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Atlanta Public Schools seeks to rebuild trust on future of historic properties

Officials from Atlanta Public Schools and the Atlanta Preservation Center standing side-by-side, taking questions from the public about a chummy historic preservation plan, would have been unimaginable less than two years ago. That’s when APS, out of the blue, announced a demolition of the highly historic Lakewood Elementary in Lakewood Heights. This is how things typically go in […]

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Midtown High club hosts school board forum for students before Election Day

Organized by the student group Midtown Votes, students from Midtown High School club last week to hear from candidates running for school board offices about significant issues affecting the Atlanta Public School (APS) system. Alfred “Shivy” Brooks and Tamara Jones, running for District 7 At-Large; Jessica Johnson and Nkoyo Effiong Lewis, running for District 9 […]

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In Lakewood Heights, new Atlanta Public Schools land-sale process raises concerns and support

In many ways, Lakewood Heights is where Atlanta Public Schools’ (APS) new surplus-property disposition process began. It’s also likely to be the first test case in determining whether that process will build trust and plan from the community level upward. Lakewood Heights has struggled with disinvestment, crime and commercial vacancies in the decades since a […]

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Atlanta Public Schools plans affordable housing and more for surplus properties, names two pilot projects

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) may team with the City’s brand-new affordable housing organization on community-led, history-preserving remakes of several surplus properties – starting with the former Lakewood Heights and Peeples Street school sites. The Atlanta Board of Education Sept. 19 gave a thumbs-up to the innovative disposal strategy, which could involve partnership with the new […]

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Reporter’s Notebook: Chattahoochee Nature Center celebrates infrastructure improvements

Spring has sprung and warm weather in Atlanta means it’s officially the season of festivals. From now until Sunday, April 10, you can head downtown — across from Georgia State University’s Center Parc Stadium — to visit the Atlanta Fair, celebrating its 50th year. Get an early taste of summertime with cotton candy in one […]

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Reporter’s Notebook: Morris Brown partners with Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Georgia to offer low-cost education to members

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens has recently dropped the city-wide mask mandate that has been in place for most of the pandemic. The decision comes after the CDC updated its suggestions, marking Fulton and DeKalb County as “low-risk” areas.  Atlanta Public Schools and the City Schools of Decatur have also updated their guidelines to a mask-optional […]

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APS recognizes baseball hall-of-famer by renaming academy

The school was previously named after Confederate General and Ku Klux Klan leader Bedford Forrest. By Allison Joyner On Wednesday, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) took another step to further distance its institutions from honoring problematic historical figures. The former Forrest Hill Academy — named after the Confederate General and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford […]

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Reporter’s Notebook: Atlanta’s Comprehensive Development Plan – 14 of 25 NPUs oppose proposal

On Oct. 22, 2001, folk artist Howard Finster died. Finster is one of the South’s most revered self-taught artists, known for finding religion and artistry in everyday objects. One of his most famous works is Paradise Gardens, an oasis in Summerville, Ga., filled with Finster’s eccentric work. He also has a permanent exhibit in the […]