It’s time to stop criminalizing HIV

It’s time to stop criminalizing HIV

Georgia law hasn’t caught up to science. For people living here with HIV, consensual sex can still lead to felony charges. An Atlanta writer shares his concerns and why it's time for change.
Atlanta Streetcar

The Atlanta Streetcar is good for tourists. What about regular commuters?

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?
Creative Loafing

Commentary: I miss Creative Loafing

"I miss the award-winning, funny, and frank publication that would report the hell out of anything if it was important to our city," says former CL contributor Austin L. Ray of Atlanta's alt-weekly, which shifted to a monthly format and laid off nearly all of its staff in 2017.

Commentary: Another King family lawsuit? Enough already.

Last week, during the half-century anniversary of the historic March on Washington—best known as the day Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his masterpiece “Dream” speech—my social media feed was crowded with photos of the three surviving King children at the Lincoln Memorial.
Dugans Atlanta Super Bowl LI

Super Bowl LI was a good game. Let’s remember that.

When Pastor Troy’s “No Mo Play in GA” started playing inside Dugans, everyone chanted along with the chorus: “We ready, we ready.” An elderly man who had, up until that moment, been calmly enjoying his cigar, leapt to his feet and swayed, punctuating his moves with flicks of his wrists.
Centennial Olympic Park Bombing Memorial

Requiem for a Reporter: Kathy Scruggs

In her heyday, Kathy Scruggs was a hard-drinking, tough-talking police reporter who wasn't afraid of anything. Her raucous sense of humor was what I loved most about her.
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.
Atlanta Streetcar

Commentary: Connecting MARTA’s proposed light rail to the current Atlanta Streetcar is a mistake

Back in November, voters overwhelmingly approved a sales tax increase to fund transit expansion in the City of Atlanta. MARTA just released its ideal expansion plans, which include bus rapid transit crisscrossing the city, late night and weekend bus service, and 21 miles of light rail. But there is a fatal flaw: the light rail infrastructure goes through one of the most congested part of town, the downtown path of the Atlanta Streetcar.
I was almost sort of famous

That time I almost became a reality TV star

I was 29 and struggling to make it as a freelance writer. MTV’s Jersey Shore was the hottest thing on TV. Those idiots are getting paid, I thought. Why not me and my old buddies?
Sheraton Hotel Atlanta Airport

Commentary: Goodbye and good riddance to bland Atlanta airport development

Most southside Atlanta residents aren't shedding any tears for the demise of the airport Sheraton, and nor should they. Future developers would be wise to build hotels and offices that integrate with both the airport and the communities it sits smack in the middle of.

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