At the very least, those buildings could be made more inviting to residents, workers, and visitors. And those don't have to be massive, costly projects.
In recent years, the Georgia Municipal Association, which has been headquartered in the area since 1983, has purchased nearby properties. There aren't any current plans to expand its Trinity Avenue offices. But the GMA, which represents cities under the Gold Dome, does have a stake in the neighborhood. Earlier this year, the organization partnered with the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government to brainstorm ways the community could be improved with creative design.
Some of the ideas are no brainers (planting trees and flowers) while others are pretty creative (hanging curtains at vacant building's entrances where homeless people sleep). Also, note that these are simply ideas, not actual projects. It's one thing to propose changes and another to actually get the permission from property owners to make progress.
We've embedded the full presentation after the jump.
Atlantic Cities did all Atlantans, and arguably the world, a favor yesterday by uncovering a pair of YouTube clips titled "Atlanta in the 80s." As you might expect, the videos are epic, awesome, and weird.
The first clip, which looks like something commissioned by a tourism board, offers all sorts of tidbits about the city's history, architecture, hotels, and shopping malls. It's more straightforward, but has a quintessential '80s soundtrack that's both inspirational and eerie:
In this second promo, we're taken on a tour through Atlanta's attractions, neighborhoods, arts, and culture in heroic fashion:
If you don't have the patience to watch these full cinematic works of art, we've transcribed some phrases the producers used to describe Georgia's capital. They're after the jump.
Atlanta residents and area homeless care providers with 20 minutes to spare should direct their attention to this here online survey.
As recently announced by Mayor Kasim Reed, the City of Atlanta is undertaking an effort to significantly reduce street homelessness, in partnership with our broader community of agencies, providers, community leaders and citizens. As a first step, with the help of Emory University, Georgia Tech University, Clark Atlanta University and Georgia State University we are gathering information on the current services for the homeless in Atlanta. To get an accurate, comprehensive view, we need your help and participation in completing the following survey.
This survey asks about the populations served, the needs they present, the capacity to meet those needs, and the services delivered, as well as perceptions of homelessness services. In addition, we would like to understand both the challenges and opportunities relating to collaboration among service providers.
City officials say that survey respondents should be knowledgable about homeless issues in Atlanta. And they're particularly interested in hearing from people with experience "living in the City of Atlanta and/or interacting with Atlanta's street homeless population." Judging from some of your comments, that seems to include a lot of you.
Don't fret if you don't have an opinion on a certain topic, as the questions are optional. The deadline to respond the survey is Friday, Aug. 3.
See, Bailey is a woman who knows what she wants (she wants to be the next leading lady in a Tyler Perry movie). And she knows how to get it (if spending $1,500 on a billboard is, in fact, a way to get things).
From 11 Alive News ...
Chances are, you've never seen her face. And you likely won't recognize her name. But Racquel Bailey's new billboard is turning heads in South Atlanta.
And she's hoping it's enough to propel her to a starring role in Tyler Perry's next film.
The 23-year-old actress bought ad space on a billboard at the intersection of Campbellton Road and Barge Road, and is using it to speak directly to the Atlanta film mogul. Her message: "Let me be your next leading lady." The board, she said, addresses Perry himself as the "Top Film Maker in ATL."
Bailey, who lives in New Jersey, said she purposely bought the space two miles away from Perry's studios.
"I hoped he would see it while he was driving to work, or on his way home from work, or that someone would see it!" she told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander via Skype
And it didn't come cheap; Bailey paid $1,500 for the billboard.
"My last money for the year!" she laughed.
Hahahaha. Bailey laughs because it's her "last money for the year." Then someone reminds her it's only April and that moldy-fruit-and-cat-food breath goes over terribly at auditions.
AND, this gigantic, garish advertisement is addressed to "Top Film Maker [sic] in ATL" rather than "Tyler Perry," why? Because she's subtle.
AND, when you go to Racquelbailey.com, nothing happens. :(
BUT, none of that matters because this is her demo reel and it's amazing and Tyler Perry is for sure going to put her in his next movie, but maybe not as the leading lady because only he gets to do that ...
Their headline: "Adult diaper plant looks to hire."
WSBTV, do you take no joy in what you do? Are you immune to the temptation to make poop jokes?
Please, in the comments section, help me give this news-like tid-bit a more appropriate title.
I'll help W(h)ET your imaginations ...
"Doody calls: Diaper plant hiring"
"Work the number two shift at Douglasville diapery"
(Or, alternately) "Jobs available at Douglasville's number one diaper factory"
"Is a job at a diaper plant for you? That Depends"
Today Scoutmob published the fun lil' post "The Official Atlantone Colors of 2012" about the colors that will define Atlanta in the coming year. It's a twist on the declaration by the color czars at Pantone that Tangerine Tango is "THE" "IT" color of 2012. Other experts agree.
The Scoutmob list was cute. It made us laugh! Really, we emailed it to each other and chuckled. But it made us think more about 2011 than 2012. So we decided to do a list, too.
Newt "White Thunder" Gingrich
Because look at that hair. And also, presidential stuff.
Chicken N Beer Brown
Did you hear? Ludacris got the go ahead from Mr. Mayor to open up his Chicken N Beer in the airport. Chicken N Beer Brown is also the color of the allegedly muddied, dirty airport vendor dealings.
Arts Funding Pot o' Gold
Because as budget proposals are being drafted and submitted in the coming weeks and voted on later this spring, YOU KNOW the arts will be handsomely rewarded.
The wonk-licious ideafest known as TEDx Atlanta is being held today in the Northyards Business Park near Coca-Cola — just a few hundred feet from CL's offices — until 6 p.m.
Speakers discussing the event's "balance" theme include artist Radcliffe Bailey, chef Hugh Acheson, professor Teresa Amabile, cocktail visionary and CL columnist Greg Best, and JPods founder Bill James, among others. Rolling Stones keyboardist and eco-advocate Chuck Leavell just wrapped up his presentation.
The event's at capacity but organizers were kind enough to livestream the talks. View them below.
Georgia's new license plate design went over like a turd in a peach punchbowl.
Because we're just brimming with creativity around here — seriously, if you were disgusting, you could say our creative juice cups runneth over — several of Creative Loafing's best and brightest somethings decided to design our own, and we want you to vote for your favorite!
Here's your first option; the rest after the jump (two of which are NSFW, assuming you work in an environment where viewing pencil drawings of erect penises is discouraged) ...
One of our objectives with this week's Beltline cover story was to get people talking about the possible ways the 22-mile parks, trails and transit loop could take shape. Not just the features that are scheduled to open this year, but what comes after. The creative minds at CLOUD architecture design, a local firm that's never short on ideas, apparently had the same when it re-imagined the downtown streetcar, the controversial transit loop that will connect Centennial Olympic Park and the King Center. CLOUD's advice to streetcar naysayers: "This is not about the 2.5 miles that we are going to build starting in 2012," the firm writes. "But the following 40-50 miles of light rail that [we] can build after that." Their proposed streetcar network wouldn't just connect to the Beltline — it'd snake all the way to the Westside and Atlantic Station and serve students, tourists, shoppers, and workers. "By basically creating a westside loop, the streetcar would link Coke’s campus with Freedom Park, and the High Museum with the King Center," the firm writes. Though streetcar boosters hope future phases of the project will be built along Peachtree Street, CLOUD's concept is still fun to read. Check out their full proposal on the firm's blog.
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