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Kristal Dixon
17 hours ago - News

Critics bash Cobb resolution on anti-Semitism, racism

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

A month after swastikas were found drawn on bathroom walls at two of its high schools, the Cobb County Board of Education approved a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and racism.

Flashback: Bathrooms at Pope and Lassiter high schools were vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti in September, an act the school district said stemmed from a social media prank, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Thomas Wheatley
17 hours ago - News

What to expect from MARTA's bus rapid transit line

A rendering of MARTA's bus rapid transit line
Rendering courtesy of MARTA

Late next year, MARTA will break ground on one of the most important projects the transportation agency will build in the coming decades: a $61.5 million bus rapid transit line connecting South Downtown to the southern arc of the Beltline, and all the neighborhoods, restaurants, and shops in between.

Why it matters: The so-called Summerhill BRT is metro Atlanta's first foray into bus rapid transit, MARTA says. Think of them as extra special buses that run in dedicated lanes and free of car traffic.

Thomas Wheatley
Oct 15, 2021 - News

What the Gulch incentives deal got for Atlanta

A rendering showing people biking and walking in the early at a proposed mixed-use development near State Farm Arena
Rendering courtesy of CIM Group

When Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms struck a nearly $2 billion incentives package with a Los Angeles-based developer to develop a mixed-use mini-city in Downtown’s “Gulch” called Centennial Yards, the company promised tens of millions of dollars in return to combat inequity.

  • Yesterday, that developer literally handed Bottoms a $33.5 million check — and the Mayor knows how she wants to spend it.
Thomas Wheatley
Oct 14, 2021 - News

Tenure changes coming to Georgia universities

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Photo: Bloomberg/Getty Images

Professors are protesting a controversial policy change approved yesterday by the Board of Regents that they say will give administrators the power to terminate tenured faculty.

  • The policy, critics say, essentially eliminates the concept of tenure — the peer-awarded and peer-reviewed status in higher education that gives professors academic freedom — at 25 public colleges and universities in Georgia.
Thomas Wheatley
Oct 13, 2021 - News

A memorial for Atlanta's convict leasing victims

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The new pump house overlooking a 2.4 billion gallon reservoir made from the shuttered Bellwood Quarry. Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management

Atlanta was built with bricks and stones made and chiseled by men, women, and sometimes children at works camps, where they labored without pay to the point of exhaustion, permanent injury, and sometimes death.

A coalition now wants to honor them — starting with acknowledging the labor practice at what will become Atlanta’s largest park.

Kristal Dixon
Oct 12, 2021 - News

$44 million project seeks to make Cumberland bike friendly

Cumberland Community Improvement District's proposed multi-modal path.
A rendering showing the proposed multimodal path that would include bike and pedestrian lanes as well as room for an autonomous bus. Photo courtesty of Cumberland Community Improvement District

A new, multimillion dollar project would make it easier to walk, bike or ride a self-driving bus from Cumberland Mall to watch the Atlanta Braves play at Truist Park.

Details: The Cumberland Community Improvement District has unveiled a proposed 3-mile multimodal path that will include dedicated pedestrian and bike lanes as well as an autonomous shuttle system alongside traditional travel lanes.

Why it matters: The community improvement district has a history of investing in projects that improve car-based travel in the area, making it easy for commuters and visitors to access office parks and popular venues like the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and Cumberland Mall.

Kristal Dixon
Oct 12, 2021 - Politics

Election workers fired for allegedly shredding voter registration applications

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Two Fulton election workers have been fired after they were accused of shredding hundreds of voter registration applications, which prompted Georgia’s secretary of state to call on the federal government to investigate the county's operations.

Why it matters: The latest saga out of Georgia’s most populous county comes months after the State Board of Elections appointed a panel to review the county’s elections process, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Atlanta's once-innovative system for citizen engagement faces big changes

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Oh, and money. They desperately need more funding. When the NPUs first met, their internal office had 18 dedicated staffers (federal funding helped). Today, it has four. Atlanta’s once-innovative program to include residents in the decision-making process about big-picture issues affecting their city needs a complete overhaul, according to a three-year study by a local champion for civic engagement.

Why it matters: It should be a critical avenue for regular folks to weigh in on long-term planning visions and policies like affordable housing, density, cash bail reform and climate change.

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