PredPol allows officers to focus on the most likely locations for specific crimes at certain times of the day
Atlanta Police Lieutenant LeAnne Browning recalls her days as a patrol officer. “Our lieutenants would say, ‘Okay, I want you to look at the beat books so you can know what’s out there on your beat.’ Well, the beat books are like this thick with reports,” she says, holding her hands a couple of feet apart. “And you’d sit there and thumb through it all, and there was no time because they were then kicking you out of the precinct to handle calls.” She pauses before pointing to her computer screen. “That’s the old way of doing things. This—it’s right here.”Read more
Mayor says NBA is committed to the city
Mayor Kasim Reed is batting .333 when it comes to keeping major sports teams in the city limits. Today he held a press conference to reassure the public that his average won’t drop.Read more
How do you measure the impact of a weekend that seemed to be embraced by the whole city?
More than 60,000 people attended the three concerts held in Centennial Olympic Park, according to Pat O’Brien of the promotions group Bowery Presents South. The economic impact to the city has not been tallied, but attendees took over surrounding downtown hotels, restaurants, and bars, paid handsomely for parking, bought T-shirts, and took plenty of $13.50 rides on the Ferris wheel.Read more
Plus, Bill Torpy on APD’s not-so-happy “Happy” video, and a smart take on the APS-BeltLine dispute
The weekend’s here, so it’s a great time to catch up on these stories about Atlanta or by Atlanta writers.Read more
As Georgia’s new law goes into effect, mayor Kasim Reed bans firearms from city facilities.
In all of yesterday’s excitement over soccer and waffles, it might have slipped your mind that July 1 also marked the start of Georgia’s new gun law. The so-called “Guns Everywhere” law increases the public places where firearms can be carried—including bars, nightclubs, and some government facilities.Read more
The event will be at Piedmont Park on Tuesday afternoon.
The other day I was in Manuel’s Tavern, the iconic Atlanta bar best known for hosting election night watch parties. The staff discussed last week’s U.S. versus Germany game, and the unexpected throngs who showed up to watch. “None of us really know soccer,” said owner Brian Maloof. “But obviously people loved it.”Read more
Office of Sustainability drafted zoning changes to make it easier for urban farms to operate
Mayor Kasim Reed has grand ambitions for Atlanta—high-tech incubators, for instance. But his administration has another, more prosaic goal: to reconnect the city with Georgia’s agrarian roots.Read more
Decatur, Albany, Savannah, Columbus, and Athens all have one. Why don’t we?
In 2005 Georgia enacted a smoking ban for restaurants and pubs that serve or employ people under age eighteen. At the time, a bartender at Manuel’s Tavern announced, “Don’t worry, we’re not banning cigarettes; we’re banning kids!”Read more
The Atlanta artist’s portrait of Mayor Reed took centerstage this week via Deal’s now infamous tweet
Atlanta artist Steve Penley had a message for the city Friday, so he took to his paints and brushes to best express himself. In black paint, Penley wrote: “Atlanta is very lucky to have a great mayor and Ga. has a great Gov. Get a grip everyone. It’s weather!” He posted it on his artist Facebook page. So why did Penley feel the need to address the ongoing criticism of Georgia governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed? For starters, Penley’s work has been unintentionally ridiculed all week.Read more