John Lewis in 2016

John Lewis championed immigrant rights—and that made him even more of a hero to me

"The lasting memory I’ll have of him is how much he made me and my community feel seen and known, especially during a time when we were the most in need of help," writes Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Atlanta founder Helen Kim Ho.
New Zealand COVID-19 response

Commentary: An ex-pat Atlantan and former CDC staffer on what we could learn from nearly coronavirus-free New Zealand

My children are back at school. We eat out at restaurants. No one wears masks, and no one is concerned. This isn’t a wild dream; this is New Zealand.  
Goodgrief app

What creating a grief app taught me about connection

Western culture idolizes feeling good, making us chronically incapable of facing human fragility. People shun discussions of death. They fear talking about grief. If you haven’t yet squirmed in grief’s grip, I’m sorry to say, it’s ahead.
Atlanta must lead the way in advancing racial equity

Atlanta must lead the way in advancing racial equity

This time of unrest offers the chance to take a different path forward and lead the Atlanta region, the South, and the nation toward a more equitable future. We must take the lessons (both good and bad) from our courageous past to realize a New Atlanta Way.
Governor Brian Kemp

Governor Kemp has made his choice clear. What about yours?

Do you promote the individual health of the constituents of our world, or do you promote somebody’s idea of the “economy"?

A Modest Proposal

We created this helpful guide for Georgia businesses with illustrator Tommy Siegel.
Going on walks in Atlanta

Taking walks forced me to slow down—and better appreciate Atlanta

In Atlanta, we can be spread out without forfeiting the existential balm of seeing a variety of other people. But nothing makes the details shine like just walking around.
Piedmont Park Atlanta

The last good day

A sunny Saturday in mid-March, the day before my 26th birthday, is one I have come to think of in the weeks since as “the last good day.”

Corona-Angst on two continents: Watching coronavirus panic unfold at home while abroad in Austria

Former Atlanta magazine editor Rebecca Burns, on vacation in Austria last week as COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, describes what it was like to watch the disaster response unfold in two countries at once.
Smoking Ban Atlanta bars

Yes, Atlanta needed to ban smoking in bars. But . . .

There are two certainties in a bar that allows smoking: 1) The drinks are cheap, and 2) The bar has history. Those are two precious commodities these days, especially in a city that, like many cities, is morphing into one giant luxury apartment building with a generic name.

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