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Groundbreakers 2018

Creative Media Industries Institute

Georgia State’s Creative Media Industries Institute aims to train students in advanced media tech, nurture the field’s entrepreneurs, and collaborate with Georgia’s film, television, music, and gaming industries to explore new creative outlets.
Walter's Clothing Atlanta

The legacy of Walter’s Clothing

Walter Strauss, the "Godfather of sneaker culture" in Atlanta, died in July at age 94. But his shop, Walter's Clothing, remains an institution for Atlantans, Georgia State students, and out-of-town visitors looking for exclusive sneakers.
GSU treasured trash

At Georgia State, centuries-old trash reveals how Atlantans used to live

Civil War bullets. Wooden dice. Glass bottles of a then novel elixir called Coca-Cola. The Phoenix Project is researching the stories behind the approximately 100,000 pieces of trash, trinkets, and treasure that fill roughly 400 bankers boxes in Georgia State University’s Kell Hall.
Learn before you burn

Learn before you burn: What to know about Atlanta’s new marijuana law

Atlanta City Council voted unanimously to pass legislation that will decrease penalties for less than an ounce of marijuana possession. But misinformation about the law started spreading as soon as the vote was passed. Here's every question you have about the new ordinance, answered.
Empire Building

This was Atlanta’s Empire Building circa 1900

Thought to be named after the insurance firm that bankrolled its construction, the Empire was a risky work environment.
Spinrilla

Mixtape mix-up: Why the RIAA is taking Spinrilla to court

The DIY nature of mixtapes is crucial to understanding the success of Spinrilla, a mixtape website and app founded in 2013 by Dylan Copeland after he left Georgia State University.
RitaWorld Pearl Kingdom

Meet RitaWorld, the lagoon-and-skyscraper vision for Turner Field that could have been

When developers started submitting their plans to redevelop Turner Field and the adjacent wasteland of parking lots, one name befuddled observers of the deal: Rita World Pearl Kingdom. Finally, we know what it was.

3-D printing is powering the next industrial revolution. Meet 5 of Atlanta’s innovators.

If you want to see Atlanta’s industrial future up close, come to an office park near Atlantic Station and examine a titanium plate, the size of a thumbnail, that was recently designed to correct foot deformities.
Atlanta Magazine Groundbreaker Awards

Dr. Chivon A. Mingo

Dr. Chivon A. Mingo, a gerontologist at Georgia State University, is leading a team of researchers to examine perceptions of the BeltLine among African Americans age 50-plus who live in the communities along the West and Southwest trails.
Turner Field

Will residents actually have a say in the future of Turner Field?

Residents will undoubtedly be heard, but whether they’re actually listened to will likely continue to be a concern.

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