Where to Eat and Shop at Atlanta’s Amazing Ponce City Market

first_img Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Atlanta’s Ponce City Market is a shining example of urban renewal. With a mere 2 million square feet to renovate, this once vacant mass is humming again with quality restaurants, local and national anchors, as well as slick urban living spaces.For someone like me who grew up in Atlanta, seeing the formerly derelict Sears, Roebuck & Co. building restored to glory is a source of pride. Both of my parents used to get dressed to the nines to shop there in the 50s and it is even the location several years later where my father was dropped off to enlist in the Vietnam War.In my time, it was briefly a satellite office of City Hall, but mostly it was just a huge amazing eyesore of the past with shattered windows, trash-strewn steps, and one very lonely flagpole.Image Courtesy of Theodore Lee/FlickrBuilt in 1926, the vast restored space has no lack of places to go and things to do. You can spend the day perusing the many retail stores, walking the Belt Line, or just hitting up the variety of bars and restaurants. Check out their events page for book signings, pop-up shops and other seasonal events.While there is a lot to take in, here are our top picks:MenswearWhile the main floor has a great selection of big name brands, head upstairs for the more in-the-know local finds.Citizen Supply – While this is more of a market place than a menswear store, there is plenty in here we love from the ATL sweatshirt made with Billiam Jeans to the Edison Bikes and the super sturdy Utility Bag by KMM & Co.Citizen Supply at Ponce City MarketCobbler Union – Looking for sharp looking shoes that don’t cost a fortune? Cobblers Union shoes and boots are all hand crafted in Europe and are direct to the consumer so those fine looking Oxfords are only $395 and not $900 +.Elk Head Clothing – Founded by designer Garret Hilgendorf, the brand is focusing on modern silhouettes with high quality fabrics. Their twill shirts, selvedge denim, and leather accessories aren’t loud, but will stand out from the crowd.The Food HallThink of Pike Place in Seattle and Chelsea Market in New York City; this is not your mall food court.Biltong Bar – This cool new joint features organic, all-natural South African beef jerky, otherwise known as biltong, as well as sandwiches and other South African delicacies (like Frikkadel). There is also a damn good craft cocktail list, local brews and a full wine list.H&F Burger – This burger is a direct descendant of the original that debuted at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair and was a cult favorite at Holeman & Finch Public House in Buckhead. Their fries, shakes and floats all call for elastic waistbands.Hop’s Chicken at Ponce City MarketHops Chicken – People may sing the praises of Chic-fil-A, but it is still fast food and who knows where those chickens are raised. Over at Hops they use all natural Georgia chickens and their chicken sandwich and chicken biscuits are pretty damn hard to beat.The Mercury – Located above the food hall, this full service restaurant harks back to the Mad Men days of heavy cocktails and classic American fare, from a classic wedge to a 16 ounce Prime NY Strip. Julian Goglia handles the bar and it is constantly voted best bar in town.last_img read more

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Australian election May 18 to be fought on refugees economy

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister on Thursday called a May 18 election that will be fought on issues including climate change, asylum seekers and economic management.“We live in the best country in the world,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters after advising the governor-general to authorize the election.“But to secure your future, the road ahead depends on a strong economy. And that’s why there is so much at stake at this election,” he added.Morrison’s conservative coalition is seeking a third three-year term. But Morrison is the third prime minister to lead a divided government in that time and only took the helm in late August.Opinion polls suggest his reign will become one of the shortest in the 118-year history of Australian prime ministers on election day. The polls suggest centre-left opposition leader Bill Shorten will become the eighth prime minister since the country plunged into an extraordinary period of political instability in 2007.The election pits Shorten, a former labour union leader who has presented himself as the alternative prime minister for the past six years, and Morrison, a leader who the Australian public is still getting to know.Shorten said in his first news conference since the election was called that his government will take “real action on climate change” and reduce inequality in Australian society if his Labor Party wins power.“Australians face a real and vital choice at this election. Do you want Labor’s energy, versus the government’s tiredness? Labor’s focus on the future, versus being stuck in the past?” Shorten said.Morrison is seen as the architect of Australia’s tough refugee policy that has all but stopped the people-smuggling traffic of boats from Southeast Asian ports since 2014. The policy has been condemned by human rights groups as an abrogation of Australia’s responsibilities as a signatory to the United Nations Refugee Convention.Morrison’s first job in Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s newly elected coalition government in 2013 was as minister for immigration and border protection. He oversaw the secretive military-run Operation Sovereign Borders.Asylum seekers from the Middle East, Africa and Asia would typically disable or sink their boats when intercepted by patrol ships in waters north of Australia so that the Australian crews would have to rescue them rather than turn the boats away. Under the new regime, the asylum seekers were placed in motorized life boats that were towed back to Indonesia. The life boats had just enough fuel to reach the Indonesian coast. The Indonesian government complained the policy was an affront to Indonesian sovereignty.The government has also maintained a policy adopted in the final months of a Labor government in 2013 of sending boat arrivals to camps on the Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Those who attempt to reach Australia by boat are told they will never be allowed to settle there.Morrison remains proud of virtually stopping people-smuggler boat traffic. He has a trophy shaped like a people-smuggler’s boat in his office inscribed with “I Stopped These.”Labor has promised to maintain the policy of banishing boat arrivals to the islands. But Labor says it would give priority to finding permanent homes for the asylum seekers who have languished in island camps for years.The conservative coalition argues that the boats would start coming again because a Labor government would soften the regime. The government introduced temporary protection visas for boat arrivals so that refugees face potential deportation every three years if the circumstances that they fled in their homelands improve. Labor would give refugees permanent visas so that they have the certainty to plan their lives.Climate change policy is a political battlefield in a country that is the world’s largest exporter of coal and liquefied natural gas and has been one of the world’s worst greenhouse gas emitters on a per capita basis because of its heavily reliance on coal-fired power generation.Disagreement over energy policy has been a factor in the last six changes of prime minister.Labour Prime Minister Julia Gillard introduced a carbon tax in 2012. Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott scrapped it two years later.The coalition is torn between lawmakers who want polluters to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions and those who reject any measures that would increase household power bills.The government aims to reduce Australian greenhouse gas emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2030.Labour has promised a more ambitious target of a 45% reduction in the same time frame.Action on climate change was a major priority for votes when conservative Prime Minister John Howard’s reign ended after more than 11 years at an election in 2007.Labour Prime Minister Kevin Rudd immediately signed up to the U.N.’s 1997 Kyoto Protocol on reducing emissions. Australia and the United States had been the only industrialized countries to hold out.Climate change dropped down the list of Australian priorities after the global financial crisis hit.But after Australians sweltered through a record hot summer and grappled with devastating drought, global warming has become a high-priority issue for voters again.The government warns that Labor’s emissions reduction plan would wreck the economy.The coalition also argues that Labor would further damage the economy with its policy of reducing tax breaks for landlords as real estate prices fall in Australia’s largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne.Morrison boasts that the conservative administration Prime Minister Howard led delivered 10 annual surplus budgets and paid off all federal government debt before the government changed at the 2007 election.Rudd had planned a budget surplus in his government’s first fiscal year, but the global financial crisis struck.Many economists congratulate Rudd for keeping the Australian economy out of recession through stimulus spending. The coalition has accused Labor of spending too much and sinking Australia too deep in debt,But debt has continued to mount since the conservatives regained the reins in 2013. But opinion polls suggest voters consider the conservatives to be better economic managers.The government brought forward its annual budget blueprint by a month to April 2 and revealed a plan to balance Australia’s books in the next fiscal year for the first time in 12 years.Labour also promised to deliver a surplus budget in the year starting July 1, but it has yet to detail how it will achieve this goal.Labour has also promised to spend an additional AU$2.3 billion ($1.6 billion) over four years on covering treatment costs of cancer patients. It’s an attractive offer with half Australia’s population expected to be diagnosed with some form of the disease in their lifetimes.The conservatives have largely taken credit for Australia’s remarkable run of 28 years of economic growth since its last recession under Labor’s rule.Morrison hopes that voters will look to him to deliver a sequel to the Howard years when a mining boom delivered ever-increasing budget surpluses.Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press read more

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US home prices rise at steady pace in July lifted by higher

FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2015 file photo, a for sale sign is posted in front of a home in Miami. Standard & Poor’s releases its 20-city home price index for July on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 29, 2015 7:13 am MDT Last Updated Sep 29, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices rose at a solid pace in July, as would-be buyers competed for a diminished supply of available housing.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 5 per cent in July from a year earlier. That’s up from a 4.9 per cent annual pace in June.Home prices rose in all 20 cities over the past 12 months. San Francisco posted the biggest gain of 10.4 per cent, followed by Denver with 10.3 per cent.Steady job growth and an economic recovery in its seventh year have encouraged more Americans to buy homes. That lifted sales to an eight-year high in July. Yet those buyers have bid up prices in many areas because the number of homes for sale remains limited.The current housing inventory is equal to 5.2 months of sales, below the six months that is typical in a balanced housing market.Price gains were much smaller in many Eastern and Midwestern cities. Home prices were just 1.7 per cent higher in Washington, D.C. compared with 12 months earlier, only 1.8 per cent higher in Chicago, and up just 1.9 per cent in New York.Svenja Gudell, chief economist at real estate data firm Zillow, said the housing market is continuing to improve despite some conflicting trends. New home sales jumped to a seven-year high in August even as existing home sales slipped. Mortgage rates remain low, though it can be difficult for first-time buyers to qualify for a loan.“The market is continuing to heal and find its footing in a new environment, one where highly local factors … matter more than national trends,” she said.The Case-Shiller index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. The index measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The July figures are the latest available.Consistent price gains can make homeowners feel wealthier and more likely to spend, providing a boost to the economy. Higher home values also reduce the number of Americans who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, a condition known as being “under water.”Still, housing faces several challenges in the coming months. Prices are rising at more than double the rate of wages, which have increased just 2.2 per cent in the past 12 months. That is likely pricing many would-be buyers out of the market.And while mortgage rates are still low, they could be headed up soon. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has indicated that the Fed may raise short-term rates for the first time in nine years before the end of the year. That would eventually push up mortgage rates.Those trends may already be weighing on sales of existing homes. They slid nearly 5 per cent in August from July’s eight-year high to the lowest level since April, the National Association of Realtors said last week.And fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August. That suggests sales may slip further in the coming months. A signed contract typically precedes a completed sale by one or two months. Still, existing home sales are 6.2 per cent higher than a year ago. US home prices rise at steady pace in July, lifted by higher sales and limited supply read more

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