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Puppetry Arts expansion exposes cost of poor urban design in Atlanta

It’s hard to believe, but the expansion of the Center for Puppetry Arts is even worse than I had feared 18 months ago.

That’s when I attended the unveiling of the expansion plans at the Center’s home – the former Spring Street Elementary School. When I saw the plans, I literally cried.

How could so many people who were involved with this affront to our urban environment allow it to become a reality?

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Atlanta is best city in the country to address race issue

By Guest Columnist ARNIE SIDMAN, a former senior vice president of RJR Nabisco and a veteran corporate tax attorney

Over the years, I have become concerned about what I perceive to be an inexorable drift in American society—a malaise which threatens our heritage; our precious legacy.

My 20-year career in corporate America afforded me a special opportunity to observe not only my beloved country but also many other parts of the putative civilized world.

race course, site of the weeping time, largest slave auction in u.s. history, 1859

‘The Weeping Time': The story of the largest slave auction and a descendant’s homecoming journey

This week guest contributor KWESI J. DEGRAFT-HANSON, a landscape architect in Atlanta, unearths the place and the people of the nation’s largest slave auction.

To recoup losses suffered in gambling and stock market speculation, Pierce Mease Butler auctioned off 429 enslaved persons in Savannah on March 2 and 3, 1859. It was the single largest slave auction in recorded U.S. history.

Butler and his brother’s widow, Gabriella Butler, owned a rice plantation on Butler Island, near Darien, and a nearby cotton plantation, which were worked by 919 enslaved persons. In February 1859 he had the 919 enslaved persons appraised; their value — around $500,000.

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Reflections from Stone Mountain: keep the Confederacy in the past

I spent a portion of my weekend at Stone Mountain Park. Yes, I went to see white Southerners rally to legitimize their legacy and the Confederate flag.

Before reaching the rally, I observed dozens of individuals – many of them African-Americans – observing a Saturday morning tradition of convening at the park.

Four family reunions were scheduled that day. Yes, they were all black families. DeKalb County and the area surrounding the park is a mecca for those who benefited the most from the fall of the South. How appropriate.

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As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on July 31, 2015

Newell Rubbermaid Inc.’s decision to move its corporate headquarters a quarter mile — from one side of Georgia 400 to the other — is in keeping with the new focus of the company.

“The transformation we are trying to achieve here is to go from a holding company to more of an operating company,” said Michael Polk, who became Newell Rubbermaid’s president and CEO in July 2011 — exactly four years ago. “We’re becoming a brand-centric, innovation-led company.”