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Dickens Wants to Curb Home Investor Buying Spree

Your AM Rundown: Plus, Atlanta’s answer to a string of high temperatures? A cooling center.

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens wants to stop investors who have been driving up housing prices in the city. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

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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’s up in Atlanta today: 

  • Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens is putting his two cents in on the decrease in the city’s affordable housing. Eagle-eyed investors have been scooping up homes on the market left and right, driving up the prices, and Dickens wants it to stop. He says restrictions on the investors are needed. The current average Atlanta house price — $456,000 — agrees. 
  • One Peoplestown resident’s home will live to see another day. On Monday, an eviction hearing for Tanya Washington Hicks’ house on a historically Black block of the neighborhood was postponed indefinitely. Our political reporter Chauncey Alcorn was there when it went down. 
  • Say it ain’t so! Another case of monkeypox has been confirmed in Georgia, making it the second one found statewide so far. 
  • Housing is clearly on everyone’s minds. This week, a bill being dubbed a “Tenant’s Bill of Rights” was read for the second time, after first being introduced by Atlanta City Council member Byron Amos last week. If passed, it would give renters more protection against things like evictions and rising rent. 
  • What does it take to build a town from the ground up? Capital B Atlanta’s editor-at-large Jewel Wicker explores the establishment, mission, and vision of Freedom, Georgia — a Black community in the making.

ICYMI: We don’t call it “Hotlanta,” but a few days into this heat wave and we’re running out of adjectives to describe the potentially record high temps. So, if you need a place to cool down and calm your nerves, the city’s opened up a cooling center at the Old MLK Natatorium that will run until Friday. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. 

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