Articles by David Pendered

Conventioneers overlooked in Downtown mobility plan; entire concept to be reviewed

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.

Spaceport Camden: FAA moves ahead with review; negotiates over releasing environmental reports

The FAA has decided it has enough information to review the launch permit application for Spaceport Camden – including environmental information. This occurs even as an environmental law group continues to fight the FAA in federal court in Atlanta for a full accounting of potential environmental hazards of proposed rocket launches over Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Atlanta place names: Reconciling past events, future dreams amid the present

This week’s 55th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act is marked in Atlanta with debates that involve some types of complexities that arose during its passage and enactment.

Leaders of the civil rights movement urge a park in a blighted black neighborhood be named for a (deceased) wealthy, white politician from Buckhead. Fans of hip hop question the potential removal from a MARTA rail station the name of an Alabama-born Confederate Army captain.

Georgia's endangered marine mammal to get relief from planned halt of offshore oil exploration

The second dead right whale of the year was reported last week, and by coincidence it was spotted the same day the U.S. House voted to block the expansion of offshore oil drilling in waters of Georgia and most of the rest of the nation. Offshore oil drilling activities are a hazard to endangered right whales and to other sea life, according to the federal government.