When one thinks of influential Atlantans who played a role in shaping our city, a lot of names come to mind. Frank Quarles, however, is probably not one of them, and that’s a shame. The Reverend Frank Quarles was a former slave who founded Atlanta’s Friendship Baptist Church and his role in shaping the future […]
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms wanted City Council to approve a Gulch redevelopment deal as early as Monday, though she’s backed off that timeline. Not everyone on Council seems convinced that the proposed sweet deal for the developer is just as sweet for city residents.
There are two main lessons to be learned from the movie “A Christmas Story.” First and foremost, don’t shoot your eye out. Running a close second, play your cards right, and you just might win a major award. Where we may have some disagreement is on just exactly what constitutes “a major award?” Perhaps we […]
Todd Groce, president and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society, explains the significance of the Georgia Dome (Photo by Maria Saporta)
State Rep. Calvin Smyre remembers the trials and tribulations of building the Georgia Dome (Photo by Maria Saporta)
A close up of the Home Depot Backyard sign (Photo by Maria Saporta)
Members of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority and the Georgia Historical Society stand next to the historical marker Left to right: Carl Adkins, Frank Poe, Todd Groce, Calvin Smyre, Doug Tollett, Sonny Deriso and Vince Dooley (Photo by Maria Saporta)
The Home Depot Backyard is under development (Photo by Maria Saporta)
Here is the historical marker identifying special moments in the Georgia Dome’s history (Photo by Maria Saporta)
The Georgia Dome team – people who were involved with the operations of the Georgia Dome – working for the Georgia World Congress Center (Photo by Maria Saporta)
The historical marker was placed along Northside Drive – overlooking the Home Depot Backyard, the site of a future GWCC hotel and the new Mercedes Benz Stadium (Photo by Maria Saporta)
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Thursday signed an executive order that will end a deal that’s seen the city jail house hundreds and hundreds of detainees on immigration charges on behalf of the federal government.
Even as the federal corruption investigation continues at Atlanta City Hall, the U.S. prosecutor in Atlanta is locking up other crooks – including bank robbers, scam artists who preyed on the elderly and a former medical examiner who doled out opioids in exchange for sex and romance.
With a new website that shows Atlanta’s spending down to the checkbook level, city leaders are hoping for many things, including to head off the many folks writing in to ask questions about city spending.
To be sure, there are wonderful experiences to be had in the world of retail shopping but, sadly, the days of the grand department store have come and gone. So much so, that generations of people today have no recollection of a time when shopping meant a trip downtown. And though it is unlikely that […]
Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore unveiled Wednesday her concept to enforce legal and accountable behavior by the city’s elected officials and top officials. It is one plank in a platform of reform proposals a council committee is to discuss at a meeting Sept. 6 to address violations including those announced Wednesday by the city’s independent city auditor and ethics officer.
How many times every day do you have your picture taken? By some estimates, which include security cameras, it’s about 75 times. That’s a lot of pictures and it’s one of those 21st century statistics that wouldn’t even translate to Atlantans in the 1800s. Back in the day, having one’s image captured was a rare […]
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms went to Atlanta City Council on Tuesday to make the case that a proposed Gulch rebuild with heavy public incentives is a good deal. A nearly three-hour Council work session revealed some agreement with that, but a lot of skepticism too.
Shakespeare had it right, “the play’s the thing.” And that was especially true of Atlanta in the 1890s. The theater was the dominant form of entertainment and, as you would expect, it was an industry that gave many people a chance to make money. One such Atlantan was Martin J. Dooley who made a nice […]