Crime Spree!

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

7 Comments so far

  1. scott partee (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 10:18 am

    Well, you aren’t missing much in the “current” seedy underground Midtown. Those areas, before redevelopment, were notorious as the main drag for gay male prostitutes. In fact, if you ever go look at the new twin towers condo development (Concourse Place?) next to the Cheetah, you’ll see this squat little apartment building. My friend lived there for a couple years in the 90s, and I can assure you it was a very fascinating vantage point to watch all the shadiness unfold.

    At that time, the Biltmore was vacant and occasionally filled with the homeless and/or “partying” set. By partying, I mean suburban-looking redneck teens hooking up with some meth and a moustached “stallion” wearing high top sneakers and a backward baseball cap who happened to stand around on Crescent Avenue a lot.

    Also, Peachtree street South of Colony Square all the way to downtown was somewhat shady. Most of what you see now wasn’t there — lots of boarded up buildings.

    Additionally, in the “nice” part of Midtown, where all the houses are huge and beautiful and the streets are tree-lined, a guy I know was dropping off his date when a man approached the car with a gun drawn, fired a single shot into his side, attempted to pull him out of the car, then ran. The guy survived, but it definitely left an impression on me. In fact, I still think of Midtown as slightly “shady” even though it seems to not really be the case (I hang out there all week for work, and spend some evening time there as well).

    I have the same feelings for Cabbage Town, which was extremely rough when I first moved to Atlanta and has since been nearly completely taken over by the affluent and transient set. I still can’t get past finding a bloody crowbar on the sidewalk and, on a different occasion, finding a butcher knive, crow bar and sharpened chisel sitting under a bush near Esther Peachey LaFevre (Spelling?) Park. Plus, for some reason, everyone’s tires got slashed periodically back then (mid ’90s).


  2. Lisa (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 10:33 am

    Living in midtown is no joke- you do have to be aware of your surroundings because some of those streets are still very dangerous. I used to live off Charles Allen St. which was near Boulevard and I saw some seriously scary stuff. I’ve been grabbed through the sunroof in my car at the gas station, and my roommate witnessed a fight where a crack lady was beaten down with a brick on her head by her husband. She refused to go to the hospital because she was waiting to meet her dealer. This lady was bleeding all over the street from her head. My god. If I had kids, I probably wouldn’t live on Charles Allen St. Midtown is certainly much safer, but the crime element still exists there and one must always take precautions at night.


  3. Briam (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 10:36 am

    I lived on Myrtle for a few years in the 90s when I was going to Tech…. I remember the prostitutes… the drug drop offs… But at the time, I considered it city flavor.


  4. Kent (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 10:42 am

    I’ve heard the stories about shady Midtown before. I guess after living in New Orleans, Philadelphia, and DC, the “nice” area of Midtown (closer to Piedmont than Boulevard) seems like Disneyland.

    Now the closer you get to North Avenue and to Boulevard, yeah, the scarier it gets.


  5. Lori (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 12:04 pm

    I live off Monroe between Piedmont Park and Ponce (where it then turns into Boulevard). Yeah, it’s nice. Big, expensive houses, families, Midtown Arts, etc., but it is still a city. Crime happens everywhere. Candler Park is a “nice” part of town, but a woman was assaulted and raped while jogging alone at night. You just have to be careful everywhere.


  6. chase (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 4:24 pm

    Oh, joy. I live right in the middle of it all. I guess I should stop telling friends to park on Myrtle when they visit. :)


  7. Rusty (unregistered) on December 28th, 2005 @ 7:45 am

    I live north on monroe near amsterdam (closer to piedmont then to ponce). Recently, crime has spiked here as well. Believe me, no disneyland!

    Crime happens everywhere but those who accept it and do nothing about it are part of the problem. Thos who find a way to get more police participation, community involvement and response and take the worst of these evil losers off the street can create what the Virginia Highlands enjoys. Crime still hapens there but you’d NEVER be pulled from a car sunroof at the gas station on N.Highland and Virginia. Its only a mile from the gas station on Monroe and Ponce where such a thing wouldn’t even surprise me.



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