That question has come up time and again throughout much of CL
's coverage over the past year. With development booming in the city, the term "mixed-use" has become both a threat as much as a promise. From Thunderbox
, the examples seemingly unintended cultural erosion are growing. Artists are increasingly complaining of being priced out of the same communities where their creative contributions increased the cachet
. Meanwhile, the luxury apartments are stacking up
But there are also examples of increased collaboration between creatives and developers. And what about artists and their inherent role in the cycle of gentrification as first-wave revitalizers? There's a lot of gray area to work through. Which is exactly what we hope to spark in a new collaborative panel series we're calling Social Studies.
What is Social Studies? Well, here's the tease:
It’s a down-and-dirty diatribe on the state of this here city. It’s a conversation series designed to make some noise and simultaneously cut through it. It’s an attempt to pull at the cultural, political, and economic threads shaping the future of Atlanta. It’s intellectual and intersectional. And, most importantly, it’s very necessary. A collaboration between Creative Loafing
and the Center for Civic Innovation
, Social Studies is a free monthly convo series to engage the public around current issues covered by CL.
Our inaugural event — Condos Over Culture — takes place this week, from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Center for Civic Innovation (115 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW, 3rd floor, Atlanta 30313). If you're reading this, you're invited, and so is anyone else with a passionate stake in Atlanta's future. The panelists are a mix of creatives and developers including Chris Appleton of WonderRoot, which is playing a major role in the development of surrounding Reynoldstown
with its planned expansion; Katharine Kelley of Green Street Properties, the developer heading up the Manuel's Tavern renovation
; Kevin "Mr. Soul" Harp of City of Ink, which has found smart ways to create community despite the change; and Neda Abghari of the Creatives Project, who has been cultivating strategic partnerships locally and nationally to promote cultural preservation through arts and social activism.
But mostly, we want to hear from you. So come on out.
How can Atlanta evolve without displacing its rich cultural past and present?