Atlanta Nightlife Dead To Tourists?

Atlanta has always operated ass-backwards… why would they attempt to take away the nightlife in the first place? Constantly denying the fact that its one of the biggest sources of revenue for the city. Where else is money coming from?… Thank you, that’s what you get when you have old-ass, country mf’s running the new “City That Never Sleeps” Aside from the weather, the nightlife and the newfound laid-back lifestyle are what attracts visitors and new residents. For the ones complaining about the clubs, move your aging ass to Florida. We still have some living to do.

“Atlanta’s Lack of Nightlife Leaves Visitors Bored”
by Leon Stafford
originally from ajc.com : Source
When it comes to efforts to lure conventioneers, Atlanta’s got the hotels, the easy access to the city via the nation’s busiest airport and even the attractions with the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola.
Now what the city needs is a little more nightlife.
That’s one of the challenges hospitality officials are facing as they look at how to strengthen the city’s hand in 2009, which many expect to be a very tough economic year.
And it’s a 180-degree change for a city that was once considered a party town because of Buckhead. For years, visitors flocked to the city because of the area’s nightlife, with clubs staying open until 3 a.m. and some operating 24 hours. The city also was notorious for its adult entertainment, though officials never boasted that attribute.
Moves to curtail hours and efforts to revitalize Buckhead with high-end development have effectively killed its party reputation.
Earlier this month, William Pate, incoming president of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, told members of the board of the Georgia World Congress Center that the city is well-positioned to win convention business because of such assets as the convention center, some of the most affordable room rates in the country and more awareness of the cultural activities offered here.
But downtown, where most of the conventions take place, is missing the after-hours component.
“We are doing very well on the business end of things, but don’t have enough nightlife,” he said. “Our attendees are telling us they are bored with Atlanta.”
Keeping conventioneers coming is critical to Atlanta’s $11.4 billion tourism industry. Conventioneers’ dollars keep hotels and restaurants full and help keep businesses like florists, caterers and linens suppliers operating.
Both ACVB and GWCC board members agreed that getting nightlife downtown is easier said than done. To attract after-hours hotspots, more residents will have to move downtown and suburbanites, many of whom view the area as unsafe, will have to visit more frequently than an occasional sporting event.
Otherwise, said GWCC board member Tom Bell, the businesses will have to rely on convention traffic, which is not the best plan for a bottom line. For instance, 75 percent of sales for some downtown restaurants come from visitors.
“It just really doesn’t work,” said Bell, head of developer Cousins Properties, which moved its headquarters from Cobb County to downtown to help revitalize the area.
While nightlife downtown is not as pervasive as it was in Buckhead during the area’s heyday, it is not nonexistent. Several clubs operate at Underground Atlanta, and the Tabernacle brings throngs of concertgoers to the area on a regular basis. A handful of restaurants also has become popular at night.
Still, much of the city’s inner core is deserted after the business day is done, adding to the perception that downtown is dangerous. In addition, metro Atlanta has more than one urban center, which gives investors in nightlife many options beyond downtown.
“These are some of the things we are confronting,” Bell said.
There are signs of hope, the leaders said. The city is doing more to address the panhandling issue, which has bedeviled Atlanta for years.
Undercover police officers are making more arrests of panhandlers and hospitality officials are working harder to educate visitors about the problem in advance. And more residential units are being built downtown, such as Atlanta-based Novare Group’s Twelve Centennial Park and the condominium component of the new W Hotel downtown.

Katrina and the Race war!

Ahhhh the sweet smell of cover-up.
We have all heard some of the sad stories that occurred during our Governments miss-management in N.O.
I think this video adds another charcoal to the grill.
The problem I have is that most of the racist we find are so poor that they have to create someone less than them and they do this by creating separation with race.

Hollyweerd is still grinding.

People always ask me what Hollyweerd has been up to. I’ve had at-length discussions about whether or not they “dropped the ball” with getting their first underground smash hit “Weirdo” to give them first-in-line access to the gravy train. Anytime you have entire highschools doing your dance, you’ve hit the jackpot. Truth is that these brothers stay busy. They haven’t stopped putting out new music, they haven’t slowed on their grind and they still pack the house in clubs around Atlanta. Don’t worry about what THEY are doing, Hollyweerd should be just fine. If they continue to work the way they have, the industry will come to THEM.

ATL’s Hollyweerd has remixed Kid Cudi’s Day N Nite.

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Season’s Greetings from Dj Jelly…

Dj Jelly’s Crunk Xmas mix

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BOYS TO MEN – LET IT SNOW (PLANET ROCK MIX)
THE JACKSON’S – SANTA CLAUSE IS COMING TO TOWN (bass mix)
69 BOYS – WHAT WHAT YOU WANT FOR X-MAS
JINGGLE BELLS AND WISH YOU A MERRY X-MAS MEDLEY (SOUTHERN STYLE)
THE JACKSONS – I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUSE (ELECTRO MIX)
THE EMOTIONS – WHAT DO THE LONELY DO AT X-MAS (WORK OUT MIX)
ALEXANDER O’NEAL – MY GIFT TO YOU (122 MIX)
SILENT NIGHT (MIAMI STYLE)
THE TEMPTATIONS – GIVE LOVE ON X-MAS DAY (122 RMX)
THE ISLEY BROS – YOUR MY SPECIAL GIFT (SIBERIAN NIGHT RMX)
NEW EDITION – X-MAS ALL OVER THE WORLD (PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK BLEND)
CARLY THOMAS – GEE WHIZ, IT’S CHRITMAS (BASS MIX)
TLC – SLEIGH RIDE
DONNIE HATHAWAY – THIS CHRISTMAS (HOOD MIX)
OUTKAST – PLAYAS BALL (X-MAS BLUES REMIX)
RUN-DMC – X-MAS IN HOLLIS
69 BOYS – WHAT YOU WANT FOR X-MAS REMIX
BLAZED – SILENT NIGHT (NEW RnB FROM BIG OOMP)
MARY J BLIGE – CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY FT ANGIE MARTINEZ
KEYSHA COLE – HAVE YOUR SELF A MERRY LIL CHRISTMAS 09
DOGG POUND – SANTA COMING STRAIGHT TO THE GHETTO
BLAZED – I NEED YOU (BIG OOMP RnB-WITH A BULLET!)
THE TEMPTATIONS – SILENT NIGHT
VIC, BOB – HOT

Analogue Atlanta #12: Story Tellers

The city of Atlanta is not without her share of stories, in this episode of Analogue Atlanta I speak with Echo Atlanta, a project bringing Atlanta’s location specific stories to the masses…I also sat down with Cathy Byrd of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University about her ambitious project and book Re:constructing Atlanta … and Finally, up and coming Film Director Cystle Clear Roberson… Music featured in this pod from Atlanta Artists: Wale Oyejide, Collective Efforts, Atlas Sound, Dj Variable,GooDie moB, Kilo Ali and Real Editors.

To All Readers in the North: Stay Inside

Current reports are saying that more blizzard-like weather is on the way, so stay in! This used to be completely normal for ya’ll anyway, but its been a while (you have nothing to prove). Meanwhile, it feels like August just days from Christmas in GA! Saw a couple of kids on my street with no shoes on, that should not be going on period, but especially in December. Global warming has always been ignored, I know a lot of people weren’t listening in class. It’s important enough to get its own category, so look for more information on what we can all do to educate our friends and family. I mean… it’s a blizzard, but doesn’t this string of storms seem a little violent? Dang, and I was gonna go to NY for NYEve, guess not this year.

Finally Getting Into The Swing of Things

Man, this cold really has had me slippin’ on my postings, so I’m taking this weekend to tighten up a bit around here. Things are starting to get a little busier as far as the news and the rate that our lives are changing. Never really realized how many people aren’t informed, that’s dangerous. Keepin’ you in the know.
One thing that always shocks people is the amount of violence going on these days, gun sales are up everywhere. One place where this has always been a reality is New Orleans, though many have the slightest idea what goes on in the Big Easy. Let’s just say this, maybe you thought you knew, but trust me, you have no idea. 60 day murders? Codes of silence like no other, Falujah-style murders, and how are these cats able to talk so freely about this?

STANZA


ATL MC STANZA
Originally uploaded by Dominick Brady

The man’s name is STANZA. Yet another Rapper out of College Park I’ve run across lately. If you logon to his email list you can find his 2006 project “Name this Album”. He’s got more in the works, and we’ll catch up with him on an upcoming Analogue Atlanta. Hopefully by then I will have caught up with Fewture as well. Some cats are just hard to get in contact with.

STANZA


ATL MC STANZA
Originally uploaded by Dominick Brady

The man’s name is STANZA. Yet another Rapper out of College Park I’ve run across lately. If you logon to his email list you can find his 2006 project “Name this Album”. He’s got more in the works, and we’ll catch up with him on an upcoming Analogue Atlanta. Hopefully by then I will have caught up with Fewture as well. Some cats are just hard to get in contact with.