One of the things I love about AJC columnist Jay Bookman's work is that it's insightful without being inciteful. Take it from a former opinion columnist, that's not easy.
On Sunday, the AJC provided an in-depth look at how the proposed transportation sales tax will affect commute times. This being the Twitter age, it's safe to assume many readers delved only as far as the article's downer of a lede:
For jaded downtown urbanites, one emotion will likely dominate Wednesday at 8 p.m. as filmmaker Ben Loeterman’s visually dazzling documentary “John Portman: A Life of Building” has its Georgia broadcast premiere on GPB — Guilt.
When Andrew Young moved to Atlanta in 1961, restaurants and hotels were still segregated. He couldn’t eat in the lunchrooms at Rich’s or Davison's (later Macy’s). A couple years later, when his colleague Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize and a dinner was held at the Dinkler Plaza Hotel to celebrate, many Atlantans were outraged by the bi-racial guest list. Mayor Ivan Allen and execs from Coca-Cola had to strong-arm local business leaders to take part.
Last night I talked with some of Atlanta's leading experts on contemporary art, design, and architecture. During our "Atlanta Embraces Modernism" panel discussion, they weighed in on whether the city reflects a modern spirit.
I was drawn to this 11 Alive online story by the appalling headline "Transvestite prostitutes becoming more violent in Midtown." For Pete's and Patricia's sake, the headline isn't just offensive because it uses a term many consider an epithet. It's also constructed in a way that a) implies transgendered prostitutes are an organized unit perpetrating violence b) assumes the people allegedly involved in a particular alleged attack were, in fact, prostitutes and c) conjures a delicious mental image of a planning meeting where a group of men dressed as women plan a raid on Mary Mac's.
The historic Sweet Auburn corridor will get an infusion of energy over the next six months as the Obama presidential reelection campaign sets up its Georgia headquarters at 171 Auburn Avenue. Having such a high-profile tenant in the area will bring much-needed attention to the struggling historic district. This is especially critical this year as work is underway on the new streetcar line that will run along the street, and civic leaders look for ways to revitalize the surrounding area.
Veteran Atlanta concert promoter and current Eddie's Attic co-owner Alex Cooley talked to Atlanta magazine today about Attic namesake Eddie Owen's unexpected exit from the Decatur nightspot. Cooley told us Wednesday: "Eddie's got a new passion and that is the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth. He was no longer doing anything for the Attic. He hasn't been at the Attic in quite a while. He hasn't kept regular hours there in well over a month."