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These Three Major Metro Counties Saw Population Decreases

Your AM Rundown: Plus, Capital B’s Black maternal health event is this week!

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New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the population in Fulton, DeKalb, and Clayton counties declined during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tetra Images/Getty Images)

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Here’s what to know for today: 

  • For the first time in more than decade, Fulton, DeKalb, and Clayton counties all saw their populations decrease. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the pandemic and housing affordability led to a loss of nearly 10,000 residents in the three counties between 2020 and 2021.
  • Atlanta Public Schools is hosting a public hearing to address the proposed closure of Thomasville Heights Elementary School in southeast Atlanta. The district announced in February that the closure was a direct result of the condemnation of nearby Forest Cove Apartments where 75% of the school’s students lived. The meeting will be held at APS headquarters on Trinity Avenue downtown today at 6 p.m.
  • The race for the City of Stonecrest’s new mayor is underway. Three of the four mayoral candidates, Diane Adoma, Michael Fayoyin and Kirby Frazier, hosted a press conference last week where they accused their opponent, Jazzmin Cobble, of using her role as a former city council member to an unfair advantage. Cobble resigned from her city council seat in early March to enter the mayoral race. 
  • Residents of South Fulton are feeling unheard after city council members got rid of the chat option during virtual meetings. The City of South Fulton said it eliminated the chat to reduce the spread of misinformation. An emergency meeting has been called to discuss virtual public comment issues. As of now, residents can submit comments through an online forum on the city’s website.

ICYMI:  We are officially three days away from our next live event, The State of Black Maternal Health. The virtual event is set for Thursday, April 14, at 1 p.m. ET, and will feature conversations on some of the most important topics related to maternal and reproductive health disparities. Register here.

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