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Closer Look: Carl Lewis; Affordable Housing; And More

Feb 23, 2017
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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Boarded-up houses and kudzo covered houses are a common sight in the English Ave and Vine City communities
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 A new research paper is sounding the alarm over rising rents on Atlanta’s west side, where the BeltLine is slated for paving.

Dan Immergluck, professor of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech, wrote the paper. Its bottom line: Affordable housing on Atlanta’s west side should be established now, before land values and property taxes rise any higher.

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The storybook picture of life in the suburbs includes things like emerald lawns and a certain degree of affluence. In reality, 88 percent of the region’s poor live in Atlanta’s suburbs.

“I know where I’m supposed to be.”

Carole Williams wasn’t at all sure at first that she wanted to be part of this story.

“I didn't recognize that I was living in poverty until you called and said, ‘Oh, we're doing a story on that,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, you are, so what’d you call me for?’”

After saying this, Williams offers up a big congenial laugh.

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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.