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Government officials all over the country have been criticized for blocking users on social media, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim

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A church torn down for the construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium has a new home.

The congregation of Friendship Baptist Church celebrated Sunday, starting with a walk from the old site to the new.

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Fifty or so people joined the march, beginning at Mitchell Street, where Friendship Baptist stood before it was demolished three years ago.

While singing, the churchgoers walked the few blocks to their new building.

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The city of Atlanta recently removed a bike lane on the westside of town, and it's left the community and cycling advocates with questions.

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Zahra Alabanza looks at the section of Westview Drive, in front of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, where the bike lane used to be.

“It was a typical bike lane,” she said. “It was protected so it had barriers between it and traffic, which tends to make people feel safe.”

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Atlanta has a new tool to help preserve its tree canopy. A change in law late last year allowed the city to start using fees from developers to buy and protect private green space.

But the question now is, which forests deserve the money?

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The Value In A Forest

To get a view of the Ormewood Forest in East Atlanta, a small group of neighbors head through a backyard to a chain link fence. There, at the forest’s border, a cloud of mosquitos rises up.

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The Atlanta City Council is considering a new strategy to encourage developers to build affordable housing: give them land for free – or almost free.

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To explain the logic behind the legislation, housing advocate Matthew Charles Cardinale pointed to the last time he was in Arkansas.

He was struck by the low rent of apartments — just $400 a month.

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