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Ivan Allen documentary

Documenting history of three Atlanta mayors – starting with Ivan Allen Jr.’s legacy

Three Atlanta mayors – three different legacies.

Their stories now are being captured in documentaries that will provide three varying perspectives on a pivotal era that catapulted our city from a small Southern town to the biggest city in the Southeast.

The three mayors – Ivan Allen Jr., Maynard H. Jackson Jr. and Andrew Young – all left an important signature on our city – all mayors who passionately cared about being strong stewards of Atlanta during their tenure.

Westside Trail

Let’s adopt a new grand bargain for Atlanta: ‘equitable’ transit oriented development

Guest Columnist BRUCE GUNTER, president of Progressive Redevelopment Inc., an affordable housing developer

Competing statistics support a contradictory narrative of encouraging progress and a dispiriting decline about metropolitan Atlanta by vividly illustrating a widening gap between those who have and those who do not, paralleling nationwide trends.

Counterbalancing those numbers are increases in population, jobs and property prices.

Chattahoochee Oconee National Forest, Three Forks Area. Credit: USFS/Holly Krake

Georgia parks and forests are a lasting legacy of FDR’s New Deal

This week guest contributors REN and HELEN DAVIS, Atlanta-based writers and photographers, look at the many public outdoor spaces we have in Georgia and the Depression-era investment that created or preserved them.

Seventy years ago, the nation lost the president who led it out of the depths of the Great Depression and to near certain victory in World War II. When Franklin D. Roosevelt collapsed at his Warm Springs cottage, Georgians also lost a valued friend and neighbor. From the time of his arrival in 1924 to seek therapy for polio in the soothing springs and on through his years in the White House, this scion of wealth and New York aristocracy was transformed by his day-to-day experiences among the people of Warm Springs and Pine Mountain. All Americans, in turn, were forever changed by him.

Photo of an emotional Vanessa Badillo-Rodriguez speaking Friday as valedictorian of Carver School of the Arts.

As APS faces trust gap, Carver valedictorian praises her giants

As APS rebuilds trust after the test cheating scandal, it needs more voices like Carver School of the Arts valedictorian Vanessa Badillo-Rodriguez. Her success (including a full scholarship to Georgia Tech) was made possible by her “giants”–the many people who believed in her even when she wasn’t sure of herself. Her giants show what a difference one person can make by going beyond mere duty.

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road': Who is crazier – Max or everyone else?

“Mad Max: Fury Road” is beyond mad. It is insane.
Insanely creative. Insanely violent. Insanely satisfying.
Perhaps most insane of all, it’s as close to a futuristic feminist manifesto as any movie I’ve ever seen (the possible exception being Volker Schlondorff’s under-appreciated “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
The credit goes to George Miller, who invented the “Mad Max” franchise almost 40 years ago. That particular Max was played with surly charisma and matinee-idol good looks by Mel Gibson.

human trafficking

Atlantans fighting sex slavery and human trafficking

A few years ago while attending a gala at a Buckhead hotel, I noticed an elegantly framed bulletin in the women’s restroom. It provided a phone number to call if the reader was a victim of sex slavery.

One would think sordid, deviant behavior of that nature would take place in the hour motels far from the highbrow crowd. Yet, sex trafficking – a $9. 5 billion criminal enterprise – happens right under our nose.

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In Toronto, Atlanta leaders find a city on steroids

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on May 22, 2015

(Editor’s note: A group of more than 100 Atlanta business and civic leaders visited Toronto, Canada, in early May on the LINK trip coordinated by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The trip’s aim is to learn how other cities are dealing with issues and challenges like those facing Atlanta. Atlanta Business Chronicle reporter Maria Saporta traveled with the group.)

Toronto is a city on steroids.

Although metro Atlanta is almost as large as Toronto (which has a population of 4.25 million compared to Atlanta’s 6 million), everything feels magnified in Canada’s largest city.