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  • DoravilleProduction

    When Autos Were Mass Produced in Doraville

    Commuters taking Motors Industrial Way in Doraville have for months seen progress on a large, dusty construc-tion site for Nalley Automotive car dealership and service. It’s ironic, because decades ago this I-285 access road was once widely travelled by auto workers. Along old Motors Industrial Boulevard this hulking 165-acre site was home to General Motors Doraville Assembly, a plant that mass produced cars for nearly six decades while bringing stability to the general area.

     

    In 1947 after WW II, GM was ready to convert from wartime to corporate civilian vehicle production with the newly created B-O-P (for Buick- Oldsmobile-Pontiac) Division. Doraville Assembly became a vital regional unit when GM dominated postwar global vehicle sales. From this factory came tens of thousands of popular B-O-P models, including the Skylark, Cutlass and Catalina, as well as Chevrolet Impalas. Workers relocated to Doraville and the community prospered.

     

    Doraville Assembly closed in 2008, when GM finally lost leadership in the car industry. Various groups had plans for a mixed-use development, but the   Read more...
  • ZeroEnergyHome

    New Atlanta Home is ‘Zero Energy Ready’

    Imery Group is proud to announce the completion of one of the first Zero Energy Ready Homes in the State of Georgia. The 3,764 -square-feet custom home in the north Atlanta community of Alpine Canyon, in Saxton Woods, will be open to the public on Thursday, July 28, from 6:30-8 p.m.

     

    As defined by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program, a Zero Energy Ready Home offers “a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability.” DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are at least 40-50 percent more energy efficient than a typical new home. Certi-fied homes are third-party verified to meet high standards for indoor air quality, efficient HVAC design, water conser-vation, ENERGY STAR appliances and fixtures, as well as numerous other best-in-class building science practices.

     

    As the name indicates, the addition of a renewable energy system (such as solar panels) would allow a Zero En-ergy Ready Home to offset all or most of its annual energy consumption. The home in Chamblee does not yet have such   Read more...
  • ReservoirPark

    Reservoir Park Will Become Atlanta’s Largest Green-space

    It is hard to fathom, but a gigantic hole in the earth in the Bankhead area west of Midtown will one day be-come a centerpiece for Atlanta’s largest park.

     

    The first step in the process is to expand gorgeous, old Bellwood Quarry into a reservoir holding more than a million gallons. Well past the planning stage, anticipated completion is 2018, no longer just drawings on pa-per, according to Lillian Govus, communications director for Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management. She said a crew from Colorado has begun scaling loose rocks on the quarry sides before main construction be-gins. Next comes blasting shafts 400 ft. down to the quarry floor, with heavy artillery including a mammoth custom-built drill to serve as a tunnel boring machine. Currently under first-phase construction in Ohio, about 70 trucks will transport the components to the Bellwood Quarry site, where workers will complete final assem-bly of the machine. “Come September,” says Govus of the tunnel to follow, “we’ll start on its way.”

     

    The public will name the massive boring machine worke   Read more...

  • PeachtreeIndependenceDay

    The Peachtree and Independence Day

    Since 1970, the Peachtree Road Race, organized by the Atlanta Track Club (ATC) has become an enduring, endearing city tradition. In the first race, runners paid a $2 entry fee and lined up at the old start at the intersection of Peachtree and West Paces in Buckhead. Of the 150 who ran in July 4th heat and humidity, 110 participants, including three women, completed the 10 K (6.2 mile) course, finishing at Equitable Plaza downtown. Atlantan Jeff Galloway, an Olympian and running guru, came in first place.

     

    The philosophy of the Peachtree, however, was that all who finished were winners. To honor participants Tim Singleton of the ATC suggested commemorative T shirts. And so in the 2nd race in 1971, ATC awarded the cov-eted shirts to all finishers, creating an all-inclusive atmosphere.

     

    In the bicentennial year 1976, the event gained solid sponsorship as the AJC Peachtree Road Race. By 1978 it had 12,000 participants and within a few years it grew to 60,000, which is now capped as what the city can safely handle, and runs from Lenox Square to Piedmont Park. Every July 4th   Read more...

  • FedReserve

    Atlanta’s Federal Reserve Bank Counts

    Get out of this pool this summer and learn about the flow of money at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. With school out of session, it’s important to keep your mind ticking with mental exercises. Touring At-lanta’s Federal Reserve Bank is a fascinating and free educational experience- and certainly one that is hard to replicate in the classroom. Visitors get a big picture of the many ways the Fed helps our economy run smoothly in the Monetary Museum with interactive exhibits and guided tours. Amy Hennessey, director of economic education, said the Atlanta Fed includes a variety of visuals and lessons to make learning easy and accessible.

     

    “We have a number of interactive exhibits and games to test your knowledge of finance. The ‘go with the flow’ game allows people to better understand how we as consumers interact with businesses and banks,” Hennessey said. The cash overlook into the bank’s automated vault is one of the most impressive features at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank. Visitors can see hundreds of thousands of dollars counted, sorted and even destroye   Read more...

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