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About David Pendered

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with nearly 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.

Atlanta ups ante against blight: Jail inmates to board up vacant buildings

Atlanta is taking a small but potentially significant step to aid blighted neighborhoods.

Inmates from the city jail will be deployed to board up buildings that are open and vacant, in cases where owners won’t secure them. The program aims to reduce the number of structures available to harbor vermin, disease, and criminals.
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Florida wants to remediate effects of timber, farming in Apalachicola River basin with fines from gulf oil spill

Florida has submitted a $26.1 million proposal to improve water issues that affect the Apalachicola River basin. Funding is to come from environmental penalties paid in connection with the 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

The document Florida filed doesn’t address the effect this proposal could have on the state’s water dispute with Georgia, which involves the Apalachicola watershed.
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Plans for water reservoir at BeltLine’s Bellwood Quarry shown to builders

Atlanta low-balled the event, but the city on Thursday hosted an industry forum that is an early step in the process of building a major park along the Atlanta BeltLine, at the old Bellwood rock quarry.

At the forum, Atlanta presented information to vendors who may want to help establish a water reservoir at the old quarry. While the reservoir is immensely important, the public’s attention has been more attracted to the prospect of a huge new park to be built on the same site on Atlanta’s west side.
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Georgia’s solar industry praised in new report by Pew Charitable Trusts

A new report by Pew Charitable Trusts shows that Georgia is a national leader in solar power and clean energy.

Released Tuesday, Pew’s report provides more information for policy makers as the nation prepares to respond to new federal policies. The policies are to compel states to reduce carbon emissions associated with power production.
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Sandy Springs faces test of its vision for a pleasant, walkable downtown

A significant test of Sandy Springs’ commitment to its vision of a pedestrian oriented downtown is to get its first public hearing Thursday before the city’s Planning Commission.

A developer proposes to rezone 10.9 acres along Roswell Road in order to build 329 apartments and 16,000 square feet of retail at the current Marshall’s Plaza. City planners say the four-story project is simply too dense for the walkable town center Sandy Springs intends to establish along this stretch of Roswell Road.
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ASO, Detroit museum settlements provide a teachable moment

Recent settlements regarding Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Institute of Arts speak to the role of a civic sense of duty in keeping a city’s cultural doors open.

The ASO intends to secure up to $33 million in donations to endow 11 new musician chairs by 2018, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The DIA will remain open with an aid package that includes $366 million contributed over 20 years by local and national foundations, according to the bankruptcy court ruling.
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Atlanta plans $200,000 study to help Turner Field neighborhoods

Atlanta is poised to ask the ARC to help fund a $200,000 study intended to help guide the redevelopment of neighborhoods surrounding Turner Field.

The ARC would provide $160,000 and the city’s match of $40,000 would be provided by the city and by Invest Atlanta, the city’s development arm, according to legislation that’s due to be adopted Monday by the Atlanta City Council.
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Words of Spelman College grad a beacon in ground-breaking resolution of Detroit’s $18 billion bankruptcy

The words of a Spelman College graduate were a guiding principle in the historic bankruptcy settlement of Detroit.

“Democracy is not a spectator sport,” is the quote by Marian Wright Edelman, valedictorian, Class of 1960, and 11-year chair of Spelman’s Board of Trustees. Edelman founded the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973 and serves as its president. Continue reading

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Sugar Hill selling 99 acres in old gold mine country near Richland Creek

Almost 100 acres of undeveloped land along the Chattahoochee River, located just south of Buford Dam, has been put up for sale by the city of Sugar Hill.

And there’s more than just the land to whet interest. The site overlooks Richland Creek, where gold was mined in the 1830s as prospectors looked for nuggets far from the crowds who’d flocked to Dahlonega in the gold rush of 1828.
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Lake Allatoona may change dynamics of Georgia’s water resource debate

A taste of things to come in the management of Georgia’s water resources may be evident in the federal lawsuit filed over the role of Lake Allatoona as a source of drinking water for metro Atlanta.

The lawsuit rekindles a host of issues including: Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to build or expand water reservoirs; water conservation efforts; and the federal government’s pending Water Control Manual for the Chattahoochee River system.
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