Norcross motels house some residents for years, report says

By Sonam Vashi In Norcross, blink and you’ll miss the extended-stay motels that dot the arteries of Buford Highway and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. But a new survey from a City of Norcross initiative shows that those motels provide long-term homes for many of the city’s residents, outlining rising costs of housing and systemic barriers that […]

Gwinnett leaders still dreaming of more transit

Despite the MARTA referendum loss in Gwinnett County on March 19, county and transportation leaders stand firm on the need to bring transit to Georgia’s second largest county.

“Regardless of the way the vote went in March, there is so much need for transit and mobility relief in Gwinnett,” said Charlotte Nash, chair of the Gwinnett County Commission.

Why are communities most affected by research often the last ones involved?

By Guest Columnist NICOLE KENNARD, a Georgia Tech graduate and doctoral researcher at Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Sheffield

“I got out!” An overwhelming feeling of relief and achievement washed over me as I went up to the stage to receive the piece of paper I’d paid for in my own sweat and sanity over the previous four years….

Although I had a few job offers in engineering before graduation – from companies including Michelin and Boeing – I turned them down in the hopes of pursuing a career in sustainable community development.

Pittsburgh foundations take active role in region’s rejuvenation

PITTSBURGH – In 2002, several Pittsburgh philanthropic foundations joined together to buy a 178-acre brownfield site – Hazelwood Green – next to acres of land next to the Monongahela River.The group included the Benedum Foundation, the R.K. Mellon Foundation and the Heinz Endowments – a ground-breaking move that demonstrated the influence that foundations hold in Pittsburgh and their willingness to take risks that foundations in other cities would avoid.

Bottoms a no-show on city leaders’ trip to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH – A delegation of nearly 120 metro Atlanta leaders arrived in this Pennsylvania city to learn how it has transformed itself from a steel and manufacturing city to one focused on innovation and technology.The delegation also heard repeatedly about how Pittsburgh wants to be a “city for all” – to welcome economic vitality – for people of all income, races and ethnicity.

Preserving both Maynard Jackson’s and MLK’s legacy on Sunset Ave.

My life was transformed at 234 Sunset Ave. – the home of Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King and their four children.As I have written before, my closest friend in 1966 to 1968 was the oldest of the King children – the late Yolanda King. I had the incredible good fortune to spend the night in the home, to get to know Martin Luther King Jr., and the entire family