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1 big thing: 🧳 Relocating Forest Cove residents

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Ground covered in trash at Forest Cove. Photo: Alphonso Whitfield/WABE

The city of Atlanta and its partners will soon help hundreds of people living in a dilapidated apartment complex find new housing.

The families have to move out of Forest Cove apartments by the end of the year after an Atlanta Municipal Court judge last December condemned the complex because of its appalling conditions, which were extensively documented by WABE.

State of play: On Monday, Mayor Andre Dickens signed legislation to use $1.5 million in American Rescue Plan money to help relocate residents.

What they’re saying: Ayana Gabriel, vice president of community impact with the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, tells Axios that the organization will work with other nonprofits to help find affordable units for residents.

  • “I think we also have to remember that some people may want to use this as an opportunity to make a different choice for their family,” she said.

Gabriel tells Axios she feels a “sense of urgency” with moving residents because of the complex’s conditions. For years, residents have battled health and safety issues such as rats, mold and mildew, trash building up on the property and unstable flooring.

Of note: Housing advocates have asked the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to investigate the complex’s owner, alleging Millennia operates other housing complexes in “slum-like conditions,” according to WABE’s Stephannie Stokes.

Read the full story to learn how closing Forest Cove will affect young residents.

2. Trail notes: 🏃 The final sprint

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Former President Trump’s GOP primary endorsements have had a mixed record across the country so far. Now, all eyes turn to Georgia and its Tuesday primary.

  • And both sides are making their closing arguments with high-profile national surrogates.

State of play: 18 months ago, Gov. Brian Kemp faced the worst of Trump’s ridicule and anger over the certification of the 2020 election.

  • Now he's leading by more than 20 points in an average of public polls, has out-raised challenger David Perdue by a long shot and most recently has pulled in some big-name support, including former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Mike Pence who will headline a Cobb County rally Monday night for Kemp.

Meanwhile, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will stump with Perdue tomorrow. But Trump himself has stayed out of the state since March, recently opting for a tele-rally.

The big picture: West Georgia Congressman Drew Ferguson, who is in House Republican leadership and has endorsed Kemp, tells Axios the governor has “had everything coming against him.”

  • “All of the media reports, the political world, and yet he's on the verge of not just skating by to victory but winning with a pretty commanding lead,” he said.

Trail mix: Kemp told reporters at an event with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in Lawrenceville he's honored to have support from national Republicans. Ducey also faced Trump’s wrath during the 2020 election.

  • Ducey, who is also chair of the Republican Governors Association, said Kemp has “earned and deserves re-election. There's a lot of support for Gov. Kemp.”

The bottom line: Both camps argue that their respective candidates are the best option to beat Democratic hopeful Stacey Abrams in the fall. Team Kemp points out that he's already done it.

The other side: “If we don’t have David Perdue on the main ballot, then the rest of the candidates like Herschel Walker are going to suffer as a result, and we will end up with a blue Georgia,” said Lynne Patton, an adviser to Trump’s PAC, on a Team Trump bus tour stop in Moultrie.

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3. ☕️ Small business spotlight: The Fountain

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Look at that skylight. Photo: Emma Hurt/Axios

Sera and Jason Speegle worked in the restaurant industry for two decades.

  • But in July 2021 they opened The Fountain on Acworth's Main Street and fulfilled a longtime dream of a business of their own.

What's happening: After first offering evening cocktails, The Fountain recently added a morning shift with coffee and pastries.

Details: The cafe hosts live music every Saturday and stand-up comedy twice a month.

The big picture: Sera said their target audience is the "younger and different demographic" coming to Acworth these days. She says they love the area for its parks, its non-motorized lake and the fact that you're likely to hear multiple languages spoken on a daily basis.

Of note: After their careers in the craft cocktail industry, the Speegles' goal with The Fountain, Sera tells Axios, was not to be "so stuffy."

  • "We were really sick of it having to be like you have to pronounce a certain type of word, a certain type of beer to be cool," she said.

😋 Emma's thought bubble: The cookies were delicious. And that gorgeous skylight! Sera said it's original to the building.

4. 👀 Five Points: Real estate, remotely

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🤔 Atlanta’s No. 1 real estate broker… doesn’t live in Georgia. (WSJ)

🏠 A developer nixes “missing middle“ housing in Edgewood after neighborhood pushback. (Urbanize Atlanta)

☀️ Homeowners say they were misled by solar power salespeople. (Fox 5)

🛣 Georgia’s state routes are deadly for pedestrians — and difficult to make safe. (GPB)

🚔 APD officers can work off-duty jobs anywhere except strip clubs. (AJC)

🎧 How It Happened: "Putin's Invasion Part V: The fight for the Donbas" is out this morning with a new documentary episode examining the fight for the Donbas — the eastern borderlands of Ukraine where the most intense fighting is now happening.

  • This is told through the eyes of a journalist who has been covering the war there and a soldier who has been fighting there, both since 2014.

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