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After Outcry, Columnist Discovers Good Things Downtown

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The AJC's punchiest pundit, Bill Torpy, dispenses opinions on the city with acute wit, a somewhat unwieldy sense of observation and no filter. But earlier this month, following a piece that questioned why the south side of downtown still struggles with a seedy reputation, Torpy says he received a lot of flack for insinuating the area was not getting better. In a follow-up story, he clarified his sentiments and — with the help of a visit to the Zine Fest — wrote a bit on the nascent renaissance being led by artists and new community leaders. It all begs the question: Exactly what is the perception of South Downtown by outsiders, and what can be done to address it?
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