What do zombie apocalypse, road rage and butt implants have in common? They are all related to Georgia. Since the school year is coming to an end and yearbooks are being made, GPB’s “On The Story” wondered what a yearbook for our state would look like. You know, things “most likely to” for Georgia. So we compiled the list, as unflattering as it may be.
A 1968 TV ad described the growing city of Atlanta as network of different neighborhoods, connected mostly by highways. The best option for navigating the city was by car. Fast forward to 2014, and Atlanta is still primarily a “car city”. But urban planners, city officials, and business leaders hope one solution to that problem is the Atlanta Beltline. The Atlanta Beltline started out as a graduate student’s dream back in 1999. Since then, it’s become one of the most ambitious urban redevelopment projects in the United States.
The storm Georgians have been waiting for is here, and meteorologists say it will be even worse than expected. The Interstate 20 cor Gov. Nathan Deal is continuing to urge Georgians to stay off the roads Wednesday. Speaking at a noon press conference at the state Capitol, he said his main concern about the weather is that Georgians will think the winter storm moving through the state has peaked and will leave their homes.
The winter storm that hit the city of Atlanta and the surrounding metro areas Tuesday afternoon has inspired acts of kindness from Georgians around the state. After the icy storm left more than thousands of people stuck in their cars gridlocked on metro Atlanta freeways, people took to social media to spread the word about the stranded commuters.
In a press conferences Wednesday morning, the state's top officials apologized for decisions they made during the winter storm that placed the city of Atlanta in a gridlock. However, Gov. Nathan Deal and Kasim Reed agree shutting down Atlanta early would not have been the right decision.
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a state of emergency declaration for the entire state of Georgia. In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Deal urged Georgians who have to drive to use extreme caution while on the roads. "Once at your destination, if at all possible, please stay off the roads until conditions improve. State DOT crews will work around the clock to get roads clear; in addition, the National Guard, the Department of Public Safety and GEMA will work to get the state back to normal as quickly as possible.”
The U.S. Census bureau has released the latest data on median household income across the nation. New York NPR member station, WNYC created an interactive map that measures income trends across neighborhoods allowing users to explore differences in income down to the state and county. Dante Chini, director of the American Communities Project at American University in Washington, D.C., explained the importance of examining the nation’s differences in income and wealth on the NPR program The Takeway.
In June of that 1990, Mandela visited Atlanta as part of an eight city tour of America. During his visit, he laid a wreath at the Martin Luther King Jr., Center, met with members of the King family, and spoke at Georgia Tech. Three years later, he came back to Atlanta. Mandela was president of the African National Congress, and spent three days in Atlanta urging residents to help the ANC compete in South Africa’s first multicultural election. Here's a look back at Mandela's visits to the city of Atlanta.