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State-sanctioned encampments for unhoused people

State-sanctioned encampments, like this one in Athens, can provide shelter for the unhoused. But are they deferring permanent solutions?

Proponents of sanctioned encampments, like First Step in Athens, say they’re a safer, healthier alternative to the communities of tents and lean-to shacks that have become a part of our cities’ landscapes. People living on the street are vulnerable to violence and arson; these informal camps can also lack sanitation and waste disposal infrastructure, which adds to the risk of infectious disease. But critics of state- and city-authorized camps say there’s little evidence that they ultimately reduce homelessness. In fact, some say they do the opposite by diverting funds that could be used for more permanent solutions.
Mariah Parker

Mariah Parker’s next move

The 31-year-old is already a successful rapper, an activist, a PhD, and a former county commissioner in Athens. Now they’ve become an organizer for an ambitious new labor union—and become an Atlantan.
Three cozy cottages for sale in and around Atlanta—at three different price points

Three cozy cottages for sale in and around Atlanta—at three different price points

It’s approaching the season for curling up by the fire and soaking up cozy vibes. Here are three properties we sussed out that suit the mood, from a vintage cabin near Roswell to a stone rambler with architectural pedigree in Athens.
Agora Vintage

Reselling luxury clothing and accessories is more popular than ever

In August, Airee Edwards, owner of Agora Vintage in Athens, had Covid—no problem: She just sold a red Hermès Birkin bag on Instagram Live for $9,900. The work-from-home era hasn’t stopped the growing demand for luxury preowned goods, especially in Atlanta, where you can now find a local “concierge” consignment boutique, Jerrimiah James, and a national luxury reseller, the RealReal, just steps away from Hermès itself in Buckhead.

How to spend your weekend in the classic city of Athens, Georgia

Though it’s home to the University of Georgia, the first state-chartered university in the country, Athens is more than a college town.
Maepole Atlanta Summerhill

Athens import Maepole is ready to open in Summerhill

Chef Peter Dale—owner of the National, Seabear Oyster Bar, and Condor Chocolates in Athens—is bringing his healthy, comfort food spot Maepole to Summerhill.
State the Label

This free-spirited Athens label makes clothing meant to be lived in

Since founding her brand State the Label in 2010, designer Adrienne Antonson has created free-spirited handmade clothing that is meant to be well-lived in.
COVID-19 testing Athens difficult

Do I have COVID-19? Maybe. But like many Georgians, I’ve found it impossible to get a test.

I need a test. My husband needs a test. Thousands of Georgians need tests. And we’re not getting them.
Atlanta coronavirus update closed restaurants

Atlanta’s latest coronavirus updates: Friday, March 20

On Thursday, the state's confirmed cases surged, Mayor Bottoms closed restaurants for dining in, and Georgia's senators are facing criticism for selling and buying stocks just before the crisis started. Here’s your Friday morning update:

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