A state that’s been reluctant to bankroll buses and the train in its biggest metro has announced a major mass transit spend by Georgia standards — $100 million. That’ll be a substantial downpayment on rapid bus service along Ga. 400.
We don’t know yet how much that secret recording of Casey Cagle admitting that he’d put politics over policy will affect the runoff campaign. But it reveals some interesting things about what’s worried the Republican front-runner, and what hasn’t.
Cities across the country join metro Atlanta in facing shortages of affordable housing that stem, in part, from a surge in the proportion of rental homes that are built and priced for wealthy folks who want to rent, not own, a home, according to a recent report from a think tank at Harvard University.
By Guest Columnist DAVID KYLER, executive director of the Center for a Sustainable Coast, located in St. Simons
Enormous burdens on Georgia taxpayers have been imposed by damage from major storms over the past two years. Such impacts over this period are estimated to have cost Georgians some $5 billion in property and infrastructure damage, evacuation expenses, and recovery/clean-up. The majority of these expenses have been imposed by hurricanes, Matthew (2016) and Irma (2017).
This is the first election in Georgia history in which all the Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor are women, and all the Republican candidates for those offices are men. There have been implications for both races.
Three measures approved by the state Legislature this year are triggering concerns among members of the Atlanta City Council – a study committee to evaluate the state takeover of Atlanta’s airport; a call for Atlanta to permanently close a portion of Mitchell Street adjacent to the Capitol; and carving out a piece of Stockbridge to create a City of Eagle’s Landing.
here have been some theatrics involved — we’re about to talk about Louisiana, after all — but the nation should be paying more attention to what’s happening in Baton Rouge. It could be a warning for the rest of us.
By January, one of the people running for lieutenant governor will hold one of the most powerful posts in state politics. That’s because the winner presides over the state Senate, giving them great influence over what bills move through — and which don’t.
We are in the process of losing an important chunk of our collective economic memory, as anyone with an investment account more than a decade old will be able to observe online over the coming months. As it slips from the 10-year charts, the lessons of the Great Recession are fading.
By Guest Columnist MICHAEL M. SIZEMORE, founding principal of Sizemore Group and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects
What makes a good business decision? After running a successful architecture firm for decades, I’ve learned a thing or two about what guides good business judgment, and the importance of making sound decisions in the best interest of one’s clients….
And that is why I can say with confidence that the decision to continue the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion, despite a near doubling of its original price tag and more than five years of delay, appears to be bad business, pure and simple.
Emory University is continuing to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, joining 16 other leading universities in urging the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York to support the program and reject the Trump administration’s effort to end DACA.
By Guest Columnist KATHLEEN FARRELL, head of commercial real estate at SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Over the last decade, as millennials entered the workforce and delayed or indefinitely avoided buying a home, apartment complexes sprang up across Atlanta – as they did in many U.S. cities – to meet the growing demand for rental housing. Many of these new developments were built as luxury living experiences in order to command higher rents and meet the expectations of a younger clientele. The result was a robust supply of high-end units that have been absorbed by Atlanta’s strong job market, but a dearth of affordable, workforce housing.
In 2017, the Rev. Darrion Fletcher died during his campaign for the Atlanta City Council post held by Ivory Lee Young, Jr. On Tuesday, Young continued his effort to honor Fletcher by naming a playing field for him in Vine City Park. Young also proposes to rename the entire park for a well-regarded urban planner, June Mundy.
When you think how much lip service has been paid to education issues over the years, it’s striking how many of the interested parties have been caught flat-footed this year, when our schools really became big news.