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  • Growing consumer sentiment calls for end to predatory loans targeting Blacks + People of Color

    Last October during the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic and its rippling economic downturns, a key federal financial regulator adopted a rule that blesses the “rent-a-bank” scheme where predatory lenders partner with banks to evade state interest rate limits.

  • Peachtree Shared Space study begins with expanded sidewalks between Baker and Ellis streets

    The City of Atlanta Department of City Planning is launching a demonstration project for the Peachtree Shared Space Study today, June 22, encouraging walking, biking and transit as the primary modes of transportation, while allowing cars to drive through at slow speeds. Phase 1 of the demonstration project will be implemented on Peachtree Street between Baker Street and Ellis Street. Additional space will be created for pedestrians by using paint striping, planters and wheel stops, as well as creating a new mid-block crossing at Peachtree Center. “The demonstration project will allow us to give space back to people, rather than focus solely on vehicles, and fulfill a need for more public spaces in our city,” said Commissioner of City Planning Tim Keane. “As we experience a new wave of growth, we need Peachtree Street, and all of our public spaces, to be recreated as exceptionally designed places for all people every day.” The study builds on an initial idea developed by the Atlanta City Studio in 2018. While designs for shared spaces vary, they are typically curbless and include features like special pavement, minimized road markings and signage, pedestrian-only comfort zones near buildings, mixed zones for all modes in the center and integrated gathering spaces. Many other global cities have implemented shared space designs for their signature streets, including Exhibition Road in London and Bell Street in Seattle. More information about shared spaces is available on the project website. The phasing of the demonstration project and use of temporary materials will allow elements of the shared space design to be tested and refined before permanent changes go in place. Data will be collected before, during and after the installation of the demonstration project, and community members are encouraged to provide feedback through an online survey. “This is just the beginning of a cultural shift of how we use public space in the city. We want to test it to make tweaks along the way, so we can create a space that embodies the culture of our city and a beautiful experience for all of the users of this space,” said Monique Forte, the Department of City Planning’s project manager for this study. The post Peachtree Shared Space study begins with expanded sidewalks between Baker and Ellis streets appeared first on Atlanta Intown.

  • Atlanta startup Flock Safety expands Westside office during explosive growth

    Neighborhood watch startup Flock Safety is expanding its Atlanta headquarters amid a local crime spike that increased demand for its cameras. Flock Safety produces solar-powered cameras and surveillance equipment that reads license plates and vehicle characteristics. After a crime has been committed, law enforcement or a neighborhood group could pull footage from a specific time or place to use as evidence. The cameras are connected to the FBI’s network, so it can also ping local police when…

  • Choo Choo All the Way to Kennesaw

    From trains to shopping to a sought-after university, Kennesaw has plenty to offer its residents and visitors. Its history dates back to the 1830s when the Georgia Legislature constructed a railroad through Cobb County. Known as the Western and Atlantic Railroad, the track ran from Atlanta to Cartersville. Kennesaw grew in the 1850s and became home to a depot, eating house and workers’ shanties. Then, in the 1860s, the Civil War affected the area. Kennesaw became a training camp for soldiers, with most living in tents. Notoriety came when the locomotive, The General, was stolen by Yankee spies led by James J. Andrews. The group stole The General in order to head north and destroy the Western and Atlantic Railroad, which served as a vital part in communication and transportation in the South. However, William A. Fuller, the conductor, and his men chased The General on foot and then on another locomotive, Texas. Learn more about The General in this Radio Podcast. Though this southern feat is still celebrated today as the Great Locomotive Chase, Kennesaw fell to Sherman’s troops in June of 1864. During his famous March to the Sea, the union commander ordered that the Western and Atlantic Railroad be destroyed from Kennesaw to the Chattahoochee River. Since then, Kennesaw was incorporated, rebuilt the railroad, grew cotton, suffered from the boll weevil and has grown into a prosperous city. Demographics According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Homefinder, Kennesaw is home to 50,687 people. Most own their homes, with a median home sale price of $169,500. For those looking to buy, Trulia has over 176 homes for sale. These homes range in price from $279,900 to $2,000,000. For those interested in renting, the site lists 49 rentals. Prices range from $1,200 to $4,500 a month. Amongst the population, about 40 percent are family households. Because Kennesaw is listed as on the nation’s “10 best towns for families” by Family Circle magazine, this percentage comes to no surprise. Schools in the area include Kennesaw Elementary, Bullard Elementary, Awtrey Middle, Palmer Middle, Harrison High, North Cobb High, Kennesaw Mountain High and Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy. Additionally, Kennesaw State University provides an excellent education for college students. As one of the fastest growing schools in the university system, Kennesaw State University is Northwest Georgia’s major university. Cheering on the school’s soccer, basketball, baseball and soon-to-be football teams are a popular activity in the area. Other activities include: Shopping and Dining •    Trackside Grill. Family owned and a Kennesaw favorite, Trackside Grill features classic comfort and southern American cuisine. Menu items include stuffed French toast, blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict, crab hash, fried green tomatoes, fried pickles, shrimp and grits, chicken pot pie, catfish, turkey, cornbread stuffing and pizza. •    Town Center Mall. With over 175 stores, Town Center at Cobb is northwest Atlanta’s main shopping destination. The mall directory includes Macy’s, Sephora, H&M, bebe, The Limited, Express, Coach, Disney Store, Champs Sports, Brookstone and Build-a-Bear Workshop. •    Capers. Blending flavorful American food with a Mediterranean atmosphere, the restaurant serves tons of enticing dishes. Menu items include chicken and waffles, catfish over grits, fire roasted mushrooms, catfish, spinach artichoke rolls, crispy brick duck, stuffed chicken, baby back ribs, sautéed trout, brie salad, homemade bruschetta, Butterfinger cheesecake, toasted strawberry poundcake. Entertainment and Recreation •    Swift-Cantrell Park. Serving as a premier location for recreation and relaxation, the park features 42 acres, two playgrounds, a dog park, skate spot, three picnic pavilions, two restroom buildings, trails, drinking fountains and acres of turf for sports. •    Farmer’s Market. Operating from May through October, the market is held at the Adams Park soccer field parking lot at 2753 Watts Dr. It features locally grown produce, fresh baked breads and desserts, homemade jams, jellies, salsa, house plants and specialty goods. The market is opened every Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Historical Attractions •    The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. An affiliate of the Smithsonian, the Southern Museum features three impressive permanent collections and a wide range of exhibits. Visitors will learn about the daily lives of soldiers during the Civil War, see a reproduction of a turn-of-the-century locomotive factory and watch an exciting depiction of the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase. •    Smith-Gilbert Gardens. These gardens of exotic and unusual plants surround the Hiram Butler House. Built in 1882, the house is on the National Register of Historic Homes. The gardens also include koi ponds, shaded picnic area and Tea House. •    Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. The park preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta campaign and also contains Kennesaw Mountain. Visitors can see three battlefield areas, tour a farm house and learn more about the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Though you won’t have to ride a train into town these days, visit Kennesaw to discover all that it has to offer. The post Choo Choo All the Way to Kennesaw appeared first on Atlanta Real Estate Forum.

  • GA Tech Spring Honor Rolls Announced For Paulding County Students -

    GA Tech Spring Honor Rolls Announced For Paulding County Students