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About 37 million Americans practice yoga, and some people in Atlanta are starting to do it in unexpected places. They do it on paddle boards out on Stone Mountain Lake, at area malls and at a park just off the BeltLine. WABE stopped by one yoga class to learn why hundreds of people there have left the gym behind.

Yoga As Community

The class is at a field near the Old Fourth Ward Skate Park. There, hundreds of people cram together yoga mats and move together like synchronized swimmers.   

Martin Luther King Jr. Natatorium
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Atlanta plans to break ground Thursday on a new indoor pool and gym in Old Fourth Ward. It replaces the original Martin Luther King Jr. Natatorium, which closed in 2012.

The facility is one of the biggest projects funded by the city's "Renew Atlanta" program, to fix aging infrastructure. The old facility, which was next to the King Center, was closed because the building wasn't safe. It’s being torn down.

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In September 2015, WABE sent our reporters out to find out one thing: "What defines Atlanta, exactly? Do we have a unique identity?" You can read the rest of the stories here.

Auburn Avenue is one of the most iconic streets in Atlanta.

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In its 11th year, the A3C Festival and Conference continues to celebrate the diversity of and innovation in hip-hop across the country and the world.

This year, headliners like De La Soul, 2 Chainz and the Dungeon Family will grace A3C’s stages in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward. There will also be a series of curated showcases that highlight some of the up-and-coming innovators in hip-hop today.

Smith's Olde Bar is best known for its live music space on the top floor, but it also houses a bar and restaurant.
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Smith's Olde Bar will remain open in Atlanta's Morningside neighborhood at least through the end of the year according to Dan Nolen, the operator of the longtime night spot.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Nolen says he has worked out a deal with his landlord for an extension of the lease. In April, the club got an eviction notice, as the property that houses Smith’s and other businesses is now for sale.

Smith's has been hosting live music at the Piedmont Avenue location for more than 20 years. Nolen says he hopes to work out a long-term lease with the new owner.

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