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Labor Day

September 5 — We hope you're enjoying the long holiday weekend, but if you're on the clock today, thank you for your service. 

 70% chance of rain today with a high of 82°. Rinse and repeat for the rest of the week.

🌧 Gov. Kemp issued a state of emergency on Sunday for parts of Northwest Georgia that received more than 10 inches of rain in 12 hours.

🚧 If you're driving today, you'll notice that GDOT has suspended road work and lane closures for the holiday. 

🚦 Speaking of roads, a plan to extend 15th St. in Midtown by two blocks is moving forward.

💵 Georgia Tech has been awarded a $65 million federal grant to support a statewide initiative combining artificial intelligence and manufacturing innovations with workforce and outreach programs.

🪡 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn district last week to promote a provision of the Inflation Reduction Act designed to reconnect Black neighborhoods split by 1950s highway projects. 

💉 The FDA has given the green light to a new COVID-19 booster that targets newer variants of the virus. 

🙏🏼 Former Atlanta resident Jane Fonda announced via social media that she is undergoing chemo treatments for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 

⏱ Today's holiday newsletter is  stories.

• Subsidized housing struggle
• Cinematic dining 
• Otherworldly experiences 
• Global news

• Look & Listen

Enjoy the day!
Collin + Sammie

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1. More subsidized housing, but not for poorest families

🏠 The number of extremely low-income Atlanta families receiving housing benefits through traditional programs at the city’s housing authority hasn’t increased since 2004 — it’s stuck at about 17,000 families, even though that’s the income bracket where demand is highest.

Instead, it’s families a step or two up the income ladder — and landlords — who benefit from the program that the federal government calls the country’s most important resource for creating affordable housing today. 

➡️ Read more from Atlanta Civic Circle's Maggie Lee.

2. Dine like a main character

🧧 "If life were truly like a movie, we would all eat out at restaurants more. What better place to develop the main character of your story?"

So begins Sara Delgado's latest essay, which not only recommends some of Atlanta's most cinematic places to dine, but also ruminates on how restaurants can transport us to alternate realities.

From Carrie Bradshaw's cafe-hopping in Manhattan to the yearning and desire on display in Wong Kar-wai's "In the Mood for Love" (pictured), dining out is not only about the food, but setting the perfect scene.

She writes, "For the last decade, like everyone else in this city, I have been mesmerized by how restaurants have become even more of a 'scene' place to be. Distracted by the grandeur and scale of the space, I often find myself mentally calculating the countless hours and dollars that must’ve been spent so that guests can walk in and exude what’s now commonly referred to as 'main character energy.'”

➡️ Read Sara's full essay here. And be sure to subscribe to our weekly Side Dish newsletter featuring recipes, restaurant news, and more.
3. Otherworldly experiences on the way

🔮 Just in time for Halloween season, two new immersive experiences – one for Harry Potter and another for "Stranger Things"are winging their way to Atlanta.  

First up is Harry Potter: The Exhibition, which is being staged at the 200 Peachtree event facility in Downtown Atlanta starting Oct. 21. A huge hit when it debuted in Philadelphia earlier this year, visitors will
 get an up-close look at iconic moments, characters, settings, and beasts from the films and stories. Sign-up here to get a ticket sales alert. 

A day later on Oct. 22, Stranger Things: The Experience (pictured) will take up residence at Pullman Yards in Kirkwood. A new storyline will take visitors to Hawkins Lab, the Upside Down, and a Starcourt Mall-themed area with food, drinks, and merch. Book tickets here.

If you're looking for a Netflix immersion, The Queen's Ball: A Bridgerton Experience is happening now at Pullman Yards through Sept. 25.

4. Global News Update

🇨🇱Voters in Chile on Sunday rejected sweeping changes to their nation’s constitution, in a blow to Leftist President Gabriel Boric. 

🇮🇱 Today marks 50 years since members of Black September, a Palestinian-affiliated terrorist organization, killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. The events unfolded on live television, culminating in ABC sportscaster Jim McKay announcing, "We just got the final word ... Our worst fears have been realized tonight. They've now said that there were eleven hostages. Two were killed in their rooms yesterday morning, nine were killed at the airport tonight. They're all gone. The event shaped how the world reacts to terror attacks.

🥶 For the first time in American history, the United States will send an Ambassador to the Arctic (above via

🎗️ Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, died last week at the age of 91. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty produced this video obituary.


If you're interested in global issues, consider this project coordinator role at the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. 
*PARTNER MESSAGE* 🤔 Tickets are now on sale for the very first TEDxAtlantaWomen 2022 on Nov. 4. From science to social impact, food to finance, TEDxAtlantaWomen 2022 reimagines work and play through the lens of ten dynamic women building a more inclusive and equitable world where girls and women can truly spread their wings and soar.
5. Look & Listen

🏥 WABE’s Susanna Capelouto, Sam Gringlas, and Rahul Bali talk about the effect the closure of Atlanta Medical Center could have on the gubernatorial race.

📺 The new Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law – about Bruce Banner's transforming cousin played by Tatiana Maslany – is set in Los Angeles, but if you look closely, downtown L.A. looks suspiciously like Atlanta. It's yet another example of Marvel making use of our versatile locales. 

🎙 Saturday Night Live's longest-serving cast member and Atlanta native Kenan Thompson phoned into the Smartless podcast to talk about his career and see who does the best Lorne Michaels voice.

🦋 Candler Park's Brittany Schwartzwald took to the stage at "The Moth's" recent storytelling event. The theme is "birthdays."

🎤 Collin's YouTube channel of the week is the official channel of Atlanta singer/songwriter Ciara, whose latest dance music video "Jump" sees her dancing in Los Angeles and at home atop a speeding MARTA train. There's a fun little documentary that shows how they made the eye-popping clip (pictured).
*PARTNER MESSAGE* 💡 Innovative Housing Summit on Sept. 16 brings together subject matter experts to explore housing solutions to the growing demand for more missing middle housing in the Southeast. Tickets include a copy of Dan Immergluck’s Red Hot City, admittance to the reception following the summit, and access to the tour of the Cottages on Vaughan on Sept. 17. Purchase tickets here.
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