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The Answers Issue

Solving the mysteries that stump Atlantans

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Why does CL want readers to supply its content?

This was one of the questions sent in when we solicited queries this spring for the Answers Issue, an idea we pinched from our sister publication, the Washington, D.C., City Paper, after reading and loving its Answers Issue the last two years.

The above question is interesting because it assumes that journalists only ask questions. On the contrary! The work simply begins with the questions. Content, as this reader put it, comes not only from asking questions, but also from tracking down answers, and then analyzing and distilling the information gleaned from reporting.

Believe me when I tell you, we prefer to be the ones creating the content. We are very protective of our jobs. And our egos. But we recognize that the 440,000-plus Atlantans that comprise this quizzical city are as curious and full of questions as the 11 people on Creative Loafing's editorial staff. We just thought it might be fun to let y'all direct the conversation this week. And it was. We learned a lot, from the stories behind Murder Kroger's nickname and the Bankhead Highway bridge to nowhere to how many gangs there are in Atlanta to whether or not it's possible to flood the Downtown Connector to create an Atlanta waterfront. So thanks for the help this week - you do good work, Atlanta.

— Debbie Michaud, editor


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Can we flood I-75/85 and create a waterfront for Atlanta?

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What ever happened to Mayor Reed's Trinity Avenue Farm design competition?

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What is the oldest multi-story building in Atlanta?

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How exactly and when did the Krog Street Bridge become the place to do all your tagging and graffiti? When did it just become "acceptable?"

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Why does 10th Street between I-75/85 and Northside Drive get resurfaced seemingly once a year, yet is still in a constant state of disrepair?

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How many active gangs are there in Atlanta (other than the police obviously)? I know the NH 60's (Rollin 60's Neighborhood Crips) are pretty active in the areas I reside.

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Why don't Atlanta's food trucks drive around the city with their food, which is the whole point of serving from a truck, rather than parking in announced locations? That's how the food trucks in Richmond, VA, worked when I lived there. Otherwise, we may else [sic] well just eat at a brick-and-mortar, since we have to drive to the food either way.

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Who is the Junkman's Daughter?

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Who owns the cute buildings on Georgia Ave immediately east of Turner Field? (Summerhill? Peoplestown?) Those look like they'd be an adorable commercial center with restaurants and bars and shops, but they're all shuttered up and derelict. Is it just that the space is worth more to the landlords as Braves parking? What's up?

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Why is Atlanta's minority set-aside program legal?

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What is the history behind the old abandoned house next to Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffles restaurant downtown?

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Compare and contrast the Atlanta and Athens music scenes.

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What really happened to the Bankhead Highway bridge at the Northside Drive intersection?

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What's the deal with Suitcase-on-Head Guy? What's in there? Where is he from? Where does he live and where is he going with a suitcase on his head?

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Why does the AJC hate Atlanta?

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What is the true story of how Murder Kroger earned its nickname?

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What is the dog to dog park ratio for the city of Atlanta?

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What's the reason for the big hump in the downtown connector?

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Why did it take so long for MARTA to get serious about having transit-oriented developments built around train stations?

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Why does Atlanta radio suck?

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Can we please burn down the torch standing near the Varsity? Visitors assume it's the Olympic Cauldron and I don't know how to explain why it's there.

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Where can I have a custom suit made for less than $1,000?

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Why does the city refuse to do anything to help Southwest Atlanta? Why is there absolutely NO economic development in this portion of the city? I've been here 14 years and we still have not a single coffee shop within miles and yet we have five convenience stores on one block!

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Two years are cited on the City of Atlanta seal, 1847 (when the city was incorporated) and 1865 — why 1865 when the city was razed in Nov. 1864?

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What's that smell?


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