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The Lakewood neighborhood in southeast Atlanta fits most descriptions of a food desert. The closest grocery stores are two, three miles away.

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But now the residents there are getting a new place to find fresh produce: the city’s first official food forest.

On a recent afternoon, Atlanta’s urban agriculture director Mario Cambardella showed off the 7-acre greenspace off Browns Mill Road.

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Gov. Nathan Deal flew around the state Thursday to see the impact of Irma firsthand.

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He visited parts of northeast Georgia and the coast, two of the areas hit hardest by the storm. He noted the number of downed trees and the power lines that came down with them.

He said there's no estimate for when power in the state will be back on for everyone.

"The volume of the downed power lines is just so huge that it’s going to take a while to get everybody restored,” Deal said.

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Some rapidly changing parts of Atlanta may see more affordable housing. That’s according to two pieces of legislation introduced to the City Council.

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The ordinances would bring inclusionary zoning both to the neighborhoods near Mercedes-Benz Stadium and around the Atlanta BeltLine.

That would mean developers would be required to include affordable housing when they build apartments with more than 10 units there.

Mayor Kasim Reed has given United Consulting until this upcoming Monday evening to make a decision.
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Atlanta has a new strategy to fight displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods — this time, targeting renters.

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Overall, renters present a challenge for Atlanta. Unlike other cities, it can't impose rent control. That's not allowed in the state of Georgia.

So Mayor Kasim Reed said Wednesday that the city has come up with a different idea.

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When it comes to the falling rate of homeownership, the discussion usually focuses on millennials.

But in metro Atlanta, the number of African Americans buying homes dropped by half between 2005 and 2015, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

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And that decline isn’t only because of changing lifestyles.

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