- Paul Walker's sudden, shocking death has postponed production of Fast & Furious 7 indefinitely (it was originally slated to resume filming Tuesday). But the cast and crew did memorialize him. Director Justin Lin remembers him here. This photo has made all the rounds, once the news broke, because we are a morbid and mourning group. If anyone knows yet what the franchise will look like without him, they aren't saying. (PSA: Proceeds from the DVD/Blu-Ray sales of Fast 6 will go to Walker's charity.)
- USA's new pilot Neil, Inc. filmed at Crabappple Crossroads. USA's other pilot, Complications, started shooting this month as well.
- Bravo's Married to Medicine (still a thing) filmed at d'Vine Wine in Dunwoody.
- ACM's Halt and Catch Fire filmed on Brady Avenue between Howell Mill and Marietta and then the Cobb Galleria.
- Josh Hutcherson is back for Mockingjay! Everyone thinks he's back filming that scene where he is ********, which is giving everyone "FEELS." They've been filming at the World Congress Center, still.
Beep Beep's third annual group show, involving a lot of triangles and a lot of sizes and a lot of artists, has returned. Here's what last year's show looked like. The future is pointed. Anything is possible. Includes work by Allen Taylor, Ashley Anderson, EMER, Mike Germon, Metatronic, Rachel Berstein, and many, many others. Opens at 7 p.m.
Beware of people peddling Bibles door-to-door around metro Atlanta. Their business might not be salvation. It might be home invasion.
President Barack Obama, Pumski to his wife, Barack to his inner-circle, Barry to his grade school chums, and, probably, "black Barry" to some of his early classmates that didn't know him all that well but needed to clarify which Barry they were talking about, that man, still uses a BlackBerry. And there is a reason he can't switch to an iPhone and it has nothing to do with a draconian contract signed way back when, maybe sometime around the turn of the century when the majority of United States voters elected Al Gore to be our 43rd presidnent.
Following the decision of the U.N Security Council on Thursday, French President Francois Hollande announced "immediate" military action in the Central African Republic to help quell a massive uptick in the level of violence in the notoriously chaotic nation. French and African troops are expected to be deployed within a matter of days.
The new baby gorilla at Zoo Atlanta has an amazing set of hair that is "one part Don King, one part 1980s weatherman, one part magic."
1. Monster Magnet, Royal Thunder, and more at the Masquerade
2. The Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker opens at the Fox Theatre
3. True Story #23 featuring David Harris-Gershon and more at Kavarna
4. Jason Isbell and St. Paul and The Broken Bones at the Buckhead Theatre
5. The Winter Flame at Studioplex
What's particularly cool about Georgia State's greenway plan is that it won't just benefit the university. In addition to students having a more pleasant campus, Downtown residents will have a more attractive neighborhood. Burns delves into the topic and chats with an Atlanta architecture blogger and beloved member of the CL commentariat:
"As a resident, it's really exciting to see the level of street activity rise with these developments, particularly at night when the area around Woodruff Park was dead for so many years," says Darin Givens, who lives in a historic building that fronts the park. "Having more people on the street and more green space will make downtown feel safer and more livable. Put this greenway together with the surge of student population via the new One 12 Courtland housing development - bringing hundreds of new student residents here - and downtown is going to end up with more of the kind of college-town vibrancy you see in other urban campuses."
Givens, who writes about urban development and historic preservation at the well regarded blog ATLurbanist, remarks: "I think it's a great plan and a deceptively significant one. The activity around Kell Hall is fairly cut off from the street level with the pedestrian bridge across Decatur Street and a small courtyard that's practically hidden from street view; it's a setup that echoes the 'gerbil tube' pedestrian bridges of downtown's John Portman towers - a 1970s aesthetic that lifted office workers and students off the streets."
Give Burns' piece, which is accompanied with renderings, a full read.
Right now, so-called "Dreamers" like Yovany Diaz must pay out-of-state tuition, according to the policy of the Georgia Board of Regents, which runs the state's public universities. It denies in-state tuition to anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or legal resident. And for that matter, bans the undocumented from Georgia's most selective public universities.
"Dreamers" are undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and have qualified for a temporary work permit and a pause in any deportation hearings as provided by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals federal policy.
"It's not benefitting Georgia" to hand large tuition invoices to longtime residents said Diaz, who was brought to the U.S. as a pre-teen.
Diaz and some two dozen other young people packed the courtroom of DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Mark Anthony Scott on Thursday morning for the first day of court. But the judge put off opening arguments until he's decided the venue question.
Raymond Partolan, a junior scholarship student at Mercer Univeristy in Macon and a co-plaintiff, said there's a "discrepancy" between Regents policy and federal Department of Homeland Security policy.
The board considers Dreamers undocumented residents. Dreamers argue that those with the deferred action status announced by President Barack Obama in 2012 should earn them in-state tuition.
"I hope people are willing to have thoughtful and conscious discussion on this," said Partolan.
Starting Jan. 1, Armstrong will replace current Chairman Tad Leithead, who chose not to run for his third term. Armstrong has been a member of the ARC board since 2008 and, once his term begins, will be the commission's second consecutive citizen chairman.
"I think this election shows that the citizen member experiment was a success and that citizen members are uniquely qualified to represent the entire region," said Leithead, a former real estate developer and consultant who serves as chairman of the Cumberland Community Improvement District. "Kerry has tremendous experience in both the business and civic life of metro Atlanta. He is truly committed to collaboration and to the region, both of which will serve ARC well."
Armstrong's election came after an unexpected debate over procedure and questions over whether Leithead would even be allowed to cast a ballot. Following a lengthy debate over Roberts Rules of Order - Maria Saporta has a succinct rundown here - a prolonged election process began between the candidates: Douglas County Chairman Tom Worthan, Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden, Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, and Armstrong.
ARC bylaws state that in order for a candidate to win, he or she needs to garner at least 20 votes. Until that agreement is reached, the voting - in today's case, electronic voting by secret ballot - continues. After Worthan withdrew in the early rounds of voting, the votes were split between Oden, Johnson, and Armstrong. While the remaining candidates caucused in the stairwell, board members joked about ordering pizza because "it was going to be a while."
However, after acknowledging his dedication and the "110 percent" he always put into his work, Oden withdrew. Though he trailed Armstrong by only one vote, Johnson ultimately withdrew his candidacy, leaving Armstrong to be elected chairman.
What started out as a routine traffic stop for allegedly having illegally tinted windows, ended up with the Brookhaven police netting over 60 pounds of marijuana, more than $2,200 in cash, and a handgun. Is it an early Christmas miracle or a buzzer-beating Hanukkah gift for the Brookhaven Police Department?
Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a massive fire to engulf Peachtree Bikes in Buckhead. Eyewitnesses reported explosions when the blaze was first spotted, but the exact cause has yet to be determined.
Fast food workers, union activists, and local politicians protested the low wages and working conditions for fast food workers in Atlanta this morning outside of a Krystal in southeast Atlanta. Today's protest is part of a wave of similar actions that have swept the nation over the past year as fast food workers call for the right to unionize, improved benefits, and a living wage of up to $15 per hour.
In a surprising move, a new report shows that at least 29 of America's largest corporations are charting their financial futures based on the notion that a carbon tax will become an inevitable part of doing business. The tax is one of many proposals to help combat the rising threats associated with global warming. ExxonMobil, Walmart, Chevron, and BP are all included in the group. In a less surprising development, Koch Industries is not included in the group and is accelerating its campaign against the concepts of a carbon tax, global warming, and the Earth being round.
Five main things correlate with economic immobility, said Harvard economics Professor Nathaniel Hendren, speaking at the quarterly meeting of the Atlanta Regional Housing Forum at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. They are: high racial segregation, high income inequality, low civic engagement, high numbers of broken families and poor school quality, according to the Equality of Opportunity Project's 2013 study on economic mobility in areas nationwide, which Hendren co-authored.
"On all five factors Atlanta falls below the national average," he said.
In Salt Lake City, kids from the lowest income bracket have an 11.5 percent chance of growing into the highest, according to an analysis of IRS data in the study. In metro Atlanta, that figure is four percent.
But if equality were perfect, every child born would have an equal chance - 20 percent - of growing into any one of the five income brackets that the study uses.
The "American narrative" since at least the Second World War is that people move up through hard work and that each generation can do better than the last, said Bill Bolling, founder and Executive Director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, who emceed the event.
But when "folks get stuck in place," that affects the work of people like him who are trying to fight poverty, he said.
It's not enough to boast of a new factory that employees a few hundred people, Bolling said, if folks don't have the education to fill the job or a means to get there.
What he called the "long view" that would include education and transportation infrastructure is "tough" for political leaders.
Hendren's study suggested that segregation correlates with sticky poverty, perhaps because the poorest people are isolated by long commutes from good jobs.
In Georgia public policy, "there's a disdain for poor people. Let's just say it," said Deborah Scott, executive director of Georgia Stand-Up, which aims to more broadly spread the gains from economic growth.
The forum came a day after a much grander affair, the Metro Atlanta Chamber's annual meeting, where Reed was among the speakers praising the city's business climate. Separately, a month ago, Gov. Nathan Deal touted Site Selection magazine's choice of Georgia as the number one place to do business.
Economic strength and personal immobility make a tale of two cities, maybe?
MAC Vice President of Economic Development Policy Chuck Meadows was also at the housing forum. He put it this way: "We are a good place to do business. We do well on the economic indicators as far as entrepreneurism and investment and job creation but I think the answer is in that social capital index."
That is, Hendren's measure of things such as church-going, PTA membership, and other ways of connecting with people outside family and work.
A sense of community, a sense of civic engagement, and community building "is where Atlanta's lagging," said Meadows.
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