Georgia Trend - February 2008

GreenRoom: February 2008

• “Stop I-3,” a civic group opposing a proposed highway through the North Georgia Mountains, has suggested letting the interstate be built after all – through South Carolina. The Savannah Morning News reports that Interstate 3, named in honor of…

Political RoundUp: February 2008

Help for vets: Georgia’s military veterans got a well-deserved boost from Congress with the passage of legislation that will bring $20.5 million in federal funding for improvements to the VA Medical Center in Decatur. The money will be used to…

The Economy’s “R” Word

The “R” word, recession, has been used to characterize the U.S. economy for 2008. Yet for Georgia, two economic forecasters, Robert Sumichrast and Albert Niemi, predict sub-par growth rather than an outright recession. Before we get to their observations, I…

Courtesy, Civility, Payback

On my way to an afternoon meeting one hot and hazy day last summer, I was feeling pretty good – virtuous even. Traffic had been light on I-85 and the downtown connector, and I had just a few blocks left…

Up In The Air - 2008

Last year, Delta’s successful emergence from bankruptcy eliminated one of the headwinds restraining Georgia economic growth, but in 2008 high fuel costs and a possible merger cloud the outlook for Atlanta’s largest employer. Meanwhile, other airlines, especially AirTran, will continue…

Where The Art Is

A small – but high quality – gallery in Highlands, NC, found an unlikely arts patron in longtime Atlanta attorney and businessman Bob Fisher. After 25 years practicing law (five years at King & Spalding and another 20 years in…

Doing It Old-School

If you’ve been going to the Georgia coast for a long time, you’re probably a little awed by the changes there in the last few years. Once characterized by fried seafood palaces, ’50s motels and small beach bungalows, even stuck-in-a-time-warp…

Championing Home Rule

Click on the following link for extra information http://home.earthlink.net/~oldagolda/georgiatrendextra/ The Georgia Municipal Association is paying a lot of attention these days to the proposal to eliminate local property taxes and replace them with sales taxes – a measure that would…