East Atlanta Village

A blog for East Atlanta Village and surrounding communities.

Friday, December 28, 2007


Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Wachovia branch in the East Atlanta Village is closing. The official date of the closing is April 18th. A new branch is opening February 5th at 2283 Glenwood next to Publix. The new branch's hours will be the same as the branch in the Village, 9-4 Monday through Friday. For longer hours, the branch in the Edgewood Retail District is open from 9-7 Monday through Friday, and 9-2 on Saturday.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Well, the new Wal-Mart on Gresham Rd. opened this past week. It's the company's first store inside the Perimeter, with others planned. It is part of a new strategy: On my previous Web site I quoted officials who said research showed people would drive up to 10 miles for groceries, and so adding grocery to the stores made it possible to make them viable with just 10 miles of separation. So expect more here and everywhere, for better or worse! The AJC published a half-hearted article, which must have taken an entire afternoon to research -- sarcasm.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Guerilla Marketing in EAV, L5P
One of my favorite things to see around EAV, Edgewood and L5P is the guerilla marketing techniques of Lenny's. It reflects many of the reasons I think people move to the area -- creativity, independence from convention, authenticity. Lenny's is a lounge on Memorial Drive, near Oakland Cemetary. Lenny's knows its audience, advertising its shows on grey-painted pallets strategically placed on thoroughfares in SE Atlanta. Clearly, this is going to draw the attention of hipsters and locals, and be overlooked by the suburbanites that drift into the area on weekends. The one shown here was placed in L5P outside the The Corner Tavern (previously 9Lives).

Friday, March 03, 2006

Atlanta is sooo LA, Just Smaller
So, I went to LA a week ago. I spent five days exploring the city, seeking neighborhoods, and community. I found it to be a lot like ATL, almost like a bigger sibling. If you doubled Atlanta's population the cities would be nearly identitical in their problems and diversity. I noticed the similarities more after my return than while I was there. For instance, while I don't dwell on Atlanta's smog, I saw it two days this week - only bothering to notice after having been in LA. It was a light haze hanging over the city like a soft filter on a lens. When people talk about LA traffic and Atlanta traffic there are only a few degrees of separation. To test it, commute from GA400 to EAV on a Friday afternoon. The neighborhoods -- and their states of yuppie-dom -- from Los Feliz, to Silver Lake, to Echo Park are very similar to the stretch from Virginia-Highland, to L5P, to EAV. The people were surprisingly warm just like the weather. And weather was a strange topic. Folks in LA think Atlanta is cold -- I set them straight. There are two very big differences -- the proximity to the ocean (though don't go in the water), and the prices. LA is as expensive as New York for housing. My suggestion - visit Silver Lake and Los Feliz.
A recent article in the AJC looks at Moving in the Spirit, a nonprofit after-school program that uses dance and movement to teach leadership and development skills. Moving in the Spirit recently was named one of 17 outstanding youth and humanities programs by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. It was the first program in the Southeast to receive the national honor, which came with a $10,000 award. The article says, "The Grant Park/East Atlanta program instructs about 225 students ages 3-18 in various forms of dance. More than 1,250 students have participated in the program since its inception in 1986."

Monday, January 30, 2006

UPDATE: I spoke with the folks at Fitness Factory. They hope to open the gym by the end of March in the Little Azio's plaza at Moreland and Ormewood. They knocked down a wall between two spaces to make a larger one. The staffer told me that they have had a lot of response and wonder if they will need more space immediately. Watch your back after tax season HR Block! I haven't had a chance to check on this, but there is a report in the Southern Voice that Fitness Factory is opening a second location which will be in East Atlanta. The gym is expected to open in mid-February. I'm surprised it took this long for someone to do this, considering many of the 'urban pioneers' that led to the resurgence in EAV starting in the 90's were GLBT and we know how our friends like to worship at 'LA' and other gyms on Sundays.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

So, Mayor Shirley Franklin halted new construction of infill, known as 'McMansions,' until February 6, but EAV is not covered. It covers North Buckhead, Virginia Highland, Morningside-Lenox Park, Ansley Park-Sherwood Forest, and Lake Claire. Councilwoman Norwood said EAV could opt in, through the neighborhood association. EAV shoudl do it, and require that home at least resmble other home in the neighborhoods.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

In the interest of spreading the word... The first annual East Atlanta Yard Sale will occur Sat. (1/21) from8:30-3:00 at the intersection of Flat Shoals Ave. and Pasley Ave. Goods: Household, office, electronics, antiques, clothing, new babytoys.