Atlanta: Exercise in Duality

It struck me last week while I was shopping at the Jewish Kroger (that is what I call it, anyway) at Lavista and North Druid Hills, that one of the things I love about Atlanta is the duality of the city. Atlanta is at once backwards and cosmopolitan, southern and multicultural, small-town and worldly.

Only in Atlanta does a large Jewish population reside in Merry Hills subdivision on a street named Christmas Lane. Only in Atlanta could you be shopping at Kroger, listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” piping through the store, when they suddenly break in on the loudspeaker to announce: “Rabbi Shwartz, you have a call on line one. Rabbi, line one.”

Sometimes I just love this city.

18 Comments so far

  1. George Burdell (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 10:08 am

    Other notable ATL Krogers: Kroghetto (Ponce de Leon @City Hall East) and Krogay (Ansley Mall).

  2. Annie (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 10:15 am

    Don’t forget Disco Kroger in Buckhead!

  3. danielle (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

    Dude, that’s the Kosher Kroger! I always heard of the Kroger on Ponce as the Murder Kroger, and the last time I was at the Disco Kroger, it actually printed their nickname on the receipt.

  4. codymc (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 12:45 pm

    I always called the Ponce Kroger the Shotgun Kroger

  5. abby (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 3:17 pm

    ha! we live a short walk from Kroghetto — I’ve heard it called Murder Kroger and Scary Kroger but Shotgun Kroger works, too. That parking lot is prominently featured in a great episode of COPS in the mid- or late-90’s.

  6. Annie (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 3:40 pm

    Yeah, I’ve heard it called Murder Kroger, too. Interesting tidbit about the Cops episode. . . .

  7. BTI (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 4:27 pm

    Killer Kroger was the one I’d always heard. In a few years you can call it Krogentrification.

  8. dixie (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 5:38 pm

    boy are atlantans dumb hicks

  9. Annie (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 8:11 am

    Dixie, what’s your point? I didn’t quite get it. I am a native Atlantan, myself.

  10. codymc (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 11:01 am

    Abbey — is that the one where the to pro’s are caught with another man’s wallet? I love that episode!!!!

  11. abby (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 3:08 pm

    Yup, Cody, that’s the one — I was trying to find a photo or clip to link to, but unfortunately COPS doesn’t have a full archive of their shows. Although I’m pretty sure that if they did, I would have accomplished little to nothing today.

    If my memory serves me correctly, that episode featured a decidedly masculine woman with an ID that wasn’t even close. great one.

  12. jolomo (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 12:59 am

    Surely you mean the “Crack Kroger” on Ponce where pan-handling happens while you are in the checkout line. It’s so special

  13. George Burdell (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 8:51 am

    I’ve never had pan-handling while on line (and I go there weekly), but I have had someone try to sell me a nice looking office chair he was rolling through the parking lot.

  14. codymc (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

    ABBY — great minds think alike — I spent some time searching for it as well — no clip — but I did find out that it was the first episode of the 11 th season.

    this site had the following tidbit:

    CP-1101 24 Oct 98 24 Oct 98 Atlanta: Suspect is questioned after fleeing a traffic stop; transvestites shop with a stolen credit card; in Atlanta.

  15. Leah (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

    Crackroger. That’s what I have been calling it. I had one charge at me after I told them I had no cash. I love that there’s a cop standing outside the store while I shop to make sure I make it to my car without being killed.

  16. danielle (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

    I completely forgot about Baby Kroger – in Decatur on Commerce. It’s itty bitty.

  17. Joeventures (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 10:16 am

    The thing about Merry Hills is that whoever named the streets was sending a subtle message to his girlfriend: Merry Christmas Jody Bramble.

  18. Annie (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 10:49 am

    Joe – very interesting tidbit about Merry Hills. I had never heard that.

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