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Public invited to give feedback on potential new streetcar routes

While you’re waiting for transit to come along the Atlanta BeltLine, be sure to give your feedback on potential transit routing at one of the upcoming community meetings.

Currently in year one, phase one of its 2030 Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP), the overarching project priority is light rail transit on the east and west corridors.

Ultimately, the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta BeltLine intend o integrate the Atlanta Streetcar and Atlanta BeltLine transit lines into a unified system.
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Bruce Levenson email shows we still are not living in a post-racial world

Being a person of color is at times a weary experience and, with age the burden of misunderstanding gets a little heavier. My generation, the Millenials, is supposed to make up the façade of a post-racial America, but I’m afraid that notion need be reserved for the likes of my four-year old nephew.

On Sunday, the Bruce Levenson email came to light when the co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks (at least for now) lamented the adverse impact of black basketball fans showing up to games. He plainly stated a fact that is still evident in neighborhood subdivisions across the country.

Although I recognize we’ve a long way to go before we move out of a “black and white” mindset, it’s terribly disheartening to hear such language come out of someone who owns part of an Atlanta team.
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Allies need to step up as U.S. weighs interventionism versus isolationism

A week ago I stopped to say hello to the security guard in my building. I hadn’t seen him in a while and felt compelled to speak. Normally jovial, I immediately noticed his energy was different so I asked how he was doing.

An Army reservist, he had just received orders to go to the Middle East and would be leaving after Thanksgiving. For the few minutes I listened to him speak, his Caribbean accent slightly heavier than usual, it was evident he was still dealing with the scars of earlier Middle East deployments.

Why are we trying to save other countries when we’re dealing with problems like Ferguson, he questioned. What are we going to accomplish by going there, he continued.
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WonderRoot weaves a beautiful piece of art as it plans its new APS home

It has been exciting to watch the Atlanta arts scene grow by leaps and bounds. C4Atlanta, Elevate, Flux and glo are just a few of the new projects that have come on line in recent years. And, just this weekend, Living Walls multi-genre arts showcase celebrated its fifth year.

Another player in the Atlanta arts scene is WonderRoot, the Reynoldstown-based, arts nonprofit. Founded in 2004, WonderRoot unites local artists and the community to inspire positive social change. From mixed media works inspired by Civil Rights leader Lonnie King to youth programming with the Boys & Girls Club, WonderRoot’s reach crosses boundaries, like only art can.

Led by Atlanta-native Chris Appleton, the organization has just announced it will expand its services and move to the former Tech High Charter School as the WonderRoot Center for Arts & Social Change.
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Let’s move beyond partisan isolationism for our nation’s sake

As the saying goes, politics stops at the water’s edge. But these days the tides of partisanship are eroding our shores. The edge isn’t where it used to be.

If the past 12 years of war are any indication, as a country we’ve embraced our role as interventionists, long moved from the 19th Century notions of approaching foreign policy with an isolationism mindset.

We have military and foreign affairs personnel across the globe; we’ve brokered international elections and ceasefires; and we’ve made attempts at aiding nation building.
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General election campaign for U.S. Senate has begun with hyped memo

Oh how I love – or is it loathe – politics in the digital age. Stories regularly receive more coverage than they are worth, and others serve as an anchor, drowning a promising political career.

In these times, events such as leaked memos are bothersome little things. And so it seems, on the surface, Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn is having a bad day – or couple of days depending on the news cycle.

The Republican communications machine has swiftly pounced on a leaked Nunn campaign memo outlining a nearly year-old campaign strategy conducted by a national Democratic pollster.
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Wanted: Leaders who make tough decisions on transportation funding

Legislators in Washington, D.C. approach funding transportation infrastructure the same way the Falcons approach a fourth quarter deficit – by ignoring it until the clock is about to run out.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and eleven of his predecessors penned a letter to Congress on Monday urging tmembers to reconsider their approach to dealing with the shortfall of the Highway Trust Fund.
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After four years of residents coping without transit, Clayton now has hope

On Saturday, July 5, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners made history.

With a 3-to-1 vote to place a binding referendum on the November ballot to join MARTA, the citizens of Clayton County now have the opportunity to add an important tool in their economic toolbox – full-fledged transit access, funded without burdening the county’s budget.

My mind instantly rewound four years.
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Goodie Hack brings technology and Atlanta nonprofits together

Joey Womack, better known as Joey Digital – an Atlanta-based technologist, has been around the startup scene for quite some time. He and his business partner, Justin Dawkins, are making an indelible impression in the technology scene.

Womack and Dawkins jointly own sf35, a business mentoring venture focused on African-American, Latino and women entrepreneurs. Under sf35, they’ve launched a new community-driven hackathon – Goodie Hack.
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Eric Cantor’s primary loss no cause for celebration for ‘do nothing’ Congress

“Our mission is to bring awareness to any issue which challenges the security, sovereignty or domestic tranquility of our beloved nation, The United States of America.”

The above declaration serves as the guiding principle for the Tea Party, provocateurs of the political status quo and our two-party structure. The system is not working – our national debt is out of control, crony capitalism reigns supreme, and we simply shrug and ignore ethics charges against elected officials.
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