Discussion on Atlanta's economy, schools, transportation, leadership, quality of life

A deeper river at last?

2:40 pm May. 31, 2014


It’s your turn, Mr. President. Now that Congress has given long-in-coming approval to a bill authorizing $706 million for deepening 41 miles of river, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is closer than ever to a done deal.
The next big step is a presidential signature. And, given that gaining final, final, final approval for the port work has taken two decades, we’d urge President Barack Obama to sign

Faith groups and foster care

11:51 pm May. 30, 2014

By Ryan Martin

Three years ago this spring, we welcomed two little boys into our family on a temporary basis. What we intended to be a short-term act of kindness will turn out to be a lifelong relationship of love.
My wife and I had attended a family funeral the year before and heard a moving message in tribute to her grandfather. He had been a pseudo-foster parent to a couple of

Schuerholz talks Braves’ move

1:50 pm May. 29, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The Atlanta Braves are moving to Cobb County, but not without some controversy. Today, we offer comments made May 19 by Braves President John Schuerholz at an AJC Editorial Board meeting, where the team’s executive leadership outlined their vision of the future. In our second column, a Common Cause board member gets to say what he planned to say to the Cobb County Commission earlier this week

Wanted: Financial Literacy

10:43 am May. 29, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

It’s your hard-earned money. Why not make it grow? Today, a self-described “silver rights” activist stresses the importance of financial literacy for all, particularly the so-called “unbanked” and “under banked” sector. Elsewhere, the head of the Gwinnett Village enterprise zone welcomes the development of what would be the largest movie studio in the Southeast. Another writer encourages early HIV detection.

Poor need financial literacy

By John Hope Bryant

President Abraham

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights: “A platform for engagement”

10:59 am May. 28, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

 Tourism, a major industry and job creator for the state, had a record year in 2013 as it generated more than $50 billion in sales. Today, an economics official offers insight on what attracts domestic as well as international visitors to Atlanta and other parts of the state. Meanwhile, the CEO for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights explains how that museum fits Atlanta’s tourism

Transit’s younger generation

4:00 pm May. 26, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

How do young professionals and college students move around the city? How do they use roads and transportation systems? What influences their choices? Today’s writers — a 27-year-old college English teacher and a 24-year-old Ph.d candidate at Georgia Tech — can begin to give us a clue. Both are avid bicyclists, but they infuse this old-school mobility with the latest technology and attitude. They represent a younger

12:24 pm May. 24, 2014

Veterans’ sacrifices secured freedom


The ever-present freedom that is so much a part of the everyday fabric of this great nation can be deceiving in its own way.
It can lull us, with some risk, into believing that freedom — in either its most-profound, or everyday-ordinary incarnations — comes without a real, ongoing and sobering cost. Instead, we can come to think that our way of life is really

Pro/Con: Public funds for sports stadiums?

2:32 pm May. 22, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Public subsidy of sports stadiums is a passionate topic in metro Atlanta these days, as the Braves and Falcons move forward with plans to construct new stadiums partially financed by taxpayer dollars.

What’s next for Gwinnett Place?

12:16 pm May. 22, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

A Duluth resident challenges leaders and the community to invest more in Gwinnett Place Village, the central commercial district of Gwinnett County, in light of the recent closure of a Super Target in the area. Meanwhile, an executive with the board that oversees the region’s enterprise zone highlights the recruitment and relocation of firms to the district that occurred last year.

A call to action for Gwinnett

By T.J.

‘House flipping’ dries up in the ATL

7:50 pm May. 20, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Early in the recession, flipping houses was all the rage in metro Atlanta and other markets. Investors as well as everyday people embraced the practice in hopes of pockeing quick returns on