By Ed

Pre-Thanksgiving MRs

Who else is already in line for Black Friday??!?!

“Muscle’n Flo” by Menomena.

After you watch GSU beat the University of Old Mississippi tonight, stay tuned to watch the Erislandy Lara bout.

  1. Washington Post: Former GSU coach Lefty Driesell “absolutely belongs in Hall of Fame.”
  2. BBC: Our own Clarkston is the “most diverse square mile” in the U.S. 
  3. The Bern and Killer Mike walk into Busy Bee Cafe…
  4. Marketplace looks at the fight in Atlanta betwixt Uber and cabs. TL;DR–cabbies whine “but we were here first!” 
  5. Atlanta has three of the country’s worst bottlenecks. Shocking, I know. 
  6. The latest, pie-in-the-sky expansion plan for MARTA. (All this could be yours for the new, low-low price of $8 billion!)
  7. Did you know there is a website to track Atlanta’s bond package? 
  8. Gang numbers in Atlanta spike. And they’re found in the safe, bland utopia of OTP. 
  9. Savannah’s the Grey wins (another) national award; Atlanta’s award winners aren’t too shabby. 

GSU Offers Two Proposals for Turner Field Redevelopment

Should Turner Field become a football stadium or mixed-use development?

That will be the question if Georgia State University purchases the site.

11Alive reports that GSU’s RFP that was submitted to the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority has two plans for a football stadium. 

One option would be to convert the 20-year old Turner Field building into the framework for a mixed-use development, with housing and retail. That option would include construction of a new football stadium, and a new baseball stadium, north of Turner Field.

Another option pitched by GSU was one originally revealed to 11Alive News in April 2014 — which would retrofit Turner Field into a college football stadium, and construct a baseball stadium on the old Atlanta Fulton County Stadium site.

Both options submitted Friday by GSU include the new baseball stadium. The variable now is the location of the football stadium GSU wants, which would extend the university’s campus across I-20.

RFPs were due Friday and an unknown number were submitted.

A decision on which proposal is selected could in “the coming months.”

Morning Reads for Almost College Basketball Season


Two days until the only season better than college football season: college basketball!

  1. Sonny Perdue’s lone legacy, the “Go Fish Center” is shockingly not attracting visitors… only five years and $30 million+ later. 
  2. Atlanta is the second least-equal city in the U.S. 
  3. Yay?
  4. Docs: Jimmy Carter’s cancer treatment “going well.”
  5. On turning John Lewis into a super hero. 
  6. Things that aren’t actually hipster: Buckhead, Atlantic Station and Brookwood. 
  7. Atlanta Botanical Gardens helping project in Cuba to resurrect Florida orchids. 
  8. Noted Georgia State (and Georgia state) historian Cliff Kuhn passed away. 
  9. “The Power Broker” was just published in the U.K. Here’s a sample of one review:
  10. “As an account of how power and ambition shape the urban environment, The Power Broker has yet to be beaten… Caro’s profile of America’s greatest town planner is monumental in its own right – a peerless analysis of how millions of lives are still ordered daily by a singular vision.”
  11. In today’s installment of things that are beyond totally useless: UGA is on the bubble for the tourney. 
  12. The season hasn’t even started and I already miss the 50 PPG GSU lost from last year. Ugh.

Morning Reads for Today, November 4, 2015

Has there ever been a time when every football team in Georgia lost in 24 hours?

“Just Like Heaven” by Richard Cheese–hey, wait… that’s not right.

  1. Jimmy Carter: “I’m feeling better than anybody expected me to.”  
  2. Braves Stadium relocation “setting up to be a disaster.”
  3. Unrelated but Cobb’s transportation director resigned. 
  4. Georgia lobbyist accused of doing some very bad things. 
  5. Mayor Reed discusses the SCOGA pension plan, manufacturing and more! 
  6. Expert says Dixie victories are more about GOP losses than an actively pro-Democrat electorate. 
  7. One does not simply walk into Manuel’s Tavern for a renovation and expect to be able to move things around willy-nilly (or even, at all). 

Morning Reads for Oct. 28, 2015

The scariest costume idea for 2015 is going as a Mike Hassinger.

“Black and White Town” by Doves. 

What would be scarier than going as Mike Hassinger? MISSING TONIGHT’S PEACH PUNDIT ROADSHOW AT MELLOW MUSHROOM BUCKHEAD! (I will not be there.)

  1. Morehouse trying to regain firm footing for future. 
  2. HIV epidemic in Georgia is a “public health emergency”. 
  3. Regular commentator Baker Owens, others, still blocked by Mayor Reed on Twitter. 
  4. GSU launches its first capital campaign in school history.
  5. Please give to the “This Money is Only Being Given to Get Album 88 Back on the Air” Fund.
  6. How UPS hopes to avoid last year’s holiday shipping snafus. 
  7. R.J. Hunter is doing well in the NBA.

Reed, Franklin and Young in Bloc of Hillary’s Mayoral Endorsements

Five Georgians threw their support behind Hillary Clinton on Tuesday at the African American Mayors Association.

Kasim Reed, Shirley Franklin and Andrew Young announced they were supporting Hillary (much like they did in 2008) and East Point Mayor Jannquell Peters did as well.

WABE quoted Reed saying:

“She has the proven leadership capability to be president of the United States during very difficult times..I think that, given the breadth and depth of her service to the country, that she is the right person in this race.”

Even though Joe said no today, I still don’t think Hillary wins the Democratic nomination. I’m increasingly not confident in that but I still think O’Malley is the real deal and Sanders fizzles out because he has to spend too much time explaining what is democratic socialism.

This race also reminds of 2008 when Hillary racked up the superdelegates’ votes only to have that be fruitless and 2004 when Kerry quietly was in the background waiting for the tides to turn against the frontrunner.

I’m not putting any money on my belief, however.

The Universe’s Best Morning Reads for October 21

I don’t think I am going far enough with my declaration.

“Bands with Managers” by Pedro the Lion.

  1. Georgia’s own Bernard Marcus and John C. Cushman III are two of the largest early superdonors to the POTUS race. 
  2. There’s something refreshing about how easily we can track the legalized corruption and bribery of our elected officials.
  3. Crime is down in Atlanta… again. #ITPIsSoDangerous
  4. CBS News profiles Jimmy Carter and his Sunday school. 
  5. You will soon be able to bike from Atlanta to Chattanooga… and upon reaching Chattanooga wonder why you did. 
  6. So, I-20 East might be capped with a park? That would be so awesome…if I’ve bought a house in the area by then.

Morning Reads: 22-21-2

Anyone know the significance to today’s code?

“Today” by Zero 7. 

  1. The Dutch Transportation Board released a YouTube report of their finding into MH17’s crash. Even if you only watch the first 3 minutes of the report it is utterly engrossing, thorough, damning and altogether Dutch. 
  2. It turns out when you have to replace 51 points per game, you’re going to have to take a step backwards: GSU ranked 139th nationally. 
  3. The top two GOP POTUS hopefuls: a blowhard and someone “who has lost his mind”. Really, either can be used for both Trump and Carson. 
  4. Again: if you give to Susan G. Komen, you really are wasting your money and perpetuating a cancer-awareness charity that is more concerned with generating revenue than, you know, curing cancer. 
  5. U.S. coastal cities are guaranteed to sink due to global warming–but there’s still room to question the data!
  6. I somehow doubt anyone from PP has read past point 3, certainly by point 5 they ceased listening to me.
  7. Atlanta Fed says Real GDP grew at 1 percent. Who is more trustworthy the KC Fed? Come on!
  8. Is Governor Deal trying to pack SCOTGA?
  9. Only the New York Times would say of Young Thug: “Harnessing his sui generis gift has been a more perplexing challenge.”  
  10. Did you know there was 1) an African-American Mormon talk-show host and 2) she is from Atlanta? 

Happy 91st Birthday to the Greatest POTUS from Georgia–Jimmy Carter!

Jimmy Carter is 91 today, something that makes his still busy work and travel schedule even more remarkable. He’s also probably going to remain the only POTUS born in Georgia for quite some time.

Should you wish to get in the spirit of the festivities that are bound to sweep the nation, the Carter Center hung this wonderfully low-key display and is offering 91 cent admission all day on Thursday. It’s also #AskAnArchivist day on Twitter for the presidential libraries but I believe that was an independent event.

Happy birthday to President Carter!

John Lewis Will Seek a 16th Term in Congress

John Lewis said he is running for reelection for the 5th Congressional District representing Atlanta.

Speaking to the AJC on Wednesday and surprising perhaps no one, Lewis said:

“Yes, yes. I’m doing it. I’m doing it. I know there are a few people who think: ‘Oh, maybe he’s going to give it up.’ But I’m not giving it up. Not now. Thank you for asking me.”

I’ll make a bold prediction and say he wins easily in 2016 making him one of the most senior members of congress. And in a body that prizes seniority, you don’t want your long-time representatives going anywhere.

Morning Reads for 9/30

“Why is the GOP the only science-climate-change denying party on Earth?” Totally unrelated but I’ve found when you’re the only one who believes something–you’re the one who is wrong.

  1. The Blackmail Caucus: AKA the GOP. 
  2. Atlanta Fed: Looking around Midtown Atlanta, it is easy to wonder if multifamily housing construction is getting ahead of itself.
  3. ARC says Atlanta must continue to innovate. 
  4. Georgia Aquarium can’t import Belugas. 
  5. Georgia Tech helped find that water on Mars. 
  6. Must be why they couldn’t find their offense on Saturday.
  7. GT players’ likeness used (without permission) for the it’s-basically-gambling site FanDuel.
  8. Too bad, Taka was excellent. 

Atlanta’s University Choice Neighborhood Gets $30-Million HUD Revitalization Grant

Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro paid a visit to Atlanta on Monday where he announced that Atlanta was one of five cities to be awarded a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Implementation Grants. In Atlanta, $30 million will go toward the University Choice Neighborhood in the city’s west side.

From a statement sent out by HUD:

As part of the Administration’s overall drive to reinvest in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, President Obama’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is intended to transform distressed public and assisted housing into sustainable, mixed-income housing with access to community assets and services and to support positive outcomes for families living in the development and in the community. The five awardees have proposed to replace more than 1,650 distressed public housing units with more than 2,800 new mixed-income, mixed-use housing units as part of an overall effort to revitalize neighborhoods. For every $1 in Choice Neighborhoods funding they receive, the awardees and their partners will leverage an additional $9 in public and private funding for their project proposals.

“The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is responsible for transforming what were once vacant lots, crumbling parks and storefronts and distressed housing into vibrant communities,” said Castro. “It has become one of our nation’s most important tools in the fight to ensure that every family — no matter where they live — has the resources and strong foundation to succeed.”

I believe there was something in there about how this proves ITP is better than OTP (once and for all) but I could be mistaken.

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Morning Reads Wherein I Make a Big Announcement

I’m running for the GOP presidential nomination. And why not? There’s enough folks dropping out I should be able to win, right?

“Up From the South” by The Budos Band. 

  1. If you support Kim Davis, fine, whatever. But it’s clear now she has no intention of fulfilling the law and is trying to milk another 15 minutes of fame. So choose your martyrs wisely. 
  2. Tech, Emory in top 50 world’s most innovative universities. 
  3. Yeah, because tracking every student for three years to figure out what causes students to drop out and then preventing them from doing so isn’t innovative.
  4. Totally unrelated to point number three: GSU and Spelman will receive $11m in grants to study how to boost retention and graduation rates. 
  5. Atlanta’s health statistics neatly divide into two. You might be surprised to find that those two Atlantas almost completely mirror the racial divide in the city (but you probably aren’t). 
  6. Fascinating multi-media profile on Atlanta-based artist and former tagger. 
  7. Last winter cost GDOT a cool $8 million. Get it? Cool–like winter weather? 
  8. Atlanta Biz Chronicle publisher Ed Baker returning home to GSU. 
  9. We mentioned Kasim Reed’s interview with Atlanta Magazine earlier but the whole thing is worth a Reed. Get it? (Seriously though, it is really good). 

Morning Reads for When All is Right in the World

Georgia State is first in the Sun Belt Conference football standings. 

“Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” by McFadden & Whitehead.

  1. Well… that’s not good… promised pedestrian bridge for Braves park seems in jeopardy. 
  2. Mayors from way OTP want rail connections to Atlanta. 
  3. SRO for casino hearing. 
  4. Let’s see, hot-shot CEO flies in with a well-oiled lobbyist machine and splashy campaign… yeah the bill’s gonna pass.
  5. FTA likes the Beltline, MARTA expansion. 
  6. Atlanta one city used in study to determine how current segregation destroys black wealth. 
  7. NYT: Atlanta a “gentrified, urban grid.”
  8. UPS will hire 95k temporary workers for Christmas. 
  9. UGA loses out again–only has the fourth-highest number of Walmart fans. 

Morning Reads Wherein I Lose All Faith


“Expiration Date” by Blockhead. 

  1. WaHo served it’s 1 billionth waffle yesterday in Atlanta (I would hang that plaque over my mantle). 
  2. Ted Cruz is officially a joke: a brilliant man wants people to ignore the SCOTUS’ authority when it suits his agenda. He can no longer be considered a serious candidate who has any desire to uphold the Constitution. 
  3. GE might just be putting ATL through the wringer (or GE-made washing machine) about a potential move here. 
  4. Coke now allowing proxy process for some shareholders. 
  5. Experts are now opposed to GSU’s plans to demolish the not used in three decades Bell Building. 
  6. UGA will remain the closest team to the SEC Championship through 2027, but the proximity still won’t help the Dawgs get in.