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First Slice 10/9/15: Turner Field developments may offer affordable housing – or maybe not

Interesting caveats in the city's Request for Proposals for Turner Field projects, plus more news.

There are some interesting caveats in the city's Request for Proposals released last week for Turner Field redevelopment projects. Though the RFP does call for 10% of residential units to be affordable, it does does not specify how much new housing developers should build. And even if some new homes do become available, they may not be attainable for people who already live or work in the area. The maximum price will be determined by median income for all of metro Atlanta, which is $11,000 higher than the median income in the City of Atlanta.
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?The committee of lawmakers studying short-term vacation rentals in Georgia is hearing from state officials, hoteliers, and lobbyists on both side of the issue. So far, it seems consumers have not had much to say about the potential regulation of Airbnb and other short-term rental solutions.
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?Atlanta magazine gets to know MARTA's hero Keith Parker a little better.
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?In the wake of a drinking water shortage in South Carolina, Atlanta leaders are taking steps to make sure the city has a 30-day backup water supply in case of emergency. The reservoir will be part of the Bellwood Quarry project and is slated for completion in 2020.
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?Gerod Roth, the Atlanta man in that racist Facebook post, wants everyone to know the screenshot was "manipulated" and he's actually "a very nice guy," okay?
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?Heading to Pride this weekend? Keep an eye out for Hawks players and Nzinga Shaw, the team's Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. They'll be at the parade passing out some sweet, limited edition shirts reading "True comes in all colors."



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