The meeting took place after state lawmakers passed House Bill 604, which limits the county's ability to adjust its millage rate over the next two years, during the 2013 legislative session. The proposal was one of several bills pushed by legislators representing North Fulton. Some opponents of the legislation think it's aimed at reining in the county commission's powers.
Eaves presented Deal, who can either sign or veto the legislation, with a letter outlining Fulton County's concerns about HB 604. Earlier this week, credit agency Fitch Ratings lowered the county's credit rating and attributed the move to the bill. Deal has said he's unsure whether he would sign the bill and has until May 7 to make a decision.
This week's Time & Place photo was taken at 1:23 p.m. on April 21, 2013 at 8160 S. Main St. in Helen. It was taken at Black Forest Bear Park. My wife and I thought it'd be fun to see a roadside attraction in the faux Bavarian-themed town in North Georgia. But it reminded me how depressing it can be to see animals in captivity.
The two organizations had selected 360 Architecture the "apparent awardee" a few weeks ago, which allowed the Kansas City-based design firm a first crack at reaching a stadium deal.
"Selecting a lead architect is a very significant decision in the new stadium process," Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay said in a statement. "360's creativity and qualifications made them the best fit for this project, and we believe they will put us in the best position to deliver the ultimate game day experience for our fans, as well as serving at the highest level the needs of current Georgia Dome events and other new events in the future."
WSB-TV reports that the firm will likely be paid between $28 and $35 million. That figure is based off a 4 to 5 percent cut of the projected $700 million cost to build the stadium's structure. A proposed "concept photo" for looks, well, like either a heaping pile of scrap metal, a futuristic UFO, or an origami-inspired colander:
NEW IMAGES: Concept photo for the new Falcons stadium: twitter.com/wsbtv/status/3...
- WSB-TV (@wsbtv) April 30, 2013
360 Architecture senior principal William Johnson had presented yesterday two possible designs for the new facility to a GWCCA committee. Here's how Saporta Report described them:
One circular concept included a swirling roof design of smaller, lighter roof panels that would open up to the full length of the football field in between five to seven minutes. Johnson called that concept the Pantheon of Atlanta design.
The other design was a rectangular stadium where to large roof panels would pull back into wing-like structures in under 12 minutes. Johnson called that one the Solarium concept.
On the bright side, at least those proposed "wing-like" gizmos will have more of a function than Underground Atlanta's set of wings.
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m. The GWCCA says that its Board of Governors unanimously approved the contract with 360 Architecture for $35 million. This now allows the design process, or the "fun part" as Falcons Owner calls it, to now formally begin.
As far as 360 Architecture's proposed timeline goes, the conceptual design is scheduled to be approved in early June, a final design would be signed off on sometime in April 2014, and construction document would get the green light by March 2015.
We've also included some more renderings from 360 Architecture's presentation below.
We learned the cocktail-shaker trick from Miles MacQuarrie, the phenom behind the bar at Leon's in Decatur. If you want to get all fancy about it, the traditional julep cup can be silver etched with some evocative pattern, but you can use an old-fashioned glass in a pinch. Beyond that, try not to take too many liberties - remember, this is the South, where appearances matter as much as what's on the inside.
Artophiles - locally and nationwide - are aware of the significance of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. The museum, housed here in Atlanta at one of America's premier academic institutions, regularly exhibits work by world-renowned artists like Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Sheila Pree Bright and many more.
One of its newest offerings is the series titled BLACK BOX, which is described as "a site for play, dialogue, and creative risk taking for cultural producers of all types," providing an opportunity to "share in-progress works on the art and culture of the African Diaspora in the museum in front of a live audience for feedback, engagement and encouragement."
Launched in March, the latest edition of the series takes place tomorrow (Wednesday, May 1) and features actor/playwright James Ijames performing the nonlinear movement suite "FRoNTiN: The Post Soul Cake Walk," inspired by "personal experiences and interviews" about "black male identity." We caught up with the Makeba Dixon-Hill - curator of education at the museum and creator of BLACK BOX - and she offered more insight into the series and tomorrow's performance.
Creative Loafing: What was the motivation for creating BLACK BOX?
Makeba Dixon-Hill: BLACK BOX was created to support artists of all kinds at the midpoint of their creative process: when a work is in progress ... [it was] inspired by what a black box theater is: a space that supports the practice of emerging artists workshopping ideas and concepts. But the idea was born in a conversation with Lynnée Bonner - aka dj lynnée denise, the first BLACK BOX artist who delivered a performance paper in the form of a DJ set followed by an interactive, multimedia lecture titled "Planet Rock: Techno, House Music & Afrofuturism" - and the impetus was an invitation by Fahamu Pecou to commune over his creative process nearly seven years ago.
1. Foals, Surfer Blood, and more at the Goat Farm
2. The Shorties: Five Women, Five Films, Five Stories at Spelman College
3. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at the Masquerade
4. Jill McCorkle book signing at Margaret Mitchell House
5. Jimmy Buffett at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
An Atlanta man has started a petition to get the famous Confederate Memorial on Stone Mountain removed. "It's almost like a black eye or an embarrassing smudge on our culture," McCartney Forde told 11 Alive.
Three Georgia Congressmen have asked President Barack Obama to reconsider what they view as a lack of support for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project in the president's proposed budget.
A Fulton County Superior Court judge rejected a petition that contested Gov. Nathan Deal's choice to not appoint a panel that would look into suspending indicted Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill.
Atlanta Falcons CEO Rich McKay makes his case for a Major League Soccer team.
Georgia Center for the Book Hosts: Cindy Woodsmall
April 29th | 7:15 p.m.
Decatur Library Auditorium
New York Times bestselling author Cindy Woodsmall will be sharing her secrets about writing and selling commercial fiction. With seven novels, four novellas, and a collaborative work of non-fiction to her name, Woodsmall will certainly have her share of insight.
Georgia Center for the Book and Poetry Atlanta are drawing National Poetry Month to a close with a bang! Contributors from this year's Southern Poetry Anthology Vol. 5 will rally together for an evening of readings. Host Collin Kelley will guide the evening of poetry that will include work from Chelsea Rathburn, David Bottoms, Thomas Lux, Judson Mitcham, Christopher Martin, and more!
The Coalition for Abolition of Marijuana Prohibition filed for injunctive relief after Atlanta rejected the group's permit application asking to assemble in Freedom Park for the Great Atlanta Pot Festival.
City officials say there is a 75-person limit for gatherings in what it defines as a "passive" park, which comes from a lease agreement the city signed with the Georgia Department of Transportation in 1998.
Ralph Goldberg, CAMP's lawyer, told U.S. District Judge Steve Jones that the city refused the permit because the festival was related to marijuana and that there is no legal definition that denotes a "passive" versus and "active" park.
Jones said in his ruling that issuing the permit would be against the public's interest and "could potentially lead to the City losing control of Freedom Park." In addition, he said that past legislation defined Freedom Park as a "roadside park," a designation that only allows for picnicking, hiking, biking and other leisurely activities.
City officials offered CAMP alternative areas to gather, including nearby Delta Park and Springvale Park, but the group's founder Paul Cornwell called those parks "postage stamps" that are not the adequate size for hosting the event. He says he expects as many as 5,000 people to attend the festival.
"If this stands, what it means is that the state can contract with the city to deny constitutional rights by way of a lease," Cornwell told CL after the ruling.
The festival will go on, however. Cornwall says the group will now be forced to set up along Poplar Circle, closing the street off from Euclid Avenue to Hurt Street, for the event on Saturday.
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