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Roe v. Wade Overturned: What's next for Georgia's "heartbeat bill" and legal abortion in the state

Roe v. Wade Overturned: What’s next for Georgia’s “heartbeat bill” and legal abortion access in the state

For now, abortion is still legal up to 20 weeks in the state, but the state's six-week abortion ban, currently tangled up in the courts, will likely go into effect soon. Here’s what to know about the future of reproductive care in Georgia.
What’s holding back Atlanta’s food trucks—and what’s being done about it

What’s holding back Atlanta’s food trucks—and what’s being done about it

Costs and red tape—plus strict municipal regulations about where food trucks can do their business—have conspired to stifle the growth of the industry in the Atlanta area, keeping trucks at the fringes of the dining scene. Some relief, though, is on the horizon.
Is this the year Atlanta’s tree-protection ordinance gets an update?

Is this the year Atlanta’s tree-protection ordinance gets an update?

Atlanta’s tree-protection ordinance—a critical tool for preserving the forest in the city—is more than two decades old. Is this the year it gets an update?
Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens

The New Mayor: Andre Dickens comes to the job calculating and confident

Andre Dickens is still acquainting himself with his job as mayor of Atlanta. But his mission is clear: Fight crime, produce affordable housing—which, experts say, would help prevent crime—and create good-paying jobs (another noted crime deterrent). Simply put, he must make Atlanta safer and more equitable.
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The Atlanta City Council runoff election—explained in 10 minutes

With no more than seven incumbents returning, the Atlanta City Council will look much different in 2022. The extent of that change is still to be determined, however, as two council members, with more than 30 years combined experience, face stiff challenges in the November 30 runoff. If they lose, Atlanta's legislative arm will feature more newcomers than returning members—a dramatic makeover for a city that has long favored staying the course. Here's a look at the races yet to be decided, as well as who won their elections outright earlier this month.
11 Questions for Atlanta’s 2021 mayoral candidates

What’s at stake in the Atlanta mayor’s race?

Crime’s the biggest issue on the ballot, but it's not the only issue. Atlanta’s transit, bike lanes, sidewalks, and roads will need an advocate and big-picture thinker who makes sure the city gets the maximum benefit from the $1 trillion in federal infrastructure cash expected to flow to states and cities.
What's going on with Cop City

Next stop, Cop City? What’s happening with the controversial plan for a new police and fire training center in DeKalb

On September 8, Atlanta City Council voted 10 to 4 in favor of a proposal to build a training center for police and firefighters on 85 acres of land in south DeKalb County. The vote came amid fierce controversy and followed 17 hours of public comment. Here's why many groups are opposed to the plan, and what could happen next.
Atlanta's New Way: 60 voices on the city's past, present, and future

60 Voices: Sam Massell and Andre Dickens on city government

During his term as Atlanta mayor from 1970 to 1974, the city’s first Jewish mayor, Sam Massell, oversaw the campaign to create MARTA; began construction of the Omni, the city’s first enclosed sports coliseum; increased contracting opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses; and appointed the first woman member of the Atlanta City Council. Since defeating a three-term incumbent to join the Atlanta City Council in 2013, Andre Dickens has become one of the legislative body’s most vocal champions of affordable housing, transit improvement, and equity.
Can guaranteed income combat inequality and poverty in Atlanta?

Can guaranteed income combat inequality and poverty in Atlanta?

This year, more than 10 cities across the country will experiment with a policy called guaranteed income. In the coming months, Atlanta, home to some of the country’s most severe income inequalities, might follow suit.
The water boy’s hustle Atlanta

The water boy’s hustle

Atlanta city officials deemed water sales along highway exits a nuisance and a threat. But for one West End teenager, the hustle is a way to make money and to stay out of jail.

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