The ballpark doesn’t make life easy for anybody who lives here. It’s not just the traffic and the rowdy fans who urinate in the streets and leave behind mounds of trash. All the hardtops and highways create a heat island; in the summer it’s 12 degrees hotter near the stadium than in Atlanta’s suburbs. The parking lots cause massive water runoff; Peoplestown floods constantly. Braves fans complain about game-day traffic, but those idling cars contribute to real problems for people who live off Hank Aaron Drive; Fulton County’s Health District 6, which includes the stadium area, has the highest death rate from asthma, more than five times higher than Fulton’s lowest rate.

Just off of Love Street in Peoplestown of South Atlanta is a park and kids who enjoy it. Members of the Among Ourselves youth group at Emmaus House do a group portrait in 1974. It’s named Four Corners Park for Dennis Goldstein, a peoples lawyer who had the city seize the abandoned slum property. Goldstein was so comical in trying to dance the “Four Corners” it became his nickname. And the name of the park.

Okay, one more…FOR NOW.

Peoplestown Palace is run by Christopher Hollis, who does an amazing job getting disparate writers into the same room on the last Wednesday of each month. He also has a voice like cream being poured over whiskey stones. 

Each month he transcribes the readings from a tape recorder to the Peoplestown Palace Poetry & Prose bandcamp. Give them a listen.

Catch me on track 7. I come in at 14:30. 

Where a stadium stands in Atlanta, new & better neighborhoods may rise

When I read the news today that the Atlanta Braves are moving to suburban Cobb County after being downtown for the last half century, I immediately thought of a quote I posted earlier this year.

It’s from a great piece in Atlanta Magazine titled “The Other 284 Days : The Braves will host eighty-one regular-season home games in 2013. This is what the neighborhood is like the rest of the year" (6/21/2013).

"The ballpark doesn’t make life easy for anybody who lives here. It’s not just the traffic and the rowdy fans who urinate in the streets and leave behind mounds of trash. All the hardtops and highways create a heat island; in the summer it’s 12 degrees hotter near the stadium than in Atlanta’s suburbs. The parking lots cause massive water runoff; Peoplestown floods constantly. Braves fans complain about game-day traffic, but those idling cars contribute to real problems for people who live off Hank Aaron Drive; Fulton County’s Health District 6, which includes the stadium area, has the highest death rate from asthma, more than five times higher than Fulton’s lowest rate."

And so, in the interest of seeing the glass as half full: here’s to the future of Peoplestown and other stadium neighbors that have had to put up with trash, traffic and air pollution from the game-day crowds all these years. A brighter future could lie ahead for these neighborhoods, as Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed promises today that there is progress being made on redeveloping the entire stadium area as new mixed-use:

Multiple organizations…are interested in redeveloping the entire Turner Field corridor. Over the next three years, we will be working with our prospective partners to bring residential and business development that is worthy of our city and strengthens our downtown. Those conversations will continue and I am excited about how we use the land that is now Turner Field, to be a tremendous asset for our residents, our city, and our region for years to come.”

My hopes are high.

Wednesday, August 27th

Hey guys! There are some fascinating talks being given today if you like to learn, there are also some great comedy events, and a show featuring Spirits & The Melchizedek Children at the Drunken Unicorn, congratulations to Jessie for winning the tickets in the giveaway, and thanks to everybody who entered and spread the news around!

Do you guys like the new banner? It doesn’t work well on small screens unfortunately, but I think it looks delightfully tacky.

Reading & Listening

The Institute for People and Technology (75 5th St) has Building a Tribe tonight, a lecture about Seth Godin’s idea. “Tribes are brands or organizations that have cultivated passionate followings. While it was originally thought that the advent of the Internet and the Information Age would bring about more uniformity and homogeneity, the opposite has happened. People are more interested in following their true passions, and tribes are their outlets.” Tickets are $20, or $15/students.

The Peoplestown Palace (116 Vanira Ave) have their final literary event of the year tonight, Peoplestown Palace Poetry Prose & Potluck 10. Anyone can share their work, sharing starts at 9:30 promptly. Guests are urged to bring food to share with everybody! After the readers are finished, anyone who feels inspired by what they’ve heard may take the mic and share themselves. No cover, but bring food.

Manuel’s Tavern (602 North Highland) is hosting Nerd Nite 12 tonight at 8pm, the lecture topics this month are “The neuroscience of pleasant and sensual touch,” “Crisis of Terrible Comics: The Worst of DC and Marvel,” and “Sharks (with or without freakin’ lasers)!” $5 cover, and you’ll want to get there early if you want to sit down and eat/drink.

Food & Drinks

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The Little Vinyl Lounge (437 Moreland Ave) hosts The Drunken Snail: Indian Summer tonight at 6:30-8pm, a cocktail and food tasting event celebrating biodiversity, by Slow Food. Tickets are $25.

The Sound Table (483 Edgewood Ave) hosts the final night of the Junk Food Pop-Up Restaurant tonight from 7-11pm.

$$$: The Westside Provisions District (1100 Howell Mill Rd) hosts the Sundown Series Night 5 tonight from 6-9pm, with a family-style secret dinner with Rebecca Makkai, Author of “The Hundred-Year House.” The evening includes a private dinner with Rebecca, covert-themed cocktails, live music, a district-wide scavenger hunt and more! Tickets are $85 per person

Comedy

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Bone Lick BBQ (1133 Huff Rd) has the Meat Showcase at the MeatsPollo tonight, a $1 comedy show featuring Rob Haze and David Perdue, as well as all the usual BBQ and beer. 9pm.

Ryan Singer is at The Warren City Club (818 North Highland) tonight at 8pm, performing a free show, with several other comics beforehand.

Jay Leno is at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center tonight at 8pm, $50+.

Live Music

Midnight Masses at The Drunken Unicorn, 9pm, $10 cover. 18+
With: Spirits & The Melchizedek Children, White Woods

Palmat Sriracha House, 10pm, no cover.
With: Binary Boys, Del Venicci, Palm, Precious, comedy sets between bands.

Sol Cat at The Earl, 9pm, $12 cover.
With: Concord America, Lowbanks

Dead Gaze at The 529, 9pm, $8 cover.
With: Sheeba Darwin, Plague of Pilgrims

=> Also check out the recurring Wednesday events for more! <=

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