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January 31, 2012, 11Alive, "Atlanta Civic Center: Study of change"

ATLANTA -- The brick building stands at the corner of Piedmont and Ralph McGill like a time capsule. It was there before the gleaming black glass Georgia Power building cast its shadow. It was there before the clean-cut condos and apartments replaced a field strewn with an outlandish number of soup cans and a homeless man everyone called "the rat man."

The Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center has stood like a solid rock while the neighborhood around it has swirled and changed. Now, it's the center's turn. It's change or die.

Anne Marie Moraitakis remembers dancing on the stage at Atlanta Civic Center when she was a girl. It remains the largest stage in the Southeast and seats 4,600. The auditorium sits beside a 100,000 square foot exhibition hall and the now-abandoned Science and Technology Museum. They're down to a staff of 11 to run the entire campus.

Atlanta Civic Center: Study of change


January 18, 2012, Northside Neighborhood Newspapers, "Beginner's luck rampant in local activities"

First time’s the charm for many residents embracing new activities at the start of the year.

“I made a New Year’s resolution to concentrate on my jewelry-making and my jewelry business,” Roswell resident Beverly Poitier-Henderson said on the first day of classes at the Chastain Arts Center in Buckhead last week.

As instructor Alan Bremer guided Poitier-Henderson in finishing a pair of earrings she started in a class elsewhere, she said she liked the social aspect of a group class.

“I wanted to be surrounded by other jewelers. It sparks your creativity,” Poitier-Henderson said.

Beginner's luck rampant in local activities


Public Notice:

Robert W. Woodruff Park Closing

On March 1st, the lawn at Woodruff Park will be temporarily closed for repairs.  Damage to the Woodruff Park lawn, electrical and irrigation systems occurred during the excessive use of the park during October, 2011. The Atlanta Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (DPRCA), working with the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, will close the lawn to allow for repair of the irrigation system and aeration and resodding of the lawn.  The lawn will remain closed for 10-12 weeks to allow the new sod to establish itself.

DPRCA has closed lawns in other parks, including the Piedmont Park meadow and the Candler Park field for similar lengths of time to allow such remediation.  DPRCA looks forward to reopening the Woodruff Park lawn for all to enjoy as soon as possible, most likely in May.

DPRCA asks that park users respect the closing of the lawn to ensure rapid recovery and to avoid any additional costs to restore the park to the condition in which existed prior to the damage.  Other portions of Woodruff Park will remain open to the public.

Last updated: 2/3/2012 5:00:25 PM