David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.
Atlanta can expect to save about $42 million in the overall interest payments on money borrowed to upgrade the water and sewer system, based on a bond refinancing the Atlanta City Council approved by unanimous vote Wednesday.
GRTA passengers are eligible for a 50 percent discount on a shared Uber ride for trips that begin or end at an Xpress Park-and-Ride lot during weekday commute hours. The promotion runs through May 31, GRTA announced today.
The team redeveloping Turner Field announced Monday that it has proposed a long-term agreement to four groups designated to represent the surrounding neighborhood. The team also met, reportedly, with stauncher advocates who have called for greater community involvement from the development team – a demand that has gained some level of support from some Atlanta City Council members.
Lawyers have been the butt of jokes since Shakespeare suggested killing them all. One modern-day jab at young lawyers is an affront to ego – their office might not have a window because they now sit where secretaries once worked.
Once the Georgia Dome is demolished and the site converted to parking for the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, it will be a 13-acre greenspace named the Home Depot Backyard. The park will be open for everyday access and host special events on game days and throughout the year, civic officials announced Friday.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that Georgia State University has been meeting with elected neighborhood representatives of the Turner Field area. //
Tension is rising, again, over the redevelopment of Turner Field. At least two members of the Atlanta City Council are calling on Georgia State University to meet with area residents. GSU affirmed Thursday that it has been meeting with elected neighborhood leadership and offered to meet with other groups – but the later rejected terms of the meeting.
An Earth Day event that’s billed as, “one of the biggest clean-up efforts in Atlanta history” is being co-sponsored by the Captain Planet Foundation and a non-profit organization created to honor an elderly lady killed by police in her home in the English Avenue neighborhood. The event is Friday and Saturday.
Decatur’s City Commission agreed Monday to buy the United Methodist Children’s Home, located in the city. The $40 transaction adds 77 acres of greenspace to Decatur and provides the children’s home funds to refocus and expand the territory it serves.
The bottom line of a nuanced report on Georgia’s shrinking middle class is that the divide between the wealthy and low income is becoming ever more stark and could create wide-reaching impacts, according to the authors at Georgia State University.
A report released Monday by Georgia State University shows dramatic changes in metro Atlanta’s demographics since 1970. The population is more diverse, older, better educated, and living closer together. The proportion of middle income households has declined slightly since the Great Recession.
Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery will give a nod to its roots as a garden cemetery when it opens its doors Saturday morning for its fifth annual Spring Plant Sale, featuring a demonstration on container gardening.
The recent session of the Georgia Legislature protected water and property rights, but didn’t address coal ash waste and other water concerns, according to the wrap-up by the Georgia Water Coalition, which represents more than 230 organizations.
Atlanta has closed the deal to sell Underground Atlanta to a developer who plans to construct a mixed-use project. The sale will put the property back on the tax roll, end the city’s annual expense of about $8 million, and may quiet some restless members of the Atlanta City Council.
They may look cute and in need of care, but those seemingly orphan young critters should be left alone and certainly shouldn’t be brought into a home, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The bankruptcy papers Westinghouse filed today in regards to Plant Vogtle names the nuclear plant in Georgia as one of two reasons the company faces a dire financial situation. The other reason is a nuclear power plant in South Carolina.
(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with photos by Kelly Jordan.)
The John Lewis Chair for Civil Rights and Social Justice, at Emory University, has been fully funded through $2 million in gifts and pledges. Emory is to conduct a national search for an academician to fill the seat.