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Georgia Trust launches West Atlanta preservation initiative

By Maria Saporta A model partnership for preservation, sustainability and permanent affordability held a kickoff ceremony Wednesday along the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail. The project includes the rehabilitation of two historic properties and the possible development of a new home along the Westside BeltLine. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation purchased the three properties from […]

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Atlanta City Council approves Westside project with lower density and more affordable housing

The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved plans on Monday for the Echo Street Communities development in English Avenue, one of the first large-scale developments in the area that has triggered strong alarm among many residents concerned about gentrification on the Westside.
The affordable housing plans for the project, which also includes thousands of square feet in office space and retail, match the city’s guidelines, with 35 potential additional affordable units in the works.

Runoff candidate Q and A: Atlanta Board of Education District 5

Parts of Atlanta’s west and northwest side will get a new Board of Education member in a runoff that begins soon. The two candidates say some things are going well — but it’s time to address equity and look hard at finances in the system.

Erika Mitchell and Raynard Johnson finished with 25 percent and 18 percent of the first-round vote respectively for District 5.  Click to read the Q and A with each:

Board of Education candidate Q and A: Erika Mitchell

Erika Mitchell has worked in several industries, including IT, esthetics education and pageant production. She spoke to SaportaReport via email. Campaign website Q: What’s your No. 1 concern for the students in District 5? A: The quality of their education and creating more opportunities for our students. Making sure that monies are reported and being […]