Category: history - Daily Agenda - Atlanta Magazine

The Clermont Lounge becomes a coffee table book

The author of No Cameras spent three years chronicling the storied strip club's 49-year history

The first time Atlanta writer Dana Hazels Seith attempted to interview Blondie for the new Clermont Lounge coffee table book, No Cameras, the legendary dancer threw her out of her Ponce de Leon Avenue dressing room. For good measure, Blondie also tossed Seith on her second and third attempts to talk to her. Read more...

Flashback: The 1895 Cotton States Exposition and the Negro Building

As we wrap up Black History Month, remembering an often overlooked chapter in Atlanta's history.

The Negro Building was the first designated space, since Emancipation, for the showcase of African-American achievement in a white-dominated setting. Without it, the Exposition committee could have not received federal backing, and those funds appropriated from Congress, are what helped make the fair an international success. Read more...

Sam Massell: It's time to say "never again"

Atlanta's MARTA mayor on why last week's wintry gridlock was 50 years in the making and what should happen next.

Last Tuesday night, huddled behind the steering wheel in an overcoat, gloves and a hat, Buckhead Coalition president Sam Massell was gridlocked on Atlanta’s main artery, stuck in the slush with the rest of us. As his usual 16-minute Buckhead commute down Peachtree Road slid into an hour, Massell, 86, had time to reflect on half a century of metro Atlanta's mass transit maladies. Read more...

Just what's inside that giant arch in Atlantic Station?

Millennium Gate offers more than monumental eye candy

Nestled amid apartment complexes on Seventeenth Street, the seven-story, 100-foot Millennium Gate is hard to miss but easy to whiz by. Many Atlantans assume the Roman-inspired arch, erected in 2008, is just another decorative element of Atlantic Station, the mini-city built on the site of an old steel mill. But the monumental structure houses a 12,000-square-foot museum that pays tribute to Georgia history and Atlanta’s founding families. Read more...

New details on the Polaris, set to open in late March/early April

Hyatt hopes to resurrect a symbol of Atlanta

When word got out that downtown Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency was working to reopen the Polaris—the blue-dome saucer that was immediately a skyline hallmark when it opened in 1967—the city buzzed with excitement. Details on the redesign have been kept under wraps since, and so I was excited when I got to meet the designers at The Johnson Studio and see the space last week. Read more...