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Atlanta mayoral race kicks off with barbecue, “The Art of the Deal,” and early jabs
Atlanta's crowded mayoral race has been quietly humming along since last year, but yesterday, in a Buckhead restaurant filled with CEOs and elected officials, the race to decide who will lead the city over the next four years officially kicked off over a spread of Brunswick stew and tabletop buckets of Bud Light.
Broad Street, get ready for food trucks
Goodbye flea markets, hello fish tacos.
When will Atlanta join the tiny house movement?
Tiny homes have helped cities across the nation address shortages of affordable housing and homelessness. Yet the trend hasn’t caught on in Atlanta.
Atlanta march and vigil connect Charleston shooting, #blacklivesmatter movement
Johnson’s address in the sanctuary of Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church capped a march of about 200 activists, who had made their way from the state capitol steps to the church in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn district in memory of the nine people killed in Wednesday’s shooting at Emanuel AME church.
After decades of neglect, glimmers of hope for Sweet Auburn
Back in 2012, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn district to its list of the country’s “most endangered” historic places. Much bemoaning of Atlanta’s fondness for the wrecking ball followed—just as it had in 1992, the first time that the Trust sounded the alarm on the precarious status of one of the most influential locations in African American history.
Freaknik: The rise and fall of Atlanta’s most infamous street party
From hundreds to thousands to tens of thousands, Freaknik grew, but during its first decade, almost all white Atlantans—and many black Atlantans over the age of 40—were oblivious. Then came Freaknik 1993.
Two modest openings could herald bigger things for historic Sweet Auburn
The two new projects—both, by the way, on the Atlanta Streetcar line—represent the kind of everyday amenities that are needed by the people who live in the area year-round, not just tourists.
Hip-hop impresario Rick Ross is moving operations to Atlanta
After city councilman Kwanza Hall presented Dina Marto with a council proclamation lauding her past contributions to the city's music industry, the crowd of eager onlookers parted for the arrival of hip-hop impresario Rick Ross. Imposing in a massive fur-collared peacoat, Ross announced that his label, Maybach Music Group, would be setting up operations in Atlanta at Twelve Studios.
The Outkast #ATLast experience was more than just three concerts
More than 60,000 people attended the three concerts held in Centennial Olympic Park, according to Pat O’Brien of the promotions group Bowery Presents South. The economic impact to the city has not been tallied, but attendees took over surrounding downtown hotels, restaurants, and bars, paid handsomely for parking, bought T-shirts, and took plenty of $13.50 rides on the Ferris wheel.
Atlanta City Council passes legislation allowing food trucks to vend on limited public property
In what is the first step to a major legal victory for Atlanta food trucks, Atlanta City Council passed an amendment Monday allowing vendors to operate on certain public streets around the city. That means that as soon as Mayor Kasim Reed signs the bill (or seven days from now when the bill becomes law immediately), you could be in line to buy tacos from a truck parked in a metered space. Previously, trucks could only obtain permits to vend on private property.