An ad is running on the “ABC SuperSign” in Times Square.
It might seem wise to invest in a campaign targeting people most likely to ride the Atlanta Streetcar: you know, Atlantans. But thankfully the city has done something more effective: keeping the streetcar fare-free through the end of this year.Read more
Crews of 750 are working six days a week to build the core of the arena
With just over two years left to complete the Atlanta Falcons stadium, crews of 750 are working six days a week to meet the August 2015 deadline to build the core of the 1.9-million-square-foot, $1.4 billion stadium that will rise 30 stories over Northside and Martin Luther King Jr. drives.Read more
Renovations at the Atlanta Daily World building and Bar One signal progress in the historic district. Also, there’s the streetcar.
Back in 2012, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn district to its list of the country’s “most endangered” historic places. Much bemoaning of Atlanta’s fondness for the wrecking ball followed—just as it had in 1992, the first time that the Trust sounded the alarm on the precarious status of one of the most influential locations in African American history.Read more
Featuring Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Ben Carson, and … a demon sheep?
In a somewhat puzzling show of corporate synergy, sibling network CNN has released a cover of “Too Many Cooks,” the wickedly clever sitcom genre parody that aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.Read more
The gap between the city’s rich and poor remains the highest in the country. Here’s why that matters for middle class city dwellers—and suburbanites.
The richest Atlanta households earn almost 20 times more than the city’s poorest residents: $288,159 compared to $14,988.Read more
Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Antonio ”L.A.” Reid’s LaFace Records spawned a web of connections
Atlanta became the epicenter of hip-hop and R&B thanks to hitmakers Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Antonio “L.A.” Reid (33 number one singles!). Their LaFace Records created stars, jump-started stalled careers, and spawned a web of connections—snaring even Kevin Bacon and the film Six Degrees of Separation.Read more
A look at the long-term benefits of major projects completed in the rush to 1996
Atlanta poured $1 billion into an Olympic building frenzy—supplemented by cash from TV rights, corporate sponsorships, and ticket sales. This generated a $5 billion economic impact that summer, and decades of population growth and international investment. But how have those construction projects paid off?Read more
The man once called the “Right Hand of God” now runs the Faith & Freedom Coalition
God works, as they say, in mysterious ways, and for Ralph Reed, He did so in a Washington, D.C., bar called Bullfeathers, where one night in the mid-1980s, the former executive director of the College Republicans felt a divine whisper prompting him to attend church.Read more
Tag Team’s one-hit wonder made zillions (just not for its creators)
As Tag Team, Cecil Glenn, aka DC the Brain Supreme, and Steve “Rolln” Gibson may be one-hit wonders, but oh, what a hit. The thumping bass, gleeful spirit, and endless chants of the title phrase have made 1993’s “Whoomp! (There It Is)” one of the most enduring party songs of the past 25 years.Read more
An oral history with Kasim Reed, Sam Massell, Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin, Eldrin Bell, Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, Sharon Toomer, Ryan Cameron, and many more
From hundreds to thousands to tens of thousands, Freaknik grew, but during its first decade, almost all white Atlantans—and many black Atlantans over the age of 40—were oblivious. Then came Freaknik 1993.Read more