Closer Look: Grove Park Resident Talks Quarry Yards Controversy; Clarkston Mayor Announces Run For US Senate; Annie E. Casey’s “Kids Count” Survey

TJ Austin, president of the Grove Park Neighborhood Association, discusses the recent controversy surrounding market materials released by Quarry Yards, a development project in Grove Park.
TJ Austin, president of the Grove Park Neighborhood Association, discusses the recent controversy surrounding market materials released by Quarry Yards, a development project in Grove Park.
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Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief on online retailer Amazon announcing it will open a new fulfillment center straddling Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. The company will lease a 700,000 square foot facility for picking, packing and shipping customer orders, and says the center will create 1,000 new jobs.
  • 2:14: Marketing materials recently released by Quarry Yards, a 70-acre mixed-use development currently being built in Atlanta’s Grove Park neighborhood, have drawn criticism from the surrounding community. Some residents object to use of the phrase “New Atlanta’ and say the marketing materials lacked diversity. Since then Quarry Yards has updated their promotional materials and included a new slogan “One Atlanta”. TJ Austin, president of the Grove Park Neighborhood Association, was one resident who shared feedback with Urban Creek Partners, the developer behind the project. He joins Closer Look to discuss the community’s ongoing relationship with the developer and talk about residents hopes for the future of the project.
  • 19:56: Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry made news yesterday when he announced his bid for the United States Senate seat, a position currently held by Republican Senator David Perdue. Mayor Terry sat down with Rose Scott yesterday at Café ULU, a cooperative coffee shop in Southwest Atlanta, for a conversation about his campaign. Today, we hear part of that interview. The full conversation will air next week as part of the inaugural launch of a new Closer Look series: ‘Coffee Conversations of Rose Scott.”
Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry announced his candidacy for the United States Senate yesterday. Shortly after, he sat down for a conversation with Closer Look host Rose Scott at Café ULU, a cooperative coffee shop in Southwest Atlanta. (Photo credit: Grace Walker)
  • 35:26: A recently released report sheds light on the state of infant health in Georgia. Since 1990, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has released an annual “Kids Count” survey, which provides key data on the well-being of children in the United States. This year’s report, which is based on data from 2017, found the number of low birth-weight babies in Georgia has risen significantly since 1990. National data also found the risk of having an underweight child is highest for African American families. Dr. Alexis Dunn,  assistant professor at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and a certified nurse midwife, and Rebecca Rice, Georgia Kids Count Manager, join Closer Look to discuss these latest numbers and what they reveal about the state of maternal and infant health in Georgia.
Dr. Alexis Dunn, assistant professor at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and a certified nurse midwife, and Rebecca Rice, Georgia Kids Count Manager, join Closer Look with Rose Scott to discuss the latest numbers from Georgia’s Kids Count survey. (Photo credit: Grace Walker)
The risk of having a low birth-weight baby runs highest for African-American families (13.4%) and lowest for white families (7%). Among all babies born in 2017, 8.3% had a low birth weight, tying a four-decade high. (Graphic Courtesy of the Annie E.Casey Foundation)

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