A statue of James Brown presides over the Augusta Common, a manicured downtown green space that has hosted everything from food trucks to ice rinks.
But to the statue’s back is a hulking building with a shattered plate glass window.
That’s today’s Augusta: halfway between thriving and desolate.
The desolation dates back to the 1960s. But the thriving energy continues today, with an explosion of construction and new businesses driven by the Georgia Cyber Center.
The public-private partnership, which opened two years ago, aims to make the city an international hub for cyber security. The question now is how much growth is still to come – and who it’s going to serve.