Entries by David Pendered

Hero or villain of Plant Vogtle could be billionaire pioneer of high risk junk bonds

The hero or villain of the effort to save Plant Vogtle could prove to be the head of a private equity firm who pioneered junk bonds and was nearly scuttled in 1990. Georgia Power protested terms of the loan deal, but a New York judge provided some protection and last week ordered that the entire $800 million in loan funds should flow.

Affordability an increasingly hot topic amid soaring prices for homes along BeltLine

Note to readers: This is the second of two stories about affordability along the Atlanta BeltLine. Previously: Incentives proposed to preserve affordability of homes, shops …

Price hikes are stunning for homes sold with a half-mile of the Atlanta BeltLine – values rose as much as 58.9 percent in sales recorded between 2011 and 2015. These figures are behind the rising number of civic leaders and candidates for Atlanta City Hall who are talking about affordability, affordability, affordability.

Incentives proposed to preserve affordability of homes, shops along BeltLine

Note to readers: This is the first of two stories about affordability along the Atlanta BeltLine. Coming Monday: Skyrocketing housing prices along BeltLine. // Rising land values along portions of the Atlanta BeltLine have resulted in steep price hikes for existing tenants of homes and businesses, forcing some to relocate. A new proposal aims to preserve the affordability of now-blighted areas as they are redeveloped.

As Atlanta seeks rebirth, city must overcome segregationist past cited in new book

Atlanta’s history of government-sanctioned segregated neighborhoods dates to 1922, when the city adopted a zoning law that created separate residential districts for black and white folks, according to a new book by noted researcher Richard Rothstein. The old Techwood Homes and landscape designer Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. also have segregationist roots, according to Rothstein.

Young adults may use pot, tobacco, e-cigarettes based on flawed evaluation of risks

Consider this comment from a young adult quoted in a new health study led by a researcher at Georgia State University: “I smoke [pot] recreationally, but it still has those medical effects because I work and UPS, and I lift boxes all day. … I’m sore a lot of the times. But I don’t even notice these days because I’m so medicated.”