Derrick Barker stumped the experts at Atlanta City Hall when he asked Wednesday what Atlanta can do to help him, as a residential developer, build homes that aren’t so expensive that most city residents can’t afford to live in them.
The latest sign that the high cost of housing in Atlanta is again a front-burner issue in Atlanta appeared in the unlikely setting of a panel discussion at Georgia Tech on the direction of land use in Atlanta.
If you removed every newspaper story or television broadcast that had a reference to Twitter, you’d have a hard time making sense from what was left what it was all about. It’s hard to think of another medium which has figured as prominently in a presidential election.
By Guest Columnist MARK PENDERGRAST, anAtlanta native and author of “For God, Country and Coca-Cola,” and other books
I am afraid of Donald Trump.
And I am appalled that a sizable number of the American voting public – at the moment over 40 percent, despite the latest revelations of his grotesque remarks about women 11 years ago – thinks he would be a good selection as the next president of the United States.
As Atlanta civic leaders ponder the rising cost of housing in the city, a new report shows that millennials across the nation are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.
The report is especially timely in Atlanta.
Atlanta’s city code states outright that the Atlanta BeltLine will, “increase the affordable housing inventory.” Three city councilmembers have proposed legislation that intends to put teeth into this provision in city code, which the BeltLine has not been on track to fulfill since the council adopted the provision in 2007.
You could say that this long and unprecedented presidential campaign has been book-ended by debates handled by Fox News, and that’s fitting. This has been a convulsive period for the country, and more unexpectedly, for Fox News.
Atlanta is among dozens of U.S. municipal governments that are providing equity to the LGBTQ community even as state legislatures are moving in the opposite direction, according to a report from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
When CBRE examined the demand for green certified office space in metro Atlanta, the example it highlighted in a new report was the decision by health data giant Kaiser Permanent to locate in a LEED certified building in Midtown.
By Guest Columnist MELITA EASTERS, founding chair and current executive director of Georgia’s WIN List
No doubt about it, women voters of all ages are the deciding factor in this election cycle as political pundits increasingly predict Georgia will move to a blue column in this year’s presidential contest for the first time since 1992.
Legislative seats and private sector leadership positions held by women are leading indicators for a strong progressive streak in Georgia, which is obscured by the fact that all statewide offices and the majorities in the House and Senate are currently held by Republicans, who are predominately pale and male.
Renewed efforts by Atlanta’s civic leaders to increase the supply of affordable housing, especially in areas around the Atlanta BeltLine and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, could run into a brick wall established by housing lenders, according to research detailed in a new report by the Federal Reserve.
These were the body postures, not of a prize fight, but of a particularly edgy divorce negotiation. It seemed fitting in a way that the contestants couldn’t bring themselves to shake hands with each other until after the 90-plus minutes were over.
The prospect of Atlanta spending some $2 billion on transit and transportation improvements, pending voter approval of two sales tax referendums on the Nov. 8 ballot, raises the issue of how these projects might overlap with those funded by impact fees paid when property is developed.
Knowledge of the lack of affordable housing along the Atlanta BeltLine, which was cited in the resignation Monday of two board members from the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Inc., is not a new phenomenon. However, it has received renewed national attention of late.
We’ve now had the first debate between the Democratic and Republican candidates for president on the serious issues facing our country. So first, let’s talk about Gennifer Flowers.
She matters, because throughout his campaign for president, Donald Trump has in various ways tantalized audiences with the expectation that when he finally got on a debate stage with the woman some of his younger supporters have hated all their lives, he would “go there.” He didn’t.
Two strategies seem to be emerging around the issue of affordable housing near the Falcons stadium – 1) Give up the neighborhoods and work to keep the name and statue of a Confederate officer out of a planned park; or, 2) Quickly impose public policies to protect current and future residents who have lower incomes.
By Guest Columnist LAURA HARKER,who joined the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute in 2016 as a health policy analyst. She is responsible for researching and reporting on Georgia’s health policies and related spending
A ranking Republican Georgia senator who long panned the idea of expanding Medicaid is working on legislation to make it happen. The conservative Georgia Chamber of Commerce just made an economic case for Medicaid expansion as the best way for the state to get a handle on its health care costs and boost struggling rural hospitals.