SunTrust gives $5M for Atlanta’s Westside revitalization effort

The SunTrust Foundation presented the Westside Future Fund a $5 million grant Monday morning to support more affordable housing and provide entrepreneurial and small business opportunities for community residents.SunTrust CEO Bill Rogers said the grant, the single largest gift in the foundation’s history, had been in works before the bank announced its merger with BB&T.

Atlanta city jail unsustainable, should be converted to transitional housing

By Guest Columnist JOE BEASLEY, a human rights activist in Atlanta and founder of the Joe Beasley Foundation

The taxpayers of Atlanta are losing over $30 million annually trying to maintain the Atlanta City Detention Center. We must ask whether that remains a good investment and, if not, how to create something that would be worthy of our great city and its historic legacy. I believe we need to strive for more.