New APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen at a recent media briefing. (Photo by Clare Richie)
New APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen at a recent media briefing. (Photo by Clare Richie)

Today is Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen’s official first day on the job. Although she’s already been busy behind the scenes, the AJC reports that Carstarphen will be in meetings with district staff and other personnel throughout the day. Find out more about the new superintendent’s plans for APS at this link.

A leading national research group, Smart Growth America, recently ranked Atlanta the 8th deadliest city in the nation for pedestrians, according to a report from our affiliate CBS46. “A lot of what makes Atlanta really unsafe for pedestrians is the fact that we have a lot of people walking in areas that weren’t built for pedestrians,” said Ian Sansom, the Pedestrian Safety Program Manager at PEDS, Atlanta’s pedestrian advocacy program. Buford Highway tops the list with 22 fatalities in nine years.

MARTA service took a major step toward coming to Clayton County on Saturday morning after the county commission approved a 1-cent sales tax to fund it in a surprising, last-minute move. According to Creative Loafing, the deal, which would bring MARTA buses next year and rail or a similar high-capacity service later, now heads to the November ballot for voter approval.

 

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.