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Here is Your AM Rundown, with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed.
Here’s what to know for today:
- Atlanta’s entertainment industry is speaking out in opposition against proposed legislation that would threaten the city’s nightlife culture. Entrepreneur and rapper Michael “Killer Mike” Render stood in solidarity with nightclub owners at Atlanta City Hall on Monday to advocate for the growing list of “nuisance properties.” The city says it’s exploring ways to provide safety training and business ethics to owners, citing a disproportionate rate of criminal activity at these locations.
- Speaking of Mr. Render, Greenwood, the Black-owned digital banking service he co-founded with civil rights icon Andrew Young and Bounce TV founder Ryan Glover, just acquired The Gathering Spot. The national membership club, dedicated to providing unique experiences to minority professionals, has locations in Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. According to a statement from The Gathering Spot, the move will create the largest financial tech and community platform for Black communities and minorities.
- The Villages at East Lake are back. Thanks to a collaboration with the East Lake Foundation, Atlanta Housing Authority, Invest Atlanta, and Columbia Residential, the development reopened on Monday after extensive renovations. The 542-unit complex — built in the mid-1990s after the demolition of the East Lake Meadows public housing complex — now has new floors and exteriors and a fitness center.
- A $68 million property sale in south DeKalb County will bring more than 200 affordable homes to the area. The 12-acre vacant lot, purchased by Minnesota-based developer Dominium, will be the company’s 10th affordable housing project in Georgia.
ICYMI: After 14 years, Project Q Atlanta, the city’s introduction to a “hyper-local queer media diet” is taking a break. The media outlet dedicated to providing LGBTQ news, in-depth political coverage, culture, and entertainment stories, announced its hiatus. “When the time is right and circumstances change, you’ll see us again,” said Project Q editor and co-publisher Mike Fleming in a statement.
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