Author: Collin Kelley

New Atlanta Police chief lays out crime-fighting plan

New Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields gave her first press conference Feb. 10 to outline her public safety plan for the city. Shields said she had been working with colleagues for the last six weeks reviewing critical needs for the city and acknowledged that while crime is down, APD can do better. “There has been a 27 percent reduction in crime under Mayor [Kasim] Reed,” Shields said, “but when people believe their safety is an issue, data is useless. I think people are tired of hearing data.” The chief said reduction of violent crime is the department’s number one...

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BCN gets update on Ga. 400 park, road improvements

The Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods received an update on the proposed park over Georgia 400 from Buckhead CID Executive Director Jim Durrett at its Jan. 12 meeting. Calling the park a priority, Durrett said BCID is halfway through a year-long study on the half-mile-long greenspace and gathering spot, which would stretch from the Atlanta Financial Center on Peachtree Road to the Lenox Road/Ga. 400 interchange. Durrett said the park would feature an amphitheater that could seat up to 2,000 people, a hardscape area for markets and events, and a lush green space. He said BCID is talking with Atlanta...

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Dining Out review: Cast Iron

I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Cast Iron in the Old Fourth Ward three times now (maybe four by the time you read this) and I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed each visit, despite some hiccups in service and food consistency. What I’ve appreciated most is the effort of the kitchen and staff, the comfortable and unfussy atmosphere and the inspired cocktail menu. The fact that I can walk there in less than five minutes doesn’t hurt either. Cast Iron, the brainchild of Chef Evan Cordes (formerly of Cakes & Ale, Serpas True Food and H. Harper Station),...

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Study released on Atlanta to Chattanooga high-speed rail link

The Georgia Department of Transportation has released the results of a study to build a high-speed rail line between Atlanta and Chattanooga, on a route along I-75 through Buckhead. The study offers three potential routes, with the fastest getting passengers between the two cities in just 88 minutes with trains traveling up to 180 miles per hour. The I-75 Corridor route – identified by the GDOT as the “best performing alternative” – would have eight stations along its 128-mile route at a cost of approximately $8.76 billion. A second alternative would see the train divert from I-75 to Rome,...

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