Peering into the future

“No lemon, no straw,” Holly Elmore and I both said habitually to the waiter at lunch after we toured Mercedes Benz Stadium and the Georgia World Congress Center last week. The final straw for Holly (seen here taking a photo of Mercedes Benz Stadium’s compostable food scraps that will one day grow food again), was…

A growing movement

Years ago, I saw a post on Twitter about a first harvest from a garden being grown by employees of the company building the new Falcons stadium in Atlanta, called Mercedes Benz Stadium, which was supposedly going to be the “greenest” professional stadium in the nation. The garden was directly across from the stadium, in…

Bridge closed

Breaking news: It was just announced that this brand-new, exorbitantly-expensive pedestrian bridge, which connects a train station in a legacy neighborhood across a deadly road to Mercedes Benz Stadium, will not be open for any of the Super Bowl LIII events, including the Big Game. So I thought I’d take you Traveling at the Speed…

Kick off

Something tells me that it’s gonna look a lot more crowded by Mercedes Benz Stadium when Super Bowl LIII festivities kick off  later this week. And welcome to Rams and Patriots fans. I have a daughter right now in each of your parts of the country.

Real talk about artificial turf

My suburb-city recently cut down 300 trees to install two artificial turf playing fields at a public middle school (see Stumped). These are being used for sports leagues at night and on weekends, and for PE classes during the weekdays. More are about to be added in the park across the street. My children are…

Meet Lucius

Meet Lucius. He is Today’s Nice Stranger, whom I met while Traveling at the Speed of Bike. Lucius is the Turf Manager at Mercedes Benz Stadium. He and his co-workers like to ride around Downtown Atlanta during their lunch break on the trikes they use at work. I told him I used to teach seniors…

Beehive of activity

You wouldn’t know it from the quiet of the Relay Bikeshare station in its shadow, but Mercedes Benz Stadium, where the big college football championship game is being played Monday (and President Trump is planning on attending, which will make it even crazier with security), is abuzz with activity. I know because I rode all…

Bye, bye, Georgia Dome

You may have heard about the implosion of the Georgia Dome yesterday. You can see it in the far distance in this photo. The closer stadium is the brand-new Mercedes Benz Stadium (which is the first LEED Platinum professional sports stadium, by the way). As you can see, the sidewalk across the street from the…