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Jack and Michelle Welch with their dog outside the Kirkwood Public House for lunch. They said they have been eating out because they have been without power since Monday and threw out everything in their fridge on Tuesday night.
Tasnim Shamma / WABE

More than 170,000 homes and businesses in the 10-county metro Atlanta area were still without power Wednesday afternoon, according to Georgia Power and Georgia EMC outage maps. 

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Outside the Taproom Coffee shop on Hosea Williams Drive, Brittany Fiscus-van Rossum rocked her newborn, Emilia, back and forth in her lap.

Stephannie Stokes / WABE

Atlanta is sometimes called a “city in a forest.” Nearly 50 percent of the city is covered in trees, according to a 2014 study from Georgia Tech, making Atlanta’s canopy the densest among all cities that have measured their tree coverage.

But lately some worry this common resource could be in jeopardy ─ especially in neighborhoods where real estate’s in high demand.

Development Uprooting Trees

Driving around Atlanta, the man working to preserve the city’s trees starts to sound like the grim reaper.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Courtesy of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

In Atlanta, we have beer festivals. We have food festivals. We have a festival devoted to chili and another to ice cream. There’s even one dedicated entirely to wheelbarrows. (We’re looking at you, Reynoldstown.)

But two burning questions remain. What lies behind Atlanta’s romance with popsicles and face paint? And is all that funnel cake really good for a neighborhood?