White House, Atlanta: I ventured out for my favorite diner for breakfast … the White House. My brother eats here so frequently that they bring him his hot tea as he sits down. The waitress recognized my mom. As we left, she said, “goodbye, mamma.” She loved that!
MLB, Atlanta, Turner Field, urban development: Years ago I read an editorial that asserted that a city was only a real city if it had both an AL and a NL team (i.e., Chicago and New York). Well, this is indeed interesting, but problematic.
If one man gets his way, Turner Field won’t get razed in 2017 after the Atlanta Braves move up to its new Cobb County stadium. Instead, a brand new baseball team – known as, wait for it … the Atlanta Surge – would replace the longtime professional baseball club at the Ted.
The idea for the Surge comes from veteran Atlanta ad exec Mike McDonald, a self-proclaimed lifelong baseball fan, who wants to bring a second Major League Baseball team to metro Atlanta. And he wants the Surge’s slogan to be the following: “Let’s Turner Lemon into Lemonade!”
The AJC’s Tim Tucker, who first reported on the proposal last night, writes from behind the AJC’s paywall:
He has presented the idea to some local politicos and business folks. He has talked to lawyers about how to challenge MLB. He even wrote a letter to the Tampa Bay Rays, asking if they’d be interested in relocating. The Rays haven’t responded and McDonald has decided he’d prefer the fresh start of an expansion team.
McDonald already has a name in mind for the AL team he seeks: the Atlanta Surge, drawn from the city motto Resurgens (Latin for rising again). He envisions the city and county receiving an equity stake in the team in return for use of the venue, and an investor group operating the team with him. He says MLB should waive an expansion fee as a way to settle the damages of the Braves leaving the city limits.
He expects people to “take shots” at his plan and says that is fine.
McDonald believes that Atlanta and Fulton County are “owed” a team for their longstanding financial and emotional investments into the Braves’ franchise. But it’s unlikely the region will land another ball club. There’s not enough demand, according to one expert. Plus, the Braves have exclusive rights from MLB for all home games played in most of the metro region – which could be problematic.
The Atlanta Braves declined to comment on the prospects of the Surge. But at least Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts said the proposal was “a magnificent idea.” That’s a start!
Is History Repeating Itself?, medium, media, clipping services, Time, Buzzfeed, humble beginnings: People often ask me about my blog and I quip, “I clip.” I really use my site for a filing cabinet. I call it a “clipping service” because i remember seeing a picture of the POTUS being given a file of newspaper clippings everyday. I had no idea that this was the term used to describe the humble beginnings of such media giants as Time and Buzzfeed.
Time began as a clipping service in a small office. A group of writers subscribed to a dozen newspapers and summarized the most important stories, rewriting the news in a more digestible format.
BuzzFeed also started as a clipping service in a small office seven years ago. Instead of subscribing to newspapers, we surfed the web (and used technology) to find the most interesting stories and summarized them into a more digestible format. (You can ask Peggy or Scott how it worked in those early days!)
Of course, both Time magazine and BuzzFeed evolved from our respective early days to become much more ambitious. As Time and BuzzFeed emerged from our respective youths, we both expanded into original reporting, commissioned longform features, and built teams of foreign correspondents. In our case, it only took a few years to go from summarizing web trends in our little Chinatown office to reporting from Syria and the Ukraine with local security, body armor, helmets, and satellite phones. And both Time and BuzzFeed grew by creating irresistible lists such as Time’s “100 Most Influential People” and BuzzFeed’s “42 People You Won’t Believe Actually Exist.”
The big breakthrough for Time Inc., the company, came 13 years after the launch of Time, when printing press technology advanced to enable the launch of Life, the pioneering magazine filled with vivid pictures of people and events. It figured out how to cover cheap paper with a glossy coating, making a mass-produced photo magazine economical for the first time and creating a smash hit that enabled aggressive investment in print journalism at Time and photojournalism at Life.
The big breakthrough for BuzzFeed also came after our early clipping service days when smartphones became social and could display vivid pictures and video for the first time. Suddenly our lists, quizzes, and videos could be seen and shared by an audience of billions of connected readers right from their phones. Social and mobile converged, becoming the primary form of distribution for our content. The leverage provided by this massive reach is why we can make aggressive investments in journalism and entertainment. (We are still in the midst of this shift, with mobile, social, and global distribution accelerating faster than ever).
kith/kin, firsts, Atlanta history, 1939 ‘Gone With The Wind’ cast party, On The Market – Curbed Atlanta, Buckhead – Atlanta, irony, Peachtree Heights: I attended my first cocktail party as an adult (i.e. as an invitee, not an appendage to my parents) at this beautiful and elegant home. I was 17 and the host was a college freshman that I was friends with in high school. I remember walking in and thinking that this was what it was like to be an adult. There is a great deal of irony in that. But it was great fun to look at the inside photos and relive a moment of my young adulthood. And I never knew that I was in the venue of the 1939 ‘Gone With The Wind’ cast party. Beautiful and elegant home … great memories. And another thing … I don’t remember knowing that this “neighborhood” was called Peachtree Heights.
Spending $3.25 million in Buckhead would afford you the opportunity to buy this Habersham Road manse, host a kegger and announce to guests, “This is where the 1939 ‘Gone With The Wind’ cast party happened, y’all!” That’s all well and good. But first you’d have to come to terms with the décor, which is fitting for a historic Cooper and Cooper property but is decidedly grandma chic. We haven’t seen this much floral furniture since The Couch-Swing House, another Peachtree Heights estate. Plusses include the mesmerizing spiral staircase and enchanting floral gardens. The home should appeal to well-to-do socialites with AARP Magazine subscriptions, and if history’s any indication, this pad is primed to party.
· 2878 Habersham Road [Estately]
Davidson Basketball, March Madness 2014, the kenpom.com blog: Let the wild rumpus start!
The Wildcats provided another good example of how confidence derived from scheduling seems to largely be a myth. They went 4-10 in non-conference play, partly due to games against the likes of Duke, Virginia, and Wichita State, and entered the conference schedule on a five-game losing streak. They proceeded to win 15 of 16 conference games, leading the conference in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Just one of those wins was by single-digits and the loss was by two in overtime. In a normal season, this would have been the most dominant performance by a team relative to its league.
Davidson’s only conference loss was to Elon, who was voted the preseason pick to win the league by the SoCon’s head coaches. I think this was in the same way that Charles Barkley was voted MVP in 1993. People were tired of Davidson winning the conference even though they still figured to be the best team. Elon didn’t do poorly, mind you. But an 11-5 record looks disappointing in comparison to the 13-5 record they had two seasons ago.
via the kenpom.com blog.
Eureka! Plans For Olympia ‘To Match Historical Precedent’?!?, Historic Possibilities – Curbed Atlanta, art deco Walgreens, Coca Cola sign, Atlanta downtown: I like it!
Surely it’s a mirage, but at first glance, renderings for a proposed revamp of the Olympia Building downtown appear to contain the phrase “To Match Historical Precedent.” Not just once, but with several aspects of the project. In Atlanta. Seriously. A company called CSH-23 Peachtree LLC scooped up the struggling Olympia for $2.2 million last fall, and renderings dated from January suggest the 1930s building could be slated for a Walgreens Pharmacy. The pharmacy’s name would be etched in art deco lettering on a “new black aluminum canopy marquee to match historical precedent,” the plans suggest. New second-floor windows and a tenant blade sign on the side of the building would also reflect the 1930s aesthetic. Could obeying the historical precedent help to set a new precedent for the future?