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MARTA moves forward to build atop rail stations


ATLANTA -- MARTA is asking developers to submit ideas for developing air rights atop four rail stations – Arts Center, Lenox, Midtown and North Avenue.

MARTA is soliciting Project Vision Statements from local and national developers capable of developing the air rights at these stations into vibrant, visionary mixed-use projects that can be upheld as a national standard for its Transit-Oriented Development program, the transit system said in a press release issued Friday.

MARTA has formally released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for air rights development at the stations. The RFEI will be used to gauge market potential and assess which stations are most suitable to be subsequently released for air rights development through an open and competitive Request for Proposals process, MARTA said.

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Original 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' at Center for Puppetry Arts

Original 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' at Center for Puppetry Arts

ATLANTA -- The Center for Puppetry Arts will host a screening of the 1990 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this weekend.

In the film, four turtles are exposed to toxic ooze and mutate into pizza-eating, pop culture-loving ninjas. Under the guidance of their mentor Splinter, the dudes use their newfound Turtle Power to fight crime in New York City.

To celebrate the Center’s 36th anniversary, all ticket holders get a FREE slice of pizza while supplies last! Thanks to Papa John’s for the totally tubular and awesome donation: cowabunga!

The movie will be Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and pizza (and beer and wine for the adults) will be served at 6:15 p.m.

Tickets are free for Center members and $7 for non-members ages 2 and up. They include the movie, dinner and admission to all museum exhibits.

Visit puppet.org to buy tickets.

Self-defense: What you're doing right, wrong

Self-defense: What you're doing right, wrong

(WXIA) -- There have been too many stories lately of women being attacked while exercising on public trails.

These reports sparked a conversation among the Atlanta Alive team, centered around ways to avoid becoming a victim.

So what does a victim look like? With all of today's technology, in a word, distracted. Self-defense experts Cole and Vanessa Parker accompanied 11Alive's Kaitlyn Ross to Piedmont Park to see just how easy it is to become less aware of your surroundings.

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Ponce de Leon Zesto closing

Ponce de Leon Zesto closing

ATLANTA -- The Zesto Drive-In restaurant at 544 Ponce de Leon Avenue will close its doors Sept. 20 after 60 years in business.

The Livaditis family sold the property to an undisclosed buyer, according to Zesto’s website.

The restaurant opened at the spot on Ponce in 1954 and sold only ice cream. The small original walk-up building was razed and rebuilt in 1991. The building, which features a classic diner look, earned the Atlanta Urban Design Commission’s Award for Architectural Excellence in 1991, and has been seen in many TV shows and commercials and feature movies since.

The other five Zesto locations around metro Atlanta will remain open.

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Excitement in the air ahead of Music Midtown


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- With just four days before the shows begin, the excitement is already in the air at Piedmont Park -- home of Music Midtown 2014, which is now a $13 million project and a huge financial boon.

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Nine thousand workers are employed for the week-long set-up and the two days of shows. The steel work for all three main stages is complete, as is the protective plastic, covering the grassy areas around the stages.

Next, the roofs which will hold the 30-foot-wide video screens, the food stands, vendor tents and viewing stands. Those will be put together in time to welcome the 160,000 concertgoers.

PROBE College Fair coming to Atlanta

PROBE College Fair coming to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Atlanta next week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Friday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. It is only open to students in Atlanta Public Schools.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.