The Metro Atlanta Solar System is centered at the Bradley Observatory, where the Sun is represented by a circular granite plaza about 30 feet wide. From there it’s almost half a mile to the 3-inch model of Earth (at the Decatur Public Library), nearly 12 miles to Uranus (at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) and more than 18 miles to Neptune (at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs, Ga.)
According to the project’s website, at each of the designated planet locations, pseudo-space travelers will find two large-format panels, which show the location of each planet and a scaled image of that location’s planet.
Here’s the full list of locations for those uneasy with wandering aimlessly in space.
Sun – Bradley Observatory
Mercury – Alston Campus Center, Agnes Scott College
Venus – Decatur High School
Mars – Columbia Theological Seminary
Jupiter – Emory University-Physics Building
Saturn – Georgia Tech-Physics Building
Uranus – Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
As DecaStan noted on Twitter yesterday afternoon, NPR’s All Things Considered featured a story by WABE’s Jim Burress yesterday, about Agnes Scott’s long time popularity as a filming location and it’s recent controversy surrounding the filming of the low brow straight to DVD film, “Beer Pong.”
The local blogs even got a shout out!
“They recognized we were upset, but I don’t think there was any policy change that they were considering because of it,” Hill says. “I think that making this public and being transparent about our concerns put some pressure on the administration.”
And pressure did come, in the form of blog items and newspaper editorials. Eventually, some alums withheld contributions – even swore off campus visits.
You may recall that PBS anchor/correspondent Gwen Ifill had to cancel a talk at Agnes Scott back in early February due to a death in the family. Well now “grass is greener” sends along details for the rescheduled event…
The Breakthrough – Politics and Race in the Age of Obama
Monday, April 20, 2009 – 7 p.m. – Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall
This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets will be distributed at the door on the night of appearance only.
During the keynote address at the Georgia Organics Conference this past weekend, the city of Decatur, Agnes Scott, the DBA, the Oakhurst Community Garden, and Georgia Organics officially announced the city’s “agricultural initiative.”
I followed up with city manager Peggy Merriss and she sent along this note/release. From the sound of it, “urban farming” is just the tip of the iceberg.
On Saturday March 21st, at the Georgia Organics 12th Annual Conference & Trade Show, Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss, along with Agnes Scott College’s Director of Sustainability Susan Kidd and Georgia Organics Executive Director Alice Rolls announced the creation of the Decatur Agricultural Initiative (DAI) designed to bring together community partners around the issue of growing food locally. The Initiative currently involves Agnes Scott College, the City of Decatur, City Schools of Decatur, Decatur Business Association, Georgia Organics and the Oakhurst Community Garden.
Among the first tasks that the group will undertake will be the creation of a Master Plan that will identify existing community-based efforts into one unified plan.
The partners intend to take a comprehensive approach resulting in providing a variety of agricultural products, including food, which would be available through local producers and markets.
Examples of some possible outcomes might include: stronger community support for farmers markets, co-operative purchase of environmentally sensitive products, education programs designed for children and youth to be able to plant and support their own gardens, and more.
The possibilities are exciting and all of the partners are looking forward to working together on this brand new DAI in Decatur. “