Edwin Moses, an Olympic gold medalist and Morehouse College alum, proudly looks over the new track-and-field named in his honor (Photo by Maria Saporta)

2022 was another year of change in Atlanta. Major leadership changes – some tragic – came to such major institutions as MARTA and the Atlanta mayor’s office. The Buckhead cityhood battle finally went dormant. Gun laws affected lives, politics and the arts. And developments big and small continued to reshape the city amid debate over the future of public transit. Here are the year’s top stories as chosen by our readers through their clicks, and some of their favorite pieces by our columnists and contributors. Click the headline to read each story.


The Coathangers perform at Music Midtown’s 2019 edition. (File Photo by Kevin Greiner.)

1. MARTA CEO Jeff Parker has died

2. AJC plans to discontinue daily print editions, but will keep a Sunday/weekend newspaper

3. Olympic athlete Edwin Moses on new Morehouse track: ‘Doesn’t it look beautiful?’

4. Music Midtown weapons ban is challenged by gun rights advocate

5. Southwest Atlanta’s shuttered Nabisco factory is sold, raising preservation hopes and fears

6. Music Midtown to announce its ‘position’ amid rumors of gun law issue

7. Brad Currey (1930-2022): An Atlanta leader like no other

8. Metro Atlanta is riding the wrong bus into the future

9. MARTA names Collie Greenwood as its interim general manager

10. Buckhead cityhood leader’s service on state Board of Corrections raises questions of experience, oversight


Tim Keane chose a public space (which helped transform from on street parking) in front of the Dancing Goats coffee shop in Midtown for our interview (Photo by Maria Saporta)

1. Planner Tim Keane: ‘Atlanta needs to change a lot’

2. Proposed new storage facility at Atlanta BeltLine and Piedmont Park a blow to city’s urban design

3. Atlanta leaders committed to fulfilling promise of rail on the BeltLine


Inside the main “dungeon,” or play space, in the fetish and BDSM club 1763, which will close Oct. 1 after nearly 20 years. (Photo by 1763.)

1. Historic Roswell farmhouse on sale for $125K and preservation agreement

2. MARTA to reveal three Clifton Corridor transit alternatives

3. Metro Atlanta’s legendary BDSM club closes as a new one rises to support community


Herschel Walker, the GOP’s unsuccessful U.S. Senate candidate.

1. Another revelation, and worse, his wounded son, plague Walker’s campaign

2. What the Russians talk about when they talk about us

3. Lindsey Graham’s long and winding road to the Fulton County Courthouse


By 2024, folks will have a new reason to visit the Chattahoochee River. (Photo courtesy of The Trust for Public Land.)

1. New 48-mile Camp and Paddle Trail in the works along Chattahoochee River

2. Amana Academy West: New elementary school on Girl Scouts’ 270 acres of woods

3. Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, a zero-waste drop-off facility, comes to Decatur next year


Left to Right: Milton Little, United Way of Greater Atlanta; Derrick Ellington, Wells Fargo; Mayor Andre Dickens; Congresswoman Nikema Williams; Rahel TafarI, business owner; Charlie Scharf, Wells Fargo CEO; Dr. Eloisa Klementich, Invest Atlanta.
Photo by Allison Joyner.

1. Wells Fargo ‘Open for Business’ Fund donates $20 million for local small businesses

2. Postponed Fantastic Voyage sailed to help raise money for HBCU students

3. NFT studio helps local artists sell original creations on crypto platform


A community member offers his feedback at the Microsoft town hall in Grove Park. (Photo by Mark Lannaman.)

1. Microsoft meets with Grove Park residents for feedback on 90-acre campus plan

2. Historic Oakland Cemetery hosts first ever Day of the Dead ceremony

3. World’s largest hydrogen fuel blending demonstration completed in Smyrna


Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade – Oct. 22 and 23, 2022. (Photo by Kelly Jorda.n)

1. Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade – Oct. 22 & 23, 2022

2. Laissez les bons temps rouler – Stone Mountain Mardi Gras Parade – Feb. 22, 2022

3. Lanta Gras – Kirkwood – Jan. 29, 2022


A scene from “Elvis.”

1. ‘Elvis’ – movie portrayal of the ‘King’ falls short, but Austin Butler’s Elvis deserves praise

2. ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ – saved by a superb cast

3. Closing of Tara Theatre ends an era of Atlanta cinema


1. For A While, It Was King of the Hill (Rialto)

2. Not suitable for the eyes of young girls (Candler Building)

3. Not Everyone Shared His Enthusiasm (Police Chief Beavers)

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