Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:
- Today’s program is the first edition of a new Closer Look series: ‘Coffee Conversations with Rose Scott’. As part of this ongoing series, Closer Look is heading out into the Atlanta community and visiting local coffee shops to speak with residents, business owners and community leaders about issues such as affordable housing, workforce development, transit issues, gentrification and how all of these factors intersect with equity.
- 0:00: First, Rose gives a news brief on the six cases of Legionnaires’ disease that have been confirmed in guests who recently stayed at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Atlanta.
- And, in other news, we hear an update on the condition of Georgia United States Senator Johnny Isakson who was hospitalized on Tuesday night after falling and fracturing four ribs.
- Also, Atlanta Police say 37-year old William Alexander of Atlanta died after being hit by a Cobb Link transit bus in midtown Atlanta Wednesday night — Alexander was riding an e-scooter. According to APD, Alexander was trapped under the bus, but died before he could be freed. Police say there were several passengers on board at the time. Officials are investigating to determine who was at fault.
- 2:41: We begin our ‘Coffee Conversations with Rose Scott’ series at Café ULU, a cooperative coffee shop in Southwest Atlanta. Founding board member of the Us Lifting Us cooperative Hekima Kanyama and Chinyere Kanyama Norman, a former board member, sit down with Rose Scott for a conversation about how Café ULU began and how they hope to use a cooperative business model to support the community.
- 23:30: Atlanta City Councilmember Antonio Brown sits down with Rose Scott to reflect on his first sixty days in office. Councilmember Brown represents district three, which includes Vine City, English Avenue and Atlantic Station. He says a major focus of his administration is to restore generational wealth and secure more affordable housing in Atlanta.
- 40:34: When Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry joined Closer Look at Café ULU, he had just announced his candidacy for the United States Senate. In today’s program, we hear more about Mayor Terry’s platform, which he describes as “progressive,” and how he believes his experience as mayor could help him at the federal level.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.