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Parks and Parking Lots

What’s the latest BeltLine news? Will this thing ever happen? The ballyhooed BeltLine is supposed to create or involve 1,300 acres of parks, thirty-three miles of trails, twenty-two miles of transit, 30,000 new jobs, 1,100 acres of environmental cleanup, affordable hous

In Tune: Joey Sommerville

Though it seems unlikely, hip-hop’s Jazze Pha, jam band Phish, and Cirque du Soleil do have common ground—they’ve all worked with Atlanta trumpeter Joey Sommerville. A Detroit native who grew up on Motown, Sommerville’s influences are diverse. “Music has gotten so compartmentalized and segmented,” he says. “People ask what I play. I play music. Sometimes it’s gospel. Sometimes it’s jazz. Sometimes it’s pop.”

Howlers and Scalpers

Q: I’ve heard about coyote sightings in the burbs, but now my intown newsletter is warning about them. What’s up? The common coyote is in every Georgia county, but particularly Fulton and Gwinnett (for reasons as yet unstudied) and along the Chattahoochee corridor. As Looney Tunes taught us, they’re

The Shelf: Thomas Mullen, Michael Waddell

Thomas Mullen Decatur resident Thomas Mullen writes political allegories by accident. His first novel, The Last Town on Earth, was a brilliant story about a small town that tried to qu

The Shelf: 2009’s Best Books

BEST NOVEL The Age of Orphans by Laleh Khadivi (Bloomsbury, $24) Khadivi’s brutal, transcendent novel is set in her native Iran, where a Kurdish boy is conscripted into the first shah’s army after seeing his family slaughtered. He is taught to kill his own people as he grows in

Online Extra: The Constellations Q&A

Atlanta’s supergroup is an amorphous thing to wrap your mind around. With a genre-straddling sound and everchanging roster that has included former members of Atlanta’s Gates of Berlin, Vin Corejo, Snowden, Second Shift, Ocha la Rocha, Trances Arc, and others, the Constellations are, in many ways, the voice of the Atlanta music scene. Since vocalist Elijah Jones and his seven-person band teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarles Barkley, Gym Class H

Trains on the brain

Q: What happened to all the cool old passenger trains that used to run through Georgia? Neill Herring, a former Georgia Association of Railroad Passengers lobbyist, rode the Dixie Flyer and the Ponce de Leon from Dalton to Atlanta back in the sixties. “The train guys knew us because we helped handle the mail,” he says

In Tune: The Constellations

With a sound that straddles rock, punk, and hip-hop, and an ever-changing roster that has included members of local groups such as the Gates of Berlin, Snowden, and Second Shift, the Constellations are in many ways the voice of the Atlanta music scene. In 2008, vocalist Elijah Jones and his seven-person band teamed up with Grammy-winnin

In Tune: Warren Hudson, owner of Decatur CD

After Decatur CD owner Warren Hudson had sent a dozen customers to Walmart for the new DVD from local country sensations Sugarland because of their exclusive distribution deal with the big-box retailer, he made his disapproval public by penning an open letter to the band. It stated, “By shutting the door on independent record

A mysterious tower and a towering rivalry

Q. What's that large phallic symbol on the east side of the Connector with the word "Corey" on its side?Known more politely as the Corey Tower, it was originally a Georgia Power steam plant facility that provided heat to Downtown in the sixties and seventies. Eventually outmoded, it was purchased in 1994 by local entrepreneur Billy Corey, whose company specializes in billboard and airport advertising.“The ‘Power of the Tower’ i

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