Matthew Terrell

Matt Terrell: Save our historic glory holes

Tokyo Valentino is not a historic cultural site for the gay community. It's a place where sleazy men bang, who otherwise don't have a place to bust a queer nut. Look, I'm a liberal, sex-loving gay man, but I ca...

Patrick Saunders: The life of a unicorn

I am a unicorn, aka an Atlanta native. We are a rare, mythical breed, but lo and behold, we do exist. It took me a while to really experience the city of Atlanta itself though. I was raised in the suburbs an...
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Inserection owner seeks to unseat Alex Wan from City Council

Michael Morrison

A brawl may be brewing in the aftermath of the controversial legislation proposed by Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan to oust several adult businesses lining Cheshire Bridge Road.

The council rejected Wan’s proposals in a 9 to 6 vote on June 3, ending months of sometimes bitter debate between residents living in the area and those who own and work at the businesses targeted by Wan’s proposed zoning ordinances. But another battle may just be beginning.

Michael Morrison, owner of Inserection on Cheshire Bridge Road, said he is pleased with the council’s vote, but he is not confident something similar won’t come up in the near future if Wan remains on the council. So Morrison plans to run against Wan, the City Council’s only openly gay member, using his own money if nobody else throws their hat in the ring.

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Food Porn #20: Sex Panic antidote

Food Porn

“No more tits! No more dicks!”

Members of the Clean-up Cheshire Bridge Brigade (CCBB) were marching in a circle in front of a strip joint, chanting and waving signs on the road many call Atlanta’s red-light district.

Their tiny protest circle was in support of gay City Councilman Alex Wan’s effort to de-eroticize Cheshire Bridge. His proposed ordinances to do so have been delayed introduction until May.

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Point: Time to revitalize, not sterilize Cheshire Bridge

At a recent public hearing, a speaker describing Cheshire Bridge Road as “the most wonderful street in Atlanta” drew chuckles from the audience. That the comment elicited laughs sadly captures the disappointment many hold in how the corridor falls far short of its real potential.

Over a decade ago, nearby residents, businesses, property owners and city planners undertook a long, collaborative public process to design a vision for the area. Their work resulted in the Cheshire Bridge Road Study adopted by the city of Atlanta in 1999.

Six years later, the zoning changes corresponding to that plan were enacted, creating two neighborhood commercial (NC) districts along the street, but in the eight years since 2005, no more meaningful progress has been made.