about the populations served, the needs they present, the capacity to meet those needs, and the services delivered, as well as perceptions of homelessness services. In addition, we would like to understand both the challenges and opportunities relating to collaboration among service providers.

City officials say that survey respondents should be knowledgable about homeless issues in Atlanta. And they're particularly interested in hearing from people with experience "living in the City of Atlanta and/or interacting with Atlanta's street homeless population." Judging from some of your comments, that seems to include a lot of you.

Don't fret if you don't have an opinion on a certain topic, as the questions are optional. The deadline to respond the survey is Friday, Aug. 3.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

The best things about the lady who's selling herself to Tyler Perry on a billboard

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

That headline is a trick question, not only because it's not a question, but also because ALL things are the best things about Racquel Bailey, the 23-year-old New Jersey woman who paid $1,500 to advertise herself to Tyler Perry on a billboard near Tyler Perry Studios.

See, Bailey is a woman who knows what she wants (she wants to be the next leading lady in a Tyler Perry movie). And she knows how to get it (if spending $1,500 on a billboard is, in fact, a way to get things).

From 11 Alive News ...

Chances are, you've never seen her face. And you likely won't recognize her name. But Racquel Bailey's new billboard is turning heads in South Atlanta.

And she's hoping it's enough to propel her to a starring role in Tyler Perry's next film.

The 23-year-old actress bought ad space on a billboard at the intersection of Campbellton Road and Barge Road, and is using it to speak directly to the Atlanta film mogul. Her message: "Let me be your next leading lady." The board, she said, addresses Perry himself as the "Top Film Maker in ATL."
Bailey, who lives in New Jersey, said she purposely bought the space two miles away from Perry's studios.

"I hoped he would see it while he was driving to work, or on his way home from work, or that someone would see it!" she told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander via Skype

And it didn't come cheap; Bailey paid $1,500 for the billboard.

"My last money for the year!" she laughed.

Hahahaha. Bailey laughs because it's her "last money for the year." Then someone reminds her it's only April and that moldy-fruit-and-cat-food breath goes over terribly at auditions.

AND, this gigantic, garish advertisement is addressed to "Top Film Maker [sic] in ATL" rather than "Tyler Perry," why? Because she's subtle.

AND, when you go to, nothing happens. :(

BUT, none of that matters because this is her demo reel and it's amazing and Tyler Perry is for sure going to put her in his next movie, but maybe not as the leading lady because only he gets to do that ...

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Fix this headline: "Adult diaper plant looks to hire"

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 5:23 PM

WSBTV reports that a plant in Douglasville that manufactures gigantic diapers for incontinent adults is hiring 80 people.

Their headline: "Adult diaper plant looks to hire."

WSBTV, do you take no joy in what you do? Are you immune to the temptation to make poop jokes?

Please, in the comments section, help me give this news-like tid-bit a more appropriate title.

I'll help W(h)ET your imaginations ...

"Doody calls: Diaper plant hiring"

"Work the number two shift at Douglasville diapery"

(Or, alternately) "Jobs available at Douglasville's number one diaper factory"

"Is a job at a diaper plant for you? That Depends"


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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Creative Loafing's spin on Scoutmob's spin on Pantone's color of the year

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Today Scoutmob published the fun lil' post "The Official Atlantone Colors of 2012" about the colors that will define Atlanta in the coming year. It's a twist on the declaration by the color czars at Pantone that Tangerine Tango is "THE" "IT" color of 2012. Other experts agree.

The Scoutmob list was cute. It made us laugh! Really, we emailed it to each other and chuckled. But it made us think more about 2011 than 2012. So we decided to do a list, too.

Newt "White Thunder" Gingrich
Because look at that hair. And also, presidential stuff.

Chicken N Beer Brown
Did you hear? Ludacris got the go ahead from Mr. Mayor to open up his Chicken N Beer in the airport. Chicken N Beer Brown is also the color of the allegedly muddied, dirty airport vendor dealings.

Arts Funding Pot o' Gold
Because as budget proposals are being drafted and submitted in the coming weeks and voted on later this spring, YOU KNOW the arts will be handsomely rewarded.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wanna watch TEDxAtlanta? Here ya go.

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM

The wonk-licious ideafest known as TEDx Atlanta is being held today in the Northyards Business Park near Coca-Cola — just a few hundred feet from CL's offices — until 6 p.m.

Speakers discussing the event's "balance" theme include artist Radcliffe Bailey, chef Hugh Acheson, professor Teresa Amabile, cocktail visionary and CL columnist Greg Best, and JPods founder Bill James, among others. Rolling Stones keyboardist and eco-advocate Chuck Leavell just wrapped up his presentation.

The event's at capacity but organizers were kind enough to livestream the talks. View them below.

tedx2 on Broadcast Live Free

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Re-revote for Georgia's new license plate: CL edition

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Georgia's new license plate design went over like a turd in a peach punchbowl.

Because we're just brimming with creativity around here — seriously, if you were disgusting, you could say our creative juice cups runneth over — several of Creative Loafing's best and brightest somethings decided to design our own, and we want you to vote for your favorite!

Here's your first option; the rest after the jump (two of which are NSFW, assuming you work in an environment where viewing pencil drawings of erect penises is discouraged) ...


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Friday, January 21, 2011

Firm: Link the Beltline and the streetcar — and then extend the transit line to the Westside and beyond

Posted By on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 8:30 AM

  • CLOUD architecture design

One of our objectives with this week's Beltline cover story was to get people talking about the possible ways the 22-mile parks, trails and transit loop could take shape. Not just the features that are scheduled to open this year, but what comes after. The creative minds at CLOUD architecture design, a local firm that's never short on ideas, apparently had the same when it re-imagined the downtown streetcar, the controversial transit loop that will connect Centennial Olympic Park and the King Center. CLOUD's advice to streetcar naysayers: "This is not about the 2.5 miles that we are going to build starting in 2012," the firm writes. "But the following 40-50 miles of light rail that [we] can build after that." Their proposed streetcar network wouldn't just connect to the Beltline — it'd snake all the way to the Westside and Atlantic Station and serve students, tourists, shoppers, and workers. "By basically creating a westside loop, the streetcar would link Coke’s campus with Freedom Park, and the High Museum with the King Center," the firm writes. Though streetcar boosters hope future phases of the project will be built along Peachtree Street, CLOUD's concept is still fun to read. Check out their full proposal on the firm's blog.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Re-imagining the Medical Arts Building

Posted By on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 8:13 AM

For too long, downtown's Medical Arts Building has been left to rot or sullied with massive, tacky billboards. The thinkers at CLOUD Architecture Design — you might remember their creative concepts for Midtown Arts Cinema and a new Atlanta Falcons stadium — took a look at all the possibilities and re-imagined the vacant landmark building as a small-business incubator. Click here to read more about it.

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