Today’s Buzz will focus on James Baldwin, his prolific writings and insightful quotes. Baldwin, born in 1924 , was a Queer Black man in a time when neither were particularly acceptable. His works, “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “The Fire Next Time” are first hand accounts of what it was like to be a Black man in America in the 50s & 60s. Discontented with his experience as both a Black and a Gay man, Baldwin spent most of his adult life in Europe. His eloquent storytelling really gave those outside of the Black community insight into the lives of people that most really knew nothing about. And even in this time, his words are still relevant, addressing Black life in all of its intersections. Check him out!!
What I’m Reading: The Just City Essays
What I’m Watching: Better Late Than Never
What I’m Listening to: Another Round Podcast
What I want to know from you: What Baldwin quotes speaks to you? Have any of your intersections been in conflict?
The Fire This Time shows how far we haven’t come since James Baldwin: In 1963, a century after the Emancipation Proclamation, James Baldwin wrote The Fire Next Time, a two-part essay about the experience of being black in America. It was published as a book, and was immediately celebrated as one of the great American essays — not just that, the critics of 1963 made a point of noting, but one of the great black American essays.
MillerCoors to offer free MARTA rides for Falcons games against Tampa Bay, Carolina: MillerCoors has teamed with MARTA, the Atlanta Falcons and United Distributors Inc. to distribute 12,500 free round-trip Breeze tickets to fans at two games. Chicago-based MillerCoors LLC said Miller Lite and Atlanta Falcons representatives will hand out free Breeze tickets on Sept. 11 when the Falcons face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and again on Oct. 2 when the Falcons square off against the Carolina Panthers.
State opens long-delayed new psychiatric hospital for eastern N.C.: Construction of the new Cherry Hospital building psychiatric facility in Goldsboro is finished, and staff expect to begin transferring patients from the old Cherry Hospital in late September. Gov. Pat McCrory joined N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Sec.Rick Brajer to open the building Tuesday with a ceremony. Construction of the building had started in 2010 and was supposed to open in 2013.
- Conference & Networking: League of Women in Government Symposium + Networking – September 24
- Networking: ELGL & ICMA BBQ Mixer – September 25
- Webinar:Local Governments & Local and Regional Food Economies – October 11
- Conference & Networking: #ELGL16 PopUp Conference – October 21
- Webinar: Future Schedule Technology Efficiency Series – New Webinar Every Month
- L.P. Cookingham Selfies + Hosted Happy Hour at #ICMA16
- California Lawmakers Approve Mandatory Sentencing For Rape: State sexual assault law is tightened in response to the six-month sentence imposed on former Stanford student Brock Turner.
- Chicago police superintendent calls for firing officer who shot and killed Laquan McDonald: The city’s top cop, who was hired after the deadly 2014 shooting, has also called for firing other officers accused of lying about the case, which prompted heated protests and a federal investigation of the department.
- Could hackers tip a U.S. election? You bet.: Reports this week of Russian intrusions into U.S. election systems have startled many voters, but computer experts are not surprised. They have long warned that Americans vote in a way that’s so insecure that hackers could change the outcome of races at the local, state and even national level.
- If it feels like morning traffic suddenly got much worse, you’re right: If it suddenly feels like traffic, especially on your morning commute, is growing more maddening by the day, you’re right — and the hard numbers that prove your misery show that it’s going to get even worse.
- SafeTrack forces Metro and Marine Corps Marathon into another transportation plan: Organizers of the Marine Corps Marathon will make “a significant announcement” on Wednesday about changes to this year’s event as a result of Metro’s year-long SafeTrack program, which has eliminated extended closings or early openings for special events.
- U.S. Funding for Fighting Zika Virus Is Nearly Spent, C.D.C. Says: While keeping a close eye on Florida, the agency said there would be no money to fight a new outbreak if Congress does not allocate more soon.
How to Love the Place You Live: There are three big decisions we make in life: What we choose to do for a living, who we choose for a life partner, and where we choose to live. I’ve long said the last of the three is the most important of all, because it shapes the other two. Where we live plays a huge role in the job opportunities and career networks that are open to us, and the people we get to meet, date, and ultimately, choose as our life partners.
Mapping Gentrification and Displacement in California: The Urban Displacement project produces not only a detailed portrait of gentrification and displacement in California, but also a comparison between the state’s two mega regions: the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California.
Dual Moratoriums Push Back on Infill Density in Denver: The Denver City Council approved two separate moratoriums on building types that are adding infill density to neighborhoods in the city.
$300 Million Cap Park Proposed for Downtown Atlanta: Other cities have taken notice of the smashing success of Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Texas. Atlanta now wants a downtown cap park of its own.
Dallas Streetcar Launches New Expansion: The expanded Dallas Streetcar began service the Bishop Arts District this week, an expansion of three-quarters-of-a-mile beyond the original route.