Hello, [insert tv market name]!!
A collection of the ‘Hello News’ package produced by Gari Communications, sold to various TV networks, nationwide (and Australia.) Hello Bonus 1:
Florence Warner sings “Hello Nashville” live, accompanied by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Hello Bonus 2:
The Osmonds record a “Hello Utah” promo.
Can Atlanta Go All In on the BeltLine?
That magical TOD experience came courtesy of the BeltLine: Atlanta's multibillion-dollar, 25-year project to transform 22 miles of railroad and industrial sites into a sustainable network connecting 45 inner-city communities. The project envisions wide walking and biking paths, access to nearby neighborhoods and businesses, parks and green space, and new homes, shops, and apartments.
90's Southern Gothic rockers The Rock*a*Teens
have reunited and are going on tour
. Their unique mixture of dark, swampy rock influences
have been praised by Dan Bejar
as "the most underrated American rock ’n roll band of the ’90s," and Will Sheff of Okkervil River
as, "masterpieces buried in muck
." The band features Chris Lopez, who you may know from aughties band Tenement Halls
, and Kelly Hogan
, who's worked with Neko Case. Playlist after the jump. [more inside]
Thousands of commuters are still stuck out in the nightmare of Atlanta Snow Jam 2014
. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency has some suggestions as to what to do if you're trapped in your car overnight
. Since most of the 65 mile circumference of the Perimeter is still jammed solid
— not to mention the other Interstates, arterial roads, and surface streets — many of them struggle on towards their destinations in vain. [more inside]
ATL24 - A day in the life of the world's busiest airport
. A collaborative photo and video essay of Atlanta airport, by reporters from CNN. [more inside]
A new Report on the State of Health + Urbanism
(pdf) from MIT
looks at the relationship between urban planning and public health, with some surprising findings. The cities covered are Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. [more inside]
This latest article focuses on a triad raising a child in Atlanta.
CNN.com has spent more than a little time on polyamory throughout the years (unusual for a 'mainstream' publication. As usual, there's the 'poly could end up hurting the children' counter-arguments, but this is certainly a more even-handed portrayal than in a lot of other arenas, and is not particularly preachy in either direction.
40 days before her wedding, an Atlanta woman named Tamara Fowler cancelled the event. Since her parents, Carol and Willie Fowler had already paid for the 200-person reception
, the family decided to host 200 of Atlanta's homeless population
for a four-course meal.
on September 22 last year, Professor Robert Fuller
of the University of North Georgia spent four months paddling down the Chattahoochee River system, from the Chattahoochee's headwaters in northern Georgia down through the Apalachicola into the Gulf of Mexico, studying water quality
along the way. Then he paddled 200 miles through the Gulf, turned at the mouth of the Mobile River, and paddled another 750 miles upstream
on the Mobile, Alabama, Coosa, and Etowah Rivers all the way back
to northern Georgia—a total of just over 1,500 miles of solo paddling in his Kruger Sea Wind
. Along the way, he kept a blog
, "ate a lot of Beanie Weenies"
, and faced difficulties including cold, hunger, injuries, and river obstructions. Incidentally, he did all this while living with leukemia
. [more inside]
Until Jackie Parks, Georgia state investigator Richard Hyde had never tried to flip an elementary school teacher.
Ms. Parks admitted to Mr. Hyde that she was one of seven teachers — nicknamed “the chosen” — who sat in a locked windowless room every afternoon during the week of state testing, raising students’ scores by erasing wrong answers and making them right. She then agreed to wear a hidden electronic wire to school, and for weeks she secretly recorded the conversations of her fellow teachers for Mr. Hyde.
has compiled a list of the gayest cities in America. Their eclectic criteria and point system is explained in the article. [more inside]
The first Sex Pistols show in the USA.
(audio only) Atlanta, GA, January 5, 1978.
When is a private space a public space? When it's a Privately Owned Public Space (POPS)
. In accordance with the planning codes of some cities, owners or builders of buildings are mandated to provide members of the general public access to spaces which include rooftop gardens, courtyards, and plazas. [more inside]
On Halloween night 1992, a skinny, gravel-voiced man in a blue dress and horn-rim glasses took the stage at a tiny Atlanta dive bar/strip club along with his band, The Opal Foxx Quartet (which was not a four-piece; around a dozen people crowded the dark, low-ceilinged space). This would be their final show
, and it's a barn-burner. [more inside]
Your Dekalb Farmer's Market
is a favorite MeFi recommendation
to Atlanta tourists. If you've ever been curious about the backstory to this local institution, Creative Loafing recently published a fascinating history of the store
, with a photo slideshow
covering 24 hours in the life of the market. This comes as a new phase of expansion is proposed
Since 1993, rapper and producer El-P
of famed 90s hip hop trio Company Flow
(also including Bigg Jus
and Mr. Len
) has been pushing the boundaries of rap music. Now, after linking up with unlikely collaborator Killer Mike
, the two are preparing to release R.A.P. Music. [more inside]
Cat_Lanta: Interactive Street Art
One street artist in Atlanta has set out to create an interactive art project. He paints small, one-of-a-kind Cats
and leaves them hidden all over Atlanta. He tweets
pictures with very little context and his Atlanta followers will run
to find them and be part of his on-going story.
A playful mystery
has been unfolding in Atlanta for a few months now, and has spread to other cities. Packages have been anonymously mailed
to various writers
, bookstores, publications
and organizations around the city. [more inside]
Modest Mouse play a 25 minute set
in September 2001 in front of Criminal Records in Atlanta. The songs they play are Paper Thin Walls, Third Planet, Trailer Trash, Lives, Diggin' Holes (later released as an Ugly Casanova track) and I Came as a Rat.
The Wren's Nest
, so named for the birds that took up residence in the mailbox, is the former home of author Joel Chandler Harris
, the man behind the Uncle Remus tales
. Located on the west side of Atlanta, the house--now a museum
--was neglected, in disrepair and in debt until 2006, when Harris' great-great-great-grandson Lain Shakespeare
took over as executive director. [more inside]
Health ministers from the World Health Organization's (WHO's) 193 member states will meet this week to debate
when to destroy the two last known remaining stocks of the virus that causes smallpox. [more inside]
Screen on the Green
, an Atlanta tradition, to be cancelled. [more inside]
Persona. Jason Travis
creates diptychs of people and the stuff in their bags.
"I said, 'This is a dilemma, because if that was your 81-year-old grandmother sitting out there, you would be fit to be tied,' " Cook says. "And I said, 'I'm sure the news channels would love this story if I gave them a phone call.' "
Being a chaplain at the Atlanta airport.
When you think of Hinduism
, you probably don't think of suburban Lilburn, Georgia
, yet it is home to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
, at over 30,000 square feet the largest
in the world outside of India. The beautiful temple
was assembled from 34,000 pieces of Turkish limestone, Indian pink sandstone, and Italian Carrara marble hand-carved by some 1500 craftsmen in India, then shipped to Georgia, where about 900 volunteers put in over a million man-hours to bring the architects' vision to fruition
(YT), at a cost of about US$19m. [more inside]
uses GPS to tell you the predicted time of the next bus. Google maps show buses in real time, and you can get updates on your phone/PDA. The coverage is limited to certain agencies within the US, so these other sites might be useful: Hopstop
covers subways and buses in NYC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, DC, and more. (mobile version
) Google Transit
has many US metro areas in addition to Canada, Europe, and Japan. (previously)
Many more locations inside. [more inside]
"I’m Charlie Cappa floating through his nightclub in a sharp Italian suit in MEAN STREETS, Henry Hill being lead through the back door of the Copacabana to a table right in front of the stage in GOODFELLAS, or Ace Rothstein at the dead center of the frame as he walks through the Tangiers in CASINO. I’m also Michael Barnes and I am walking through Atlanta Game Factory on a summer day three years ago. Imagine the Ronettes or the Rolling Stones on the soundtrack and you’ve got a pretty good picture of what it felt like to walk into AGF at the peak of its powers. All my life I wanted to be a game store owner."
Gameshark has just posted the tenth and final installment of the strange saga of the rise and fall of the Atlanta Game Factory.
No Tourists, No Artists.
Tourists at Atlanta's Underground
didn't realize they were working with an real live artist, but they were. Tom Richmond
, Caricaturist Of The Year for 1998 and 1999
, recipient of a Reuben Award
, one-time comic book creator
, and frequent artistic contributor to Mad Magazine
(movie parodies, mostly
), supported his freelance work for almost 18 years by doing cartoons-for-hire in historic Underground Atlanta
. Despite many efforts to "save"
continues to fade in popularity
and the tourist traffic just dwindles on down, leaving folks like Tom no choice but to pack up their paints and leave. Tom's story makes for interesting insight into a job that most of us might take for tourist-trapping huckstery. (via Radical Georgia Moderate)
What is Philadelphia's trajectory in 2007?
Seven cities are compared: Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit and Pittsburgh.
Historian assaulted then arrested for jaywalking in Atlanta.
A historian at the "Historians against the war" conference in Atlanta was stopped for jaywalking. Being from the UK, he thanked the officer, then realized the officer didn’t have any name tag or identification. He asked to see the police officers identification, and the police officer took offense stating "See my Uniform!". The officer kicked the mans leg out, pushed him to the ground and handcuffed him. The police officer had 5 other police officers step on the historian causing bruises on his neck. After being in jail for 8 hours, he arranged 1000 dollar bail. He refused to accept a please bargain that would effect his green card, so the case was dropped.
"We birthed the blues. We launched rock 'n' roll."
The Atlanta Journal Constitution
has compiled a rather comprehensive list of the top 100 songs from the American South. The range spans from Loretta Lynn at #11 to Yin Yang Twins at #89. Before you ask, "Freebird" is #59. And just so all bases are covered, they've added supplimental lists for Texas (which is not the South
) and Louisiana (which is
the South, but on an entirely different plane of musical existence). (Try to overcome the truly annoying Flash interface.)
"I don't think I saw one white person besides the people in my girl scout troop..."
and other unconscious racist reviews about Atlanta, Georgia. Don't believe me? Just ask Chiquita
, she'll direct you away from all those filty, dirty, unworthy homeless
people (but hey
, if you're gay and do not prefer those club going Queens
then A-town is for you, playa
Cop shoots from patrol car.
Beautiful and fascinating photos taken by an on-duty police officer in southwest Atlanta. Thumbnails are cropped, click to see full photo. (via things)
• GoldenFiddle.com sends up Gawker.com, tailing celebrities in Atlanta: "Saw David Cross over thanksgiving at the Magnapop show in east Atlanta. He seemed really pissed off about something. Christianity maybe?"
"The Atlanta Time Machine
website is dedicated to examining the history of Atlanta, Georgia by comparing vintage photographs of Atlanta with much more contemporary images shot, more or less, from the same perspective of the original photographer." [via kottke.org]
Big Brother Really Exists, And He's Not Who You Think He Is.
While most of those in the privacy realm have been focusing on keeping the government from spying on its citizens, the government has made an end-run: Letting the private sector do it for them. ChoicePoint
, an Atlanta-based spinoff from credit agency Equifax
, now has more than 200 terrabytes of data on us
, and as previously noted, they're not always very good at it. Be afraid
. Be very afraid
FBI questions man for reading a critique of Fox News.
Marc Shultz, a freelance Atlanta writer was reading a print out of this
article in a coffee shop when another patron reading over his shoulder apparently found the content seditious enough to deserve a quick call to the Feds, who sent out two agents to check it out.
Protest Is Not Tolerated I wasn't sure how much good I could do or how much power one person has but I wanted to do it. When I took my place on the sidewalk across the street from my church, I was struck with this Norman Rockwell picture of America. Families with their balloons, flags and signs made it feel like the Fourth of July. I was thrilled by all the patriotism and was proud to be part of this community that cares enough to turn out to greet the most powerful politician in our land.
But when I unrolled my sign, all that changed, and I may never be able to look at my community the same way again.
Ain't that America
? Proud to be Born in the USA
? Constitutional rights? Not with the "Defenders Of All Things Duhbya!"
What you watch
can now get you arrested. 115, yes 115
people were jailed for attending a club where there was a live sex show on stage. Of course, the cops watched the show for three hours
before busting them all.
I wonder how many murders were committed that same night in Atlanta..