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Norcross motels house some residents for years, report says

By Sonam Vashi In Norcross, blink and you’ll miss the extended-stay motels that dot the arteries of Buford Highway and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. But a new survey from a City of Norcross initiative shows that those motels provide long-term homes for many of the city’s residents, outlining rising costs of housing and systemic barriers that […]

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Modular homes can help solve Atlanta’s housing affordability crisis

Longtime Atlanta business leader – Cecil Phillips – has a solution to the city’s affordable housing crisis. Modular housing.Make no mistake. This is not your grandfather’s mobile home. The modular homes being proposed and developed by Phillips match the quality and amenities of new home construction – except they can be built much more quickly and cost significantly less money.

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Atlanta city jail unsustainable, should be converted to transitional housing

By Guest Columnist JOE BEASLEY, a human rights activist in Atlanta and founder of the Joe Beasley Foundation

The taxpayers of Atlanta are losing over $30 million annually trying to maintain the Atlanta City Detention Center. We must ask whether that remains a good investment and, if not, how to create something that would be worthy of our great city and its historic legacy. I believe we need to strive for more.

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Atlanta’s gentrification, now a challenge, started as sign of city’s spirit of civil rights

By Guest Columnist HATTIE DORSEY, civic volunteer, founder and retired president of the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership

Gentrification is a word used to describe what happens with housing development patterns in cities, particularly in the North, Midwest and West Coast cities, when neighborhoods change by race and by income. It was not a pattern that happened in the South, because housing in this region was segregated by race even years after the civil rights movement.