Author: George Chidi

News That Can Kill You

Some stories you find in the news are confusing. That’s to be expected; life is complicated. Some stories actually make you less informed if you read them. But some are a working version of Roko’s Basilisk: if you read it and believe it, you might die. Last night, the AJC posted a story about hypothermia

Zoning Away Homelessness

(A letter, sent a moment ago, to various leaders in Hall County and Gainesville.) I’m George Chidi. I work on policy related to homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness and other quality-of-life issues for the Atlanta Downtown Business District. I am a former staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and occasionally provide commentary to local television

Four Precincts in Gwinnett Go Down on Election Day

(NOTE: Machines are now working at Anniston Elementary.) Electronic voting machines in four Gwinnett County polling locations malfunctioned on Election Day, county officials said Tuesday. The yellow cards that voters use to record their votes on each machine were not working with the machines, said Gwinnett County spokesman Joe Sorenson. Annistown Elementary and Suwanee public

Why The Gulch Deal Matters

Ah, the Gulch. Caverns of parking lots and wasted land between CNN center and Five Points. Former home of the AJC, before they abandoned downtown Atlanta, physically and metaphysically, for the suburban joys of Dunwoody. I’m one of the few people around here who spends any real time in the Gulch, trying to make sure

Not Homeless Enough

This week, I am going to be writing at length about social problems in Atlanta. About how homelessness works, about how social services work — or don’t work — to solve problems, and about what you can do to help. Let’s start with something simple today. A very young couple from Denver found a job

The Year of the (Black) Woman?

A handful of Democratic candidates who lost primaries a couple of weeks ago are not handling defeat with stately reserve. If it were one or two, I’d dismiss it. But there’s a trend. Though the ballots have been counted, some Black women not named Stacey Abrams aren’t quite done campaigning. Black women are the key