Atlanta Considered

Rickey Bevington looks at the most interesting stories in the South's most prominent city.

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A new AAA survey* shows 1 in 3 drivers admit to driving multiple times in the past year after consuming alcohol. 

After 28 years on Atlanta television, former news anchor Amanda Davis lost her career after three DUI arrests.

 

She says she's sober now, and she recently joined Rickey Bevington in the studio to talk publicly about her alcoholism. 

 

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Atlanta urban designer and Chamblee native Ryan Gravel has a way for Georgia communities to solve their transportation problems and create more sustainable, livable places to live.

Gravel's new book "Where We Want to Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities” explores the process of reviving abandoned railroad tracks, degraded waterways and obsolete roadways. 

And when it comes to re-purposing old infrastructure, Gravel is one of the world's leading thinkers.

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Consider this Atlanta. Are you willing to pay a half-penny sales tax to expand MARTA?

That question will be answered when voters go to the polls in November.

MARTA Board Chairman Robbie Ashe calls the upcoming vote “the most significant thing to happen to MARTA in its history.”

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 PBS talk show host and author Tavis Smiley spent Thursday in Atlanta as part of his “One Great Idea” tour in which he highlights public policy successes around the country. 

Georgia’s one great idea, according to Smiley, is the sweeping overhaul of its criminal justice system.

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This week for Atlanta Considered, we “consider” how first-world technology like smartphones and apps is becoming a crucial weapon against third-world diseases.

That’s where Decatur-based Task Force for Global Health comes in. Its mission is to combat devastating illnesses that affect millions of people living in poverty.

It’s able to fight this battle by not only utilizing doctors – but by using data.

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This week for Atlanta Considered, we “consider” Atlanta’s geek culture and why it matters.

It matters because Atlanta is home to The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Dragon Con, 75 video game companies and much more. 

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Crowd-sourcing isn’t a common way to curate a history exhibit but that's how the Atlanta History Center opted to put together a new show about Atlanta.

After all, Atlantans are the best experts on what represents their city.

Among the 300 public submissions were Coca Cola, WSB, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CNN, the Peachtree Road Race and, to the surprise of curators, “trees."

Below, you can hear my recent tour with curator Amy Wilson:

 

SOUND EFFECT: Woman's voice" "Welcome aboard the Plane Train." 

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