For Underground Atlanta the beginning was almost the end

Looking at photographs of downtown Atlanta in the late 1800’s one cannot help but be impressed with the number of railroad tracks that populated the area we now call The Gulch. By some accounts, at the height of Atlanta’s railroad history there were over 350 trains a day that traveled through the city

Atlanta was indeed a “railroad town.” But for pedestrians and horse drawn carts, all those railroad tracks that meant so much to the economy and the growth of Atlanta presented major challenges for transportation around the city.

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City Hall bribery fallout lands in Atlanta mayoral race

In the wake of three guilty pleas related to allegations of crooked contracting at City Hall and an FBI raid on a city contractor, mayoral candidate Peter Aman stepped up to a microphone in his own office and became the latest in a crowded pack of mayoral hopefuls to take a jab at City Hall — and each other — on ethics.

It never returned

When the 1895 Cotton States Exposition opened in Atlanta 120 years ago as of this writing, it represented the culmination of years of planning and fund raising on the part of the exposition’s organizers. It was a big time undertaking costing over $2 million dollars, which, by today’s currency standards, equates to around $57 million […]


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Why Delta’s Richard Anderson went from planes to trains

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Sept. 15, 2017

Make no mistake about it. Richard Anderson is now a railroad guy.

Anderson, the former CEO of Delta Air Lines Inc., became co-CEO of Amtrak — the nation’s passenger railroad system — in July. His co-CEO is Wick Moorman, who served as both CEO of Norfolk Southern Railroad and as Amtrak’s past CEO.

“I don’t work in the airline industry anymore,” Anderson was quick to say in a brief interview on Sept. 9 when he was in Atlanta to be honored at a gala of the American Cancer Society. “I work for Amtrak.”

How to get the word out

Consider the question of fire in the early days of Atlanta.

How would anybody who wasn’t immediately affected by the fire know that there actually was a fire? I’m not talking about the “big” fire that resulted from Sherman’s occupation but the everyday, commonplace fires that were all too frequent in a city built largely of wood, a city where cooking and heating were done with fire. A city where passing trains frequently generated sparks that often landed on the rooftops of buildings.

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Huffington Post brings its ‘Listen to America’ tour to Atlanta

The Huffington Post brought its “Listen to America” tour to Atlanta Friday – anchoring its bus and recording studios at Ponce City Market.

The tour is taking “HuffPost” to 25 cities across the country – especially communities that are “undercovered” by the online publication that was founded by Arianna Huffington.

“We are doing this tour so we can find stories that are not often told,” said Marc Janks, HuffPost’s director of multimedia. “We just want to listen to people in those cities across America.”

A familiar statue

Samuel Spencer was killed at the age of 59. The accident that took his life happened in the predawn hours of Thanksgiving Day in 1906. Spencer and some of his friends were in Spencer’s private rail car headed for a hunting trip in Virginia. While Spencer and his fellow passengers were asleep, his railcar became […]

Atlanta City Council candidate Q and A: Carla Smith

Some comments have been edited for brevity and clarity. Voters first sent incumbent Carla Smith to Atlanta City Council to represent District 1 in 2001. Campaign website Q: What’s your No. 1 concern for District 1? A: Quality of life. For me, quality of life is all-encompassing. It is everything because one of the problems […]

Atlanta City Council candidate Q and A: Mo Ivory

Moriama “Mo” Ivory is a lawyer, activist and media personality making her first run for office in a bid for the Atlanta City Council District 1 seat. Campaign website Q: What’s your No. 1 concern for the district? A: Representation for all of the people that live in the district and not for just the […]

Atlanta City Council candidate Q and A: Bill Powell

Bill Powell has worked in transportation project planning and management in several agencies and now works with governments as a federal project reviewer. The District 1 Atlanta City Council seat would be his first elected office. He spoke to the Saporta Report via email. Campaign website Q: What’s your No. 1 concern for your district? […]

Atlanta City Council candidate Q and A: Oz Hill

After retiring from the U.S. Army, Oswald “Oz” Hill went to work as a consultant — and later as a city of Atlanta staff member — working in emergency preparedness, disaster mitigation, security planning and other areas. He’s now running for Atlanta City Council District 1 and spoke to Saporta Report via email. Campaign website […]