The Next Chapter or The Last?

The NYT deigns to notice that its southern relation is moving its digs. In a move to cut costs, the AJC is relocating to Dunwoody. What that means to non-Atlantans:

Dunwoody is not only outside city limits, it is what Atlantans call O.T.P., or “outside the perimeter,” the freeway loop that, at least in psycho-geographical terms, delineates the transition from city to endless suburbia.

It appears “What Would Henry Grady Do?” no longer applies.

Two former employees (both “retired”) weigh in,

“By leaving 72 Marietta Street,” said Maria Saporta, who worked at the newspaper for 27 years before taking a buyout that was part of a major downsizing, “The Atlanta Journal and Constitution is leaving Henry Grady behind in more ways than one.”

[…] Jim Auchmutey, another veteran journalist who took a buyout, said the move was probably not traumatic for his former colleagues in comparison to losing more than half the staff. But he himself found it difficult.

“It meant something to me that I was walking right past Henry Grady’s statue,” Mr. Auchmutey said. “It meant something to me that we had been down there since the Civil War. I could feel all those ghosts. I know there’s history in Dunwoody, too, but it’s not the history of this newspaper.”

I wonder how long it will be before Ted Turner bulldozes the property (next to CNN Center) and builds a mega-plex parking garage/movie theater.

The move is part of a desperate bid by Cox Newspapers, the owner, to salvage the newspaper’s bottom line, which has been battered by the recession and the declining fortunes of the industry. In six months in 2009, the circulation fell 20 percent, more than any other major American newspaper, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

While the parent company Cox believes they will save money with the move, they have plopped themselves and their employees right down into the ATL TripleNexusOfTrafficEvilness. You need black helicopters and MegaTrons to get through that gauntlet. Daily. My condolences.

I also wonder what my departed uncle, Marine veteran and former AJC Circulation Manager for over 40 years, would have to say about it.

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