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This bench's center armrest discourages people from laying down; experts call it an example of hostile architecture.

At a work session last month, Athens-Clarke County Commissioners heard a presentation on hostile architecture. But what is hostile architecture, how do you spot it in the wild, and what should lawmakers do about it?

ANM's Chris Shupe spoke to Katherine Melcher from the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design about hostile architecture.

AthFest is back this year.
Porter McLeod

For many, the pandemic will be remembered not only by what we did, but what we didn’t do – things like going out to hear live music with a few thousand of your closest friends on a sweltering summer night during AthFest.

The festival, a must-see for many townies and visitors alike, didn’t happen last year. But, this fall, the music will be back. ANM's Alexia Ridley talked to Jill Helme from AthFest Educates about what to expect. 



Yesterday evening, ACC Manager Blaine Williams presented the Mayor’s recommended budget for FY22, which includes a revenue increase of $7.5 million from last year. Commissioners then voiced items they believe should be prioritized in the budget. 

According to Manager Williams, the general fund budget for FY22 stands at $148 million dollars, reflecting a $7.5 million increase from last year.



Historic Athens organized a demonstration Thursday evening to protest the planned demolition of a West Broad Street School building.

Athens-Clarke County


The Clarke County Board of Education moved ahead on a tentative budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 

The board approved the $171 million dollar budget, which means that the next step is a public comment period, which is expected to include two public input meetings. After that window is closed and any changes are made, Board members will vote again in June.