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City of Atlanta can clean up its act by adopting a green CSO approach

A group of dedicated activists stood on the corner of Northside Drive and Magnolia Street on a recent Saturday holding posters and waving signs. “Stop Poop in Our Creeks.”

A driver turned off Northside onto Magnolia and motioned to Tony Torrence, a community leader, to come over. The night before there had been heavy rains and he said the area around his house had that all-too familiar smell of sewage.

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The BeltLine as a resource for redressing Atlanta’s inequity

By Guest Columnist MICHAEL DOBBINS, professor of the practice at Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning, and former Atlanta planning commissioner

Atlanta has the opportunity and the means to begin to attack the most shameful and enduring blemish on its record among U.S. cities: Greatest wealth disparity (the GINI index) and least chance for low wealth families to climb out of poverty (Harvard-Berkeley study).

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Four disasters that shaped our times

If we could draw a box around our nation’s history over the past two decades, four great disasters would form its corners: the Oklahoma City bombing, the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. The four disasters divide the 20-year-span pretty evenly, but we don’t remember them that way.

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‘True Story’ – movie explores who is manipulating who – the reporter or the murderer

If I read “True Story” correctly, apparently there is nothing — I mean, nothing — worse than being banned from the New York Times. Not even killing your wife and kids.

That’s what Christian Longo (James Franco) is accused of in this, yes, true story (more or less) about what happened to a former New York Times writer named Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill).


Seeking silence and finding balance in the beauty of nature

Recently, I noticed my equilibrium has been unbalanced. The new year has been a constant barrage of time-sensitive calls and emails and double-digit hours of work each day. The fast pace has left me wanting.

In an attempt to quiet the mind and body, I have sought solace at Serenbe, or in town, at the Cascade Nature Preserve. Trekking deep into these places, I’ve been able to leave the city behind.

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    Delta Air Lines Gets No Love From 2015 Georgia Legislature

    Original Story by Maria Saporta on WABE Play Audio Delta Air Lines employs 33,000 people in Georgia ─ more than any other company in the state. But that didn’t stop state lawmakers from punishing Delta’s outspoken CEO. The legislature voted to reinstate a jet fuel tax on Delta. Why? To teach CEO Richard Anderson a […]

Column: Fighting crime is key to revitalizing Atlanta’s Westside

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on April 17, 2015

Amid all the uplifting talk of economic investment in the Westside communities of Atlanta, there’s a difficult reality. They continue to be among the most crime-ridden areas in the city.

That was one of the hard realities presented by Frank Fernandez, vice president for community development for the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, at a panel discussion on the revitalization of the Westside at the Rotary Club of Atlanta on April 13.