Note to readers: Here is a press release issued Wednesday by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration in response to a Maria’s Metro column that appeared this week. At SaportaReport, we strongly believe in being as fair as we can be, and we are publishing Reed’s response in its entirety. Naturally, there is tension between public officials and journalists. Obviously, my relationship with Mayor Reed is no exception. Despite what the mayor says, I do my best to provide accurate information in my stories and columns. When I do offer a point of view, it is based on facts, journalistic standards and my love for Atlanta. Also, please know that as a reporter, I have never endorsed any particular candidate. It was true in 2009, and it is true today. I will continue to call things as I see them. I’ve been a reporter for 37 years, and I’ve developed a tough skin and will not be bullied or intimidated. Thanks for reading SaportaReport. Maria
In the sticky months when grass and weeds threaten to overwhelm Atlanta, city parks staffing gets stepped up. But a new report by city auditors suggests a substantial number of parks could use more work.
The three Atlanta City Council members who sat before an audience in a northwest Atlanta church Wednesday night are all seeking a promotion to a higher office — and said what they’d like to leave as a legacy.
The leaders of the the Atlanta agency in charge of attracting investment on Thursday morning approved millions of dollars in sweeteners or tax abatements for developments at Underground, Colony Square and more.
Every year, industries approach Georgia lawmakers asking for new or renewed tax breaks, promising leaps in job growth, industry expansion, or some other worthwhile payoff. But the state is a laggard at checking back on tax breaks and seeing what they do — or don’t — deliver.
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on June 9, 2017
The historic Friendship Baptist Church is seeking to rezone 17 acres of land diagonally across from Mercedes-Benz Stadium to redevelop the area into a $300 million mixed-income and mixed-use community.
Lloyd Hawk, CEO at Friendship Baptist LLC, the development arm of Friendship Baptist Church, said he will file a rezoning application with the City of Atlanta on June 9 to begin the process. The church also owns another 2 acres in the area that will not need to be rezoned.
This week neighbors from Kirkwood and preservation professionals gathered to protest the sale and possible destruction of the historic buildings. Special thanks to members of the Atlanta Preservation Alliance for these stunning images: Chad Carlson, Charles Lawrence & Derek Anderson.
There is no denying that having the right connections can make a world of difference in achieving one’s goals. As is so often said, it’s not what you know but who you know. This applies not only to people but organizations as well. We all need a little help from time to time. Such was […]
The former president’s speech Tuesday night, capping off an evening marked by the nomination of his wife as the first woman presidential candidate of a major American political party, was long — long — on details about his wife’s accomplishments, but never seemed to reach the high notes the First Lady hit so effortlessly on the convention’s first night.
By Mark Meltzer and Maria Saporta As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on June 10, 2016 Nearly two years after it became the newest in Atlanta’s growing cluster of tourism attractions, the Center for Civil and Human Rights isn’t where it wants to be. The $80 million facility drew about 200,000 paid attendees in […]