Entries by David Pendered

Downtown Connector’s bridges evolving from spartan crossings to garden-like settings

Atlanta’s Downtown Connector is a bit like a house that’s been expanded with additional rooms, in the form of bridges, and now there’s a lot of conversation about adding a second floor – in the form a platform above the highway that would host greenspace and buildings – and sprucing up the 10th Street Bridge.

Norfolk mayor: Norfolk Southern’s move to Atlanta may not occur quickly

Norfolk Southern’s plan to secure up to $600 million in funding for a new office building from Invest Atlanta, the city’s development arm, was deferred Thursday. In addition, Norfolk’s mayor was quoted Thursday saying the company’s move from Norfolk may not happen as soon as some think, and the company’s latest federal financial report portrays it as being in a strong financial position in the booming transportation sector.

ATL, with or without Amazon, poised to cement its role as a major tech region

Regardless of where Amazon locates its HQ2 and its possible HQ3, metro Atlanta has a bright future in the tech sector. With one caveat: The region needs to get its story in front of a broader section of the tech sector in order to fully build out tech’s potential, Michael Sengbusch, of Georgia Tech’s technology incubator, said Tuesday.

Airport interfaith chapel to be named in honor of lifelong minister, educator

An interfaith chapel at the world’s busiest passenger airport is soon to be named in honor of a Civil Rights leader who has received the highest honor awarded a woman in Africa, and who’s been recognized for her work in the Rev. Martin Luther King’s Chicago movement and a lifetime of achievements in ministry and academia.

Midtown’s 15th Street extension to improve east-west links; plan to be presented Nov. 8

The public will have a chance next week to offer opinions on the long-awaited plan to improve east-west connectivity in Midtown by extending 15th Street from West Peachtree Street to Williams Street. Bike lanes and easy access to MARTA’s Arts Center Station, and other destinations, are cornerstones of the plan.

Gov. Deal brings under-powered Fort McPherson board up to full strength

Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed nine members to the under-represented board that oversees the redevelopment of Fort McPherson, including seven new members and two current members whom Deal reappointed. The seven new members include the spouse of an influential state senator, a Fulton County commissioner, a veteran housing executive and the Atlanta mayor’s chief of staff.

Emory University’s water award highlights region’s collegiate green programs

Emory University’s water reclamation program has won another national award for its WaterHub, a system that recovers water used to heat and cool buildings, and to flush toilets. The award is the latest recognition of efforts by Atlanta’s institutes of higher education to reduce their environmental footprint.