Closer Look: ATL NPU’s Talk Renew Atlanta Project List; The Road to Graduation For Emory University Students

Neighborhood Planning Unit leaders from around Atlanta discuss the city's final list of Renew/TSPLOST projects.
Neighborhood Planning Unit leaders from around Atlanta discuss the city's final list of Renew/TSPLOST projects.
Credit Grace Walker

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief on President Jimmy Carter who is recovering following a surgery yesterday to repair his hip, which he broke during a fall on Monday at his home in Plains, Georgia.
  • In other news, Music Midtown has released its performance lineup.
  • 2:42: The Atlanta City Council approved a finalized list of transportation and roadway projects last month. The list, which will be completed using TSPLOST dollars and Renew Atlanta funding, includes fewer projects than originally planned, leaving some community members concerned. Back in 2015 and 2016, Atlanta voters approved the TSPLOST tax, according to city officials, which would provide “approximately $300 million over a five-year period, and a $252 million Renew Atlanta Bond program. However, during an audit last year, city leaders determined that there had been a funding shortfall, and not all of the previously planned projects could be completed. We recently heard more about the city council’s role in all of this from District 6 Councilmember Jennifer Ide and District 2 Councilmember Amir Farokhi. Today, we’ll hear from Neighborhood Planning Unit leaders from areas in the city where projects won’t be fully funded. It’s a roundtable discussion with Nick Hess, NPU-S Chair, Christopher Leerssen, NPU-N Chair, Kimberly Scott, NPU T, Vice-Chair and Kay Stephenson, NPU-F, Vice Chair.
  • 30:00: Today, we continue our graduation series with the personal journeys of two Emory University students — Emory’s commencement ceremony took place yesterday. First, a conversation with Samuel Zinga, chemistry and psychology double major, who hopes to build a pipeline for refugee, immigrant and low-income students.
Samuel Zinga, a recent graduate of Emory University, hopes to build a pipeline for refugee, immigrant and low-income students. (Photo credit: Grace Walker)
  • 41:00: Closer Look’s graduation series continues with Chris Batterman, a recent graduate of Emory University who majored in music and psychology. An accomplished jazz bassist, Batterman has been awarded the prestigious Beinecke Scholarship to help fund his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology.
Chris Batterman is a recent graduate of Emory University who majored in music and psychology. He has been awarded the prestigious Beinecke Scholarship to help fund his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. (Photo credit: Grace Walker)

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.