Following a highly contentious gubernatorial race, Governor-elect Brian Kemp is working to mend fences with Atlanta Democrats at City Hall. On Wednesday he made the short walk down to the office of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to establish a good working relationship, something that Governor Nathan Deal and former Mayor Kasim Reed once enjoyed. Kemp and Bottoms sparred during campaign season, but their efforts to get along to help advance Atlanta, and thus the state as a whole, have their ships RISING…
The Atlanta City Council this week submitted a request to the state legislature asking them to repeal the state’s prohibition on rent controls. Citing rising housing costs, the Atlanta officials hope that allowing for rent control might lead to more affordable housing within city limits. However, 81% of economists agree that rent control is a bad policy, one that decreases stock of rental units, driving the average price up not down, and actually further fuels gentrification rather than limiting it. With a legislature that figures to be very reluctant to institute such a policy, the bid for rent control in Atlanta is SINKING…
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