Category: Buckhead Reporter

Robin’s Nest: Wrong Way Robin

I’m what you could call “directionally challenged.” You might think that this is my glib way of telling you that I am very short (which I am), but you would be wrong. Rather, I am divulging my complete and utter inability to find my way anywhere. Seriously. Anywhere. Given the choice between any two directions — north or south, east or west, forward or backward — I will inevitably pick the wrong one. This is true even if the choice is “up or down.” To further complicate matters, I walk very quickly. So when on foot, I get lost...

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Atlanta History Center marks the 100th anniversary of WWI armistice

The Atlanta History Center marked Veterans Day on Nov. 11 by hosting a program marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice that led to the end of World War I. The following are some image from the event, which was held in the center’s Veterans Park. Photos by Phil Mosier. Annie Hill, 6, watches the ceremony. Her father Hunter Hill, a U.S. Army veteran and former state senator for District 6 in Buckhead and Sandy Springs, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Audience members gather for the event, including members of the Georgia chapter of the Sons of the American...

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Community Survey: Is the Super Bowl good for Atlanta?

When it comes to the Super Bowl, count many locals as superfans of bringing the game to Atlanta. And more than a few believe the Falcons can still win it. More than two-thirds of the 200 respondents to Reporter Newspapers’ most recent 1Q survey welcomed the Super Bowl LIII to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in February, saying that it mattered to them that the game would be played in Atlanta. “It is great for the community,” a 24-year-old Buckhead woman commented. “Hosting the Super Bowl is an honor for our city and helps the local economy greatly!” The survey was conducted...

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Zero Mile Post moves to Atlanta History Center

The Zero Mile Post, a historic stone railroad marker of the city’s center since the 1850s, has been moved to the Atlanta History Center from its long-inaccessible downtown site. The marker will join the famous locomotive the “Texas” in its long-awaited exhibit debut on Nov. 17. Whether the Zero Mile Post will remain at the History Center permanently or return to its downtown spot is still an open question, according to the Georgia Building Authority, which owns the marker. Meanwhile, the agency is doing a swap with the History Center, loaning the original marker in exchange for a replica...

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Local transit board member boasts vanpool and app expertise

The first local representative elected to the new “ATL” transit agency board is a vanpooling pioneer and former Georgia Tech professor who is suing Uber and Lyft for alleged patent infringement — and hoping a settlement can help make a new public utility to connect everything from toll lanes to MARTA in one cellphone app. “The objective would be to make a public utility based in Atlanta where you could bring all these things together,” said Steve Dickerson, who was elected by officials on Oct. 24 to the ATL’s District 3 seat. “There’s a big advantage to having practically...

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Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods seeks new officers

The Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods will elect new officers at its Jan. 10 meeting and is seeking candidates now. Among the open seats will be chairman, as Tom Tidwell said at the BCN’s Nov. 8 meeting that he is stepping down after five years. “We need new energy. We need new leadership. Plus, I’m just getting tired,” said Tidwell. He added that he is concerned that, without new leaders stepping forward, the BCN might shut down, and “it would be a travesty to see this just kind of wither on the vine.” The BCN is an umbrella organization of...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Nov. 16

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Abernathy Road closure Nov. 10-11: closed between Ga. 400 and Barfield Road, detour on Ga. 400 Exits 5 and 5 A, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closure Nov. 12-14: Ramp to I-285 westbound closed, detour on I-285 eastbound/Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ga. 400 lane closures Nov. 9-10: Northbound and southbound between Glenridge...

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Old agreement puts new twist on Holy Spirit expansion

A 15-year-old, apparently long-forgotten agreement to cap enrollment has thrown a curveball to the major expansion plan by Holy Spirit Catholic Church and Preparatory School. Holy Spirit representatives say they’re unsure whether the old agreement has legal teeth, but hope to cut a new deal with neighbors concerned about traffic, tree loss and the demolition of a 150-year-old house. “I am hopeful we are able to bring something forward that actually solves problems and that some people, who currently say they are opposed to our plan, might actually see merit in it once all of the facts are known,”...

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Flight attendant recalls Vietnam War R&R service

In 1968, international jet travel was still a glamorous adventure, and Joan Policastro signed on as a Pan American World Airways flight attendant to get her taste of it. She soon got adventure in a risky, historic form — four years of flying “rest and recuperation” flights with U.S. troops in and out of the Vietnam War, sometimes with bombs going off outside the base. “I liked it. I liked them,” said Policastro on a recent afternoon as she sat at her kitchen counter in Sandy Springs, reminiscing over a photo of her serving young soldiers on one of...

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Letter: Thanks for a reminder of good at a time of evil

Jewish communities everywhere experienced grief and shock at the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue, in which 11 Jewish lives were tragically taken in an act of hatred and violence. Here in our own Dunwoody community, as we struggled to comprehend this tragedy, we were immensely touched by the outpouring of support from our neighbors and friends. Emails, phone calls and floral tributes, all with warm and loving messages, truly uplifted our spirits in this dark time, and served to remind us of the good that surrounds us, even when evil rears its head. At a memorial service held at...

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BeltLine kicks off Buckhead trail design process

Residents helped provide early design ideas for a piece of the BeltLine’s Northeast Trail in Buckhead at a Nov. 8 meeting, pitching connections to key neighborhoods and parks in an area with many obstacles. The Northeast Trail runs from runs from Monroe Drive, where the Eastside Trail ends, to the Lindbergh MARTA Station. The path for the section between Monroe Drive and I-85 is pretty clear cut and is expected to follow the railroad corridor. But north of I-85, there isn’t a clear corridor to follow and it comes with a number of challenges, so the BeltLine wants feedback on...

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Councilmember Bond defends Gulch deal at Buckhead meeting

Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond defended the controversial public financing of downtown’s Gulch redevelopment from a school board member and skeptical residents at a Nov. 8 meeting of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods, whose chairman asked why the city didn’t directly spend funds to help “people who are struggling on Auburn Avenue” instead. “I think because there has got to be something catalytic for south downtown,” said Bond, who holds the Post 1 At Large seat, when pressed about the reasoning for prioritizing the Gulch project. He also noted its hotel component, saying, “Conventions and tourism is to...

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