It's been a busy 2013. I've written a whole bunch of stories along the way for Creative Loafing and some other lovely publications. There's been hundreds of articles that have allowed me to understand Atlanta far better than ever before. A few stories also gave me an excuse to travel throughout the South and back home to Chicago.
As the year winds down, I compiled a few of my favorite ones (in chronological order) just in case you missed 'em throughout the past year. Hope you enjoy a few. See you in 2014.
-The Past, Present, and Future of Grady Memorial Hospital: A three-part series on Atlanta's largest hospital. (Creative Loafing)
-South By Southwest: Is It Worth It?: Artists, industry figures, and 40 Austin-bound musicians weigh in.
(Consequence of Sound)
-Trying to Make It at SXSW: An Atlanta band, filmmaker, and entrepreneur hit up Austin's 2013 mega-conference. Was it worth it? (CL)
-The Fight For Wilcox County's First Integrated Prom: Last month, black and white students from a tiny south Georgia county attended prom together for first time. Was this a big step away from the past or a small aberration in a community doomed to repeat it? (Buzzfeed)
-Lauryn Hill’s Rise And Fall, 15 Years After The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill: Despite the tumultuous, and at times mysterious, struggles surrounding the former Fugees emcee and Grammy Award winner, it’s easy to forget how much she mattered at the height of her career. (Stereogum)
-Neko Case: Through the Woods: On her latest record, Neko Case provides listeners with a rare glimpse into her personal world that, in many ways, exemplifies why she’s one of today’s finest songwriters. (Consequence of Sound)
-Jeff Fuqua, Atlanta's Most Controversial Developer: After 25 years, more than 8 million square feet, and lots of opposition, few have shaped the city like Fuqua. (CL)
-Atlanta chases its Silicon Valley dreams: Hundreds of new companies and dozens of co-working spaces are making Atlanta a Southern startup hot spot. (CL)
-How Spotify Engineered the New Music Economy: In a post-Napster music industry, Spotify seems to have concocted a winning monetization formula, but not all its participants are happy with the numbers. (Mashable)
-Braves New World: A tax-averse suburban county is clamoring to build a publicly funded stadium, a professional baseball team is fleeing a resurgent city, and the mayor seems cool with demolishing a 16-year-old former Olympic complex. Welcome to Bizarroville. (CL)
-Why Dualtone Matters: Despite Grammy-level success, tiny Nashville label Dualtone still remains under the radar. (Nashville Scene)
-A Farewell Transmission: Thoughts on Jason Molina's Passing. (Paste)
-Mayor Reed's 140-character evolution: @KasimReed's once-lonely tweets have become something greater. But what exactly? (CL)
-Step away from the trombone: Atlanta's panhandling ordinance snags street musicians. (CL)
-Robert Ellis Expands Beyond Country Roots: Nashville songwriter teams up with producer Jacquire King on forthcoming third LP. (Rolling Stone)
-This Georgia hospital shows why rejecting Medicaid isn’t easy: Grady may be forced to make service cuts in light of Georgia’s refusal to expand its Medicaid program. (Washington Post)
-Why Georgia can't kill Warren Lee Hill: The state's new lethal-injection law undermines its repeated attempts to kill one of its death row inmates. (CL)
-Man Man Tighten Up for On Oni Pond: Philly experimental rockers hope to shed preconceived notions with fifth LP. (Rolling Stone)
-Atlanta's largest nonprofit patrons: Few have shaped the city's philanthropic world like Robert Woodruff and Alicia Philipp. (CL/NPR affiliate WABE)
-Quitting Religion: At a certain point, God became god to me. (CL)