Atlanta and the DeKalb County School District officially engage their two-front battle next week over DeKalb’s opposition to Atlanta’s annexation of Emory University and surrounding land. DeKalb says it will lose more than $2 million a year in school taxes. But more than money is at stake.
The Marcus Foundation has donated $15 million to enhance the prevention and treatment of stroke in the Stroke Belt that covers 11 southern states. It comes on the heels of an analysis by Scientific American magazine that shows stroke is no longer a disease of the elderly — it’s striking a soaring number of millennials.
Amid all the conversation about the nation’s opioid addiction, there is surprisingly little common ground on how to address it – with treatment or prosecution. That was the starting point of a conversation last week that was part of Emory University’s yearlong series, Conversations With America.
Randall O’Toole is at it again. Just as MARTA, Atlanta and possibly DeKalb County seem poised to help fund a transit line to the Emory University area, O’Toole – one of the nation’s outspoken critics of transit and smart growth policies – is out with new reports saying the transit era is over.
Emory University is ramping up its efforts to inform Georgia’s congressional members of the harm it says the current version of the House tax plan could cause to colleges and universities, which includes undermining funding for research, academic programs and student finances.
Atlanta on Tuesday laid a big piece of its foundation for the upcoming legal effort to provide a seamless annexation into the city of Emory University and neighboring institutions. The move appears designed to address provisions in a state annexation law regarding future development and density in annexation areas.
Some six weeks before Atlanta City Council is expected to vote on Emory University’s petition to join the city, a state lawmaker who’s running for mayor is raising questions about the equity of possible spending on a light rail line in the would-be part of Atlanta.
Invest Atlanta is slated to approve Wednesday the final step in a financing deal that will enable construction to resume at the Georgia Proton Treatment Center, in Midtown, just as the Atlanta City Council is poised to appoint a new member to the development authority’s board.
(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with photos by Kelly Jordan.)
The John Lewis Chair for Civil Rights and Social Justice, at Emory University, has been fully funded through $2 million in gifts and pledges. Emory is to conduct a national search for an academician to fill the seat.
Emory University is at an interesting junction as academicians explore social issues in an era when President Trump talks about closing borders. Emory’s posture is evident in its rejection of requests to become a “sanctuary campus,” even as Emory hosts an event Wednesday to discuss the history of American civil protest.