I’ve been a little swamped in the real life (ick), so I apologize for my recent lack of pedestrian postings….
Not to be outdone by those thugs in Dalton, I was forwarded this security alert from the Georgia Tech Campus Police concerning the lower Midtown area at the end of last week:
The Atlanta Police Department is reporting a rash of robberies recently occurring near Myrtle Street. Myrtle Street is about a half mile east of the Technology Square area.
Below is a summary of the recent reported incidents:-
Myrtle Street Corridor – June 1 through July 21
052000104 DURANT PL NE ROB-STREET-STRONG ARM @ PDL 7/19/2005
051990422 4TH ST NE ROB-STREET-STRONG ARM @ Myrtle 7/18/2005
051970256 8TH ST NE ROB-STREET-GUN near Myrtle 7/16/2005
051950118 5TH ST NE ROB-STREET-GUN near Myrtle 7/15/2005
051820218 PONCE DE LEON AVE NE ROB-MISC-STRONG ARM near PDL Hotel 7/01/2005
051791058 PONCE DE LEON AVE NE ROB-STREET-OTHER WEAPON @ BVD 6/28/2005
051761877 6TH ST NE ROB-STREET-KNIFE near Myrtle 6/25/2005
0051570110 10TH ST NE ROB-STREET-GUN near Myrtle 6/06/2005
051532189 PONCE DE LEON CT NE ROB-STREET-GUN 6/03/2005
051530090 PIEDMONT AVE NE ROB-STREET-GUN near 5th 6/02/2005
051591266 MYRTLE ST NE ROB-RESIDENCE-GUN near 4th 6/02/2005
051532178 ST CHARLES AVE NE ROB-STREET-GUN 6/02/2005
051521383 MYRTLE ST NE ROB-STREET-STRONG ARM near 10th 6/01/2005
There are no descriptions available at this time.
I emailed the forwarder to see if I could get some times that these incidents occurred, but no luck: they had no information.
I was under the impression that this neighborhood was nice and quiet. My wife and I regularly stroll those streets and we’ve never had any run-ins with “strong arms.” Apparently we’ve just been lucky.
Looking into it a bit more, I found that the area on 4th Street between Myrtle and Piedmont is know as the “prostitution area” by the Midtown Neighbor’s Association. Whodathunkit? I’m missing out on the seedy underbelly of Midtown.
UPDATE: Tonight is the “National Night Out.” The MNA and the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance are hosting a get-out-the-neighborhood event right in the heart of the dreaded Prostitution Area tonight from 5:30-8:00pm.
From the official announcement:
Tuesday, August 02, 2005 (5:30 PM – 8:00 PM)
Take back the neighborhood. MNA and MPSA are sponsoring the 2005 National Night Out this year on 4th Street between Myrtle and Piedmont.
COME JOIN US!
MIDTOWNÔøΩS 3rd ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
HELP US SAY ÔøΩGOODBYE TO CRIMEÔøΩ IN MIDTOWN!
Sponsored by: Midtown Ponce Security Alliance & Midtown NeighborsÔøΩ Association
WHEN? Tuesday Night, August 2nd
TIME? 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
WHERE? 4th Street, Between Piedmont & Myrtle
Why There? This area continues to be a hotbed for prostitution & drug sales ÔøΩ the MPSA, Atlanta Police Dept. and the Zone 5 Community Prosecutor have decided to focus its resources on stopping this activity!
GOOD OLÔøΩ FASHION COOK OUT:
Burgers (Meat & Veggie) & Hot Dogs
Mary MacÔøΩs Peach Cobbler
Soft Drinks & Water
FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT & EDUCATION:
Music Will Be Provided By ÔøΩAll Around SoundÔøΩ (100,000 titles for requests)
KidsÔøΩ Moon Walk
MPSA Patrol Officers
Atlanta Police Department
A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR THEIR DONATIONS:
TLC Rentals, Mary MacÔøΩs Tea Room and the Georgia Soft Drink Association
We Want To Make It Clear To the Criminals That
This Is A ÔøΩGOODBYE PARTYÔøΩ For Them!
To join the sponsoring organizations go to:
www.midtownponce.org or www.midtownatlanta.org