News Briefs: Pullman Yard, Uber woes, snow days

A rendering of the Pullman Yard development.
A rendering of the Pullman Yard development.

A zoning advisory board will consider writing a letter in support of a plan to redevelop the historic Pratt-Pullman Yard in Kirkwood, according to a report at Decaturish. The item is on the agenda of Neighborhood Planning Unit – O for Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 pm. NPU-O meets at the Branham Recreation Center, located at 2051 Delano Drive NE. The plans call for redeveloping the 26 acre site as 150 town homes with two common areas.

Mayor Kasim Reed and Invest Atlanta will lead a delegation of Atlanta tech leaders and entrepreneurs this week to Silicon Valley to support the city’s emerging startup scene. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the team will meet with 12 venture capital firms and social media platforms to elevate Atlanta’s growing reputation as a hub for technology and entrepreneurship. “Atlanta has long been a city that welcomes and nurtures talent, entrepreneurship, and innovation,” said Mayor Reed. “I am confident that this trip will enable us to position our city as an ideal location for long-term tech investments and ensure that Atlanta’s technology sector continues to grow and thrive.”

Traditional taxis and limo services in Atlanta  are up-in-arms over unlicensed ride-share startups Uber and Lyft taking their business and are fighting it out on the floor of the Gold Dome, according to a report in Creative Loafing. A House committee passed a bill requiring basic licensing and oversight of Uber, Lyft and, similar companies last week.  

March 14 will be a regular school day instead of a teacher work day in  Fulton County to make up days lost during the snowstorms. The Fulton County School System is also pushing back test dates for the CRCT testing dates for elementary and middle school students to give them more time to prepare. The testing window now begins April 22. The rest of the school year calendar does not change, with spring break on schedule for April 7-11 and the last day of school will be May 23.

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