Taggers as a focus group. That’s a new twist in Atlanta’s uneasy accord with graffiti and is one being taken by the developers of PATH400, who think good graffiti can keep amateur and vulgar taggers from leaving their mark.
By Guest Columnist ANDREA L. BOONE, Atlanta City Councilmember and daughter of the late civil rights leader Rev. Joseph E. Boone
In 2008, the city named the north border of Rodney Cook Sr. Peace Park for my late father, the Rev. Joseph E. Boone. The park located on Atlanta’s west side will consist of 16 acres of green space, with a lake, and, of most significance, a Peace Pantheon with a library, 18 sculptures and tributes to civil and human rights leaders from the area. All said, it will be the largest peace park in America.
What with the departure of Mad Magazine and the Chicago Defender, this has been a depressing passage in the long decline and fall of the Empire of Paper. The loss of any publication represents the loss of a voice, and in their separate ways, Mad and the Defender were unique and distinctive American voices.
As the saying goes, the fastest way from here to there is a straight line. But, sometimes, it is not that simple. These days, there are any number of possible impediments to a speedy trip: roadwork . . . detours . . . even street names. Over the years, many of Atlanta’s streets have gone through multiple monikers. This […]
Fulton County is trying to get inmates out of “boats.” That is, a kind of human-size plastic bin that holds a mattress at night and can be stacked during the day. And it’s what lockups like Fulton’s Rice Street jail use when they’re out of bunks.
By King Williams On a very warm Tuesday evening, two days before the Fourth of July, I decided to take a run near Stone Mountain Park. Instead of just simply running at the base of the park, I decided to go through Stone Mountain Village. What I saw next really perplexed me. Vacancies abound, no […]
Transportation planners overlooked one aspect of Atlanta's convention industry – the people who attend – and that evidently contributed to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' decision to halt the first step in a plan aimed at making Downtown more pleasant for pedestrians. In addition, the mayor ordered a review of the entire Downtown mobility plan by the city's newly approved Transportation Department, which is to be functional by late 2020.Read More »
A few Canada geese were minding their own business on a sidewalk outside Perimeter Mall Saturday afternoon when the soft "oohhh" murmurs of passersby gave way to a tone more harsh as the pedestrians passed through the birds' droppings. This is a sign of the summer season in metro Atlanta.Read More »
Former Atlanta mayoral candidate Margaret Kaiser was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to the board that oversees the state Department of Juvenile Justice. The department manages the detention facilities and rehabilitation programs for youngsters convicted of crimes.Read More »
Fulton County's Board of Commissioners has banned the use of most disposable plastic food packaging in the county's facilities. The ban is to be phased in and take effect Jan. 1, 2020. It also declares humans could be harmed by particles of plastics.Read More »
The board of the public authority that's overseeing the redevelopment of Fort McPherson met Thursday for the first time in four months. Its executive director was not present and board members asked about getting more information before they vote on a milestone plan for 145 acres of reconstruction.Read More »
Atlanta leaders expressed sadness over the death on July 9 of North Carolina architect Philip Freelon – who designed the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Freelon, 66, was one of the most admired architects in the country, and he was considered the most significant African-American architect of cultural attractions.Read More »