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City Utilities Committee to meet about proposed rainwater ordinance

City Utilities Committee to meet about proposed rainwater ordinance

ATLANTA – On July 21, the Atlanta City Council’s City Utilities Committee will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. The committee will talk about the proposed 11-O-0740 ordinance which establishes a “fee structure for the usage of rainwater catchment systems in the City of Atlanta”.

Among other things, the ordinance talks about guidelines contractors should follow to ensure water safety. The ordnance can be viewed here.

The meeting will be held at 55 Trinity Avenue in Downtown Atlanta.

Atlanta named early partner in energy program

Atlanta named early partner in energy program

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city is one of three selected to be early partners in President Obama's Better Buildings Challenge.

Authorities said Atlanta aims to reduce energy consumption in the downtown district by 20 percent over the next decade as part of the program.

Reed said in a statement that more than two million square feet of building space in Atlanta would be improved as a part of the effort.

The other two cities named as early partners of the Better Buildings Challenge are Los Angeles and Seattle.

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- According to The Advocate, the U.S. based national gay and lesbian newsmagazine, Atlanta holds the title of “America’s gayest city” and Gay Atlanta, a subsidiary of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau says that Atlanta is the “epicenter of the LGBT South” but according to Phillip Rafshoon of Outwrite Bookstore, Atlanta is just a “progressive city in a conservative state, that’s in a conservative region of the United States. The city serves as a place where people from small, southern towns can come to be who they want to be” which is why the LGBT community loves to call this city, home.

In the nook that is Tenth Street and Piedmont Road, Outwrite Bookstore has been a staple in the Atlanta LGBT community for about 18 years.

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best lookout points in the metro-area to view the Atlanta skyline.

The prominent Atlanta Skyline is marked with midrise and high-rise buildings similar to those one would find in a larger city like New York City or Los Angeles. The Bank of America Plaza formally known as the NationsBank Building is one of the most prominent buildings in the Atlanta skyline and is the 42nd tallest building in the world, is the largest building in the Western Hemisphere outside of Chicago and New York and is Georgia’s tallest building.

Other buildings included in the Atlanta Skyline are the SunTrust Plaza, One Atlantic Center, 191 Peachtree Tower, the Georgia-Pacific Tower, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Two Peachtree Building and the Promenade II.

Rialto Center for the Arts Host Atlanta Streetcar Open House May 19

Rialto Center for the Arts Host Atlanta Streetcar Open House May 19

The Atlanta Streetcar Project Team invites you to an open house on Thursday, May 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts.  This is your opportunity to hear updates and learn how the Atlanta Streetcar will be integrated into the Downtown Atlanta community and increase livability and access within the City's various neighborhoods. 

 

Light snacks and beverages will be provided. RSVP to Pamela Henman by May 16, 2011 at 404-658-1885 or phenman@atlantadowntown.com

WEEKEND EVENTS: Art Walks, 5K's and Street Fests

WEEKEND EVENTS: Art Walks, 5K's and Street Fests

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Come out to the Taste of the Highlands, tickets sales end on May 13 at noon but the festival starts on Saturday, May 14 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Highlands. This year, participants can enjoy local favorites like La Travola, Murphy’s, El Taco, Atkins Parks, Rosebud, DBA Barbecue, Goin’ Costal and Barefoot Wine. For more information visit them online.

The Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes/5K Road Race will begin on Saturday, May 14 and continue until May 15. This is Kirkwood’s ninth annual festival; the festival features an open air artist market, a concert, a children’s area, food vendors and plenty of fellowship with neighbors. Check out the Victorian style homes and modern bungalows.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.