A video tour posted by marine scientists provides a close-up look at life forms in the deep waters of Georgia’s newly named Hope Spot marine conservation area. Videos give first-ever glimpses of cold water corals on a sea bottom once thought to be barren sediment, and a soup-to-nuts view of sharks devouring a huge billfish – which a scientist observed was fairly graphic.
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Millennials setting stage for affordable housing woes in their later years
The seeds of a future generation of older folks who struggle to afford a home are being sowed even as a new study from Harvard University highlights the current generation of cost-burdened older households, according to the head of Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership.
Georgia lawmakers hearing about affordable housing shortfall statewide
In some parts of the state, even a “pretty good job” won’t get you on the property ladder or in a convenient apartment. It seems like a chance for Democrats and Republicans, rural and urban, to get together on some policy.
Atlanta’s ‘can do’ spirit fading into ‘dysfunction junction’
Some days living in Atlanta is depressing.
Last Thursday (Oct. 17), was one of those days – marked by two events back-to-back.
‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ – a disappointing sequel of original ‘Zombieland’ movie
“Zombieland: Double Tap” is all tapped out.
The first “Zombieland,” released in 2009, was funny, original and unexpected. And it had Bill Murray. (So does the sequel, but in a bedraggled post-credits sequence that sets zombies loose at a junket for “Garfield 3.”)
Invest Atlanta okays creation, rehab for 709 affordable housing units
The City of Atlanta’s economic development agency approved bond resolutions that would help fund the construction and restoration of more than 700 affordable apartments.
ATL credit rating says proposed state takeover wouldn’t hurt airport’s ability to borrow money
The potential state takeover of Atlanta’s airport did not weigh on the airport’s recent credit rating by analysts who say federal law will control debt payments no matter who controls the facility, according to a recent rating action by Moody’s Investors Service.
Westside Park, surrounding communities at a critical juncture, deserve ‘complete’ leadership
By Guest Columnist NICK STEPHENS, an Atlanta writer and parks advocate
Earlier this year, over 15 years after it was first proposed, construction on the Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry finally began. The promise of the huge greenspace has been spurring private development nearby. As the area prepares to undergo dramatic rapid change, community activists have been raising concerns, with one major project recently arousing controversy.
Ludacris to teach at GSU as Killer Mike, T.I. make waves for criticizing prosperity gospel
Ludacris is the latest Atlanta rapper to bridge the divide between Atlanta’s hip hop and legacy civic communities. Ludacris is joining Georgia State University as an artist-in-residence, where he’s to advise on subjects including entrepreneurship in the entertainment industry.
Atlanta names head of resiliency, sustainability as Rockefeller Foundation shutters its aid
Atlanta has packed a lot into the stated goals of the city’s newly named chief sustainability officer – oversight of both resilience and sustainability. The appointment comes as the city’s main backer of its resiliency program, the Rockefeller Foundation, has all but eliminated its sponsorship of its worldwide, city-focused program.
Fort Mac to buy out would-be developer, search for a new one
A top leader at Fort McPherson says he thinks redevelopment work on 144 acres at the shuttered base can start in 2020. But first, there’s the big job of finding a developer.
Habitat for Humanity promises affordable for-sale homes on Atlanta’s Southside
A $25 million project by Atlanta Habitat for Humanity aims to bolster the city’s stock of for-sale affordable homes.
Muhammed Yunus, once an Atlanta figure, dinged by 2019 Nobel economics prize
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammed Yunus once seemed ever-present in Atlanta, until he lost his bid to bring a summit of Nobel laureates to Atlanta in 2015. On Monday, Yunus’ theories on the use of microloans to lift women and the poor out of poverty were debunked – at least partially – by the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics.
Remembering the 1906 Race Riot in Atlanta
Last month marked the 113th anniversary of the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot. The three-day massacre occurred from Sept. 22-24, and once the flames were extinguished, Atlanta was forever changed.
Making Atlanta proud – Purpose Built Communities
Atlanta-based Purpose Built Communities is gaining traction with a $6 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a total of seven new community members in its network.
Those two significant developments were announced at Purpose Built Communities 10th annual conference, meeting in Atlanta Monday through Wednesday at the Loew’s Atlanta Hotel in Midtown.
DeKalb County’s potential transit tax vote in 2020 faces myriad of scenarios
DeKalb County transit advocates face a possible campaign in 2020 that could go beyond simply seeking voter approval of a 30-year sales tax. Advocates may have to overcome public trust wavering after setbacks in two nearby tax-funded programs – for DeKalb schools, and Atlanta’s roads-and-sidewalks-and transit programs.
Daily, weekly fines would be OK for some “problem properties,” say some on Atlanta City Council
“I’m OK with them having to pay $500 every single week, whatever it takes.”
‘Gemini Man’ – beyond technology, new Ang Lee movie disappoints
Even the ticket guy winced when I asked to see “Gemini Man,” the new Will Smith sci-fi-ish thriller.
Once I was watching the movie, I did, too.
But I winced most of all — or maybe I gasped – when the thing ended and the final credits read “Directed by Ang Lee.”
Atlanta’s Purpose Built Communities holds national meeting in Midtown
A game-changing nonprofit – Atlanta-based Purpose Built Communities – is marking its 10-year anniversary by hosting its 10th annual conference at the Loew’s Atlanta Hotel.
It will be the third time Purpose Built has held its annual three-day national conference in Atlanta.
Next stop for Atlanta transit: Jobs
By Guest Columnist BETTY WILLIS, president of the Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association
As far back as 1961, transportation planners at the predecessor of the Atlanta Regional Commission had the foresight to anticipate where MARTA rail lines would best serve the metro region’s transit needs, years before construction began in 1975 on the heavy rail system.