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Commentary: Only transit investment—not tech hype—can solve Gwinnett’s transportation woes

"In communities like Gwinnett’s around the nation, we’ve also seen Uber, automated vehicles, hyperloop, and even flying cars offered as reasons not to commit to long-term transit planning. These expectations are wildly inflated." An automated vehicle specialist defends the need for conventional rail and bus service.
Harvesting Georgia oysters legislation

It could soon be legal to harvest oysters in Georgia—but why is the proposed law so murky?

The nearly identical House Bill 501 and Senate Bill 182 recently passed their respective chambers—which bodes well for passage of legislation to make harvesting oysters legal in Georgia. But the regulations in the bills—which are intended to usher in a new oyster era—may stifle rather than kickstart the resurgence.
Super Bowl LIII Atlanta

Commentary: Atlanta deserved a better football game for Super Bowl LIII

As the final shards of Lombardi Trophy-shaped confetti twinkled around Tom Brady on Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s field, many Atlantans realized what fans of the Los Angeles Rams certainly had already internalized—Super Bowl LIII just wasn’t that good.
UMass vs University of Georgia football

Commentary: The joy of self-destruction as a UMass fan at Sanford Stadium

"There’s something deranged about watching the University of Georgia playing the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in football." An Atlantan UMass alum heads to Athens to watch the Minutemen get completely destroyed by the Bulldogs.
Oprah Winfrey Stacey Abrams Atlanta Election 2018

Commentary: Why Oprah’s appearances with Stacey Abrams resonated so loudly—especially with Georgia women

Publications as geographically and ideologically diverse as the Guardian, Fox News, Variety, the Hill, and others ran stories or segments about Oprah Winfrey’s campaign appearances with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Yet regardless of the depth of coverage, the two events held in auditoriums in the Atlanta suburbs likely impacted the local crowds in a much deeper way than what could be conveyed to national viewers.
Love Your Brain Yoga Atlanta Evolation Tramautic Brain Injuries

How an Atlanta yoga studio is helping people cope with traumatic brain injuries

In Atlanta, Evolation yoga studio offers a special course for those with traumatic brain injuries, developed by nonprofit Love Your Brain. It teaches modified poses in a calm, open environment and encourages participants to talk about what they are going through—something I greatly appreciated when I took the course to see if it would help me with the TBI I sustained five years ago.
How to bring Amazon HQ2 to Atlanta

A modest proposal to get Amazon’s HQ2 in Atlanta: Make stuff up

Atlanta really, really, wants to be the site of Amazon’s HQ2, but we've got some problems that could halt that. How do we fix our issues before the Amazon delegation arrives to inspect our city? Like a steel plate over a pothole, let's cover 'em up.

Commentary: With the Trump travel ban, Americans face an important choice

As an Iranian-American, the travel ban hits close to home. My husband, Maysam, came to this country from Iran in 2000 through a student visa to get his PhD in electrical engineering. Today he is a professor at Georgia Tech, where his research focuses on helping people with disabilities lead independent lives.
Tom Petty death

Commentary: With Tom Petty gone, I’ve lost the best friend I never met

Tom Petty's final concert was my 88th show. He ended the encore with “American Girl.” The band took a bow, and exited stage left. Then, uncharacteristically, Petty looped back around, solo, and waved to fans once again. Did some part of him know?
What Baby Driver got wrong about Atlanta

10 things about Atlanta that Baby Driver got wrong

Don’t get me wrong, filmed-in-ATL Baby Driver deserves its glowing reviews and big box office. But why didn't Edgar Wright pay just a little more attention to the details about Atlanta?

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