Things are looking up for the Eastside Trail's unofficial mascot — a pensive, midnight-black feral cat named Beltline Piper. The rocky outcrops around Piper's famed drainage-pipe home have never been so loaded with well-wishing notes and kitty food, and someone recently left him a proper little house — on stilts, no less, to ward off the ATL's never-ending deluge. Piper has fired off more than 1,000 Tweets. (The "Stay Frisky, My Friends" chutzpah of Piper's social media persona suggests he's male, but we could be mistaken). And he recently granted an interview to East Atlanta Patch, wherein he dishes on the "Piperazzi" and confesses he's considering appealing his latest Fulton County tax bill. Several months into his residency, it doesn't appear Piper intends to spend any of his nine lives elsewhere.
The attention has been pretty consistent since Piper popped up last winter. National media including CNN and The Huffington Post have taken notice, with the latter filling Piper's story under its "Good News" banner. We say hello to Piper several times per week, but not enough to adequately describe his personality: Is he contemplative and cool, or totally indifferent? Piper can anticipate to see hundreds of new neighbors soon, as his domicile will rest in the shadow of the under-construction 755 North apartment project that recently resumed after substantial weather delays. Piper can expect 227 units there, with 600 feet of Beltline frontage — and likely even more food offerings. The presence of silt fences around Piper's domain suggests it will be preserved, as is. Let's hope.