Debbie Michaud 
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Re: “Metro Atlanta’s arcade underground

@Kevin Feltner: Fixed. Thanks!

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Posted by Debbie Michaud on 06/23/2016 at 12:19 PM

Re: “First Slice 5/25/16: You get a Super Bowl! And you get a Super Bowl! And you get a Super Bowl!

QM: I had not read that article yet today. Thanks for pointing it out. For anyone else who is interested, here is the link:…

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Posted by Debbie Michaud on 05/25/2016 at 3:56 PM

Re: “First Slice 5/25/16: You get a Super Bowl! And you get a Super Bowl! And you get a Super Bowl!

Hi there Question Man, I said "at least $200 million in public funds" because that's what we know for sure. You're right that it could end up costing us hundreds of millions more, but those numbers are only estimates and best guesses right now. To my knowledge, no hard fast report on the final total cost to tax payers has been delivered.

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Posted by Debbie Michaud on 05/25/2016 at 3:25 PM

Re: “How well do you know Atlanta’s neighborhoods?

Hey @Cabal23 - There are more than 240 neighborhoods in the city - our goal is to have all of them included over the course of the next couple of neighborhood issues. We're working toward it! Keep an eye out for Benteen Park in the future.

@chillax - Castleberry Hill is covered extensively in our Atlanta City Guide, which is linked in the intro to this story. This feature is intended to highlight some of the lesser known places around Atlanta. Here's a direct link to Castleberry Hill for you:…
- Debbie Michaud, CL editor

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Posted by Debbie Michaud on 03/25/2016 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Restaurant Review: The Cockentrice

@tcuovave: Yes. Paraphrasing is a standard journalistic practice.

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Posted by Debbie Michaud on 05/19/2015 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Restaurant Review: The Cockentrice

Hello, Debbie Michaud, Creative Loafing Editor in Chief here. In direct emails last night, I addressed the Ouzts​' concerns. I will say here exactly what I said to them in that email regarding the issue of comfort and turning tables:

"I have personally spoken with Jennifer and had her walk me through her reporter's notes. She does have notes on comments from you about diners lingering over their meals at the restaurant, per your email. There is also a clear passage where she notes your comments about the chairs and turning tables as they are referenced in the review. Based on her detailed notes from your interview, it appears both comments were made. … Any accusation of fabrication by one of my employees is an allegation that I investigate thoroughly and seriously. After a detailed discussion with Jennifer, I can say that I stand by her reporting and writing in the case of the tables/chairs."

Creative Loafing is making no retraction. Last night we updated the information regarding the restaurant's funding after the Ouzts pointed out that it encompassed more than Kickstarter funds as the Editor's Note at the end of the story clearly states.

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Posted by Debbie Michaud on 05/19/2015 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Dan Cathy to the rescue

@wesleywhatwhat: Far from a "pointless bitchfest," this editorial applauds Cathy's initiative and implores him to commit to the long haul and, given his resources, help address some of the entrenched issues in the neighborhood in order to create lasting change that empowers the people who live there rather than pushing them out:

"The fast-food executive should be applauded for stepping up, drawing attention to a long overlooked part of town, and potentially investing cash. But it takes more than money to turn around a neighborhood. … Some of the injustices people live with in the area are the result of a systematic devaluation of neighborhoods through a shrinking of resources, policies, and investment by bankers, politicians, and businesspeople — in other words, some of the people Cathy holds serious sway with as a major local and national businessman."

CL's reporters have most definitely spent time in these communities covering the neighborhoods and people. If you've missed that coverage, a good starting place is Thomas Wheatley and Scott Henry's 2010 cover story "City of Blight"…

Another fantastic story is Rodney Carmichael's piece on the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition:…

Through CL's Do Good program, we've supported local nonprofits such as Quest Veterans Village, Haven ATL, SEEDs Global and more in their ongoing efforts to support positive change in these areas and others throughout the city. Check out these and other projects at Fundraising for our next project launches March 26 to help support a really cool program that we can't wait to tell folks about.

— Debbie Michaud, CL editor-in-chief

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Posted by Debbie Michaud on 02/26/2015 at 3:43 PM

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