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Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress

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This is a newsmagazine featuring the key stories of the day that are relevant to you.  It’s a community forum for and about metro Atlanta. Hosts Rose Scott and Jim Burress know the ins and outs of covering news important around Atlanta.

They’ll lead discussions on the issues that impact where we live. WABE’s news team is going into metro Atlanta neighborhoods to provide context, storytelling and a sense of place. You’ll hear not only from the biggest newsmakers, but also from folks who don’t often get a voice.

"Closer Look" features a mix of local national and international stories and interviews. It’s an interactive space to share ideas and dig deeper into issues. It’s not just about Atlanta; it’s a program for Atlanta.

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Ryan Gravel discusses the current state and possible future for the Atlanta Beltline, as well as how it is helping to change and shape the view of the city, locally and abroad.
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Last year Ryan Gravel, the visionary behind the BeltLine, made headlines when he resigned from the board of the BeltLine partnership.

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At the time, Gravel cited concerns over housing costs as a motivation for his resignation. 

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Fewer than 1,000 affordable housing units were created along the BeltLine as of February of this year. That's according to a report released earlier this year which studied home price trends in the area.

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Dan Immergluck, a researcher at Georgia Tech, co-authored the study. While he focused on home prices, rising costs along the BeltLine have also affected renters.

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When construction on the BeltLine began, the city of Atlanta mandated that 5,600 affordable housing units be created over the life of the program.

So far, fewer than 1,000 units have been created. That's according to a study published earlier this year which looked at home price trends near the BeltLine from 2011 to 2015.

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Located in Midtown, 10th & Juniper is one of 13 public housing assisted residential properties owned and operated by the Atlanta Housing Authority. Eleven of those 13 properties are senior high-rise communities and the other two are small family communities. 

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In January the Atlanta Board of Education announced a task force that would focus on affordable housing. Their purpose? To explore the possibility of re-purposing surplus APS facilities into affordable housing units. 

The task force is made up of both business and community leaders. To find out more about their mission, "Closer Look" hosts Rose Scott and Jim Burress spoke to Nathaniel Smith, chairman of the Affordable Housing task force. He's also the founder and chief equity officer for the Atlanta based, nonprofit the Partnership for Southern Equity.

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Renters will pay $975 to $1,050 for a Gwinnett County two-bedroom apartment with a pool, $1,100 for a Buckhead one-bedroom apartment with a workout facility, and $1,100 to $1,200 for a two-bedroom apartment for students near the Emory campus.

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This is what the rental market looks like here in Atlanta, according to John Parent, the manager of the PROMOVE location on North Druid Hills Road.

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For the past two decades, Anne (who chose not to give her last name because she fears retribution from her landlord) has lived in the same two-bedroom apartment in Buckhead. It's a brick building just off of Peachtree Street. In 1995, Anne began renting her apartment for just $600 per month. Now, 22 years later, her rent has increased and she is concerned about her ability to stay there.

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