For decades, Georgia has had several road-building initiatives geared to attracting new companies to the state.
They’ve been called developmental highways or the Governor’s Road Improvement Program (GRIP) – and they’ve all involved spending hundreds of millions of dollars of state money to build four-lane roads to almost every corner of the state.
Blighted and vacant properties in the city of Atlanta come at a great cost in terms of services such as police and fire, lost property taxes, and the way they pull down values of neighboring properties, according to a new report by a Georgia Tech professor.
This week guest columnist CHRIS DOBBS, editorial assistant for the New Georgia Encyclopedia, shares the story of Eugene Bullard, son of a former slave, and the first black fighter pilot.
Eugene Bullard was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1895. As an expatriate in France, he became a boxer, soldier, fighter pilot, business owner, and spy. During his final years, in the United States, he was an elevator operator. Bullard’s story is particularly engaging. He was obviously a tight spring of potential as a boy, and it’s fascinating to see how high he flew as soon as the environment around him allowed it. The difference between his life in the United States and his life in Europe lends his life its striking cinematic scale.
Rebecca was older than Atlanta. By the time the tiny railroad terminus had been carved out of the north Georgia wilderness, she had lived for 3 years and, by the time she reached the age of 7, Rebecca was lucky enough to be given a seat on the very first passenger train to leave the […]
On September 24th President Barack Obama will cut the ribbon to open the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture. Joining him that historic day will be Atlanta artist Steve R. Allen because four of his paintings have been acquired as part of the museum’s Founding and Permanent Collection.
By Maria Saporta The city is “very close to finalizing an agreement” with Delta Air Lines on a new 20-year lease at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told people attending the Atlanta Press Club’s Newsmaker Luncheon on Thursday. Reed said the agreement would keep Delta’s headquarters in Atlanta for the duration of the […]
Georgia has created a position, paid with public/private funds, to recruit and retain hunters and shooters. The purpose is to maintain and grow the level of funding for conservation and law enforcement on state land, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.
The plot thickens. After Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that the iconic Hank Aaron Statue would be staying in Atlanta based on a agreement she had reached with the Atlanta Braves, a spokeswoman for the baseball teams said that wasn't true.
The iconic Hank Aaron Statue of the homerun legend's hitting No. 715 to break Babe Ruth's record will stay in the City of Atlanta, according to Keisha Lance Bottoms, executive director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority. The statue will remain at Turner Field, and it will not be moved to Cobb County to become part of the Atlanta Braves' new stadium.
The Atlanta City Council pressed ahead Tuesday with an effort to remove scrap tires, which serve as breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes, as social media displays pictures of workers in another country ladling water by the cupful from scrap tires.
Original Story on WABE by Maria Saporta http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wabe/audio/2016/02/CitizensTrust.mp3 Citizens Trust has been a fixture on Auburn Avenue for decades, but it will soon call Peachtree Street home. The bank was known for lending money to African-Americans who couldn’t borrow money from white-owned banks. And in the 1960s Auburn Avenue was called “the richest Negro street […]
By Maria Saporta and Amy Wenk As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on February 5, 2016
Despite another delay in the closing of the Underground Atlanta sale to WRS Realty, both the city and the developer said they are committed to the deal.
The transaction has gotten held up over a proposed land swap between the City of Atlanta and the State of Georgia.
The city has committed to the developer that the sale would include a state-owned parking facility located in between Underground and Georgia State University. And the state is interested in swapping that for the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead.