The Georgia News Lab and the Atlanta Journal Constitution published a report outlining how the Atlanta Beltline has failed to achieve its goals of providing affordable housing.
That failure is pushing residents out of their homes because of increasing taxes and rents, the AJC reported.
According to the report, Beltline officials reduced the amount of money spent on affordable housing and sought accounting changes to make its affordable housing goals more attainable. ABI was tasked with building 5,600 affordable homes. So far, it has only created 785, including 200 currently under construction, the report says.
The Beltline’s lack of focus on affordable housing prompted the departures of Ryan Gravel and Nathaniel Smith from the Atlanta Beltline Partnership board.
Gravel is the urban planner who initially proposed the concept of the Beltline. Smith is the founder of the Partnership for Southern Equity, an Atlanta nonprofit working towards balanced growth and shared prosperity in the American South.
To read the full AJC story, click here.