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Atlanta homebuilder sells out: Deeper pockets may mean faster growth

An aggressive Atlanta homebuilder is selling itself to a Japanese-based company, seeing deeper pockets as the only sure way to grow. FrontDoor Communities, is being acquired by Virginia-based Stanley Martin Communities in a deal whose financial details have not been announced. But Stanley Martin itself sold a controlling interest a year ago to Daiwa House USA, a subsidiary of the leading housing and...


New Year’s Eve celebration, Peach Drop, might move to Woodruff Park

New Year’s Eve celebration, Peach Drop, might move to Woodruff Park

Update: Atlanta is moving its New Year’s Eve Peach Drop Watching an eight-foot Peach drop toward Underground Atlanta has been the traditional way for Atlantans to welcome in the New Year. Atlanta Curbed is reporting that this year the Peach may drop into a new locale. Curbed quotes sources saying that the party will move a few blocks north to Woodruff Park. For 28 years...
Out & About for November/December

Out & About for November/December

NOVEMBER Theater: Like a light bulb Jon Ludwig’s adaptation of the classic animated TV special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is not just a delight, it offers a pretext to check out the Center for Puppetry Arts’ exhibits at the holidays. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Nov. 8-Dec. 31. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391. puppet.org Festival...
Bite: Go bananas

Bite: Go bananas

There are worse places to kill several hours than Community Q BBQ, as I discovered when I locked my keys in the car in its parking lot. I was already a fan of “The Q” as a comfy place for smoky barbecue, collards and decadent mac ‘n’ cheese. While waiting for AAA to come to my rescue, I discovered a new favorite thing: their banana pudding. This was a thrill — albeit...
Waste not, want not

Waste not, want not

As the holidays approach, people seldom spare a thought for the amount of food that goes uneaten between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. It’s estimated that Americans waste more than $165 billion worth of food per year, with $277 million dollars of that occurring over Thanksgiving week. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, 200 million pounds of leftover turkey will be tossed...
Sherry Christmas: Oyster gratin blends spirits with savory flavors

Sherry Christmas: Oyster gratin blends spirits with savory flavors

Story by Bob Townsend. Photos by Jenni Girtman The holidays are a time of indulgence, when rich food and strong drink fuel celebrations among family and friends. Often, the party favorite is a boozy dessert, like a special recipe for flaming plum pudding or rum cake. But savory dishes can represent the season just as well, and be made with spirits, too. Chef David Bies and barman Greg Best of Ticonderoga...
The BeltLine goes west

The BeltLine goes west

Story by Curt Holman. Photos by Jenni Girtman. While I was leaving to visit the Atlanta BeltLine’s new Westside Trail, my wife said, “I think it’s funny that you drive to go walk.” She has a point. I walk my dogs around our neighborhood every day, but I also regularly haunt the area’s PATHs and nature trails. The Atlanta BeltLine trails are absolutely worth a drive, but...
Giving locally: Support your community with hand-made items

Giving locally: Support your community with hand-made items

Giving presents from local creators provides twice the benefit. They let you show appreciation to your co-workers, family members and the rest of the people on your list, while supporting makers in your own community. These local wares provide a personal touch this holiday season. Charlotte Smith Studios Charlotte Smith focuses on such usable ceramics as cups, mugs and dining sets. With minimalist...
One-stop shopping at four intown districts for the holidays

One-stop shopping at four intown districts for the holidays

Story by H.M. Cauley. Photos by Jenni Girtman. This time of year can give shopaholics and organized gift-givers a head start on their holiday wish lists. November is prime time to buy for family, friends, spouses and partners: The selection is plentiful and the crowds have yet to reach critical mass. These four intown destinations allow you to knock out most of your shopping at once, especially if...
Runners earn their turkey at half marathon

Runners earn their turkey at half marathon

Story by Haisten Willis. For most of us, the only Thanksgiving Day race may be the rush to snatch that last piece of pumpkin pie. But runners regularly put in miles before sitting down at the dinner table or in front of the wide-screen TV. Perhaps there’s no better example of the divide between runners and the rest of the population than the Atlanta Track Club’s Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon...
Insider’s Guide to Virginia-Highland/Morningside

Insider’s Guide to Virginia-Highland/Morningside

Story by Lori Johnston. Photos by Jenni Girtman. Every time I drive or walk through Virginia-Highland, I remember the night I got engaged. My future husband, Andy, proposed to me on the covered back patio of a former dessert shop that’s now home to Taco Cowboy. I don’t recall what I ate that night — probably something chocolate — but I hope to never forget saying “Yes!&rdquo...
Mixed nuts

Mixed nuts

Story by Kelundra Smith Dancing sugar plum fairies are a sure sign of the holidays as ballet companies across the metro area offer “Nutcracker” productions for different tastes. These ballerinas will perform onstage in different adaptations of “The Nutcracker” and offer their perspectives on the traditional tale of magic and mice. Anna Radik The Moscow Ballet’s &ldquo...
Put your best self forward

Put your best self forward

Story by Thomas Bell. Photos by Jenni Girtman. Opportunities to help the unfortunate are all around us, whether face-to-face on street corners or through service nonprofits. Standing as proxy for many more organizations, the following three will be grateful for cash donations — and do good work with them. Each also offers opportunities to get directly involved in ways appropriate for this season...
This under-the-radar breakfast spot offers a dish fit for champions

This under-the-radar breakfast spot offers a dish fit for champions

At a time when hot new restaurants come and go, it’s easy to overlook the old standbys and neighborhood hideaways that have served delicious meals for decades. Buckhead’s White House Restaurant has been such an institution for almost 70 years. In the same block as Peachtree Road United Methodist church, it sits modestly alongside other longtime retail tenants in a tiny strip mall...
A glimpse of India in Gwinnett: Inside North America’s largest Hindu temple

A glimpse of India in Gwinnett: Inside North America’s largest Hindu temple

Drive down Rockbridge Road in Lilburn, and you’ll pass by clusters of ranch-style homes, pine trees galore, a few strip malls and other features typical of suburban Atlanta. And then the largest Hindu temple in North America looms into view. Across the street from a chain grocery store and retail center stands a structure that seems to belong in distant Mumbai, complete with Turkish limestone...
Tales from the crypt: Untold stories from Atlanta's oldest cemeteries

Tales from the crypt: Untold stories from Atlanta's oldest cemeteries

Despite the words on his headstone in Decatur Cemetery, Thomas H. Chivers (1809-1858) is so neglected in literary annals that he bears the nickname of “The Lost Poet of Georgia.” A decorative urn that once topped his headstone is also long lost, with Chivers’ grave tucked in a shady corner next to the wall separating the cemetery from the Kroger parking lot. Decatur Cemetery is the...
8 of Atlanta's most underrated food spots worth exploring

8 of Atlanta's most underrated food spots worth exploring

With so much competition for our attention at home and work, it’s easy to overlook the things that don’t make spectacles of themselves — like new restaurants or little shops that fly under the radar. Our Under the Radar guide aims to single out a few of Atlanta’s most underrated places. Some are lesser known but close at hand, some take you off the beaten path, and some...
10 major moments in history that shaped the city of Atlanta and its people

10 major moments in history that shaped the city of Atlanta and its people

When Atlanta was founded in 1837, even the chief engineer of the railroad responsible for putting the town on the map didn’t expect much of the place. “The Terminus will be a good location for one tavern, a blacksmith shop, a grocery store, and nothing else,” Stephen Long wrote, declining a chance to buy property in the frontier village. How did that unpromising village become one...
Atlanta arts groups promote postcard campaign to protect NEA funding

Atlanta arts groups promote postcard campaign to protect NEA funding

Georgia arts organizations, stung by the president’s plan to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (among other federal arts programs), are fighting back with a postcard-writing campaign. More than a dozen Atlanta-based groups will offer blank postcards to patrons, along with the addresses of the state’s U.S. representatives. Signage in some locations will describe the financial...
Castleberry Hill: Explore the neighborhood of the new Mecedes-Benz Stadium

Castleberry Hill: Explore the neighborhood of the new Mecedes-Benz Stadium

Stroll through Castleberry Hill, and you can’t help but notice Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the monolithic, monochromatic home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United. Look in the stadium’s shadow and you’ll find Castleberry Hill to be literally one of the city’s most colorful and diverse neighborhoods. Tattoo shops, art galleries, studios and murals abound, such as the painted...
Officials: Philips Arena will feel like it was built yesterday

Officials: Philips Arena will feel like it was built yesterday

The Atlanta Hawks may be staying put in their longtime home at Philips Arena, but that doesn’t mean the facility won’t be changing. Over the next 18 months, Philips, which is also home to the Atlanta Dream women’s basketball team, will undergo a top to bottom gutting that officials say will make the almost 20-year-old facility feel like it was built yesterday.
Kempner: Atlanta gourmet grocer aims to avoid an Amazon whooping

Kempner: Atlanta gourmet grocer aims to avoid an Amazon whooping

Paul Nair thought his four tiny gourmet and organic groceries in metro Atlanta competed directly with a really big rival: Whole Foods, which snagged nearly $16 billion in sales last year. But he had an odd reaction after learning his little Savi Provisions shops in Brookhaven, Midtown, Inman Park and Buckhead will soon face a far bigger competitor, one that has already shredded lots of retail...
UPDATE: Fulton assessors say they think they lack authority to roll back property value assessments

UPDATE: Fulton assessors say they think they lack authority to roll back property value assessments

UPDATE: Fulton County Board of Assessors have emerged from a closed session to announce they do not think they have the legal authority to rescind property value assessments. To read more about what they are doing in response to complaints of high assessments, click here to read the full story, only on myAJC.com. ORIGINAL REPORT: Members of the Fulton County Board of Assessors have moved into closed...
Architect has three homes on upcoming tour

Architect has three homes on upcoming tour

Jordache Avery lives in a modern house he designed. The Atlanta architect also has three modern homes in the Atlanta area on the upcoming MA! (Modern Atlanta) Architectural Tour. Architect & background: A Florida native, Avery grew up in Jacksonsville, where his father was a senior planner for the city. As a child, Avery loved to look over the architectural drawings his father brought home. Avery...
Ceasar Mitchell to sign petition seeking permanent rainbow crosswalks

Ceasar Mitchell to sign petition seeking permanent rainbow crosswalks

Atlanta City Council President and mayoral candidate Ceasar Mitchell will publicly sign a petition asking the city to permanently install at least one crosswalk in the gay flag colors in Midtown. The Care2 Petition was started by LGBTQ advocate and performer Sarah Rose. Mitchell’s office released a statement that he would sign the petition at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the intersection of 10th Street...
Ceasar Mitchell makes “presidential” hires in Atlanta mayoral run

Ceasar Mitchell makes “presidential” hires in Atlanta mayoral run

Atlanta City Council President Ceaser Mitchell has made a couple of “presidential” hires to help guide him in his run for mayor of Georgia’s capital. Lance Orchid, who worked on the presidential runs for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, has been named Mitchell’s new campaign manager. Native Atlantan Richard McDaniel, the former southern regional director for Clinton&rsquo...
Vickie Winans in concert at Big Bethel church

Vickie Winans in concert at Big Bethel church

Award-winning gospel singer Vickie Winans will perform a benefit concert at Big Bethel AME Church . The fundraiser will benefit the Atlanta North Georgia AME Women’s Missionary Society’s Christian outreach ministry. The concert begins at 4 p.m. March 26at the church, 220 Auburn Ave. Winans, a producer, director, songwriter, actress...
Georgia Power may sell primo Beltline property

Georgia Power may sell primo Beltline property

Georgia Power plans to test the market for a prime property along the Atlanta Beltline near Ponce City Market in a move that could trigger a new wave of dense development on the eastern section of the popular trail. “We plan to place the facility on the market this April to gauge interest, but we have not committed to selling the property,” Georgia Power spokeswoman Ashley West said in...
Atlanta City Hall official fired, feds seize computer

Atlanta City Hall official fired, feds seize computer

In a brief, two sentence statement, a spokeswoman for Mayor Kasim Reed acknowledged Smith had been dismissed, but it did not state the explicit cause nor acknowledge the actions of federal investigators.  "The City of Atlanta announced today that Adam Smith, Chief Procurement Officer, has been relieved of his duties effective immediately,” the statement read. “Chief Counsel Angela...
Second contractor charged in Atlanta City Hall bribery case

Second contractor charged in Atlanta City Hall bribery case

Charles P. Richards Jr., 64, is accused of conspiracy to commit bribery in order to obtain city of Atlanta contracts, according to charging documents made public in U.S. District Court. From 2010 to August 2015, Richards is alleged to have paid $185,000 in bribes in the belief that some of the money would be paid to unnamed city officials, prosecutors alleged. Richards was publicly identified last...
Atlanta City Hall to release contracts, records in bribery case

Atlanta City Hall to release contracts, records in bribery case

The administration of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Wednesday it will release records next week pertaining to contracts at the center of a bribery scandal that has gripped City Hall. The city has so far refused to release records requested by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Channel 2 Action News and other media citing the ongoing federal investigation into a scheme involving prominent Atlanta businessman...
Atlanta Falcons fans confident after explosive first half

Atlanta Falcons fans confident after explosive first half

The Atlanta Falcons head to halftime up 24-0 over Green Bay and fans at a Dunwoody pub are feeling confident this team has what it takes to hold off Aaron Rogers and the Packers. Just before the half, the Falcons scored again to take a 24-0 and Dan Kish said he’s ready to predict the Falcons are headed to the Super Bowl. “I am extremely confident. The Falcons are going to the Super Bowl...
Atlanta Falcons fans cheer quick start against Green Bay Packers

Atlanta Falcons fans cheer quick start against Green Bay Packers

Atlanta Falcons fans in Dunwoody roared with approval when the Falcons scored on their opening possession in the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers. Mohamed Sanu caught a two-yard pass from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the first quarter to stake Atlanta to an early 7-0 lead. The Falcons are trying to make their second ever Super Bowl appearance, but they’ll have to beat...
‘Putting down roots’: Here’s why Atlanta families are flocking to historic Oakhurst

‘Putting down roots’: Here’s why Atlanta families are flocking to historic Oakhurst

Located in the southwest corner of the City of Decatur, the historic Oakhurst neighborhood can take some finding. Bounded by College Avenue to the north, Pharr Road to the south, Candler Drive to the east and Second Avenue to the west, it can seem nestled in a maze of streets. Like many other parts of Decatur, Oakhurst manages to be hip and happening as well as family-friendly, while carving out a...
9 iconic black history landmarks to visit near Georgia

9 iconic black history landmarks to visit near Georgia

The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., opened Sept. 24, 2016, and obtaining passes still seems about as difficult as scoring “Hamilton” tickets.  Featuring a collection with more than 36,000 historical elements, the new Smithsonian Institute museum has quickly become one of the country’s most popular sites for exploring black history...
Athenahealth plans big tech jobs expansion at Ponce City Market

Athenahealth plans big tech jobs expansion at Ponce City Market

Athenahealth, a health care technology company that was in the vanguard of tech firms that moved in-town from metro Atlanta suburbs, said Wednesday it will nearly double its workforce in the city. The Massachusetts-based IT company plans to grow to about 1,000 workers by 2018 at the hulking former Sears Roebuck & Co. complex along the Beltline, according to a news release Wednesday from Gov. Nathan...
These 15 places in Atlanta area will help you meet your 2017 goals

These 15 places in Atlanta area will help you meet your 2017 goals

It happens every year. A new year sparks a desire for change in our lives — lose weight, get more exercise, read more and spend less. Sometimes, dramatic lifestyle changes are made but not sustained, and people often fall short in their goals. Here’s the good news: New Year’s resolutions can work, and it doesn’t have to be brutally hard to change your habits. Meeting your...
Photo documentary ‘This is …’ takes raw, emotional look at cancer

Photo documentary ‘This is …’ takes raw, emotional look at cancer

Last year, Jennifer Keenan Giliberto, a professional photographer, focused her lens on a cancer journey. She captured gut-wrenchingly powerful moments inside hospitals as well as tender moments at home where a husband and wife hold hands and sip tea. Giliberto felt a deep connection to the project with Josh and Jenna Buehler of Atlanta even before she snapped the first photograph. Giliberto was diagnosed...
Kempner: Millennials to get their own sports arena?

Kempner: Millennials to get their own sports arena?

It used to be that the kids would get their own play room. Now, as they’ve gotten older, it looks like they’re going to get their own sports arena. Boosted by Mayor Kasim Reed’s commitment to cover the bulk of the cost, leaders of the Atlanta Hawks are planning a $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena aimed at wooing more young adults. “This will be the first arena designed...
Missing the beach? Venture to these winter beach getaways

Missing the beach? Venture to these winter beach getaways

Most vacationers like to hit the beach at the height of summer, to enjoy the surf and sand. However, savvy travelers realize that when the mercury and the occupancy rates go down, the potential for fun in the sun stays high. I was slow to learn this lesson. For years, I turned a deaf ear when my kids pleaded for a summer beach trip. My disdain for the crowds, parking and oppressive heat outweighed...
1 killed in crash near I-285

1 killed in crash near I-285

One person was killed and another injured early Saturday in a single-car accident on Langford Parkway at I-285, Channel 2 Action News reported. About 4 a.m., the car, a Dodge Charger, hit a guardrail and flipped, according to Channel 2. Both people in the car were women. The passenger was killed, and the driver was taken to a hospital, the station reported. No identities were released. Police said...
Kempner: House hunting along the Beltline’s unbuilt frontier

Kempner: House hunting along the Beltline’s unbuilt frontier

Two guys in an SUV idled at the curb of a south Atlanta neighborhood, where residents tell me gunshots still pop at night and the homes have charm but also bars on the windows. David Witte and Mike Pappas, like a lot of other people I talked to, were hunting for deals on homes near a future stretch of the Atlanta Beltline before the market prices them out. Witte is a general contractor from Roswell...

“Peachtree” bridge sign to put premier street in lights

Drivers on the connector will now be able to easily identify Peachtree Street as the whiz down Interstates 75 and 85. Giant letters spelling “Peachtree” have been installed on the bridge spanning the thoroughfare between Ralph McGill Boulevard and Pine Street. The signage will glow at night to add a marquee symbol for Atlanta’s central heart, boosters say. “It’s both...
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