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🌥️ Today's weather: Mostly cloudy, with a slight chance of rain after 5pm. High around 83.

📈 Situational awareness: The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia voted yesterday to raise tuition for the 2024-25 academic year. In-state tuition will rise by 2.5%, and out-of-state tuition will increase by 5%.

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1 big thing: Supreme Court hears Cobb map case

Courtesy of the Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Office

The Georgia Supreme Court will hear arguments at 10am today in Cobb County's appeal of a lower court's ruling that said it did not have the power to redraw its commission district map.

Why it matters: A ruling in Cobb's favor could bring an end to the longstanding practice of state legislators redrawing county commissions districts following each U.S. Census count.

State of play: A Cobb County Superior Court judge ruled in January that it was unconstitutional for the county's Board of Commissioners to redraw its district boundaries.

  • Cobb appealed the decision, and the outcome of its nearly two-year battle to wrangle control over the redistricting process from the state now rests with Georgia's highest court.

Catch up quick: In 2022, state legislators began redrawing district lines for county commissions and local boards of education following the 2020 census.

  • Republican state legislators representing Cobb introduced a new map that put two incumbents — Democrat Jerica Richardson and Republican JoAnn Birrell — in one district.
  • That map was adopted by the General Assembly and signed into law.

Citing the Home Rule clause in the Georgia Constitution, county commissioners adopted their own redrawn district map in place of the one approved by legislators.

  • Two county residents, David and Catherine Floam, sued the county over its actions.

Friction point: Cobb also used its redrawn map for the purposes of qualifying for the 2024 primary and general election.

  • This has led to confusion among some candidates who thought they lived in the districts where they were running, but were disqualified under the county map.

What's next: Justices are required to hand down a decision no later than the end of their next term, which is around mid-November, Supreme Court spokesperson Kathleen Joyner tells Axios.

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2. Switchyards looks beyond Atlanta for expansion

Photo: Courtesy of Switchyards

Switchyards wants to expand its neighborhood-focused coworking concept to 200 locations across the Southeast and beyond over the next five years.

Why it matters: Your work habits today likely involve more Zoom calls from your kitchen and coffee shops and fewer water-cooler chats.

Driving the news: Switchyards just wrapped up a $5 million round of VC funding that will help fuel an expansion into new locations in the Atlanta suburbs, Nashville, Charlotte and other regional cities, founder and CEO Michael Tavani tells Axios.

Catch up quick: The company opened its flagship Downtown location in 2016, and three years later launched its "neighborhood work club" concept in Inman Park and Westside.

  • The smartly designed 24/7 workspaces, sometimes in nontraditional spaces like former motorcycle garages and a church, have popped up in 10 locations, including Midtown, Decatur and most recently Chamblee.
  • Since 2021, Tavani says, the company has doubled its revenue every year.

Intrigue: During the pandemic, Switchyards paused everyone's membership for 14 months. "We knew if we held on, on the other side of COVID… that the world [will have] accelerated toward what we were doing."

By the numbers: In addition to the 200 locations, the company wants to double its member base and open 10 more clubs by the end of 2024, Tavani says.

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3. Politic-ATL: Animal services proposal presented

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Welcome back to Atlanta City Hall, where lawmakers returned to work this week after a recess.

🐶 Dog catchers: Fulton County commissioners could vote today on a five-year contract with Atlanta for animal control services.

  • It proposes Atlanta would pay based on its share of service calls Fulton receives across all the municipalities it serves, the AJC reports.

🏞️ Riverlands: Atlanta is giving the PATH Foundation nonprofit $6.5 million to build the first segment of a mile-long linear river park trail.

  • The trail would span from Standing Peachtree Park to Marietta Road NW, completing the Silver Comet Connector before the 2026 World Cup.

🎊 Dance: City Council waived bidding requirements for Atlanta's Sept. 7 Senior Ball to let the administration secure contracts quickly.

  • This comes a year after Atlanta's Office of the Inspector General alleged the city violated spending policies and overspent for the 2022 Senior Ball.

💼 City attorney: Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker will become Atlanta's interim city attorney on May 9, after city attorney Nina Hickson retires.

💡 Advisory council: Mayor Andre Dickens has launched the city's first Women of Atlanta Advisory Council.

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4. Where's Phoenix: Flying to a mansion

Credit: Thomas Wheatley/Axios

Congrats to Caroline H., Nick P. and Andria S., who correctly guessed Phoenix is at the historic Herndon Home in Vine City.

  • The Beaux Arts-style home was built in the early 1900s for Alonzo Herndon, the founder and president of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company.
  • Herndon was born into slavery and became Atlanta's first Black millionaire. Today, the house is a museum.

5. Five-ish Points: Microsoft buys land for data center

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

⚖️ A man who created a fake Black Lives Matter group to steal money from donors was convicted on wire fraud and money laundering charges. (WSB)

💰 Microsoft purchased 136 acres for $52.5 million in South Fulton County to build another data center, despite its planned mixed-use campus in Atlanta being on hold. (AJC)

A detainee died Sunday while in custody at the DeKalb County Jail, the second in-custody death for the jail so far this year. (Decaturish)

6. 1 quote to go: "Did you get my letter?"

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Photo: Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

"I have constituents with prescriptions that aren't being delivered," he added. "I've got constituents who can't pay their rent and their mortgages. I've got businesses who aren't able to ship products or receive supplies. I wrote you on March 14. Did you get my letter?"
— Sen. Jon Ossoff to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy during the Senate hearing yesterday over delays at the USPS Palmetto Distribution Center. DeJoy said he did not receive the letter. Read more with the AJC.

🥳 Kristal is screaming happy birthday to her older sister!

🚣‍♂️ Thomas is taking the rest of the week off.

😪 Wilborn needs to stop procrastinating from working out.

This newsletter was edited by Jen Ashley and copy edited by Caitlin Wolper and Anjelica Tan.