Atlanta Urbanist Book Group

A Better Atlanta, One Book at a Time

Our mission at the Atlanta Urbanist Book Group is to introduce new ideas to Urban Atlanta by reading recent books about cities, identifying the ideas we think would work in Atlanta, and offering civic leaders a guide to these ideas.

We define “urbanism” broadly. We are reading books about transportation, land use, housing, public safety, government reform, neighborhoods, social infrastructure, education, economic development, regionalism, diversity, politics, arts and culture, volunteerism, and more. 

Our aim isn’t to review books but to show how their ideas apply to Atlanta today and suggest ways of moving from good ideas to good actions. 

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Next Book: Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy

Jun 5, 2024

We will discuss “Ghosting the News,” a book about the decline of newspapers, the loss of their coverage of local government and politics, and why this lost coverage threatens democracy. The book offers some ideas about what might replace newspaper reporting.

Sullivan is the media columnist for the Washington Post. She was the public editor of the New York Times and editor of the Buffalo News.

We will look for lessons about government and politics in a post-newspaper world for Urban Atlanta.