Bigger Vision: Not Just The Name of a Shelter

For Andrew Wilkin, executive director at Bigger Vision Community Shelter, there is no such thing as a homeless person. These words, this philosophy, is one that carries through all those who come to Bigger Vision. “I think the most important thing people need to understand is that there is no such thing as a homeless…

In the Age of Screens: What Adulthood Feels Like as a Millennial Immersed in Social Media  

Adulthood feels like the sticky fire of skinned knees and having a million words stuck on the tip of your tongue. It feels like the pricks of gaining feeling in a limb after it falls asleep, and like having to make hard decisions while knowing there is no right one.   When people enter adulthood is different…

Georgia Square Mall Weathers Economic Storms With Local Strategy

On the outskirts of Athens, Georgia, in the middle of the Atlanta Highway corridor sits Georgia Square Mall. It’s the only mall that exists in Athens, housing more than 50 shops, eight eateries and 17 diverse services, ranging from American Vision Center to U.S. military recruitment stations. The two-story retail mecca opened its doors in…

Athens-Clarke County police to end grace period on new Hands-Free Law

During the two months since the Georgia “Hands-Free” law went into effect, Athens-Clarke County police have issued fewer than one ticket every two weeks, and eight warnings.   Brittany Stewart is a senior majoring in journalism in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. 

Local Organizations See Need for Affordable Housing in Area

Over the past few years, affordable housing in the Athens-Clarke County area has become more scarce for low-income families, said the employees of two local organizations. Jocelyn Crumpton, shelter coordinator of the Athens Area Homeless Shelter, and Spencer Frye, state representative for Georgia House District 118 and executive director of the Athens Habitat for Humanity,…

Athens-Clarke County Sees Increase in Single-Family Housing Permits

During the housing boom of the mid-2000s, Athens-Clarke County received hundreds of single-family new construction permits yearly. As the housing crisis swept the nation, these numbers dropped drastically to levels below 100. Now, over the course of the past couple of years, the county has seen an increase in these permits yet again, and as…

Athens’ Senior Living Facilities Adapt To Increasing Elderly Population

As the elderly population continues to grow rapidly, finding affordable and accessible housing for this demographic has become a prominent issue. In Georgia, the older population is expected to make up 65.5 percent of the total population by 2030, according to the American Association of Retired Persons. One of the government agencies that directly deals…

When One Bus Door Opens, Another Closes: Athens Transit Reroute Benefits Some, Inconveniences Others

The Athens Transit System, otherwise known as “The Bus,” has undergone marked changes to 10 of its 20 routes as of July 1 this past summer. These adjustments were made with the intention to expand ridership, increase cost-effectiveness and decrease the length of wait times at hundreds of bus stops throughout the city, according to the…