The Georgia Department of Transportation appears to be backing off plans to add bike lanes to a portion of Peachtree Road through Buckhead, according to the AJC. GDOT hasn’t announced its decision, which is expected soon, but people familiar with the agency’s plans say the bike lanes have been killed. “It’s my understanding that the bike lanes are not going to be done,” Sam Massell, president of the Buckhead Coalition, was quoted as saying. The coalition recently wrote DOT a letter opposing the lanes and saying they were unpopular in the community. DOT this week said it had received thousands of comments on the bike lane proposal. DOT officials have proposed adding a central turn lane on Peachtree between Pharr and Deering roads and bike lanes along Peachtree from Deering to Peachtree Battle Avenue.
Atlanta Police have released a video of the attempted bank robbery at 1st Citizens Bank, 94 Peachtree Street, on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. The man passed a note to the teller that threatened to do harm to her unless she gave him money. The teller pushed the panic button, which prompted the man to run out of the bank down Martin Luther King Jr. Watch the video at this link. Any information on the case can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at (404) 577-8477.
A Half Price Books is opening in Decatur’s Suburban Plaza next spring, according to a report at Decaturish. Unlike most new book stores, Half Price will buy used books from customers, have discounted overstock and New York Times bestsellers as part of its merchandise mix. The store will also sell CDs, DVDs and vinyl. Another new bookstore, Cover Books, also recently opened on the Westside of Atlanta at 1031 Marietta St. Cover focuses on art, design, food, wine, photography books, which are passions of owner Katie Barringer, according to a story in Creative Loafing.