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¡Hola Jueves! 

September 15 — National Hispanic Heritage Month begins today and there are celebrations and events aplenty around the metro. 

😎 Grab the shades and enjoy the sunshine. High of 85°. 


🏗 Atlanta ranked first out of 100 American cities for the number of new apartments constructed in the past decade, according to a new study. 

💰 Local housing nonprofit CareSource has received $2.5 million to preserve 75 affordable homes.

🏛 Brookhaven will break ground on its new city hall at the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA station in 2023. 

🦠 Both COVID and monkeypox rates are starting to decline in Georgia, according to the state Board of Public Health.

📺 The final season of FX's Atlanta returns tonight at 10 p.m., with Donald Glover and crew back in their hometown. Also streams on Hulu. 


💰 The Creative Industries Grant Fund is offering Atlanta’s independent content creators and entrepreneurs cash infusions of up to $20,000.

🚆 A tentative deal has been reached overnight to avoid a freight train strike. If your travel plans include riding the rails, double-check the status as Amtrak had canceled its long-distance routes in anticipation of the walkout.


⏱ Today's newsletter is 4️⃣ stories.

• Streetcars on the BeltLine
• $200M aid for Grady 
• Behind the scenes in Ukraine

AND 
• Quick Bites

Have a good one!
Collin + Sammie 
A rendering of the Highland Ave. streetcar stop on the BeltLine.
 
1. Streetcars on the BeltLine

🚊 The Atlanta Streetcar extension from downtown to the Atlanta BeltLine and Ponce City Market is expected to start construction in 2024 and be completed by 2027, according to preliminary plans revealed this week by MARTA. 

The streetcar extension is planned to run nearly a mile down Edgewood Ave., up to Randolph St., and along Auburn Ave. to Irwin St. where it will connect with the Eastside Trail. From Irwin St. the route would continue north to Ponce City Market. Five stop locations are planned. 

In October, the section of Irwin St. that crosses the BeltLine will be closed to vehicular traffic for a week to collect data on how traffic is impacted at the notoriously congested intersection.
  

➡️ Read more about the plan in Dyana Bagby's story here. 
A Speech to African Nations
SPONSORED BY THE RIALTO CENTER AT GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

💡 Georgia State's Rialto Center for the Arts' 2022-2023 Rialto Series Season of Power + Spirit is a curated journey dedicated to the power of positive change, and the spirit that unites us through the arts.

🌍 The season opens in the spirit of hope with Traces: A Speech to African Nations.

This one-man theatrical performance, delivered in French with English supertitles, is presented by Burkinabe actor and director Étienne Minoungou, portraying a storyteller returning to his home continent of Africa, with a message of hope.

🧶 The performance is followed by a panel discussion presented by Georgia State University’s Center for Studies on Africa and Its Diaspora (CSAD), on Sat., Oct. 15, at 7 p.m.

🎟️ General admission tickets and information are available here.
2. Grady's $200M aid package

📚 With Wellstar Health System planning to close Atlanta Medical Center (AMC) in less than two months, the question now is whether or not Grady Health System can continue to serve Atlanta without some help from the feds?

Help may be on the way in the form of a one-time nearly $200 million aid package. The funds would be a combination of federal coronavirus relief package funding and private donations.

Gov. Brian Kemp recently met with Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts to discuss the funds. A formal announcement is expected this week.  

➡️ Read Donnell Suggs' full report here. 


RELATED

Check out WABE's coverage of the protest over the closure of Atlanta Medical Center held outside the facility by Old Fourth Ward residents and healthcare professionals. 
3. Behind the scenes in Ukraine

🇺🇦 Iuliia Mendel’s new book, “The Fight of our Lives: My Time With Zelenskyy, Ukraine’s Battle for Democracy, and What it Means to the World” details her work as press secretary for President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. 

Mendel will discuss the book tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta with Bill Nigut, host of GPB’s Political Rewind. Tickets are available here.  


She was chosen as press secretary in 2019 out of roughly 4,000 candidates.
 “He was like a rock star,” she said about Zelenskyy. “Everybody wanted to work with him.”

➡️ Read Sammie Purcell's Q&A with Mendel here
4. Quick Bites


🥂 Taste Brookhaven is tonight from 6-10 p.m. at Hyatt Perimeter-Villa Christina with more than 15 restaurants serving food, wine, and beer to benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.  

🛼 Adaptive reuse project 12th & Everything at the corner of 12th S.t and Piedmont Ave. in Midtown will feature a restaurant, PMA Coffee, and space for longtime existing tenant Skate Escape (pictured).


🍞 Your 3rd Spot, opening soon on the Upper Westside, has unveiled its 20-item, small-plate menu designed by Executive Chef Stuart Rogers featuring foie gras cannoli, uni toast, and French onion fry bread. 

🥙 Executive chef and co-owner Ashkan Famili will open two locations of his Persian restaurant, Yalda, this year in Sandy Springs and West Midtown.

🛑 Chef Kevin Gillespie is closing Slabtown Public House on the BeltLine's Eastside Trail on Sept. 24 after just five months in business. 

🛑 Lake & Oak barbecue has shuttered after two years in East Lake.


🥩 Buckhead Italian-inspired steakhouse The Americano is now open for lunch weekdays 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

שנה טובה

🗓️ Looking ahead to the Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown on Sun., Sept. 25: Daily Chew has a Rosh Hashanah menu available for pickup and delivery, including latkes, rotisserie chicken, salad, brisket, and more. Alon's Bakery has chicken Marbella, eggplant salad, brisket, and chocolate babka loaf. Goldbergs Fine Foods has you covered with full meal offerings, including their freshly baked challah.   

😋 Hungry for 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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