Feb 7, 2024 - News

Politic-ATL: Housing, Beltline parking, rap lyrics

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Housing, Beltline parking and rap lyrics were hot topics of conversation at Atlanta City Hall this week.

🏘️ Housing: Atlanta is launching a new permitting process for affordable housing projects.

  • To introduce the new process, all next week the city is hosting information sessions, project consultations, plan reviews, permit issuance for eligible applications and a reception for anyone interested in housing.
  • Register online by Thursday.

🛤️ Beltline parking: City Council this week passed legislation to eliminate minimum parking requirements within a half-mile of the Beltline.

  • Councilman Jason Dozier said in a statement that the ordinance will create a more walkable, bikeable and transit-friendly Atlanta.
  • It applies to every building within a half-mile of the Beltline, except restaurants and bars.

ğŸŽµ Lyrics: The Atlanta City Council wants the Georgia General Assembly to limit the use of music lyrics as evidence in criminal trials.

Be smart: It comes amid criticism that Fulton County's YSL RICO prosecution is using some of the rappers' lyrics as evidence.

Flashback: Councilman Antonio Lewis introduced this resolution in 2022, solely focused on rap music.

  • The ordinance returned this year with language protecting all music genres and the council approved it on Monday.

What they're saying: Councilman Howard Shook opposed the resolution because he said the matter falls within the judicial branch.

  • Councilman Amir Farokhi voted for the ordinance but also doubted its impact, saying state lawmakers don't "take what we say very seriously most of the time."

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