By Guest Columnist WALTER BROWN, chairman of the Georgia Solar Energy Association, and co-founder/senior vicew president for development and environmental affairs of Green Street Properties As is unfortunately apparent from the daily headlines, the United States, as well as Georgia’s economy, is going through a difficult economic transition that has prompted business closings and job losses. However, these times also present a huge opportunity for our state and progressive policymakers to take charge of both our economic and environmental futures by making renewable resource development such as solar energy a priority. A key theme of this transition is the decline of traditional industries – think newspaper publishers and automakers. On an equally noteworthy front, the economic incentives and job creation afforded by green industries and the manufacturing that supports them – industries supported by stimulus and in some instances private capital – may be overlooked.

                                               Mural Dedication Features Food, Music, Arts & Crafts

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) celebrated the completion of the Ashby Station mural with a block party on Saturday, March 24 from 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The event, sponsored by WonderRoot, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Invest Atlanta, and MARTA’s Artbound program was free and open to the public. A media availability and ribbon-cutting was followed by a block party featuring food trucks, live entertainment, and arts & crafts activities.

The mural, The People Could Fly, by artist Fahamu Pecou was commissioned through MARTA’s Artbound program as part of the En Route partnership with TransFormation Alliance. Artbound was developed to enhance the ridership experience through visual and performing arts.

“With this new mural at Ashby Station, Artbound hopes to add some color, beauty, and joy to the daily commute,” said MARTA Arts Administrator Katherine Dirga.

One percent of MARTA’s annual budget is allocated for Artbound. Additional artwork is planned for H. E. Holmes, Midtown, and Five Points Stations this year.

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