Maria’s Metro

Clayton’s Nov. 4 MARTA vote could shift metro growth to the south side

The first in a two-part series about the economic opportunity on the southside of metro Atlanta. Next week: unlocking the secret treasure of Fort McPherson.

For decades, metro Atlanta’s center of gravity has grown to the north – creating a lopsided region.

But one vote on Nov. 4 could reverse that trend.
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Guest Columns

Measuring great teachers – the third piece of our education puzzle

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By Guest Columnist DANA RICKMAN, director of policy and research for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education 

All families want their children to be taught by a great teacher. They intuitively understand what an entire body of academic research tells us: a child’s education depends largely on the quality of his or her teacher. Families know who those teachers are.
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Jamil’s Georgia

Playwright August Wilson. Credit:

R-e-s-p-e-c-t — what August Wilson earns

Love, honor, beauty, betrayal, duty. We know these as essences of life. They are also at the heart of the stories told in the poetry and plays of the great, late August Wilson (1945-2005).

He won two Pulitzer Prizes for drama, and among his best-known works are Fences, The Piano Lesson, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Set largely in the black working-class community of his native Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his plays commemorate the individuality of his characters, and in so doing bridge the differences among races to create a mutual recognition.
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Saba Long

Public art – past and present – can ‘elevate’ and enliven Atlanta’s heart

I spent some time in a few downtown dumpsters this weekend.

Don’t be alarmed.

I was viewing D­_MPSTERS, a multi-artist, weeklong project by the Goat Farm and curated by Elevate Atlanta.

The public impact of art can be incredibly profound – provided we give these artists the platform – and the funding – to express these societal concerns.
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Cancer diagnosis led Atlanta INtown owner Wendy Binns, husband to adopt son from the Congo

By Chris Schroder

In September of 2011 at age 36, Wendy Binns was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma – breast cancer. At that Moment, the former owner and publisher of Atlanta INtown newspaper joined the ranks of more than 200,000 other women – including Wendy’s mother – who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
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