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Barley + Rye: At the bar with councilmember Kwanza Hall

As part of Barley + Rye, the magazine’s weekly beer and cocktails column, we bring you conversations with interesting Atlanta figures over drinks. This is our first installment, featuring councilmember Kwanza Hall.

From drug market to dog park: the rebirth of Renaissance Park

The wooded pocket park with a picturesque downtown skyline view has been transformed into District 2’s latest amenity, an off-leash dog park with designated areas for small and large dogs—the first such facility in downtown Atlanta.

Civil rights themed murals installed in the King District

Three giant (as in building-sized) murals were installed in the King Historic District yesterday in the latest Living Walls effort to turn structures into canvasses. One such “canvas” is the former Henry’s Grill at 345 Auburn Avenue, where a small crowd turned out to watch an acclaimed muralist at work.

Pay hike makes council jobs more enticing, challengers come out early

Back in December, the Atlanta City Council raised some eyebrows by giving itself a future salary increase far beyond the typical cost-of-living, consumer-price-index variety. When the dust settled on the 10–4 vote, council pay for the upcoming term jumped more than 50 percent, to just over $60,000 beginning in 2014.

Building Boulevard

For decades we’ve heard talk of the need to “do something” about Boulevard, the blighted thoroughfare that runs through the Old Fourth Ward and the King historic district.

March 2013

I drive on Boulevard 
at least ten times a week. That comes out to something like 6,000 times in the thirteen years I’ve lived in Atlanta.

The walls of 375 Angier Avenue—finally—come tumbling down

Joshua and his army, as the Bible story goes, walked the perimeter of Jericho for seven days before its fortifications collapsed. Major C.J. Davis of the Atlanta Police Department’s code enforcement unit spent nine months navigating a maze of paperwork, hearings, meetings, and other red tape before the walls of an abandoned bungalow at 375 Angier Avenue came tumbling down.

If 2012 was the “Year of Boulevard,” what happens in 2013?

Last January, city councilmember Kwanza Hall declared 2012 the “Year of Boulevard,” and outlined an ambitious plan to revitalize a blighted stretch of intown Atlanta. What's in store this year? Get ready for "Mo' Boulevard," says Hall.

A million bucks for Boulevard street improvements?

Thanks to a recommendation from the Atlanta Regional Commission, Boulevard could see $1.25 million in pedestrian safety investment.

Bittersweet Auburn

For the second time in twenty years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has put the Sweet Auburn district—once Atlanta’s center of African American business and culture—on its “endangered” list.

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