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September 19 — Queen Elizabeth II will be buried today at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle following a State Funeral at Westminster Abbey in London. The public can sign the Royal Household’s Book of Condolence.  

☀️ Sunny and hot all week, as summer makes a slight return. Expect highs above 90°. 

🚧 Portions of Krog Street – including the tunnel – and DeKalb Avenue will be closed nightly from this Tuesday through December to repair drainage issues.  

🚨 Chaka Zulu, Ludacris' longtime manager, has been charged with murder in what his lawyer claims was self-defense in a June incident outside of a Buckhead business.

🏡 Less than a year after she bought it, Mariah Carey's Sandy Springs mansion is back on the market for a cool $6.5 million.

🎤 As hip-hop artists like Ludacris,  T.I., and Killer Mike become more involved in Atlanta's political life, some critics aren't happy

⛹️‍♂️ Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day, and all local major sports franchises are teaming up for Democracy Fest 2022 at The Home Depot Backyard next to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Check your registration here.

🎭 Our critic Manning Harris says "Everybody" at the Alliance Theatre has a mediocre script enlivened by joyful actors. The play is artistic director Susan V. Booth's last production before she heads to the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

🎵 If you've been meaning to see "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway, you have until Feb. 18, 2023, as the longest-running show on Broadway announced it is closing after 35 years.

⏱ Today's newsletter is  stories.

• Buford Hwy. challenges
• Dugdown Corridor
• Historic affordable housing
• Global News

AND 
• Look & Listen

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day
Collin + Sammie


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1. Buford Hwy. businesses face challenges

📍 Lily Pabian, the executive director of We Love Buford Highway, met with the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce last week to discuss the specific challenges immigrant-owned businesses in the corridor are facing.

Pabian shared results from a survey the nonprofit conducted earlier this year. The survey took responses from 53 businesses along the Buford Hwy. corridor, and the organization hopes to get more heading into Hispanic Heritage Month.

Businesses surveyed said they are struggling in the current economic environment, facing issues with the supply chain, high costs of rent and labor, and a lack of customers.

"When I hear businesses saying we’re not better off in revenues, well let’s figure out and drill down why,” Pabian said. 


➡️ Learn more about the survey here. 
*SPONSOR MESSAGE* Taste the Soul of the South as Gather 'Round returns Sept. 29 - Oct. 2. for 4-days of tastings, seminars, dinners, and one epic day party. Gather with Southern makers, artisans, and creators of deliciousness as they delight and entertain us in bringing their craft to life while sharing stories that have helped to shape and define the new South. Use code RoughDraft for 10% off all ticket types. Get your tickets today.
2. Dugdown Corridor a model for conservation
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🌳 Less than an hour west of downtown, conservationists are envisioning a giant connected network of forests and streams, stretching from the edge of metro Atlanta to the Talladega National Forest in Alabama.

Called the Dugdown Corridor after a mountain in the area, it's a patchwork of public lands and privately owned forests covering around 200 square miles. 

“A lot of people don’t realize this is one of the most unique places in Georgia right here,” said Tim Pugh, the environmental compliance division manager with Paulding County.

He said the location, where three of Georgia’s geographic regions meet and mix — the Ridge and Valley, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Piedmont — accounts for the unusual combination of wild plants and animals.


“It’s why we have all these odd plants, odd fish, odd rocks, odd everything,” he said. 

➡️ Read and listen to Molly Samuel's report here.

3. Historic affordable housing


🛠 Columbia Residential has officially reopened a newly renovated historic apartment complex for affordable housing in Southwest Atlanta.

Located near the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail, the Art Deco-style Capitol View Apartments were originally built in 1948 for World War II veterans and their families. Comprised of 120 one- and two-bedroom units, the Adair Park property had fallen into disrepair over a 35-year period. 

Columbia Residential completed the $27 million renovation in three phases to preserve affordable housing and protect residents from displacement in a neighborhood undergoing rapid gentrification.  

This redevelopment was structured to preserve affordability for residents earning between 40 and 70 percent of area median income. 


➡️ Read more about the project here. 

*SPONSOR MESSAGE* Taste the Soul of the South as Gather 'Round returns Sept. 29 - Oct. 2. for 4-days of tastings, seminars, dinners, and one epic day party. Gather with Southern makers, artisans, and creators of deliciousness as they delight and entertain us in bringing their craft to life while sharing stories that have helped to shape and define the new South. Use code RoughDraft for 10% off all ticket types. Get your tickets today.
4. Global News Update

🇵🇷 Hurricane Fiona knocked out power and is causing major flooding as it came ashore in Puerto Rico yesterday. The Category 1 storm continues to gain strength and move towards the Dominican Republic. “These rains will produce life-threatening and catastrophic flash and urban flooding across Puerto Rico and the eastern Dominican Republic, along with mudslides and landslides in areas of higher terrain,” according to the National Hurricane Center.  

🇭🇺 The European Commission cuts funding to Hungary over the member nation’s record of dismantling democratic institutions and eroding minority rights. 

🇩🇪 Germany seizes three Russian oil refineries.  

🇨🇳 Mainland China reports its first case of Monkeypox.

🍺 Munich kicked off the 187th Oktoberfest over the weekend. It continues through Oct. 3 (above). 

🇳🇱 Amsterdam hosts the 16th Annual International Tattoo Convention.  
5. Look & Listen

As Atlanta’s presence as a technology hub continues to grow, we wanted to share some of our favorite local tech podcasts and programs.

🎙 Atlanta Startup Podcast – Hear from investors, founders, and activators contributing to the ATL becoming the fastest emerging VC ecosystem in the country. 

⏱ Five and Thrive  – Each week, Atlanta Venture's Jon Birdsong shares the Southeast’s most interesting news and information in just five minutes. 

💻 Tech Cast  – WABE’s technology podcast goes behind the story on the latest tech trends in Atlanta and the state. In the most recent episode, host Emil Moffatt looks at the role Atlanta is playing in the booming world of Esports

🗣 Tech Talk Y'all – Local entrepreneurs Sanjay Parekh and Adam Walker chat about the week’s technology news. 

📱 Weekly Tech Minute – Tech expert Titania Jordan uncovers the stories that matter the most in Atlanta’s tech scene.  
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