An interesting excerpt about Atlanta's racial geography from "Parting The Waters: America In The King Years 1954-1963" by Taylor Branch:
That same year, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., announced that his family would donate enough money to build four more structures along the tree-lined quad at Spelman. Still, it was only a beginning. The three schools remained land-rich, owning scores of undeveloped acres for future growth. At the time, no one realized that this strategic acquisition would make the twentieth-century demographics of Atlanta unique among American cities. As the town grew, these holdings caused white developers to avoid most of the southwest quadrant of the city, and the Negro educational complex provided a pool of professional people to expand outward into that territory along stratified class lines. As a result, Atlanta would not develop along the usual pattern of a Negro inner city surrounded by whites. The two races would move outward into their own suburbs.
Clayton: You would probably have to have some fighting. It [commemorates] Napoleon III shooting up Mexico. Any Mexican restaurant with a large patio, youâll see some kind of action there by the end of the night. But you can always go down to the Mexican consulate in Brookhaven and find a way to volunteer for some immigrant assistance program if you want a nonhedonistic, humanitarian way to celebrate the holiday. Do all our holidays have to be about getting drunk?
Rumors of penis theft began circulating last week in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo's sprawling capital of some 8 million inhabitants. They quickly dominated radio call-in shows, with listeners advised to beware of fellow passengers in communal taxis wearing gold rings.
Energy experts are saying that Georgia's potential to become a clean-technology leader is best realized in pine ethanol. The state's abundant arboreal resources, they argue, could give us an alternative to gasoline as well as a revenue stream.
But there's also wind. Studies conducted by Dr. Sam Shelton of Georgia Tech discovered that breezes off the state's coast were sufficient enough to generate power. The turbines would be located more than 12 miles from shore and beyond the horizon, far out of eyesight of landowners and beachgoers. The ocean floor is shallow enough and the proposed turbine locations are outside hurricanes' paths and migration patterns of the endangered right whale. Problems: It costs a lot of coin to run transmission cables along the ocean floor and takes a lot of time to obtain the permits to do so.
Maybe it'll take raising public awareness to get Georgians to tell the utilities and EMCs to invest in wind power. Maybe this European commercial showcasing how wind feels so damn lonely just blowing in this world, adrift and without a purpose, might convince us to put out the call. (Warning: There is a brief shot of Mr. Wind using his supernatural powers to momentarily lift a woman's skirt . That sentence I just wrote makes it sound worse than it is.)
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As if we needed more evidence that daily newspapers are not a growth industry, Editor & Publisher has released more grim statistics. Of the nation's 25 largest daily newspapers, virtually all of them saw a decline in paid circulation. The only papers to escape a downturn in weekday circ were the two biggest, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, which basically remained static. But c'mon, when is the last time anyone can remember actually buying a USA Today? If it weren't for hotels and airports, this newspaper wouldn't exist.
The biggest drop was experienced by the Dallas Morning News, whose weekday circ fell a breath-taking 10.6 percent. Ouch. The next-biggest decline was by our very own Atlanta Journal-Constitution, whose Monday-Friday circulation tumbled by 8.5 percent â to about 327,000 â followed by the Boston Globe, Newark's Star Ledger and so on. The average drop looked to be somewhere around 4.5 percent.
It also seems that the AJC's ranking among big-city newspapers slipped a couple of notches. Now the nation's 18th-largest paper by circulation, it has fallen behind both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Cleveland Plain Dealer since last year. We mention this merely as trivia; only in New York, Chicago and a very few other cities with competing dailies do relative rankings have meaning.
E&P also helpfully lists Sunday circ numbers, and they are even more deflating. The ad-filled Sunday edition is the bread and butter for most newspapers, so this news is especially alarming. The Denver Post/Rocky Mountain News â a combined Sunday edition of the city's two big dailies â tumbled a stunning 14.8 percent, while Newark readers tuned out to the tune of 12.3 percent. The only major dailies to see small increases in Sunday sales were the St. Petersburg Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The AJC fared slightly better than most, losing only 5 percent of its Sunday circulation since last year, which dropped it just under 5 million copies. This has to be viewed as good news at the AJC, which had seen much-steeper declines in previous months. Even now, AJC staffers and pollsters are feverishly working on what the company calls "AJC 2.0" â a near-complete overhaul of the Sunday paper that may be unveiled before the end of the year. AJC editor Julia Wallace personally told CL last year that the Sunday paper would likely shrink in size.
The AJC ran an article over the weekend about the new stats, reminding readers that the size of the falloff was partly due to the paper's decision to shrink its circulation zone in an effort to cut costs. But the headline smacked of Soviet-style spin: "AJC boosts print/online audience." Polling has shown that, for reasons beyond our ken, AJC.com enjoys one of the healthier readerships among daily newspaper websites. But as any media consultant will tell you, online readers don't pay the bills.
What does all of this mean for CL and other alternative weekly newspapers? Sorry for the cop-out, but it's tough to say. One of the reasons for the decline in paid newspaper readership is that, with the ascendancy of the Internet, people have come to view media as something that should be free. But consumption of the printed word â free or otherwise â is slowly declining as well, which doesn't bode well for newspapers in general.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Indiana's voter-ID law today. According to the New York Times, Indiana's voter-ID law was stricter than Georgia. Translation: If Indiana's law can get by the Supremes, Georgia's law can, too.
In a 6-to-3 ruling in one of the most awaited election-law cases in years, the court rejected arguments that Indianaâs law imposes unjustified burdens on people who are old, poor or members of minority groups and less likely to have driverâs licenses or other acceptable forms of identification. Because Indianaâs law is considered the strictest in the country, similar laws in the other 20 or so states that have photo-identification rules would appear to have a good chance of surviving scrutiny.
Georgia's Republican Secretary of State of Karen Handel is quoted on AJC.com calling the ruling a "good step forward for the integrity of our elections." Nevermind that in-person voting fraud at polling places isn't actually a problem in Georgia, or, as far as I can tell, anywhere else in the country.
More than four decades into his music career, Bruce Springsteen is still playing concerts so lengthy that they test the endurance of even the most well-cushioned of fan ass cheeks. CL staff writer Thomas Wheatley, who describes his ass as boyish, won CLâs office ticket to Springsteenâs sold-out show at Philips Arena. Wheatley describes the concert as âawesomeâ and âfucking intense.â
At his seat, he says, he was surrounded by middle-aged dads who stood with their arms crossed mouthing every word Springsteen sang. Wheatley also reports that when Springsteen sang âBlinded By The Light,â a cut from his debut album famously covered by the Manfred Mannâs Earth Band, that the lyrics sounded more like ârolled up like a deuceâ than âwrapped up like a douche.â
FALCONS: Put a period at the end of Michael Vick's sentence.
AL FRESCO: Rejuvenated Al Horford and the Hawks try to even the series with the Celtics tonight.
CLAYTON: Has another chaotic school board meeting, this time while trying to vote on a contract for its new corrective superintendent.
A LOAN IN THE DARK: Only one Georgia technical school participates in the federal student loan program, leaving the state with the highest percentage in the country of tech schools students without access to the federal loans.
VICIOUS CYCLE: Kanstantin Sivtsov of Belarus wins the Tour de Georgia.
GRADY EXPECTATIONS: New York doctor demands severance from Grady after he quit his job in NY and moved to Georgia with his wife, only to have his job offer at Grady withdrawn after they got here.
Home foreclosures in United States in March: 234,685
Home foreclosures in Georgia in March: 11,047
Percent increase from February 2008: 44.8
Percent increase from March 2007: 63.2
Number of states with more home foreclosures than Georgia in March: 3
Percentage drop in home sales reported by Atlanta-based homebuilder Ashton Woods in early 2008: 32.1
Number of property liens filed against Atlanta home developer Hedgewood Properties in the first quarter of 2008: 75
Number of liens filed against Hedgewood in 2007: 86
Sources: Atlanta Business Chronicle, U.S. Census Bureau, RealtyTrac.com, 11Alive.com
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