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The Beltline and Affordable Housing

This month’s issue of Next American City has a great article on Atlanta’s Beltline project, a 22-mile loop of parks, trails, transit and medium-density, mixed-use development encircling Atlanta’s urban core. Usual write-ups about the Beltline talk of the transformation potential of the parks, transit and trails of the project. This one goes a bit deeper and covers an issue that can make the project less of a success in the long-run: rising property values can make the adjacent areas unaffordable for many. The article describes how the city and community leaders have tried to resolve this issue through dedicating funds towards an affordable housing trust fund for use in the area. Anyone interested in the relationship of parks, affordable housing and urban revitalization would be interested in reading the whole article.

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