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The Atlanta Streetcar
Granted, the first streetcars to roll through Atlanta since 1949 will travel only a 2.6-mile route connecting one cluster of tourist attractions (the World of Coke and its Centennial Park neighbors) to another (the King historic district) via blighted stretches of Auburn and Edgewood avenues. But we’re still cheering for this first effort to reconnect sections of the city ripped apart by 1950s and 1960s highway construction and hoping that locals join tourists on the streetcar, slated to debut in the latter part of 2013.

Georgia State University

Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets may have the more distinguished histories among local colleges. But Atlanta’s future may very well rest in the hands of the Panthers of Georgia State. That’s because the classes graduating from the lower-profile research university in Downtown Atlanta mirror the emerging demographics of the surrounding city—diverse both in terms of ethnicity and socioeconomic background. In fact, GSU graduates a higher rate of African Americans, Latinos, and Asians than any of its in-state rivals and in 2011 awarded more bachelor’s degrees to African Americans than any U.S. non–historically black college.
Great Speckled Bird

The Great Speckled Bird Flies Again

An aging hippie limps into Aurora Coffee and takes a seat beneath the concert flyers that cover the wall. He drops a plastic grocery bag onto the sticky countertop, lifts out a pile of old newspapers folded in half.

Campus Ambassador: Grace Lee, Georgia State University

Meeting people from across the world allows me to be more aware of different cultures. Georgia State is the "melting pot" college, with 10 percent of the student body comprised of international students and others from across the nation.

Profile: Georgia State University

A brand-new football program isn't the only sign that Georgia State is outgrowing its commuter stereotype. A Greek housing development—a cluster of nine three-story townhouses—opened this past fall. And in 2009, the university opened the $15.7 million, 87,000-square-foot, suite-style Freshman Hall, which houses 325 first-year students. The school expects to open two more dorms this fall.

The F Word

Once upon a time, in the middle of the capital city of the South, there was a university without a football team. This is a fact, true as the field is a hundred yards long, almost too strange to believe.

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