Mad Max, crowded tunnels, Power Wheels cars, and good deeds
This year’s Dragon Con drew an estimated 70,000 worshipers of geek culture to downtown Atlanta, accompanied by a plethora of impressive costumes, celebrity guests, and of course, street-jamming crowds. So what were the hottest cosplay characters, coolest Easter eggs, and most-welcome surprises?Read more
When it comes to stadium-naming rights, the Falcons and Braves speak loudly about corporate partners but stay quiet about the cash.
The silence surrounding both sponsorship deals raises questions about an unavoidable reality of partnerships between government and professional sports franchises, which readily accept—and sometimes demand—taxpayer dollars to fund their for-profit enterprises, but sidestep the obligations of transparency accompanying traditional government projects.Read more
The new food delivery service serves Midtown, downtown, and Buckhead
Southfork is a new delivery service working with local restaurants like Rumi’s, the General Muir, and Southbound to provide lunches to select office buildings in Midtown, downtown, Buckhead, and possibly elsewhere around the metro area.Read more
University to spend $2.5 million for demolition effort, mum on longterm plans for Downtown site’s future
“We don’t have that many old buildings left Downtown.”Read more
Between night and day, between Centennial Olympic Park and the county jail, Jimmy Rivas is praying. He and his coworkers have agreed to spend one year within these walls, recovering from alcohol or other drugs. In five minutes, they will serve breakfast.Read more
The owner of Velvet on partying with Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin, and Madonna
We opened the Velvet in this vacated 6,000-square-foot building downtown. Everybody came: gay, straight, bankers, punks, you name it. This was before event photographers and cellphone cameras.Read more
For starters, if you spend $98 million on the thing, why not run it more frequently?
Boosters say the streetcar will transport more people around downtown, connect riders to the larger MARTA system, and bring business to struggling areas of town. If they want to come close to that, here are six things they should consider doing based on my experience commuting by the Atlanta Streetcar for the past eight weeks.Read more
I rode the streetcar to work for a week. Here’s what I learned.
There’s little doubt that the Atlanta Streetcar, which finally started service a few weeks ago, will be a good thing for the city’s tourism business. But what about everyday use? Is the streetcar a practical option for people who live and work within walking distance of its 12 stops? People like me?Read more
An icon searches for a new identity
There we were, sitting along a black-and-white petrified wood bar twenty-two stories up, looking out at the Atlanta sky, now blood-orange after a summer storm. Many have wondered if Polaris—atop the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, once the tallest building in the city—still has a decent view.Read more
The public art program is designed to spark economic development
The Elevate public art program is designed to jump-start economic development in blighted parts of Downtown—and be a heck of a party.Read more