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Will This Black Cemetery Be a Part of South River Forest?

Plus, DeKalb libraries have cut out late book fees.

The concept for a more than 3,000-acre protected greenspace might include the historically Black South-View Cemetery, where notable figures such as John Lewis and Hank Aaron are buried. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

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Here’s what’s up in Atlanta today: 

  • South-View Cemetery could be included in a major greenspace project. The historically Black cemetery could become a part of the South River Forest concept. The potential development is backed by the Nature Conservancy and Atlanta Regional Commission, and includes a 3,500-acre expansion that would bring together greenspaces in parts of Atlanta and DeKalb County. Despite the building of “Cop City” within the forest, efforts to preserve the area are still continuing. 
  • Rest in power, “The Voice.” Mitch Faulkner, the local radio DJ, died on June 27. He was 64. Faulker was known for his work on several Atlanta radio stations, including  Kiss 104.1 and Jazz 91.9, as well as being  an inductee in the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. 
  • No more need to sweat over late fees at the library — if you’re in DeKalb County. All public libraries in the county have said goodbye to late fees, in the hopes of becoming more accessible and equitable to low-income residents. 
  • Speaking of equity, over in East Point, an old public housing building has a new lease on life. In affordable housing, Nelms House, which closed in 2004, and has been sitting vacant since, will now be Aya Tower and is set to open next year. Units in the revamped building will be available for people making around $30,000 to $40,0000 a year. 

ICYMI: Atlanta Community Food Bank is coming to Clayco. A new community food center will be opening in Jonesboro on Stockbridge Road. Dates have yet to be determined, but the center will function like a grocery store’s curbside service. 

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