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  • TrainHorns

    Those Train Horns We Hear in the Metro

    One of the most familiar aural or sound images we hear nearly every day in hometowns throughout the ATL are train horns. I grew up in the Metro and my earliest memories of train horns date back to when I was about age 5 or so. I could hear the sounds permeate the air waves of Brookhaven and Chamblee when the old Southern Railroad, freight or passenger, used to come rolling through on what railroad people call the Main Line, that one parallel to Peachtree Road.


    Train horns were a kind of soundtrack to my youth. When I was up close to the tracks, if I was on Peachtree at Brookhaven when it was a quaint village in the early 1960s, or hanging out in Old Chamblee, the sound was blaring, at first too loud. But that was cool because the blast matched the visual, rushing image of the locomotive and the train cars, making the total sight and sound package fascinating to me. Long before today’s Amtrack, the passenger line I saw was the old Southern Crescent. (My mom explained to me the crescent described an arc: New Orleans, Atlanta and Washington D.C., connecting to NYC, and then returning in o   Read more...
  • LegalPigs

    Pot-bellied Pigs Now Legal Pets in Brookhaven

    This past April news surfaced that Brookhaven City Council has made pot-bellied pigs—domesticated versions of clas-sic animals such as those on Old McDonald’s farm—legal as pets. City Council duly posted that its decision was by unanimous vote.


    There are some other restrictions, however. Only one pot-bellied porker is allowed as a pet-in-residence. And the home of a pot-bellied pig must be a single-family house or a detached-residential unit. Also, pot-bellied pig pets cannot blimp up to more than 200 pounds, so one must monitor overfeeding. (As cute as the little pot-bellied piglet posers in our headline pho-to are, they grow at astounding rates.) The new Brookhaven city ordinance regulating legal pot-bellied pigs also states they must be neutered and vaccinated, a reasonable restriction that pertains to other pets.


    Overall Brookhaven is more permissive than many cities in its list of creatures that are legally allowed. For examples, bee hives and egg-producing chickens, both of which have become increasingly popular in our own times as models of sus-tainability, are legal in   Read more...
  • CityWithinCity

    City Within a City Underway At Site of Old GM Plant

    We’ve got great news to report in often overlooked Doraville, surrounded in DeKalb by Brookhaven, Chamblee and Dunwoody. Redevelopers from The Integral Group are presently building a kind of ‘mini-city’ in Doraville off Motors Industrial Way, a connector between Peachtree Industrial Blvd. and Buford Highway. For years it’s been the site of the shuttered old General Motors (GM) Assembly plant. Now Doraville has underway one of the largest redevelopment efforts in the Metro. It’s to be a mixed-use project—named with a thoughtful nod to the past as Assembly—to occupy space on a new 165-acre campus.


    Serta Simmons Bedding, the nation’s largest mattress company, began in April to move its HQ to a 250,000 square foot building at Assembly this spring, along with 500 employees. They include personnel in Beautyrest brand offices in Dunwoody and a research and innovation office in Norcross. The company also offered jobs in Doraville to 120 employees from Serta brand offices in Hoffman Estates, IL. The Integral Group is to develop 750 multifamily housing units as well as 300,000 squa   Read more...
  • AdamKlein

    Singer/Songwriter Adam Klein Pays Homage to His New Hometown

    Singer/songwriter and troubadour, Adam Klein’s music touches on Americana, rustic country folk, folk-rock and West African Mande music. He performs in a variety of settings – either solo/duo, with his band, Adam Klein & The Wild Fires, or occasionally with his American roots-meets-West-African-roots project under his Peace Corps name in Mali, Lassine Kouyate. Hailing from Athens, Georgia, he has traveled the world, never staying put in one place for very long, but for now Klein, his wife Judith and two-year-old daughter Elinor call Doraville home.


    “My then-girlfriend, now wife and I were looking to be in the same city since we’d been doing some distance and each traveling for a while,” said Klein. “She grew up in Norcross and came back to Atlanta after school to start working as a flutist in the music scene. I had been in Athens so I just moved down to the other end of 316. We found a place in Doraville and are still here. It was just more affordable than Intown or Decatur but in a pretty good location to get to wherever it is we’re going. We like the diversity and of co   Read more...
  • Tailgating

    Tooth-Friendly Tailgating

    Throughout the season, for many football fans, the real game is played on an entirely different field of play: the park-ing lot. Tailgating in Wisconsin is taken as seriously as the game itself, often featuring an assortment of brats, hamburgers, pulled pork, chili, chips, cookies, cake, beer and whatever intricate recipe an ambitious parking lot cook can concoct. Likely absent are such foods as apples, carrots and milk that can help your oral health. Here are some tips for prioritizing good oral health and food options at your next tailgate. Don’t Punt on Appetizers No tailgate is complete without a platter of appetizers, including chips, dips, chicken wings and cheese. Small changes to the menu can make for a big difference in oral health. When it comes to dips, opt for those low in acidity, such as hummus or black bean dip. Acid from food weakens enam-el, resulting in tooth decay. Chips might seem like the perfect dipping mate, but carrots, cauliflower and celery offer health-ful alternatives that still pack a crunch. Another easy option is a fresh apple salsa that combines appl   Read more...

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