Maria’s Metro

When spending TAD dollars and selling City of Atlanta land, let’s act smart

After almost no activity during Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s first term in office, a sense of urgency has gripped City Hall when it comes to selling real estate and spending Invest Atlanta’s Westside TAD (Tax Allocation District) dollars.

What is not totally understood is: What’s the rush?

During the Nov. 19th Invest Atlanta board meeting, several multi-million dollar grants of Westside TAD dollars were granted – which led me to ask: How much is left?
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Guest Columns

Atlanta – a city built by dreamers – should welcome Tyler Perry Studios

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By Guest Columnist JOHN AHMANN, principal of Ahmann Inc., a public policy consulting firm and an Atlanta dreamer

I love Atlanta.  Born at Grady Hospital, and growing up in Druid Hills/Candler Park area at a time many were leaving the City, to now witness the ascendant trajectory of the City with its influx of population and businesses, is energizing and deeply gratifying because the hard work of so many leaders through the years has been validated.
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Jamil’s Georgia

"Emancipation." Credit: Engraving by Thomas Nast. From Harper's Weekly

Atlanta 1864 — why it still matters

This week, guest columnist TODD GROCE, president and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society, asks why events that occurred 150 ago still matter today.

One hundred and fifty years ago this fall, in September 1864, U.S. forces commanded by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman captured Atlanta, the communication, transportation, and manufacturing hub of the Deep South and, after the capital in Richmond, the most important city in the Confederacy. Continue reading

Saba Long

We can’t keep ignoring the need to invest in transportation infrastructure

Lately, I’ve been watching Aaron Sorkin’s latest TV series The Newsroom. In a recent episode, an official from the Environmental Protection Agency declares the impending death of humanity due to global warming.

When the fictional news anchor Will McAvoy asks how to rectify the situation, the agency head remarks, “We should have turned the cars off 20 years ago.”

In the real world, outside of climate change, there’s a different grave issue we keep ignoring – transportation infrastructure.
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Moments

Marine later found herself jobless and homeless – until Nobis Works put her back on productive path

By Chris Schroder

Tracey Jackson was a Marine with dreams of a career in medicine until she had an anaphylactic reaction that left her disabled, unable to work, and ultimately homeless. Tracey’s Moment with Atlanta nonprofit Nobis Works not only got her off the streets, it set her life on a new path of success.
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