'Phantom of the Fox' fights to stay in apartment
Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:47:06 GMT —
An Atlanta man affectionately known as "The Phantom of the Fox" is fighting to stay in his apartment inside the historic Fox Theatre where he has lived more than 30 years.
A lawyer for 83-year-old Joe Patten filed a lawsuit earlier this month saying the trustees of the nonprofit Atlanta Landmarks are trying to unfairly evict Patten. His supporters have been marching in front of the theater and even set up websites for him.
Atlanta Landmarks says it has tried for nearly two months to get Patten to sign a new lease that would allow him to live there "as long as he is able." Patten's original lease allowed him to live in the apartment for life. He says he wants to stay there under the original conditions.
A hearing on the lawsuit is set for Wednesday.