By now — unless you are CNN — you’re probably aware that the “Justin Bieber protest” supposedly organized by residents of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood to discourage the singer from moving to the community was a hoax.
Yes, it turns out a crew of local radio DJs — Rock 100.5′s “the Regular Guys” — succeeded in fooling CNN (and a whole bunch of other media outlets) with little more than a fake Facebook page and a couple of interns masquerading as outraged citizens.
So, now that we’ve all been punk’d, the question begs to be asked: Is Buckhead reallyready for Bieber? MTV News decided to find out … and based on what the locals told us, the answer is a resounding “yes.”
“Buckhead takes pride in being home to many celebrities such as Sir Elton John, Usher and Shaquille O’Neal to name just a few,” Tom Tidwell, chairman of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods, said. “Justin Bieber, like many celebrities, can live almost anywhere he wants, and Atlantans should be proud that he is considering making Buckhead his home.”
And if Biebs does, in fact, decide to make his home in the community, what kind of home will it be?
“Well, you’re in the South, so there’s a lot of heavy, traditional-style homes, the Southern-Charm kind of thing. You’re going to have people like the CEO of Coca-Cola, who’s maybe moving to another location, or maybe bought another home, so they don’t need this anymore,” Krisztina Bell, an Atlanta real estate agent and real estate marketing expert, added. “They’re a lot of house, so what he could do instead is buy a condo … most celebrities here opt for upscale, loft-style condos; everything’s within walking distance, the grocery store, the restaurant, the bars.”
And in light of his recent legal troubles , having a bar within walking distance might be a good thing … though, as Tidwell points out, if Bieber does feel like hitting the town, Buckhead’s got some of the best spots in the country — and plenty of available cabs, too.
“Buckhead has some of the best restaurants in the country, all just a short cab ride from his new home,” he said. “And in a couple of years, when he turns 21, Bieber will be able to enjoy the nightclub scene as well.”