Magazine article Newsweek

Olympics: Not Only Divers Work Topless; Fighting over a 'Modeling studio.'(Atlanta, GA, Adult Entertainment Clubs)

Magazine article Newsweek

Olympics: Not Only Divers Work Topless; Fighting over a 'Modeling studio.'(Atlanta, GA, Adult Entertainment Clubs)

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In Atlanta they are called "Lingerie modeling studios." In practice, they offer private sessions with young women who, among other things, strut about in their underwear. Most locals pretty much ignore the whole business except when a visitor asks where the action is. This summer, though, the whole world is coming to Atlanta for the Summer Olympics, and this bit of rococo Southern hospitality is embarrassing city officials.

As it so often is when morality and real estate intersect, the problem is one of location. To give Games-goers a place to go in the midday sun, both the Olympic organizers and Coca-cola have invested millions of dollars to create hospitality parks in the center of town. While all of that was being planned, one enterprising businessman leased space directly across the street from one of these parks with a plan of his own: to open the XCLUSIVE! Lingerie Studio. Ted Parabak has painted the currently empty building a fetching purple and green and put up a sign and intends to wait for the overflow from the other Games in town.

At first, a city agency dutifully approved his plans. But a highly perturbed Mayor Bill Campbell sent the application back to the city's License Review Board. He argues that the Lingerie Studio violates city zoning, which requires a 1,000-foot buffer between such establishments and public spaces where children may be present. XCLUSIVE is only 400 feet from Centennial Park, says Campbell, who's also concerned that a lingerie joint is not compatible with the area's post-Olympics development.

A jump start: Parabak's lawyer Alan Begner threatens to sue if the license is rejected. …

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