The Atlanta Board of Education will hold a final public meeting on the districts’s tax rates for 2019 on July 23 at 6 p.m. at Atlanta Public Schools Center for Learning and Leadership,  130 Trinity Avenue. To provide some tax relief for property owners in the district, APS is proposing a rollback of 1.0 mill for this year, from 21.740 to 20.740 mills, which means the owner of a $300,000 home would pay approximately $141.93.

Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) will host their semi-annual Town Hall meeting on Thursday, July 26 at The Masquerade’s Heaven venue at Underground Atlanta, 50 Lower Alabama Street SW. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., attendees will have the opportunity to network over coffee with key Downtown stakeholders, residents and business owners prior to the 8 a.m. program. There will be a public safety briefing from APD Chief Erika Shields and updates on Super Bowl preparations, Centennial Park renovations and MARTA’s proposed expansion. Visit for more details and to register for the meeting.

Work on Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s intricate retractable roof is complete (Photo by Isadora Pennington)

Mercedes-Benz Stadium will – at last – celebrate the completion of its retractable roof on July 25 at a press conference. The roof, which opens and closes like a camera shutter, has been mostly closed since the stadium opened last year as engineers worked out design issues.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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