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City on the Verge - Book Discussion with Author, Mark Pendergrast

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1297 McDonough Boulevard Southeast

Atlanta, GA 30315

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FCS is proud to host author, Mark Pendergrast, to share about his new book City on the Verge: Atlanta and the Fight for America's Urban Future.

Join us for a community conversation about the impact the Belt Line will have on south side Atlanta neighborhoods. FCS staff, South Atlanta neighbors and city leaders featured in City on the Verge will be present to share their stories and experiences.

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Atlanta is on the verge of tremendous rebirth-or inexorable decline. A kind of Petri dish for cities struggling to reinvent themselves, Atlanta has the highest income inequality in the country, gridlocked highways, suburban sprawl, and a history of racial injustice. Yet it is also an energetic, brash young city that prides itself on pragmatic solutions.

Today, the most promising catalyst for the city's rebirth is the BeltLine, which the New York Times described as "a staggeringly ambitious engine of urban revitalization." A long-term project that is cutting through forty-five neighborhoods ranging from affluent to impoverished, the BeltLine will complete a twenty-two-mile loop encircling downtown, transforming a massive ring of mostly defunct railways into a series of stunning parks connected by trails and streetcars.

Acclaimed author Mark Pendergrast presents a deeply researched, multi-faceted, up-to-the-minute history of the biggest city in America's Southeast, using the BeltLine saga to explore issues of race, education, public health, transportation, business, philanthropy, urban planning, religion, politics, and community.

An inspiring narrative of ordinary Americans taking charge of their local communities, City of the Verge provides a model for how cities across the country can reinvent themselves.

Books will be sold at the event by A Cappella Books.


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