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Super Bowl LIII

By the Numbers: What Atlanta can expect as Super Bowl LIII comes to town

What does it take to host a Super Bowl? The host committee is expecting a wave of more than 1 million visitors over the 10-day hoopla that culminates in the Big Game on February 3 at the 75,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The event will mark Atlanta’s third Super Bowl and the first in 19 years. Let’s hope for zero freak ice storms this time.
Basil Eleby, I-85 fire

The I-85 fire could have destroyed Basil Eleby’s life. Instead, it may have saved it.

When he was suspected of starting the fire that collapsed a portion of I-85 in Atlanta, Basil Eleby—a homeless man who grew up without a family and struggled with addiction—was facing felony charges that would put him in jail until he was in his sixties. But one year after the fire, Eleby is on the path to recovery, thanks to the help of the Atlanta community.
Groundbreakers 2018

State Farm Regional HQ

Park Center, State Farm’s new regional headquarters in Dunwoody, has successfully coupled a suburban office location with the intermodal connectivity of an urban core campus.
Atlanta Streetcar

Commentary: Connecting MARTA’s proposed light rail to the current Atlanta Streetcar is a mistake

Back in November, voters overwhelmingly approved a sales tax increase to fund transit expansion in the City of Atlanta. MARTA just released its ideal expansion plans, which include bus rapid transit crisscrossing the city, late night and weekend bus service, and 21 miles of light rail. But there is a fatal flaw: the light rail infrastructure goes through one of the most congested part of town, the downtown path of the Atlanta Streetcar.
MARTA expansion

Light rail, transit to Emory, buses galore: This is MARTA and the city’s ideal scenario for expansion in Atlanta

The largest investment in Atlanta transit since MARTA was built would add light rail, express buses to some of the city’s most congested corridors, and at least two “transit centers,” according to a presentation delivered during a MARTA Board of Directors work session on Thursday.
MARTA New CEO

CEO Jeffrey Parker talks about MARTA expansion and “The ATL”

One month into his tenure, Parker dished on his optimism for widespread transit expansion, MARTA’s venturing into mixed-use development, and the prospects of a region-wide system being called “The ATL.”
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

“There’s still an enormous amount of racial distrust in Atlanta.”

Just few weeks into her term, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks out about the election, her efforts to raise $1 billion for affordable housing, whether she’ll endorse in the governor’s race, and the sexism she encounters as a woman who, besides being a mother of four, is the mayor of Georgia’s largest city.
MARTA artist Ana Guzman

Artist Ana Guzman’s subjects are her fellow MARTA passengers

Following the tradition of cityscape artists like Edward Hopper, Ana Guzman often has a sketchbook in hand, ready to capture urban life in front of her. Passengers usually keep to themselves on MARTA, earbuds in place and eyes locked on their phones. But when Guzman pulls out her paint pens and starts drawing, fellow riders begin to interact.
Atlanta BeltLine Transit

What’s going on with transit on the Atlanta BeltLine?

With tax dollars rolling in, city and MARTA officials are having to prioritize their transit wish list. And to the dismay of the BeltLine’s creator, Ryan Gravel, it’s looking like light rail along the loop may be sacrificed on the altar of expediency and cost. We broke down what's happening right now with transit along the BeltLine.
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.

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