MARTA’s board of directors voted to advance plans to create 22 miles of commuter rail from East Point station to Lovejoy in Clayton County and bus rapid transit (BRT) along state routes 85 and 139 to connect College Park, Riverdale and Morrow. Both plans will advance to the federally required environmental study phase.

The Atlanta City Council has voted unanimously to place greater regulations on the car booting industry as well as improve the design and coherence of private parking signs around the city. The bill, drafted by Council member Amir Farokhi, was co-sponsored by Council members Jennifer Ide, Marci Collier Overstreet, Carla Smith, Howard Shook, Matt Westmoreland, Natalyn Archibong, Andrea Boone, Dustin Hillis, and Michael Julian Bond. “Predatory booting isn’t a problem that we can fix overnight, but this bill is an important first step,” Farokhi said. “Provisions requiring stricter background checks and clear identification for booting company representatives will improve safety. The new signs will be easier for residents to understand and be easier on the eye. These and other provisions are important wins, but we must remain vigilant to ensure residents and visitors are not being taken advantage of.”

The grand opening of the new Chabad Intown.

Chabad Intown has moved from Ponce de Leon Avenue to 730 Ponce de Leon Place alon the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. The synagogue also features a cafe and co-working space. “Our move was prompted by the growth of our community, and we saw an opportunity to further embrace the neighborhood by locating right on the BeltLine, which sees more than 60,000 people each week, and near Ponce City Market,” said Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman. The grand opening also signals the launch of Chabad Intown’s two-year capital campaign to raise $8.5 million to purchase the remainder of the building, eventually totaling 21,000 square feet.

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.