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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.

Cousins looking for partner at 191 Peachtree as one performance indicator tops Wall Street forecast

As it executes a business strategy that includes reducing its footprint in Atlanta, Cousins Properties Inc. posted a key measure of profitability Wednesday that exceeded Walls Street expectations.

The strategy consists of reducing the company’s footprint in Atlanta and could include bringing in a joint venture partner for the company’s trophy tower in downtown Atlanta, 191 Peachtree Street. Continue reading

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Tech’s analysis of Memorial Drive gains political boost via attention from two Atlanta councilmembers

Reducing the speed limit on Memorial Drive from 35 mph to 25 mph could improve safety, cut tailpipe emissions, boost the roadway’s capacity, and even reduce trip times because traffic would flow more smoothly.

Another startling discovery associated with the analysis of Memorial Drive, being conducted this autumn by Georgia Tech graduate students, is the high degree of buy-in from Atlanta city councilmembers who represent the area.
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Woodruff Center’s debt, credit rating loom over ASO musician contracts

The musician lockout at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was foreshadowed almost a year ago in a rating action by Moody’s Investors Service.

Moody’s message was clear: Either ASO’s fiscal drain on Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc. would be reduced, or Moody’s may lower the credit rating on $188.26 million in debt Woodruff sold in 2009. Moody’s expected action this autumn.
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Ebola screenings at Atlanta’s airport of 27 passengers, none test positive

Ebola tests have been conducted on 27 passengers at Atlanta’s airport and none tested positive for the disease, according to the latest available federal report.

The 27 who were tested in Atlanta were among a total of 521 passengers tested as they traveled through one of the five U.S. airports that have implemented enhanced screening for Ebola.
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Proposed annexation by Brookhaven fuels push back from cities not even formed – Lakeside and Briarcliff

A border dispute appears to be breaking out in DeKalb County, involving Brookhaven and two cities that haven’t even been incorporated.

The issue is the tax base represented by two tracts of commercial land whose major players have requested to be annexed into Brookhaven – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Executive Park.
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Report: Stormwater runoff from industrial sites endangers Chattahoochee River basin

The basin of the Chattahoochee River is threatened by stormwater runoff that carries hazardous materials from industrial sites into the water system, a new report shows.

This situation prompted the Georgia Water Coalition to include the Chattahoochee River in its 2014 edition of Georgia’s Dirty Dozen, a list of water pollution problems across the state that was released Wednesday. The Chattahoochee has made the list since the first edition, in 2011.

The release of Georgia’s Dirty Dozen also served as a changing of the guard for the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Sally Bethea, founding executive director, monitored a conference call to discuss the report. But it was Jason Ulseth, the incoming riverkeeper, who fielded questions from reporters.
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Dreams of jobs training hit reality; Atlanta vows it won’t surrender

Less than 10 percent of those who applied for a job-training program initiated by Falcons team owner Arthur Blank passed the drug test required for acceptance to the program, according to Atlanta City Councilmember Ivory L. Young, Jr.

Young cited the figure to illustrate the challenge of job training for individuals who have troubles past or present. Of 160 applicants, 18 were accepted, he said.
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Concerns over potential redlining raised in study of spotty recovery of home prices in metro Atlanta

Signs of the discriminatory lending practice called redlining have reemerged in metro Atlanta, according to a new analysis of home sale prices.

Georgia Tech Professor Dan Immergluck reached this conclusion in his study that determines the extent of the uneven recovery of home prices in metro Atlanta.
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Atlanta Fed: Modest growth in Atlanta, across southeast U.S.

A new round of economic reports indicates Atlanta and the rest of the southeast continue on a trajectory of “modest” growth.

Two new reports from Atlanta Federal Reserve portray the region’s economy in relatively good terms. These reports join the muddled mix that shows the foreclosure rate has fallen, while the number of workers in metro Atlanta has decreased and the number of unemployed has increased since the spring.
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BeltLine’s Bellwood Quarry to be propelled by city committee

One of the more photogenic parks planned for the Atlanta BeltLine is also the largest, and plans for moving it forward may be starting to shape.

The old Bellwood Quarry is soon to be the sole subject of a redevelopment review committee to be formed by the Atlanta City Council, according to legislation led by Councilmember Michael Julian Bond. The council is slated to approve the proposal as part of the consent agenda on Oct. 20.

Of political note, Bond omitted council President Ceasar Mitchell, or his designee, from the committee. The council president often is represented on committees with purview over topics of citywide or regional interest, such as the BeltLine.
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