Shawn Simmons was nothing but exuberant as he showed off the view of Downtown Atlanta’s skyline from the balcony of a home he bought with help from a non-profit housing provider. “You can see the Westin, the 191, and the Georgia Pacific – that’s where I work!,” Simmons said.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with a comment from the board that oversees the Kirkwood Neighborhood Association. –
Atlanta’s school superintendent is backing an effort to protect a 10-acre stand of trees and the development of an urban farm and nature center at the site of Pullman Yard, the 27-acre site in Kirkwood that the state of Georgia is selling as a likely mixed use development.
Fulton County leads the nation in the rate of home renters who are evicted or put on notice of eviction, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta. A contributing factor is the management practices of corporations and equity funds that bought homes during the Great Recession.
At the end of a dirt path that touches the Yellow River in Newton County, one piece of the future of Georgia’s network of water trails is taking shape – a network that now has the blessings of the state House of Representatives.
Atlanta is moving forward with plans to abandon a street in advance of construction of a long-awaited park, to be located near the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, that’s now named the Rodney Cook, Sr. Park at Historic Vine City. A public hearing on the abandonment is set for Tuesday.
Georgia is stocking trout in streams two weeks earlier than normal because warm winter weather resulted in fish growing faster than usual, combined with low stream-flows through hatcheries due to the drought.
Georgia and Florida have split a bill of $430,325.19 charged by the special master who managed the Supreme Court lawsuit over river flow from Georgia into Florida. This may be the first time court costs associated with the case have emerged. More payments are pending.
Atlanta has approved a $40 million expenditure that aims to preserve the city’s supply of affordable homes by – among other efforts – providing money to lower income residents to repair their decaying homes and continue residing in them.
As computer hacking becomes a seemingly everyday occurrence, metro Atlanta is at the center of discussions because of its ranking as one of the nation’s major data center and home to one of the world’s largest data centers.
An effort to increase public notice about coal ash issues, and management of coal ash dumps, has stalled in the state Legislature. The proposals are dead for the year, unless advocates can attach them to legislation that is still under consideration.
The Atlanta Streetcar has improved its safety and operations and is on track to sever its relation with MARTA and function solely as an entity of the city, even as passenger fares cover just 4.5 percent of expenses, according to Atlanta’s public works commissioner.
The honoree has been ailing lately, and wasn’t about to attend. But in an age of sharp political divisions, Zell Miller’s 85th birthday was celebrated Tuesday evening by as bipartisan a group as you’ll be likely to gather these days.
Federal prosecutors have closed a public corruption case involving more than $100,000 in bribes paid to a public official for contracts that involved millions of dollars in janitorial services for DeKalb County and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. The sentencing phase in January was overwhelmed in the din over the corruption case involving the city of Atlanta.
MARTA’s bus service for disabled riders is in the legal crosshairs. MARTA is to appear in federal court in Atlanta to defend its paratransit service just weeks after being told to scrub its privatized paratransit program and operate buses with MARTA employees.
MARTA’s leadership has not determined if it will appeal a ruling that it must return its paratransit service to an in-house operation and compensate employees who lost wages or benefits as a result of the privatization of paratransit in 2016.
Georgia Tech’s dean of engineering, Gary May, has been tapped as the next chancellor of the University of California, Davis. If approved by California’s Board of Regents on Thursday, May would start work Aug. 1. Tech intends to name an interim dean to serve while a national search is conducted for a successor.