Source: Buckhead Coalition. Pictured left to right, 2011-12 Buckhead Coalition Chairman Sonny Morris, 2013-14 Chairman Dave Fitzgerald, and President Sam Massell inspecting MARTA Coalition Silver Anniversary signage

Sam Massell, a former Atlanta Mayor, gets around Buckhead better than most, and now his optimistic smile will grace the side of a MARTA bus.

Massell is president of the Buckhead Coalition, a civic-minded nonprofit that acts as the community’s most prominent booster. Massell remains a committed champion of Buckhead and the Coalition he founded is celebrating its 25th Anniversary.

The banner ad congratulates Massell on the anniversary and honors his past as one of Atlanta’s mayors.

Massell, via press release, jokingly said he hoped his image wouldn’t be defaced with graffiti “reminiscent of typical political campaigns.”

Dan Whisenhunt

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