Decatur has too many blighted neighborhoods and too little affordable housing. Now, a raft of research has been released to inform policy makers who want to address the challenges.
The Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta this month released two relevant papers. Both were written by researchers affiliated with Georgia Tech and deal with housing in Atlanta compared with other cities. The papers arrive as Atlanta city officials say they want developers to provide more low-cost housing.
These research papers address the matters Atlanta City Councilmember Cleata Winslow articulated during a recent council meeting.
Winslow highlighted an aspect of neighborhood development that’s often overlooked in the discussion about affordable housing, neighborhood-based economic development, and the ability to commute easily.
Here’s how Winslow framed the dilemma during the May 2 council meeting. Winslow represents District 4, located southwest of Downtown Atlanta and adjacent to both sides of I-20.
First, Winslow addressed the issue of a shortage of housing that affordable, meaning it doesn’t cost more than 30 percent of household income:
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