Atlanta news and notes: Nov. 5, 2014

Photo via Leo A Daly architecture


Instead of writing four separate posts on these pieces of news and fun, here’s a small, snackable recap on all four stories in one spot. This is an experiment, which I hope you’ll enjoy.

Atlanta Ferris wheel getting a new neighbor?

Atlanta Ferris wheel

Downtown Atlanta’s 20-story Ferris wheel has been a big hit since it opened in 2013. Now, rumors are swirling that there might be another attraction coming next door.

Hello, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.

It’s far from a done deal, and even the rumors have yet to be confirmed, according to Curbed Atlanta. But there is an empty parking lot next to the big wheel, and it’s prime real estate for businesses that may want to capitalize on the area’s success.

The image to the right shows a similar setup with a Ferris wheel and Margaritaville in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Taco Mac to open at Cumberland Mall, but …

Photo via Smyrna Patch
Photo via Smyrna Patch

One of Atlanta’s best treasures, in my opinion, is Taco Mac. Now, another one is set to open in an area that sorely needed the franchise’s presence.

Located at the corner of Cobb Parkway and Cumberland Boulevard, the new T. Mac is expected to open Nov. 10 to great fanfare, Smyrna Patch reports.

The new restaurant will be located just over a mile from the new Suntrust Park when the Braves begin play in Cobb County in 2017. But that’s the problem I have with it.

I was quite hopeful that the Braves would allow Taco Mac to build a restaurant in the new fan plaza, which would give me an excuse to go to the ballpark without actually having to go to the ballpark. I want the new stadium’s exterior to be lined with restaurants and bars so I don’t always have to buy a ticket to get the baseball experience.

Now, it’s unlikely that one of my first choices for eateries – T. Mac – won’t be at the FanPlex, since there’s a brand-new one opening nearby. But the Braves could prove me wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time if they did.

Look at these beautiful new libraries

Photo via Leo A Daly architecture
Photo via Leo A Daly architecture

There’s no doubt that art and education needs to be better funded in Georgia. What better place to start than with the design of our community’s libraries?

Curbed Atlanta posted photos of the first of several new architecturally-flashy libraries in South Fulton County. The image above shows the $7 million Wolf Creek Library, which is not only stunning but also LEED Silver-certified.

Using a welcoming building style and lots of natural light, the designers of these eight new libraries in Fulton County are hopeful these attractive structures will lead to a revival of library interest.

You can see more photos of Wolf Creek Library at Curbed Atlanta.

A big Election Day mishap

Creative Loafing/Marshall Rancifer
Creative Loafing/Marshall Rancifer

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware that Election Day was Tuesday, Nov. 4. But according to a Reddit thread, these signs were beginning to show up in some spots around Atlanta.

Let’s assume that the signs were a sarcastic attempt to confuse voters. I have a sense of humor that sees these signs as silly, but I could also understand why they would irritate others.

Either way, you have to admit that these signs were witty as they cropped up around the city.

Another life saved at Grady?

Image via Reddit
Image via Reddit

If you watch “The Walking Dead,” you’ll understand this fake advertisement for Grady Memorial Hospital. If not, get on-board and watch it already.

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