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Torpy at Large: How scooters have Atlanta falling hard to regulate ’em

Torpy at Large: How scooters have Atlanta falling hard to regulate ’em

For the past six months, the city of Atlanta has witnessed a libertarian free-for-all in the field of micro-transportation: The onslaught of electric scooters. In May, Bird scooters popped up on Intown sidewalks much like mushrooms in a cow field after a rain. A month later, that company’s hated competitor, Lime, rolled out hundreds of their own contraptions. The devices are now ubiquitous...
Torpy at Large: He sang at the White House but still died homeless

Torpy at Large: He sang at the White House but still died homeless

For the past couple of years in downtown Atlanta, people walking to the Fulton County Courthouse, or to Mass at the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, encountered a man with a crooked smile and a guitar staking out a street corner. His name was Richard Harold Bradfield, although most people called him Ricky — if they called him anything. Some might merely nod and walk by or just pretend...