South Atlanta leaders talk housing, public safety and supporting small businesses

From left to to right: Jeff Delp, the director of economic development at Focused Community Strategies, District 1 Councilmember Jason Winston and "Closer Look" show host Rose Scott talk at Community Grounds Coffee Shop about South Atlanta’s most pressing issues. (Photo by Mely Garcia-Rodriguez)

Community leaders in South Atlanta are working to make sure legacy residents thrive as their neighborhoods prepare for growth and development.

In the coming years, South Atlanta’s growth is expected to undergo a facelift through affordable housing projects and the creation of more transportation options through MARTA’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the expansion of the Atlanta Beltline.

Coffee Conversations

South Atlanta Coffee Conversations

Closer Look host Rose Scott heads to local Atlanta coffee shops to broadcast live, in-depth conversations with members of the community. This episode is broadcast from Community Grounds Café in South Atlanta.

The series is brought to you by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and features civic leaders and community members talking about the matters that matter most to Atlanta.

On Thursday, after being held virtually for two years due to the COVID pandemic, “Coffee Conversations” returned.

The “Closer Look” team headed to Community Grounds Coffee Shop in South Atlanta.

Jeff Delp, the director of economic development at Focused Community Strategies (which operates Carver Market), District 1 Councilmember Jason Winston and Malcolm Benson, co-founder of Grape Roots, discuss several topics, including public safety, food equity, the importance of supporting small businesses and job creation for youth.