Author: Collin Kelley

Dining Out review: Cast Iron

I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Cast Iron in the Old Fourth Ward three times now (maybe four by the time you read this) and I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed each visit, despite some hiccups in service and food consistency. What I’ve appreciated most is the effort of the kitchen and staff, the comfortable and unfussy atmosphere and the inspired cocktail menu. The fact that I can walk there in less than five minutes doesn’t hurt either. Cast Iron, the brainchild of Chef Evan Cordes (formerly of Cakes & Ale, Serpas True Food and H. Harper Station),...

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Study released on Atlanta to Chattanooga high-speed rail link

The Georgia Department of Transportation has released the results of a study to build a high-speed rail line between Atlanta and Chattanooga, on a route along I-75 through Buckhead. The study offers three potential routes, with the fastest getting passengers between the two cities in just 88 minutes with trains traveling up to 180 miles per hour. The I-75 Corridor route – identified by the GDOT as the “best performing alternative” – would have eight stations along its 128-mile route at a cost of approximately $8.76 billion. A second alternative would see the train divert from I-75 to Rome,...

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Atlanta to vote Nov. 8 on TSPLOST, MARTA funding questions

Atlanta voters will decide two transportation-related sales tax increases on the Nov. 8 ballot. One is a general transportation improvement sales tax and the other would increase the sales tax funding for MARTA. If voters approve both referendums, it would push the city’s sales tax from 8 to 8.9 percent – the highest in the metro area. The transportation special local option sales tax (TSPLOST) referendum is asking for a 0.4 percent increase for street, sidewalk and trail projects. If approved by voters, it would raise anywhere from $250 million to $300 million over the next five years. Tom Weyandt,...

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Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods gets tax referendum briefing

Officials from the City of Atlanta and MARTA were on hand at the Oct. 13 meeting of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods to discuss the two sales tax referendums that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. The transportation special local option sales tax (TSPLOST) referendum is asking for an 0.4 percent increase for street, sidewalk and trail projects. If approved by voters, it would raise anywhere from $250 to $300 million over the next five years. A second referendum would ask for an half-penny sales tax for MARTA expansion projects. If voters approve both referendums, it would push...

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