More housing won’t solve gentrification, but low housing makes it worse

Increase in housing supply is not a silver-bullet answer for displacement, but let’s not dismiss it as a means of addressing specific price increases. Last month I had the privilege of representing ThreadATL on a panel discussion about gentrification in Atlanta, hosted by the Center for Civic Innovation. The event was called “Who is Atlanta Building For?” — it drew…

Public funding for two levels of parking next to Five Points MARTA

Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s funding arm, has voted this week to contribute funding for an apartment development with two levels of parking deck next to Five Points MARTA, where no parking requirements exist. And they did so without required neighborhood notification. If you haven’t seen this proposed apartment building for Underground Atlanta or…

Protected bike lane removed, replaced with parking in Atlanta

In the past week, locals have been shaken by news that a section of a bike lane  recently installed in southwest Atlanta — and funded in part by a grant — was suddenly removed and replaced with parking spaces. And that it happened without the required City Council authorization. In 2015, outdoor-retailer REI donated a…

Could Atlanta fund affordable housing near transit with a parking tax?

As was recently reported in StreetsBlog, Nathaniel Smith of the Partnership for Southern Equity is leading a campaign to have MARTA funding diverted to housing. He wants to see  5 percent of the money that MARTA is taking in from the new City of Atlanta sales tax get diverted to a fund for affordable housing near transit…