A man died after being shot in the face outside the Five Points MARTA station in Downtown on Jan. 2. According to the AJC, police detained a suspect in the incident, which happened just after 3 p.m. Homicide detectives are still working to determine what led to the shooting, but haven’t released names or any other details.

The City of Atlanta’s new smoking ban went into effect on Jan. 2 The legislation prohibits smoking and vaping indoors in most public places, including bars and restaurants, while exempting cigar bars and hookah lounges. The ban includes Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  “Everyone in Atlanta has the right to breathe smoke-free air,” said Post 2 At-Large Council member Matt Westmoreland, who introduced the legislation. “I am grateful for the strong collaboration between the business community and healthcare advocates as we developed this legislation. For six months, we partnered with a broad and diverse group of stakeholders to improve the quality of life for residents while working to protect small businesses like cigar bars and hookah lounges. I’m proud we took this important step to protect public health and highlight to our teens the danger of vaping and e-smoking.” Atlanta joins more than 1,000 cities across the country with comprehensive smoke-free protections aimed at ensuring residents, visitors and employees can be free from secondhand smoke exposure.

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham, which will be located Downtown across from Centennial Park and across from The Tabernacle, will feature a a 21-story high-rise vacation timeshare and retail building including a 14,000 square foot restaurant, according to a report from What Now Atlanta. Named after the Jimmy Buffett song, the project is set to open in mid-2021.

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.