Hit and run driver obliterates two cars on Peachtree Street

ATLANTA — April 13, 2014 — A hit and run driver tore through Peachtree Street at about 3pm today near John Portman Blvd, totalling two cars and sending an estimated five people to Grady Memorial Hospital.

The photos and video are posted below, credit to Amy Barnes, of Marietta, GA.

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“Living in crisis” – Atlanta apartment group demands change.

ATLANTA — Sunday, April 6th, 2014 — Giant holes in walls, burst pipes gushing water, black mold, rust-congested pipes – a group of residents is fed up and is taking action.  The demand for change is simple: fix the units.

UPDATE — Sunday, April 13th, 2014 — A petition is now available: 
http://start2.occupyourhomes.org/petitions/livingintown-property-services-we-demand-habitable-living-conditions

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Two residents offered a tour of their places, and the findings were astonishing: rusty razor blades had spilled out of the crumbling walls when pipes had burst, some walls had giant holes, and a heavy stench that forced us all outside for relief.

The damage from the flooding is so extensive that one resident – Shaun Ridgway – has lost everything she owns, including her Bachelor’s thesis.  All of her art and photography – lifetime experiences that cannot be recreated – have been destroyed in the flooding.  If you want to support her, visit her GoFundMe page at: [http://www.gofundme.com/834x8s].

The first disaster support and action campaign meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm.  Copies of a disaster recovery and action campaign guide will be distributed at the event.  Bottled and jugged water is desperately needed as the water has been shut off and turned back on periodically without notice to residents.

WSB-TV’s Ashley Swann covered this event:
http://m.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/residents-say-inman-park-apartments-deplorable-con/nfS4T/

A Facebook support group for apartment residents across Atlanta has been started:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/712223305502483/

A Facebook page dedicated to this disaster has also been created:
https://www.facebook.com/InmanFlatsSupportGroup

Monday at 5pm – the first disaster action support meeting event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/267717030067405/

CNN’s iReport coverage is located here:
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1117519

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emergency water

On Monday (4/7/2014), a lawyer is expected to get involved; a rent strike is in progress and the landlord has threatened to start eviction proceedings on Thursday (4/10/2014).

On Thursday (4/10/2014), the group will be headed to Occupy Our Homes Atlanta to meet with Tim Franzen with the goal of launching an OOHA public campaign for change.

Photos are presented in this page’s photo gallery as posted below.

- Amy Barnes
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Do toxins troll Atlanta’s sidewalks and underpasses?

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ATLANTA — Do toxins haunt Atlanta’s underpasses and sidewalks?  Leaking materials can be hazardous to wildlife and people.  It’s time to ask the necessary questions and clean up Atlanta’s underpasses and sidewalks.

This article’s photo shows the underside of the CSX train tracks bridge near the MARTA King Memorial Station.

Update — 4/2/2014 — MARTA stated on FaceBook that CSX, not MARTA, owns the train racks mentioned in this post.

Many underpass areas I have observed have some form of pollution, but the underpass off of Grant street is just frightening.

If you look at the pigeon population near facilities with pollution, a number of them have deformed feet, which leads me to wonder if they are being affected by chemicals that could be causing these deformities.

So, one burning question: what is leaking from underneath the tracks, and how toxic is it?

NOTE: This article was edited to reflect the results of a MARTA inquiry. CSX is alleged to be the owner of the tracks.

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Austell Rd – Car wrapped around tree in accident – 03/22/2014

MARIETTA — A driver is alleged by an unknown witness on the scene to have sped northbound on Austell Road only to wrap his white car around a tree in the 2500 block of Austell Road.  The videos have the incorrect date.  The date of the accident is 3/22/2014.

The car was spotted approximately 50 feet off of the roadway, completely obliterated.  The driver was extricated with a chainsaw and the jaws of life by a Fire-Rescue crew of over a dozen people and was sent to hospital via ambulance.  A search crew found no other survivors.  Pictures and videos credit to Amy Barnes of Marietta, GA.

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Here is the video of the driver being loaded into the ambulance:
http://youtu.be/x4G8Q7GwxfQ

Here is the video of the scene of the wreck:
http://youtu.be/VjmL0W90UFo

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