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Why More Black People Are Showing Up for Atlanta NPU Meetings

Lynette Grant didn’t know developers were building a new apartment complex in her community before attending the latest Neighborhood Planning Unit meeting Wednesday night. Grant was one of about 30 resident members of NPU-R who participated in the most recent monthly Zoom call to weigh in on issues happening in their predominantly Black, southwest Atlanta […]

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What Did Mayor Andre Dickens Say? Read Our State of the City Breakdown.

In case you missed it, Mayor Andre Dickens delivered his second State of the City address on Tuesday. Dickens spoke for just over half an hour, touching on everything from youth engagement programs and affordable housing to reiterating his support for the public safety training facility known as “Cop City.” “Today, I can tell you […]

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We Asked All 16 Members of the Atlanta City Council About ‘Cop City.’ Two Responded.

Land clearing is underway in the South River Forest where Atlanta is set to build its new public safety training center, nicknamed “Cop City.” As the community continues to debate the need for the facility, Atlanta City Council members have remained tight-lipped on the issue.  Back on Sept. 8, 2021, the council voted 10-4 in […]

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Black Folks Share Their Concerns Ahead of Dickens’ State of the City Address

When Mayor Andre Dickens steps to the podium to deliver his State of the City address, residents like Vanessa Turner hope he’ll talk about his administration’s progress on addressing crime and public safety. The 69-year-old retail sales clerk lives in the Wheat Street Towers retirement community, located in the city’s Sweet Auburn neighborhood. She keeps […]

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Deadly ‘Cop City’ Shooting Divides Residents, Activists, and Law Enforcement

Marcus Hunter bought a home near South River Forest in 2013. The IT consultant said he and many of his neighbors have become numb to hearing about the conflicts between protesters and law enforcement officers at the future site of a massive public safety training facility, dubbed “Cop City” by activists.  “Everybody kinda saw it […]