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The downtown skyline in Atlanta, Monday, June 25, 2018.
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On this special edition of Political Rewind, gentrification in Georgia. How does it impact the state and what does it mean?


Atlanta's public transit agency has laid out a preliminary timeline for new construction projects that puts off some highly anticipated items to 2035 and later, a newspaper reported.

The plan by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority calls for launching two bus rapid transit lines and making other bus improvement by 2025, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this week. Construction would also start in the coming years on a streetcar extension.

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The Atlanta BeltLine is the city’s ambitious urban redevelopment project that, when finished, will encompass more than 22 miles of trails in a ring around Atlanta.

On parts of the BeltLine that are already opened, developers have brought more than four billion dollars of private investment in shopping, dining, office and living spaces.  

Dwayne Vaughn is the BeltLine’s new Vice President of Housing Policy and Development. It’s his job to make sure it stays accessible to Atlantans of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Georgia Anti-Defamation League reports a 262 percent increase in expressions of anti-semitic sentiments from 2015 to last year. We look at what’s behind the uptick, and the role of educators in talking about this hateful activity in the classroom.

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Atlanta’s BeltLine winds through the city’s different neighborhoods for miles. Along the way, it’s populated by cyclists, walkers, and runners. They are all exposed to public art displays and live music. On Second Thought producer Maura Currie shares an audio postcard of the sights and sounds of the BeltLine. 

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Last month, Atlanta became the first Georgia city to adopt inclusionary zoning ordinances. This requires developers to reserve housing for low income Atlantans around the Beltline and Mercedes Benz stadium. Is this a step in right direction for creating more affordable housing?


In 2015, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reported that nearly 20 percent of the world’s food is grown on urban farms.

Georgia has long been known as an agricultural power in rural areas.


But now, metro Atlanta is seeing more efforts to grow food inside city limits.

Chuck Meadows is one of the people behind this push.  

Canine Cellmates



Over the summer, bikers, walkers and runners were treated to some art as they enjoyed Atlanta’s Beltine.  

Included in the display was a group of photos of black men incarcerated at the Fulton County jail.

The four photos feature men in their prison jumpsuits posing with dogs that they trained as part of the Canine Cellmates program.

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Atlanta’s demographics are in flux, and city neighborhoods are following suit. A new study from Georgia State University took a comprehensive look at the last 45 years in the Atlanta metro area. It found the city is more diverse, more educated and wealthier than ever. That sounds like good news. The bad news is, the city has lost five percent of its affordable housing units every single year since 2012.

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On this edition of “Two Way Street” our guest is author Mark Pendergrast. We’ll discuss his book “City on the Verge: Atlanta and the Fight for America’s Urban Future,” in which he documents the ongoing transformation of the city of Atlanta.

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The Atlanta Beltline was originally the master's thesis of Georgia Tech student Ryan Gravel in 1999. Now a pivotal landmark of the city's infrastructure, the Beltline has become a source of some controversy. Gravel stepped away from the Atlanta Beltline Partnership in September. He joins us to talk about his concerns, and what the trail leaders can do to get back on track.

Right now, lawyers for Florida and Georgia are in court over a decades-long legal battle over water rights. The U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately decide the case but that won’t mean an end to the fight. However, it could result in a cap on how much water farmers in southwest Georgia can pull from the state’s Flint River. GPB’s Sam Whitehead reports on how some farmers in that community are getting creative with water conservation. Then, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Dan Chapman gives us an update on the fight over water rights. 

The man behind Atlanta’s BeltLine will no longer be directly involved with its management.

Ryan Gravel conceived the BeltLine project more than fifteen years ago as part of his Georgia Tech Master’s thesis. Stringing together four different rail lines that encircle the city, Gravel’s project aims to connect disparate parts of Atlanta, to introduce green space and exercise areas, and ultimately to improve the quality of life for the city’s denizens.

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On a recent a sunny afternoon, the Atlanta Beltline was packed with joggers, dog-walkers, cyclists and...Beltline volunteers.

Why? It’s all part of an etiquette campaign aimed at keeping everyone on the trail safe. Jessica Davis is one of the volunteers.

“I think a lot of people have a lot to learn when walking the trail since it is fairly new," said Davis. "I think that the campaigns make sure that people know and are aware of the rules and how to stay safe.”

Atlanta urban designer and Chamblee native Ryan Gravel has a way for Georgia communities to solve their transportation problems and create more sustainable, livable places to live.

Gravel's new book "Where We Want to Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities” explores the process of reviving abandoned railroad tracks, degraded waterways and obsolete roadways. 

And when it comes to re-purposing old infrastructure, Gravel is one of the world's leading thinkers.