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Atlanta needs to stop closing its sidewalks to people

Apparently I’m not alone in my distaste for the proliferation of closed sidewalks in our city.

Dozens of people let me know they agreed with last week’s column complaining about the epidemic of closed sidewalks, especially during new construction.

The refrain was the same. We can, and should, do better if we want to really be a cosmopolitan city.

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Georgia can learn lessons from Fukushima disaster

By Guest Columnist DANIEL R. FERREIRA, assistant professor of environmental science Kennesaw State University’s Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

Georgia has two nuclear power plants with another under construction today. Together, the current plants produce about 20 percent of the electricity used in the state.

Whether you are pro- or anti-nuclear power, the truth is that nuclear power matters and all such plants carry with them the inherent risk of a radioactive release.

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A call to #READdifferent

As part of the run-up to this year’s AJC-Decatur Book Festival on Labor Day weekend, guest contributor DAREN WANG, executive director of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival, encourages readers to explore new genres, new writers, and new forms altogether.

We are curious and we are strange and we are unpredictable. We need to cherish and nurture our unpredictability. We are more than all the algorithms that Amazon and Apple and Google and Spotify can ever write.

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It’s all in how you deliver the message

They say that when you die, whether you’re going to heaven or hell, you have to go through Atlanta first. Though made popular by Atlanta’s very busy airport, that saying actually originated back in the day when Atlanta was a major railroad junction. At its peak, over 300 trains a day came and went through […]

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‘Mistress America’ – not Noah Baumbach’s best work

Woody Allen is already doing Bad Woody Allen. We don’t need Noah Baumbach doing it, too.

Make that, Baumbach and his main squeeze/ muse, Greta Gerwig, who, along with co-writing “Mistress America,” is also one of the film’s stars.

The other one is Lola Kirke who plays Tracy, a freshman at Barnard. Tracy isn’t crazy about college. She describes it as “like being at a party where you don’t know anyone all the time.”

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SweetWater Brewing raises funds for the Chattahoochee River

For one local brewery, sustainability isn’t just a buzzword.

This past weekend, Atlanta’s own SweetWater Brewing Co. raised funds for its “Save Our Water” campaign to support the Chattachoochee Riverkeeper and the Waterkeeper Alliance.

People from cities all over the Southeast boarded kayaks, canoes and more for “The Big Float” to raise awareness for clean water. The annual fundraiser lasts through Labor Day with events in markets where SweetWater is served.

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    Architectural groups urge GSU to save the Bell Building

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    Breaking cycles of poverty: How not to cluster the poor in broken neighborhoods

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    Conasauga River headwaters to receive highest level of protection under Clean Water Act

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    Food Well Alliance celebrates its first year with Healthy Soil Festival

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  • Southern Co. likely to see downgrade of credit rating when it buys AGL Resources

    Southern Co. likely to see downgrade of credit rating when it buys AGL Resources

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  • Atlantans fight to restore Gaines Hall after fire

    Atlantans fight to restore Gaines Hall after fire

    Gaines Hall, built in 1869 as a dorm for Atlanta University, caught fire on Aug. 20. The next day, the Atlanta Fire Department said the historic building should be torn down for safety reasons. But local preservationists immediately objected, saying Gaines Hall can and should be saved. Atlanta has a pretty dismal record when it comes to preservation.

Column: CEO: AGL will remain major corporate citizen after Southern deal

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on August 28, 2015.

When it comes to civic involvement, the Atlanta community should not be overly concerned about Southern Co.’s proposed $12 billion acquisition of AGL Resources.

AGL CEO John W. Somerhalder, in an interview on Aug. 25, said AGL will continue to be a stand-alone unit with its own management team and board. And he said if one wants to look at how AGL will operate in the future as a Southern Co. subsidiary, all you have to do is look at the Georgia Power model.