As Georgia lawmakers defer voting on resolutions to oppose oil exploration and drilling off Georgia’s coast, on Wednesday the largest offshore oil and gas lease sale in the nation’s history was conducted for most of the Gulf of Mexico.
Fulton County commissioners took another step Wednesday toward ending the county jail’s reputation as the state’s largest mental institution. The goal is to treat mental illnesses through a network of programs based outside the jail, possibly in a future facility designed to provide treatment rather than incarceration.
The successful rollout of a rural broadband program in Tennessee, highlighted Tuesday in a federal statement, could serve as a template for some of the upcoming broadband efforts that state lawmakers have supported in Georgia’s rural communities.
Potholes and the metal plates that cover some of them are enough of a problem that one member of the Atlanta City Council has suggested the city consider reconvening the “pothole posse” formed by then Mayor Shirley Franklin to fix crumbling streets.
The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has elevated the position of housing director to a cabinet level position, underscoring BeltLine President and CEO Brian McGowan’s intention to sharpen the BeltLine’s effort to comply with City Hall’s mandate that the BeltLine develop 5,600 units of affordable housing along the corridor.
The state has eased watering restriction in several counties in metro Atlanta. All types of outdoor water use is allowed, but landscapes can be watered only from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m., according to a new advisory from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Two federal reports released Wednesday dashed chilled water on the housing market in metro Atlanta and across the Southeast. One report predicted a continuing status quo of modest growth, and another forecast a weakening market due to the new federal tax law.
Southface is preparing to recognize four projects that embody the philosophy of sustainability that forms the foundation of the Fulcrum Awards, which are a highlight next week at Southface’s Greenprints program.
Atlanta has never been at a loss for big dreams, and the latest project maintains tradition. The city intends to develop a huge Internet system that will do everything from locate gunshots to spark development in blighted neighborhoods.
MARTA is shopping for a federal lobbying team that is to work with the Trump administration. The question is whether MARTA is inclined to replace the firm it’s had on Capitol Hill since the Obama adminstration.
The same week a court issued a ruling to unseal the last will of To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee, Emory University announced it has acquired some of the author’s papers that a California lawyer had tried to donate, return to Lee, or sell at auction – but couldn’t get his price.
Two teenagers who pleaded guilty to murder last year are founding members of a street gang, Down 4 Whatever, that continues to worry Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. Atlanta’s youth gangs are such an issue that a shoot-out with police could happen, Shields said.
The West Georgia city of Carrollton is seeking contractors to install residential and commercial solar energy systems in a program that aims to both spur interesting solar energy systems and reduce the average cost of installations through bulk purchasing agreements.
Metro Atlanta’s prospects for winning Amazon’s second headquarters may have been dinged by a report from the Brookings Institution that highlighted the region’s comparative scarcity of college-educated millennials. Baltimore officials think their city may have lost out for that very reason.
Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has secured what may be his first board appointment since leaving office. Reed was named to the advisory board of a non-partisan institute founded at the University of Chicago by a former advisor to President Obama.
During the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the federal law that created the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the federal government has started a program to use volunteers and partners to maintain more than 6,300 miles of trails in national forests in the southern Appalachian Mountains.
It’s not just tea leaves that folks are reading to guess where Amazon may locate its second headquarters. The folks at a news site in Arlington, Va. are tracking readers and found that a story about the county’s Platinum LEED certification drew high readership from a group believed to be Amazon insiders.
An affiliate of the United Nations has recognized a new Regional Center of Expertise in metro Atlanta as just the sixth such regional sustainability network in the United States. The RCE Greater Atlanta aims to advance education for sustainable development related to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, through smart sharing of information and collaborative programming among universities, governments, communities and the private sector.