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Looking Forward To 2016: Atlanta’s Changing Communities

One of the big stories the WABE newsroom will be looking at in 2016 is the historic preservation of buildings, including the Bobby Jones Golf Course, which is listed as one of the Georgia Trust's 2016 ''Places in Peril.''
One of the big stories the WABE newsroom will be looking at in 2016 is the historic preservation of buildings, including the Bobby Jones Golf Course, which is listed as one of the Georgia Trust's 2016 ''Places in Peril.''
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This week, we are asking staff in WABE’s newsroom about the big stories they expect in 2016. Among the top issues: how metro Atlanta’s communities are changing.

“Closer Look” producer Eboni Lemon says she is keeping an eye on housing in metro Atlanta.

“Given that a lot of new apartments and condos are very expensive and [luxurious], I’m curious to see what happens to low-income families. People have mentioned tiny-house communities in the city. So that’s what I’m interested in.”

Producer Kate Sweeney says she is interested in the aging population in Atlanta especially how they will achieve the goal of “aging in place.”

“You have these different parts of town, a lot of people moving in-town of course, but then you have people who are still living in suburbia or these exurban areas, and maybe have for years or decades, and there are a lot of questions about, are the resources there to serve them.”

Producer Stephannie Stokes says she is interested in seeing what happens with discussions about historic preservation.

“It just seems like maybe the public is paying more attention. Maybe social media is helping raise awareness about buildings that might be going down before they actually get demolished. It definitely seems like something people in the city really care about. They want to see the city retain some of its historic character.”

“Morning Edition” host Denis O’Hayer says he will be keeping an eye on the progress of the development of the new Falcons and Braves stadiums.

“2017 is when both of [the stadiums] are supposed to open, and 2016 will be a critical year in those preparations, not only for the teams but for the neighborhoods around them.”

We will continue to watch Atlanta’s communities as they change plus the big stories on the economy, transportation and education in 2016.