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!!  

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Right Now w/ Carmen Mays (Twitter / LinkedIn)

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.



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#LocalGov Confidential

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.