New York's famous Pizza Rat of Fall 2015 inspired at least one (sexy?) Halloween costume, in addition to the rest of Internet. How could a rodent so small have an agenda so ambitious he takes on the arduous task of carrying a pizza larger than his body for, like, a long while? The question may remain unanswered but now Atlanta's woodland creature population has a Southeast rep to continue Pizza Rat's legacy: meet Pizza Squirrel.
According to Eater, the majestic furball with a hankering for dairy goodness was spotted yesterday on Edgewood Avenue within easy to-go dining distance of such choice pizza establishments as Edgewood Pizza, Ammazza, or O4W Pizza.
Between this and Young Thug's equestrian antics Monday, it's been a good week for Atlanta Internet. I, personally, plan to regard Pizza Squirrel as a fuzzy beacon of inspiration. He has a plan and the courage to follow through. Keep doing you, Pizza Squirrel. We believe in you.
"It's like a utopia for black people," Keegan-Michael Key's character says after his introduction to the fantastical "Negrotown" in the latest gone-viral "Key & Peele" sketch. The stars and creators of the Comedy Central series, which starts its next season in July, are known for skewering race relations in America. Key recently appeared at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, where he reprised his recurring role as Luther, the anger translator who keeps President Obama from turning into the stereotypical angry black man. But their latest sketch couldn't be more timely. Coming on the heels of Freddie Gray's mysterious death in the custody of Baltimore police and the violence that erupted in its wake, the comedy duo imagines segregation as the panacea for black America's long-suffered injustice.
And what kind of magical reality does Negrotown offer? Well, "you can wear your hoodie and not get shot" for starters. And "that loan application can't get turned down, [’cause] you're always approved in Negrotown." Plus, no more worrying about "white folks touching your hair, or stealing your culture, claiming it's theirs."
Key's character initially confuses the fictional Negrotown with Atlanta in a side reference to the reigning black mecca so subtle it's easy to miss.
Of course, the irony is Negrotown ain't as far-fetched as Key & Peele's absurdist vision. It's Harlem, N.Y., America's black cultural mecca, throughout the mid-twentieth century. It's Tulsa, Oklahoma's Greenwood, before white rioters destroyed the neighborhood known as Black Wall Street in 1921. It's Atlanta's own Auburn Avenue, once known as the richest Negro street in the world, prior to civil rights advances that led to desegregation and a drainage of the community's economic strength.
Reignited by Baltimore's fiery riots and the national fervor over police brutality is the long-smoldering debate within the black community between the chosen path of integration versus segregation. With it comes a romanticization of the period in American history when Jim Crow forced black communities throughout the South to be largely self-sustaining.
All of which harkens to something Martin Luther King Jr. once said. It's one of those rare quotes conservative commentators on Fox, who love to take Dr. King's dream out of context in times like these, never make reference to. According to actor and activist Harry Belafonte, Dr. King revealed in a personal conversation that he feared the biggest accomplishments of the Civil Rights movement may have been for naught.
"'I’m afraid that we’re integrating into a burning house,’” King said.
Take it away, Key & Peele:
Founded in 2013 as a funding mechanism for tech startups, Startup Atlanta re-launched last month with a focus on networking and tech-friendly policy-making. According to Adam Harrell, Startup Atlanta’s new executive director, the nonprofit “wasn’t executing in a way that drives impactful results.”
Two of the city’s top startup leaders — Atlanta Tech Village and Michael Tavani, co-founder of Scoutmob and Switchyards Downtown Club — tell Creative Loafing they never used Startup Atlanta’s services in the past. With the city's startup scene continuing to boom, they say the nonprofit could find a stronger role to play, but it would have to be more than what companies are already figuring out on their own.
Tavani says Startup Atlanta was “very ineffective” and worked on such dubious efforts as a startup map that “no one cares about.” Tavani says he knows Harrell, whom he describes as “solid,” and believes a more focused Startup Atlanta might work in some capacity.
“I’m confident they can have an impact,” Tavani says. “[But] they’ll never become the hub for startups in Atlanta. That was too lofty a goal.”
Harrell says Startup Atlanta has played a role in some successes such as the Atlanta City Council’s recent approval of tax and licensing breaks for certain types of startups. Tavani and Atlanta Tech Village Community Manager Karen Houghton say that proposal doesn’t mean much to company bottom lines, but represents an important symbolic welcome-mat to the startup industry.
“The dollar amount is not ground-breaking.” Houghton says. “It’s very encouraging to see.”
However, Harrell agrees that Startup Atlanta needs a leaner strategy that complements other startups' efforts. The main hurdles for local startups include finding business mentors and capital. Harrell says all of those ultimately involve networking and education. That's why Startup Atlanta is now hosting those kinds of events.
“The most important factor for success…is access to societal networks,” Harrell says.
At an upcoming event in May, Startup Atlanta will connect traditional corporations with startups — both as customers and as potential business mentors. Harrell sees this kind of networking as outreach to communities that might not have otherwise occurred. For another effort, Startup Atlanta is joining Councilman Kwanza Hall’s “Year of Boulevard” program to hold a business-pitch class and competition for kids.
Startup Atlanta will also continue its policy advocacy and launch a “Made in ATL” award program to highlight success stories. Perhaps those efforts will build upon the city’s startup progress. Houghton says Atlanta Tech Village, which houses more than 230 startups in its Buckhead building, has been completely full for over a year and has a wait list. Among the hit startups to “graduate” from its facility is BitPay, a Bitcoin payment service that opened its own headquarters just across the street.
“We’re legitimately now a top 10 city in terms of venture capital,” says Harrell, who notes that Atlanta's has grown by 32 percent in that kind of investment to more than $500 million in the last year. According to Harrell, investors have increasingly encouraged startups to remain in Atlanta, rather move to the typical Silicon Valley headquarters, which in turn helps to build a local startup scene.
1. Buckhead 10.4%Other salacious ATL-based data:
2. Ormewood Park 9.3%
3. Decatur 8.7%
4. Sandy Springs 8.1%
5. Snellville 7.9%
6. Midtown 7.4%
7. Downtown 7%
8. Candler Park 6.8%
9. Cascade Heights 6.3%
10. Oakdale 5.8%
° Adulterers in Cascade Heights have the most affair partners on averageI don't know what's worse: That a site like this exists or that I've never heard of it. Ashley Madison is like the most damning case of western excess, individual freedom and no-holds-barred capitalism ever created. Boasting 32 million members in 46 countries, it's practically a godsend. And further proof that the institution of marriage is totally screwed. A quick Google search shows the site has skirted plenty of controversy in recent years, especially as its expanded its illicit empire into foreign territory. In particular, the governments of Singapore and South Korea banned AshleyMadison.com. Marital infidelity is criminal in South Korea, but that didn't stop more than 135,000 members from signing up before the country began unsuccessfully attempting to block it last year, according to Time. Other Asian countries, such as Japan have been more inviting. More than half a million joined the site there within eight months.
° Downtown has the most men looking for mistresses
° Midtown has the most members aged 35 and younger
Here's the city's announcement. We'll update as more information becomes available.
Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta. Google Fiber is ultra-high speed broadband internet access that will be available to residential customers in the City of Atlanta and nine metropolitan Atlanta area cities.
“Google Fiber is the infrastructure for the next generation of innovation in Atlanta,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “High-speed internet access is essential to participate in the 21st century economy. In addition to supporting our thriving tech and startup communities, Google Fiber will bring greater economic opportunities to every quadrant of the City, so that the next great business idea is just as likely to come from Southwest Atlanta as it is from any other neighborhood.”
Today’s average American broadband speed is 11.5 Megabits per second. In contrast, Google Fiber will bring Atlanta residents access to “gigabit” internet connections up to 1,000 Megabits per second.
“We are here because of the hard work, passion and commitment of the city and its leaders,” said Kevin Lo, director of business operations for Google Fiber. “The next chapter of the Internet will be written at gigabit speeds. These new networks will lay the foundation for a wave of innovation and economic growth. Atlanta is the perfect city to show us what’s possible, and we can’t wait to see what Atlanta will do with Fiber.”
The City of Atlanta will work closely with Google on the next steps to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering gigabit speeds throughout the city. The next stage of work includes designing and planning a new fiber-optic network down to a very detailed level. This process will take several months. After it is complete, Google Fiber and the City of Atlanta will begin constructing the network.
As part of today’s announcement, Google Fiber will also come to nine metropolitan-Atlanta area cities: Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs, and Smyrna.
For more information, visit the Google Fiber press site: https://sites.google.com/site/gfiberresources/.
But as Urvaksh Karkaria of the Atlanta Business Chronicle notes, there's no telling when the service will actually become available. Or exactly how much it will cost once the network is built and ready to serve customers.
The all-new http://t.co/wHRWk2aBv5 from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has landed! Check it out today. #AJCnow http://t.co/JkBoSRoHkY
— AJC (@ajc) November 7, 2014
Some readers say they feel lost, confused, and even outraged over the AJC.com redesign. That's never happened to our readers, that's for sure. Here's a sample of the ever-so-helpful feedback they've given on Twitter so far:
@jheady @ajc New website is dreadful. Has already sent my laptop to the dread blue screen twice. I did not think it cd get worse, wrong.
— Rick Woodward (@woodward60) November 7, 2014
The http://t.co/66jTD9aCV0 redesign made @ajc virtually unreadable. Not built responsively, tons of console errors. pic.twitter.com/mkEcGwqpMR
— Drew Barton (@drewbarton) November 6, 2014
Atlanta is a relatively young city. Yet much of its past has been lost to "progress" over the years. Gone are the Kimball House, the Peachtree Arcade, and so many other landmarks. Despite the fact that Atlanta is a transient city, residents are fascinated by its history. Luckily there are history buffs who know how to conduct research and slam their fingers against keyboards (Praise Stumptown and ATL Urbanist!). We present, in no certain order, a list of local blogs focusing on Atlanta's past. Did we make a glaring oversight? You bet we did! Let us know in the comments.
Have you wondered about the past lives of some city blocks in Downtown? Meet Atlanta Historic Block Party. The new blog picks a specific city block - thus far they've selected City Hall and the Westin Peachtree Plaza - and documents the parcel's past, including demolished buildings and events. The entries are penned by Geoff, who recently received a master's degree in historic preservation.
Do you like well-researched, well-written articles about Atlanta's historic places, people, and the occasional mystery or murder? Be sure to regularly check History Atlanta. Who's behind it? Why, a Midtown resident named Conor and his dog Sherman.
When the Atlanta History Center joined Tumblr way back when, we originally anticipated the worst. Or the Buckhead museum just losing interest in the medium. We were wrong. The AHC has embraced Tumblr and Twitter and become a case study in how to smartly use social media. We even gave 'em an award! Head here if you want a wide variety of historic photos, reenactments of the Battle of Atlanta or the 1917 fire that engulfed the Old Fourth Ward, and timely posts.
All hail Zeus Henderson! His Return to Atlanta matches old photos from his teenage years hanging out in the city compared to today.
God bless the Georgia State University library and its staff. The library's Digital Collections is filled with incredible photos and relics from Atlanta's past. (Sweet Lordy!) And its blog regularly posts interesting, thorough pieces about everything from additions to its collections - hello, Research Atlanta reports! - to a map essay tracking the development of Atlanta Fulton County Stadium and demise of Summerhill. Things are understandably a little slow over the summer, but the entire blog - especially the Digital Collections tag - is worth bookmarking.
And last but definitely not least, the king of all Atlanta history blogs, the Atlanta Time Machine. Greg Germani's longtime labor of love has helped many newcomers - and longtime Atlantans - gain a better understanding of the city through before and after photos. Get better, Greg.
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