Lyft Pulls E-Scooters Out of Atlanta

On Nov. 14, Lyft officials announced that the company would pull its electric scooters out of Atlanta, Nashville (Tenn.), San Antonio, Phoenix, Dallas and Columbus (Ohio), according to TechCrunch.

Gotcha, another e-scooter company, left Atlanta in August, according to Curbed Atlanta. Uber’s Jump bikes and China-based Ofo have also pulled out of the city. The companies leave the city just as Atlanta is set to reform the dockless vehicle regulations enacted in January.

Bird, Lime, Bolt and Uber’s Jump scooters are still active in the city.

Emory Hospital Employees Win Hospital Hero Award

Twin sisters and Emory University Hospital employees Dora Richter and Fania Szlam received the 2019 Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) Hospital Hero Award earlier this month.

Richter is a registered pharmacist and manager of inpatient pharmacies at Emory University Hospital. Szlam is a research lab manager in Emory’s Department of Anaesthesiology.

The GHA Hospital Hero Awards were established in 2005 to recognize “the amazing hospital workers in our state,” according to the GHA website. Award-winners are honored at the annual luncheon in November, where a video is presented celebrating their achievements.

Brookhaven, DeKalb County Plan to Spend $1.35 Million on New Park

The city of Brookhaven is spending almost $1 million, with an additional $400,000 contributed by DeKalb County, on a residential property that is planned to become a park and Vietnam War memorial. The property was appraised at $340,100 in 2019, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). The city plans to demolish the existing structure on the property while leaving the foundation which will become the Vietnam War memorial. 

Atlanta City Council Forms Reproductive Justice Commission

On Monday, the Atlanta City Council unanimously approved the creation of a commission to study possible improvements to reproductive health care access, according to the AJC. The commission will meet for three years and report to the city whenever it chooses to do so.

The committee is a direct response to Georgia’s fetal heartbeat abortion law, which was blocked by a federal judge in October. The bill, which remains the focus of a court battle, would prohibit abortion of fetuses with detectable hearbeats.

Atlanta Hosts Democratic Debate

On Wednesday at 9 p.m., Tyler Perry Studios will host 10 presidential candidates for the year’s fifth Democratic primary debate. The debate will be hosted by The Washington Post and MSNBC and feature the first all-women panel of the election season.

Associate Professor of Finance Tom Smith said the debate has the potential to positively affect Atlanta’s film industry due to its location at the Tyler Perry Studios.

“It does support the city from a reputation perspective, which is always good for business long-term,” Smith told the AJC. “It will support the strong and growing film industry in Georgia. That’s likely to have more long-term than short-term economic impact.” 

The debate will be broadcast on MSNBC and can be livestreamed for free on MSNBC.com and washingtonpost.com.