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1959 Film from ULI and National Association of Homebuilders Warns of Urban Sprawl

This 1959 film, “Community Growth, Crisis and Challenge,” warns citizens, developers, and city officials of the dangers of urban sprawl.  This historical artifact, co-sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Urban Land Institute ULI) provides alternative approaches to land development.  The film was produced by the NAHB. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1W3onge7BY&feature=colike

For more information on ULI’s historical 75 years, go to:  http://www.uli75.org

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December 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment

Iconic Adult Store on Cheshire Bridge Closes

from Patch

A legendary adult entertainment store on Cheshire Bridge Road will close its doors for the last time on Thursday.

The owner of Poster Hut, an adult entertainment shop with a 40-year history in the city, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that rent and the economy made it tough to stay in business.

“Maybe if we had a website we could have survived,” owner Mike Abbott told the AJC. “I had a guy who’s been saying for four years he was going to do it but he never did.”

Abbott, who bought the store four years ago, said he received the final eviction notice last week.

Though Cheshire Bridge is known for strip clubs and adult stores, residents in surrounding neighborhoods have pushed to bring in more sophisticated businesses.

from AJC

The limp economy will accomplish what many a vice agent could not, shuttering the city’s most iconic adult entertainment emporium after 44 years.

The owner of the Poster Hut, where many Atlantans of a certain age bought their first suggestive bumper sticker, bong, fake piece of vomit, or adult, uh, euphemism, blamed the store’s demise on his failure to keep up with the rent — and the times.

“Maybe if we had a website we could have survived,” said Mike Abbott, who bought the store four years ago, just before the financial meltdown. “I had a guy who’s been saying for four years he was going to do it but he never did.”

Alas, the Poster Hut, located smack dab in the middle of Atlanta’s most notorious addresses on Cheshire Bridge Road, was never able to advertise its recent designation as a “great place to buy underwear,” according to a blog dedicated to men’s undergarments.

Abbott was given his final eviction notice last week, leaving him little time to advertise a going-out-of-business sale.  But word has spread throughout the day, attracting “a lot of people in their 40s who were teenagers when they first came here,” said Abbott, who remembers his first time fondly.

“I had heard Alicia Bridges (of “I Love the Nightlife” fame) was working here and, sure enough, there she was behind the counter,” said the native Atlantan, now 51. Bridges was perfectly pleasant, Abbott recalled, which bears notice since the disco star’s stint as a store clerk came well after she topped the music charts.

The Poster Hut will close for good Thursday at 9:30 p.m., though Abbott said “I don’t ever turn anyone away.”

Better hurry — the double entendres are going fast.

December 16, 2011 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

APD Zone 2 Expansion Takes Place Tuesday

The Atlanta Police Department’s city beat realignment, which adds three beats to Zone 2, takes effect at 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Zone 2, which includes Buckhead, will take in two beats from the Morningside neighborhood and Cheshire Bridge Road corridor and form a Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza “super beat” for a total of 13 beats, an increase in territory from 36.1 to 39.5 square miles.

The expansion, delayed to ensure enough police academy graduates, will add 12 beats across the city, for a total of 78, according to a statement from the APD.

“Our ultimate goal is to ensure that the only difference our constituents notice is an improvement in service,” said Atlanta Police Chief George Turner in the announcement. “Some officers were stretched too thin, and we believe this redesign will provide relief to those officers. Meanwhile, the addition of new beats will assist greatly in ensuring adequate response to 911 calls.”

Zone 2 Commander Maj. Robert Browning told NPU-A last week he has received 15 to 18 additional officers to handle the extra territory and has suffiicent resources. Browning has noted that Zone 2 previously included the Morningside and Cheshire Bridge beats.

“Some zones are taking on new territory, while others are shrinking areas they will have to cover,” police spokesman Carlos Campos said in a statement. “The result is a redistributed workload that ensures officers across the six zones are able to respond to 911 calls, while also proactively working their beats to reduce crime. This beat redesign will ultimately make our 911 system even more efficient in reducing response time for Atlanta Police officers.”

Police officers and 911 dispatchers “have been trained on the boundaries of the new beats to ensure a seamless transition,” Campos said.

Campos said the city has added 477 new officers since Mayor Kasim Reed took office in January 2010. So far this year, the department has added 218 to the force

by Louis Mayeux for Buckhead Patch

December 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment


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