Atlanta’s Buckhead to the Bieb: Stay out
(CNN) — Harold White jumped into action when he heard a rumor that Justin Bieber might be eying a mansion in Atlanta and could become his neighbor in the affluent Buckhead neighborhood.
The retiree and longtime resident is worried about unwanted attention should the singer indeed move to Buckhead, known for its vast old-money mansions. White has organized a protest for 6 a.m. Monday in front of an on-the-market mansion that is part of the Bieber speculation.
No one in Bieber’s camp has commented on the rumored move, which began with a TMZ report and has since been spread. Still, the very idea of Bieber deciding to make the Georgia capital another home has proven enough to get residents such as White up in arms.
“We’re concerned he’ll bring the wrong type of element into a quiet, residential area,” he said. “It is our position that a person with his means could certainly find a neighborhood more suited to his “eclectic” lifestyle.
White’s wife started a Facebook page to organize the protest.
It warns that “Justin Bieber’s relocation to Atlanta can be nothing but bad for our children, as well as the community. Some can’t even let their children play in the driveway without fear; he has raced vehicles under the influence, before. What’s to say he won’t do it again?”
Bieber has had several encounters with law enforcement authorities in recent months. He was recently arrested in Toronto, accused of assaulting his limousine driver in December.
He also faces charges of drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving on an expired license after being stopped by police in Miami Beach, Florida, last month.
The Los Angeles County district attorney is considering whether to charge Bieber with felony vandalism in the egging of a neighbor’s house on January 9.
By Susanna Capelouto and Janet DiGiacomo