Category: our-place-in-the-universe - Daily Agenda - Atlanta Magazine

Report: Atlanta is the most sprawling big metro in the U.S.

A study released today by Smart Growth America looks at the impact of sprawl on healthy, safety, and economic opportunity

The study examined the correlation between sprawl and economic mobility. People who live in high-sprawl metro areas have lower rates of economic opportunity than those who live in more densely developed cities. “A low income person in a compact area has much better access to jobs,” said lead research Reid Ewing. Read more...

Report: Cobb County tops the list of places where the rent is too damn high for poor people

Things aren’t much better in DeKalb or Gwinnett.

Well, no matter how statisticians choose to quantify the chasm between the country's haves and have-nots; metro Atlanta keeps coming out on top. The latest: an Urban Institute study that shows three metro counties rank in the top 10 for an affordable housing gap. Read more...

Atlanta: Highest rate of income inequality in the U.S.

The city’s wealthiest earn almost 20 times as much as the poorest

You don’t have to be a statistician or policy analyst to understand that there’s a huge gap between Atlanta’s haves and haves-not. Just walk down Edgewood Avenue on any given evening, where you will find one group of people sleeping on the sidewalks of the Downtown Connector underpass and another paying $20 for parking spots in an empty lot near a bar called Church. Read more...

Atlanta: The top "Winter Wonderland" in America?

Evidently, the Pink Pig contributes to this distinction

Start spreading the news! Although Atlantans almost never get to experience the joys of building snowmen in meadows and all visions of making snow angels are dashed by the realities of Decembers marked by alternating frigid rain and balmy days in the 70s, a new ranking of "Top Ten Winter Wonderlands," trumpets Atlanta as number one. Read more...

Obesity conference hits Atlanta

More than 4,000 obesity experts head to the land of sweet tea

Next month, more than 4,000 of the world's top obesity scientists, health professionals, and policymakers will head to the Georgia World Congress Center for Obesity Week 2013. Part of the reason they chose Atlanta? Sweet tea. Read more...