The city wants to tear down 18 homes that are often flooded along Atlanta Avenue and Ormond Street in the Peoplestown neighborhood. According to a report from CBS46, the city wants to create a park and retention ponds to help with drainage, but many homeowners say they don’t want to move. Residents have come together to fight and keep their homes, including 93-year-old Maddie Jackson “I don’t understand how y’all could make me leave where I stay. That’s my home and I’ve been there my whole life and I want you to tell me why I got to go,” Jackson told said during a recent meeting of the city’s urban design commission.
The Atlanta BeltLine has hired Clyde Higgs as its new vice president and chief operating officer. Higgs joins the BeltLine from his most recent position as executive vice president of operations development for the North Carolina Research Campus, an initiative of real estate developer Castle & Cooke using science and technology as the platform to redevelop and reinvigorate Kannapolis, North Carolina, a former textile town. Higgs replaces Lisa Gordon who was recently appointed as president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Atlanta.
The first restaurants are now open in Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The list includes Hop’s Chicken, H&F Burger, coffee kiosk Spiller Park Coffee, olive oil purveyor Strippaggio, Korean concept Simply Seoul, Prohibition inspired cocktail shop 18.21 Bitters, and European café Farm to Ladle.