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Atlanta Magazine

The Second Burning of Atlanta
The story of the Great Fire of 1917
February 2017

Commentary: The fact that we need to defend John Lewis and Atlanta is sad, indeed
January 2017

Pilgrimage to Plains
The faithful come from around the world to hear Jimmy Carter preach
May 2016

Serial Black Face
A new play revisits the trauma of the Atlanta Child Murders.
April 2016

Why the Leo Frank Lynching Resonates a Century Later
An interview with Steve Oney, author of the definitive book on the Frank case.
August 2015

Schooled
What has Atlanta Public Schools learned from the cheating scandal?
August 2015

freaknikA Greener Future for Atlanta’s Parks
After generations of neglect, the city’s park system is finally getting the attention (and resources) it needs.
June 2015

Freaknik
The rise and fall of Atlanta’s most infamous street party.
co-authored with Errin Haines Whack
March 2015

Held to Account
How Utopian Academy, an upstart charter school in Clayton County, is challenging the status quo.
January 2015

Jason Carter: The Inevitable Candidate
Can the man who’s been building the resume for this election since he was a teenager save the Democrats in Georgia?
October 2014

Atlanta’s Civil War Battle Scars
The city was burned to the ground 150 years ago. Could it be the best thing that ever happened to us?
July 2014

Stranded in Atlanta’s Food Deserts
In a region known for celebrity chefs and a farm-to-table movement, 500,000 people are without access to a basic grocery store.
March 2014

HOPE Scholarship: The Pros
The program has surpassed its goals. So why are people complaining?
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Interview with Bernice King
Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest child is taking over the family business. She discusses responsibility, legacy, and growing up under a shadow of tragedy.
August 2013

The Other 284 Days
The Braves will host eighty-one regular season home games in 2013. This is what the neighborhood is like the rest of the year.
July 2013

TurnerFeature_730Building Boulevard
Following last year’s ‘Year of Boulevard’ initiative, what’s next?
March 2013

How Southern Are We?
Birthplace of both Margaret Mitchell and Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta embodies the collision of Old and New South myths.
November 2012

A Living Laboratory
Can Kwanza Hall’s ‘Year of Boulevard’ experiment transform intown Atlanta’s most notorious street?
April 2012

The Atlanta Student Movement
Fifty years ago this month, students at the Atlanta University Center published a civil rights manifesto and changed the country.
March 2010

The Atlantic’s CityLab

4thWardPark_MartinCan Atlanta Go All In On the BeltLine?
The project’s been a huge success, but transit has been lagging and there already are affordability concerns.
April 2014

Emory Magazine

Time Marches On
A varied collection housed at Emory offers new insight into decades of work by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, including the years following the death of its iconic leader, Martin Luther King Jr.
Summer 2013

The Guardian

Why plans for a new golf course have caused uproar in New Orleans
The rebuilding of New Orleans’s massive City Park is one of the great post-Katrina success stories. But the creation of a new golf course has sparked protests among those who say a nature reserve would be better, and safer, for the city.
August 2015

Blizzard alert! How do US cities compare in dealing with major snowstorms?
Whether two inches or two feet, snowfall can wreak havoc on a city – as residents of Atlanta and Buffalo know all too well – or it can be a relative non-event. So how should a mayor best respond to a serious forecast of snow?
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Now the UN is intervening in Detroit’s water conflict. Could thirsty cities riot?
Angry protests over water provision have shaken cities around the world, and may determine whether access to clean drinking water is a taxable municipal service – or a basic human right
October 2014

Multistorey car park in the US transformed into micro apartments for students
Many of the 105 million parking spaces in American cities are under-used: could they be re-purposed into affordable housing?
July 2014

Georgia State University Magazine

GSU_PlanetHunters_Final.inddThe Planet Hunters
From the heart of Atlanta, Georgia State astronomers explore the universe.
Summer 2013
Expanding—Locally and Globally
The past 25 years have seen the transformation of student life and campus.
January 2013

New York Magazine

The Fightin’ Carters
September 23, 2012

Politico Magazine

When Bernie Met Killer Mike
How Sanders is setting out to prove himself to a new generation of civil rights activists.
November 2015

John Lewis, SuperheroPOLITCO
The civil rights icon and venerable congressman embraces his newest designation: comic book convention hero.
November 2015

Sprawled Out in Atlanta
What happens when poverty spreads to a place that wasn’t built for poor people?
May 2014

How Atlanta Survived Icepocalypse II
We’re not a national joke anymore. But our city’s still a sprawling mess.
February 14, 2014

The Day We Lost Atlanta
How 2 lousy inches of snow paralyzed a metro region of 6 million.
January 29, 2014