Opening April 1, 2022 – yes April Fools Day is a fitting start. AFTERCAR is a retro-future-solarpunk-social-house on the Atlanta Beltline. Ryan Gravel is a founder and partner > “I like hanging out with interesting people who have ideas about the future of cities, but there’s no place that casually attracts those people into the same space. So, I decided to make one.”

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INSPIRATION. An inherent aspect of our humanity is that people love to come together to discuss ideas over food and drinks. In fact, some of the most powerful social and cultural movements in history have started informally as ideas shared over dinner. In the public sphere of the city, bars and restaurants have often taken a lead in this role. Some, like Paschal’s in Atlanta and the Stonewall Inn in New York City have cultivated defining social movements for the advancement of civil rights. The White Horse Tavern and other bars on Hudson Street in New York City were meeting places for Jane Jacobs and other community organizers who saved entire neighborhoods from destructive highway and housing proposals. And Les Deux Magots epitomized the café culture of Paris, bringing together artists and literary legends from around the world that helped shape the culture of twentieth century life.

PROJECT PHASING. With these models in mind, AFTERCAR is simply the physical venue and platform for dialogue. The first phase is a social house and shared workspace that also hosts private events. Future phases of construction will include some kind of bar or restaurant. I’m looking for a lead partner on that – feel free to drop me a line.

GENERATOR. Culture change is hard work and is difficult to fund. To jumpstart and facilitate the dialogue and organizing that is needed, Aftercar is designed to provide a reliable funding stream for its nonprofit partner and co-founder, GENERATOR. Please join Ryan Gravel and Aftercar in supporting Generator with a tax-deductible donation HERE.

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