Entries by Hattie Dorsey

The arts improve our quality of life far beyond their economic impact

By Guest Columnist PATTY POULTER, dean of the College of Arts at Kennesaw State University

Were you among the hundreds of millions of viewers who watched the Oscars or the Grammys recently? Have you seen some of the top-rated movies or listened to the hottest chart-busters in music?

On the local scene, perhaps you enjoyed Broadway star Jason Alexander of TV’s Seinfeld fame when he performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in early March – or you attended Wicked at the fabulous Fox Theatre.

Holding out for magic: hoping Glenridge Hall will be preserved

By Guest Columnist DIANNA EDWARDS, a citizen advocate for historic preservation

The gavel rang on the afternoon of March 15 – closing the auction on the art and furnishings of Thomas K. Glenn’s 1929 Tudor Revival estate, Glenridge Hall.

Mercifully for those who cherish the mansion, the auction was held out of state. So we didn’t have to watch.

Georgia’s marshes are at risk if state bill requiring 25-foot buffer isn’t passed

By Guest Columnist ROBERT RAMSAY, president of the Georgia Conservancy

When Sidney Lanier penned his famous poem – “The Marshes of Glynn” – in 1875, he extolled the beauty and wild scenery of Georgia’s salt marsh.

Though he feared this incredible landscape would be spoiled, Georgia’s coast has remained largely intact and even flourished at a time when many of the East Coast’s dynamic salt marshes have been lost or critically impaired.

Involve community in design of Underground Atlanta’s redevelopment

By Guest Columnist NATHAN KOSKOVICH, a registered architect in Georgia who is chairman of the Architecture and Design Center

The redevelopment of Underground Atlanta appears to be underway. WRS, the South Carolina-based firm, is in the process of purchasing the property from the City of Atlanta, and it has begun planning for its redevelopment.

Because Underground Atlanta is so important to our city’s future, the Architecture and Design Center believes that a broad range of voices must be included in its redevelopment.

Metro Atlanta must strive to design great buildings – large and small

By Guest Columnist MELODY L. HARCLERODE, a local architect and 2015 president of the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Since I assumed the position of president, I have been asked, “Why doesn’t Atlanta have more great architecture?” I would like the question to be re-phrased as “How can we foster more great architecture in metro Atlanta?”

Leadership: the fourth piece of Georgia’s education puzzle

By Guest Columnist DANA RICKMAN, director of policy and research for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

Have you ever tried to drink water from a garden hose turned on high? You know you are thirsty. You know you need the water, and it will cure what ails you. However, trying to cure your thirst by drinking from a hose never feels like the most efficient way to solve the problem of thirst.

Georgia has transportation needs as well as education and healthcare

By Guest Columnist ALAN ESSIG, executive director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

Rumblings from the Georgia capitol indicate state lawmakers are considering raising money to address transportation problems. That’s certainly an area in dire need of attention in metro Atlanta as well as the rest of the state.

As much as the business community and many in the general public seem to be in accord that Georgia can’t wait any longer to fix transportation, it’s important to keep in mind that the economic health of the state depends on other important public investments, including quality schools and a viable health care system.

Cristo Rey is bringing successful high school educational model to Atlanta

By Guest Columnist BILL GARRETT, president of the Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School

On July 14th, a Cristo Rey high school opened its doors in the heart of Midtown – bringing a successful national model to Atlanta.

Sometimes we only hear about the problems of schools— high costs, lack of measurable results, questions of competence, conflicts of linking incentives to test scores, and the layers of politics.