Column: Through wave of change, Coke says it’s still committed to Atlanta

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on June 30, 2017

As The Coca-Cola Co. undergoes a transformation of its business and scales down by 1,200 positions — mainly at its corporate headquarters, there has been concern about the company’s commitment to Atlanta.

Never fear.

That’s according to the key individuals who head the company’s civic efforts: Bea Perez, chief public affairs, communications and sustainability officer who also chairs the Coca-Cola Foundation; and Helen Smith Price, vice president of global community affairs and president of the Coca-Cola Foundation.

The woman who wasn’t there

It is safe to say that the era of the grand department store is a thing of the past. It was wonderful while it lasted but, as they say, nothing lasts forever. It was the department store that helped to lead the way into the salad days of the post WWII boom and then went on to anchor the explosion of shopping malls that populated just about every suburb in America.

‘The Beguiled’ – movie suffocates from too much estrogen

Though based on the same book by Thomas Cullinan, Clint Eastwood’s “The Beguiled” (released in 1971) and Sofia Coppola’s current version couldn’t be more different.
Eastwood’s picture, directed by fellow macho-man Don Siegel (remember, this is the Eastwood of “Dirty Harry,” not “Million Dollar Baby”), had a kind of leering Gothic misogyny. Coppola’s film, which made her only the second woman ever to win best director at Cannes, offers a gauzier female gaze — rustling petticoats and repressed desire.


New Atlanta Fed president brings fresh background, perspective

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on June 30, 2017

The new president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta — Raphael Bostic — could title his new post after Monty Python’s 1971 comedy film — And Now for Something Completely Different.

Bostic is the first African-American to ever be named as president of one of the 12 regional Fed banks. In addition to that, he also is an openly gay man who is well aware of the symbolism and reality of both positions.

Why ‘We the People’ need the Legal Services Corp.

By Guest Columnist JOHN BARROW, representative of Georgia’s 12th Congressional District from 2005 through 2015

When I was in Congress I was able to help a lot of folks get their Social Security or VA benefits, and I got a lot of hugs from those I was able to help. Now I’m working as a volunteer in a legal aid office supported by the Legal Services Corp. And just the other day I got a hug from a victim of domestic violence I’d helped get a protective order.

City of Atlanta selects Biohabitats to develop its ‘Urban Ecology Framework’

By Maria Saporta The City of Atlanta has selected Charleston, S.C.-based Biohabitats to develop the Urban Ecology Framework for the city. Through the city’s framework, Biohabitats will determine what aspects of nature in Atlanta should be preserved, restored and accentuated by the public realm. Biohabitats’ founder and president, Keith Bowers, will be leading the work […]

Mayor Reed’s administration responds to Maria Saporta’s column to dream big on parks

Note to readers: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and his administration Friday morning released a response to Maria Saporta’s Metro column that posted earlier this week. We at SaportaReport welcome the conversation about parks and green space, and the column was intended as a challenge for the next mayor to dream big. It was not intended to be a critique of the Reed administration and what has been the significant  progress that has occurred in the past seven years – as the Mayor’s administration  outlines in its release below.


Column: Friendship Force launches 40th anniversary campaign

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on June 23, 2017

Atlanta-based Friendship Force International is celebrating its 40th anniversary by launching a $1 million fundraising campaign.

Friendship Force is a pioneer in promoting global understanding through the citizen homestay experience. Its 40th anniversary campaign will seek to develop new initiatives to involve more people to travel with a purpose to create a more peaceful world.


Historic transformation underway at Atlanta History Center 

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on June 23, 2017

History is being remade at the Atlanta History Center.

The Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama painting and the locomotive Texas now are anchored in the new Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker building — still under construction — on the Atlanta History Center’s Buckhead campus.

The move caps the extraordinary five-year tenure Sheffield Hale has held as president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center.

Time to dream big for the future of Atlanta’s parks and green space

Part 2: This is the second in a two-part series about Atlanta’s parks.

The next mayor of Atlanta – whoever he or she may be – should make parks and green space a priority as a way to counter-balance the anticipated increase in density as more people move into the city.

Atlanta’s environmental community has come together to make sure we preserve, protect, maintain and increase our city’s natural green assets.

American harmony and the pursuit of happiness

This week, EDWARD QUEEN, of Emory University, reflects on diversity and the promise of America.

By Edward Queen

A recent visit to Six Flags Over Georgia gave me hope. The America I saw there, and indeed, the one in which I live, is not an America of hate, hopelessness, division, and despair. It was an America of harmony, excitement, and hope.