0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on this weekend’s protest and counter rally in the city of Newnan. Rows of police in riot gear separated supporters of the National Socialist Movement and counter protestors affiliated with the Anti-fa group. According to WABE news, Newnan city officials reported 10 arrests, no property damage, and no injuries as a result of the protest and counter rally.
In other news, it was another day without many of the regular bus drivers for DeKalb County Schools. Today, 63 drivers, or 6.9 percent of the staff, called out of work. The “sick-out” by the bus drivers is due to demands for more pay and better benefits. Last Thursday, nearly 400 drivers called out of work, creating delays in student pick-ups to and from school.
9:14: Ponce City Market announced a collaboration with Atlanta-based sustainable surplus food management platform Goodr. Designed to reduce food waste and provide hunger relief in local communities, Goodr’s logistics technology aims to allow participating businesses to donate unused food to local organizations in need. We hear more from Goodr’s CEO, Jasmine Crowe.
30:25: When it was first envisioned, no one could predict the future growth and rising market values of development along the 22-mile loop of multi-use trails and parks known as the Atlanta BeltLine. An early initiative for the project was to include affordable housing — in fact, it was projected 5-thousand units would be available, which is now well off the pace. We revisit a conversation with Atlanta BeltLine President and CEO Brian McGowan.
38:46: The Transportation Division of Fulton County’s Public Works Department held an open house last week to discuss an upcoming intersection improvement project in the City of South Fulton. Members of the project team were on hand to discuss the project to improve the intersection of Stonewall Tell Road at Union Road as well as present concept alternatives and solicit input from the community about the types of improvements desired. David Clark, Public Works Director for Fulton County, joins us in studio to discuss.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.