World of Coca-Cola museum demolished for new parking deck

Monday musings

June 17 — The original World of Coca-Cola museum adjacent to Underground Atlanta was demolished last week to make way for a new parking deck.

⛅ Mostly cloudy and 92° today. 

🗣️ Vice President Kamala Harris made her fourth trip to Georgia this year on Friday to speak about economic opportunity at the 100 Black Men of America Conference. The VP returns to Atlanta tomorrow to for a stop gun violence event.

📉 Georgia tax collections continued to fall last month, dropping 1.1% compared to May 2023.

🔎 Atlanta Police continue to investigate the shooting of a man in a Phipps Plaza parking lot on Friday morning. 

🎗️ Georgia poultry icon Abit Massey, who led the Georgia Poultry Federation for 48 years, died Saturday at 96.

🍣 Chef Leonard Yu is opening a second location of Omakase Table at Buckhead Landing next year.

💵 The first ARTBEAT visual and performing showcase hosted by the Sandy Springs Arts Foundation raised $50,000 to support local schools.

⚽ In local soccer news, Atlanta United tied Houston and officially sold Giorgos GiakoumakisDecatur FC lost its first game ever. 


🏆 “Stereophonic” was the big winner at last night’s Tony Awards, claiming best play, and four other awards. “The Outsiders,” based on the classic S.E. Hinton young adult novel, won best musical. Daniel Radcliffe won his first Tony for his role in “Merrily We Roll Along.” 

⛳ Bryson DeChambeau beat Rory McIlroy by one stroke to win golf’s U.S. Open, his second major championship.

😧 Riders were stranded upside down for about 30 minutes Saturday when the AtmosFEAR attraction malfunctioned at a Portland, OR amusement park.

🕖 Here’s what’s in today’s newsletter:

• North DeKalb Mall demolition 
• Artist Hyland Mather
• Global Headlines
• Look & Listen

Have a great week,
Collin & Sammie

🎊 All are welcome! Juneteenth at City Springs, June 19, 5:00 p.m. Presented by the City of Sandy Springs, the celebration includes family-friendly fun, a performance of “From Africa to America,” an interactive art exhibit, African dance, drum circle, and genealogy exhibit! 


Photo courtesy of EDENS

1. Demolition of North DeKalb Mall begins June 26 to make way for Lulah Hills

🏗️ Demolition will begin at the former North DeKalb Mall site on June 26 to pave the way for a new mixed-use development called Lulah Hills.

“Saying goodbye is never easy,” said a press release from developer EDENS. “North DeKalb Mall has been an integral part of this community for nearly 60 years. Now the time has come for a new chapter in this story. Please join us as we officially make way for Lulah Hills.”

Demolition of the mall, located at 2042 Lawrenceville Hwy., is set to start at 10 a.m.

➡️ Learn more about the new development here.

Summer Fridays Are a Vibe at Perimeter


🎸 Stay for the 5-to-9 and bring the family to the newly refreshed Park Place courtyard this Fri., June 21, from 4-7 p.m., with live music by Michael Magno and Posh Polloi. 

Enjoy food and drink specials, outdoor games, and a vibrant summer atmosphere in this revitalized community space. Free and open to the public.

Made possible by Create Dunwoody, with support from WABE, EDENS, and thePerimeter Community Improvement Districts

🌞 See you there!

Photo by Isadora Pennington

2. Artist Hyland Mather translates plastic waste to meaningful art in Midtown

♻️ A new 3-D art installation recently appeared on the side of Colony Square in Midtown. The work intends to confront perceptions around the prevalence of plastics in our society and our role as consumers. “Nice Time,” a public art piece constructed of recycled plastic, was recently completed by artist Hyland Mather.

Mather, who was born in Oregon and grew up in Alaska, now splits his time between Amsterdam, where he is the gallery director of the Straat Museum, and the Holdout, a farm he owns with his partner Mando on the Silver Coast of Portugal. Working under the pseudonym The Lost Object since 2013, he is best known for his large-scale, wall-hanging wooden assemblage works. 

“Nice Time” is a project coordinated by Plastics Reimagined and the ALPLA plastic fabrication company in Blacksville, GA. 

💚 Learn more about Mather’s work here.

3. Bibi dissolves war cabinet; Kemp in Korea

🇮🇱 Israel’s war cabinet was dissolved today by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a move that comes a week after respected centrist Benny Gantz left the cabinet. Over the weekend, the IDF announced it would pause daily military operations in parts of Gaza to allow for more humanitarian aid to flow. 

🇰🇷 Following significant Korean investments in Georgia’s EV sector, Gov. Brian Kemp visited South Korea, emphasizing Georgia’s role in clean-energy industries and celebrating economic partnerships.

🇷🇺 The espionage trial of WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich, accused by Russia of gathering secret information for the CIA, will start on June 26 and will be held behind closed doors.

🇸🇦 Millions of pilgrims in Saudi Arabia marked the final rites of the Hajj as Eid al-Adha celebrations start for Muslims. Sun and soaring temperatures killed at least 14 Jordanians and sickened thousands.  

🇨🇭 Switzerland hosted the first Peace Summit on Ukraine to “develop a common understanding of a path towards a just and lasting peace in Ukraine.”

🇫🇷 Campaigning begins today for France’s upcoming snap election.

🇮🇩 Indonesia is taking a hard stance against online gambling, which its president said was “sucking the people’s blood dry.”

🇲🇼 Thousands of mourners in Malawi attended the funeral of popular Vice President Saulos Chilima who was killed last week in a plane crash.

🇧🇷 Women and men across major cities in Brazil demonstrated against a proposed bill that would equate abortion with homicide. 

🇬🇧 Catherine, Princess of Wales, made her first public appearance since her cancer diagnosis.

🇩🇪 Soccer’s Euro 2024 is underway in ten German cities with Berlin hosting the championship match on July 14. Police in Hamburg fatally shot a man who was allegedly wielding an ax at a fan parade.

🗓️ Bank of America presents the Atlanta Latino GDP Report on Wed., June 26, at Coca-Cola HQ. Join the conversation for a deeper understanding of the economic impact of Atlanta’s Hispanic-Latino population and how companies are responding by tailoring products and supporting diverse workforces. Register here.

🥘 Southern Chefs Potluck is back! Join amazing Chefs Duane Nutter, Anne Quatrano, Rodney Scott, and others as they prepare an epic feast to raise money to make locally grown food affordable for all Georgians — Oct. 6 at Serenbe. Learn more


4. Juneteenth pods

🗓️ Juneteenth, recognized as a federal holiday in 2021, celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans on June 19, 1865, when Union troops arrived in Galveston, TX, announcing freedom for enslaved people. The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 couldn’t be enforced in Confederate areas, delaying freedom until Union forces arrived.

🎧 You’ve probably heard of Nikole Hannah-Jones’ “1619 Project” on the origins of American history. If you’ve ever wanted to hear a podcast discuss it, here is “1619,” which breaks down many aspects of the history and legacy of slavery in America and is hosted by Hannah-Jones. 

✊🏿 “No Small Endeavor” interviewed Civil Rights icon Reverend James Lawson Jr. who passed away last week. Lawson recounts teaching his students about nonviolence and what he remembers about Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and other topics. 

🎙️ “Baby, This is Keke Palmer” dives into one of her questions every week from “Where is Tom from MySpace?” to aliens. 

🏳️‍🌈 In honor of Pride Month, listen to a “Sidedoor” episode about gender-bending singer Gladys Bently, an icon of the Harlem Renaissance. 

📧 Today’s newsletter was edited by Julie E. Bloemeke.

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