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Meet Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Kwanza Hall

Sep 25, 2017
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In the lead-up to the Nov. 7 election of Atlanta’s next mayor, “Closer Look with Rose Scott” will feature 20-minute conversations with the candidates in the race. Scott interviewed Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall on Sept. 20.

 

Kwanza Hall has been a member of Atlanta’s City Council for more than a decade — representing, what he calls “the heart of the city,” including Midtown, Downtown, Emmett Park, Candler Park, Old Fourth Ward and others.

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At the beginning of 2017, Erika Shields became Atlanta's new police chief.  In her first three months on the job, she has emphasized that preventing violent crime is her priority.  Shields now leads a force where she has spent 22 years -- in jobs from beat patrols, to vice enforcement, to internal affairs, to deputy chief.

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Shields talked about her career, and her priorities, in a wide-ranging conversation with Denis O'Hayer on "Morning Edition."

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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

New Legislation Could Bring Tiny Houses To Atlanta

Mar 10, 2017
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

Tiny houses are gaining popularity across the country in cities like Seattle, San Francisco and New York.

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In Atlanta, current zoning laws prohibit tiny houses. A new proposed piece of legislation could change that fact.

Tiny homes are usually 750 square feet or less. To some, they are the perfect solution for affordable and sustainable housing in urban areas.

But others fear tiny homes would bring down the property values of bigger homes next to them.

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The Atlanta City Council  on Tuesday did not approve proposed legislation that would have tightened restrictions on new recording studios.

The ordinance was introduced by Council member Felicia Moore. She said she's received complaints about noise coming from recording studios in her district and too many cars parked outside.

The ordinance would have required all new recording studios to obtain a special use permit and be 300 feet or farther from residential areas.

But her plan failed. She was the only council member who voted for it.

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