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

Obama and immigration

2:00 pm Jul. 31, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The rhetoric has ramped up around illegal immingrants and especially the undocumented children at our country’s southern border. Today, an Atlanta immigration lawyer writes about the steps President Obama can take to relieve the situation, while a conservative commentator, an appointee to the state immigration board, says executive orders could unlawful. Also, an Emory University professor, the daughter of a mother who came illegally to the U.S.

Growing communities, healthier kids

11:56 am Jul. 31, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Countless residents and public servants contribute and volunteer time to make pockets of this city and region better places. Today, I write about an operation that teaches West End kids how to repair bikes while using cycling to create healthy, sustainable lifestyles. Also, an Atlanta city councilman writes about the “Year of Boulevard,” a neighborhood trust-building effort in the Old Fourth Ward that has continued to grow

Homesafe Georgia: Helping families avert foreclosures

12:54 pm Jul. 30, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Nationwide, states have been scrutinized for their use of money from the “Hardest Hit Fund,” established by the U.S. Treasury in 2010 to help 18 states tailor programs to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure. Results have been a mixed bag, which fueled eligibility changes here and elsewhere. Today, we’re given an update on Georgia’s $339 million allocation, coupled with an essay about millennials’ attitudes toward home ownership

EPA Hearings in Atlanta

12:39 pm Jul. 29, 2014

EPA owes Georgians time, answers

By Mike Duncan

Beginning today, Georgians will have their first and only opportunity to be heard in person about policies that would have a disastrous impact on the state’s economy. The EPA chose Atlanta as one of just four cities to host a public hearing on its proposal to regulate carbon emissions from America’s power plants.
EPA’s proposal represents one of the largest regulatory efforts in our nation’s

Atlanta Forward: EPA hearings in Atlanta

11:52 am Jul. 29, 2014

Today and Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting hearings in Atlanta on its controversial proposed rules aimed at reducing pollution from power plants. Today, an environmental advocate says the changes will create cleaner, healthier air for Georgians and create jobs in the process. Another writer says that, if enacted, the rules would cost Georgians heavily in terms of both power costs and economic growth, with the poorest Georgians

A necessary drive toward congestion relief

12:52 pm Jul. 26, 2014

Andre Jackson, for the Editorial Board.

The dozen miles of U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway between the Kennesaw city limits and  I-285 is an unremarkable stretch of road.
Yet, what does — or doesn’t — happen in coming years along this hilly highway will speak to the future of both Cobb County and the greater Atlanta metro.
The broad, heavily used north-south corridor between Acworth and Fulton County is the latest arena for the popular

Georgia’s same-sex marriage ban

4:00 pm Jul. 24, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

This week, Attorney General Sam Olens asked a judget to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a gay rights group challenging Georgia’s consititutional ban on same-sex marriages, established in 2004. Similar bans are being challenged with some success in other states. Same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Today, two local legal experts tackle the issue: one says the state ban cannot

Teaching life skills

10:55 am Jul. 24, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today, we highlight a local program that mirrors the purpose of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. It’s the Priority Male Institute, a 12-week program for young black men ages 18 to 28, sponsored by the nonprofit Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta. A volunteer writes about experiences of the Class of 2014, which recently took part in a “rite of passage” ceremony and graduation, while I

Hartsfield-Jackson: Airport City?

10:59 am Jul. 23, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Ever heard of an aerotropolis? Well, picture Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and its environs as a city, with hotels, businesses, entertainers and whatever any vibrant community might offer. An alliance has been formed to make it happen. Today, a Porsche executive explains the initiative, while a UNC professor who coined the term explains the significance of an airport city to the region. Finally, an Asian diplomat encourages stronger

Atlanta threatens Paulding lawsuit

5:23 pm Jul. 21, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Atlanta city officials recently sent a letter warning Paulding County they might go to court to block plans for commercial airline operations at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport. Their argument: Part of the Paulding airport sits on land the county bought back from the city several years ago; the city says it understood that land would be used only for noncommercial aviation. Today, county and city leaders argue