From Emory: Emory Point to Open Beginning this Fall; Transportation Projects in Voters' Hands; Woodruff Circle Realignment Project to Improve Shuttle Access; Tree Planting will Help Maintain Forest Canopy; Songwriter Paul Simon to Give 2013 Ellmann Lectures; Provost Lewis Elected Next President of Mellon Foundation; Teen Center Celebrates Grand Opening; Rain Fails to Dampen 167th Commencement Celebration; Charity Lives on Gatewood.
The first retail development in at least 20 years within the Clifton community includes many familiar retail businesses and some original shops. Recently, three new retailers and a sixth restaurant have signed leases at Emory Point. The new leases include three locally-owned women’s boutiques – fab’rik, Lizard Thicket and American Threads – and a new restaurant from Westside Atlanta West Egg Café called The General Muir.
Cousins Properties previously announced that CVS Pharmacy, Marlow’s Tavern, La Tagliatella and Jasmin Spa – in addition to other merchants – had signed leases at the mixed use development.
On July 31, voters will decide whether to approve the regional transportation referendum that would fund a specific list of priority transit projects and road, bike and pedestrian improvements for the 10-county metro Atlanta region.
For the Clifton Corridor, it would fund a light rail line connecting into the Lindbergh MARTA station, providing a long awaited transit option to the congested roads around Emory, the CDC and the various health care facilities nearby.
Construction and renovation began after Commencement and will continue through the summer to improve shuttle access to Woodruff Circle, enhance pedestrian safety and improve aesthetics of the overall area. Woodruff Circle is the shuttle hub on Clifton Road in front of Emory University Hospital.
The first phase of the project will create a pick-up/drop-off area for non-shuttle traffic between the Dobbs University Center and the James B. Williams Medical Education Building.
Next, the renovation of Woodruff Circle will begin. It will become a true circle (see drawing), with a consolidated entry and exit to Clifton Road; and a new traffic light will align with Uppergate Drive. Woodruff Circle will be restricted to shuttle buses and delivery trucks only.
Emory hired an independent arborist to evaluate the trees around Woodruff Circle — mostly maple, ash and oak — and make recommendations for next steps. Before construction started in mid-May, the roots of the trees that remained were pruned and other activities during and after construction helped to ensure that the trees that are remaining have the best chance for survival.
Some trees from Woodruff Circle area have already been relocated and replanted at the Law School, to help re-establish a tree canopy in the area where trees were lost in a major storm last spring.
Paul Simon, whose lyrics have graced several generations worldwide, will give the 2013 Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature at Emory University Feb. 10-12.
The Ellmann Lectures consist of a series of public lectures that are ticketed but free and open to the public. Tickets will be available near the end of the University’s fall semester. Simon’s lectures will concern, in part, an overview of the historical antecedents of the music made between 1966 and 1970.
One of the nation's most powerful cultural forces for the support of higher education and the humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York City, has elected Emory University Provost Earl Lewis to be its new president, beginning early next year.
"The mission of the Mellon Foundation, Earl's profound commitment to the liberal arts and to higher education, and the rich experience of the last eight years at Emory all combine to make the collaboration of Mellon and Lewis perfectly fitting," said President James W. Wagner in a letter to the Emory community.
Area teens and their parents explored the new teen center, Get Grounded, the weekend of May 4 to May 6 to see what all the excitement was about.The new teen studio is a safe, recreational space for teens looking for a place to hang out on weekends. It has activities for just about everyone, including playing or watching sports, talking with peers and teen advisers or planning and participating in community service projects. Teens and their parents got a sense of what a typical day might be like during the Grand Opening weekend.
The serene University Quadrangle was transformed into a vibrant patchwork of umbrellas and rain ponchos, as a jubilant crowd of about 15,000 students, families and supporters endured a long dose of precipitation — rare in recent campus history — to cheer the conferral of degrees.
The happy, damp morning unfolded for the Class of 2012, representing more than 4,100 students from all 50 U.S. states and 85 countries, distinguished both by its size — about 250 more graduates than last year's class —along with its resilience and optimism.
Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) provides temporary housing and support services to families of ill and injured children being treated at local hospitals. One of the city’s best kept secrets is that Atlanta was home to the fourth Ronald McDonald House in the world, which opened in 1979 and has since served more than 40,000 families.
Nowadays, Atlanta is home to two Ronald McDonald Houses – one of which is located in the neighborhood just off Clifton Road near Emory’s campus.
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