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Mayor Reed Refuses to Budge on Peoplestown Demolitions for Remaining Two Families

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(APN) ATLANTA — Mayor Kasim Reed remains determined to force Peoplestown residents out of their homes in order to build a stormwater detention pond and park.   On December 01, 2015, homeowners who have been fighting to save their houses from demolition convened at City Hall for meetings with the Mayor that were scheduled after a sit-in at his office […]

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Peoplestown Homeowners Get Meetings with Mayor Reed after Holding Sit-In

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(APN) ATLANTA — Residents fighting to save their homes in Peoplestown held a sit-in at City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office on November 04, 2015.  As a result of their action, they have a series of back-to-back meetings scheduled with Mayor Reed for December 01, 2015.   As Atlanta Progressive News previously has reported, Tanya Washington, and Robert and […]

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Atlanta Council Committee Approves Housing Ordinance Drafted By APN Editor


(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta is one step closer to adopting a tool to measure how the City Council’s public policy decisions affect the City’s affordable housing stock.   On Monday, November 09, 2015 the Community Development/Human Resources Committee (CD/HR) unanimously approved an ordinance that requires the City’s Office of Housing to prepare Affordable Housing Impact Statements for […]

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Peoplestown Residents Camp at City Hall To Save Their Homes

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(APN) ATLANTA — Residents of Peoplestown who are fighting to save their homes camped out at City Hall with supporters on October 22, 2015.   They are neighbors of Mattie Jackson, 93, a community leader whose home was facing demolition to make way for a park and water retention pond conceived by the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management as a […]

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What We’re Reading – Thursday, October 22, 2015

Pls click on full post to access links.   Analysis: Atlanta’s Low-cost Rentals are Disappearing WABE radio http://news.wabe.org/post/analysis-atlantas-low-cost-rentals-are-disappearing   Georgia Lawmakers to Push Medicaid Expansion in General Assembly Ledger-Enquirer newspaper (Columbus, Georgia) http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article40808826.html   Johnny Isakson Drawn a Libertarian Challenger Political Insider blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2015/10/07/johnny-isakson-draws-a-libertarian-challenger/   Governor on Casinos in Georgia: Don’t bet on it Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription) http://www.myajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/governor-on-casinos-in-georgia-dont-bet-on-it/nny28/ […]

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Victory as Mayor Reed Declares Mattie Jackson Can Stay in her Home

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.  Photograph (screenshot) courtesy of Joyce Dorsey.   (APN) ATLANTA — Community leader Mattie Jackson, 93, will not be forced out of her home. Mayor Kasim Reed made that promise to Jackson and her supporters in a meeting earlier today, on October 08, 2015.   In September 2015, Atlanta Progressive News broke the story […]

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Al Bartell to Challenge Atlanta Councilman Michael Julian Bond in 2017

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(APN) ATLANTA — Perennial candidate Al Bartell has announced he will be running for the Atlanta City Council Post 1 at-large seat, currently held by Michael Julian Bond.   Bartell has previously run for City Council President in 2009, but says he had to drop out of the race due to medical issues he was experiencing.  He also previously ran […]

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Peoplestown Residents Plea to Atlanta Council for Help

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(APN) ATLANTA — “This is my home,” Tanya Washington, Peoplestown-Summerhill resident, told the Atlanta City Council during the public comment portion of the Monday, September 21, 2015 Full Council Meeting.   Washington, along with 27 other residents, are the target of plans by the City of Atlanta to demolish their homes and replace them with a series of “Japanese garden” […]

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Mattie Jackson, Neighbors Vow to Stay, as UDC Adopts Findings

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday, September 09, 2015 the Department of Watershed Management petitioned the Urban Design Commission for the demolition of homes, including seven they do not currently own or have under contract.   Over thirty members of the public, including four current residents, showed up and voiced their opposition to […]

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What We’re Reading – Wednesday, September 16, 2015

To access links, pls click on full post.   Affordable Housing Impact Statements Could Guide Policy in Atlanta Saporta Report (op-ed by Matthew Charles Cardinale, APN News Editor) http://saportareport.com/affordable-housing-impact-statements-could-guide-policy-in-atlanta/   Nathan Deal as Religious Liberty Peacemaker -We Shall All See Political Insider blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2015/09/02/nathan-deal-as-religious-liberty-peacemaker-we-shall-see/   Georgia Equality Launches Video Series Highlighting Workplace Discrimination of LGBT Georgians Georgia Voice […]

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What We’re Reading – Saturday, September 12, 2015

What We’re Reading – Saturday, September 15, 2015   Zoning Attorney to Brookhaven Officials: Want to Play Let’s Make a Deal? Brookhaven Post http://brookhavenpost.co/zoning-attorney-to-brookhaven-officials-want-to-play-lets-make-a-deal/33207/   FOCUS: Gwinnett Citizens Want Transportation Options Gwinnett Forum http://www.gwinnettforum.com/2015/09/focus-transportation-options/   Petition: End the Two Party Monopoly in Georgia Libertarian Party of Georgia http://pages.lpgeorgia.com/ballot_access_petition_facebook/   Going Bolling: City Commission Appoints Nonprofit Founder to Fill Vacancy Decaturish […]

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What We’re Reading – Thursday, September 10, 2015

To access links, click on full post.   Save Mattie Jackson’s Home, Entire Peoplestown Block Facebook Event page https://www.facebook.com/events/115892555431365/   Stand with 93 year old Mattie Jackson Community Hero Petition – Occupy Our Homes http://start2.occupyourhomes.org/petitions/stand-with-93-yr-old-mattie-jackson-community-hero   Georgia Ranks #2 for Growth in Solar Capacity Since 2012 Saporta Report http://saportareport.com/georgia-ranks-no-2-for-growth-in-solar-capacity-since-2012-new-report-shows/   Atlanta to Hire Urban Agriculture Director Atlanta Business Chronicle http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/blog/capitol_vision/2015/09/atlanta-to-hire-urban-agriculture-director.html […]

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Emergency Vigil for Mattie Jackson, Peoplestown Block Held; Demolition Hearing Today

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(APN) ATLANTA — One dozen supporters gathered for a press conference and vigil to save ninety-three year old Mattie Jackson’s home on Tuesday, September 08, 2015.   The family coordinated the event with Occupy Our Homes Atlanta.   Currently, her neighborhood in Summerhill-Peoplestown is slated to be turned into a series of stormwater retention ponds.   “It is very sad […]

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City of Atlanta Threatens Mattie Jackson, 93; Whole Peoplestown Block With Eminent Domain

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(APN) ATLANTA — One of Atlanta’s most revered community leaders–Mattie Jackson, 93–is in danger of losing her home to eminent domain as the City moves forward with plans to bulldoze two city blocks in Summerhill-Peoplestown in order to install stormwater detention ponds.   The stretches of Ormond Street and Atlanta Ave. in question were part of the Summerhill neighborhood until […]

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