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Neighborhoods on Atlanta’s Westside are changing. Mercedes-Benz Stadium construction is wrapping up; the BeltLine is coming. And what has been a blighted creek could eventually become an amenity. But some residents are concerned that efforts to fix Proctor Creek could eventually price them out.

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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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Some Atlantans needing help to pay rent will have a rare chance to sign up for housing assistance Wednesday.

The city's housing authority is re-opening its wait list for Section 8 vouchers for the first time in more than two years.

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However, for some low-income residents, like Athena Robinson, past experiences applying for the wait list have left them with low expectations.

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The city of Atlanta is set to put a big chunk of money toward affordable housing.

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On Monday, the Atlanta City Council voted to approve $40 million for housing programs. The city will borrow the money from Wall Street through bonds.

Council member Andre Dickens said the goal is to help people stay in the city.

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Mar 3, 2017
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Feb 23, 2017
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Housing prices near the BeltLine are rising faster than in the rest of Atlanta, according to a new study.

That probably comes as little surprise to anyone familiar with the popular path and the businesses and homes that spring up around it. But now, Dan Immergluck, a professor at the School of City and Regional planning at Georgia Tech, has quantified it.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed delivered his final State of the City address today.

The mayor trumpeted the economic gains Atlanta's made since he took office.

Among the different ways Atlanta's improved under his watch, the mayor listed a lower unemployment rate, a surge in construction permits and a better credit rating.

He said the city's grown its cash reserves by more than $100 million.

"Because of our efforts, Atlanta is in the strongest financial condition that it's been in in more than a generation,” Reed said.

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A battle over property deeds continues between Atlanta Public Schools and the city of Atlanta.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he's currently working to hand over one property deed to the school system. 

But according to APS board Chairman Courtney English, there's a problem. Not only does APS want all 44 deeds, but English says "the properties belong to us [APS]. So there's no question who owns the properties."

Reed doesn't deny that, but he says there's a reason the city's held onto the deeds.

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The BeltLine is putting more money into affordable housing. Its new budget, approved Thursday by Invest Atlanta, the city's economic development authority, includes $2.2 million for affordable housing. 

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The board of Invest Atlanta, the city's economic development arm, is voting on the BeltLine's 2017 budget Thursday morning. The $69 million budget includes plans for trail construction and affordable housing.

“Everything from Westside trail, to extension of the Eastside trail, to really some important additional things. As an example, we've been able to allocate additional dollars to affordable housing,” said John Somerholder, chairman of the board of Atlanta BeltLine Inc.

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  $40,092.12. That’s the amount you need to earn annually in order to afford a median-priced house in Atlanta, according to mortgage-tracker

That number’s up 5.79 percent in the 12-month period the company measured.

But economist Tom Smith with Emory’s Goizueta Business School says: this change is good. Or, more accurately, it’s neither good nor bad. It simply indicates the economy re-balancing itself after the recession.

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A new Atlanta law that tracks changes to affordable housing may be catching on nationally.

New Orleans and Pittsburgh are among the cities looking at adopting an ordinance similar to one that was first passed in Atlanta last fall. It requires city officials to quantify how many low-cost housing units would be lost or gained with a change in municipal policy.

Housing advocate Matthew Charles Cardinale said those reports, referred to as affordable housing impact statements, can help influence future city planning, and they can also be a resource for the public.

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Retired Marine Colonel Mike Boyce pulled off a political stunner Tuesday.

In a Republican primary runoff, Boyce ousted incumbent Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee. Because there is no Democrat on the ballot in November, Boyce will become the county's new commission chairman in January.

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Caroline Huftalen has lived in Atlanta for six years, in the Cabbagetown-Reynoldstown area, specifically. She’s a writer and the marketing director for Seven Stages, a nonprofit theater company in Little Five Points. And recently, she had to move.

Huftalen had been renting a 700-square-foot unit in a condo building for $975 in the neighborhood, but this summer, building officials reinstated a two-year renting rule, forcing her out. Huftalen says she quickly learned $1,000 for a one bedroom apartment or studio didn’t go as far as it did a few years ago.

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Atlanta lost nearly 5,000 low-cost rental units from 2010 to 2013, according to a new analysis released by a Georgia Tech professor.

The study, compiled by regional planning professor Dan Immergluck, says the metro area has been experiencing an apartment boom since the recession. As of March, there were 11,000 units under construction and another 9,000 proposed, according to cited research from Haddow and Co.