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September 8 — We realize this may be janky if you're reading it on your dumbphone, but don't @ us, we don't make the rules. Or the 370 new words. 

🌤 Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 84°. Relish in our weather, but have mercy for our friends in Summerville, GA and out West who are suffering

🦠 After testing positive for COVID-19 in India, Sen. Jon Ossoff is experiencing mild symptoms and has remained in isolation there.    

Atlanta City Councilmember Amir Farokhi introduced legislation Tuesday to seek federal funding for preliminary engineering for The Stitch project to cap the Downtown Connector.

💰 More than 420 grants totaling $8.2 million will be delivered to Atlanta’s small businesses through Invest Atlanta's Resurgence Grant Fund.

📐 Sandy Springs approved spending $582,700 to design a new cultural arts center building. 

💧 Water supply problems persist in northwest Georgia following flash flooding over the weekend. 

✅ Livable Buckhead is encouraging residents to take the 2022 State of Buckhead survey to gauge interest in cityhood, community improvements, and more.

⏱ Today's newsletter is 3️⃣ stories.

• Talking rail on the BeltLine
• Dunwoody trails plan

• Quick Bites

Have a good day!
Collin + Sammie

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1. Talking rail on the BeltLine

🚊 MARTA, the City of Atlanta, and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., will host in-person and virtual public meetings next week on linking the Atlanta Streetcar to a segment of the Eastside Trail. 

The in-person meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at Dad's Garage, 569 Ezzard St. Masks are required. The virtual meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

The new streetcar line would connect with the existing track at Jackson St./Edgewood Ave. and extend to the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail at Irwin St. then run alongside the trail to Ponce de Leon Ave.

This would be the first rail segment envisioned for the 22-mile BeltLine corridor. 

Read more and get the login details here


🗣 MARTA is holding an open house tonight from 5-7 p.m. to gather public input on a master plan for Kensington Station.
Two years later… Taste Brookhaven is back!

🍽️ Celebrate Brookhaven’s best restaurants and chefs this Thursday, Sept. 15 at Taste Brookhaven, held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina. Taste Brookhaven is an evening of delicious food, signature cocktails, and live entertainment by The Bourbon Brothers Band. 

🆕 Enjoy this year’s event in the newly renovated, not-yet-open-to-the-public Villa Christina. 

🆕 Don’t worry about missing out! General admission tickets include unlimited food and beer/wine. VIP tickets include unlimited food and beer/wine and cocktails, as well as a curated VIP experience in the hotel’s Dogwood Room. 

🎫 General Admission: $100 | VIP: $175 

🔗 Get Tickets Here

🏥 Proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

📱 Follow along at @TasteBrookhaven on Instagram and Facebook
New trail under construction along Winters Chapel Rd.

2. A master plan for Dunwoody trails

📚 The Dunwoody City Council has approved an agreement with the PATH Foundation to create a multi-use trails master plan. 

The agreement allows PATH to take the lead on the design and construction management of trails for the city.  


Councilmember Tom Lambert said he hoped having a master plan would alleviate residents’ concerns about trails in the city, particularly a path along a stretch of Tilly Mill Rd.

“If we have a standard and we have a total vision, it’s much easier to present that to the public and get real feedback from them,” Lambert said. 

➡️ Read more about the master plan here. 

3. Quick Bites

🌝 The Night Market returns tonight from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at The Home Depot Backyard with food & drink from El Ponce, Jen Chans, Rodney Scott's BBQ, Hot Dog Petes, Burnt Whiskey Brewery, and many more. 
🍺 Wild Heaven Beer in West End is marking its 12th anniversary beginning this Friday with new and rare brews and a concert from R.E.M. tribute band The REMakes.

🥮 Juniper Cafe on the Westside will host its Lunar Festival on Saturday from 5-8:45 p.m. with small bites, special plates, and mooncakes. 

🎶 Capitol City Opera Company will perform Gioachino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia during special dinner performances at Petite Violette on Sept. 20 and 22

🎟 Tickets for the 17th annual Taste of Buckhead, set for Oct. 6, are available now.

🥃 Ticonderoga Club at Krog Street Market is now open on Sundays, but is now closed on Thursday, and still "never Wednesday" (above via IG).

🦞 Chops Lobster Bar in Buckhead has reopened its downstairs dining area after a fire earlier this year.  

🐟 Persian restaurant Yalda will open locations in Sandy Springs and the Westside this fall.

🐓 Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand closed its Marietta St. location, but East Atlanta and outposts at Mercedes-Benz Stadium remain open. 

⚕️ September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and a wide variety of metro restaurants are supporting CURE Childhood Cancer with special sales and events. 

😋 Want more food news? Side Dish is our weekly food newsletter and it comes out every Thursday at 4 p.m. Subscribe here
*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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