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Old 09-03-2010, 10:03 PM
 
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It was a one-time event in the early 1980s sponsored by a bunch of radio stations. Every building in town burned all their lights for one night, with spotlights and fireworks and live concerts in the streets all over town. Something like a million people converged on downtown and the cost for security protection ensured it never happened again.

I was in high school. I remember we rode MARTA and the trains were jam PACKED and it was fun and scary all at the same time.
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:58 AM
 
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I vaguely remember this, but not as much as you do. I am sure some others here may recall this event.
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:23 PM
 
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I remember it very well, in that we got caught right in the thick of it.

They actually tried this several times, and it sounded like an excellent idea. The notion was that downtown buildings would stay lit up into the evening, the streets would be blocked off for pedestrians only, and the bars and restaurants would stay open late.

Sadly, as is so often the case in our fair city, the idiot element took over. Fights broke out and bottles were being thrown. We literally had to fight our way to safety. I got hit in the ear by a hard object and sustained a gash that required several stitches. I had tinnitus for a year and my hearing is still not good on that side.

This was on Peachtree in front of Woodruff Park. As violence increased, some sections of the crowd began to stampede, and I knew several people who got pretty seriously roughed up just by the mass of fleeing humanity. There were similar scenarios up and down Peachtree.

I think there was at least one death when a man fired a gun in apparent self-defense. I may be mistaken but I believe he was vindicated by the circumstances and charges were dropped.

The city fathers (CAP, etc.) vowed to try again the next year but there was no support for it. The reputation of downtown, already in decline, suffered even more and the remaining restaurants such as Herren's took a huge hit. Some say it was the final nail in the coffin for downtown, as a number of businesses which had long anchored Five Points made plans to move to Buckhead, Midtown and out into the suburbs.

Too bad, really. Downtown Atlanta used to be the center of activity and prestige.

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Old 01-10-2012, 02:10 PM
 
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Just joined City Forum and saw this. Yes - we produced this under Intown Incorporated with Star 94 radio station which was then WQXI and the #1 radio station in the market. Worked many many nights and weekends on this. Was very successful but way too big for the city to handle on an annual basis. Too bad! Susan Guerrero Praver
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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I remember it because a friend of mine who is a photographer got some incredible pictures of the downtown buildings . Took them
all from various points on the Georgia Tech campus. They were awesome. I would so love to have copies of them now.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:50 PM
 
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It happened for several years as I recall....1983, 1984 maybe....the usual suspects ruined it.......
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:06 PM
 
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It was a one-time event in the early 1980s sponsored by a bunch of radio stations. Every building in town burned all their lights for one night, with spotlights and fireworks and live concerts in the streets all over town. Something like a million people converged on downtown and the cost for security protection ensured it never happened again.

I was in high school. I remember we rode MARTA and the trains were jam PACKED and it was fun and scary all at the same time.
I think it did happen more than once.


I was at one of them. I had an awesome view of the event--from the top of my father's shoulders.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:09 PM
 
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http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/David_C...u_****ing_Baby


From David Cross (a comedian born and raised in Atlanta):

"Here's a little what it was like for me growing up in Atlanta... They had this ill-fated thing called 'Light Up Atlanta'. So, I'm standing in line... I tap the guy in front of me and say, 'Uh, excuse me, can you tell me if this is the line for the beer, or the line to get the tickets to get the beer.' [long pause] 'I dunno, [expletive].' I don't know, [expletive]? What? What did I do? Was it because I was [committing a sin] at the time?"
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:24 AM
 
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David Cross - Wikiquote


From David Cross (a comedian born and raised in Atlanta):

"Here's a little what it was like for me growing up in Atlanta... They had this ill-fated thing called 'Light Up Atlanta'. So, I'm standing in line... I tap the guy in front of me and say, 'Uh, excuse me, can you tell me if this is the line for the beer, or the line to get the tickets to get the beer.' [long pause] 'I dunno, [expletive].' I don't know, [expletive]? What? What did I do? Was it because I was [committing a sin] at the time?"
His routines about growing up in Atlanta are hilarious. I've listened to that bit a bunch.
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:48 PM
 
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Yeah, the only way I've heard about it is through that David Cross bit.

Here's a site with the audio(not for those who are offended by colorful language):

David Cross :: Doesn’t Like Atlanta – Rollo & Grady: Los Angeles Music Blog
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