A big hat-tip to you, ATL! The tipline has been ablaze lately with scrumptious little nuggets about this city that are too well-written, too insightful or too bizarre to not share. (And then there was the half-baked and possibly psychotic rant that we won't be sharing, because it uses very specific names). After the jump, we've compiled recent tipline highlights that touch on wide-ranging topics, from quality education in Atlanta's eastside neighborhoods to an opinion that rent at one Midtown tower (at right) is too damn high. All of these topics are under consideration for further exploration, so let these letters (edited for clarity and length) serve as appetizers.
Alarmed in South Midtown writes:
"Recently Skyhouse South has been jacking up their rent. Seriously, it may be one of the most expensive studio options in Atlanta now at $3.58-3.91 psf for a 577-square-feet studio. I think this is only for new leases. I live in here now, and they only increased rates on renewal by 5 percent."
Legitimately Concerned in Buckhead chimes in:
"I would love to see you do a time-lapse video of the Buckhead bar scene one Friday or Saturday. I am an Uber driver and I have a Facebook page for Atlanta Uber Drivers and a blog. The area bounded by Roswell Road, Irby Avenue, and East Andrews Drive is extraordinarily dangerous for the 20-somethings who go there to drink and the taxicabs and car services that drop them off or pick them up.
"The action starts around 10 p.m. and ends when the bars close at 3 a.m. There is a fire station on Roswell Road within the area and they told me that it is only a matter of time until someone is killed. They sit in the driveway waiting for people to pass out or injure themselves.
"Bar patrons cross in the middle of Roswell Road, as well as on the side streets. I think that a solution would be to make this a pedestrian only area starting about 10 p.m., and route all car traffic on West Paces Ferry and East Andrews Drive. These would be safe for both the cars and the patrons because none of the bars that attract this group are located on the streets. There are sidewalks and safe places to cross."
Skeptical in Midtown writes:
"I look down on the proposed 'Yoo on the Park' project, both literally and figuratively. I know a couple weeks ago the Trillist CEO said the project is alive and well but I have serious doubts. Construction crews leveled the ground and tore down some buildings, but there hasn't been any action in over six weeks. Oh except for when construction crews REMOVED barriers on 13th Street last week."
A Peeved But Levelheaded Former Renter writes:
"Thank you for publishing your recent story about 77 12th (apartment tower in Midtown). My wife and I moved out of 77 12th this past June. We loved the building itself, and the tenants. However, as others have commented on the story, the management was awful and the maintenance issues were a constant and significant inconvenience ...
"We were actually the second tenants to move into the building, and one of the first to leave. While I consider myself a very level-headed person, I also did not have any problem questioning the management on things that I did not feel were right (or contractually allowable — I am also an attorney), which did not usually go over very well (and once resulted in them telling me, a tenant, to direct all future correspondence to their attorneys). So, suffice it to say that I feel my wife and I have a unique perspective."
Finally, Optimistic in East Lake says:
"If you've never head of the East Lake Foundation and how it transformed an entire Atlanta neighborhood, I have quite a story for you and two beautiful new videos. The transformation of East Lake — particularly the fact that they now have the NUMBER ONE public school in Georgia and they have just built a state of the art high school that opened three weeks ago and is destined to be another top Georgia school — has had wide reaching real estate effects radiating out through nearby neighborhoods. I'm certain the locals are curious to learn about East Lake's unprecedented success at urban renewal and what's in store for the future."
[Above image via SkyHouseSouth.com]