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Earlier this month, the candidates in Atlanta’s mayoral race discussed a major issue the next mayor will have to address: housing.

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The event — held Sept. 6 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church — was sponsored by the City for All Housing Coalition and the Transformation Alliance.  The event was live-streamed, and the audio of the candidates used in this report came from that live stream.

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Irma damaged nearly 1,500 utility poles and knocked down more than 2,000 trees, according to Georgia Power. So why not bury more power lines, so the lights don't go out when a tree falls nearby?

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In short: It’s really expensive, and it’s not necessarily the best solution.

“The common thought is that if we bury the lines, then when we have storms like this, then we won't have outages,” said Craig Bell, a spokesman for Georgia Power.

Nine months after Iraqi forces drove ISIS from eastern Mosul, the east side's main street has come back to life. Wedding convoys decorated with ribbons and flowers honk their horns. Female drivers pull up in front of pastry shops and stalls piled high with fresh fruit.

Young men cruise by with car stereos tuned to upbeat music instead of ISIS radio and lectures on Islam. Signs advertise new pool halls and shisha lounges.

Bryan Mulligan, president of Applied Information, shows off how the semi-autonomous Tesla P100D navigates North Avenue.
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The city of Atlanta unveiled North Avenue as its first "Smart Corridor" on Thursday.

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The "Smart Corridor" is the first in the city to collect data from cars, bikes and pedestrians to adjust the traffic lights and send information back to people on the street.

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Before Tropical Storm Irma hit Atlanta full force last Monday, metal panels were already falling off 34 Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta.

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The 32-story office tower is sandwiched between Woodruff Park and Broad Street. And the top of it has metal panels protecting the building's mechanical equipment.

The Creative Group owns the building and David Barrett is the building manager. He said the owner wasn't aware of any issues with the panels until Sunday.

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