Midtown No Cruising Signs Changing

"Secret Atlanta" website describes city street prostitution as being concentrated in Midtown among other areas.

Today’s Midtown Patch Picture of Day comes by way of the Atlanta City Council’s recent approval to extend Midtown’s no-cruising ordinance by three hours.

The extension came about from a proposal by District 2 Councilman Kwanza Hall in an effort to help combat the persistent prostitution issue around residences and businesses in Midtown.

The former no-cruising zone ordinance, which made it illegal to pass a control point more than twice within a two-hour period, extended from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. But as many Midtowners know, those early morning hours just before sunrise are very active for prostitution in the area.

Under the new ordinance, the new no-cruising ordinance will be in effect until 7 a.m. It doesn’t take effect until the posted signs have been changed accordingly. As one can see by this photo taken Wednesday on Juniper Street, some of those Midtown signs have been changed. But not all.

Midtown has been plagued with pockets of prostitution for decades. No cruising zones in Midtown include:

· Cypress Street 5th Street to Peachtree Place // Cypress Street Peachtree Street to West Peachtree Street // Seventh Street West Peachtree Street to Peachtree Street

· Piedmont Park - 10th Street Monroe and Piedmont Avenue // Piedmont Avenue 10th to Monroe

· Midtown - 4th Street // 5th Street // 6th Street // Charles Allen Drive // Vedado Way // Lakeview Avenue // St. Charles Avenue // St. Charles Way // Ponce De Leon Court // Greenwood Avenue // Monroe Circle // Ponce De Leon Avenue // Durant Place // Argonne Avenue // Myrtle Street

There’s a website called Secret Atlanta, which claims to present a “collection of links to the interesting and unusual Atlanta entertainment and attractions that few visitors ever see during a typical visit.”

Some of the categories listed with links include, “Swingers”, “Alt Sex”, and “Nudist.”

There’s even a section on the home page listing Atlanta spots for prostitutes. According to the site:

Local street prostitutes are concentrated in Midtown, at the neighborhood's southern end, between Fourth Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue. The southwest Atlanta neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, Metropolitan and McDaniel are also favorite spots. There are a lot of hookers hanging around the Travelodge Atlanta Six Flags, in southwest Atlanta. 

Transgender prostitutes frequent Piedmont Avenue and 3rd, 4th and Juniper streets. Young, gay men frequent the MARTA station along 10th Street and Peachtree Place. 

The going rate is between $20 and $40. Law enforcement activity increases dramatically during the summer.

The site goes on to say that it does not endorse sex with prostitutes for various reasons, including the fact that soliciting street prostitutes for sex is illegal and dangerous.

Ya think?

Shawn Gingrich August 22, 2012 at 07:44 PM
It really doesn't do any good to extend the no-cruising hours if the police do not enforce it. I live at 7th and Cypress and prostitutes are out there at any time of day during the weekend and I see plenty of cars "cruising" around the block multiple times without consequence.
Tammy August 22, 2012 at 07:59 PM
It makes people feel better when they put up the signs. Just like gates at an apartment complex.
Marc Acampora August 22, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I wonder if the law could apply to people too. Sit outside at Marlows or ecco and observe the same person, almost always black males, walk around the block over and over and over. Obviously they're not just exercising, running errands, or lost.
Tim August 23, 2012 at 01:08 PM
This is a silly sign and law...lets make a completely legal act illegal in certain areas, and then not enforce it. Why not make the actual crime have a harsher sentence? Or does that make too much sense? Its hard to believe we are so willing to give up more and more of our rights and freedoms so willingly, but I guess we get what we deserve.
Chris H August 23, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Shawn, I see those same criminals at 7th and Cypress. I have to cross through there several times a week walking back to the Midtown MARTA station at night and it's no fun. They are so blatant too. I've even seen drug deals going on right on the Ecco steps with tons of people inside.
Webmaster August 24, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Hey, thanks for singling out my Secret Atlanta web site http://atlanta.secretcity.us/ after you had already posted the same information yourself here: http://midtown.patch.com/articles/can-midtown-rid-itself-of-prostitution Anyone can do a Google search on "Atlanta prostitutes" or "Atlanta hookers" and get the same or better information from a variety of places. As you noted, I already had an extensive set of warnings on my site: SecretCity does not endorse sex with prostitutes because there's no such thing as "safe sex" with a prostitute. Soliciting street prostitutes for sex is illegal and dangerous. Depending on local laws, you can be arrested, have your car impounded, be put in jail, fined, forced to go to counseling, tested for disease, and have your picture shown on TV, published on the web or in a newspaper. Also streetwalkers typically congregate in high-crime areas where you can be victimized in numerous ways. If you plan to have sexual contact with a prostitute, buy a condom first and don't forget to use it. Today (after hearing from some anonymous "concerned citizen") I added the following: "A new city ordinance designates many of these areas as "no cruising" zones from 7PM to 7AM and signs are posted. Much of the area is also under surveillance by security cameras." Thanks for the link. At least I'll get some more traffic out of this, and more traffic = more money. webmaster Secret Atlanta
Drewboo August 27, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I really hate these signs... and that you only find them in Midtown where the majority of gay residents live. Everyone I talk to generally makes fun of West Peachtree & 3rd and being where many prostitutes are spotted. I even rode with a prostitute on the Tech Trolley once. That was interesting. Its already one thing that Atlanta has one of the more vibrant gay communities in the US but no kind of "appreciative" displays like rainbow monuments/markers like in other world-class cities, but to have these highly offensive signs posted at all the gayest areas of Atlanta, it just highly irritates me.
Tammy August 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Rainbow monuments might scare families though. Oh the horror.


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