Emory BP Station Closes June 1; Roundabout Construction Should Begin in August

29 05 2009

For all my talk about mass transit, I, like most people, still use a car on an almost daily basis.  And the Emory BP has been my go to station.  Close and relatively cheap compared to everything else in the vicinity.

Welp, it looks like I’m about to start paying more to fill up.  Maybe this is a sign that I should finally go diesel/bi0-diesel.

A reader sends in parts of a note that was just sent out to Emory staff…

“… the BP station in Emory Village has been sold and will close as of June 1, Emory University did NOT purchase it, … did not know what plans have been made for that property.”

Just wondering if you have any leads on who purchased this property and what the plans are?

Also, fyi, here is the remainder of the email detailing the Emory Village project and future plans for this summer and the rest of the year:

“…The water line project in Emory Village is complete. Georgia Power will now begin the process of burying overhead utilities, including electricity, cable TV, and telephone. This phase is expected to begin in June and extend into fall, perhaps through the end of the calendar year. The work is scheduled to take place mainly between 8pm and 5am, but will nonetheless be disruptive. DeKalb County has gone to bid for construction of the roundabout, with an anticipated start date in August, and a one year duration. So it looks like Emory Village will be a mess for another year…”

Pondering An Emory Village Movie Theater

14 05 2009

I wrote on this topic a couple days ago in my oft-celebrated “Emory Smorgasbord” post, but Macarolina inquired into giving it a little more exposure.

We’ve talked a lot about movie theaters over the past few months, lamenting lost buildings downtown and wondering whether the city could support a new one.  However, now it turns out we may not need to put in the effort…just reap the sweet rewards.

The Alliance to Improve Emory Village is working with Goizueta to gauge interest in a movie theater as part of the complete redesign of Emory Village.

What do people think of the idea and what kind of theater would you hope it would be?

Personally, I think something like Midtown Arts would be great.

A Smorgasbord of Emory Village Info

11 05 2009

Lots going on in ol’ Emory Village lately, as evidenced by the obstacle course of car-eating street ditches.  And now that the under-grads are gone, the village can once again be reclaimed by year-round residents!

So in preparation…three items of note for ya…

1.  From Clairmont Heights Civic Association’s website

Water main work continues — DeKalb County continues to replace an antiquated water main that runs through Emory Village and should complete their work this month. At the close of this project, Georgia Power will begin work to bury power lines in the Village, which will remove unsightly utility wires and wooden poles in the commercial district. After the power lines are buried, DeKalb County will begin work on the Village roadwork and roundabout. Thank you to all for your patience during this project, and please continue to patronize Village merchants during this time.

2.  Daily Candy features Sprouts Green Cafe, that opens tomorrow in the old One Hot Cookie/Cold Stone Creamery location (h/t: the misses)…

Honor your temple with organic, local, tasty fare — no nitrates, phosphates, MSG, antibiotics, or fryin’ done here. A seasonal menu rotates rice bowls, wraps, and specialty features like house-made guac. Hydrate with refreshers like green tea; lemonade; and H2O infused with mint, fruit slices, and herbs grown in the greenhouse.

Auto bathroom lights, lime-colored chairs, and a maple bar (carved from a single Georgia tree) round out the eco touches.

3.  Apparently I never posted this when I first originally saw it, and though its kinda old news now, its still pretty interesting.

Emory’s Goizueta Business School recently did a survey to gauge local interest in opening a movie theater in the new and much larger Emory Village rebuild (artist’s rendering).  The survey is now closed, but with all the recent interest in local, artsy movie theaters, I thought folks would be interested that it was even being considered.

Emory Commencement Traffic

11 05 2009

OK, I’m a little late with this, but perhaps I can still save one or two of you from making the worst decision of your day.

Unless you’re inexplicably compelled to spend countless stationary minutes/hours behind the wheel in beautiful Druid Hills, stay the heck away from Emory today.

And in case you shyed away because of traffic or rain, you’ll be able to watch the whole ceremony HERE after 2pm.

70 DHS Students Participate in Emory Mock Trial

10 05 2009

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DHS teacher Chris Billingsley writes in…

Around 70 Decatur High School students participated in the Emory Mock Trial competition Saturday from 9:00 until 2:00. Students acted as jurors in several criminal trials. Not only did students get to learn about the legal system, they worked with some of the top judges and lawyers from around the country and Emory’s top second year law students.

Students earned a small stipend for their efforts and Emory Law School will make a generous donation to the DEF in honor of the four Decatur High mothers who lost their lives to cancer during the school year.

Special thanks to Decatur High booster, Judge Lindsay Jones and DHS teacher Mr. Beau Dominguez for making this experience happen. Extra special thanks to Mr. Thomas and Ms. Maddox, parents of 9th grade students, for being chaperons. Judge Jones may be able to provide you with more information of the mock trial competition. Enjoy the pics. They will come in batches.

I was especially impressed with the number of Muslim students participating. I am hopeful that by participating in these types of experiences, Islamic students will develop a greater appreciation for the U.S. legal system.

After the jump…it looks like some students even found time for a little lunchtime dancing… Read the rest of this entry »

The Woes of an Emory Commute

3 04 2009

If you thought highway gridlock was bad, then you’ve never been stuck going east on N. Decatur on a weekday afternoon.

Paula sums up the firsthand experience nicely in a recent letter to our CEO…

Dear Mr. Ellis:

My husband commutes by shuttle bus to Emory from Decatur, a distance of approximately 4 miles. Lately, the commute home has been taking 50 minutes or more. This is due almost entirely to the mis-timed traffic lights on North Decatur Rd at Clairemont Rd. Because the light in front of the McDonald’s entrance on North Decatur Rd. is so long and improperly synchronized with the light at the intersection, very few cars can get through in any one light cycle. As a result, it can take 30 minutes or more simply to travel the one mile from Emory to Clairmont Rd.

I would very much appreciate it if you could arrange to have the timing on these lights adjusted, or direct me to the appropriate official.

I certainly concur that the “McDonald’s light” is an absolute annoyance, the bigger challange is having one of the state’s largest employers, smack dab in the middle of a residential district.   While plans are still “go” for a roundabout at the university’s main entrance, no amount of road tweaking can quell the mob that is coming and going from campus all day long.

What IS the answer?  Long-term, Decatur is looking into the feasibility of light-rail or signal coordination for buses between Emory and Decatur (see page 23 of the Streets section of the Community Transportation Plan), but even that won’t eliminate Emory’s problem.  What else can be done?  Anything?

Emory Students Want Their Leaders To Lead By Example

25 02 2009

A recent Emory Wheel article that points out that three members of Emory’s upper-echelon rank among the top 10 highest paid private university employees in the country.

The article seems to imply that these highly paid Emory execs should take some kind of pay cut, symbolic or substantial, while the university works through the current economic crisis.

Thanks to xokyditive for pointing out the article!

“Crawford Long” is Victim of Marketing

13 02 2009

xokyditive sends in this note about a name change for Emory’s Crawford Long Hospital…

Crawford Long, one of 19th Century Georgia’s most notable figures, is having his hospital renamed “Emory University Hospital Midtown” (apparently with no punctuation)

And is it really Midtown if it’s south of North Ave?

The website’s already been changed: cached page from last week, after new name copy/paste

Ironically, six months ago they made a big thing of the Crawfish’s 100th Anniversary.

Full Emory note can be found after the jump… Read the rest of this entry »

Stalking the Cliff Bus

6 05 2008

JKGA reminds us of the free Emory Cliff bus in response to my recent “In case you didn’t know, Atlanta traffic sux” post.  My issue with actually using the Cliff bus has always been its limited range.  Other than to commute daily to Emory, I have to be honest in saying that I don’t think I would ever use it.

However, for those of you that do make frequent trips to Emory and up North Decatur, did you know that you can track the position of every Cliff Bus live online (each bus is a little moving blob) and on your mobile phone (text only)?  It’s a pretty great feature.

But be careful, I quickly found myself wishing that MARTA had a similar service.  It might actually make riding the buses a viable (a.ka. smarta) option once again!

Inman Perk Deserts “Failing” Building in Emory Village

1 05 2008

So I noticed last night that Inman Perk had deserted its spot at the old Caribou location in Emory Village, next to Everybody’s, and was ready to chalk it up to students favoring the Starbucks down the plaza.

But a check of the coffee shop’s blog tells a different, story.

“Sadly, our torrid love affair with Emory Village has come to an early end. Last week we learned of a failing infrastructure problem in our building that is beyond our control . . . and unfortunately, this has required us to close down our doors at Emory. We know it was a short stint, but we’ll miss you! We’ve had a great time getting to know the Emory community . . . and we hope you’ll bridge the short gap and come visit us in Inman Park!”

Uh oh.  Failing infrastructure?  That’s not good.

That building is one of 4 ( I think) historic buildings in that strip (the other 3 are Everybody’s, Supercuts, and Evolve) that were to be preserved when the monster redevelopment of Emory Village occurred.  I wonder how this new development changes things…because Druid Hills has some pretty darn strict historic preservation ordinances, but failing infrastructure is failing infrastructure.

Keep your eyes open.