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Welcome to August

August 1 — As the dog days of summer continue, we're sure some students are howling about going back to school this week.   

🌤 Mostly sunny with a high of 90° today. 

🦠 President Joe Biden has tested positive again for COVID-19. It's being called a "rebound case," commonly associated with the antiviral Paxlovid.  

◀️ Riverwood High School grad Kate Bedingfield has changed her mind and will stay as White House communications director. 

🎒 Atlanta Public Schools, which begins today, will continue its academic recovery plan this school year in the wake of low Georgia Milestones scores.

✏️ Every full-time public school teacher in Georgia will receive a $125 supplement from the state to help fund school supplies. 

🏥 The U.S. Senate passed legislation to rename the Veterans Affairs facility in Decatur in honor of the late Senator Johnny Isakson.

🏛️ The Rotary Club of Dunwoody has raised $20,000 for the Georgia chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

🎾 Australian Alex de Minaur won the Atlanta Open for the second time.


🇺🇦 Ukraine grain magnate Oleksiy Vadatursky, one of the country's richest businessmen, and his wife were killed when massive Russian shelling hit the southern city of Mykolaiv.

🇹🇼 All eyes are on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip through Asia, as tension mounts on whether she will visit Taiwan. 

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Delta Air Lines announced it will begin nonstop service from Atlanta to Capetown, South Africa on December 17. The Atlanta-based airline will also resume nonstop flights to Israel's Ben Gurion airport in May 2023.
⏱ Today's newsletter is 🅕🅞🅤🅡 stories 

• Stein Steel rises
• Fair housing ideas
• Brookhaven Restaurant Week
• Look & Listen 

Have a great week, and we hope your cousin won the lottery
Collin + Amy
*PARTNER MESSAGE* 🎟️ The Wholesome Wave Georgia Southern Chefs Potluck is Sunday, Oct. 16 at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. Join us for an evening of delicious food, hand-crafted drinks, a live auction, and great company. All proceeds support Wholesome Wave Georgia’s work of providing fresh healthy food to families across the state. Tickets are now on sale.
1. Stein Steel rises on BeltLine

🏗 Empire Communities' new townhome development and a forthcoming restaurant from the creators of Grindhouse Killer Burgers are rising on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail in Reynoldstown.

Located at Wylie St. and the Eastside Trail, the 6.5-acre development is named after the site’s former occupant, Stein Steel.

The restaurant, designed by Square Feet Studio, is using portions of the old steel plant’s fabrication building to create a 9,000-square-foot open-air restaurant called Breaker Breaker. Just steps away, Empire Communities is building townhomes and “stack” homes ranging in price from the mid-$300s to low $700s.

➡️ See more photos and renderings here. 
Take me away

🌙 Come get caught once again “between the moon and New York City” - don’t miss Christopher Cross in concert Friday, Aug. 12 at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center!

🎶 The singer, songwriter, musician, and composer comes to the Byers Theatre at City Springs for an evening of pop hits on his 40th Anniversary Tour.

Bursting onto the music scene in 1980 with his debut album, he won five GRAMMY® awards in the “Big Four” categories for the first time in GRAMMY history.

⛵ He dominated the Billboard charts with hits like “Sailing,” “Ride Like the Wind,” “Never Be the Same,” and “Best That You Can Do” (from the hit movie Arthur).

Tickets start at $55. 
2. Learning from Charlotte?

🏠 Atlanta officials could learn a thing or two from a fair housing policy adopted last week by their North Carolina neighbors.

The Charlotte City Council passed legislation on July 14 that prohibits apartment complexes benefitting from city subsidies from discriminating based on income source by disqualifying renters using Section 8 or other rent subsidies—and fines them when they violate the law.

The new ordinance is similar to one championed by Atlanta City Councilmember Amir Farokhi and former councilmember Antonio Brown in 2020, but Charlotte’s anti-discrimination policy appears legally enforceable, unlike the local one.

➡️ Could the Atlanta City Council make its effort to protect lower-income renters enforceable by taking a page from Charlotte’s playbook?

Read how in this piece from Sean Keenan at Atlanta Civic Circle.
3. Eat thru Brookhaven

🍷 Brookhaven Restaurant Week is back this week, Aug. 1-7, with special deals and fixed-price menus to showcase the city's culinary destinations.

Participating restaurants include Arnette's Chop Shop, Valenza, Haven, Dixie Q, HobNob, and Petite Violette.

➡️ See the full lineup of participating restaurants here.

🎂 Happy Birthday today to Kyle D. of Decatur and Martha B. of Atlanta!

🎈 Email us for more information on how to celebrate a friend or relative's special day. 
4. Look & Listen

🏢 Collin's YouTube channel of the week is Listed, which focuses on New York City's insane housing market and how young people are making coat closet-sized apartments – priced at $3,000+ a month – cute and chic. If you think Atlanta rents are too damn high, these will blow your mind (pictured).

🤔 In a piece for NPR, GPB's Steven Fowler interviews Elberton residents who believe conspiracy theorists are behind the destruction of the Georgia Guidestones.

🗳 WABE dives into the debate over candidates' reluctance to debate (including Herschel Walker) and the ballot dropbox investigation. 

🎧 In their "Atlanta Soundtrack" feature, ArtsATL has a roundup of new music by Atlanta artists, including Killer Mike, Old Sea Brigade, and Cherish.
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