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March 10—Welcome to Rough Draft Atlanta Issue No. 4: A new newsletter from Atlanta Intown Reporter Newspapers. If you missed the previous issues they're archived here, or drop me a line and I'll forward them to you.

Rough Draft Editor, Chad Radford here.

Today, as Women's History Month continues, we celebrate Harriet Tubman Day. Tubman was born into slavery circa 1820, but escaped and became an abolitionist who freed close to 70 enslaved people via the Underground Railroad. Her image is destined to appear on the $20 bill.

Enjoy your day, how amazing is this weather?!

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Farmers markets return

Spring is here (almost), and farmers markets are back. No need to fuss with the chain stores when you can get all of the fresh specialty produce, flowers, local honey, et al, straight from the source.

Precautions in place:
Buckhead’s Peachtree Road Farmers Market and Sandy Springs' City Springs Market ask shoppers to pre-order if possible. Brookhaven and Dunwoody’s farmers markets are barring pets (except service animals), and asking patrons to “shop with a purpose.” 

Intown, Grant Park Market takes over The Beacon/Eventide Brewing every Sunday. Social distancing and handwashing practices are strictly enforced and no dogs at that location for now. 

Freedom Farmers Market at The Carter Center has been rocking along albeit with COVID-adjusted hours (9 a.m.-noon).
Will the pandemic postpone migration?

In the era of metro Atlanta’s population boom, it’s a magic number behind virtually every transportation plan and housing policy: another 2.9 million people packing into the region by 2050. As Reporter Newspapers posted this week, ARC executive director Doug Hooker said the pandemic could slow that growth. “It’ll take about three or four years to know whether pre-pandemic migration patterns are going to pick up… or have slowed permanently."

Related, WaPo columnist Jonathan Capehart recently interviewed author and NYT columnist Charles Blow about his new book on what he calls the "reverse Black migration." Blow moved to Atlanta from NYC last year. The podcast is here if you want to listen.  

Give Back, March Forward

Nakato Japanese Restaurant, the most famous place on Cheshire Bridge Road where you can take your kids (and isn't the Colonnade), and owner Sachi Nakato (pictured above) recently kicked off “Give Back, March Forward,” a three-week charity fundraiser. 

Beginning March 8, a portion of proceeds from all in-restaurant dining and to-go orders will be donated to
Japanese Red Cross, commemorating their valiant efforts on the 10-year anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake.

The week of March 15, a portion of proceeds benefit 
CURE Childhood Cancer, and on March 22 funds will be donated to Giving Kitchen.

Restaurant openings

The chicken sandwich trend takes flight with Farm Birds, How Crispy?, and Scoville Hot Chicken, but Toast on Lenox, Snooze, Red Phone Booth, and more new restaurants bring everything from a 1920s speakeasy vibe to a responsibly sourced Denver omelet to the table. Read Kevin C. Madigan’s Quick Bites.

Red Hot Real Estate 

A historic Druid Hills mansion has been transformed into two townhomes that sit opposite the Olmsted Linear Park, and one of them (Unit B w/ 4-bedroom, 4 1/2 bath) is available for $1.8 million.
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ATL Folks We Follow 

Want to learn more about what's going on in the city you call home? Here are some locals we recommend following.

Terry Kearns is an accidental avatar of the arts. If Kearns shows up at your concert, gallery opening, mural unveiling, party, or building demolition consider it a success! How many other arts patrons have their own Cabbagetown mural (pictured above, courtesy of the artist Chris Veal)?

• Old school Dungeon Family footsoldier and one-half of Run the JewelsKiller Mike needs no introduction. He's a rapper, activist, and politico with his finger on the pulse of all things Atlanta.

•  Liliana Bakhtiari is best known as a candidate for District 5 City Council, but you’ve probably seen her at the coffee shop, an art opening, or walking around Little Five Points. Bakhtiari is the quintessential Atlanta luminary, a steadfast community advocate.

• Dr. Fahamu Pecou is an essential voice for Atlanta’s ever-changing cultural landscape. He has one foot planted firmly in hip-hop culture and the other in the fine arts world. As an artist and scholar, Pecou’s work examines representations of Black men in popular culture, and how these depictions affect perceptions of Black masculinity.

• Hilary Cadigan may call New York City home these days, but she's true school Atlanta through and through. The former Creative Loafing Food Editor runs the show at Bon Appétit magazine, upholding the adage that Atlanta influences everything (follow them, too!)

Oh, and don't forget us! Atlanta Intown and Reporter Newspapers on IG.

See you Friday!
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