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Reporter’s Notebook: Hoping for snow this weekend? No dice.

As the Omicron variant spreads and COVID-19 cases increase around the metro area, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has reinstated a city-wide mask mandate for indoor public spaces. The City of Atlanta is back to the yellow zone of its reopening plan, which calls for “limited industries [to] resume operations with severe restrictions.” Mayor-elect Andre […]

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Reporter’s Notebook: NPU system reform ideas are ‘fair and worthy,’ says City Council Zoning chair

This week, 132 years ago, Decatur Female Seminary was founded, and would later become Agnes Scott College. The seminary began in a three-story house with 63 students and four teachers in 1889. George Washington Scott, a primary benefactor, later named the school after his grandmother Agnes Irvine Scott. Agnes Scott now has 1,115 students and […]

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The Westside Work continues: There are no silver bullets

By FRANK FERNANDEZ, senior vice president of community development of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

The Westside is indeed On the Rise. It is not perfect and long-time residents are rightly and deeply concerned about displacement and gentrification. However, Atlanta’s historic Westside is a different place than it was five years ago when our collective place-based efforts began.

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr., preserving his teachings and saving Atlanta’s history

Sometimes we take for granted Atlanta’s living history as the home of civil rights.

That was reinforced to me on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 5 when the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation hosted a program featuring the documentary – King in the Wilderness – on the last three years of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.

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Westside initiatives take root, ‘but there’s a long way to go’

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Dec. 22, 2017

During a recent tour of English Avenue and Vine City, Frank Fernandez of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation highlighted numerous initiatives that have begun to take root on the Westside.

A former check-cashing business is being transformed into a restaurant. Several vacant lots have been turned into neighborhood parks. Police officers are moving into the neighborhood thanks to an initiative of the Atlanta Police Foundation. Westside Works has a new home where it is training residents in the fields of construction, heath care, culinary arts and soon childcare.

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MLK’s “Beloved Community” and the G-Word

An almost surefire way to start an argument in Atlanta is to utter the “G-word” – as in “gentrification.” In the midst of a torrid development boom, the inflow of affluent newcomers to Atlanta – and the involuntary uprooting of low-income residents that inevitably follows – reveals the racial and economic fault lines running through city’s social bedrock.